Sivan 5771 Begins Sundown Thursday, June 2, 2011

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Hebrew Months

Sivan is known as the ‘third month’ in the Bible according to the Biblical Calendar and is the ninth month on the civil calendar. There are only three months mentioned in the Exodus from Egypt in the Torah (first five books of the Bible written by Moses):  First month (Nisan), Second month (Iyar) and Third month (Sivan).  Exodus 19:1, “In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai.”

Sivan is most likely a Persian name and means “their covering” according to Strong’s Concordance and Gesenius’s Lexicon says it comes from a Chaldee root that means ‘to rejoice’ as if this is the ‘month of rejoicing’. It is  pronounced see-van’. The only time the word Sivan is mentioned in the Bible is Esther 8:9, “So the king’s scribes were called at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan……..” It is interesting to note that this verse is the longest verse in the Bible.

What to expect this month:

  • Mercy- ‘blessed are the merciful for they shall find mercy’ (Mt 5:7). At Pentecost the scroll of Ruth is read because she finds mercy at the wheat harvest, which is Pentecost. Ruth means ‘friendship’ and a friend shows mercy.
  • New Assignments– Just as Moses received his assignment on Mt Sinai and the 120 received power from on high (Acts 2) to be ‘witnesses’. This is a month to ‘hear’ and get into your ‘aligned position’. Aquilla Nash (www.aquillanash.org) says that ‘it will be difficult to receive direction in July’ so we need to take advantage of the season and get our directions and assignments. Paul Crouch of TBN quoted that ‘every word Aquilla delivered has come to pass’.
  • Zebulon is known for success in business so this is a great month to press into ‘God’s way of success in business’. With the Word of God and the Holy Spirit as your Helper, you will see that ‘it is He who gives you power to get wealth’, Deut 8:18.
  • Success in warring for finances– Zayin is a pictograph of a sword and means to ‘cut’ or ‘pierce’, but comes from a root meaning nourishment. Zebulun  begins with the letter Zayin and it is the only Zayin in the names of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. As a merchant, money maker to spread God’s Word, Zebulun had to use the sword and stay focused on his assignment to get finances from the kingdom of this world and into God’s Kingdom. This mountain is the Mountain of Business and we need to pray for all those who have the anointing of Zebulun in these last days to finance the work of the Kingdom of God.
  • A special blessing as you bless Israel– This is the month of Gemini, the Twins (Exodus 26:24). This month is considered to be the month  of marriage of Israel to God. As we bless Israel, we are blessed. Prepare a special offering to Israel at Pentecost, considered a time of open heaven for giving.
  • Completion– Sivan is the 7th month and Zayin is the 7th letter. In Hebrew 7 means ‘completion’ and coming to a rest– ‘on the 7th day God rested’. The Hebrew children completed their journey from Egypt and were now at Mt Sinai to meet with God and learn what He wanted them to do. As you are going into a time of new assignments, it is time to lay the past assignments down. The assignments may be in the same area, but at a new level. As Peter became a new man by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will receive new power from on high.

Holidays and Holy Days

The special Holiday of Sivan is what we call Pentecost, the Hebrew Feast of Shavuot. It is also called  ‘Feast of Weeks’ and is the fourth feast of the Seven Hebrew Feasts listed in Leviticus 23. This is when the Law or written Word of God, was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. On the First day of Sivan, the new moon of the new month (rosh chodesh), the 45th day after leaving Egypt, the children of Israel reached the desert of Sinai and camped around the mountain. On the 6th of Sivan, Jewish tradition says the Torah as given to Moses.

In Exodus (Shemos) 19:1,  Jewish Tradition says that “that very day” refers to Rosh Chodesh Sivan. About that day it is written, “And the People of Israel encamped there, opposite the Mountain.” The verb written in Hebrew for ‘encamped’ is ‘vayichan’,  a singular, rather than plural, form. This is to indicate that the acceptance of the Torah by the Jewish People was as if with a single mind, and a single heart. This was necessary because the Torah was like a marriage contract between God and Israel and, as such, there was no room for any hesitation or disloyalty between the parties. In order for Israel to rise to its highest calling, they needed to be unified. Only when their highest goal was hearing from God could they receive the written word, Torah.

In Acts 2, we see the Holy Spirit coming upon the 120 that were of one accord (representing a singleness of  heart and mind).  Acts 2:1, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” An interesting thing about the first Pentecost was that when Moses received the Ten Commandments, he came down from Mt Sinai and found the people worshiping a Golden Calf. The result was 3,000 men died that day. In Acts 2, 3,000 religious men were born again as the result of Peter’s preaching the Good News. There is no Hebrew word for coincidence!

