Month of Surprises: Divine Judgments and Victory

Tevet has officially arrived, kingdom family, and we are entering into the gates of a new Biblical Month! As we enter Tevet, get ready to see the futures of many nations decided, as well as old leaders fall and new ones arise. This is a month of decision, division, destruction, and revision, as well as the bride of Yeshua rising to the occasion. It is a month of judgment and authority, but not all judgment from God is bad. Also, as we enter this Biblical month, we celebrate the closing 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 in God’s perfect plan to foil the plans and schemes of the fallen kingdom of darkness.

Bride Arise

Esther is chosen to be queen of Persia this month (Esther 2:16-17). The defeat of the Greeks and the re-dedication of the temple was completed, and Noah first saw the top of the mountains as the waters began to recede from the great flood (Genesis 8:5). Tevet, the month of contrasts, weighty endings, and new beginnings, can seem overwhelming at first. But in each of these instances in the Word of God, Esther, the Maccabees, and Noah were set apart and used by God to bring about monumental shifts that still shape our reality. What made them able to see their destinies fulfilled in God was obedience. They knew that because Adonai had called them to these specific tasks, He would never abandon them. Instead, He would be ever-present to see it come to pass. We are here on this earth because of YHWH’s divine providence. He chose each of us for a unique and special purpose that no one else is tasked with. Now is the moment to step into God’s grace and authority for those tasks, unafraid and with great excitement for what still lies ahead. Be bold and courageous! Keep your eyes focused on YHWH, and even in the midst of turmoil and accusation, stick firmly to the path of Yeshua. It is time for the Bride of Yeshua to arise, just as Esther did, into her destiny as queen. The mountaintops are just over the horizon, and the promise of God is at hand!

Constellation: Capricorn (Gedi)

The constellation 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 are the nations that are harshly 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 Habakkuk 3:19, where it says, “He has made my feet like hinds’ feet and makes me walk on 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 like the most treacherous or uncomfortable times, when we are on the verge of falling from the mountainside, we must keep our eyes locked on His. He will see us to the top. Now is not the time to worry about the obstacles or the circumstances, but to trust in Him who makes the way clear. Remember, as believers, we are not moved by how we feel, we are not moved by what we see, but we are moved by what we believe, which is the Word of God. Walking by faith means we don’t know how God is going to get us where we are going, but no matter how impossible the odds or what it looks like in the natural, I trust Adonai, My Shepherd, to guide me through to victory as He has promised. Let the Shepherd do the shepherding instead of us, the sheep, trying to do it ourselves.

Plumb Line Remnant

This month of decision, division, and revision is serious. On the 1st of Tevet, the newly returned remnant to Jerusalem from the exile in Babylon chose to separate from their foreign wives as the law clearly spoke (Ezra 10:17). It was a moment of decision that separated Israel from the idolatrous nations, thereby avoiding judgment as before. What is a plumb line remnant, and why is it such an awesome thing that we are being raised up in oneness to fulfill this calling?

In the natural, a plumb line is a simple weight hanging from a string used by architects to test if they are building perfectly vertical or to test if an old structure should be demolished. In Scripture, the plumb line is used as a symbol of the judgment of Adonai, the standard of justice and righteousness. Elohim showed Amos a vision of Him holding a plumb line over Israel, telling Amos, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line [as a standard] among My people Israel [showing the defectiveness of the nation, requiring judgment]. I shall not spare them any longer. [The door of mercy is shut]” (Amos 7:7-8). On the other hand, the plumb line is also used as a symbol of restoration, as seen in verses like Zechariah 1:16, where Adonai declares the rebuilding of Jerusalem instead of its destruction.

A remnant with the standard of justice and righteousness is being raised up, who will not hesitate to bring correction with the heart of the Father. They are like His plumb line for the rest of the Body of Messiah, living in direct opposition to the injustice and unrighteousness of the world. They will be so good at being good that the devil will be absolutely overwhelmed because all notions of the laws of fallen man will have become foreign to them. They are totally replaced by the laws and promises of heaven, according to Yeshua in us, carrying the Holy Spirit in relationship with the Father. The plumb line of justice is positive and creative, and it not only destroys injustice but also makes disciples who do the same while rebuilding from the True Cornerstone, Yeshua. This remnant refuses to live with the status quo, but instead challenges and moves it according to the will of the Most High. Righteousness and justice are the foundations of the throne of YHWH (Psalm 89:14), and we pray that justice would run down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream (Amos 5:24), bringing us into alignment and oneness with the Father, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit as we have been created to be.

