THE PRESENCE, THE JOURNEY, THE DOOR & THE BLOOD MOONS

Faith BaczkoTHE ARK OF THE COVENANT SIGNIFIES  THE PROMISE OF GOD’S PRESENCE, a promise based on our agreement to follow hard after Him on a Journey of obedience!  The Bible declares that all creation reveals the Glory of God!  His attributes can be recognized by the sublime magnificence of His handiwork.  When we make the deliberate choice to search for Him, we will find Him!  His face becomes visible within the starry hosts of heaven and in the wind of the rustling leaves of majestic trees!   However, God has also chosen to reveal himself in manifest ways throughout the history of Israel and in tangible form as the Son of Man.

The manifest presence of God chose to come down, to a chosen nation set apart for his purposes, to initiate the awe-inspiring Plan of Redemption, to recover mankind from their lost state and restore them back to the everlasting arms of love, I have come down to deliver them…” (Ex. 3:8).

THE PRESENCE ‘CAME DOWN’ and lived amongst people—His very heart’s desire before the foundation of the world!  The Plan of Redemption, centered in Israel, held the Key to salvation for every tribe and nation on earth.  THE PRESENCE came down and initiated the beginning of His transcendent Plan, a plan that is revealed on a Divine Journey, and completed with His manifest PRESENCE ruling and a reigning over the earth from Jerusalem!  God marked both the beginning and the end,  and significant milestones of the journey, with three major Feasts times and celebration.

THE JOURNEY: PASSOVER TO TABERNACLES

The beginning was sealed with the Passover feast. This signified the crossing over of a people into His purposes, those set apart as a holy offering unto Him.  God established the Feasts of the Lord as His Feast!  The continual celebration of these Feasts prophetically declared to Israel and to the world, the key facets of His ultimate Plan of Redemption to build Himself a Home in man individually and corporately.   The Passover feast prophesied the coming of Christ our Passover—the lamb slain for the salvation of the world.   He was the sinless One and the Holy First Fruit of many, resurrected onto God.  The Feast of Pentecost prophesied of the coming of the Holy Spirit—the BREATH and Life of God released into the Body of Christ.  The completion of God’s Plan will be marked and sealed by the Feast of Tabernacles. This Feast represents:

  • The ingathering of the Great Harvest of souls at the end of the age
  • The COMPLETION OF THE GREAT JOURNEY characterized by the temporary dwellings places of the Journey, fulfilled at the completion of the Temple of God
  • The RETURN OF CHRIST
  • The Great Wedding Feast of the Lamb. 

The Feasts of Passover & Tabernacles marks the beginning and the end of God’s Plan of Redemption.  Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, and we have all entered on this Journey from Passover to Tabernacles with Him as we grow on our ascent to Union with the Christ!  This Journey is characterized by the Cross—we continually pass through a series of crosses as we are purified and prepared for the Holy One—Jesus said we are to pick up our cross daily!  The Earth will also pass through the Cross at the Great tribulation to be purified and prepared for Him. 

THE JOURNEY IS ULTIMATELY HIS JOURNEY!  God came down and carried Israel through the crossing from Egypt into His purposes.  He has been moving on this Journey through History purifying and gathering in His children along the way.  At Salvation we enter into HIS JOURNEY; we then move out with Him to follow the Ark of THE PRESENCE!

CARRIERS OF THE PRESENCE

Those called to lead and carry the Ark of THE PRESENCE were required to be wholly consecrated unto Him and to carry the Ark in a prescribed way.  David made the mistake of not complying with God’s demands resulting in a man’s death.  David learned as we must also learn the protocol to be carriers of HIS PRESENCE, as He is a Holy God! IN THE PROCESS WE AQUIRE THE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE TOUCHING THE PRESENCE OF THE LIVING GOD ALMIGHTY—THE GREAT I AM!

In His great mercy God gives many chances to get it right, although there is sometimes a cost! David made a second attempt, this time doing it God’s prescribed way.  They sacrificed every six steps and “David danced before the Lord with all his might” up to Jerusalem—Jesus’ Home and seat of His Throne (2 Sam. 6:14). The Body of Christ is on such a journey with THE PRESENCE.  On our individual and corporate journey we have made many steps and pauses where were given the opportunity to praise, worship and thank Him that He would even allows us to be on the Journey with Him!

