Tevet is the fourth month of the civil year and the tenth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It follows Kislev and precedes Shevat. It is a winter month of 29 days. Tevet usually occurs in December–January on the Gregorian calendar.
The Month of “FINDING YOUR PATH IN THE EVER INCREASING LIGHT”
The of the “Story of Esther (who was originally called “Hadassah” in Hebrew)” and The “Story of Samson (“Shimshon” in Hebrew).”
Numbers 28:11-13 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Rosh Chodesh: New Moon
11 “On the first of the month you are to present to Adonai a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram, and seven flawless male lambs a year old, 12 with three tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with each bull, and two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with the ram, 13 and with each lamb a tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, a burnt offering as a pleasing aroma, an offering by fire to Adonai.
Tevet always commences at a very busy time of the year and can almost be missed as a matter of fact.
Tevet always commences during the Festival of Dedication and Lights a.k.a CHANUKAH (also spelt as HANUKKAH).
It is important to know what is YAH Almighty is saying in each season so as to flow with YAH’S Prophetic…
The SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR IS 21st December! Everyday closer to 21st December gets darker and darker and everyday after 21st December gets lighter and lighter….
The Hebrew Month always begins during CHANUKAH however in some years, CHANUKAH is observed very early on in the Roman Gregorian Month of December. In those particular years, it is a time of ever increasing darkness.
In other years, CHANUKAH takes place very late in December and even spills into January. In those years, the month of Tevet is a time of ever-increasing LIGHT!
It can therefore be concluded that in the month of “Tevet,” things are either getting DARKER and DARKER or LIGHTER and LIGHTER!
YAH Almighty does not want you walking in darkness this month but rather in HIS MARVELLOUS LIGHT (1 Peter 2:9). Additionally, YAH says that,
Proverbs 4:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Proverbs 4:18 Names of God Bible (NOG)
18 But the path of righteous people is like the light of dawn
that becomes brighter and brighter until it reaches midday.
19 The way of wicked people is like deep darkness.
They do not know what makes them stumble.
Stay Focused on Wisdom
20 My son,
pay attention to my words.
Open your ears to what I say.
Proverbs 4:18 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
18 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
shining brighter and brighter until the full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness.
They do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, pay attention to my words—
incline your ear to my sayings.
YAH Almighty wants to take you on that path and lead you from GLORY to GLORY!
In “Tevet,” HOW DO WE FIND THE PATH OF LIGHT and HOW DO WE AVOID THE PATH OF DARKNESS?
In order to answer this question, we need to look at two people in the Holy Biblical Scriptures who are associated with “Tevet.”
One was SHIMSHON/SAMSON
The month of “Tevet is associated with the Tribe of Dan and the Tribe of Dan is personified in Samson.
Jewish History in the Month of “Tevet”:
- 1 Tevet (circa 479 BCE) – Esther was taken to King Achashverosh‘s palace, leading to her becoming queen (Book of Esther 2:16-17).
- 10 Tevet (588 BCE) – Nebuchadnezzar II‘s armies besiege Jerusalem; now commemorated as a fast day.
- 10 Tevet (479 BCE) – Esther appears before Achashverosh for the first time and is chosen by him to be the queen.
- 11 Tevet (1668) – Jews were expelled from Austria
- 17 Tevet (1728) – Shearith Israel, the first New York synagogue, erects its first building in Lower Manhattan.
- 20 Tevet (1483) – The first volume of the Babylonian Talmud, the tractate Berachot, is printed in Soncino, Italy.
- 22 Tevet (1496) – Expulsion of Jews from Portugal, four years after the expulsion from Spain.
- 24 Tevet (3rd century BCE) – Jewish elders procure the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek (Septuagint) for Ptolemy II Philadelphus.
- 25 Tevet (1559) – Chovat Halevavot published
- 28 Tevet (81 BCE) – Shimon ben Shetach ejects the Sadducees from the Sanhedrin, replacing them with his Pharisaic disciples loyal to the Mishnah.