It is officially the 12th and last month of the Biblical year! It is a month full of great promise, of joy and thanksgiving, of remembering the past and seeing clearly what will come to pass. It is the month of the King’s decree and a time of fasting and feasting. The word Adar is related to the word Adir, which means strength and power, and it is the power of the Lion of Judah that will make our greatest obstacles like chaff in the wind before the God of Israel if we trust in Him, and dwell with Him.
The Father is judging our enemies at this time, restoring what was lost, and bringing victory where defeat seemed inevitable. Adar is the month of Purim, the salvation of the Jews from the evil plot of Haman, celebrated as one of the most joyous occasions of the year (Adar 14, February 26-27), but is also a month when a great many other miraculous events took place that help us understand Adar according to the times and seasons we are living in. If the times we are living in sound eerily similar to what has taken place during the month of Adar in Scripture, and what you are about to read, it is because they are very similar times. Evil is staring us in the face, and destruction rather than victory seems to be what is near. As we start this month a portion of Scripture that is read this week is Exodus 23:2 that should give us courage never to follow the evil crowd in order to pervert justice no matter how many voices try to convince us or silence those who stand for justice. This is especially the case in the United States, and for all of you who continue praying for America please read this carefully as we believe it is the blueprint for this month and the months to come. Whatever nation the Holy Spirit has put on your heart this also applies to you, as well as to each of us individually, as a family, business, ministry, job, etc.
Judgment of Egypt
The principalities of Egypt are being judged in Adar. “In the twelfth month (Adar), on the first of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, take up a dirge (funeral poem to be sung) over Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him, ‘You have compared yourself to a young lion (Pride) among the nations, but you are like a monster in the seas;” (Ezekiel 32:1). There is another who is described as one who prowls around like a roaring lion, satan, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). It is not just the principalities of Egypt that are being judged around the earth right now, but Leviathan, the King of the sons of pride (Job 41:34). It is not that satan is being destroyed, we know that time has not yet come, but this is a window of time when we will see governments and powers that have been used by the fallen kingdom of darkness fall apart, because of the prayers of the saints and this being the right moed (appointed time).
The characteristics of the structures, powers, and principalities of Egypt is to be a pretender of Elohim, a lion, but not the Lion of Judah, to demand to be worshipped as God, to be so full of pride as to take credit for something El Shadai has done, and to try to copy God’s creation. It is important to remember that Adar was the last month before Israel left Egypt on Passover (Nisan 15-22) when the last plagues engulfed Egypt forcing Pharaoh to let them go. This is something that El Elyon Himself is dealing with on the earth right now. Notice, Moses only said and did what YHWH was telling him in regards to Pharaoh, and Ezekiel prophesied only what the Word of Adonai came and said for him to prophecy regarding Pharaoh. So unless you are in the heavenly places seeing and hearing what is being bound and loosed (Matthew 16:19AMP), it is best not to try to bind and loose. We are not saying be afraid, no, just be wise. As always, be sure to have your armor on and the sword of the Spirit in your hand (Ephesians 6:10-17) so that if and when the enemy tries to come and steal the promises of Elohim for you, your family, city, and nation, you will stand firm, relentless in your identity in Yeshua, knowing He will bring it to pass as He did for Israel.
Happy Birthday Moses!
Adar 7 was both the day of Moses’ birth and death. It was both a day of celebration and mourning, of remembering the miracles of Hashem, and learning from the past, taking stock of the present, and looking ahead at the future of God’s army taking what He promised them. Before crossing the Jordan to the Promised Land, Moses delivered the Song of Moses to all of Israel (Deuteronomy 32:1-43), a recounting of YHWH choosing Israel as His own (Deuteronomy 32:10-14), and a warning for the future of what will happen when Israel prospers greatly because of Him. This last month of the year is a time to recount the blessings of the past and look towards the future and what is to come in order to be prepared. Have you been blessed by the God of Israel? Have things happened in your life that could only have happened because of His intervention and love for you? Just like Israel before crossing the Jordan, it is time to take those miracles of Adonai and store them in a treasured place in your heart for future reference as He wants to do even greater miracles that require greater faith and reliance in Him.
