This is the twelfth month of the Hebrew calendar of feasts, counting from Abib/Nissan as the first month in which Passover/Pesach is kept.
The Hebrew calendar has leap years to adjust the lunar calendar to the seasons which is solar-related.
In a leap year there are 13 months (instead of just an extra day on February 29) and the extra month is also called Adar. Thus, in leap years, there are two Adars, both of which are called the twelfth month. That is why a leap year is called in Hebrew a “pregnant year”, pregnant with two Adars.
Both the Adars fall across February-March on the international civil calendar.
The month of Adar is thought of as the happiest month of the Jewish calendar, a month of of good fortune,
for it is the month in which the festival of Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar (and the 15th in Susa and other walled towns).
In a leap year, Purim is celebrated in Adar II to ensure that whatever the year there’s always a month’s distance beteeen Pesach and Purim.
Thus, the Jewish calendar begins with the joy of the redemption of Pesach and ends with the joy of the redemption of Purim.
Both months celebrate a transformation of the Jewish people. Pesach celebrates the transformation of a nation of bonded slaves into a nation of free men. Purim celebrates the transformation of near-extinction of the Jewish people into victory over their enemies.
The Book of Esther tells the entire Purim story and is read twice over the course of the holiday.
The word Adar is cognate with Adir (the same three consonants Aleph, Dalet, Resh) which means strength.
So now we know two positive qualities associated with Adar: strength and joy.
Purim is associated with the Fish (dag), (Purim falls during the month when the zodiacal sign of the two fishes, Pisces, is in the ascendant) The word “dag” is cognate with the word “da’ag” which means worry. The idea here is that worry is transformed into fish, a delicious meal, and symbol of supply.
Purim is also associated with a special type of loaf called the Purim loaf. More on Purim in the page on Purim.
Note the following key points about Adar.
It is the month of overturning.
- (The Jewish people) experienced release from bitterness (God overturned the bitterness planned for the Jews by the wicked Amalekite Haman, and turned it into defeat for Haman and his 10 sons who were hanged on the same gallows on which Haman intended to hang the Jew Mordechai, uncle of Queen Esther. See also Purim in the 20th and 21st Centuries,
- God wants to give you a new destiny by giving you a new or true identity of what you have been prepared for; this new identity should be reflected this month, spiritually as well as physically Your identity has been provided for you in the invisible world, and your faith will bring it into the physical world. He wants to remove the facades and masks which you used to protect yourself. With facades and masks gone, you can communicate freely, even eloquently.
- The Fish and the Loaves – find your supply in the hidden world This is the month to overturn worry through the release of supply
- The time to overturn non-valid evil devised decrees (Purim) Now you can overturn curses
- The root of depression and despair can be overturned through the entry of faith-thoughts
- The month to devise your war strategy against the anti-Christ (Haman)
Another exciting factoid of the month of Adar is that it is regarded in Jewish tradition as the month in which Moses was born, as well as the month in which he died. To be exact, he was said to have been born on the 7th of Adar and to have died on the 7th of Adar 120 years later. Although we know when Moses was born and died, we don’t know where he was buried. The Torah simply tells us that he was buried in the area of Mount Nebo which is a tremendous mountain range across the Jordan.
Many people fast on the 7th of Adar
to commemorate the death of Moses. At the same time, there is a custom for Jewish burial societies around the world to hold a banquet on the 7th of Adar. How do you fit a fast on the 7th of Adar with a banquet on the same day? The answer is that the banquet is
usually at night so that those who choose to fast on the 7th of Adar can do so. This banquet, or other type of gathering, is representative of a number of things. For one, it is an opportunity to celebrate Moses’s life.
Jewish burial societies almost always consist of volunteers who prepare the bodies for burial. It also recalls that Moses’s death was perhaps the single Jewish burial in history that did not need a Jewish burial society – the Bible teaches us that God Himself buried Moses!
Another minor fast day traditionally observed is the Fast of Esther
on the 13th of Adar, from sunrise to sunset.
