“The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.”—Psalm 68:17
Background Over the last two decades, the Body of Christ has begun opening its eyes to see the significance of the ancient Hebrew calendar—or what Bob Jones called “my Papa’s calendar.” Throughout these decades, the Lord has shown many leading prophetic voices the significance of the major feasts and holy days of the Bible, including the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hoshanna) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).
Some leaders, such as prophet Chuck Pierce, have been led to consistently steward revelation about each new Hebrew year. Other prophets, such as Bob and Bonnie Jones, Lyn Kost, and Bobby Conner, have regularly received revelation on Yom Kippur for the upcoming year—an encounter that began in Bob Jones’ ministry when the Lord visited him dressed as a high priest every year on Yom Kippur. In more recent times, the viral spread of Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s teachings has allowed many believers to see and accept the prophetic significance of the Jewish calendar, even if they are outside of charismatic or prophetic streams.
What is Happening? In the early morning hours of September 1, 2018, the Lord led me to begin researching the astronomical events that would occur during Rosh Hoshanna. Since Jewish days begin at sundown (not sunrise), the new Jewish New Year  officially begins on the evening of September 10, 2018.
On September 9 and 10, a green comet called “Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner” will pass through the constellation Auriga. It enters this constellation before the 10th and is released from Auriga like a ball of fire on the evening of the 10th, just as the new Jewish year begins. In addition, there is an active meteor shower coming from this constellation which began on August 25 and concludes exactly on September 10.
Auriga is not one of the constellations of the Zodiac, but it was known in antiquity and is associated with the chariot in most ancient cultures. In Greek tradition, Auriga was the inventor of the four horse chariot and in most modern portrayals of the Auriga constellation, Auriga is seen with the reins of the chariot in his right hand and a goat draped over his left shoulder. Even in Chinese tradition, this constellation is associated with the grain harvest and portrays five chariots of five kings—which we may interpret to be represent the five fold ministry accelerating to new levels to bring in the harvest! (see Ephesians 4:11)
Why does it matter?
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.”—Genesis 1:14-18
When the ancient order of the Magi used the stars to find the Christ-child, they were not relying on occult practices or pagan traditions. Rather, they were relying on the mysteries of Wisdom and Revelation that Daniel entrusted to a company of wise men and scribes 600 years before! This ancient order of wise men, who relied on the Spirit of God to understand signs in the heavens, was raised up when Daniel was given authority over everyone else after interpreting the handwriting on the wall. Presumably, he used this authority to compel them to forsake their pagan ways and retrain them in the ways of the Lord, thus raising up the ancient order of the Magi (see Daniel 5).
As we move closer to the last and great move of God, prophetic revelation will not only increase in terms of dreams, visions, and encounters. We will also be given more wisdom and understanding about everything in nature, learning to see significance in many things we could not see before, including the stars in the heavens, which God placed there to mark times and seasons. In this context, the events of the comet are important markers of the new season we are now stepping into.
What does it mean?
While we eagerly await the literal second coming of Christ in clouds of glory, this is not the only “return” we have to look forward to. For we also have the promise of “Christ in us, the hope of glory” which we have been entrusted to cultivate right now—on this side of eternity (Colossians 1:27). The promise of total communion with the Living Christ is something that remains largely neglected in most of the Western church, but the Lord is now going to begin raising up prophetic teachers who will teach the Body how to walk in greater maturity and “abide in Christ” continually so that He may “abide in them” continually (see John 15).
My primary interpretation of this comet is that it points to prophets and teachers rising to new levels of power and wisdom that will far eclipse what came in previous generations. It is like the difference between an infantry soldier on foot, a cavalry soldier mounted on one horse, and a charioteer drawn by many horses! The Lord is graduating his people from one level to the next and if we don’t “keep in the step with the Spirit,” we may well get left behind! (See Galatians 5:25, Jeremiah 12:5)
As Rick Joyner and Bob Jones have said in the past, the new gifts being released in this time will be like spiritual weapons too powerful for one person to steward alone. This new level of prophetic ministry will not be given to “lone rangers,” but to prophets who are as unified as horses harnessed together—and each with their reins in the hands of the Lord. Like the charioteer in the heavens, the Lord will hold their reigns in His right hand and control their every direction. Instead of only turning aside to seek the Lord from time to time, those God is breathing on now will subject their lives to His Lordship and delight to let His whisper guide them every step of the way. For this reason, they will be the heralds of the full reality of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” being released into the Body of Christ in this next season.
