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Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NLT) “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” 

It has been said, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Please learn from the history of this Hebrew month and pray. This is going to be a very challenging month world-wide.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Israel’s enemies acknowledge historical dates and plan attacks on those dates.

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.

These next three months of Tammuz, Av & Elul are the most challenging months for Israel. History repeatedly has shown that if anything tragic is going to happen to Israel it will happen in the months of Tammuz & Av. These three summer months heat up both naturally and spiritually. In the United States of America, this will be the period of the hottest months of this presidential election. The kingdom of this world is fighting against God’s plans and promises for Israel and the Church.

Tammuz is known as the ‘fourth month’ in the Bible according to the Biblical Calendar and is the tenth month on the civil calendar. The number 4 carries the meaning of learning, teaching, testing and trials. It also is the number of material completeness, a world number since on the 4th day material creation finished. It is the number of the great elements (earth, air, fire, water) regions of the earth (north, south, east, west) divisions of day (morning, noon, evening and midnight) seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring). The number 10 signifies the perfection of Divine order, beginning a new series of numbers. It also stands for completeness of order, marking the entire round of anything, whole cycle is complete. Putting those 2 numbers together we see that there will be a completeness of things that have been sown these past months and many people will be reaping things they do not want to reap. It is a good time to pray for a crop failure on all the negative words and deeds sown and to stand in the gap for our nation like never before.

Tammuz is the name of a Syrian god, but was also worshipped also by the Hebrews women with lamentations, in the fourth month of every year. Their idol worship was an abomination to God! It is a proper noun and means ‘sprout of life’, a Sumerian deity of food and vegetation. The only time the Bible records that name is found in Ezekiel 8:14 when God was showing Ezekiel all the abominations that were going on in the Temple, “So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.” Vs 17 tells of how they were smelling the branch. The cedar branch is used in the worship of this Syrian god and instead of the Hebrew women trusting God for life, they had turned to trusting a cedar to give them fertility and life, IN THE HOUSE OF GOD!

Here are some historical events connected with this month (specifically watch the 17th day of Tammuz- this year begins at sundown July 22)

