Nissan, The First Month of the Hebrew Year
When God told Israel to number (and observe) the months, it started with Nissan (Exod. 12:1–2). Nissan marks the beginning of God’s redemption cycle and holds the first of the three major feasts—Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Pentecost and Tabernacles being the other two major feasts). God’s purpose for walking with Him through the months and these feasts are so we would continue and increasingly experience all He has for us and to come into the fullness of our great salvation through Jesus Christ! Be blessed as you begin walking in this redemption cycle.
Below are highlights for Nissan, which is sometimes known as Abib or Aviv.
1. This is the first of the months and the beginning of the redemption cycle (Exod. 12:2). It’s also the first month when we can and should announce and keep declaring there is a new beginning in Japan and that the time of harvest is here!
2. The tribe of Judah is associated with this month. Judah goes first into warfare (see Judges 1:2; 20:18). Judah was also the first tribe in the order of procession when Israel moved in the wilderness (Num. 10:14). Judah means “praise,” and is also the way we can keep our hand on the neck of the enemy (Gen. 49:8).
3. The month in which spring often starts; the beginning of the month of direct light. Declare that your light is getting brighter. (See Isaiah 60; Luke 2:32; Isaiah 49:6; and Acts 26:18.) Declare His light is shining even in the places that have been dark until now.
4. The month of Passover. (Starts on the fourteenth of Nissan). Passover is designed to help us enter into a fuller experience of our great salvation in Jesus. We do this by examining the first Passover. Note the following things:
Deliverance. Israel was set free from Egypt. We need to remember and thank the Lord for where we came from. Peter was delivered from prison during Passover week (Acts 12). Expect a new level of deliverance.
A time of crossing over (the Red Sea; the Jordan River in Joshua 4–5). This year, in particular, 5779, is a year of crossing into the new doors God has for us. It is critical to both realize that He will indeed make clear the new doors for us, and then to decide to cross into that new territory, a new challenge, or new expansion.
Reproach is being rolled away (Josh. 5:9). Any old sense of failure that is still a part of our identities that is allowed to remain will hinder us. Jesus wants to roll that off of us.
New provision (Exod. 12:34–36; Josh. 5:10–12). Each Passover is a time when the Lord wants to bless us with "new provision." Look for it. Expect it!
New intimacy with the Lord and new strategy.
5. The month of redemption. (A price has been paid for you to be set free from each one of your “prisons.”) Read Ruth and see how Boaz bought back the property that had been lost for Ruth and Naomi, and how this brought Ruth into her destiny. Declare all is being unlocked and that you are moving into your destiny. Jesus has bought back your destiny.
6. The month of the beginning of miracles. See Nehemiah 2:1 and Esther 3:7. In both cases, the miraculous chain of events was set into motion during Nissan.
7. The month that sets the course for your future. Again, this is why it is so important to keep moving in praise.
8. The annual renewal of God's hei plan. Every year, the spirit of God needs to blow on you during this month. Ask the Holy Spirit to blow upon you for a refreshing, for new revelation, and for a quickened understanding of what God is doing in this new season.
9. Linked to the constellation Aries (the ram or the lamb). Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). God provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead of Isaac. He is Jehovah Jireh and God will provide (Gen. 22:14). Expect unusual sources of provision.
10. The month kings go to war; the new year for kings. God wants to “expand” you. Declare that plans and new beginnings shall begin to take place. Go to war with the Lord! (2 Sam. 11:1).
11. The month of speech. If you speak negatively during this month, it will adversely affect you three to four months later. The seeds of negativity take root and will pull you backward. Conversely, your positive confessions should “grab the wind” and change the atmosphere. (See 1 Peter 3:9; 1 Samuel 1:17; 2:20–21.)
12. The “controller month.” Put your best foot forward. You need to assess both where you are and where you are going.
13. The month where you need to “learn to fish.” If you can’t pay your taxes, pull a coin out of a fish’s mouth. Let the Lord give you new and unusual means of supply. (See Matt. 17:27.)
14. You must step forward. Don’t wait and hold back. Move ahead confidently in God. Numbers 33:3 (AMP) says, “The Israelites went out [of Egypt] with a high hand and triumphantly.”
(Note: The source material comes from my 2006 notes taken from a series of lectures [on CD] given by Chuck Pierce [Glory of Zion]. I highly recommend his website for more materials and more in-depth explanations. –Ron Sawka)