There is power in understanding and recognizing ‘The First!’” We have just entered the Hebraic month of Nissan … the FIRST or “Beginning” of months for 5777. As I shared on Sunday, this is a very critical month, as we now come into the fullness of the Hebraic year. I know this Passover will be an unusual time of accessing revelation to unseal our future, and hope that many of you can join us here at the Global Spheres Center on April 13-16. If you have not registered and plan to join us in Corinth, go to www.gloryofzion.org or call 1-888-965-1099 or 1-940-382-7231 to sign up.
The Final Touches!
In this time of beginnings, I also love that Daniel and Amber Pierce received some pictures of the “final touches” of the Glory of Zion Ministry Center in Jerusalem. The wood covering for the stage was installed, along with the last of the stage lighting. Let’s declare that the Ministry Center can now begin to express the fullness of its destiny.
Israel’s “Beginning of Months!”
To help understand the significance of this key month, I wanted to share a portion of this week’s Israel Update from Martin and Norma Sarvis. This will help you understand the power of the first!
"Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 'This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt" (Exodus 12:1-3, 6-7, 13).
This Tuesday, March 28, was Rosh Hodashim - the "Head" or "Beginning" of months in the Hebrew religious calendar. There are no records of this particular day ever having been celebrated as a "holiday" in Israel. (After the Captivity, Rosh HaShana, the head of the agricultural new year, came to be celebrated on the day of the Feast of Trumpets in the fall.) There was certainly no command to "celebrate" it in a special way. Yet being aware of its significance and keeping it holy - set apart - was critical. From this day the dates for all of the "set times," the "festivals of the LORD" throughout each year, were to be calculated. As seen above, it was on this day that, in preparation for the first of these festivals, each Israelite household began counting towards the tenth day, when a lamb would be set it aside until the evening of the 14th day, when it would be slaughtered to provide blood for the Passover. It was also on this Beginning of Months a year later, that the Mishkan - "Dwelling Place"/ "Tabernacle" was completed and raised, and the Presence of the glory of the LORD came down into the midst of His people!
The beginning of each month - the time of the "New Moon" - "Rosh Hodesh" is obviously an important day in the timings of the Lord. Numbers 28:11-15 carefully lists instructions for special offerings beyond the normal daily ones, which were to be presented on that day. The first of each month seems also to have been a day of special gathering for the Hebrew people - a "day of gladness" heralded by sounding of the silver trumpets (Numbers 10:10)! Psalm 81:3a calls for sounding the shofar on Rosh Hodesh- in the context of "singing aloud to God our strength, making a joyful shout to the God of Jacob, raising a song and striking the drum, the harp and the lute! This was not to be observed in a spirit of mere religious legalism as it obviously had come to be in Isaiah 1:14 where God was no longer pleased with the celebration. Yet, a careful reading of Ezekiel 45:17-18; 46:1,3 makes clear that, whatever may be the ultimate nature, time period and significance of the Temple described there, Rosh haHodashim and Rosh Hodesh remain important to God, and for His people in honoring Him.
If you have not had an opportunity to watch the replay from Sunday’s Special Firstfruits Celebration, please be sure to do so by clicking HERE. This will not only help you understand the Power of Firstfruits and how Judah Goes First, but how to Align Your Seasons to Prosper! If you would still like to give a Firstfruits offering during this “first of months,” you can donate online, by calling our office at 1-888-965-1099 or 1-940-382-7231, or by postal mailing your donation to Glory of Zion, PO Box 1601, Denton TX 76202.
Chuck D. Pierce