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Shevat (shvat)  is known as the ‘eleventh month” according to the sacred calendar and is the ‘fifth month’ on the civil calendar.

The only mention of Shevat is found in Zachariah 1:7,On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month of Shebat (Shevat), in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the son of Berechaih, the son of Iddo the prophet.” This month is mentioned with reference to the angels ‘walking to and fro throughout the earth’ (Vs 11) so this month is associated with our awareness and cooperation with heavenly messengers. The significance of this vision was God’s message that He will again be merciful to Jerusalem. (Vs 14, 16, 17)

The 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.

For 37 days Moses gave his last message to Israel. He began the message on the 1st day of the 11th month (Shevat) and ended on the 7th day of the 12th month of Adar. Deuteronomy 1:3 reads, “And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first [day] of the month, [that] Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the Lord had given him in commandment unto them.” Note: “Now it came to pass” means behind the phrase- ‘begins in turmoil and ends in a blessing’. (Genesis 22:1; Ruth 1:1)

The 15th of Shevat is called Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year of Trees”, which is the Jewish Arbor Day. This is technically the day when trees stop absorbing water from the ground, and instead draw nourishment from their sap. No fruit is eaten from a tree under three years old. Tu B’ Shevat 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 give true life. The first blooming in Israel is the almond. Nehemiah 10:35 reads, “And me made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the Lord.”

In History, this is the month that 2 Space Shuttles were destroyed in Space, both carrying Israeli astronauts- 1986 & 2003. (see historical dates below)

TRIBE- Asher,  the 8th son of Jacob and the 2nd son of Zilpah, the handmaiden of Leah. His name means ‘happy’.  Genesis 30:13, “Then Leah said, ‘I am happy, for the daughters will call me blessed.’ So she called his name Asher.”

Asher’s symbol was a fruitful olive tree.This symbol was 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 with his optimistic attitude. Asher is fearless, optimistic and has the strength to go to hard and dangerous places.

Asher’s weaknesses were that he did not like to fight and compromised.  Judges 1:31, “The tribe of Asher also failed to drive out the residents of Acco, Sidon, Ahlab, Aczib, Helbah, Aphik, and Rehob (32) In fact, because they did not drive them out, the Canaanites dominated the land where the people of Asher lived.”  As a result Jezebel was able to introduce Baal worship to God’s chosen people in this area.

His strengths were that the tribe is optimistic and gets things right in the end. Judges 7:23, “Then Gideon sent for the warriors of Naphtali, Asher, and Manasseh, who joined in the chase after the fleeing army of Midian”. They became part of Gideon’s mighty men and proved to loyal, faithful and committed to the end. They were part of Solomon’s soldiers as recorded in I Chronicles 7:40, part of Hezekiah’s revival as recorded in 2 Chronicles 13:10-11. Anna, the prophetess, was a true example of a loyal, faithful and committed servant of God in the House of the Lord as recorded in Luke 2.

CONSTELLATION/MAZAL- 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.

LETTER- Tzadik- (pronounced tsadee) is the 18th letter in the Hebrew Aleph Bet and has the numerical value of 90.  The number 90 represents the fullness of life: Psalm 90:10,  Sarah was 90 when she became pregnant with Isaac. In the classic Hebrew script this letter looks like a tree. The word tzadik means ‘righteousness or righteous one’. Tzadik is the pictograph of a man lying down and represents need.

HISTORICAL EVENTS IN SHEVAT:

