Prepare for a “New Normal” is what has been on nearly every headline no matter what news you choose to watch or read.  They couldn’t be more correct about the times and seasons we are living in and about to enter into, but their “New Normal” is a far cry from the “New Normal” according to the Father.  Of all the months in the Bible, the month of Sivan (May 23-June 22) is the game-changer, the time when Adonai consistently takes us to a new level we didn’t know existed, and this time around is no different.    Sivan is the month when the Torah was given to Moses and Israel on Mount Sinai, the Feast of Weeks, and Shavuot (Pentecost), all three of which are celebrated on the same day (Sivan 6, May 28-29), intricately connected across the Biblical timeline bringing us to now.  The complete fulfillment of this Biblical feast will be fulfilled when the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh covers the earth as the waters cover the sea, and many believe this specific Shavuot will usher in that time.  Now the question is, how can we make the blurry window of the times we are living in more clear, and is there a Biblical precedent for this “New Normal” we keep hearing about?  What did it look like, and what would it look like globally? The answers may shock you, but that’s the point.

Mount Sinai to Mount Zion

“Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because Adonai descended upon it in fire; its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently”(Exodus 19:18).  On Shavuot (Pentecost) in Jerusalem after the ascension of Yeshua in the upper room there appeared to them tongues of Fire and they were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:3).  Malachi 3:3 tells us Yeshua is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap [which removes impurities and uncleanness].  Adonai is the same yesterday, today, and forever and he continues to purify His Bride that was born that day in the upper room in Jerusalem.  That day was a New Normal the likes of which the world had never seen, and it has been the mission of the fallen Kingdom of darkness ever since that such an Ekklesia as those times would never be seen again.  The enemy has failed, and now is the time when a refined and purified bride is being raised up from the ends of the earth back to Jerusalem.  This means no more business as usual for the global body of Messiah.  It means a paradigm shift completely shaking ourselves from tradition and sleepiness, and instead of moving in the power of the Kingdom.  If the signs and wonders do not follow us that Yeshua spoke about before His ascension on the Mount of Olives, rest assured, others will be raised up to do so.  How do we do this?  The formula is hidden in plain sight.

Look closely at the posture of Israel before Adonai at Mount Sinai and the 120 in the upper room.  At Sinai after hearing the ordinances of YHWH, all the people answered with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do” (Exodus 24:3). In the upper room it says, “All these with one mind one purpose were continually devoting themselves to prayer, [waiting together]” (Acts 1:14). How can we be of one voice, one mind, and one purpose if we are not clear on the purpose?  Clearly the men and women in the upper room were gathered for the purpose of receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit, and it was received, but it did not stop there, because Yeshua was clear on what their next goal was, telling them, “and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  That is still our mission today, but unfortunately, the signs that are supposed to follow true witnesses of Yeshua have either been dismissed as a former dispensation or believed theologically, but not manifested in reality.  The dispensation of believing this lie and falling into mediocrity is over.

“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues;they will pick up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well” (Mark 16:17-18).  If you have never seen any of these things happen, step out in faith and let the Name of Yeshua and the Holy Spirit do the work, remembering we have no power to do such things, but He in us is more than capable.  Also, for those who have experienced and seen such things, it is not only super apostles and prophets who are capable of such miracles.  Nowhere in Scripture does it say that only certain people can do these things, but it clearly says “to those who have believed.”  Imagine a world where just a fraction of believers walked as true witnesses of Yeshua!  It would not be the same place, it would not be normal, and it certainly would not be boring!  That new normal is coming soon, but the question is are you willing to get outside of the world’s normal and start walking in the Kingdom’s normal?  Are you willing to throw away the comfortable paradigm and be temporarily uncomfortable learning how to be a citizen of heaven walking on earth instead of a citizen of earth waiting for heaven?  Now is the time to decide.

Characteristics of Sivan

If Sivan is the blurry window of time we are looking through, then the characteristics of this month according to Scripture are the soap and water to make clear what to expect this month and how we can take practical steps to prepare.

