Nisan - The Beginning of Months

Most of us celebrated Resurrection Day on March 31, 2024, commemorating the AD 32 Passover events—the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Yeshua Jesus, our Jewish Messiah. Interestingly, Israel was celebrating Passover as I began writing this week. According to, “The Jewish Passover began Monday, April 22nd, at 7:34 p.m. EST and ended Wednesday, April 24th, at 8:29 p.m. EST.” However, they celebrated with heavy hearts this “…night of solemn observance to the LORD for bringing them out of the land of Egypt…”[1]


Almost 4,000 years ago, in the Jewish month, Nisan, aka Abib, YHWH – the I AM Who I AM – the only True and Living God, who is Three, yet One, miraculously passed over the Israelites who had the BLOOD of a lamb spread upon the doorposts and lintel of their homes, while He killed the firstborn of Egypt. Why did God do this? So, Israel “…may know that the LORD does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel…so that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt…and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.”[2]


Egypt was a land filled with false gods, demonic activity, and wickedness. Sound familiar?


The LORD’s judgment is always just and for the good of His chosen, including us. But let’s talk about this day the Almighty began revealing His plan to His people.


Until the exodus from Egypt, Nisan was the seventh month of the Jewish year, but God said, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”[3]


In God’s Passover instructions, the Jews were to select a spotless lamb on the tenth day of Nisan, and on the fourteenth day, they would sacrifice it as they did in Egypt.


Fast-forward to AD 32. On the tenth day of Nisan, Yeshua Jesus, The Lamb of God, rode a donkey into Jerusalem. On the fourteenth day, He was crucified—sacrificed for the sins of the world—AND on the seventeenth day, He resurrected. That day just happened to be the Jewish Feast of Firstfruits[4] because Jesus was and is the Firstfruits of believers who have fallen asleep.[5]


Neat coincidence, wouldn’t you say? But wait, there’s more! In our Monday night Bible Study, I learned the significance of Genesis 8:4: “Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.”


Before this, I just saw the numbers and their meanings. In Scripture, the number seven means completeness, perfection. The number seventeen carries the meaning of victory. Not only did God completely end the corrupted antediluvian world and bring victory for Noah, but the Ark rested on the exact day of the year that Jesus resurrected—the very day God assigned as the Feast of Firstfruits. What a victory! The Ark saved eight people,[6] and Jesus conquered death for us[7] because He IS our Ark—our Salvation.


Fast-forward to present times. The month of Nisan 2024 began with a spectacular display of the Almighty’s glory. Nisan 1, 2024 was April 8, 2024. If you remember, April 8th produced the solar eclipse—and we humans witnessed “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament…His handiwork.”[8]


The heartbreaking reality of our day is the LORD our God, the Holy One of Israel, is rejected, and the majority of Israelites are atheists or agnostics. Still, they are God’s chosen, for His everlasting covenant stands.[9] No matter what the kingdoms of this demonic world do or how loud they chant, “Death to Israel, Death to America,” or “From the river to the sea,” they will lose. For the Lord of hosts has said, ONLY if the sun, moon, and stars depart, if the heavens can be measured, or the foundations of the earth searched out, will the nation of Israel cease.[10]


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but mostly pray Israel and the world see Yeshua lifted up.[11]


[1] Exodus 12:42

[2] Exodus 11:7-9; Exodus 12:12

[3] Exodus 12:2

[5] I Corinthians 15:20

[6] I Peter 3:20; II Peter 2:5

[7] Acts 26:23; I Corinthians 15:57

[8] Psalm 19:1

[9] Genesis 17:7, 19; I Chronicles 16:17; Psalm 105:10

[10] Jeremiah 31:35-37

[11] Psalm 122:6; John 12:32


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