  • 1-Moses began his farewell address after 40 years in the Wilderness as recorded in Deuteronomy 1:3
  • 3-In 1933, Adolph Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany
  • 6-In 1393, following a massacre of Jews at Majorca, an edict was issued guaranteeing the Jews protection. (Majorca is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.) In just a few short years the protective decree was forgotten; persecution of the Jews began again in 1413. By 1435, the Jewish community had been completely destroyed, with many Jews forcibly converted to Christianity. These forced converts retained Jewish practice in private, but they publicly boiled pork lard in large pots, as a way to appear non-Jewish. (Hence these Jews were nicknamed Chuetas — “pork lard.”)
  • 7- In 1943, plans were finalized to deport the Jews of Athens, Greece. From 1941-1943, Greece was under control of the Italians, who by and large protected the Jews against the Germans. In the Holocaust, 77 percent of Greek Jewry were murdered — 60,000 Jews
  • 8-On this date in 1960, Jonas E. Salk finalized a proposal to build the Salk Institute for Biological Studies near San Diego. Salk (1914-1995) had achieved fame as the physician who discovered the first polio vaccine while working at the University of Pittsburgh. Polio was a widely-feared disease that caused paralysis and oftentimes death.
  • 11-On this day in 1601, Hebrew books that had been confiscated by Church authorities were burned in Rome.
  • 12-In 1945, the Russian army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp. The gas chambers of Auschwitz II (Birkenau) were blown up by German troops in November 1944 in an attempt to hide their crimes. In January 1945 the Nazis began to evacuate the facility; most of the prisoners were ordered on a death march, which lasted for weeks in the cold and snow. In the end, some7,000 people survived Auschwitz; over one million perished.
  • 13-In 1790, France granted full and equal citizenship to Sefardi Jews. (Ashkenazi Jews gained citizenship a year and a half later.) In the 1940’s the French turned over 61,000 Jews to the Nazis.
  • 15- Tu B’ Shevat, New Year for the Trees, the Jewish Arbor Day
  • 15- In 1925, the Technion opened in Haifa, becoming Israel’s first modern university. Albert Einstein served as president of the first Technion Society.
  • 18- In 1980, following its peace treaty with Israel, the Egyptian parliament voted to end its economic boycott of Israel, which began in 1945.
  • 18-1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after the launch of its mission, when an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster failed. All seven crew members were killed, including Judith Resnik, 36-year-old Jewish American. Challenger was one of two space shuttles destroyed during a mission, the other being Columbia in 2003 which included Israeli Ilan Ramon.
  • 19- In 1349, Jews in Basle, Switzerland were burned alive in a wooden house, erected specifically for that purpose.The Jewish community of Basel had flourished until 1348, when they were accused of poisoning wells during the Black Plague. This triggered a variety of persecutions: Jewish children were forcibly baptized, 600 Jews were burned at the stake, and the remainder were burned alive in the wooden house. In modern history, Basel became better known as the host of the first Zionist Congress in 1897. Ironically, on this date in 1949 — exactly 600 years after the massacre in Basle — the State of Israel elected its first president, Chaim Weizman
  • 21-In 1948, a car bomb exploded in front of the Palestine Post (later the Jerusalem Post) on Havatzelet Street in Jerusalem.
  • 23-On this date in 1918, the Jewish Legion left England to join the Allies in liberating Palestine from the Turks.  This would be remembered as the first organized Jewish fighting force since Roman times, and a precursor to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
  • 24-In 354 BC, the prophet Zechariah predicted the rebuilding of Zion, as recorded in  Zechariah (1:7). King Darius of Persia had given permission to rebuild the second Holy Temple, and Zechariah rebuked the people for not quickly taking the opportunity to do so
  • 27-In 1583, a convert to Judaism named Joseph Sanalbo was burned at the stake in Rome. In the second half of the 16th century, Jews were subject to grave Church-sponsored persecutions: Pope Julius III and Pope Clement VIII condemned the Talmud and other Hebrew writings as “obscene,” “blasphemous” and “abominable” — and ordered them all seized and burned.
  • 28- 163 BC, King Antiochus V lifted the siege of Jerusalem. The day was observed in subsequent years as a holiday. Antiochus V was only nine years old when he became head of the Seleucid dynasty, following the death of his father Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the oppressor of the Jews who provoked the Maccabees’ revolt.
  • 29- On this date in 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven crew members aboard, including Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. During his 16 days in space, Ramon defied gravity by lifting his country from the morass of terror, by making Jews feel connected and proud. Ramon’s space luggage included a small Torah scroll that had survived Bergen-Belsen. He also brought along a mezuzah adorned with barbed wire — symbolizing the Nazi concentration camps — in tribute to his mother who survived Auschwitz and his grandfather who was murdered there. On board the Shuttle, Ramon ate kosher food and welcomed Shabbat with the first intergalactic Kiddush. And as he passed over Jerusalem, he recited “Shema Yisrael,” the age-old declaration of Jewish faith.
  • 30-In 1667, the Jews of Rome ran the humiliating “Carnival race” for the last time. Every year, during Rome’s annual carnival, scantily-clad Jews had been forced to race along the main street, while the crowd mocked them, threw trash, and reigned heavy blows. (The event often proved fatal.) As further indignity, Jews were forced to contribute financially to the operation of the Carnival. During this time, Jews were confined to living in the Roman Ghetto, a walled quarter with three gates that were locked at night. The Jews were subjected to other degradations, including having to attend compulsory Catholic sermons on Shabbat. Outside the ghetto, Jews were required to wear identifying yellow clothing.

Shevat (shvat)  is known as the ‘eleventh month” according to the sacred calendar and is the ‘fifth month’on the civil calendar.

The only mention of Shevat is found in Zachariah 1:7,On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month of Shebat (Shevat), in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the son of Berechaih, the son of Iddo the prophet.” This month is mentioned with reference to the angels ‘walking to and fro throughout the earth’ (Vs 11) so this month is associated with our awareness and cooperation with heavenly messengers. The significance of this vision was God’s message that He will again be merciful to Jerusalem. (Vs 14, 16, 17)

The 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.

For 37 days Moses gave his last message to Israel. He began the message on the 1st day of the 11th month (Shevat) and ended on the 7th day of the 12th month of Adar. Deuteronomy 1:3 reads, “And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first [day] of the month, [that] Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the Lord had given him in commandment unto them.” Note: “Now it came to pass” means behind the phrase- ‘begins in turmoil and ends in a blessing’. (Genesis 22:1; Ruth 1:1)

The 15th of Shevat is called Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year of Trees”, which is the Jewish Arbor Day. This is technically the day when trees stop absorbing water from the ground, and instead draw nourishment from their sap. No fruit is eaten from a tree under three years old. Tu B’ Shevat 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 give true life. The first blooming in Israel is the almond. Nehemiah 10:35 reads, “And me made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the Lord.”

In History, this is the month that 2 Space Shuttles were destroyed in Space, both carrying Israeli astronauts- 1986 & 2003. (see historical dates below)

TRIBE- Asher,  the 8th son of Jacob and the 2nd son of Zilpah, the handmaiden of Leah. His name means ‘happy’.  Genesis 30:13, “Then Leah said, ‘I am happy, for the daughters will call me blessed.’ So she called his name Asher.”

Asher’s symbol was a fruitful olive tree.This symbol was 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 with his optimistic attitude. Asher is fearless, optimistic and has the strength to go to hard and dangerous places.

Asher’s weaknesses were that he did not like to fight and compromised.  Judges 1:31, “The tribe of Asher also failed to drive out the residents of Acco, Sidon, Ahlab, Aczib, Helbah, Aphik, and Rehob (32) In fact, because they did not drive them out, the Canaanites dominated the land where the people of Asher lived.”  As a result Jezebel was able to introduce Baal worship to God’s chosen people in this area.

His strengths were that the tribe is optimistic and gets things right in the end. Judges 7:23, “Then Gideon sent for the warriors of Naphtali, Asher, and Manasseh, who joined in the chase after the fleeing army of Midian”. They became part of Gideon’s mighty men and proved to loyal, faithful and committed to the end. They were part of Solomon’s soldiers as recorded in I Chronicles 7:40, part of Hezekiah’s revival as recorded in 2 Chronicles 13:10-11. Anna, the prophetess, was a true example of a loyal, faithful and committed servant of God in the House of the Lord as recorded in Luke 2.

