I have been hearing in my spirit for the last few years, ‘the cloud is moving.’ It started out faint and began to increase as the Lord would confirm his word. I began to study familiar passages in scripture about the Israelites moving with the cloud …
20″ Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. 21 Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. 22 Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. 23 At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.”
The Israelites were now on the very borders of the Promised Land with Kadesh-Barnea as the gateway. It is evident that the Lord’s purpose was to lead them directly into their promised inheritance. “They were now in sight of the hills of Canaan. A few days’ march would bring them to the borders of the promised land. They sent in spy’s to survey the land of Canaan (promised land) and we know the story, only two (Joshua & Caleb) came back with a favorable report. The word speaks about Joshua and Caleb had a different spirit and followed the Lord wholeheartedly, and was given a promise they would enter the land and their descendents would possess it.
Time is of the essence and the cloud is moving again. In Joshua 1 it says, “Moses is dead,” indicating that the former generation who died in the wilderness due to ‘unbelief and disobedience,’ would be replaced with those who were of a different spirit (Joshua & Caleb) and commissioned to take the people into the promised land. The Israelites who were born in the wilderness had to be consecrated (sanctify, devote, or set apart) back to the Lord and circumcised to reestablish covenant with God as a sign to, “roll back the reproach (shame or dishonor) of Egypt off of them.” It says, ‘they stayed in the camp until they were healed (revived, restored or brought back to life again). Joshua was near Jericho (first stronghold) and the commander of the army of the Lord stood before him and there Joshua received his instruction to take possession of the promised inheritance.
Moses represented the ‘pentecostal experience,’ Pentecost means fifty (fifty days after Passover) the giving of the Torah (Gods instruction or constitution for his people). In Hebrews 11 it speaks about the Mount that burned with fire that could not be touched and the people quaked and trembled at God’s presence. The Lord is now going to add the fire back into the pentecostal experience. This will enable the power of Pentecost to greatly increase. The apostle Paul exhorted the people to not to remain at Sinai, a type of Pentecost, but to move onto the next place called Mount Zion.
18 For ye are not come unto a mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that no word more should be spoken unto them;
20 for they could not endure that which was enjoined, If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned;
21 and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:
22 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels,
23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not when they refused him that warned them on earth, much more shall not we escape who turn away from him that warneth from heaven:
26 whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe:
29 for our God is a consuming fire.
The power of Pentecost will be greatly increased to prepare us for Tabernacles (the habitation of the Lord). It will require the fire to consume all that will not endure or withstand the test. After the consuming fire comes a pure vessel of honor that can be filled with the presence of God, forming a habitation for Him to dwell.
This has been our journey with the Lord in preparation for the harvest and our desire is to posture ourselves for the final installment and consummation of the ages to be translated from Pentecost to Tabernacles and carry His presence wherever we go.
In order for any of us to move forward, we must allow the Holy Spirit to purify the vessel so it can be fit for the master’s use and any remnants of shame or dishonor of the past season must be resolved to proceed ahead.
Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Written by Shannon