  • At Mt Sinai they were of one mind and single heart, at Mt Zion they were in one accord
  • At Mt Sinai they had prepared themselves to hear from God, at Mt Zion they were all in prayer
  • At Mt Sinai they waited at the base of the mountain, at Mt Zion they waited for the Promise of the Father
  • At Mt Sinai a nation was birthed when God covenanted with an entire nation and at Mt Zion (Jerusalem) a Church was born from Jesus’ New Covenant
  • At Mt Sinai the Word was given to teach them about God & His ways of being and doing right
  • At Mt Zion the Teacher came to live inside them
  • At Mt Sinai the Heavens were opened and Moses went up, at Mt Zion the heavens were opened and the Spirit came down

On Pentecost, the scroll of Ruth is read in its entirety. One reason is because much of the story is from the time of the barley harvest (Passover) and ends in the time of wheat harvest (Pentecost) but also it is a story of redemption of all things lost.  Ruth 1:1 begins, “Now it came to pass in the days of” which occurs 5 times in the Bible, always begins with impending trouble and ends in happy deliverance. Ruth means “friendship”.

Letter: Zayin  Zayin is the pictograph of a weapon or sword and means to cut, to pierce. Zayin is considered a “crowned” Vav. Just as Vav represents ‘yashar‘, straight light from God to man, so Zayin represents ‘chozer‘, returning light.

The word time (zman) and remember (zacher) both begin with Zayin. Deut 32:7, “Remember the days of old. Exodus 20:8, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. In the original Hebrew script, there is an oversized Zayin in Malachi 4:4, Remember the Torah of Moses my servant.” Zayin represents a weapon of the Spirit (sword of the spirit), the Word of God. Remembering what God has done keeps us in faith, keeps us thankful and keeps our hearts single. In short, “remembering keeps us” in God’s perfect will, God’s timing and on the right path.

Tribe: Zebulun, the sixth and last son of Leah and the tenth son of Jacob.   His strengths were:  he supported ministries financially, gifted in earning money, gifted writer, counselor, a tribe of vision and very reliable. His weakness was that  he did not drive the enemy out of his God-given land, “peace at any price“.   The Tribe of Zebulun were great soul winners,  prayer warriors and missionaries.  Zebulun is associated with ‘light’, representing  revelation of the Word.  Isaiah 9:1-5 & Matthew 4:13-16 tell of the promised “light” to come through Jesus. ‘The land of Zebulun…..the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.

Constellation: Gemini, The Hebrew name for Gemini is ‘Thaumim‘, which means ‘united‘ (Exodus 26:24, coupled). The Ten Commandments were written in two (twin) tablets, and yet they are one. In every Jew, Jacob represents the good and Esau represents the evil inclination.  “You shall love God with all your heart” refers to both inclinations. The tablet on the right side symbolizes the first five commandments, which stand for the completed nature of Jacob as Israel, and the tablet on the left side is the areas we fight in our flesh, symbolized by Esau.

When a bride and groom attain to the highest degree of connection, oneness, they are described as ‘twins’.  The day that God gave the Torah to Israel is known as the wedding of the two.

Sivan in History

  • Sivan 1- In the Hebrew year 2448, seven weeks after the Exodus from Egypt, the Jewish people arrived at Mount Sinai. They spent the next five days in intense purification and preparation to receive the Torah. (Exodus 19:1)
  • Sivan 6- In the Hebrew year 2448, 50 days after the Exodus from Egypt, the Torah was given in Divine revelation to the entire Jewish people at Mount Sinai and Israel became a nation. (The name of this holiday, Pentecost or Shavuot, means “weeks,” in recognition of the 7 weeks journey to Mt Sinai).
  • Sivan 5-In 1981, Israel bombed and destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor in Baghdad
  • Sivan 6-  In 32 AD, The Holy Spirit was poured out and the Church was birthed. (Acts 2)
  • Sivan 15- Traditional date for the birth and death of Judah, 4th son of Jacob. (1564-1445 BC). It is believed that if a person is born and dies on the same date, they have faithfuly fulfilled all God called them to accomplish.
  • Sivan 21– In the Hebrew year 2448, Miriam spoke negatively about  Moses, and was struck with leprosy. (Nu 12)
  • Sivan 23-  On this day in 355 BC, Haman’s edict for destroying the Jewish people was overturned. (Esther 8:9)
  • Sivan 29– In the Hebrew year 2448, Moses sent out 12 spies into the Promised Land, one from each of the 12 Tribes. 40 days later they came back- 10 with an evil report, Joshua and Caleb with good reports. When the nation of Israel chose the evil report, they were sentenced to 40 years in the Wilderness. One year for each day they were spying out the land. [pay close attention to Tammuz 17 next month. Choosing the negative report began a cycle of bad things happening to Isreal]

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