Tevet, the Tenth Month of the Hebrew Year
Receive Your Crown
1. Coronation, or receiving the crown—A couple of weeks ago during an international webcast, we were reminded of the following things. First, now is the time that the church (the body of believers) has matured. Second, the church can take its rightful place and rule with the Lord (making intercession and declarations that bring advance for the kingdom of Heaven that will result in a great harvest). I enjoyed hearing a prophecy by a respected prophet stating (paraphrased), “Now is the time for My bride to receive and wear the crown.” Note the correlation from history. On Tevet 1 (BCE 479), Esther was taken to the king’s palace, and on Tevet 10 she was chosen to be queen. So, be sure to shift your thinking. Receive the crown the Lord has for you. Be a ruler with Him. (“He has made us kings and priests to His God and Father” [Rev. 1:6].)
2. The month of the tribe of Dan—Means to judge, grow up, and mature. See Genesis 49:16-18. Samson came from the tribe of Dan (see Judges 13). Samson did not mature and therefore did not reach his potential. God intends for us to be able to judge/lead and to cause the enemy to fall backward. Unlike Samson, God wants us to grow up and mature. The result of maturing is moving into our kingly calling/anointing.
3. Samson’s weakness was basically an inability to say no to his flesh, putting its desires above his calling and vows. As a Nazarite, he was to never cut his hair or eat anything unclean (see Judges 13:4-5). Eating the honey from a carcass broke that vow (14:9). Also, he should have run from Delilah but his flesh kept him coming back. Gradually she wore him down and got him to reveal the source of his strength. He told her that he was a Nazarite and that his hair had never been shaved (Judges 16:10-21). His great gifting did not have the impact it could have. Declare for yourself that God is gifting you and that you take it seriously. Ask Him to cleanse and purify you so there are no fleshly hindrances keeping you from your destiny.
4. A month to fast—It was the tenth day of Tevet in 588 BCE that Nebuchadnezzar II began the siege of Jerusalem. We know this was a culmination of Israel’s long ignoring/breaking of their covenant with God and their rebellion against Him. The enemy always wants to besiege us. Fasting helps us to be watchful—to focus and refocus on the Lord and keep aligned with Him. Tevet 10 is Jan 7.
5. Ending of Hanukkah (Dec. 23-30)—In the midst of destruction, there is mercy. This festival means “the light will not go out.” It was done in the belief that the destroyed temple would be rebuilt. Regardless of the problem, God has a way to impart mercy to build for the future. Look at every difficult situation you are in right now and declare that God has mercy and light for you in the midst of them.
6. The month of the Hebrew letter ayin (ע)—It means, “Let your good eye see.” (Think also of “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see the kingdom of heaven.” Purity of heart leads to purity of the eyes of our heart (the good eye).
7. A month to war with the evil eye and to break the power of evil watchers (if you don’t break that power, it will try to manipulate you). The evil eye structure is embedded in our culture. It allows us to be manipulated by evil spirits. In Acts 13, Barnabas and Paul were hindered by Elymas the sorcerer. Paul prayed, and the Lord struck Elymas with blindness. Similarly, we can pray and ask the Lord to close the eyes of the enemy so that we aren’t hindered. In 2 Kings 6, Elisha prayed for the eyes of his servant to be opened; that servant was then able to see the angelic army protecting them. Elisha prayed again and the enemy army was blinded.
8. Pray for the commander-in-chief—Many strategies begin to be released at this time, as well as in April and in July. God gives us people to lead and guide. We need to pray for them. A good leader will give us revelation. Be sure to pray for your spiritual covering as well as for the political leaders of your nation.
9. Review your education or what is initiating you into your next phase. Sign up for a course or get some sort of training if you need it. Make sure you are advancing and moving ahead, following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
10. Be angry but sin not—Emotions have a fine line. You cross over and your whole soul gets damaged and the promise of God will not manifest. In Ephesians 4:24, we see anger is equated with being demonized. Note the suddenness of anger. If we do not learn to process anger properly, so our emotions are under the control of the Holy Spirit, we will erupt and fail when the test comes. Be angry and sin not. Get over it before nightfall. Therefore, deal with it. God will give you an opportunity. So when you have time, deal with it. For example, if you are between jobs, then pour the word of God into you and build yourself up.
11. The month of Capricorn, the goat—Hind’s feet on high places. See 2 Samuel 22:34; Psalm 18:33; Habakkuk. 3:19. God is enabling us to go to higher and higher places in Him. Declare that you are moving up.
12. Time to leap like a goat (deer). We all have areas of immaturity. Maturing does not always have to be a long, slow process. The idea here is that we can “leap” quickly to a state of maturity. God wants us to “leap” out of the areas of immaturity. It’s also a chance every year to share your testimony. How did you get offended last year—is it still the same as this year? “The lame shall leap like a deer” (Isa. 35:6). “He makes my feet like the feet of deer and sets me on my high places (Ps. 18:33).
13. The month of the liver. The liver is important because it purifies. Proverbs 7:23 talks about a dart in the liver (for the man who gave in to sexual temptation). Sexual sin will affect your liver. We can trust God to purify us by the blood of Jesus. Think of His blood as entering your own bloodstream and cleansing you of the spiritual impurities that may be there because of your family bloodline or because of your own sin. When the liver is purified, the brain and heart also function more effectively.