At the Threshold of Glory, Part 2
The God of Glory
Nearly every Christian I know believes we are in the closing hours of this age. How close to the end, no one knows; and when Jesus will return, none presume a guess. If our hope has truly come from Heaven, then the praying, hungering church of Jesus Christ is about to enter a season of extraordinary manifestations of God’s glory. We are about to engage in what Bible scholars call a dispensational move of God’s Spirit. During such times, the Lord has always manifested Himself in glory.
It is true that no one has seen the Father’s glory, but God the Son has manifested Himself in glory numerous times in the past. Abraham saw Christ’s glory while he was in Mesopotamia. Isaiah beheld Him in the year King Uzziah died. Ezekiel fell before the Living One by the river Chebar. Daniel, David, Habakkuk, Solomon, Zachariah, and Haggai all saw the glory of the Lord. In truth, the Bible was written by people who had seen God’s glory!
Moses beheld God, then Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy Hebrew elders as well. Exodus tells us these men “saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself” (Ex. 24:10). Of their encounter with the Almighty, we read, “and they saw God, and they ate and drank” (v. 11).
Think of it: “They saw God!” Is there not a jealousy within you for that experience — to actually gaze upon the glory of God? To behold the Lord’s glory is not only scriptural, but it’s also typical during dispensational moves of God. The fact is, over three million Israelites saw God’s glory on Mount Sinai. Young men, old women, and little children — people of every age and physical condition — all saw “the glory of the Lord [as it] rested on Mount Sinai” (Ex. 24:16)!
Yet that unveiling of glory did not stop at Sinai. The entire Hebrew nation followed a cloud of glory by day and was illuminated by a blazing pillar of fire-like glory at night. This happened not just once or twice but every day for forty years! How much more shall the Lord of glory manifest Himself to us at the end of the age?
Jesus said that he who is least in His kingdom is greater than those under the old covenant (Matt. 11:11). In what ways are Christ’s followers “greater”? Those in the Old Testament saw His glory from a distance, but He has chosen to reveal His glory in and through the church! Is it not written, He is coming to be “glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed” (2 Thess. 1:10)?
Indeed, Jesus has not only given us His name and His words (John 17:6, 14), but He has also granted us to partake of His radiant splendor! The very glory that was manifest in the Old Testament He now has deposited in the spirits of those washed in His blood. He said, “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them” (John 17:22).
Yes, God will again reveal His glory at the end of the age. The unsaved world will receive one last, legitimate opportunity to choose, not merely between the church and the sin, but between the radiance of Heaven and the horrors of hell. In truth, at the end of the age, both realms will be manifested in fullness on earth.
written by: Francis Frangipane