Iyar 5771 Begins at Sundown May 4, 2011

Posted: May 4, 2011 in Hebrew Months

Rosh Chodesh is the Head of the Hebrew month. Iyar is the 2nd month on the biblical calendar and the 7th month on the civil calendar.

What to expect this month (cycles repeat themselves):
  • Revelation knowledge from God, a blessed time spend quiet time listening to Him and concentrating on every word
  • Understanding of the timing and secrets of God (I Chron 12:32, the Tribe of Issachar had an “understanding of the times and knew what Israel should do.”)
  • Expect brilliance instead of dullness, light instead of darkness (Iyar is also called Ziv and means radiance)
  • Declare healing in every area, health, relationships, etc.  (Iyar is an acronym for “I AM the God that healeth thee”)
  • Independnce and liberation from your enemies, no matter how long you have been in bondage (Israel’s Independence Day, nation reborn after almost 2,000 years and God’s promises fulfilled- Can a nation be born in a day? Is there anything too hard for God?)
  • This is the month declare heaven’s will into the earth (Vav symbolizes the connecting force of God, the divine “hook” that binds heaven  and earth together)
  • Declare your strength renewed and press forward in God’s strength (Constellation is Taurus the Bull)
  • Healing in relationships (Lag B’Omer is a time for renewed respect and love in relationships)
  • Plagues and famines to stop (Lag B’Omer the plagues were stopped when respect was shown for the Rabbi)
  • Declare and decree peace and unity between Mexico and America and our borders (Cinco De Mayo)

Specific Prayer Points for 2011:

  • PM Netanyahu will visit Washington DC and adress the House and Senate May 22-25. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was at the White House March 2010 he was treated with the greatest disrespect of any national leader. For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Benyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama … as a humiliation. Pray Isaiah 62, “that instead of shame, he will receive ‘double honor'”. (let’s see Lag B’Omer happen again)
  • May 14-15, The anniversary of the blockade of Egypt of 1967. The Palestinians are planning the 3rd Intifada of Israel and plan another flotilla.

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5771 is sundown May 4 to sundown May 5. How exciting that the  60th Anniversary of the National Day of Prayer is on Rosh Chodesh Iyar! This is also Cinco De Mayo, a celebration of when American and Mexico joined forced to defeat the French.

The month of “Ziv” (radiance) [it is related to the prophets (I Kings 6:1) Solomon began the building of the First  Temple “in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv,  which is the second month, he began to build the House of God.” This is a month of radiance and brilliance,  when light increases.

The month of Iyar is commonly referred to as the month of healing, for its  name is an acronym of “I am God your Healer” (Exodus 15:26)

Holidays:

Counting of the Omer – The count of the Omer began Nisan 16 and counts the  50 days between Passover and the Feast of Pentecost.

May 8- Memorial Day–  “Yom HaZikaron“- commemorates those who gave their  lives for Eretz Israel (land of Israel)

May 9- 63rd Independence Day in Israel,  “Yom Yerushalayim“- the day marking the return  of the Jewish People, with the help of God, to their capital city and Temple  Mount. The State of Israel was established on Iyar 5708 (1948) when the leaders of the Restored state signed the Declaration of Independence. [the next day the  Arab nations went to war with Israel]

May 17- Pesach Sheni- The Second Passover. This is the only holy day recorded in the Torah for the Second Month, Iyar. (Numbers 9)

May 22- Lag B’Omer– The Talmud relates that in the weeks between Passover and Shavuot a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva “because they did not act respectfully towards each other”; these weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased. Thus Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of Ahavat Yisrael, the imperative to love and respect one’s fellow.

May 14-15, Iyar 12– In 1967, Egypt blocked the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping.

Tribes were counted in Iyar 2449 , the 2nd year after the  Exodus, while they were in the wilderness.

Letter : Vav , the  6th letter in the Aleph-Bet, numeric value of 6. The pictograph looks  like a tent peg. First used in Genesis 1:1, joining heaven and earth matters.
Vav symbolizes the connecting force of God, the divine “hook” that binds heaven  and earth together. Vav also represents “man”, who was created on the  6th day. A broken Vav represents a man that is broken. Each curtain  of the Tabernacle was fastened to its post by means of a silver hook (vav).  Joshua, the 6th book of the Bible reveals that good success comes  from meditating on the Word of God. (Joshua 1:8)

Mazal : “Shor” (Taurus-ox)  Constellation is made up of Taurus the bull, Orion the hunter, Eridanus  the river, Auriga the shepherd. Ox is symbolic of a fierce conqueror and a  servant. Psalms 147:4 tells us that He called each star by name. The Hebrew names of the stars in Taurus the Bull, beginning at the brightest to the less bright stars, together tell the story of the Messiah coming to rule. Jesus may have come as a Lamb, but when He comes the second time it will be with the fierceness of a charging bull. There is a cluster of 1 star surrounded by  7 other stars in the neck of Taurus that is called Pleiades, which means ‘congregation of the ruler’. Pleiades is found mentioned in Job 9:9; 38:31 and Amos 5:8) Pleiades is likened to the Seven Churches of Revelation, who are at the base of the Taurus Mountain Range.

Tribe : Issachar.  The scholarly tribe of Israel. The Sanhedrin was mostly composed from the tribe of Issachar. In particular, Issachar was the  master of the “secret” of the Jewish calendar, as is said of him: “knowers of  understanding the times.” His basic nature is contemplative and he serves as the  “advisor” to his brethren, the tribes of Israel (in particular to the king,  Judah).

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