  • Tammuz 1, historically it is the date Joseph was born and died. Rabbinical teaching says that if someone fulfills their earthly assignment well they will die on the same date of their birth. This is also said to be the day that Joseph was given the coat of many colors and created major jealousy with his brothers
  • Tammuz 17, 1312 BC, Moses descended from Mount Sinai and found the people worshiping the Golden Calf, breaking the 2 tablets containing the Ten Commandments- 3,000 Israelites were killed by Levites that day
  • Tammuz 3, 1271 BC, Joshua commanded the sun to ‘stand still at Gibeon’, Joshua 10:12.
  • Tammuz 17, 2 Kings 21:7, evil King Manasseh of Judah set up an idol in the Holy Sanctuary of the Temple
  • Tammuz 9, 587 BC, – the walls of Jerusalem were breached – 2 Kings 25:3, I Chronicles 27:7, Jeremiah 39:2, 52:6- famine in the land of Israel which resulted in Jerusalem being destroyed a year later and the cease of the daily sacrifices in the Temple  [2015, this is the day that the Supreme Court declared equal rights for same sex marriage- the White House was lit up in rainbow colors]
  • Tammuz 9, 586 BC, Jerusalem were breached after many months of seige by Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian forces (First Temple was destroyed  on Av 9)
  • Tammuz 10, 423 BC, King Zedekiah was captured by Babylonian troops in the plains of Jericho, as recorded in Jeremiah ch. 39. The evil Nebuchadnezzar forced Zedekiah to witness the slaughter of his sons, and then Zedekiah’s eyes were gouged out.
  • Tammuz 5, Ezekiel 1:1, Ezekiel began to have prophetic visions of end time events
  • Tammuz 17, 70 AD, Titus & Rome breached the walls of Jerusalem. Beginning of the end of the Second Temple, which was destroyed three weeks later on Av 9)
  • Tammuz 17, 135 AD, Second Jewish-Roman War. Roman military leader Apostomus burned a Torah scroll prior to Bar Kokba’s revolt. They believed the Torah was made by man and not by God.
  • 325 AD, Constantine started Roman Christianity. The cross Constantine had was for the god of Rome called Tammuz, for which he had a dream of conquest.
  • Tammuz 23, 1099,  Crusaders captured Jerusalem to “liberate the Holy Land from the infidels.”  (En route, the Crusaders carried out a campaign of rape and pillage; an estimated 40% of European Jewry was slaughtered in the process.) The day following their conquest of Jerusalem, the Crusaders murdered all the city’s Jews, by herding them into a synagogue and setting it on fire. Jews were barred from Jerusalem for the next century.
  • Tammuz 27, 1205 AD, Pope Innocent III published official Church doctrine that saw Jews doomed to eternal damnation for the curcifixion of Jesus. This charge of deicide was the basis for much anti-Semitism. This was reversed in 1963.
  • Tammuz 17, 1239, Pope Gregory IX ordered the confiscation of all manuscripts of the Talmud
  • Tammuz 17, 1391, More than 4,000 Spanish Jews were killed in Toledo and Jaen, Spain
  • Tammuz 17, 1559, The Jewish Quarter of Prague was burned and looted
  • Tammuz 29, 1922, the League of Nations confirmed the British Mandate of Palestine, territory taken from the Ottoman Empire following World War I. The Mandate charged Britain with securing the establishment of the Jewish national home, and safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine.
  • Tammuz 2, 1927, The town of Nablus (biblical Shechem) was convulsed by an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale. Nearly 300 people were killed and 1000 injured, many of Shechem’s historical buildings were destroyed.
  • Tammuz 7, 1938, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated a conference at Evian, France, where 32 world leaders discussed the problem of Jewish refugees. Unfortunately, little was accomplished, as nation after nation offered excuses for their refusal to accept Jewish refugees. Chaim Weizmann was quoted as saying: “The world seemed to be divided into two parts — those places where the Jews could not live, and those where they could not enter.” The conference failed to pass even a resolution condemning German treatment of Jews. The lack of action further emboldened Hitler, proving to him that no country had the moral fortitude to oppose the Nazi assault on European Jewry.
  • Tammuz 17, 1944, The entire population of Kovno ghetto was sent to the death camps
  • Tammuz 5, 1946 (15 months after WWII & Holocause ended), Jewish refugees from the Holocaust, with no other place to go, returned to their hometown of Kielce, Poland and were attacked by the townspeople in a blood pogrom that left 42 Jews dead and 80 wounded. The pogrom began with rumors spread that Jews had kidnapped a Polish child.
  • Tammuz 17, 1970, Libya ordered the confiscation of all Jewish property
  • Tammuz 6, 1976 On July 4, 1976, as America was celebrating its bicentennial, Israeli commandos performed a spectacular raid to rescue 100 Jews held hostage at Entebbe airport in Uganda.
  • Tammuz 17, 1981, Israel attacked the Tammuz-1 nuclear reactor at Osiraq in an attempt to scuttle Iraq’s nuclear program
  • Tammuz 17, 1994, Shoemaker Levi Comet began to break up, ending with bombarding Jupiter with 16 fragments on Av 9, each with an impact of a nuclear bomb
  • Tammuz 16, 2000, Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut was nominated as Al Gore’s running mate in the presidential election, becoming the first Jew nominated for this post by a major party.
  •  Tammuz 24, 2002, one week following the 17th of Tammuz fast, water started to come out of the Western Wall. One of the stones, 15 meters up the wall, has suddenly become dripping wet with no earthly explanation
  • Tammuz 17, 2006, Lebanon and Israel went to war after Hezbollah kidnaped 2 Israeli soldiers. (Chuck Pierce prophesied January 29, 2006, “watch Lebanon. I will bring conflict into Lebanon, because it is the boundary that I will deal with this year concerning My promised land of Israel. The warlike tribes of Lebanon will once again arise. But in the end, I will win this war, and the riches that have been withheld from My Kingdom plan will be released.”)
  • Tammuz 1, 2009, Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on the eve of Tammuz. Rabbis called for fasting and prayer, that the abominations could cause God to ‘vomit out’ the Jewish inhabitants of the Promised Land.
  • Tammuz 8, 2010, US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran
  • Tammuz 17, 2010,  GAZA STRIP – The U.S. has asked Hamas not to talk about contacts with Obama administration officials, a source close to Gaza-based Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh told London’s Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi, according to a report in YNet news. The Washington paper said the U.S. administration has decided it must work with Hamas because of its status in the Arab and Islamic world

The 3 week period between Tammuz 17 and Av 9 (Tisha B’Av) are called ‘bein haMetzarim’, aka Between the Straits, Dire Straits. Lamentations 1:3, “Judah has gone into captivity, under affliction and hard servitude; she dwells among the nations, she finds no rest; all her persecutors overtake her in dire straits.” Fear is strong during these 21 days because of the historical events connected with these two dates.

