The first of 2 months of Adar begins this Friday night at sundown. The first day of the month is called Rosh Chodesh, which means ‘the head of the month’.
This year the Hebrew calendar has a leap year and adds another month of Adar. Both are called the 12th month and one is called Adar Aleph (A or 1) and the second month is called Adar Bet (B or 2). In the lunar Hebrew calendar, there is a leap year 7 times in 19 years. When there is a leap year the Festival of Purim is on Adar 2, always being the month before Passover. The first month of Adar still has a Purim remembrance, but it is called PURIM KATAN – Little Purim. The 14th and 15th of Adar 1 on a leap year are traditionally called “Little Purim”. On these days also one is supposed to celebrate, is forbidden to mourn or fast and omits certain prayers.
“When Adar arrives, we increase our joy”. Jewish Talmud- Taanit 29a
Adar is the 12th month on the Jewish calendar and represents completion of a cycle (yr). The sages say that this is the best month to try to remove your personal barriers to holiness, thereby creating potential for great joy. Adar gives us keys to victory, that will bring hope producing faith to be victorious over any opposition, both personally or nationally. YEAH!!!!
The name Adar is found as a proper masculine name as a descendant of Benjamin or a city in Judah. (many patterns about the Church are found in the life of Benjamin). The name means “exceeding glorious“. The word Adar as a month is found in Ezra 6:15 and numerous times in the Book of Esther and means ‘glorious. The Lexicon comments that ‘perhaps this month is so-called from the flowers and trees being so splendidly covered with leaves’. Since we have 2 months of Adar, I am expecting 2 months full of double favor and multiplied glory!!! And I am expecting for Israel to have double honor instead of shame!! These are double blessing months so expect the favor of God to come into every and all of your areas of attack. THIS ARE THE MONTHS OF FOR KINGS AND PRIEST UNTO GOD TO DECLARE AND DECREE INSTEAD!! (See Isaiah 61)
Purim is very important to watch because it falls on a full moon, middle of the lunar month. Only The Feasts of the Lord of Passover and Tabernacles fall on a full moon and qualify for a possible ‘blood moon’. (Joel 3:21) NASA projects there will be a lunar eclipse (blood moon) on Passover & Tabernacles 2014 & 2015. That back-to-back eclipse cycle is called a Tetrad, and it is an incredible sign to watch for when it falls on God’s fixed appointed Feast Days. Note: There were no astronomical back-to-back blood-red moon events in the 1800’s, the 1700’s or the 1600’s. In the 1500’s there were six, but none fell on Passover or Tabernacles. The 2014/2015 events will be the last in this century. In 1492 following Spain kicking the Jews out of the country or death by Av 9 (the most dreaded day on the Jewish calendar) a Tetrad followed, Passover and Tabernacles 1493 & 1494 (full blood moons on each). Other years there were back-to-back blood red moons on Passover & Tabernacles followed the 1948 War of Independence and the 1967 Six Day War.
The most eclipses (solar and lundar) that can occur in one year to fit with the Jewish Feasts & Holy Days is seven, and that would have to include Purim. Two times in our century there were 7 eclipses in one year, 1917 and 1973. In 1917 Communism settled into the world, Balfour Declaration allowed Jews back to their homeland, General Allenby took Jerusalem away from the Turks after a 400 year rule without a shot fired. In 1973 was the Yom Kippur War, the famous Oil Embargo, President Nixon left the office in disgrace and 27 nations were in famine. 2014-2015 we will see 7 eclipses in one year, all of Jewish Feast & Holy Days.
It is interesting that today Russia’s crops have gone into failure because of the incredible heat and drought and were unable to plant the winter wheat and Australia’s crops are under water. In addition, Egypt is very much in the news and it is so clearly connected with Israel. (Do you know the Hebrew word for coincidence? There is none!!!) Remember, History repeats itself.
Some of the Month of Adar History & Happenings
Adar 1-Ezekiel 32, Ezekiel received the word of the Lord of lamentation for Pharaoh & Egypt, Elam (Iran) mentioned [expect troubled systems to be troubled by Almighty God]
Adar 3– Ezra 6:15, the Temple repairs were done after the 70 year captivity in Babylon (515 BC) [expect restoration]
Adar 4- 1992, Death of former Israel Prime Minister Menachem Begin who signed the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt
Adar 5- 1957, Israel withdrew troops from Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula. This followed the Suez Wr of 1956, in which France, Britain and Israel teamed up to stop Egyptian interference with shipping through the Suez Canal. In response to the Suez War, the Egyptian government expelled 25,000 Egyptian Jews and confiscated their property, and sent 1,000 more Jews to prisons and detention camps.
Adar 6, Moses completed his farewell address to the Hebrew children and God (Deut 31:14). Amazingly, the anniversary of Moses’ completing his teaching coincides with the date in 1482 of the first printing of the standard format used for Jewish Bibles today.
Adar 7– Birth day of Moses, also day he died 120 years later [expect deliverance]
Adar 10- 1980, Israel and Egypt exchanged ambassadors, marking a new era of cordial diplomacy.
Adar 13– Nicanor Day, remembrance of the defeat of wicked Syrian Nicanor by the Maccabees in 161 BC (Josephus Antiquities Book 12, Chapter 10, pt 5) [expect your enemies to be overthrown]
Adar 13, 2003– Eve of Purim, March 17, 2003- President George W. Bush announces War on Iraq (12 Purims after Iraq war under President Bush, Sr)
Adar 18- 1953, Death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Historians contend that Stalin was preparing a Soviet-wide pogrom, a ‘Second Holocaust’, but the scheme was cancelled upon Stalin’s death.
