This is the prophetic word for the month of December 2017 which is the month of Kislev on the Jewish calendar. This month is about TRUST and HOPE and looking for the LIGHT in the midst of darkness.
In the Torah we find that the root of the word Kislev means ‘trust’ and ‘hope’. The 9th month of the Jewish year, corresponding to December. The word is found in Nehemiah 1:1 (which starts the rebuilding of the temple) and Zechariah 7:1.
This month is best known for the holiday of Hanukkah or Chanukah, which begins on the 25th of Kislev/December 12th and runs over into the next month which is Tevet. The message of Chanukah is the eternal power of light over darkness—good over evil. Aside from commemorating the miraculous victory of the small and militarily weak Jewish army over the mighty Syrian-Greek empire, on Chanukah we celebrate the miracle of the oil. When the Jews sought to light the Temple menorah after the war, they found only one small jug of oil that had not been defiled by the pagan invaders. Miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days until new pure oil could be obtained.
As a result Hanukkah is the season of the Festival of Lights
The story of not having enough oil brings to remembrance the story of the 10 brides who went out to meet the bridegroom and they did not have enough oil and they missed their opportunity (Matthew 25:1-13)
This month has the darkest day of the year. It is the winter solstice. When our days are dark and cold, there is the possibility that people develop depression attributed to the diminished sunlight of Winter. After the Winter Solstice, the glimmer of light that arrives really does spark in us a trust in a brighter future.
So in the midst of the darkness there is a celebration of the Light.
Here’s an interesting fact, the first rainbow, observed after the Flood, was seen in Kislev. “And G-d said: ‘This is the sign of the covenant which I set between Me, and yourselves, and between every living being that is with you, unto eternal generations. I have placed my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of a covenant between Me and the Earth.’ ” “This is the sign of the covenant” – G-d showed Noah the bow and said to Him: “This is the sign of which I spoke” (Genesis 9).
Another interesting thing about this month is that it is called the month of dreams. God speaks to His people using dreams. Isn’t it interesting that one of the most famous dreamers in the bible, Joseph, was given the coat of many colors by his father? Like a rainbow!
So here is what the Lord is saying. He wants you to come directly to Him and ask for what you need….”Yes, you are surrounded by darkness but remember that you have the Light of Christ within you to navigate through the darkness. Ask Me and I will show you which way to go. Ask Me and I will
reveal the hidden things to you. There are many things I have already given to you and you are not able to see them because they are hidden. Ask Me for new revelation. Ask Me to unveil and uncover that which is right in front of you. Just as I gave the rainbow as a sign of My covenant, you must Trust and Hope in My covenant with you. I AM a covenant keeping God. What I have promised I will also complete in you. I AM the God of restoration. Just as I restored Noah and his family after the flood so I AM able to restore you as well. Just as I elevated Joseph after his period of trials and tribulation so I AM able to elevate you as well. Just as I AM able to perform a miracle and make oil that should only last for one day sufficient for eight, take it as a sign…I AM able to perform the same miracles in your life today. Trust and Hope. Do not lose your hope. In a little while, your hope will be realized. In a little while, your hope will be renewed. In a little while, you will see what you have been hoping for. Just ask ME.”
Spend some time this month reflecting on the miracle of the 1 day of oil lasting for 8 days and realize that you are in a season of the miraculous. Believe for the miracles. There are things that are right in front of your face, you already have them but you need new eyes to see what you have. Ask God to show you what you’ve been missing all this time. You need to see it with new eyes. Opportunities that can only be seen with new eyes. This is why you need to Light to see past the darkness.