CONSTELLATION/MAZAL- 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.

LETTER- Tzadik- (pronounced tsadee) is the 18th letter in the Hebrew Aleph Bet and has the numerical value of 90.  The number 90 represents the fullness of life: Psalm 90:10,  Sarah was 90 when she became pregnant with Isaac. In the classic Hebrew script this letter looks like a tree. The word tzadik means ‘righteousness or righteous one’. Tzadik is the pictograph of a man lying down and represents need.

HISTORICAL EVENTS IN SHEVAT:

  • 1-Moses began his farewell address after 40 years in the Wilderness as recorded in Deuteronomy 1:3
  • 3-In 1933, Adolph Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany
  • 6-In 1393, following a massacre of Jews at Majorca, an edict was issued guaranteeing the Jews protection. (Majorca is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.) In just a few short years the protective decree was forgotten; persecution of the Jews began again in 1413. By 1435, the Jewish community had been completely destroyed, with many Jews forcibly converted to Christianity. These forced converts retained Jewish practice in private, but they publicly boiled pork lard in large pots, as a way to appear non-Jewish. (Hence these Jews were nicknamed Chuetas — “pork lard.”)
  • 7- In 1943, plans were finalized to deport the Jews of Athens, Greece. From 1941-1943, Greece was under control of the Italians, who by and large protected the Jews against the Germans. In the Holocaust, 77 percent of Greek Jewry were murdered — 60,000 Jews
  • 8-On this date in 1960, Jonas E. Salk finalized a proposal to build the Salk Institute for Biological Studies near San Diego. Salk (1914-1995) had achieved fame as the physician who discovered the first polio vaccine while working at the University of Pittsburgh. Polio was a widely-feared disease that caused paralysis and oftentimes death.
  • 11-On this day in 1601, Hebrew books that had been confiscated by Church authorities were burned in Rome.
  • 12-In 1945, the Russian army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp. The gas chambers of Auschwitz II (Birkenau) were blown up by German troops in November 1944 in an attempt to hide their crimes. In January 1945 the Nazis began to evacuate the facility; most of the prisoners were ordered on a death march, which lasted for weeks in the cold and snow. In the end, some7,000 people survived Auschwitz; over one million perished.
  • 13-In 1790, France granted full and equal citizenship to Sefardi Jews. (Ashkenazi Jews gained citizenship a year and a half later.) In the 1940’s the French turned over 61,000 Jews to the Nazis.
  • 15- Tu B’ Shevat, New Year for the Trees, the Jewish Arbor Day
  • 15- In 1925, the Technion opened in Haifa, becoming Israel’s first modern university. Albert Einstein served as president of the first Technion Society.
  • 18- In 1980, following its peace treaty with Israel, the Egyptian parliament voted to end its economic boycott of Israel, which began in 1945.
  • 18-1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after the launch of its mission, when an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster failed. All seven crew members were killed, including Judith Resnik, 36-year-old Jewish American. Challenger was one of two space shuttles destroyed during a mission, the other being Columbia in 2003 which included Israeli Ilan Ramon.
  • 19- In 1349, Jews in Basle, Switzerland were burned alive in a wooden house, erected specifically for that purpose.The Jewish community of Basel had flourished until 1348, when they were accused of poisoning wells during the Black Plague. This triggered a variety of persecutions: Jewish children were forcibly baptized, 600 Jews were burned at the stake, and the remainder were burned alive in the wooden house. In modern history, Basel became better known as the host of the first Zionist Congress in 1897. Ironically, on this date in 1949 — exactly 600 years after the massacre in Basle — the State of Israel elected its first president, Chaim Weizman
  • 21-In 1948, a car bomb exploded in front of the Palestine Post (later the Jerusalem Post) on Havatzelet Street in Jerusalem.
  • 23-On this date in 1918, the Jewish Legion left England to join the Allies in liberating Palestine from the Turks.  This would be remembered as the first organized Jewish fighting force since Roman times, and a precursor to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
  • 24-In 354 BC, the prophet Zechariah predicted the rebuilding of Zion, as recorded in  Zechariah (1:7). King Darius of Persia had given permission to rebuild the second Holy Temple, and Zechariah rebuked the people for not quickly taking the opportunity to do so
  • 27-In 1583, a convert to Judaism named Joseph Sanalbo was burned at the stake in Rome. In the second half of the 16th century, Jews were subject to grave Church-sponsored persecutions: Pope Julius III and Pope Clement VIII condemned the Talmud and other Hebrew writings as “obscene,” “blasphemous” and “abominable” — and ordered them all seized and burned.
  • 28- 163 BC, King Antiochus V lifted the siege of Jerusalem. The day was observed in subsequent years as a holiday. Antiochus V was only nine years old when he became head of the Seleucid dynasty, following the death of his father Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the oppressor of the Jews who provoked the Maccabees’ revolt.
  • 29- On this date in 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven crew members aboard, including Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. During his 16 days in space, Ramon defied gravity by lifting his country from the morass of terror, by making Jews feel connected and proud. Ramon’s space luggage included a small Torah scroll that had survived Bergen-Belsen. He also brought along a mezuzah adorned with barbed wire — symbolizing the Nazi concentration camps — in tribute to his mother who survived Auschwitz and his grandfather who was murdered there. On board the Shuttle, Ramon ate kosher food and welcomed Shabbat with the first intergalactic Kiddush. And as he passed over Jerusalem, he recited “Shema Yisrael,” the age-old declaration of Jewish faith.
  • 30-In 1667, the Jews of Rome ran the humiliating “Carnival race” for the last time. Every year, during Rome’s annual carnival, scantily-clad Jews had been forced to race along the main street, while the crowd mocked them, threw trash, and reigned heavy blows. (The event often proved fatal.) As further indignity, Jews were forced to contribute financially to the operation of the Carnival. During this time, Jews were confined to living in the Roman Ghetto, a walled quarter with three gates that were locked at night. The Jews were subjected to other degradations, including having to attend compulsory Catholic sermons on Shabbat. Outside the ghetto, Jews were required to wear identifying yellow clothing.

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.

Elul is known as the ‘sixth month’ in the Bible according to the Biblical Calendar and is the twelfth month on the civil calendar. 6 is the number of man and 12 is the number of government. The name of this month is never mentioned in the Bible. The Aramaic (language spoken during the time of Jesus) meaning of Elul is ‘to search’. This is the month to search ourselves to make sure we are ready to meet our Lord. 

“Elul” has been interpreted as an acronym, with its Hebrew letters “Aleph,” “Lamed,” “Vav,” “Lamed” representing the words “Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li” (Song of Songs: 6:3). The words mean “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine,” where my “Beloved” is God, and “I” am the Jewish People. This month is all about relationships & restoring relationships; first with God and then with our fellow man. 

  • My friend Janice Sturkie wrote, ” Here is the full expression in these Hebrew letters: “I want to engage your mind, marry your thoughts and give birth to your dreams.  I want to be held in your gaze (paneem al paneem – face to face), lifted with your breath and covered with your intention.  I want to know your faith and your heart and from that knowing I want to bring us into Oneness.”  (Beautiful!)
This month is called “the month of repentance”, “the month of mercy” and “the month of forgiveness”. This is a time of preparing your heart in preparation for the High Holidays (holy days) of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This month follows the months that were anniversaries of the sins of the Golden Calf, the sins of the spies, the anniversaries of the destruction of the 1st and 2nd Temples and precedes  the month before the year changed to 5774 – Tishri 1. (September 4, 2013 at sundown) 

This is a time for cleansing and historically is where we got our tradition of Fall housecleaning. Everything must be prepared to meet the King. (Rosh Chodesh Tishri is a time when Kings are crowned)  We are to prepare our spiritual and natural houses for a visitation with the King Jesus. The steps of the cleansing are: (1) “Azivas Ha’Chet“, leaving the sins, first finding the sin by true heart seaching (2) “Charata“, regret and remorse for doing the sin, true repentance (3) “Vidduy” confessing the sin (4) “Kabala L’habo“, making a firm decision NOT to do the sin again.

The first day of the month of Elul, during which Jews begin to repent in earnest in anticipation of the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which begin on the first of Tishrei, the next month. Starting on Rosh Chodesh Elul, and continuing through the rest of the month, the shofar is blown daily in the synagogue, and Jews who follow to Sephardic traditions recite slichot, penitential prayers, every morning; Ashkenazic Jews do not begin reciting slichot until the week before Rosh Hashanah.

Teshuvah The Hebrew word ‘shuv’ means ‘turn’. Teshuvah means “to turn” or “to repent”. We are each to repent when we sin, “miss the mark”, of God’s standards, but this is a time of “national repentance”Teshuvah traditions: From the second day of Elul to the 28th day, the shofar is blown after morning services every weekday. The custom is for a wake-up to sleepers, designed to rouse us from our complacency. It is a call to repentance. The blast of the shofar is to be a very piercing sound.

Greetings in correspondence or audible is the blessing, “May your name be written”, referring to the Days of Awe that begin Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) and ends on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) when the books in heaven are opened for God’s decisions regarding the coming year. 

Also, Psalm 27 is read each day for 40 days.”The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” (Light- soul; Salvation- spirit; Strength- body). The first day of Elul is the remembrance of when Moses went up Mt Sinai a second time to seek forgiveness for the Golden Calf incident. Reciting it daily is bringing them back to completely trusting Yahweh for their light, protection, substance, security, everything. Verse 14 ends with waiting, not getting ahead of Him or trusting in anything else. They will wait for His help in all things.

The King is in the Field! What does this mean? Elul is a time when the King would leave his throne and come into the field to meet his subjects, on their territory, just as they are. Nothing formal, no special pomp. When the Jewish people would ‘go up’ to Jerusalem 3 times a year to meet with God at His appointed times, these were ‘holy‘ days, the Feasts of the Lord when no work is permitted. This month is designated as the month that God has chosen to come and meet with His people in their ordinary, mundane lives. (It is easy for each of us to look and sound spiritual, but it is another thing to act as God would have us to act when no one is watching) Elul was the only month of the year that the King would come out smiling, meeting his people. All their work was for the King and at this time of closeness, they inspect their work closely to make sure it is ‘fit for a King’. (SELAH)

TRIBE- GAD Gad’s name means “a troop” and also “good fortune“, mazol tov. Gad’s goal is to be an overcomer. This is to be a month of answered prayers because they are coming from a clean heart. He also represents those who flits around in society, cannot settle down (gadabout). Gad’s tribe never settled into the Promised Land, but stayed on the east side of the Jordan River and were easy prey for the enemy, one of the first taken into captivity. The Lost Books say that he was a “shepherd and strong man but a murderer at heart.”

His symbol was of 3 tents because he never settled down. It is interesting that the Chinese symbol of the word “come” is those same 3 tents, but with cross in the middle tent. In Chinese the tent is a symbol of a man and the cross is a character representing completion or the number 10. ‘As Gad comes to the cross, he will overcome his old nature.’ (SELAH)

Jacob’s parting words to his son are recorded in Genesis 49:19, “Gad, a troop shall overcome him; but he shall overcome at last.” His worst enemy was himself. Isn’t that what God is trying to change in each of us right now during Teshuvah?

Moses prophetic word for Gad was recorded in Deuteronomy 33:20, “And of Gad he said, “Blessed is he that enlargeth Gad.” I believe we will each find a special blessing of our Lord when we help each other to overcome our personal weaknesses.

CONSTELLATION/MAZAL- VIRGO (Bethulah, The Virgin) Israel is God’s beloved, and the bride in Song of Songs says, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine“; Jeremiah 31:21 reads, “Come back again, my virgin Israel, return to your cities here“. The Church is the Bride of Christ and must put away any idols that have taken His place in our hearts.

