If anyone hasn’t recognized the “blood moons” these past couple years, well, God in His mercy just gave us another “blood moon” SIGN so that our hearts are prepared for what is up ahead.
The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century happened Friday July 27th, 2018. As the moon lined up with the earth and sun, the rising full moon darkened and changed from silver to blood red. It was another “blood moon,” but this one was accompanied by Mars lined up in it’s path to shine brightly for us to see.
With so many of these signs occurring these past few years, ignoring their significance would be a bit silly at this point. So what is God saying?
Genesis 1:14 says, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for SIGNS and SEASONS, and for days and years.”
Since the Hebrew calendar is based on the moon, whenever there is a significant moon event, we can safely say that it is usually a sign that is tied to the revealing or manifestation of God’s Covenant promises. We are clearly getting many signals to be prepared for the Millennium, and it would serve us all well to stand at attention during these Fall Feasts up ahead in September.
The planet Mars (seen clearly because of this lunar eclipse), has been known in ancient past to be associated with war. This could be mythology at it’s best, but there is something very coincidental happening that lines up with events ahead. God is preparing an army, right?
“And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army (Rev. 19:19).
God’s army is His remnant whom He has been training for what is up ahead. Remember, this year in the Hebrew calendar is about God revealing or releasing His remnant from the hidden places to positions of authority and influence. But positioning and “having done all; STAND” (Eph. 6:10) will not come without a fight.
God will release His “firstfruits” corporate remnant at His SET TIME to step into their collective authority and purpose and assist King Jesus in establishing righteousness in the earth. God’s promise of protection, redemption, and glory will arise when “war” breaks out and the nations “roar.” (Psalm 2).
War isn’t defined as just killing, destroying or dividing people and nations. It can also be described as fighting against the natural elements we are presented with. In the Bible, Joseph is a great example of one God used to raise up to war against the famine that was threatening to take lives and livelihood. God positioned Joseph to become governor so that His people would prosper through his wisdom, leadership, and grace during the years of famine.
Joseph managed to survive and thrive through great hardships throughout his life. Through the years of bondage, Joseph was in training to reign; gaining a great relationship with the Lord through the things he suffered. Then Joseph was able to give what he gained and help the nation survive and thrive.
In Genesis 37:7-9, God gave Joseph a dream:
“There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf rose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf. And his brothers said to him, ‘Shall you indeed have dominion over us? So they HATED HIM even more for his dreams and for his words.
Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”
This dream revealed to Joseph the destiny God had ordained as being one God chose to bear the birthright responsibility of the Abrahamic Covenant. This required Joseph to serve the Lord through obedience and humility. Joseph was chosen to reign so that God could use Him to protect and bless His people (Gen. 48:48: 1 Chron. 5:2).
“yet Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler, although the birthright was Joseph’s.”
This role in God’s plan came with great responsibility that required an even greater sanctification process of removing ALL things that would hinder Joseph’s ability to carry out the higher call. (Have we been tested lately and chosen to go through this process?)
Yet as hard as it was for Joseph, the greatest transformation needed during this sanctification process was to prepare his heart to love his enemies (which in his case was his own brothers who tried to kill him because of their jealously.)
When the time came to save his family from the famine in Egypt, Joseph was able to put aside the things he suffered because of their actions and extend to them a helping hand:
“But now, do not therefore be grieved or any with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance” (Gen. 45:5-7).
God had a method to promote Joseph to this position of authority. It wouldn’t be the one we would pick in our world. In our world, we would start off and work our way up the ladder with honor, money, and position and see our progression steadily grow. But Joseph’s process seemed to go backward by world standards. He went from being his dad’s “favorite,” picked to take over the family business, to being made a slave and then thrown in prison. Hmm…didn’t appear to many that Joseph was the “chosen” one.
Through time and testing, God gave Joseph the opportunity to present his gift to interpret dreams to the one in charge: Pharaoh. And he humbly, yet with great faith, stepped into that opportunity that the Lord presented SUDDENLY, at GOD’S SET TIME, by interpreting Pharaoh’s dream.
Pharaoh’s dream really ended up revealing the national blueprint of events that would transpire up ahead. But it also revealed the blueprint of how God was going to make a way to overcome the adversity when this “war” broke out because God ALWAYS makes a way for His people.
If you recall Pharaoh’s dream, Pharaoh saw 7 healthy cows and seven gaunt cows (Gen. 41). The gaunt cows ate the 7 fat and healthy cows. Then 7 heads of grain full and good came up, and 7 withered heads sprang up after them and devoured the good heads. Joseph interpreted this dream: That the two dreams were a double witness to what would transpire up ahead. The land would have 7 good years, and then be followed by 7 years of famine. After Joseph gave this interpretation, he was asked to execute and govern a plan to prepare for the battle of famine ahead.
At the beginning of 2012, God gave me a similar vision to prepare God’s remnant. He reminded me of the dream God gave Pharaoh and told me that our nation would have 7 good years, followed by 7 difficult years. I saw in particular this would be triggered by an economic shift that would affect the peace of our nation and the nations around the world. But God also shows us in Matthew 24:7 that this shift is accompanied with the natural elements that will shake the earth (wind, fire, rain, earthquakes, famine to name a few).
We are now in process for the great shift, so we must be ready. God is preparing His army to get into positions to govern and execute His plan so that when the shift occurs, we step into our roles.
Each of us have a significant part to play in God’s plan. We may think our life has little significance to the world standards, or to even our own standards when we tend to fall into the trap of comparing our live with others; even Christians. BUT, God had a grand plan for Joseph, and He has a grand plan for us too! It doesn’t matter what prison we have been in, who has come against us, what accusations we have been accused of, or even if we find ourselves strangely stuck cleaning toilets for a living. God never gave up on His plan to use Joseph significantly. And God has not given up on us too! Joseph was a light in a dark time. We will be too! Our job is to stand on His faithfulness, keep our eyes SET upon Him alone, and to prepare our hearts for the SUDDENLY!
“SUDDENLY there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed” (Acts 16:26).
Today, I learned that the horse JUSTIFY, who just won the Triple Crown, is taking a lap around the Del Mar Racetrack in California before the races begin. This is happening the day after this SIGN in the sky, while the California fires are burning, so we should ask again; What God is saying? It will be a bitter sweet moment for JUSTIFY: an honor lap in remembrance of the recent Triple Crown victory, but also a final lap because the Triple Crown winner is retiring due to his ankle injury that isn’t healing. Afterwards, SWITCHFOOT is playing.
I have written in previous blogs of God’s vision to me years ago about the Kentucky Derby, and seeing it realized through JUSTIFY. The Lord revealed through these races another SIGN that it is His time for His remnant to arise and run their race. This race was fought through the war of the elements (rain and terrain).
JUSTIFY retires, which produces a period at the end of her victory story. Now, the feet running the race up ahead are switched to the remnant. The FIRE of the Holy Spirit will ignite this race. Watch and see!
YOU who are reading this have been enlisted in His great army to fight for our King’s cause. You have been through a great sanctification process. This lunar eclipse is yet another SIGN to remember there is a reward to those who wait upon the Lord. But we must prepare our hearts for the sound of the trumpet, so when the Commander in Chief summons, we are READY!
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work” (Rev. 22:12).