May 1st marks the celebration of the second Hebrew month known as 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.
“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).
To put into perspective the timing of this month, we are in the same 50-day period of transition when the children of Israel left Egypt and began journeying to Mount Sinai. Through their travels, they were reintroduced to their Covenant Keeping God as Healer, Provider, and Deliverer. After living in Egypt for such a long time, most of the Israelites had heard about God, but were far from intimately knowing the God who made Covenant with Father Abraham.
God first revealed Himself during this time in the wilderness as Jehovah Rapha; the God who heals. God cleansed the waters at Mara and made the bitter waters pure for drinking. Next, God came to them as Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. He released “manna” or “bread from heaven” supernaturally which the Israelites found in the morning dew. And finally, through the holding up of the arms of Moses during a battle with the Amalekites, the children of Israel saw Jehovah Nissi, their banner of victory. Ex. 15-17
The Exodus from Egypt was a significant shift in departing from the oppression of a “worldly system” to one founded in God. Trust had been cultivated in these worldly systems, producing a false sense of security and identity in wrong places. This is evident through the complaining and grumbling of the children of Israel who were crying to go back to the oppression they had prayed to get out of! Nevertheless, God reveals Himself in their moment of weakness like a groom courting a “bride to be.”
Similarly, during the same 50-day calendar time period in the New Testament, the disciples were being re-introduced to their Savior after Jesus rose from the dead. Within 40 of those days, Jesus manifested Himself to the disciples to show Himself alive as their Healer, the “Bread of Life,” and Deliverer. Jesus met the disciples in their weaknesses as well; Thomas the doubter, Peter the rejecter, and all the disciples received healing after seeing a conquering Jesus over death (John 20). The disciples then had to trust in their Savior (Covenant) now revealed, who commanded them to stay in the hostile environment of Jerusalem and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4).
Prophetically speaking, we will see this whole transition scene play out again preceding the Age of Tabernacles, except it will happen with a multitude of nations (instead of 12 disciples), who are being “reintroduced“ to their Covenant Keeping God. There will come a day when Christian nations whom 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 defeats the enemy (Rev. 19:19).
The similarity between the children of Israel in the wilderness, Jesus before he ascended, and the believers today before they meet the returning King is that ALL go through this transition that brings them to an encounter with God’s glory. And with each age, the glory increased. 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). When the Age of Tabernacles comes, believers will experience the fullness of the 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 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 year in particular, God’s desire is to reveal His “mysteries” so that we are armed with His story, stand as His witness, share His truth, and obey His voice. The remnant is coming into their finest hour. The intel received this month will help bridge the gap between what God’s purpose is this year, and how to accomplish His goal.