The number one aspect of this next level of prophetic ministry is Christ’s total lordship over their lives and a deep travailing desire to see Christ’s abiding glory released into His people. In order to bring these things to pass, there are revelations coming forth that will far eclipse anything that came before, for the chariot also speaks of heavenly ascension and translation. As you may recall, Elijah was taken up in a chariot of fire in a whirlwind when he reached the Jordan (see 2 Kings 2). It is no accident that Elijah’s ascension took place at the Jordan, which points to baptism and death to ourselves. In the same manner, it was at the Jordan that Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. There is a great transference taking place at this time from one generation of the prophets to the next, from one generation of teachers to the next, and from one company to the next, but those who will receive the most are those who have learned to lay everything aside and die to themselves. The only thing that will bring us to the place of glorious death is a glimpse of what awaits us on the other side of our Gethsemane. These kinds of higher ascension experiences and translations will only be entrusted to those who have already died and refuse to listen to any voice other than the charioteer’s. The chariot also points to Enoch, the only other prophet in scripture who ascended to heaven without dying. In this hour, we need more than Elijah’s prophetic spirit. We also need revelation about how to walk with God consistently so that we will lack nothing, even in perilous times.
I believe this green comet points to the green emerald glory, which is a bright yellow-green like Chrysolite (a form of olivine). When I wrote The Burning Cloud, I recorded an encounter I had with the Lord. He appeared before me as high priest and a light green stone lit up on his breastplate. In my own relationship with the Lord, this yellow-green Chrysolite stone has always pointed to the raising up of a mature priesthood who knows how to function in heaven and on earth, even traversing time to do the Father’s will. For this reason, I believe this green comet points to a mature priesthood in the order of Melchizedek will now rise. However, it also points to a restoration of what Bob Jones referred to as the “inspired teachers.” For example, Ezekiel wrote about the Zadok priesthood:
“They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean. In any dispute, the priests are to serve as judges…”—Ezekiel 44:23
This mature priesthood will be marked by a high level of spiritual judgment and discernment because they will have the light of the Lord on every matter they look into. For those who want to dive deeper into this topic, I recommend researching the two comets that Bob Jones saw during his ministry—the first pointing to the restoration of the prophetic ministry and the second pointing to the restoration of the apostolic ministry. Because of its precise timing and rich prophetic symbolism, I consider this comet to be just as significant as these predecessors. My conclusion is it is time for another great reformation in the Body of Christ, a reformation that will make us mature enough to carry the greater glory that has been promised and lay hold of the kinds of ascension experiences Christ released to us when He prayed,
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17:24)
This is not merely a promise of encountering heaven “in the sweet, by and by.” This is a promise of heavenly ascension and transformation glory on this side of eternity. A mature priesthood will not only understand that they have free access to the Father according to what the scriptures promise. A mature priesthood will learn to use that access to see and hear what the Father is doing, and to behold the full glory of Jesus, so they can begin to reflect that glory and carry it all through the next and greatest move of God.
Join Stephen Powell and I at the REFORMATION SUMMIT event at Fresh Fire Ministries on September 7-9, 2018 in Fort Mill, South Carolina. We will be diving deeper into this revelation at this mountain-top event! Check out our Facebook pages or the events tab of this site for more information (no registration fee).
When the ancient order of the Magi used the stars to find the Christ-child, they were not relying on occult practices or pagan traditions.Rather, they were relying on the mysteries of Wisdom and Revelation that Daniel entrusted to a company of wise men and scribes 600 years before!
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