“The Promised Seed of the Woman” (Genesis 3:15) The brightest star in Virgo is Spica (Latin), which means ‘the branch’. The Hebrew word for this star is Tsemech (branch), but this word is only used for the Messiah. 

LETTER- Yud (pronounced yode) The 10th letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet with the numerical value of 10. It is the smallest of the letter an the most used and being the smallest represents humility. Since Jesus upholds the world by the Word of His power (Heb 1:3), and Yod is part of every Hebrew letter (and therefore every Hebrew word), Yod is considered the starting point of the presence of God in all things – the ‘spark’ of the Spirit in everything. It is also a picture of humility. The pictograph is a arm or hand, suggesting reaching towards heaven, prayer or submission. This letter symbolizes order, provision and covenant possession, and carries the meaning of ‘creation’. (Hebrew4christians.com/grammar)

Yod also symbolizes work or a deed done. Psalm 119:73-80 tell us of the work of God’s hand in our lives. (Psalm 119 is divided up according to the Hebrew Aleph-Bet and each line of 73-80 begin with the letter Yod)

Yod is also the first letter of the divine name of Jehovah, YHWH (Yod Hey Vav Hey)

Historical Happenings in Elul

  • 1- Moses went back up the mountain to intercede for the nation of Israel after the ‘golden calf’ incident, and when the tablets containing the 10 Commandments were broken. Now, he will receive the 2nd set of tablets that will be put into the Ark of the Tabernacle.
  • 1- Jews began to return from captivity in Babylon (Haggai 1:1)
  • 4, 1391- Massacre in Barcelona, Spain
  • 5- Ezekiel’s vision (Ez 8:1)
  • 5, 1915- In 1915, the Jewish Battalions of the British Royal Fusiliers was formed, consisting of Jewish volunteers from America, England, and Israel.
  • 11, 1950- Operation Magic Carpet, which secretly airlifted 45,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel, was concluded. Many of the Jews had never before seen an airplane; they likened the ride to a fulfillment of the biblical verse, “And I bore you on eagles’ wings” (Exodus 19:4).
  • 12, 1263- King James I of Aragon ordered a Church-sponsored censorship of Hebrew writings
  • 17, 1935- Nazi Germany passed the Nuremberg laws, a set of racist policies directed primarily against Jews.
  • 17- According to Jewish tradition, this is the day the 10 spies who gave the evil report died in a plague (Numbers 14:37)
  • 18, 1952- Israel agreed to accept reparation payments from Germany for losses caused by the Nazis during World War II.
  • 19, 1941- In 1941, Charles Lindbergh, who achieved fame by being the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, delivered an anti-Semitic speech on the radio.
  • 20, 1942- The ghetto of Mir, Poland was liquidated by the Nazis.
  • 22, 1939- During the Polish September Campaign, the Nazis occupied Krakow, Poland, a thriving Jewish community of 70,000 Jews. Jews were consigned to forced labor, and all Jews were required to wear identifying armbands.  Synagogues were ordered closed and all their valuables turned over to Nazi authorities.
  • 23, 2001- 9/11 attach on US World Trade Center in Manhattan by terrorists that had hijacked comercial airlines. This is the day that the war on terror came to America.
  • 24, 2012, 9/11 attack on US Embassy in Benghazi
  • 25 – This is the traditional day of the beginning of Creation
  • 25- Elul 25- Nehemiah’s wall repairs were finished (Nehemiah 6:15) Learning a lesson from Nehemiah, May we finish repairs to relationships with God and man and leave no entry place for the enemy to break through.
  • 26, 1972- Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic village in Munich, Germany, and held the Israeli Olympic team hostage with the demand that Israel release convicted Arab terrorists from jail. 11 Israeli athletes were murdered.
  • 27, 1993- Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, signaling the start of a peace process known as the Oslo Accords
  • 29, 2000- Palestinian Arabs launched a campaign of terror which came to be known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada