The month of Av can be looked at in two different ways:

Firstly, it can be seen as the lowest point in the life of Israel, for it was on the 9th of Av that both the First Temple and the Second Temple were destroyed. It is also seen as the time when the spies brought back their evil report and the people of Israel listened to their negativity, which was the reason for them continuing to walk in the wilderness for 40 years and before entering into the promised land.

Secondly however, this month Av can also be seen as the high watermark when Messiah comes for his bride, the Church.

During this month I believe that we will see both a consolidating and a condensing of the purposes of God in our lives. This month of Av is made up of 2 Hebrew letters Aleph and Beit. These 2 letters of the Hebrew alphabet connect the last two years together and form the word for Father.

This will be a time when the will of God in our lives and His desire for us will not be held back. Jeremiah 29 verse 10-11 declares: “I know the plans (or desire) that I have for you, plans to do you good and not to do you harm, to give you a hope and to give you a future.”

In the past 2 years we may not have been able to bring forth those prophetic purposes that God had for our lives, but I believe this will be a time when there will be no more aborting of God’s purposes by the enemy, nor a premature bringing forth outside of the times and seasons of God. But there will be a full term birthing of God’s purpose in our lives.

The tribe that is represented in this month is the tribe of Simeon. The root of Simeon means to hear. It was the sin of the spies to present an evil report about the things they had seen in Canaan. This will be a month when our ears will be open to hear again the prophetic promise that God has revealed to us. It was this inability to hear that produced imbalance and an inability to discern truth from falsehood. This is a time for us to discern what we are going to listen to and the message that we’re going to receive – whether it would be a good report or whether it will be the evil intentions of the enemy. This is a time for our ears to be circumcised. Job 12 verse 11 says, “Does not the ear test words as the tongue taste food?”

This will be a month when relationships will be developed into partnerships. What we could not do on our own will be accomplished through the relationships that we have forged over the last two years. Just as Simeon’s inheritance was contained within the boundaries of Judah, as Joshua 19 verse 1 tells us “their inheritance lay within the territory of Judah” we will recognize that God has given us relationships that will release authority and power to bring forth a fuller realization of the prophetic promise in our lives. This is being displayed by the work currently being undertaken on the Warehouses at the ARC, as the building work births the Transformation Centre as a whole new ministry within Revival Fires.

The tribe of Judah, if you recall, is the key tribe to the month of Nissan, and represents our ability to speak the redemptive message. The month of Av corresponds to the tribe of Simeon and our ability to hear again God’s redemptive purpose for our lives until we bring forth and birth that which God has promised us!

There will be a special favour upon this month of Av, which is the fifth month – the number 5 represents favour and grace. There is favour to be empowered to bring forth and birth. Isaiah 35 verse 3-4 says, “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not!’ ” This will be message that will enable the transition from conception of prophecy, to birth of promise to take place.

I pray a double portion of favour upon you.

Blessings,
Trevor Baker

Source: Trevor Baker, Revival Fires, 21 June 2012
http://www.revivalfires.org.uk/

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