THE 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!
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)
The 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 kings! The 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