Zebulun 

Zebulun, the tribe associated with this Biblical month, tells us a lot about the new normal we can expect, as well as how we as the Body of Messiah can be in true oneness with each other across every sphere of society and even denominations.  One can not speak about Zebulun without speaking also about the sons of Issachar as the two come as a package in the Bible.  Although they were completely different in their individual callings and the work they did, they worked together for the glory of Adonai.  When Jacob prophesied over the tribes before his death he prophesied over Zebulun and Issachar together in Deuteronomy 33:18-19. “Of Zebulun he said, “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your interests abroad, and, Issachar, in your tents [at home]. “They will call the peoples to the mountain (Mount Carmel); There they will offer sacrifices of righteousness; For they will draw out the abundance of the seas, and the hidden treasures of the sand.”  Zebulun was known to support Issachar and the Levites financially as they were wealthy merchants and fishermen, while Issachar who worked the land was busy understanding the times and seasons and what was good for Israel (1 Chronicles 12:32).  Zebulun benefitted from the knowledge and understanding of Issachar, and Issachar from the wealth of Zebulun.  It was a mutually beneficial relationship, but one that was not based on greed or covetousness.  Each tribe was clear about their own God-given gifts and talents, and their purpose becomes clear in verse 19 when they would gather all the peoples to Mount Carmel and offer sacrifices of righteousness, meaning sacrifices that were pleasing to Elohim.  In the same way, YHWH is calling His bride to work together in every sphere of society, all for the purpose of coming together to worship Him in Spirit and truth, pooling our gifts, talents, expertise, and ideas for the glory of Adonai, and to pave the way for the return of the King of glory.  It is clear by this example that it was not considered bad for prophets and business people to work together as long as it is for the Kingdom.  Scripture tells us the “love” of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10), but it is clear that money was not Zebulun’s true love even though they had more than enough, but rather their true love was the God of Israel.  A redistribution of wealth is taking place this month, and partnerships are being made between righteous believers who have not forgotten their first love, Yeshua, and whose goal is His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  A new normal is taking place in every sphere of society on a global scale of the acts 2 church where everything was pooled together for Kingdom purposes.  One may work the land while the other works the sea, but the purpose is the same, to come together as one and give all glory to the Name above all Names.  We prophesy over you that while the world is experiencing lack, you are collecting on your inheritance from the storerooms of heaven, and while the world sees economic downturn you see opportunities arise.  Every gift from Abba is for His glory, and He will be glorified greatly as His remnant takes their place working together paving the way for His soon return.

Theomim (The Twins)

Just as Zebulun relied on Issachar to understand the times and seasons, Issachar would have known by looking at the stars that the constellation this month is Theomim (The Twins).  The twins tell of many things that have happened before and will happen to a greater extent now.  One such thing is a reminder of the two tablets on which Yawheh wrote the ten commandments, but it also speaks again of the necessity of oneness.  Two people from one flesh with different gifts and talents that share a common bond like Zebulun and Issachar are far stronger together than apart.  This is true of every believer.  Many people, one body, one Bride, and knit together by one Holy Spirit.  We are all unique and wonderfully made, yet all saved and unified by the same blood of Yeshua and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  It is the picture of husband and wife, two becoming one flesh.  It is the story of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth, a gentile leaves everything she knows to return with Naomi to her home in Bethlehem saying, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).  It is the perfect picture of the Malachi 4:5-6 generation with two generations working together as one.  When Ruth marries Boaz, we then see the picture of the wild branch (gentiles) being grafted in with the natural branches (Jews) (Romans 11:13-36).  Their child Obed was the grandfather of David who was the seed of Yeshua, the root of that very olive tree we are now a part of.  Yeshua was the product of both Jew and gentile, and His bride will be as well.

Priests and Kings

When Yeshua came there was one who paved the way for Him, a priest, John the Baptist who paved the way for the coming of the King. After Yeshua’s death and resurrection the two offices became one, and Yeshua became both our priest and King after the order of Melchizedek.  This is how He is calling us to operate now, as both priests and kings, in the power and dominion of the Kingdom in the same way He sent the seventy, two by two.  There is power in two like the bond between Ruth and Naomi, Joshua and Caleb, David and Jonathan, Paul and Silas, and so on. Enough is enough of petty division, now is the time to align with the times.  While the world says to stay away from one another, the Father is saying come together!  While media silences dissent, Yeshua is saying prophecy, and while the governments are saying lockdown, the Spirit of YHWH says where I Am there is freedom!  The days of separation are long past, and the time of the remnant bride has come who throws off the yoke of tradition and the structures of man that separate us from the will of the Father and His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.   This generation is like the army of Zebulun about whom Scripture tells us “could draw up in battle formation with all kinds of weapons of war, men with an undivided heart.”  We have the strongest weapons of warfare in the universe, and our hearts do not waver at the sight of the enemy, because we know that YHWH Nissi (Adonai our Banner) fights for us and with us.  An army divided is conquered, but an army united conquers.  We are the latter.  A new wave of witnesses of Yeshua is being sent out two by two into the nations operating in the power of the Kingdom, sparking a tsunami of salvation the likes of which the world has never seen.  The Sons and daughters of the Most High that all creation has been yearning for are being activated and answering the call in every nation.  They are nameless and faceless ones who when you see them, you will see Yeshua in them.  Answer the call mighty people of Adonai!  The army is being mobilized.

