We are entering the Hebrew month of Nissan, which God renamed as the “first month” in Exodus 12:2. We read, “This month shall be the beginning of your months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Thus, we see that this focus on the months is linked to deliverance. God affirmed the importance of the first day of each month, Rosh Chodesh, by calling for a special sacrifice (Num. 28:11–15).
Why is paying attention to the months important? It has to do with changing our thinking. In Exodus, it was God’s power that set them free. A release of miracles culminated in Passover. The Hebrews were granted freedom and quickly left. Then came the miracle of the Red Sea. All of those miracles were done by the mighty hand of God. He accomplished their deliverance or salvation by His power alone. But the Hebrews needed to change their thinking—they had to see themselves as God’s special people, chosen and favored. The more they had that mindset, the more they could understand His ways and walk with Him. In addition to Rosh Chodesh, that is also why God instituted the feasts.
Today in the New Testament, it’s basically the same thing. Jesus is the one who has won our salvation. He paid the debt. His power saves us and causes us to be born again. There is nothing we can add to it. We can only receive it as the free gift of God. But just like the Israelites, we also are faced with the necessity of having to change our mindsets.
Too many believers are locked in the continual struggle of “does God love me” or “why is my faith weak?” They live up-and-down Christian lives. Why should this be since Jesus has provided us with perfect salvation? It mostly has to do with our thinking or mindsets.
As we walk with the Lord through the months, our thinking begins to change. We continually see how much He is for us and wants to bless us. Let me say it again: heeding the Hebrew calendar adds absolutely nothing to the salvation Jesus provided for us. What it does do, however, is help us change our thinking and see ourselves as His sons and daughters so that He can bring us into fullness.
Below are the highlights for Nissan, which is sometimes known as Abib or Aviv.
- The tribe of Judah is associated with this month. Judah goes first into warfare (see Judges 1:2; 20:18). Judah was also the first tribe in the order of procession when Israel moved in the wilderness (Num. 10:14). Judah means “praise” and is also the way we can keep our hand on the neck of the enemy (Gen. 49:8).
- The month in which spring often starts; the beginning of the month of direct light. Declare that your light is getting brighter. (See Isaiah 60; Luke 2:32; Isaiah 49:6; and Acts 26:18.) Declare His light is shining even in the places that have been dark until now.
- The month of Passover. (Starts on the fourteenth of Nissan, April 10). Passover is designed to help us enter into a fuller experience of our great salvation in Jesus. We do this by examining the first Passover. Note the following things:
- Deliverance. Remember where we came from. Say “Lord, Thank You for this year; thank You for how you delivered me in the past, and for the many ways You will deliver me this year.”
- Every Passover, expect new a level of deliverance. Peter was set free from prison in Acts 12. Is anything (e.g., a bad habit) holding you back? Believe for deliverance from that prison and be released into your destiny.
- Passover is a time of crossing over (e.g., the Red Sea; the Jordan River in Joshua 4–5). Realize that you are crossing into something new. As always, this year we find ourselves crossing over into new territory, new challenges, and new areas of expansion.
- Reproach is being rolled away (Josh. 5:9). Any old sense of failure that is still a part of our identities that is allowed to remain will hinder us. Jesus wants to roll that off of us.
- New provision (Exod. 12:34–36; Josh. 5:10–12). Each Passover is a time when the Lord wants to bless us with new provision. Look for it. Expect it!
- New intimacy with the Lord and new strategy.
- The month of redemption. A price has been paid for you to be set free from each one of your “prisons.” Read Ruth and see how Boaz bought back the property that had been lost for Ruth and Naomi, and how this brought Ruth into her destiny. Declare all is being unlocked and that you are moving into your destiny. Jesus has bought back your destiny.
- The month of the beginning of miracles. See Nehemiah 2:1 and Esther 3:7. In both cases, the miraculous chain of events were set into motion in Nissan.
- The month that sets the course for your future. Again, this is why it is so important to keep moving in praise.
- The annual renewal of Gods hei plan. Every year, the spirit of God needs to blow on you during this month. Ask the Holy Spirit to blow upon you for refreshing, for new revelation, and for a quickened understanding of what God is doing in this new season.
- Linked to the constellation Aries (the ram or the lamb). Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). God provided a ram for Abraham instead of Isaac. He is Jehovah Jireh, and God will provide (Gen. 22:14). Expect unusual sources of provision.
- The month kings go to war; the new year for kings. God wants to “expand” you. Declare that plans and new beginnings shall begin to take place. Go to war with the Lord! (2 Sam. 11:1).
- The month of speech. If you speak negatively during this month, it will adversely affect you three to four months later. The seeds of negativity take root and will pull you backward. Conversely, your positive confessions should “grab the wind” and change the atmosphere. (See 1 Peter 3:9; 1 Samuel 1:17; 2:20–21.)
- The “controller month.” Put your best foot forward. You need to assess both where you are at and where you are going.
- The month where you need to “learn to fish.” If you can’t pay your taxes, pull a coin out of a fish’s mouth. Let the Lord give you new and unusual means of supply. (See Matt. 17:27.)
- You must step forward. Don’t wait and hold back. Move ahead confidently in God. Numbers 33:3 (AMP) says, “The Israelites went out [of Egypt] with a high hand and triumphantly.”
(Note: The source material comes from my 2006 notes taken from a series of lectures [on CD] given by Chuck Pierce [Glory of Zion]. I highly recommend his website for more materials and more in-depth explanations. –Ron Sawka)