We will be heading into our next Firstfruits on Monday, October 28th, which signifies the beginning of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. Cheshvan is the eighth month of the Hebrew Covenant Calendar, and is a month that signifies “new beginnings.”
Cheshvan immediately follows the “fall feasts” and is known as “bitter Cheshvan” because it marks the cold and rainy season in Israel.
Cheshvan’s name stems from the word “flood.” Looking back through biblical history, the flood during the days of Noah began on the 17thof Cheshvan and ended the following year on the 27thof Cheshvan. This month is regarded by many as a time of judgment and hardship. But for those “walking in obedience” to the Lord, it can be a month of resting in God’s protection, and entering into new doors of opportunity.
When Noah opened up the door and left the ark, he was on a new mission. In the “ark of obedience,” Noah and his family were spared from God’s judgment. But after the door opened, Noah was given a new job to multiply and fill the earth.
Cheshvan is the eighth month which signifies new beginnings or revelation that God is releasing in this second month of the harvest season.
This month is also associated with the tribe of Manasseh; which was one of sons of Joseph. Joseph’s sons were grafted in to Jacob/Israel’s Covenant blessing:
“Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them. And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” (Gen. 48:16)
Manasseh means, “one who makes to forget, one who forgets the toil.” The character of Manasseh was to forgive and not carry a grudge. In doing so, Manasseh could reach the full potential of their calling. This tribe shows us the character of forgiveness to the point of forgetting the wrong, and it is through this character that the Lord uses His people to minister to thousands and to bring healing to the nations.
The prophetic blessing given to Joseph (which would now go to his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim) was the crowning best:
“Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.”
In Genesis 49:22-26 and Deut. 33:13-17, God declares that the sons of Joseph would have hidden resources, rich heritage with God’s favor and blessing upon the land given with rain and produce. In addition, these two tribes would push the peoples to the ends of the earth. This rich heritage is what we inherit through Christ, and have seen manifest as Christians are now all over the world.
In studying Manasseh, there was a pivotal time in their history in which there were no men to carry on the inheritance of the tribe according to the laws that had been set forth (Numbers 27:1-11). Five women from the tribe of Manasseh dared to believe God for a new thing. They came together and set forth a petition to Moses to allow women to take possession of their inheritance if there weren’t any male heirs so that their tribe could continue to thrive.
Moses took their request to the Lord, and the Lord made an amendment to the law and granted their request. I think this story is so relevant to women stepping through doors of leadership like “Deborah.”
There is a surge of women arising and positioned to lead in what God is calling forth in this hour in areas that have been oppressed or blocked through religious and cultural strongholds. Women will be granted access to places the “traditions of men” wouldn’t let them go to before. God alone (not women’s manipulation or self -preservation responses), will break forth like a flood as God open up the gates.
God is definitely tearing down the barriers and limitations that have kept women from the ability to take their position for the King. It will not look like the feminist movement that diminishes the vitality of men and their significant roles. Women that God is positioning to lead will be known for their wisdom, humility, and unbridled love for the Lord who honor the men in their roles as well.
Gender, status, or title will NOT be the deciding factor of who can lead or not up ahead: It will be determined by whom God has chosen to anoint in this hour: male, female, young, old, rich, poor, title or no title….He will raise them up, and He will anoint and appoint. I believe the Church at large will be surprised whom God is raising up out of “no-where.” The “hidden” remnant will bear much fruit in this hour as it did for Joseph.
In the Old Testament, we read one hero from the Tribe of Manasseh named Gideon, a “mighty man of valor. (Judges 6:12.) At the time He is “chosen” by God to do a mighty work, He was threshing wheat to hide from the Midianites who were impoverishing and oppressing the Israelites who were destroying their produce and livestock.
The Angel of Lord appeared to him. Gideon asked, “Why are all these things happening to the children of Israel?” He was wondering where the signs and wonders were of the days of His ancestors who God delivered from the Egyptian slavery. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you” (Judges 6:14)?
Gideon didn’t believe God had the right guy, because the odds were against him and he didn’t “appear” to be the best candidate.
”O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” But the Lord replied,“Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
God is calling the Gideon’s of today to stand in His strength, not their own. He has chosen the Gideon’s to move forward in their gift and talent in His righteousness so that this nation can see His truth and glory; placing people in government, business, education, finances, arts, etc. who He has prepared for such a time as this.
When God finally convinced Gideon He was chosen, Gideon did the logical thing and gathered as many resources as he could to fight the Midianites. The Lord instructed Gideon that he had too many resources…too many soldiers to go to battle. This was key to God’s strategy in turning the hearts of His people toward Him. The children of Israel needed to see His sovereignty to cut to their heart and depend on the resources “flooding” forth supernaturally.
I believe the Lord is speaking very clearly today that the old season is DEAD! When the Lord flooded the earth, there was a great death. Death needs to happen in order to see God’s resurrection power. The Lord said to Joshua, “MOSES IS DEAD!” (Joshua 1:1).
I believe we are experiencing a death to the last season the church has been in. We will have to close doors to open new ones. We will have to let go of old ways and mindsets that aren’t producing life any longer. We need to let go of past successes as well so we can embrace the newness of the season ahead.
Ask the Lord, “What door do I need to close so I can enter in the new door ahead?”