Tishrei is the first month of the civil year, and the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year. There are three feasts this month: Blowing of Trumpets (Tishri 1) -—to wake up to goodness of God; Day of Atonement (Tishri 10) —-to remind us that Jesus atoned for all our sin; and Feast of Tabernacles (Tishri 15-21) —-for us to fellowship, enjoy, and live in the presence of the Lord and receive His abundance.
1. Month of Ephraim, the second son of Joseph. Be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 49:22, “Joseph is a fruitful bough . . . his branches run over the wall.” Genesis 49:26, “The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors.”)
2. The seventh month. The “dearest” of months—because all sevens are dear, creating the most “satiated,” or “full” month. (We have worked through two “threes,” and are now at a new beginning). Think “fullness of God.” Think of His overflowing abundance and goodness.
3. The month where divine providence creates a “beginning.” (Note the beginning of the Hebrew Year.) Expect many new things to “begin” for you now. You have been in a time of preparation; now those things begin.
4. The beginning of six months of “reflected light.” This changes our environment, the way we process time, the way we work, the crops grow, and the way we harvest.
• Think of yourself as one who reflects the glory of the Lord all around you. See Isaiah 60:1-9; John 8:12; 9:5.
• Think of God reflecting His glory on you.
5. Month of the Hebrew letter “LAMED,” which signifies the aspiration to return to your absolute source. God is our source. We need to pray, “Lord, how do we get back to be sure that we flow in what you are doing?”
6. The month of return. We need to declare things that have been scattered will come back. (Remember the devil wants to scatter and dissipate us. The Lord wants to gather and strengthen.)
7. Month of Libra (the scales). The deeds of man are weighed, and judgment is released. Note that the “Day of Atonement,” which is the tenth day of Tishrei, is considered a day of judgment. During this month, we concentrate more on the justice system than in other months.
8. Month of “touch.” Think of the woman who pressed through and touched Jesus’ garments. This is the time to feel the presence of God. Touch Him and let Him release virtue on you (Luke 8:40-49). Note also that the Feast of Tabernacles occurs during this month. The purpose is for us to live in the glory of God-—to live in His presence.
9. Month of the gall bladder. This is often linked with arousal. Therefore, think of spiritual awakening, and then be sure to remove that which would keep you from returning or entering into all the fullness God has for you.
10. Watch for bitterness. At head of year, you must purge yourself of bitterness. At the beginning of the year (the first month) we had to watch out for bitterness. Now in the seventh month, go a step further and make sure you are purged of all bitterness—-against people, against yourself, and against the Lord (Hebrews 12:15).
11. Month of well balanced control. Some things are coming to completion; others are just beginning.
12. This month is linked with Joseph, which refers to a double portion. See Genesis 49:22-26. From Joseph came two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who became two of the twelve tribes of Israel.