This evening begins the Hebrew month of Iyar, which is translated “reflected light.” This month is connected to the release of revelation and healing of “God’s light” through His Son Jesus, and an intimate time to receive intel of what God is saying and doing in the earth.
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1John 1:7).
God’s pattern in biblical history is to start with His remnant first. Prayer and availability to hear and see what He says are key. It’s time for the remnant to arise! So, what is God saying at this hour? What is He doing? What must we sow (do) that will bring in a “harvest” for the kingdom? These are the questions God wants to answer this month.
We are in the midst of a 50-day transition that ends May 31st, as the body of Christ prepares for a new move. We are being “reintroduced “to our Covenant Keeping God. There will come a day when Christian nations who have been “oppressed” by the “mystery of Babylon” will be delivered out of the hand of the enemy because of repentance. Then they will be reintroduced to Jehovah Rafa who will heal their land (2 Chron. 7:14). They will encounter Jehovah Jireh, the Word, made manifest on the earth to establish His Kingdom (Rev. 19:13-15). And they will see Jehovah Nissi, the Commander in Chief and His Army who defeat the enemy (Rev. 19:19). This is that month “Jehovah” wants to make Himself known to His people first so they are assured of His covenant promises in the wake of this transition.
The similarity between the children of Israel in the wilderness before arriving to Mt. Sinai and the time Jesus made Himself known before He ascended, is this same cycle of time in the Hebrew Covenant Calendar today. Before God’s glory pours out upon the earth in greater measure, God prepares His people to encounter His glory.
At Mt. Sinai, the glory rested upon them (Ex. 19:18;24:16-18). At Pentecost, a portion of the glory dwelt within the disciples through the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4). As we are heading into the Age of Tabernacles, we will experience a greater manifestation of His glory for those who abide in His Covenant. (Rev.21:3).
The tribe of Issachar is associated with the month of Iyar. They knew the timings of the Lord for the nation. As one of the tribes who came alongside David when he was anointed as King, the Bible says in 1 Chron. 12:22-32 of Issachar, “ and the sons of Issachar who had an understanding of the times to know what Israel must do.” I believe there is an anointing this month to go deeper in our understanding of the times we are in and our faith in a Covenant Keeping God so we can go out into the world with greater authority and power.
The Hebrew meaning of Issachar is “bringing reward.” It comes from the root word “nasa” and means “to lift, to advance, arise, bring forth exalt or raise up.” What better reward can we get than to humble ourselves and seek the Lord and get the treasures of seeing and experiencing the God of Covenant!
Issachar is nestled in between the tribe of Judah and Zebulun on the east side of the Tabernacle. These three tribes formed a branch that the Lord chose to march out first when He instructed the tribes to go. Judah would be given the charge to praise and worship, but Issachar understood the timing with which they were to depart and go. Zebulun then came alongside the two and had the ability to provide the supply or “business” of what needed to be done.
Issachar’s symbol was a humble donkey. He gets this symbol through Jacob prophesying over his tribe: “Issachar is a strong ass couching between two burdens.” Gen. 49:14 A donkey carries the burden of a load from one place to another. Issachar represents a strong but humble servant of God who fulfills the law of Christ spoken of in Gal. 6:2 “Bear each other’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Issachar is rewarded from the Lord for serving His people, standing in the gap, and carrying their burden whether it be through prayer or practical application. Issachar is spoken of as carrying two burdens: one for himself and one for a “brother in need.” Rewards for intercession as well as carrying other’s burdens that the Holy Spirit is leading us to do is priceless and brings much joy.
This Hebrew month is critical to listen and receive God’s intel for the times we are living in because the landscape has changed. Culture, strongholds, systems have shaken. Out of the shaking comes revelation and a triumphant people who will go forth and take dominion and reign for Christ. But, they must understand the strategy to face the giants that stand in their way and strategy so they can step out in boldness to pioneer into new places.
As we experience, acknowledge, and understand that God is love and that love is expressed through His Covenants found throughout the ages, we gain a greater understanding of His unfailing love and His desire for us to be a part of His family. Pray God gives you His Covenant secrets so we can come closer to Him and then reflect His light!