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John was the disciple turned apostle, referred to as the “disciple JESUS loved” (John 13:23), who laid his head on JESUS’ chest (John 13:23-25). In writing the book of Revelation, when John saw the same JESUS in HIS natural habitat (John 4:24), the spirit realm, that same John fell down as dead (Revelation 1:17). What did John encounter?
The closest thing we can relate it to is the GLORY. What?! What is that?
Let’s take a look at Ezekiel 1:22-28. These Scriptures are not the only ones describing the GLORY of GOD, but it is so descriptive from the angle of earth-to-heaven through an open vision, that we should be able to relate. For many who work with WeRemnant intercessory team, open visions should be normal to us by now. Remember, the closer we get to JESUS – HOLY SPIRIT – by spirit-physical activities of prayer and fasting, we do the supernatural normally.
“The likeness of the firmament above the heads of the living creatures was like the color of an awesome crystal, stretched out over their heads. 23 And under the firmament their wings spread out straight, one toward another. Each one had two which covered one side, and each one had two which covered the other side of the body. 24 When they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army; and when they stood still, they let down their wings. 25 A voice came from above the firmament that was over their heads; whenever they stood, they let down their wings. 26 And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. 27 Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.” Ezekiel 1:22-28
I encourage everyone to read all of Ezekiel 1. It is so “wow.”
The entire chapter is describing all the four living creatures and the cherubim that surrounded the GLORY of GOD, to the point where they have to cover their faces, their feet, and then fly. They are described as fire and colors and faces and more fire. Our GOD is a consuming FIRE (Hebrews 12:29) and that is consistent across Scripture. All of that had to go on consistently in the Throne Room, and Ezekiel got a peek.
GLORY is “KAVOD” in the Hebrew. KAVOD means heaviness, weight, honor, greatness, honor, splendor, power; and it always has an effect and result. For example, a light breeze is very different from a whirlwind or tornado. The effects are different. Just like a tornado has destructive effects that can be seen, so also when the GLORY of GOD invades, its effects can be seen and are powerful.
The GLORY of GOD is revealed to us in two ways.
“Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. 11 But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank….16 Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. 18 So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.” Exodus 24:9-11, 16-18
When the GLORY of our GOD rested on Mount Sinai, it was unmissable. There was no ambiguity. It was not drummed up or manmade, emotion driven, or preacher manufactured. Please do not misunderstand – the invasion of the GLORY of GOD is in response to what we, HIS children, do. Israel came to the mountain of GOD (Exodus 19,24). We position ourselves the way HE instructs, and HE responds with HIS GLORY.
Another example is when Solomon dedicated the Temple. The GLORY of GOD so filled the Temple when It entered, that the 120 priests ministering were pretty much kicked out (2 Chronicles 7:1-16). We see this again in one of my favorite Scriptures, when Moses finished the work, that the GLORY of GOD entered the Tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 40:33-38). The GLORY kicked him out as well.
The other way the GLORY of GOD is revealed is when people see the effect of the GLORY. When GOD does something only HE can do, people stop and give HIM glory. For example, in Exodus 16:6-7, the Israelites see the GLORY of GOD by what HE does – raining down grain-like wafers from heaven, called “manna.” Even the manna came with instructions!
“Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, ’At evening you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt. 7 And in the morning, you shall see the glory of the Lord; for He hears your complaints against the Lord. But what are we, that you complain against us?’” Exodus 16:6-7
Why is this important when praying and fasting – to position ourselves for the GLORY or the glory? The level of GLORY or glory you experience depends on your position.
Moses and the worshiping priests inside the Temple got to experience GLORY. For us, that means those who are ministering directly to GOD, in prayer, fasting, giving, obedience, etc., get to see HIM in HIS GLORY.
The Israelites (church in general) got to see the effects of the GLORY.
Today: Pray for the LORD to prepare each of us to encounter GLORY. John was in the HOLY SPIRIT on the LORD’s day (Revelation 1:10). So pray for the same thing, to enter in the “more” – into more of the GLORY.
Finally, will you come to HIM for HIM…or will you come to HIM for what HE can do for you?
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
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