You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance.
~ Psalm 65:11
You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. – Psalm 65:11
New life begins in the spring (abib)!
This is the start of God’s calendar cycle (Exodus 12). Month 1 – Abib / Aviv / Nisan
Hebrew: abib – אָבִיב – (aw-beeb’) – fresh, young ears, also Canaanite name for the first month of the Jewish calendar – https://biblehub.com/str/hebrew/24.htm – fresh, young ears of barley Exodus 9:31; indefinite Leviticus 2:14 קָלוּי בָּאֵשׁ ׳מִנְחַת בִּכּוּרִים ליהוה א. 2 חֹדֶשׁ הָֽאָבִיב month of ear-forming, or of growing green, Abib, month of Exodus & Passover, Exodus 13:4; Exodus 23:15; Exodus 34:18
Spring (later) rains; barley & flax harvest begins / Passover / Days of Unleavened Bread
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Exodus 12:2
Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night. Deuteronomy 16:1
perach: a bud, sprout – פֶרַח – (peh’-rakh) – https://biblehub.com/str/hebrew/6525.htm
blossom (3), blossoms (1), bud (1), buds (1), flower/s (11).
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
God’s Plan – The Appointed Patterns:
New Life – New Beginning
“…behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David …and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain …they sung a new song, saying, …thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation…” – Revelation 5:5-9
Hosanna! God Saves and Rules!
And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. – Mark 11:9-10
Table of Remembrance
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. – Luke 22:19-20
Shut in the Ark – I Am the Door – Passover
But the Scripture pronounces all things confined by sin, so that by faith in Jesus Christ the promise might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held in custody under the Law, locked up until faith should be revealed. – Galatians 3:22-23
Salvation – Sealed in Christ
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. – John 4:14
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. – Revelation 7:17
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; – 1 Timothy 2:5
So Naomi returned from the land of Moab with her daughter-in-law Ruth the Moabitess. And they arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest – Ruth 1:22
Jesus Christ – Yeshua Hamashiach – is our Passover Lamb! It is by his shed blood that we are saved (1 Corinthians 5:6-8). It is important to note that we live under grace through the sacrifice of Christ. Yet these living symbols can enrich the comprehension of the finished work of Christ and deepen the understanding of future prophetic events.
Instead of marking the doorposts of our homes in actual “blood,” we instead can symbolically mark and cover our homes in the Blood of JESUS, our Passover Lamb. If God passed over His precious people when they marked their homes in the blood of a mere animal, how much MORE will He not pass over US today when we mark our homes in the Blood of His Only Begotten Son??
For Jesus, our Passover Lamb, was crucified at roughly the same time that the Passover lambs were being slain in the temple, on the afternoon of Nisan 14. Thanks be to God, He has kept His faithful promise in the Book of Exodus to keep the destroyer, the spoiler, all danger, disaster, and plagues from my home. He will do the same for you, if you dedicate your home to Him, cover it in the Blood of His Son, and believe it BY FAITH.
Patterns, Shadows and Promises
WHILE most of the world celebrates the New Year in January, the One who created the world counts the first day of the year in the spring, on Nisan 1 (Ex. 12).
The first day of the biblical month of Nisan, corresponding to March 26 this year, is linked to many important anniversaries.
THE LATTER RAINS – Nisan also corresponds to the time of the latter rains associated with Jesus’ return:
“As surely as the sun rises, he [the Lord] will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth” (Hos. 6:3).
Notice the winter rains are mentioned first, followed by the spring rains. The winter rains, falling around the planting season in October-November, allow the newly sown seeds to germinate and send forth tender shoots. The latter rains, falling around March-April, ripen the grain and prepare it for the sickle.
According to the Talmud— • The Universe was created on Nisan 1 (Rosh Hashanah 10b, 11a).
• The Hebrew patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were born on Nisan 1 (Rosh Hashanah 10b, 11a).
In the Bible—
• The waters of Noah’s Flood receded to expose dry land on Nisan 1 (Gen. 8:13).
• The Hebrew slaves were liberated from Egypt in Nisan, earning this month the title “month of redemption” (Ex. 11-19).
• Nisan 1 is when the Persian King Artaxerxes issued decrees allowing the Jews held captive in Babylon to return to Jerusalem (Ezra 7; Neh. 2).
According to some scholars, Jesus was born on Nisan 1.
And so, thematically, the spring month of Nisan is about new beginnings and deliverance related to Israel and her Messiah.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Spiritually, the winter and spring rainy seasons represent two great visitations of the Holy Spirit—one at the beginning of the gospel dispensation, and the other at its close.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, marking the beginning of the Church Age, signified the former rain. Empowered by the indwelling of the Spirit, The Apostle Peter stood up before the crowd gathered in Jerusalem and boldly declared the Gospel (Acts 2). Fast forward to the present, the Church finds itself living in the time of the latter rain. Showers are falling in a few places on earth, but the overall picture is of drought and desolation. What’s the remedy?
Just as the original followers of Christ prayed for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so we are invited to pray: “Ask the LORD for rain in the spring of the year. It is the LORD who sends rain clouds and showers, making the fields green for everyone” (Zech. 10:1).
May the New Year bring much rain, and may the grain ripen speedily for harvest.
Nisan 1 is a starting point in Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy. In Daniel 9:25 the angel Gabriel instructs Daniel to begin counting years at the issuing of a decree:
“From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince will be seven weeks and 62 weeks…”
There are two biblical decrees commonly applied to the above verse. The first decree was issued in 457 BC by the Persian King Artaxerxes to Ezra (Ezra 7). The second decree was issued in 444 BC by the same King Artaxerxes to Nehemiah (Neh. 2). Remarkably, because Daniel’s prophecy works on multiple levels, one can count the weeks from either decree (457 BC or 444 BC) and arrive at key dates related to Jesus’ first coming. Therefore, both decrees issued by Artaxerxes are relevant to Daniel’s Weeks Prophecy.
Additionally, both decrees were issued on Nisan 1. In Ezra chapter 7 Artaxerxes gives permission to Ezra to lead a band of exiles back to Jerusalem. In verse 9 Ezra begins his journey from Babylon to Jerusalem “on the first day of the first month.” In Nehemiah 2, the second (444 BC) decree by Artaxerxes is issued on Nisan 1 as well. While only the month of the Nehemiah decree is specified, the rabbis teach that in the absence of a date it should be assumed that the first day of the month, in this case Nisan 1, is being referred to.
So no matter which of the two decrees one applies to Daniel’s prophecy, the period of weeks pertaining to Messiah’s first coming has a starting point in Nisan. Further, the prophetic period ends in Nisan as well with Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey and being crucified soon after.