Tishrei—The Seventh Month of the Hebrew Year 5781 Sept. 19 – Oct. 18, 2020
A New Beginning
The first day of the seventh Hebrew month, Tishrei, is not referred to as Rosh Chodesh—head of the month, but is known as Rosh Hashanah—head of the year. It is the beginning of the new Hebrew Year 5781. There are three feasts/special days this month: Blowing of Trumpets on Tishrei 1 (Sept. 19); The Day of Atonement on Tishrei 10 (Sept. 28); and the Feast of Tabernacles from Tishrei 15–21 (Oct. 3–9).
The blessings of Tishrei are as follows:
1. Tishrei is the month of Ephraim, the second son of Joseph. Be fruitful and multiply. See Genesis 49:22, which reads, “Joseph is a fruitful bough … his branches run over the wall.” Also see Genesis 49:26, which states, “The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors.” Be sure to have a mindset of receiving blessings. God is blessing you!
2. The seventh month. The “dearest” of months—because all sevens are dear to God, creating the most “satiated” or “full” month. (We have worked through two “threes” and are now at a new beginning). Think, “fullness of God.” Think of His overflowing abundance and goodness. God wants us to expect blessing and fullness from Him.
3. The month where divine providence creates a “beginning.” This is the beginning of the Hebrew year 5781. We must have expectation of new doors, new assignments, and a new intensity. Also expect the new anointing necessary to move ahead into the new things God opens up.
4. The beginning of six months of “reflected light.” This changes our environment, the way we process time, the way we work, the way crops grow, and the way we harvest. Think of yourself as one who reflects the glory of the Lord all around you. See Isaiah 60:1–9, John 8:12 , and John 9:5 . Think of God reflecting His glory on you.
5. Month of the Hebrew letter lamed [ל], which signifies the aspiration to return to your absolute source. God is our source. We need to pray, “Lord, let us be sure that we flow in what you are doing.” Without this “regrouping,” it is too easy to get distracted doing our own thing or doing what seems right in our own eyes, instead of doing only that which He initiates. In fact, in this year of COVID, you could say God has been arranging things so that we have no other choice but to get back to our source. He is removing unnecessary things in our lives so we focus only on Him.
6. The month of return. We need to declare things that have been scattered will come back. (The devil wants to scatter and dissipate; the Lord wants to gather and strengthen.)
7. Month of Libra (the scales). The deeds of man are weighed, and judgment is released. Note that the Day of Atonement, the tenth day of Tishrei (Sept. 28), is considered a day of judgment, and God does release judgments on the world.
8. Month of “touch.” Think of the woman who pressed through and touched Jesus’s garments (see Luke 8:40–48). This is the time to feel the presence of God. Touch Him and let Him release virtue on you. Note also that the Feast of Tabernacles occurs during this month (Oct. 3–9). God wants us to live in His presence. Have a new expectation to receive and experience the Lord’s touch.
9. Month of a New Spiritual Awakening Although we are in the end times, we are not at the end. We are at the beginning of the Third Great Awakening. Think of spiritual awakening, and be sure to remove that which would keep you from returning or entering into the fullness God has for you.
10. Purge yourself of bitterness. At the head of the year—this month—you must purge yourself of bitterness. At the beginning of the year (the first month), we had to watch out for bitterness. Now in the seventh month, go a step further and make sure you are purged of all bitterness—against people, against yourself, and against the Lord (see Hebrews 12:15 ).
11. A month of well-balanced control. Some things are coming to completion; others are just beginning.
12. This month is also linked with Joseph, which refers to a double portion. See Genesis 49:22–26. Joseph had two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who became two of the twelve tribes of Israel. Rejoice because God has a double portion for you!
 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’” (John 8:12).
 “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5).  “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through it many become defiled” (Heb. 12:15, NET).