Moses then continues in chapter 33 blessing and prophesying over the tribes of Israel about each of their individual futures in the land of Canaan. What has been prophesied over your life and what has the Father promised you? Whatever it is, He will do it, but it will take you stepping out in faith like Israel did when they crossed the Jordan. If not, we run the risk of making the mistake of the generation that wandered for 40 years in the desert, never to see the promise come to pass. When you see great difficulty will you say this is the end of the line, or will you see this as the opportunity for Adonai to show up as He promised and take that faithful step? This is the month to say yes and amen to His promises over your life, to drown out the naysayers, and focus on His voice, being in His presence, and in His Word. Adar is the time to drop the things that have kept you from entering to the proverbial Promised Land, to cherish the miracles of the past, and press into the things that are about to come to pass for the glory of the Most High. It is time to die to the past failures and give birth to the new thing Yeshua is doing in this new season of your life and your nation. Raise up, do not cower! Raise up, this is no time to hide!
The King’s Decree
The feast of Purim, though very important, often overshadows an extremely significant event in the history of Israel that marked God’s redemption of the Hebrews from their past idolatry and disobedience. By the decree of the king, the Second Temple was rebuilt and rededicated to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius. Finally, after more than 70 years of exile, the promise was coming to pass. Many powerful adversaries of the promise to rebuild the temple tried to halt its rebuilding, but their efforts were shot down quickly by King Darius (Ezra 5-6), because he was the law of the land. The decree of the former King Cyrus was found in the archives and everything was done according to his instruction, forcing the adversaries to obey the decree, even paying for it with their own money. In parallel to heaven, when the King of kings makes a decree, the fallen kingdom of darkness has no choice but to obey. The same is true for you, your family, and all the way up to your nation. We are being called as the remnant to deliver the King’s Decree, and just like the governor and his associates who carried out King Darius’ decree (Ezra 6:14), we are being called to do the same according to the decrees of the King of kings. We are not only called to deliver the message and declare it with authority as Ambassadors of Christ but also to be stewards of seeing it to completion as decreed.
There is opposition to seeing these decrees fulfilled, but know that the enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8) is more like a kitten’s meow in the face of the decree of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. If the enemy is trying to delay or steal Abba’s promise from being fulfilled, in this month of Adar, go back to that promise written and decreed from the throne room of the Almighty, and read it aloud for all to hear! No more delay! It will be finished, it will be done, It will be restored! Expect the unexpected this month as the Father will use the most unordinary and extraordinary sources, and even your enemies to bless you, and be used as an instrument for the decrees of the King of glory to be fulfilled.
The Key to Feasting
As Purim quickly approaches we are in a joyous and celebratory mood, but we must remember what preceded the verdict of King Artaxerxes to have Haman hanged from his own gallows. There was deadly concern and distress amongst the Jews due to their perilous situation, but there were also those like Mordechai, a remnant who seemed not to have any doubt whatsoever that Adonai would deliver Israel. So unshakable was his faith that he told Esther, “If you remain silent at this time, liberation and rescue will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish [since you did not help when you had the chance]. And who knows whether you have attained royalty for such a time as this [and for this very purpose]?” Before Esther called a fast, Mordechai had already been doing so in sackcloth and ashes at the King’s Gate. Could this be why his faith was so unwavering?
Broadly speaking, in the Body of Messiah, fasting is perhaps one of the least utilized weapons in our arsenal, but it is done many many times throughout the Word of God with incredible results. Moses (Exodus, 34:28), Elijah (1 Kings 19:8), and Yeshua (Matthew 4:2) all fasted for 40 days and 40 nights without bread or water. Moses came away with the Ten Commandments, Elijah prophesied the deaths of Ahab and Jezebel, and Yeshua began His ministry. Nation shaking and world-changing events took place when one man fasted and prayed. When all of the Jews in Susa fasted for three days and three nights (Esther 4:16), Esther found favor with the King (Esther 5:2), the enemies of the Jews were forced to honor them (Esther 6:10-13), and many were destroyed (Esther 7:9-10). The house of the enemy (Haman) was given to Esther (8:1), a new decree was written (Esther 8:8), every Jew was saved from execution to defend themselves from those who wanted them dead (Esther 9:1-18), and across the whole Persian Empire, many people became Jews for fear of the Jews and the God of Israel (Esther 8:17). Then they feasted to celebrate (Purim) which is why we celebrate to this day (Esther 9:20-22). So, the key to feasting is fasting. The key to Esther’s favor with the king when entering the throne room illegally was fasting and prayer. Does it sound important to you now? The key to victory and celebration is to fast and pray, but we must remember the order.
