A Breakthrough of Water
"So David inquired of the LORD, saying, 'Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?' And the LORD said to David, 'Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.'â€¯So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, 'The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a BREAKTHROUGH OF WATER.' Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim." (2 Samuel 5:19-20, emphasis added)
The Hebrew word for breakthrough is "parats," meaning "to break out," "make a breach," "break forth," "burst out," "spread," "increase" and "open." Many prophetic voices have spoken over the years about shifts, open doors, crossovers and breakthroughs. These are words we have heard repeatedly, which may need clarification for some.
Breakthrough is related to God destroying spiritual barriers which hinder our progress. A shift describes the movement God initiates, where we may take up a new position of occupancy in the spirit that manifests in the natural. Open doors and crossovers represent the opening of new and effective spheres of opportunity where the choice to go through is ours.
These words illustrate the paradigm of forward movement in relation to the journey we find ourselves on after becoming born again. We enter a process and a movement of continual, supernatural transformation that is both sublime and transcendent. The definition of these two words perfectly describes the characteristics of the supernatural journey we began with Creator God.
Sublime means "to elevate or exalt especially in dignity or honor"; "to render finer (as in purity or excellence)"; "to convert something inferior into something of higher worth"; "of outstanding spiritual, intellectual, or moral worth"; "tending to inspire awe usually because of elevated quality (as of beauty, nobility, or grandeur) or transcendent excellence."
Transcendent means "exceeding usual limits: surpassing"; "extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experience"; "being beyond the limits of all possible experience and knowledge."
The journey of breakthrough, shifting and crossing over through doors is a sublime and transcendent experience we dwell in with the Lord, as we increase in maturity and responsibility...gaining in wisdom and integrity as we press deeper into the presence of the Lord.
We Must Decrease So That He May Increase
In the late fall of 2019, I had two powerful visions at a church conference, and exactly what I saw in those visions was later prophesied by the leader. In essence, I saw a vast army of saints being released to ride with the angelic hosts. The second vision was of a long line of trumpeters announcing the King's entrance into the sanctuary of the church. I believed, from this, that we were about to see great things in 2020. However, we saw the opposite! (Photo via Unsplash)
"Why?" I asked the Lord.
His answer was that we must have a fresh revelation of the magnified Lord – that HE IS A HOLY AND MIGHTY GOD!
"He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from Heaven is above all." (John 3:30-31)
In the Bible, the Lord is called by many names that describe Him, such as Yahweh Shalom (the Lord is Peace), or Yahweh Rapha (the Lord who heals). However, the name that He often uses is THE LORD OF HOSTS (the Lord of the armies of Heaven).
The Lord obviously wants us to understand that He is a great warrior King. His power and might are transcendent beyond anything we can ever imagine. When His right arm is lifted, the earth trembles; when He moves, lightning and thunder follow, and the whole earth shakes. When He moved to take His people out of Egypt, He was showing only a minuscule measure of His power. When He parted the Red Sea, He was simply breathing out.
Three years have passed since I had those two visions. I fully believe these last three years have been about crucifixion. Without crucifixion, we cannot have resurrection power. Pride must be demolished...as seen in Isaiah 6:1, Uzziah (representing pride) had to die. It was in the year Uzziah died that the Lord was seen high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple! Our lips have to be burned with the coal from the altar, so that He might INCREASE...so that we might release His voice in the earth.
"But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense." (2 Chronicles 26:16)
"In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple." (Isaiah 6:1)
God has chosen to move through a people fashioned IN HIS IMAGE. We are His warrior kings representing the Kingdom – an army of deliverers. We have been talking much about the new breed...they are made new because they are being crucified in the crucible of divine destiny.
For the Lord's will to be accomplished, the flesh has to die. We needed to see our own state. Why would God invest power in something that is riddled with pride, especially when pride is a stench to Him (see Isaiah 65:5)? We have been dying so that He might live, that He might increase, that He might have a platform on which to stand. The crucified life is ground zero, the only platform He has chosen to stand on. We are being conformed in every part to who He is, so that He might be manifested in our lives. His intention is that we arrive at the place of full stature in Him, but what level of death to self will that require?