While the date of Moses’ birth and death are given by tradition as the 7th of Adar
, the date of the consecrecation of Aaron and his sons (which occurred on the 23rd of Adar
) can be established purely from the Scriptures, by collating passages from Leviticus 8 and 9 with passages from Exodus 40. After Aaron and his sons were consecrated, and the Tabernacle had been completed, according to God’s meticulous plan, the shekinah-glory of God descended as a cloud on and in the Tabernacle in full public view. (This was the genuine manifest glory of God, and not the twitchings, out-of-control jerkings of the arms and legs, uncontrollable laughter, etc. that are claimed to be the manifest glory of God in certain sections of the charismatic movement today.)
Blessings for the Hebrew month of Adar
traditionally declared by the Cohens (priests) in their blessing-prayers on the 1st of Adar.
Adar, the 12th Hebrew Month falls this year in February-March 2012, starting on February 24 and ending on March 23.
The current Hebrew Year is 5772.
The following is a description of the Lord’s blessings for Adar, the twelfth Hebrew month.
n Hebrew times, these blessings were released by the priests during the “head-of-the-month celebrations,” which were called “Rosh Chodesh.”
This was also time to bring first fruit offerings.
Emperor Constantine outlawed these monthly celebrations, along with the three major feats (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles), as part of an attempt to divorce the church from its Jewish roots. His doing so may have been the single greatest factor in the rapid decline of the Early Church. As the Lord is restoring the Church today, we find that He is reconnecting us to these Hebrew roots.
This is the month of the tribe of Naphtali, which means “sweetness to me.” It is a time of celebration so that your curse is overturned and things become sweet to you. In Deuteronomy 33:23, we see that Naphtali is “full of the blessing of the Lord.”
The month of eloquent communication and expressions of joy and laughter. See Genesis 49:21, “Naphtali is a deer let loose; he uses beautiful words.” We need to be in “celebration mode.” We need to celebrate the end of cycles. Declare that God has brought you out of the old and into a time of great favor.
In terms of the Zodiac, this ishe month of Pisces, the fishes. Finding your supply in the “hidden” world (e.g., the gold coin in fish’s mouth). There is an identity for you in the invisible world. Don’t always be practical (having a desire to conform and be accepted). No, we must find our spiritual identity.
(Though the Zodiac has been extensively used by astrologers for purposes condemned by God in His Word, there is nothing occult about the Zodiac itself, which is a set of 23 constellations through which the sun, in its apparent motion, passes during the year. Just as the East is whre the sun rises and the West is where it sets, so the constellations of the Zodiac are where the sun can be found for a month before it passes on to the next constellation.)
Your true identity should begin to be reflected this month, spiritually as well as physically. God has established cycles to help us come into our identity—the spiritual will be reflected in the physical.
The month of the letter “Kaf” (this Hebrew letter looks like a mask). This is a time of removing any “masks” and entering into laughter. You need to remove any “masks” to enter into the true joy of who you are.
A month to overturn worry and anxiety, including worry about your supply. If you get rid of anxiety, then you can see your supply. If you are ruled by worry, you will not be able to see the provision God has for you (See Phil. 4:6–7).
The month of laughter, abounding joy, the witnessing of life entering into darkness, the advantage of light over darkness, the power of barrenness being broken. No matter what the darkness is, LAUGH and watch God permeate it. Light permeates darkness when we see this, and barrenness will break. Begin to laugh at fear (Ps. 34:4–6).
The month of the spleen. Pull out any roots of depression and despair so faith can break through into our thought processes.
The month that Moses was born. Thus, it means that your deliverance is forming. See deliverance is already forming for you. Take a look at whatever is holding you captive and declare God’s truth. Declare that He is already forming deliverance and freedom for you and that it is on the way! (Exod. 2:10).
A month to develop your war strategy against the anti-Christ spirit. Don’t let the giants produce fear in you; guard against idolatry. Amalek will try to come. Don’t end the year in fear. I like Exodus 17:8–16. When Moses’ hands were raised, Israel had victory; when his hands were lowered, the Israelites began to be defeated. For us this means we can keep our “hands raised” by staying in faith and joy. This will keep us in the victory of the Lord.
A time for wrong decrees to be broken off of you. (If wrong decrees are heeded to, they will encircle you and will cause others to say the same negative thing about you.) You need to break off the negative things decreed about you. I suggest praying and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal some wrong decrees, both self-made, and “others-made.” Forgive those who uttered them, put the blood of Jesus on those wrong decrees, and then break them in Jesus’ name.
It’s a time for leadership to awaken—Next month they go to war.