Revelation 22:1-2 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, flowing with water clear as crystal, continuously pouring out from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The river was flowing in the middle of the street of the city, and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life, with its twelve kinds of ripe fruit according to each month of the year. The leaves of the Tree of Life are for the healing of the nations.
The words Rosh Chodesh mean head (beginning) of the month. It's a celebration cycle that God initiated. He gives us a new month; we celebrate his goodness in advance, at the beginning of it.
Sometimes it’s called the "New Moon Festival" in the Bible. Together God’s people would watch for the sign of the new moon, hear from God through the prophets, and offer their first back to Him. When we give him our first pinch, he blesses the whole lump!
There are no rules about celebrating Rosh Chodesh "First Fruits", really. Free in Christ! According to Col 2 we resist judging others about how they celebrate; neither do we turn it into a legalistic burden on ourselves.
He is our Preeminent One! We seek His Kingdom FIRST, together. Contact us if you would like to celebrate Rosh Chodesh First Fruits with us via Zoom.
"GOD, YOU ARE GREAT! You are OUR GOD, and we are YOUR PEOPLE! You have blessed us in this past month!
And we know you will be faithful again in this new month! So we celebrate YOU, Lord! We dance in advance! And we thank you that you gave us Your Son Jesus!"
Why we love this
What a difference it makes to live a lifestyle of being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing!
What if you spent the first of your time this month joining with others in throwing the Lord a praise party, giving the first and best of your whole-hearted devotion and love, finding creative ways to give the first and best of the bounty in your life? And what if He would love it?!
Why? So that you would live aware of important differences from one month to the other, which could help put in order your time, energy, prayers, worship, and supply - and that would keep you moving forward instead of getting stuck in old cycles, feeling that one month just runs into the next.
And what if the whole thing was really His idea, ultimately to bless you right back? That’s the GREAT GOD HE IS! He sets this up to help us live in the cycle of His blessing, as in Proverb 3. (For more on the scriptural basis, click for a related article from our Q&A page.)
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WHAT MONTH IS IT?
Along with the Gregorian calendar, we also follow the Hebraic calendar, which contains the original timing that was followed in biblical times. Here, you can learn about the current month and gain an understanding of its significance in your everyday life.
The month of av/ the tribe of simeon
(From A Time to Advance)
The 9th of Av was the date of Israel’s sin of unbelief at Kadish Barnea. … He brought them up to the border of the Promised Land at Kadish Barnea. The spies went in and brought back samples of the fruit of the land. They said, “This is a wonderful, fruitful land just as God promised. But ten of the spies added, “We don’t have the strength to take the land.” Two of the spies gave the minority report, “God can give the land into our hands!”
As so often happens, there was a voice of faith, and a voice of unbelief. When this happens, we need to be careful to choose correctly. So, the month of Av was originally intended to be the month that Israel entered the Promised Land. God’s plan had been that every year Av would be month to celebrate His goodness. But, on the 9th of Av Israel chose to listen to the voice of unbelief!
God still wants Av to be a month of blessing and celebration of His goodness. Av is a month that presents us with a choice! We can choose to receive a curse! We can choose to break a curse! We can choose to believe God’s promise! We can choose to enter God’s blessing! So receive His promise and mix it with faith this month!
Av is a month to hear and understand. You must decide what you have heard. If a word has been given and you decide not to heed the word, this is the month where your consequences begin.
Av is associated with the constellation of Leo (the lion). This is the month the Lion roars (Amos 3:8). This is one of the most incredible prophetic months. When the lion – the people of God – roar, a prophetic covering is created. Amos 3 is about unlocking what is above you and the sound that begins to resound in the earth realm.
This is the month where kingdom advances through partnership. Again, be very aware of your partnerships during this month. Watch your alignments.
The Hebrews associate Av with a new level of discernment. In this month you are developing a new level of discernment, or you are opposing counsel and advice. If you look back in your life, you can identify times when people gave you counsel and advice; but you thought you knew more than anyone else and did not act on the advice.
The Bible says in Psalm 32 that He takes hold of the reins of your life and guides you by His eye. In this process, if you have not allowed Him to work with you, then you are resisting His leading like a horse or mule that has to be harnessed. The Lord will give us a chance to follow Him and go through things, but sometimes resistance to His leading is going on. Use wisdom, and allow the Lord to guide you and hone your discernment for these critical days ahead.
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