COSTLY WINE

About eight years ago I had a dream that I believe is significant for this month.  In the dream I was wearing a very long coat.  I reached deep into my pocket and pulled out a bottle of wine.  On the bottle was marked boldly the number 414.  The bottle was already open and a small amount had spilled.  My close friend and a pastor was in the room and we all looked at the spill.  My friend then said that she was desperate to get this wine and went to make a call to see if she could find it.  When she came back I asked her if she found it, she said she did but it was far too costly!

Years later I was working on a particular chapter in my book, In His Image! the chapter title was For Such a Time As This based on the book of Esther. When I checked the scripture reference I saw that it was Esther 4:14.  I then understood the meaning of the costly Wine.

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise from the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish.  And who know but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this, and for this very occasion?” Esther 4:14

Esther could have lost her life but she counted the cost and made her decision, “If I perish, I perish.” The year I had the dream, Passover fell on April 14, revealing the very high cost that Jesus, our Passover paid on the Cross when His blood—the Costly Wine, was poured out for us!

THE BLOOD MOONS & THE PRESENCE

This year Passover falls on 14/4/14, in a very special year marked by a series of Blood Moons referred to as a Tetrad (see previous article—Shifting, Shaking & the Coming Blood Moons).  The first moon will be seen the night of Passover which begins the evening of the 14th of the 4th  month of 2014,.  The number 4 represent the YEAR OF THE DOOR (see article –A Tsunami Wave of Answered Prayers).  In the Hebrew alphabet the dalet is the 4th letter and means ‘door,’ and its numeric value is 4. I believe the Doors to significant breakthrough are opening in the 4th month of April. The Body of Christ is about to pass through a SPIRITUAL DOOR and a SHIFT into a season that God is marking with 4 Blood Moons!

We are being shifted into the season of the COSTLY WINE.  God is about to pour out an abundance of NEW WINE, but it will be very costly!  There is always a cost to following the Ark of THE PRESENCE as David came to understand; David quickly learned that the Ark had to carried in obedience to God’s Word, with humility, with reverence and with GREAT JOY. THE PRESENCE was to be carried by the priests—those who God set apart and consecrated for this purpose! 

FOUR GOLDEN RINGS were to be crafted on either side of the Ark for the poles. It was to be lifted up and carried on the priests shoulders—not pulled on a cart.   I believe the 4 Blood Moons falling on the Jewish feasts of Passover & Tabernacles over a two year period, is a sign that reflect the 4 GOLDEN RINGS used to LIFT UP the Ark, that mark the movements of THE PRESENCE on its JOURNEY from Passover to Tabernacles

I was very resistant to sharing this revelation I believe God gave me, but after choosing to be obedient I divinely stumbled on this article as I was finishing this message.

“If you were standing on the moon during a total lunar eclipse you would see the Earth as a black disk with a brilliant orange ring around it,” said Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine. “And this brilliant ring would be bright enough to dimly light up the lunar landscape.” (Hamilton Spectator- April 7th 2014)

blood moonThe Tetrad of Blood Moons,that begin at the Passover Feast, reveals that THE PRESENCE is once again moving and about to make a major shift on its JOURNEY up to Jerusalem, on its way to the Feast of Tabernacles to complete God’s transcendent Plan of Redemption!  The Ark of THE PRESENCE moves progressively, taking territory on its way to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven!  God’s Presence is about to mark another milestone of THE JOURNEY of His-story as He moves to fulfill His purposes on Earth!

The procession of the King, up to the Seat of His Throne in Jerusalem is about to begin!  This is fiercely contested by the power of darkness as they know their time is short!  The Body of Christ must carefully watch the Ark of THE PRESENCE as we have not walked this way before (Josh. 3:4).  We must set out from our present place or position, consecrate our hearts, be prepared to make sacrifices, ready to drink the COSTLY WINE He is about to pour out!  In my dream the bottle of wine had been opened and some wine had spilled, and yes we have experienced a measure of the Costly Wine of HIS PRESENCE, however, God has saved the best for last! He is about to pour out this COSTLY LAST WINE in abundance to His People!