The 8th, 9th, and 10th

Tevet is a month of great contrasts in Scripture, and three days, in particular, 8-10, have had some of the greatest impacts in all of Hebrew history and world history combined. On the 8th, the Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek was completed. On one hand, it made the Word of God accessible to the world, leading to an explosion of global interest. On the other hand, it simplified and, according to some, depleted its meaning in comparison to the Hebrew text. The 9th marks the deaths of both Ezra and Nehemiah, according to tradition, reminding us of the miraculous rebirth of Jerusalem and Israel’s return to God. Finally, on the 10th of Tevet, marked by a day of fasting, we remember the army of Nebuchadnezzar breaching the walls of Jerusalem. This event marked the beginning of the total destruction of both the city and the Second Temple (2 Kings 25:1), a judgment of God that led to the long history of the many exiles of our people throughout history.

As the 10th month, 10 represents Godly authority. It is a time when the fate of nations is brought into balance, and righteous judgments and decrees are set into motion worldwide. With one quick glance at the state of global affairs, a heightened sense of expectation and focus on the voice of Elohim is paramount. As God’s Ekklesia (Government) here on earth, we are not meant to sit idly by as these heavenly decrees are put into action. Instead, we should clearly discern between what Adonai is speaking from His throne and what is being uttered in opposition from the fallen kingdom of darkness. The decrees we agree with hold sway in both local and global affairs. Therefore, let us ensure that we spend more time in the Holy of Holies than in the news this month. Just like the events of Tevet in history, what happens this month around the world and in Israel will have an equal, and possibly even greater, impact than before on our immediate present and future.

INNOCENT BLOOD, BOASTING GODS, AND JUSTICE

Tevet is also a month of restoring divine order and bringing justice. Twice during the tenth month, the prophet Ezekiel received the Word of Adonai in both Ezekiel 24 and 29 regarding Israel and Egypt. The Lord of Hosts railed 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 committed these atrocious acts. Does this sound familiar to what we see today with the legalization of evils such as abortion and other atrocities? In Ezekiel 29, Adonai once again speaks to Ezekiel, this time regarding the Pharaoh of Egypt and the principalities behind the throne of Pharaoh. The Pharaoh boasts of the Nile being made by his hands but betrayed Israel when they needed support the most. Adonai declares the downfall and exile of Egypt for 40 years at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

Lastly, during the tenth month, after the exiles had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon, something crucial happened among the people. They began to search the Scriptures again to see what YHWH had commanded Israel to do through the Law of Moses. They discovered that they had transgressed that law as many among them had married foreign women who served false gods. So what did they decide to do? Did they continue as usual, or did the fear of Adonai take hold after 70 years of exile? The latter is correct. On the first of Tevet, they began to investigate all who had broken the law and publicly named them. Israel recognized the dangerous path they were on and could clearly see the calamity that would befall them if they continued to ignore the law. They were determined to prevent that from happening. How determined are you that past mistakes and old habits will not lead you down the wrong path? Our direction this month is forward and into our God-given destinies, like a racehorse that does not look back or to the right or left, but straight ahead, focused on crossing the finish line in top form.

YESHUA IN HANNUKAH

It is well known that Yeshua celebrated Hanukkah, but could it be that it was also the time of His miraculous conception? What did He say while He was in Jerusalem to celebrate the controversial feast? His words shed light on what we can expect during this month. During Hanukkah, 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). Immediately after this, the Pharisees and Sadducees began to question His deity, and finally Yeshua clearly stated that He and the Father are One (John 10:38).

What adds even greater mystery to Hanukkah is that it is the most likely time of Yeshua’s conception, based on the fact that He was conceived when His cousin, John the Baptist, was six months in the womb. If this is indeed the case, then not only was Hanukkah the time of rededicating the temple and Yeshua declaring Himself as the Messiah, but it was also the time when the Light of the World was conceived. Yeshua was conceived during a time of great hardship in Israel, when the people were crying out to God for help and with great expectation that the Messiah was coming soon. God is working and answering our prayers behind the scenes, even if we do not see it. Our prayers are being answered to a far greater effect than we can fathom, just like the prayers of Israel during a time of great burden. Let us have faith and eyes to see the work of God happening beyond what the world sees

LETTER: AYIN

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 with 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 as you showed your prophet Elisha, whom you brought into the tent of your enemies (2 Kings 12), and open 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 around you (Psalm 3:3).

CONCLUSION

Get ready for a month of big surprises, brethren. The King is rising from His throne and releasing His judgments over Israel and the nations. We are entering the gate of deciding sheep and goat nations and are being called to intercede and declare righteousness and justice over our nations and Israel. The false gods are being judged, and what the fallen kingdom of darkness has been doing behind closed doors is about to be exposed. Adonai has been scoffing this entire time, and it is for us as His Ekklesia 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 us enter through the gates with thanksgiving in our hearts this Tevet, watching the giants fall all around us, paving the way for the return of the King of glory and entering the promised land victoriously. Arise as the Bride and body of Yeshua in the oneness of the Holy Spirit and see the glory of the Lord unfold for salvation and to illuminate the Light of His sons and daughters. May Adonai bless and keep you, kingdom family!

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