(This link is an interesting open letter to John McCain in 2008. http://www.jackgur.com/Straits.htm)

Both Tammuz 17 and Av 9 are fasting days listed in Zechariah 8:19. Feast Days were appointed by God, but these Fast Days are appointed by man. These fasts centered on themselves, not sorrow for sin, but sorrow for thier loss.

TRIBE- Reuben, the first son of Jacob and Leah. As the first born, he should have recieved a double portion of inheritance, leadership and priesthood of the family after Jacob’s passing. Because of his sin of sleeping with Rachel’s handmaiden, he lost all 3 firstborn privileges. The rulership went to Judah, the priesthood went to Levi and the double portion went to Joseph. He was a lover, unpredictable, many bi-polar tendencies, will not fight even to defend his family, stubborn, headstrong.

The prophetic word given to Reuben at Jacob’s passing is found in Genesis 49:3, “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. (4) Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it– he went up to my couch.”

This shows us the instability facing this coming month, but the redemptive gift to Rueben is “the excellency of”. To those who overcome the weak areas of Reuben, their work will be rewarded for excellency. Remember, Genesis 49:1 said those prophetic words were for the LAST DAYS. We can learn about how to overcome now by those prophetic words and aligning ourselves correctly.

CONSTELLATION/MAZAL- CANCER, “The Crab”- In the summer months,  when the weather is hot, the crabs multiply in the water. Crabs pinch and hurt and this month was basically a time in which the Jewish people were hurt.

The Hebrew name is Sartan. This is composed of two words, sar & tan, which literally reads, “remove the body’ (in order to reveal the soul). This month the pressures of life cause us to reveal what is really inside of us. (Interesting how this name is so close to the name of satan.)

LETTER- CHET (rhymes with ‘mate’ and has a sound of ‘ch’ as in Bach) is the 8th letter in the Hebrew Aleph Bet and has the numerical value of 8. Since the number 7 is the number of completeness, the number 8 stands for new beginnings. Jewish boys are circumcized on the 8th day, a covenant sign of his new beginning.

Chet is the pictograph of a wall, a fence or inner chamber and means ‘to fence’ – to separate, to cut off from, to protect.  number of ‘spiritual perfection’.

Grace/favor is a Chet word in Hebrew spelled Chet Nun (action, life). The word picture created is to fence or protect life, like a fence surrounds a garden. (Genesis 6:8)

Refuge is also a Chet word, spelled Chet (fence), Samech (support), Hey (feminine ending, what comes from). The word picture says that refuge is a fence of support. (Psalm 7:1-2)

Life (chayim) and Living (chayah) are both Chet words.

Let’s speak life, grace, favor and life to this coming Hebrew month.

Isaiah 62:1, “For Israel’s Sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not hold my peace”

This month, stabalize our faith by spending time in the Word and not in the world’s media. That way you will be makng a wall of protection around you and your family for the days ahead.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem as they enter into the season of the Dire Straits.

 


Tomorrow is February 29, 2016 on the Gregorian calendar. That extra day in February makes this a leap year, which happens every 4 years.

The Hebraic calendar is the calendar that God created in Genesis 1 and the Jews were entrusted to keep this calendar accurate. This calendar adds an entire month 7 times in 19 years.  In a leap year the month of Adar would be called Adar A (Adar 1) for 12th month and Adar B (Adar 2) for the 13th month. This has also known as a “pregnant year”.

Tomorrow is 20 Adar A, 5776 on the Hebraic calendar, making this a ‘pregnant year’. It is very unusual for both calendars to have a leap year at the same time. I have looked back a few years and 2008, 2000 and 1992  were leap years on both the Hebraic and Gregorian calendars.

2016, 2008 and 2000, 1992 were all Election years in the United States.