It is time to transition from the Jesus of Salvation, revealed in Passover, to the Jesus of Glory revealed in Tabernacles—from being saved to being SEATED ON THE THRONE! 

“But when it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me…” Galatians 1:15-16 

“But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, And of justice and might…” Micah 3:8

Only a revelation of THE CHRIST in Glory will bend the knee and cause all to fall prostrate before the Majesty of the King of kingsThe majesty of the Glory of Christ revealed in us will overwhelm and consume all that hinders, and all obstacles on our path as we shout, “Grace, Grace!” 

As the Blood Moon makes its appearance in the early morning of the 15th,  this would be a good time for shofars to sound throughout the Earth! The Lord of all the Earth is setting out and releasing the Armies of God to go forth with Him in Power and in strength of His Might to complete His purposes on Earth! The Kingdom of Heaven is coming down!

“BEHOLD, THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF THE LORD OF ALL THE EARTH IS CROSSING OVER BEFORE YOU…” Joshua 3:11

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SHIFTING, SHAKING & THE COMING BLOOD MOONS

Faith BaczkoWe are now living in a time of great uncertainty in the earth.  When the walls first came down in communist countries in the late 1980’s, the entire world was talking about peace, but peace has become an elusive thing as the mystery of iniquity revealed and exposed through the darkness of evil, insidiously grows on the earth!
 
Many volatile and unstable nations now have nuclear power; while others like Iran & North Korea, empowered by the kingdom of darkness, work feverishly toward acquiring it in their quest for power. They blatantly threaten Israel and the world with annihilation, the demonic goal—to ultimately prevent the return of Christ.
 
Religious wars continue to rage in the Middle East, as great unrest ominously hovers over the region. Turkey is once again rising up with aspirations to establish itself as an Islamic Caliphate in the former image of imperial glory. Ethnic and religious wars and skirmishes sporadically break out over the Globe, all sowing the seeds of malevolent hatred that is compelling the world toward the great battles of the last days and fulfilling the prophetic words of Scripture:
 
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains…Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come… For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:1-22

We have seen the markets crash in recent years and they are presently very unstable in many nations of the world. The environment suffers under the hands of mankind and the supply of water to sustain the growing populations of nations is diminishing.  Certain species of fish and animals are mysteriously disappearing and animals and mammals act in bizarre and inexplicable ways.  The stability of our climate has become a major concern as change in climate patterns disrupt the farming and food supply, and natural disasters destroy crops in many nations.
 
The most violent in the history of hurricanes, floods, tidal waves, tornadoes, fires, and earthquakes are continuously shaking and battering the earth taking with them thousands of lives each year.  New and old diseases are on the rise and strange and mysterious signs and sounds are being recorded in the heavens above and on the earth below.
 
“And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. Luke 21:25 NLT
 
God has placed signs in the Heavens to mark His appointed times within the context of the completion of His plan of Redemption and the restoration of all things! These are times when shifts occur in the spiritual realm that impact and change the course of world history.
 
“God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night.  And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.’” Genesis 1:14
 
Blood Moons
 
One such sign, or series of signs, is the Tetrad of blood moons that will fall on Jewish Feast days in 2014 and 2015. A Blood moon is a total lunar eclipse in which the moon has a reddish glow—a term used in Scripture, and a Tetrad is the term used by NASA for a series of four such moons in a row, over a two year period.  A Tetrad has been a fairly rare occurrence during the centuries since the coming of the Christ. However, even rarer still, during this time, seven Tetrads have occurred with the moons falling successively on the Jewish Feasts days of Passover & Tabernacles in both years. The Tetrad of 2014 and 2015 will make this the eighth—a number that signifies a new beginning!
 
The last three Tetrads have marked very significant events in relation to Israel’s history: the first of the three occurred in 1493 and 1494 immediately after the expulsion from Spain of all Jewish people who refused to convert to Catholicism, and the subsequent torture of those who did. This expulsion divinely coincided with the discovery of a New World, one that would become a refuge to the Jews and the persecuted saints.
 