Expect the Unexpected

Imagine praying for revival, and when it comes it doesn’t look like what you imagined it would so instead of embracing it and being a part of it you actually miss it altogether or end up opposing it.  How heartbreaking that would be.  This is precisely what happened to the Pharisees and Sadducees however in the time of Yeshua.  Instead of a general on a shining horse coming to deliver the Israelites from their oppressive rulers as they expected, Yeshua came riding on a donkey into Jerusalem, and instead of wanting to be with the leaders of the city chose to go to the poorest, most hated and downtrodden people of the land.  His entourage was full of uneducated fishermen, a prostitute, and hated tax collectors, not exactly the all-star line up according to the world, but that was the point.  The wisdom of this world is foolishness before Adonai (1 Corinthians 3:19). It was not a megachurch that first received the Holy Spirit, it was 120 people in the upper room of a house, not even an official place of worship!  Clearly Yeshua wasn’t looking for numbers to bolster His following. Then something even crazier happened in Acts 5:12-13 when the believers decided amongst themselves it would be best to fellowship in a public place at the Temple on the Porch of Solomon in the shade instead of building a place that would keep them from sharing the good news with others.  If that isn’t crazy enough wait till you hear what gave the disciples great joy!  “After summoning the apostles, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and released them.So they left the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for [the sake of] His name” (Acts 5:40-41).  If we saw that today would these people be called fanatics or a cult, or would the signs and wonders that followed them be enough to bring thousands and thousands into the Body of Messiah like it happened in Jerusalem and countless other cities throughout the middle east and Europe, and even as far as India?  It started with 120 and became a global Holy Spirit Kehila (congregation).  Although Spirit-filled believers are by far the minority today, there are far more than the 120 it all started with.  So if that was the explosion that came from so few, what does a global Shavuot have in store?  What does it look like when entire nations are filled with the Holy Spirit? Our widest imagination cannot fathom it, but rest assured you won’t want to miss it, or worse, come against it.

Citizens of Heaven

As citizens of heaven where Yeshua lives (Philippians 3:20-21) it is time we began to see from the heavenly perspective instead of the earthly one.  It is time we asked questions like what is the Father’s plans for this person’s life, that family, business, city, nation, etc. instead of passing judgment the moment we see them, or join the consensus the world has agreed upon.  On earth as it is in heaven is happening with acceleration as more and more of the remnant take their positions in the heavenly places seeing what the Father sees and loving what the Father loves, binding on earth what has been bound in heaven and loosing on earth what has been loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19).  Heaven is gearing up for a major offensive this month, ready to assist the remnant in every place at any time.  The shofar is being blasted from heaven just as it was from Mount Sinai to the Israelites (Exodus 19:16,19), a call to wake up and answer with one voice the invitation of Adonai.  A global visitation of the glory of El Shaddai is coming and we must be prepared to say yes and amen!

New Normal 2.0

The ancient prophetic timeline of Scripture from 3,500 years ago at Mount Sinai to 2000 years ago in the upper room has now made its way to us.  The culmination of countless people, prophecies, prayers, and mighty men and women of Adonai has come before us, paving the way for this moment in time.  Now here we are as perhaps the most privileged generation in the history of people to see the fulfillment of Bible prophecy on a global scale for the glory of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Whether we like it or not a New Normal has indeed arrived, and we all get to choose which New Normal we will be a part of, the New Normal of the fallen kingdom of darkness, or the New Normal according to the blueprint of the Great I Am.  If you are reading this you are a warrior of the Kingdom of Heaven, brought to this place and this time to be a true witness of Yeshua on this earth for all to see that He is alive, and every bit of Who He says He is.  You have been and continue to be refined and purified as the Bride of Yeshua for such a time as this.  You will experience the supernatural become even more natural in your life this month, and see the things that once held you back disappear.  Your strength is another person’s weakness, and your weakness another’s strength. When you work with them for the glory of Elohim you will be an unstoppable force against the plans and schemes of the enemy with the same Holy Spirit working together as one Body of Messiah.  Between generations, sexes, cultures, languages, and every sphere of society the Bride of Christ is being unified and purified for the global fire of the Holy Spirit that is set to be rained down upon the earth.  A global tidal wave of witnesses, sons and daughters, priests, and kings of YHWH Nissi is about to move in the power of the Kingdom and confound even the powers of heaven.  We are the unexpected ones like those in the upper room, the ones who know the perfect love of Yeshua, who want nothing more than for others to partake of the free gift of life everlasting that was bought and paid for by the blood of Yeshua.  There is a vast harvest yet to be reaped, and we are being equipped and called by the Father to carry out this end-times work until Yeshua returns in all His glory.  As citizens of heaven the Kingdom paradigm replaces the world paradigm.  We are desperate to know the depths of Your love Father and to operate from the overflow of that love in us as we walk closer and closer with You daily, encounter You in greater ways, and to know You fully.  We are nothing without You Adonai, but all things are possible with you!  Let the fire of your Holy Spirit fall on every nation, your glory be magnified in all the earth, and awake in us the roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah from the ends of the earth back to Jerusalem!

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