We each have been fashioned according to a blueprint that has been encoded with vast possibilities. We have been encoded and preloaded with the potential to walk in the likeness of God, to do the greater works. This takes place when He is ready and when our character is ready – when we become the platform He can stand on, or the donkey He can ride in on.
We have come into the time of His increase, where every knee and every head must bow low because the King, in all His glory, is passing by. THE KING IS ABOUT TO RISE IN A NEW WAY, in the midst of a prepared people. The visions I saw will be fulfilled! Jesus is about to increase in this hour to accomplish great and mighty things. So, we must decrease and give Him His place.
The Era of the Patriarchs
I have been living and experiencing the revelation God gave me – that great breakthrough happened at Passover; a people were positioned and secured at Pentecost; and at the Feast of Sukkot, great and effective doors were opened to many who were locked and loaded with dunamis power to advance on the offensive against the encroaching darkness.
On September 25, we entered the Jewish New Year 5783, leading to 2023, with seven very significant years left ahead in this decade.
The three in 5783 is represented by the Hebrew letter Gimel, which carries the value of three. For the Jewish people, it is also represented the three patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I also read that the pictograph for Gimel can mean to "mature," "ripen," "nourish," "reward," "recompense" and "benefit." (Photo via Max Pixel)
I believe 5783 and 2023 begins THE ERA OF THE PATRIARCHS – apostolic fathers and mothers emerging in the glorious stature of Christ. This will be the era of maturity being achieved.
Rivers of Living Water
The pictograph of Gimel also represents a camel. Camels are able to make dangerous and deadly journeys across the desert or wilderness because of their pregnant-like humps filled with extra fat for nourishment when food is scarce. This enables life to continue. So it is the same with us. We carry extra nourishment – rivers of living water!
We began with the Scripture regarding Baal Perazim – the breakthrough of waters! Water brings life, nourishes life and sustains life!
Jesus told Nicodemus, "..'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God'" (John 3:5, emphasis added).
Jesus told the Samaritan woman, "...whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. THE WATER THAT I WILL GIVE HIM WILL BECOME IN HIM A SPRING OF WATER WELLING UP TO ETERNAL LIFE" (John 4:14, emphasis added).
Many have prophesied that the camels are coming, representing the bringing of treasures and resources to God's people. I believe this to be true; but I also believe that the camel represents the apostolic army of God traveling through dangerous territory ahead, loaded with life-giving water for the nations. The camels are coming!
"On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.â€¯Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, "OUT OF HIS HEART WILL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER"'"â€¯(John 7:37-38, emphasis added).
In the Greek, the word "heart" also means "belly" or "womb." Out of your womb shall flow rivers of living water! This represents your gift, your light and your destiny in Him that is about to break out in rivers of living water. The release is coming to those who have embraced the fire, humbled themselves and submitted to His ways, that He may rise up to do His work!
"For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim, He will be angry as in the Valley of Gibeon – that He may do His work, His awesome work, and bring to pass His act, His unusual act." (Isaiah 28:21)
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Faith Marie Baczko, Executive Director
Headstone Ministries International | Schools of The Last Wine
Faith Marie BaczkoÂ is the president of Headstone International Ministries and HWAM – Headstone Women's Apostolic Network. Faith is an apostolic, prophetic teacher and author, bringing significant revelation to mobilize, equip and strengthen the Body of Christ for this momentous hour of history. She carries key insights into the profound significance of Israel's place in the purposes of God for the time of the summing up of all things in Christ. She models a life that inspires others to live undistracted and rigorously devoted to passionately pursuing Christ. Faith is an international speaker, and through her ministry and work in South America, she has garnered enduring relationships with pastors and leaders, united in passion for truth that is the foundation of revival. Her books are also available in Spanish.
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