Adar 20- Special Torah reading regarding the Red Heifer cleansing (Numbers 19:2) This is for the special purifying before Passover (I’m not sure but I believe this will be in Adar 2 instead of this month)
Adar 26, Marks the death of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 561 BC.
Adar 27– 1979, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David Peace Agreement at the White House. Sadat had orchestrated the Egyptian attack on Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, but after suffering defeat he became resigned to Israel’s existence. As part of the Camp David deal, Israel withdrew from the entire Sinai Peninsula. For forging this first peace agreement between Israel and an Arab state, Sadat and Begin were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Much of the Arab world was outraged by Sadat’s overtures toward Israel, and he was assassinated by a Muslim extremist in 1981.
The Dakes Bible comments on page 516: It has been observed by many that the name of God is not found in the book of Esther. This is more remarkable in view of the fact that the 167 verses of the book, the king is mentioned 192 times; his kingdom 26 times; and his title Ahasuerus [Mary’s note- his name means ‘silent and poor] is given 29 times. Howver, In the ancient Hebrew text there were 5 places where the name of God was hidden, being abbreviated JHVH for JeHoVah, 4 times, and EHYEH (I AM THAT I AM) once. These letters were used as acrostics in certain statements, and in 3 of the MSS, they were written larger than the rest of the text so that they stood out boldly on the scroll. The statements wherein these letters occurred in the Hebrew text are: 1- all the wives shall give, uttered by Haman (1:20) 2- Let the king and Haman come this day, uttered by Esther (5:4) 3- This avails me nothing, uttered by Haman (5:13) 4- That there was evil determined against him, uttered by author of Esther (7:7) 5- Who is he, and where is he (7:5) This is where the acrostic EHYEH was used while in the above points JHVH was used.
Naphtali is the 6th son of Jacob and the 2nd son of Rachel’s handmaid. Naphtali means to ‘wrestle’ and comes from his birth as Rachel proclaims, “With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali.” Those from that Tribe do not look for a fight, but when they do enter into a fight they win. For this reason the Tribe of Naphtali makes great intercessors. Their banner symbol is that of a hine. A hine is a 3-year-old red deer. The unique thing about a hine is that it has no gall bladder. Gall is symbolic of bitterness and an intercessor cannot carry bitterness and win. One of the heroes from Naphtali’s lineage was Barak from Judges 4-5, who battled alongside Deborah. The men from that tribe are masculine, but not intimidated by women in ministry. The weakness of the tribe is compromise. Since they do not like to fight they did not drive out the enemy on their alloted land in the Promised Land and eventually were full of idol worshippers. His land was north by Lebanon and was one of the first of the Lost Tribes sent into dispersion and captivity. (Don’t compromise with your weakness and enemy, you will win the fight if you press in to defeat the enemy one and for all)
HEBREW LETTER- KAF (pronounced kaf) This is the 11th letter with the numerical value of 20. It is a pictograp of a wing or an open hand symboizing 1) to allow 2) to cover 3) to open.
Kaf also looks like a mask. It is interesting that the festival of Mardis Gras is usually in the month of Adar. It is also the month that Queen Esther revealed her true identity as a Jew, removing the so-called Gentile mask she had been wearing. It is time to remove all human, man-made masks of your self worth and reveal who you are in Christ.
Each of the stanzas of Psalm 119:81-88 begin with Kaf and teach us when we cry out to God in a time of need. It is not the hand of man that will bring us help in a time of need, but our loving Father who is waiting for us to ask.
The literal meaning is of a ‘palm’ which is considered the location where potential of Yod (hand). For this reason we bless children with palms facing them asd we envision God as having His palms over us.
KAF words: (1) Yes- – (Kaf Noon), yes (ken) is to open your hand to life or activity (2) Priest– (Ken Hey- in center of yes) Ko-hen, placing HEY in the heart of yes (ken) tells us the job of a priest is to reveal the heart of the ‘yes’. (3) To Forgive– (Kaf Pey Reysh) To Atone- (kee-per), forgiveness comes when, instead of pronouncing judgment, you cover the mouth of the person.:
Constellation- Pisces, The Fishes (Hebrew, Dagim) This constellation always represented Israel, who were strangers and pilgrims on this earth, looking for a heavenly city whose builder and maker is God. However, the symbol of the Church is a fish. So, these 2 fish, one swimming heaven-ward & one swimming on the path of the sun represent Israel and the Church, the Old Covenant and the New Covenant- the one new man spoken of in Ephesians 2:15. The two fish are held together by a cord called ‘al Risha’, which means ‘a common bond’.
Jesus is what ties the two together. He did not come to destroy the law and the prophets, but fulfill them (Mt 5:17). Prominent stars of the 113 that make up the constellation are, Okda (Hebrew) meaning ‘the united’; Al Samaca (Arabic) ‘the upheld’.
Isaiah 41:10b, “Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand“. The Church is forever tied to Israel. Pray for the Peace (shalom, nothing missing, nothing broken) of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee (Ps 122:6)
This is a special month on a special year. We should expect favor to come our way, for our mountains to be thrown into the sea and be ready to shout ‘instead’ at every attack of the evil one. To God be the glory!!
Adar 14-15- (February 18-19, 2011) Little Purim, There are no funerals, eulogies, mourning or fasting allowed on this day- only joy, laughter & feasting! [Rejoice in expectation of your mess become a message and your test to become your testimony of God’s faithfulness]