Go Through The Gate of Destiny
Tevet has officially arrived kingdom family and we are entering into the gates of a new Biblical Month! As we enter into Tevet (Dec. 16th to Jan. 14th), it is essential that we have an understanding of this time and season according to the Living Word so that we are not caught off guard or led astray by the whims and deceptions of the world. Get ready to enter the gate of destiny for the nations of the world all in unison, but know that it all starts with each of us individually coming into agreement with the blueprint of Adonai.
This is a month of judgement and authority, but what does that mean? Is the judgement of the Most High simply punishment and wrath, or is there much more to it than we are generally taught? Authority, but whose authority, and if we have been given authority, how do we wield it according to the Word?
Also, as we enter this Biblical month, we celebrate the last days of Hanukkah, a feast that even Yeshua celebrated in Jerusalem. Why should we care though? It turns out Hanukkah points straight to Yeshua and even to the Spirit filled body of Messiah today. Let’s dive into the characteristics of Tevet and find the mysteries of the month that give us a clear vision of what to expect, how to position ourselves, and how we are being called to stand victoriously against the plans and schemes of the fallen kingdom of darkness.
Contrasts Abound, Justice and Righteousness Go Forth
Tevet is a month of great contrasts in Scripture, but one central theme to these contrasts is the judgement of the Ancient of Days upon nations. On the one hand, during this month, Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem (2 Kings 25:1), and the same month that the exiles from Jerusalem brought word to Ezekiel of the city’s destruction (Ezekiel 33:21). It is also a time of hope and promise however, with Esther being made queen of Babylon during this month (Esther 2:16-17), as well as the re-dedication of the 2nd Temple after the defeat of the Greek/Syrian army (Hanukkah), and when Noah first saw the top of the mountains as the waters began to recede from the great flood (Genesis 8:5). Is all judgement bad, no. Are all of Adonai’s judgements righteous and just? Yes. The un-repentance of Israel after being given many chances by the Great I am led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, but the cries of Israel during the times of Esther and Mordechai were heard, and they were rescued from the unrighteous decree of Haman. Both were the judgement of the King of kings.
Now is both a time of judgement, shaking, and new beginnings when we must dig in and stand fast according to the promises of Elohim, but also to receive the breakthrough of the promises Adonai has been preparing for ourselves, our families, cities, and nations. Keep your eyes focused on YHWH, and even in the midst of turmoil and accusation, stick firmly to the path of Yeshua. The mountain tops are just over the horizon, and the promise of God is at hand!
Innocent Blood, Boasting gods, and Justice
Tevet is also a month of restoring divine order, and bringing those who have broken the law to justice. Twice during the tenth month, prophet Ezekiel received the Word of Adonai in both Ezekiel 24 and 29 regarding Israel and Egypt. The Lord of Hosts reeled against Israel for the sacrifice of their children to Molech, and decreed His wrath against Jerusalem for doing so. Instead of turning from their wicked ways, Israel turned further from YHWH and did these atrocious acts. Does this sound familiar to what we see today? 60 million babies have been murdered in the United States since 1970, an entire generation. The question is, have we repented and turned back toward the God of our Salvation? Is it any coincidence that China, the largest baby murdering machine on the earth birthed the Coronavirus? In the United States we see hope of reversing the murder and sacrifice of children, and we pray that Adonai will see our repentant hearts on the matter.
In Ezekiel 29, once again Adonai speaks to Ezekiel, this time regarding the Pharaoh of Egypt and the principality behind the throne who boasts of the Nile being made by his hands, and who betrayed Israel when they needed support the most. He declared the downfall and exile of Egypt for 40 years because of it at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. One again we can’t help but see parallels with the United States today. The question is however, does the President give credit where credit is due, to God Almighty for the success of the Untied States, and has the USA been a staunch Ally to Israel? The answer may very well be the key to knowing what will be the fate of the nation in this month of Tevet.
Lastly, during the tenth month, after the exiles had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon, something crucial happened amongst the people. They began to search the Scripture again about what YHWH had commanded Israel to do through the Law of Moses, and found they had transgressed that law as many amongst them had married foreign women who served false gods. So what did they decide to do? Did they continue on as usual, or had the fear of Adonai taken hold after 70 years fo exile? The latter would be correct, and on the first of Tevet they began to investigate all who had broken the law and named them by name for all to hear. Israel knew the dangerous path they were going down, and could see clearly the calamity that would befall them again if they continued to ignore the law, and they were bound and determined that would not happen. Is that the same moment we are in now in the United States? Will we be silent in the face of injustice and corruption, or will we refuse to let wilful ignorance bring the nation to its demise?
The tribe of Tevet is the tribe of Dan which translates “to judge”. He was the first son of Rachel through her servant Bilhah, and Rachel said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son: therefore she called him Dan” (Genesis 30:6). While Dan was a blessing as Rachel’s first born son, he was also a reminder of her barrenness. So it went with the tribe of Dan as Israel became a nation that a great judge of Israel would arise out of Dan, but also that Dan would become Idolatrous even before receiving its full inheritance as was the fate of Rachel. After giving birth to Joseph, her first son from her own womb, she then stole her father’s household idols without the knowledge of anyone else causing Jacob to decree that whomever stole them would surely die. And so it came to pass not so far from Bethlehem that she died giving birth to Benjamin never able to enjoy raising him as her own.