Suffice it to say that when we fast and pray, the breakthrough comes. If you have never fasted before, this is the month to start! Yeshua did not say if you fast do it like this, and he did not say if you pray, pray like this. He said “when” you fast and pray (Matthew 6:5-16). As believers when we fast and pray, we die to the flesh, build up our faith, and are empowered to do even greater things for the glory of the Most High (Matthew 17:19-21). Divine intervention takes place, and the Lord of Hosts makes the impossible looks easy. From the seemingly small and big personal things to the major problems in your nation and the world, the key to victory, both personal and beyond is to fast and pray. Watch the doors be opened to you this Adar, questions be answered, breakthrough to come, and miracles to multiply both for yourself and in nations of the world.
Naphtali and Dagim (Fish)
The tribe associated with Adar is Naphtali, the tribe over whom Moses prophesied (Deuteronomy 33:23), “O Naphtali, satisfied with favor and full of the blessing of Adonai, possess the Sea [of Galilee] and [its warm, sunny climate like] the south.” It was in the land of Naphtali (Capernaum) that Yeshua began His ministry after fasting 40 days and 40 nights where many miracles of multiplication happened like the huge catch of fish (John 21:1-14) by the disciples, the gold coin from the fish’s mouth (Matthew 17:27), and the multiplication of the fish and bread on the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 14:13-21).
It is no coincidence that Dagim (Fish) is also the constellation over Israel during this month. The fish speaks of abundance and multiplication which you will surely receive this Adar, but also describes us as believers in the living waters of Yeshua. The question is, however, what is the secret to receiving the miracles of multiplication that so many were witness to during the time of Yeshua’s ministry? What is the common thread of these miracles? Psalm 16:5 says it best, “Adonai is the portion of my inheritance, my cup [He is all I need]; You support my lot.” When the disciples tried to make something happen in their own strength like the catching fish miracle, or think with their natural minds how something was possible (Mount of Beatitudes), Yeshua had the answer. When we realize that He is our portion, we also understand that the portion of faith available to us is the same faith as His, and that He is supporting our lot, guarding what is ours, is a promise. When He is our greatest treasure, worldly treasure multiplies according to our needs and our callings and assignments for His glory. He is calling us to rest in Him this Adar so that we can be satisfied with His favor and blessing like Naphtali. The more we spend time with, rely on, and trust in Him, the faster we can get out of our way and start swimming in the river of His way. The big catch you have been waiting for is coming this Adar, so be sure to have an ear to hear the voice of Yeshua to guide your net. What seems like not enough this month, Elohim will multiply it, and where before there was nothing, YHWH-Yireh will provide.
How will you decide to live this Adar, the last month before the start of the Biblical New Year? As we cherish past miracles of El Elyon, take stock of what He is doing now, and see clearly what He is about to do. We are being called to deliver and steward the King’s Decree over ourselves, families, businesses, ministries, kehillot (congregations), cities and nations. We must use the Key to Feasting and victory to see the plans of our enemies turned against themselves. To be full of the favor and blessing of the Great I Am like Naphtali, we must remember that Yeshua first and foremost is our portion. To operate in the anointing of Dagim (The Fish), multiplication, our ears must be attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and we must work according to the heavenly paradigm instead of the flesh.
This Adar is time to pray for the salvation of our nations, and the salvation of Israel, asking and implementing the decrees of the Ancient of Days, and never quit worshipping in Spirit and Truth. He is judging the principalities and powers (Egypt), giving us a window to accomplish His plans and purposes. We must not waste this time, but rather fast and pray in order to hear clearly and do according to His direction so that we will be able to celebrate the victory as we will celebrate Purim on Adar 14-15 (February 26-27). This Adar you will hear the enemy meow ferociously, but pay him no attention and declare the promise and decree of the King boldly and with authority to shut his mouth and vomit up his riches for the will of Emmanuel to be done. As Yeshua is the portion of our inheritance let us step out boldly with His faith knowing that He is watching to see His Word be fulfilled. Do not believe the false report this Adar, but go instead straight to the Father who has the signet ring that has sealed His decrees for your life and your nation with the blood of Yeshua to know the Truth of the matter. Have a victorious Adar, and happy Purim mighty sons and daughters of God!