The Sixth Month of the Hebrew Year 5777, August 23–September 20
Note: For many centuries it was customary to read Psalm 27 each day from the first day of Elul (August 1) until the end of the month. This psalm begins, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”
“The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). Also see Psalm 8:1–3. We look at the moon and the stars and want to know what glory of God they are declaring. They are declaring the redemptive plan of God into the earth realm and we need to walk in it. The heavens are a circuit (Psalm 19:6). You can picture this as the word of God encircling the earth. If we understand this and receive it, we can pull His word into the earth realm, in a manner of speaking. What is the redemptive plan of God for that month we’re entering into? We need to understand it and then walk it out.
The heavens get on a circuit; the word of God gets on a circuit. Earth also has circles around it. Psalm 19 talks about the word of God encircling the earth until we begin to pull it in and manifest it.
Elul: Expect Lots of Reaping!
• The month of the tribe of Gad. When Gad was being born, Leah said, “A troop comes” (Gen. 30:11), which indicates increase. Also note Jacob’s blessing in Genesis 49:19, “Even though a troop will trample over him, he shall triumph.” This also indicates that this is a month of triumph and victory.
• The month to camp or to find your place in the order of camps or in the company of the Lord. This is often the head of the year (the beginning of Hebrew year often falls during this month). Because of mistrust, many people miss their chance to find their place and they fail to connect. If you don’t deal with mistrust correctly, when the new window of opportunity opens, you will not connect and could miss the God-given opportunity. Mistrust of others is a sign of a root of rejection. It will prevent you from coming into the fullness and strength that you can get from others. Ask the Lord to help you deal with roots of rejection.
• The month of rewards. Rewards begin to manifest over what you have done. Think, “reward.” You will begin to reap what you have sown. If you constantly labor and never see the reward, you’ll get burned out. You need to know how to abound. (In Philippians 4:12, Paul said that he knew how to abound.) Also in these end times, let us remember the sowing-reaping cycle is rapidly speeding up.
• The month that the King is in the field. He is coming to visit us and to help us in our work and ministry. Approach Him and allow His countenance to shine upon you. There is an awe of God that we come into so He can pour Himself out upon us.
• The month of Hebrew alphabet letter yod [י]. Yod is connected to the number ten. It is the only letter that is suspended in midair; it indicates appointed mercy from the hand of God.
• The month of Virgo (the maiden). “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine” (Song of Sol. 6:3).
• A month to run into the tower of might—a strength greater than yours that can encompass you. You don’t have to be strong all the time (see Proverbs 18:10), but you can enter into His strength.
• A month for inner knowledge of peace to be activated. Always find time to “regroup” in order to be whole.
• The “point month.” The understanding of the beginning so you can begin to reach your end.
• The month to fix what has been broken. (If He doesn’t tell you it’s fixable, let it go.)
• The month of complex systems beginning to be managed.
• The “mother month.” The month of nurturing. This month is apostolic, just like Av. Whom are you looking after? Who is looking after you?
• The month where Rebecca gave birth to Jacob and Esau. Do you “birth” blessing, or something that God is going to hate later on? What are you contending for? What is contending for you?
• The month of the left hand—controlling the sense of action, and good or bad emotions. You need to be sure your emotions are in good order. God gives us great ability to stand in the midst of emotional conflict and still abound. You don’t need to be someone who is unstable or unreliable. You have the ability to be a burden bearer.
(This 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)