The next Tetrad occurred in 1949 and 1950 immediately after the rebirth of Israel as a Jewish state and the subsequent war of Independence, prophesied in Scripture and ordained by God.  The last occasion that a Tetrad occurred was in 1967 and 1968 when Israel reclaimed Jerusalem, the Holy City of the King, after the miraculous Six Day War!  These events were all marked by turmoil and wars that shifted and shaped history in dramatic ways!
 
I believe that through these signs in the Heavens God is making a Statement to the world and to Israel that He is seated on His Throne as Sovereign over nations, and all the affairs of mankind—that He alone has the final Word as the One who determines the course of World History! These signs are a declaration that His Word stands firm forever and cannot be broken—His Word will accomplish all that He has spoken, and no force in heaven or on earth can stop it!
 
I once had a vision of an armored tank moving slowly across the sands of time. On its side was written boldly THE WORD OF GOD.  When voices were raised in opposition to His Word, and the enemies of God attempted to change His appointed times, the Tank continued to roll, crushing all opposition in its path.
 
When angry voices railed against Israel and God’s destiny for the Jewish people to return to the land and for the rebirth of Israel as a nation, and many were in unbelief that Israel would or could ever be a nation again after two thousand years of dispersion…the Tank continued progressing on its path, driving over all opposition to THE WORD OF GOD!  Israel did become a nation again just as prophesied in the Bible and God marked the event with four blood moons! Israel did regain control over Jerusalem, the City Jesus will return to, and God marked that event with four blood moons!

What will the blood moons of 2014 and 2015 signify—we do not yet know, but I believe they will mark something of consequence of which God wants the world to take note of, as the nation of Israel will be able to see only the fourth moon of the Tetrad.
 
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance…” Joel 2:32 
 
The fourth moon that falls on September 28th on the Feast of Tabernacles is also a Super moon and will be seen by Israel.  A super moon is one that appears larger because its orbit is much closer to the Earth.  It is predicted that this will be the last Tetrad of blood moons to fall on Jewish feast days for over a hundred years.
 
Does this mean that the Tetrad of 2014 and 2015 is the sign that will initiate the start of the Day of the LORD—the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24:21 as some have said? It is possible, and I do believe we are very close, but the blood moon of Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12, are not necessarily in reference to a Tetrad of four moons correlating to the Jewish Feasts, they could also be isolated blood moons of which there will be others to come.
 
However, I do believe that the Tetrad of 2014 and 2015 and the fact that there will not be another for over a hundred years signifies that God is about to mark an appointed time that will significantly shift the course of history! This could very well be the last major shift that begins the countdown to the Day of the LORD!
 
This turn in our course will begin a turbulent period of history during which God’s plans and purposes will be summed up and completed—culminating with the Return of Jesus!  I believe the impact of events that cause the shift will awaken the Church, thrusting it out of a place of complacency into the Harvest fields.
 
The Church will begin to move out to work in the harvest fields with the angels who minister salvation. It will begin to fulfill its mandate to disciple nations and peoples, and begin to work towards the release a great harvest of souls that will be gathered into the House of God at the end of the age, during a great time of tribulation, “…the harvest is the end of the age” (See Matt. 13:24-43 and Heb. 1:14, Acts 8:4. 11:19).
 
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 
 
The years ahead promises to be very turbulent, volatile and sometimes catastrophic as the shaking prophesied in the Word of God erupts all over the Globe through the weather, the economy and mysterious events!
 
“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:25-29 
 
Today, governments of nations covering the Globe are searching desperately for answers to the extraordinary problems the world presently faces, while peoples of all tribes and cultures are seeking answers to the deep questions of life and the purpose of our existence on this tiny planet we call Earth!
 
Believe in Jesus!  He is the only answer that God has given us!  He is the only One that can calm the storms and bring peace and truth into our lives.  He is the only Savior that can protect you and your family and navigate you through the dark times ahead for the earth!  If ever there was an opportune time to reach out to Him, this is that time, this is that day!

Abundant Blessings

(Excerpted from chapter 12 of my New Book :Who Is This Jesus – Do You know?)

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