  • 1992 – George H Bush vs Bill Clinton
  • 2000 – George W Bush vs Al Gore
  • 2008 – Barack Obama vs John McCain
  • 2016 – ?

I am praying for this next president. Praying that God would not give our nation what we deserve, but that He would in His mercy give us a president after His own heart. May this year be pregnant with a president that hears God’s voice, who prays, who loves Israel and walks in integrity and rules in justice.

God help our nation come back to You, I pray You will start with me.

 

This morning I awoke and I heard “Just and true are your ways, O Lord”, from the Song of Moses in Revelation 15:3. We have been doing out part, crying out to God for our nation and repenting for the many great sins. We have come before a Holy Judge, on behalf of ourselves and on behalf of the innocent.

We are in the time in history that Moses was on the mountain for the second 40 days, seeking forgiveness for the entire nation of Israel because of the sin of the Golden Calf. In history, the day that he came down with the judgment of mercy was September 23, The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).

This morning on a prayer call I had a vision of an hour glass, with time running out. Tonight ends the 7 year land cycle of Leviticus 25 and the last day of the Shemitah Cycle is today. Tomorrow begins the “Ten Days of Awe”, where books in heaven are opened for the ‘just, the unjust and those in-between’. I feel what the Spirit of the Lord is showing me is that there is judgment upon national leaders and nations right now and there is still time for them to humble themselves and turn to the Lord.

Time-is-running-out-HourglassThe books will be closed, judgement will be set at the end of the 10 days of Awe, as Yom Kippur begins, The Day of Atonement. In history, this is the day that Moses came down the mountain with the judgment of mercy for the nation of Israel. This year, the Jubilee Year will be announced on Yom Kippur. We are in very serious times, very dangerous times. Seek the Lord, not only for yourselves, but for the nations, for the leaders.

Tonight begins the partial Solar Eclipse. This will be over the southern part of the earth so most of us will not see it except by internet. I saw the short clip of what it will look like on http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2015-september-13. It looks like a bowl. May this not be filled with the judgment of God upon the nations as they prepare to take the Promised Land at the United Nations, Selah.

Revelation 15:3, “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.”

DANGER! PASSIVITY!

ISIS beheadingHave you wondered why these men were not fighting, screaming, kicking? Because they had been through this same procedure about 40 times and probably thought that this was another routine of terror. Instead, this was their end. The tactic of the enemy was to ‘wear down their resistance’. Take away their fight to live.

Passivity towards our enemy is what the devil wants from us and his trick is to cool the ardor (passion) of God’s men of war. Proverbs 13:12, “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.” (MSG)

Right now we are not actively fighting a war with ISIS inside our nation, but we are fighting a real war between right and wrong.  We are living in the days when they call ‘good’ evil and ‘evil’ good. Years ago, it was said of someone who was a homosexual, that they were in the ‘closet’. At that time the Church had passion. Now, the Church is in the closet, and the homosexual community has the passion!

Synonyms for being ‘passionate’ are: (fired with intense feeling) ardent, blazing, burning, dithyrambic, fervent, fervid, fiery, flaming, glowing, heated, hot-blooded, hotheaded, impassioned, perfervid, red-hot, scorching, torrid.

Synonyms for ‘passivity’ are: Indifference, apathetic, asleep, compliant, lifeless, insensitivity, lethargy, aloofness, coldness, coolness, detachment, disinterest, dispassion, disregard, dullness, emotionless, heedlessness, insensibility, unconcern, going through the motions, unresponsiveness, halfheartedness, idle, indifference, laid back, motionlessness, nonresistance, nonviolent, phlegmatic, resigned, submissive
2 Timothy 1:6, “That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you”  TIME FOR ‘SHIELDS UP’, Fan the flame of hope in God, don’t let down your shield of faith! The best times for the Church is just ahead. This will be our finest hour! Don’t go AWOL on King Jesus right at the finish line. He is the Author and the Finisher of your faith! Put your trust and hope in Him!

 

Amos 4:12, “Therefore, I will bring upon you all the disasters I have announced. Prepare to meet your God in judgment, you people of Israel!” (13) For the LORD is the one who shaped the mountains,
stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness
and treads on the heights of the earth. The LORD God of Heaven’s Armies is his name!