Unfortunately it was the tribe of Dan who first began to worship false idols during the conquering of its allotted portion of the promised land on what is today the Northeast Mountains of Israel (Judges 18). However, from this idolatrous tribe also came Samson, the judge of Israel during the oppressive times of the Philistines. He was used by YHWH against the most advanced army of its time. With no weapons except for the strength of Almighty God Samson brought down the temple of Dagon upon the heads of all of the leaders that oppressed Israel, killing Israel’s oppressors and ushering in a time of justice. We pray that this month of Tevet will be just that, a month of justice when the thins done in the darkness will be exposed to the light for the glory of Adonai. It is time to stand firm brethren, not holding on to hidden idols, but being renewed and being used as a light in the darkness to bring about the fulfilment of your full destiny, and the destiny of your family and nation.
Yeshua In Hanukkah
It is well known that Yeshua celebrated Hanukkah, but what did He say while He was in Jerusalem for the feast? What He said shines light on what we can expect during this month, and also gives us a better understanding of the term “judgement” according to Yeshua. It was in this moment that Yeshua said, “I came into this world for judgment [to separate those who believe in Me from those who reject Me—to declare judgment on those who choose to be separated from God], so that the sightless would see, and those who see would become blind” (John 9:39).
Directly after this the Pharisees and Sadducees began to question His diety when finally Yeshua said clearly that He and the Father are One (John 10:38). Can you imagine Yeshua who had been in the throne room of heaven already with the 7 lamp stand and the 7 Spirits of God? The Temple must not have looked like much in comparison, but now with the Holy Spirit we also have access to the 7 Spirits of God (Isaiah 11:1-3) which we are being called to operate in this month for the glory of the Most High.
Now is not the time to operate by the flesh, thinking we can do anything by our power or might, but knowing full well it is only by the Spirit of Adonai (Zechariah 4:6) that anything will be achieved for His glory. As we restore the altar through our prayers and worship in Spirit and Truth, the Lord of Hosts fights our battles, the Judge releases His last words, and Jezebel is cut off. We must walk without fear just as Yeshua did through Jerusalem in a sea of enemies, knowing who we are in Him, and Who our heavenly Father is so that we may continue to walk boldly preaching the Gospel of Peace unafraid and unashamed even in the most hostile territory to be the light in the darkness.
Constellation: Capricorn (Gedi)
The constellation of this month is Capricorn, or “Gedi” in Hebrew, which means goat. The goat is seen in both a positive and negative sense in the Bible. In one instance the goat is the animal that takes on the sin of Israel (Leviticus 16:22), and in another instance the Word says that he will separate the sheep and the goat nations, the goat nations being the nations that are judged by Him (Matthew 26:31-46). In either case, we should be sure not to align with those who are not aligned with the King of glory, lest we fall into the goat category this season. Instead we must be like the goats of Habbakkuk 3:19 where it says, “He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.” When our refuge is in the Father, “He will not allow our feet to slip; He who keeps us will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3). Even in what may seem the most treacherous or uncomfortable of times, when we are on the verge of falling from the mountainside, we must keep our eyes locked on His, and He will see us to the top. Now is not time to worry about the obstacles or the circumstances, but to trust in Him who makes the way clear.
The letter Ayin means “eye” or “to see”. This month will be a time of seeing more clearly in the Spirit, when eyes will be opened to the things of God in the heavenly realms. Oh how important are the eyes! “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). Make it a point to clear your eyes this month, and see from the heavenly places. Be in the throne room with the King, looking from His perspective, seeing from His eyes and His heart. Where are your eyes fixed? Are they wandering or focused? “Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you” (Proverbs 4:25). Yeshua show us the plans of your enemies like you showed your prophet Elisha, whom you brought into the tent of your enemies (2 Kings 12), and opened our eyes like Elisha’s servant who saw that, “The mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha”. The Hosts of heaven surround us even when we are not aware, and the Holy Spirit gives us insight and understanding beyond our capacity. See the unseen, and be strengthened in the knowledge that Adonai is a shield round about you (Psalm 3:3).
Get ready for a month of big surprises brethren, the King is standing up from His throne and He is releasing His final judgements of 2020. We are entering into the gate of the destiny of the nations and are being called o intercede and declare the righteousness and justice over our nations. The gods are being judged and what the fallen kingdom of darkness has been going behind closed doors is about to be revealed. Adonai has been scoffing this entire time, and it is for us as His remnant to see what He sees from His throne and to declare and decree what He is saying on earth as it is in heaven. Shaking is coming, revival is coming, but repentance must always precede it. Let’s enter through the gates with thanksgiving in our hearts this Tevet watching the giants falling all around us paving the way for the return of the King of glory, and entering in to the promised land. Adonai bless you and keep you kingdom family!