Hebrew Month of Shevat Begins Sundown- January 5, 2011

Posted: January 5, 2011 in Hebrew Months

The Hebrew month of Shvat began tonight at sundown and is 30 days long, concluding sundown, February 4, 2011. At that time we begin 2 MONTHS OF ADAR (ADAR A (Adar 1) & ADAR B (Adar 2). Since the year of 5771 is a leap year they add an entire month 7 times in a 19 year cycle  

Shvat is a month for stirring our zeal for Jerusalem and our awareness and cooperation with heavenly messengers. The understanding of the angels this month is taken from the only time Shevat (aka S’vat, Shebat, Shvat) is mentioned in the Bible, Zechariah 1:7, where angels had been patrolling, watching, around the world and seemed quiet. However, the Lord of Hosts released a warning that he was angry with the nations and that anger was related to their actions towards Jerusalem. He continues, “I am exceeding jealous for Jerusalem and Zion.” In this vision Zechariah sees the four horses of Revelation.

Every Hebrew month has a Tribe, Constellation and Hebrew letter associated with it. These hold keys to our promises for that month and help us to pray in line with God’s timing and to get our lives into time with His specific appointed times.  

Shevat (shev-at) is known as the ‘eleventh month’ in the Bible according to the Biblical Calendar and is the fifth month on the civil calendarThe word Shevat is not a Jewish word, but a word coming most likely from Babylon. The word means ‘rod’, which is a symbol of judgment to God’s enemies. For us, we find the rod and the staff of our Shepherd as a comfort (Ps 23:4). As we walk through these dark last days we find comfort that the Lord, Jehovah Rohi, is protecting us with His rod and staff.  

The 15th of the month of Shevat is called Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year of Trees”, which is the Jewish Arbor Day. No fruit is allowed to be eaten from a tree under three years old. Tu B’Shvat is celebrated by eating some of the varieties of fruit found in Israel (dates, pomegranates, figs, grapes). Food is made from dried fruit and gifts of fruit are often given and received. This is also a celebration for the Tree of Life, which symbolizes the Messiah., who gives true life. The first blooming in Israel is the almond, and this week the almonds were blooming in the birth site of John. (Hmm, days of Elijah?) Nehemiah 10:35, “And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD.” This is one of the four Jewish new years.

Letter: Tzadik the 18th letter in the Aleph Bet with the numerical value of 90 (a number representing fullness of life, Ps 90:10, Sarah was 90 when she became pregnant with Isaac).  In the classic Hebrew script it looks like a tree. The word tzadik means ‘righteousness or righteous one’.  The pictograph of this letter is of a man lying down and represents need.  Tzadi got its name from the shape of a ‘fishing hook’ because the root is tzod meaning ‘to hunt, catch, capture’.  Another meaning of the letter in the sofit form is of a faithful servant with his arms raised before the LORD in humility, therefore representing the righteous ones. The entire chapter of Psalm 119 has a Hebrew letter assigned to each section or stanza.  The eighteenth stanza, verses 137-144 warn us that we can be hooked by trouble, desire and righteousness. Lift up your hands in submission to our Lord Jesus Christ in every area.

 

Heavenly Sign: Aquarius– ‘The Water Bearer’. This represents the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The symbol is shown of a man, symbolizing Jesus Christ who physically poured forth literal waters from an inexhaustible source, removing the curse and turning the world into a paradise. Expect a refreshing of the Holy Spirit this month.

 

Tribe: Asher, means ‘happy’, 8th son of Jacob and 2nd son of handmaiden Zilpah. His symbol is a fruitful olive tree.  This symbol is given to Asher because of the abundance of joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. It is not that Asher never had problems, but he was able to overcome all of the problems, making lemonade out of every lemon situation. Asher is fearless, optimistic and has the strength to go to hard or dangerous places. Asher loves strong teaching and preaching. An Asherite can bring forth a hard word from God, but it will be easy to receive, you will receive it with joy. Anna the prophetess of Luke 2:36-38 is of this tribe. Dip you foot in the oil (Deut 33:23-25) of the Holy Ghost this month and expect God to make you fruitful in every area. (It is interesting to note this past week Israel  discovered a huge natural gas field, the largest field to date. The fields are found in the territory given to the Tribe of Asher and the oil field is called Leviathan)

 

HISTORICAL DATES IN SHEVAT

  • Shevat 1– Anniversary of Moses’ last message to the Hebrew people as recorded in Deuteronomy. This concludes 37 days later on Adar 7. Deuteronomy 1:3 is the only time the 11th month is mentioned in the Bible.
  • Shevat 1– Many believe this was the date of the plague of locusts (Exodus 10:12)
  • Shevat 3– Jewish mourners attacked in Fostat, Egypt, 1012.
  • Shevat 3– Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany, 1933.
  • Shevat 3– The same day saw the founding of the Society of Youth Aliya, which brought the Israel over 115,000 children 12-16
  • Shevat 5– Jews of Sicily and Naples were invited to return (having been expelled previously) by Charles the Bourbon, 1740.
  • Shevat 6– Jews of Majorca were guaranteed protection, 1393. This was “forgotten” about 20 years later, when persecution started up again. 20 years after that, the Jewish community was destroyed
  • Shevat 10– Shabbat Shirah (The Sabbath of Song) The Sabbath that the Torah reading begins B’Shalach (“When he let go”) is the only reading with the Song of Moses, a song of great victory after crossing the Red Sea. Revelation 15:3 records that we will be singing the Song of Moses as we celebrate the victory over the beast around the Sea of Glass.
  • Shevat 12– Nazis provoked the first anti-Jewish riots in Amsterdam, 1941. The Jews successfully fought off their attackers. Two years later, 1943, to the day (12 Shvat), Jews in the Warsaw ghetto put up their fist resistance to the Nazi effort at liquidation. We years later, to the day, the Russian army liberated 2819 survivors of Auschwitz.
  • Shevat 15– Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year of Trees”, which is the Jewish Arbor Day.
  • Shevat 19– Jews of Basle were burned alive, 1349, in wooden houses constructed for that purpose.
  • Shevat 22– Nazis raided the Jewish community of Amsterdam and seized 429 young Jews for deportation, 1941.
  • Shevat 23– First transport of Jews to concentration camps, 1941.
  • Shevat 30– Jews of Rome had been subjected to a humiliating medieval practice of running a race in the Roman carnivals, scantily clad, amid insults and blows. This practice of “Black Monday” (the day of the weekly carnival) ended in 1667.

From my study linking the Hebrew letter, Tribe and heavenly sign I conclude that this month is for us to be like a tree, lifting out heavenly branches to our Lord Jesus Christ, expecting a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. With that fresh anointing, cry out for mercy for our country’s part in the decisions that are being made regarding Jerusalem and continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

  • Isaiah 52:8, But I [am] like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
  • Psalm 1:3, And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
  • Psalm 92:12, The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon
  • Proverbs 15:4, A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
  • Jeremiah 17:8,  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and [that] spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
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