Every time God spoke Judgment to the nation of Israel, it came to pass. EXCEPT when a righteous person stood in the gap for the nation. One of those times was at Mt Sinai, the sin of the Golden Calf. We are in the days right now that Moses went up the mountain for the 2nd set of 40 days, this time to intercede for the nation of Israel for that specific incident.

We are coming into times where it could be ‘the best of times’ or ‘the worst of times’. We get to choose whom we will serve. As for Ken, myself and our house, we will serve the Lord. And He will protect us.

At sundown, 10 days from now, it will begin Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets. This is when the year changes on Hebraic calendar to the year 5776. In the Hebrew Aleph Bet, each letter is a number. For instance, Alef is the first letter and has the numerical value of 1. Tav is the last of the 22 letters and has the value of 400.

The Hebrew word for ‘perfection’ is shlaimut and the numeric value of the value of 776 (300+30+40+6+400=776)

Some other phrases that add up to 776 are as follows:

  • Mal 3:7, come back to Me, and I will come back to you=776
  • Jer 3:22, come back to Me, you fatherless children of Israel=776
  • The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob=776
  • The kingdom of David will be for the eternal world=776
  • The kingdom of God will be forever=776
  • The last Kingdom =776
  • The Coming of the Messiah=776

We should always prepare our hearts because none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Prepare to meet Him ever day, but more so as the days come closer to His appearing. Our nation is facing some very serious times as our leaders make decisions that put us in harm’s way.

Let us all follow Moses’ example for the days we are in and stand in the gap for our nation and Israel.

 

Psalm 27:6, “And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.”

Praising God is a choice!!! And it is also coming in the “opposite spirit”. Pray for those who persecute you, love your enemies, forgive them who hurt you. WHAT? That is not the norm today. We live in an era of Me, selfishness. 2 Timothy 3 tells us what days we are living in, perilous times, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,….” In the days we are living in right now, we need to come in the opposite spirit of each of these.  Coming in the opposite spirit would be to praise God to whom all blessings flow! Praise Him for who He is, for the goodness He has given you in your life.

The first use of sing in this passage is the Hebrew word shiyr (sheer) and it is used to ‘sing to honor someone’.

The first usage of shiyr in the Bible is in Exodus 15 after Yahweh parted the Red Sea and their enemies were drowned. They sang in honor of their Protector and Defender God.

The second use of sing in this passage is the Hebrew word zamar and it is a primitive word that carries the meaning ‘to pluck with fingers’. This use of sing is from praises using instruments. It also means ‘to dance’.

The first instance that zamar is used in the Bible is Judges 5:3 with Deborah and Barak, “”Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, [even] I, will sing (shiyr) to the LORD; I will sing praise (zamar) to the LORD God of Israel.”

No matter what circumstance you find yourself in today, CHOOSE to sing praises to God in song, instrument and/or dance. He is so worthy of our praise!

Instead of Shame You will have Double Honor

Psalm 27:6,And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me:”

We are now at Day 15 of the 40 days of preparing our hearts for the Fixed Appointed Times on God’s calendar, also known as the Feasts of the Lord (Lev 23). 15 days from today will be Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah. This is the Head of the Year, the Jewish New Year when the year changes to 5776.

What will this year bring for us? We need to confess Psalm 27 to prepare our hearts because this next year will be ‘the best of times‘ and for others, ‘the worst of times’. What you focus on the longest will become the strongest so let us focus on the Living Word of God and bring the promises into our New Year.

Isaiah 61:7, “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs.” Now that is a great promise! Grab hold of this for your next year.

The beginning of August, I attended a gathering at Glory of Zion in Corinth, TX with Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce. They both said several times that this next year (5776) will be the most historic in the past 70 year, it will be the most important year of our lives. But we will have to press through with faith to face the giants. But there is 2 kinds of faith depending on what you have been focusing on- faith in the negative or faith in God based on His Word.

Our King is a conquering King! When a king would overthrow another king in battle, the back of his garment would be cut off and his back side would be exposed. The word ’embarrassed’ comes from this warfare tradition. The conquered king would be paraded through the streets with his ‘back-side bared’.

We can hold our head high because the battle has already been done and the enemy of God has been paraded the enemy of His in disgrace.

Colossians 2:15 tells us, “[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” In Greek ‘made a shew’ means to ‘expose in disgrace.’