Kislev—The 9th Hebrew Month of 5781 November 17 - December 15, 2020
1. The month of the tribe of Benjamin. He was the only one of the twelve born in the land of Israel. Let’s be sure to keep our eyes on Israel. Keep praying for it. Remember the Lord said to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you” (Gen. 12:3).
2. A month to develop your warfare strategies, and a month to have prophetic revelation for war. Benjamin was the most gifted with the bow (which represents the prophetic). Genesis 49:27 states, “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” Ask the Lord for strategies. Be sure to receive prophetic ministry, and meditate on prophecies you have already received. Don’t underestimate prophecy. “Despise not prophesying” (1 Thes. 5:20).
3. A month to enter into a new level of trust and rest. “Believe the prophets and you will prosper” (2 Chron. 20:20). Be sure to rest in what the Lord has promised. Meditate on what the Lord has already spoken to you (1 Tim. 4:15).
4. The month of the Hebrew letter samekh [ס], which looks like a circle. It signifies trust, confidence, support, and coming full circle. We are in a season of developing trust and confidence. If those attributes remain undeveloped, you will find yourself going around the “same old cycle” again and again and will not break into the new. Meditate on Hebrew 10:35 . Rest in the truth of what you experienced during the Feast of Tabernacles—that Jesus wants to be part of your family, part of your regular daily life.
5. A month to review your support system. Whom do you support? Who supports you? Who are your friends? Recognize that each one is from the Lord and treat them with honor and thankfulness.
6. The month of the rainbow. You must “war” to have peace. This Biblical concept is very important to recognize. Peace will not just happen; we have to choose to stand in faith, joy, and thanksgiving. Don’t accept the words of the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10) against anyone. Trust the Lord to take care of “problem people” and don’t worry about them. Paul exhorts us to “walk properly, as in the day … not in strife and envy” (Rom. 13:13).
7. The month of a sense of peace and tranquility. Last month marked the beginning of Noah’s flood and was a reminder to us to understand that a flood is a sign that we have something in our lives we have to deal with. God doesn’t want you to have to go through a flood again. Warfare is not just battling against chaos attacking you. Rather, you must be on the offensive, attacking the conflict, and having peace in the midst of it.
8. The month of dreams. The Lord has been “piling up” things throughout the year; now He releases that revelation during the night. Some people have found it very helpful to reorder their day. Start thinking of the 24-hour cycle as starting in the evening and you may sleep better and many dreams will begin to come. Let the Lord reset your day.
9. You may have to let God heal you of some trauma so you can sleep better as well as receive dreams (which are sometimes blocked by trauma). Some dreams are just God replaying a memory of something. If needed, ask the Lord to heal you of that trauma and He will. We know from Psalm 127:2 that “He gives His beloved sleep.”
10. The month of the River of God. The Lord wants us to have His peace, as well as to have an overflowing, abundant life. Ask Him for more and more outpouring of His Spirit upon you. Also, ask and believe for any physical healing you may need in this area of your body. Finally, think about the river of God in Ezekiel 40. Revelation is progressive: ankle deep, knee deep, then swimmably deep. God wants to carry us along in that river.
11. A month to shoot straight and move quickly. This means when it is time to decide, make the decision and move. Also, don’t be afraid to cut your losses and move on through.
12. The eight-day-long Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins during Kislev and then ends during the next month, Tevet (this year Hanukkah runs from December 10–18). Hanukkah is about the rededication of the rebuilding of the temple, and signifies that God’s light will not go out. Let’s thank the Lord that He is continuing to rebuild our lives; that His light will not go out but will shine brighter and brighter in us. Let us rededicate our lives to Almighty God and to prayer.