Iyar, the Second Month of the Hebrew Year
1. The Issachar month. See 1 Chronicles 12:32, “The sons of Issachar who had an understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” Compare this with Ephesians 5:15–17 which enjoins us to understand our times. This enables us to keep moving ahead, instead of just passing time. Redeeming the time actually means that lost opportunities and chances begin to get restored. It also means that the fulfillment of God’s plans and promises begin to come quicker. In a sense, our future starts coming toward us instead of being “far off.” God wants us to see each day, week, and month as a fresh cycle of new things He wants to bring into our lives and bless us with. It’s especially important this month as we count down the days to Pentecost (forty-nine days from Passover, May 29–30) to meditate on all that He did during Passover.
2. The month of radiance, where light increases (it’s spring and the days are getting longer). Just as natural light increases, see that God wants to give you more and more revelation about you and your circumstances. If darkness tries to overtake you, this month you say “no” to it. Declare an increase in revelation. Isaiah 60:1 says the glory of the Lord will radiate off of us. Look at yourself as being radiant with the glory of God this month. Don’t be surprised if someone comments that you are “shining.”
3. The month linked with natural healing. We should expect that God will heal some through natural means. Exodus 15:26 states, “I am God, your healer [Jehovah Rapha].”
4. A month where you will see your snares. One of the main snares is murmuring and complaining. God gave the promise of healing just after they murmured. The connection is clear. Murmuring and complaining opens one up to physical and spiritual sickness. Not only are we not to complain or deem our words are merely “neutral,” but we need to declare that they bring grace and help (Eph. 4:29).
5. The month of the Hebrew letter “vav” [ו]. This is a month that links the Month of Redemption and the Month of Giving. (If you move correctly during this month, the rest of the year connects properly.) Your prosperity is linked with this month. Vav is the tent peg. We can bring heaven to earth. Jael drove the peg into Sisera’s head (Judg. 4:21) which brought victory and freedom. We can drive the tent peg into the enemy’s head by making a declaration. Declare that you will no longer complain, but will walk in the victory God has provided.
6. The month of the constellation of Taurus, the bull. (Yes, this is one of the signs of the zodiac. But we have to remember the occult can only mimic or try to copy the real. “The heavens declare the glory of God” [Ps. 19:1].) Look and observe introspectively to find a place of improvement so that strength manifests. Keep moving—like a bull. Rely on the Lord and keep moving. The gospel of Mark is symbolized by the ox, and it emphasizes Jesus as a servant. One of the easiest ways to keep moving ahead is by continuing to serve.
7. A month to deal with your soul (mind, will, and emotions). Make sure these three things (mind, will, and emotions—don’t let negative emotions remain) are aligned with God. One way of keeping these aligned is through our speech. Be careful to use words that release grace (Eph. 4:29).
8. A month to understand secrets (Issachar). Thank God that He will show you keys of healing, keys of advancement, and keys to handle complicated situations. Also, remember that “the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him (or He confides in those who fear Him)” (Ps. 25:14).
9. The month of thought. God permeates the mind (the thinking process of the heart). If our emotions are wrong, we will not be able to think clearly. God will send healing as we choose not to murmur. We will find Him putting His thoughts into our minds.
10. A month of spiritual advice. We need to be prophetic during this time. If we don’t exercise our gifts, somebody else will… Prophesy regularly this month.
11. The month of the right kidney and conscience (will and thought). Kidneys are linked with emotions, thought processes, and adrenaline processing. Fear affects the kidneys. God starts dealing with our consciences. The conscience is a window between spirit and soul. A clean conscience helps us with revelation. The blood of Jesus flows in us and brings cleansing, even to our DNA.