The Biblical Month of Av

Av – The Month of God’s Promise
Av means ‘father, fullness, fruit’. It is the month that is aligned with the tribe of Simeon who was the second born son of Jacob and Leah. Simeon means ‘answering, God has heard.’
The time frame of Av is the season of the Father’s promise that He wants to fulfill in our lives.
Faith and God’s Promise
The biblical month of ‘Av’ is the time frame in which we should listen carefully in order to discern what we have heard and to connect our faith with God’s plan or promise for our lives. Therefore it is necessary to put aside the things that are contrary to the standard of the Word of God and its values in order to bring about reconstruction and not allow destruction to take place.
It is important for us to choose by faith God’s given promise for us and not to mix it with unbelief.

It is the month that is linked with the power of our choice which means to receive the promised words of God for us by mixing it with our faith.
The reason for this is because the biblical month of ‘Av’ is the month when the people of Israel in Kadesh Barnea (Note: means ‘consecrated – moving spring’) decided to accept the negative report of the ten spies and refused to enter the promised land because of unbelief (cf. Numbers 32:8-9).
Numbers 32:8-9:
8 This is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to look over the land.
9 After they went up to the Valley of Eshkol and viewed the land, they discouraged the Israelites from entering the land the Lord had given them.
Hearing and Discerning
Av is the month to hear and discern what we have heard so that we only do the things which are on the heart of the Father.
It is as well the month where Jeremiah carried the prophetic word of God against a wrong prophecy by the prophet Hananiah. Jeremiah pressed God’s word through the ‘wall of resistance’ by Hananiah to secure it in the center of truth (cf. Jeremiah 28:1.15-16).
Jeremiah 28:1.15-16:
1 In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people: …
15 Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies.
16 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’ ”
The 9’th of Av
The month of Av is as well linked with the destruction of the first and second Temple in Jerusalem.
The following events took place on the 9’th of Av:
  1. 587 BC – The armies of Babylon destroyed Solomon’s Temple.
  2. AD 70 – The Romans destroyed the second temple.
  3. AD 135 – The final defeat of the Jews by Rome.
  4. AD 1095 – The 1’st crusade is launched, which kills thousands of Jews.
  5. AD 1290 – The Jews are expelled from England.
  6. AD 1492 – The Jews are expelled from Spain.
  7. AD 1942 – The Jews were deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the death camps.
  8. AD 2005 – The expulsion of the Jews from Gaza began.
Based on this, we can recognize how crucial the month of Av and its historical events is.
Simeon and His Weapon
In the blessing of Jacob, Simeon is mentioned together with Levi by their father (cf. Genesis 49:5-7).
Genesis 49:5-7:
5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers – their swords are weapons of violence.
6 Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.
7 Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.
As we can see in this scripture, there was no blessing at all that was spoken about Simeon and Levi by Jacob because they murdered Hamor, his son Sichem and all other aligned men with them due to the rape of their sister Dina by Sichem.
Although Hamor, his son and their fellows came in agreement with the arrangement of Simeon and Levi to circumcise themselves to get Dina as the wife for Sichem (Note: after the rape). Simeon and Levi murdered them while they were still in pain due to their circumcision (cf. Genesis 34).
As Simeon and Levi had not kept their promise which they gave to Hamor this was the reason why they didn’t receive the blessing from their father Jacob.
Anger and God’s Set Time Line
It is important that we as God’s people are people who keep the word and not allow anger to run over God’s set time line (Note: the hours of the day) so that we are able to move on in divine peace by the power of forgiveness (cf. Ephesians 4:26-27).
Ephesians 4:26-27:
26 “In your anger do not sin” (cf. Psalm 4:4): Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
Furthermore, the dimension of Simeon deals with the emotions.
Emotions are more powerful than feelings because they are embedded in our body. Feelings are the result of what happens to us according to the extent of our needs being fulfilled or being unfulfilled.
This implies that decisions should be made from the sobriety of the spirit regarding circumstances. This includes a mature response, not from passion or soulish patterns, but from the embedded emotions previously purified by the fire of God and from the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Broken Walls and the Apostolic Counsel of the Father
If we recognize that walls (Note: boundaries) are broken down in our lives, it is time to rebuild them by the apostolic counsel of the Father so that we walk on secured in our future.
As Jesus Christ said, we are a city built on a hill and this is why we have to secure our walls or restoring them if they are broken (cf. Jeremiah 1:18a i.c.w. Matthew 5:14).
Jeremiah 1:18a:
18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land – …
Matthew 5:14:
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. …”
The City Walls of Jerusalem – The Stage of the Prophetic Anointing
The walls of the city Jerusalem are the foundation of the prophetic anointing to watch and to see during all the time (cf. Isaiah 62:6).
Isaiah 62:6:
6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, …
Nehemiah who understood the ‘taste of the wine’ for the king ‘reviewed’ the wall of Jerusalem because of the report of Hanani and other men from Judah (cf. Nehemiah 1:2-3.11c; Nehemiah 2:13).
Nehemiah 1:2-3.11c:
2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.
3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” …
11c I was cupbearer to the king.
Nehemiah 2:13:
13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal (Note: serpent/dragon => symbol for accusation, curse, lies = words) Well and the Dung Gate (Note: symbol for shame = circumstance), examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.
Understanding the Season of the Holy Spirit
Nehemiah understood the season of the Holy Spirit, the movement of the Holy Spirit and the moment of the Holy Spirit.
This is revealed by how he arranged his coming to Jerusalem to inspect the walls and to initiate the different phases of restoration at the right time with the right people in order to bring back the security of Jerusalem.
The Belly Button
If we are restored and secured by God, we will function by faith as ‘belly button’ (Note: Jerusalem is described as the navel of the earth; cf. Ezekiel 38:12) in order to release the movement of the Holy Spirit with revelatory truth for such a time as this (cf. John 7:38).
John 7:38:
38 Whoever believes in me (Jesus Christ), as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
Here it is essential to allow the Spirit of God to position us within His orders and instructions, and not to run the risk of seeking our own righteousness outside the promise of God on our own initiative.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm