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FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE
HAST MADE US KINGS AND PRIESTS
“Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
and hath made us kings and priests unto
God and His Father…” (Rev. 1:5-6).
“Thou…hast redeemed us unto God by Thy blood out of every kindred,
and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made
us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Rev.
This passage is one of rare beauty.
It is like a precious diamond, the effulgence of whose radiance dazzles
the mind. It is a drop of pure
distilled essence, whose fragrance fills the rooms of the heart of every man and
woman who has received the call to sonship.
It is a joy forevermore and a challenge to all who comprehend its
message. It must be engraved deeply
upon the heart of every son of God. It
exalts and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.
“THOU hast MADE US!” THOU!
There is so much depth to that text that I am afraid that we often do not
perceive it. It is like a beautiful
star-studded sky on a bright clear night and one cannot even begin to grasp the
vast depth that lies above us. So
it is with these marvelous words: “Thou hast MADE US TO BE KINGS AND
PRIESTS!” The book of Revelation
is addressed to those whom Christ is making
to be kings and priests unto God! All
the experiences of this wonderful book are prepared unto that end – to make us kings and priests unto God!
The unveiling of the sons of God is not the revelation of some people
that can do something. No, it is the unveiling of some people that have become
something. God is not concerned
about taking us some place – to some far-off heaven somewhere.
He is concerned with making
something out of us. That is
what redemption is all about! It is
not a question of where we are going, it is a matter of what we are becoming. Two
men may go to Miami Beach. One is a
beggar, the other a business tycoon. They
are both in the same place, but they are not both the
same thing! There will be a lot
of spiritual beggars in heaven! God
is working not to take us, but to make us. “To as many
as received Him, to them gave He power to become
the sons of God” (Jn. 1:12). “Thou
hast made us unto our God kings and
priests.” “He that overcometh
shall inherit all things; and I will be
his God, and he shall be my son”
(Rev. 21:7). If Jesus is who He is,
then certainly He can do all things,
but the doing is incidental, merely a by-product of the being. Our vision in
this new Day of the Lord is not in doing or going.
We are following on to know the
Lord! Our hearts are set on Him!
We are not becoming occupied with ourselves, we are occupied with His
purpose in us, with what He has said He would make us for His sake. “This
people have I formed for myself.”
“Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests.”
When the light of God comes and shines into our heart, we become a light.
When we feed on the bread of heaven, we become living bread.
When we drink of the water of the Spirit, out of our innermost being
flows rivers of living water. When
He is made unto us righteousness, we become the righteousness of God. When He has fully saved us, we become the salvation of the
Lord. When He reigns upon the
throne of our hearts, we become kings and lords with Him. God will have a body through the earth in these days, a
people walking in God, walking as God,
terrible as an army with banners, whose only purpose is that the Father may be
glorified! God is raising up a
people formed for Himself, through whom He can reveal and manifest Himself in
all His wonderful fullness. Come,
let us now open our hearts wide to Him! Come,
and as we gaze upon this glorious ministry and its life-flow to all the peoples
of the earth, let us yield ourselves unto God that He may work HIS WONDROUS WORK
in our lives, bringing us into such union with Jesus, our great King-Priest
after the order of Melchizedek, the High Priest of our profession, that we become
in nature and power His Royal Priesthood
in the earth!
Because all the earth is His, God is raising up a Kingly Priesthood to
reign in mighty spirit power and authority over the earth, not to be little
human dictators, or an external government of laws and systems headquartered in
Jerusalem, or Washington, or London, but with an outflow of life and light and
love, touching God with one hand, and humanity with the other, by their priestly
ministry bringing the two together, that God may indwell men by His Spirit and
live and rule in them in power and glory. The
kingly nature in us is not to dominate over men’s lives, but to deal and break
the power of selfhood and rebellion and sin and the devil that men may be
reconciled to God. This is a
King-Priest ministry, after the order of Melchizedek! Kings have power and authority.
Priests reconcile in mercy and love.
But once the reconciliation has taken place, and Christ is enthroned, we
deliver men up to God, even the Father, that GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL.
That is the principle of the kingdom of God!
We rule only to subdue men to God – then GOD RULES IN THEM!
He rules first through us, that He may rule finally in them. The manifestation of the sons of God for which all creation
is in travail is nothing more nor less than the full manifestation of God’s
fully developed and empowered government of KING-PRIESTS AFTER THE ORDER OF
MELCHIZEDEK. Throughout the age now
ending the Holy Spirit has been forming, preparing, and equipping that body.
In the new age now upon us that body shall be given power and authority
over all nations and all things! In
the ages yet to come the kingdom shall be expanded from realm to realm, from the
lowest of the low to the highest of the high, for of the increase
of His government and peace there shall be
A thousand, yea, tens of thousands, a mighty army is being touched by the
fire from off the altar of God! A
great Kingdom of Priests is being set ablaze with the life and love and power of
God that will cause the nations of the world to turn to the living God in these
crisis days. Too long have men
occupied themselves in religious efforts to embalm the spirit of yesterday’s
revival, wrapping it in the grave clothes of ecclesiastical systems and securing
it in sepulchers that speak only of the past.
If you want to bless humanity, if your desire is to see the world
transformed and the captives set free, if the cry of your heart is to see sin
and sorrow and death driven from men's lives until there is a new heaven and a
new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, then forget, once and for all, all
the old-order church system methods of the past, for none of them have converted the world, delivered creation, or
brought in the kingdom of God!
None of them are sufficient for this new Day!
Until we see that God is doing an entirely new thing in the earth in this Day, we haven’t learned the ABC’s
Even now a
move of God of world-wide dimensions is in the making!
It is being formed in a people,
in a sonship company that is becoming
the embodiment and personification of all He
is. This will not be a revival
of evangelistic crusades, television programs, musical concerts, bus ministries,
or the building of church buildings, but the overflow of divine passion and
power from people who have been so consecrated to God that their hearts and
their hands have been filled with HIMSELF.
These will not minister in organized meetings, there will be no pulpit,
no choir, no song service, no prepared sermons, no organization or promotion of
any kind. These will minister spontaneously in every place at all times – in the fields, on the
streets, in the homes, in the business establishments, in the restaurants, in
the hospitals, in the churches, in the schools, on the airplanes, buses, and
trains – wherever they are to minister, by command of the Spirit they will appear
in power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost!
They will minister to the meek and lowly and needy, to the great and
mighty, to the common people and to kings, presidents and prime ministers, to
all men everywhere without respect of persons.
None will be able to gainsay their wisdom or their revelation or their
bright clouds are gathering on the horizon, clouds of a multitude of witnesses
to the deep and vital work God is doing in the lives of His apprehended ones in
preparation for the long-awaited manifestation of the sons of God!
The celestial rivers are running full, and great glory is about to break
forth upon the earth. This is the time to gird up your loins, like Elijah of old,
and run before the chariots. In due
time the clouds shall burst and empty themselves upon the earth.
Let your heart be lifted high, for God is on the move, and this can be
YOUR HOUR OF MANIFESTATION! Only that will erupt and overflow from God’s people which
has first been inworked by Father’s
hand. This sonship ministry will
not flow from gifts of the Spirit, but from the very life and nature of Christ formed
in His body. The ministry of
kings and priests is not a gift – we are being made
kings and priests – it is a becoming!
Do not belittle or depreciate this day when it may seem so little is
happening in your midst, my beloved. The
accent of the Spirit is not on the external works and gifts and manifestations
in this hour – we have already had all that!
His concern is with the inner development of the Christ, the formation of
all He is as life and nature within, our becoming
the essence and substance of His very Being!
Right now the greatest service we can give to others is to die out to all
our own ego-self, to all the antiquated religious methods of the past, that the
living of His Life becomes its own
declaration of all that He is and can do, to His glory and praise.
He cometh with clouds; and every eye
shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth
shall wail because of Him” (Rev. 1:7).
The book of Revelation contains deep and rich teaching for the elect
saints concerning the coming of Christ; symbolic, mysterious, wonderful, but
always to be approached reverently, humbly, with head bowed low and shoes
removed from off our feet, as people standing on holy ground. The coming of the Lord as revealed in the book of Revelation
is complex and progressive, extending through a variety of diverse scenes,
stages, events, and manifestations, until He has come in such measure of
fullness that we know Him finally in that dimension where HE IS the glorious
fulfillment of all that our heart has yearned for, and desired so earnestly.
All the lacks swallowed up into completeness, all the voids filled with
His fullness, and we know the bliss of HIMSELF as our all-in-all!
Almost two thousand years ago John on the isle of Patmos saw unfolding
before Him the enthralling drama of the coming of His Lord.
As the awesome sight began to unfold he cried out in astonished wonder
and surprised joy, “Behold!
He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him.”
This phrase, He cometh, is from
the Greek erchomai. It is the third person singular, present indicative.
Any reader who knows the conjunction of verbs knows what that means.
First, it means HE COMES as a present tense reality.
The verb is present indicative. He
comes. He is in the act of coming.
Behold! He is now
coming! In other words, He has been
coming, He is still in the act of coming, and He continues to come.
This is extremely important. More
than once the coming of the Lord is spoken of in this tense throughout the book
of Revelation. It’s not merely a
future thing, not something that shall happen somewhere down the course of
history, but it is something that is.
Oh, that God with flames of His holy fire would burn this truth indelibly
upon the hearts of all who read these lines!
The church world is either looking back to an historical Christ, or
forward to a futuristic coming of Christ. They miss this word erchomai altogether, their spiritual understanding never being
quickened to this grand truth that HE COMES -— He is coming, He continues to
come, He will continue to come, until He has come in the fullness of every
dimension in which He can come.
It is something that is happening right now!
It is happening in your life
right now! It means that He comes
from one place to another. He comes
out of the realm of spirit to be manifested in flesh, out of the realm of the
invisible to be expressed and revealed in a visible, tangible way to the
physical creation. Erchomai means to come, to make one’s appearance before the
public. It means that He comes and
appears before the view of the people round about.
And this coming has already happened, it is happening now, and shall
continue to happen! This is the
revelation that so captivated the apostle John that he could only exclaim with
amazement, “Behold! He comes!” And
we have been just as amazed as the Spirit has borne witness for a number of
years now among the Lord’s people that soon Christ shall come in a
manifestation of Himself on a plane, and in a measure, never before seen or
experienced by men upon this planet. He
shall come to be glorified in His saints, manifested in His sons to set creation
free. The bondage of corruption,
the power of sin and death, shall first be broken from off God's people, then
from all humanity. Yes, He has come
in measure, and He shall yet come in fullness!
There are two more words: “With
He cometh with clouds.” “With”
is from the Greek preposition meta.
It means with, but it also means together with, in the midst of, among,
between, in common with, with the help of, and by means of.
Here are the ways He comes: Behold!
He comes with clouds, denoting
an association. Behold!
He comes together with clouds,
denoting a communion. Behold!
He comes in the midst of clouds,
denoting an indwelling. Behold! He comes
among clouds, denoting a fellowship.
Behold! He comes between
clouds, denoting a union. Behold!
He comes in common with clouds,
denoting a participation. Behold! He comes
with the help of clouds, denoting an
He comes by means of clouds,
denoting an instrumentality.
From the dawn of history the way in which God has displayed His glory has
been in the form of a cloud. This glory
cloud of God has taken different shapes and different sizes on various
occasions. When it was time for the children of Israel to begin their
exodus out of Egypt, the glory of God took the form of a pillar of fire
enshrouded within a cloud. “And
the Lord went before them by day in a
pillar of a cloud, to lead them in the way; and by night in
a pillar of fire, to give them light, to go by day and night: He took not
away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before
the people” (Ex. 13:21-22).
What did the glory of God signify every time it appeared? The glory cloud of God signified the unique presence of God!
It always told the people of Israel, when it appeared, that Yahweh was
uniquely present in this place, at this time, for a special purpose.
When the glory of God as a cloud led the children of Israel out of Egypt,
it signified to the people that God was with them in a very real and sovereign
way. “And the Lord went before
them in a pillar of a cloud.”
God was in the cloud!
The almighty God Himself dwelt in that cloud by day and in the fiery
pillar by night. That strange
pillar of cloud and fire was the visible manifestation of His glory and
presence. While Israel walked in the light of His fiery presence, no
calamity could harm them, no enemy could attack them, no evil could befall them,
nor plague come nigh their dwelling. God
was with them in sovereign power in all their marches!
“And the Lord said unto Moses, I come unto thee in a thick
cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe for
ever” (Ex. 19:9). And again,
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not
at all times into the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is
upon the ark; that he die not: for I will
appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat” (Lev. 16:2).
When the cloud came down out of heaven and rested on top of mount Sinai,
it signified that God in a unique sense had come out of the realm of spirit to
meet with the children of Israel in His manifestation on the earth plane.
When they saw the cloud enter into the most holy place in the tabernacle
and later in the temple, it signified again that God in a special sense was
taking up residence within that worship structure within the nation of Israel.
The light that shone in the holiest of all behind the temple curtain of
blue and purple and scarlet and fine twined linen, laced with threads of gold
and figures of cherubim, was not the beams of the sevenfold candlestick of the
holy place, nor even the radiance of the sun in the outer court. It was the glory light of God’s own divine majesty!
Through time the Israelites called that glory cloud of God the shekinah.
The word shekinah means “to dwell.”
And since the glory cloud always signified that God was present at the
place where the cloud appeared, to dwell in a special sense, they called it the
shekinah or dwelling glory of God!
The disciples of Jesus had become accustomed to seeing Jesus the man,
Jesus the healer, Jesus the teacher, Jesus the miracle worker. They had heard Him tell of the majesty and glory of His
Father in heaven, but had never grasped the significance of the glory, majesty,
and power of the Christ who walked the road with them.
On that momentous occasion when the Lord Jesus took Peter, James, and
John up into the mount and was transfigured before them, suddenly there appeared
a bright cloud – a cloud with a
light in it! And out of that bright
cloud the voice of the Father spake concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.
“This is my beloved Son – hear Him!”
It is more than coincidence that, as Peter spoke, a cloud
overshadowed them and a Voice came out of the cloud.
One of the significant facts in connection with the glory cloud of
God’s presence is that God always spoke
from the cloud. This began first on
mount Sinai. “And the Lord said
unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear
when I speak with thee…and the Lord came down upon mount Sinai…and the
Lord called Moses…” (Ex. 19:9,20).
At a later time God spoke from the same cloud after that it had descended
upon the tabernacle. “And it came
to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and
stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses” (Ex. 33:9).
that bright cloud with the light in it from which the voice of God spoke on the
mount of Jesus’ transfiguration? It
was none other than the pillar of cloud housing the glory fire, the shekinah
glory of God that had led the children of Israel in their exodus out of Egypt
and guided them for forty years! As
Jesus prayed on the mount, He was transfigured before His chosen disciples.
At that moment of transfiguration the glory cloud enveloped Him and God
spoke from the midst of the radiance of glory.
In the wilderness this glory, this cloud, and the
voice out of the cloud are all brought
together: “And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. And
the glory of the Lord abode upon mount
Sinai, and the cloud covered it six
days: and the seventh day He called unto
Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And
the sight of the glory of the Lord was
like devouring fire” (Ex. 24:15-17).
On the mount of transfiguration the Son
is enveloped in the cloud and we are
commanded to hear Him. The writer to the Hebrews then identified this voice
and this glory in these remarkable words: “God…hath in these last days spoken
unto us by His Son…who being the
brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person…” (Heb.
1:1-3). Jesus is the brightness of
God’s glory! He is indeed, the
presence in the cloud and the very cloud and fire of the presence!
Let every reader of these lines be assured beyond any possible shadow of
doubt that it was this same shekinah, this very same glory cloud which the
eleven disciples beheld in spell-bound astonishment on the crest of the mount of
Olives that blessed day when the Lord ascended into mid-air and suddenly a
bright cloud, like a chariot of God, bore Him speedily away, concealing Him from
mortal gaze. “When He had spoken
these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight,” the record states.
An accident? An illusion? A
marvelous coincidence? Not on your
life! This is the equivalent of
saying that the cloud which hovered over Israel in the wilderness; the cloud
which rested upon the glorious tabernacle of old; the cloud which dwelt between
the gleaming cherubim in the most holy place; the cloud which filled Solomon’s
temple until the ministers could not minister by reason of the blazing glory;
the cloud which overshadowed the virgin girl Mary when she came to be with
child; the cloud which enveloped the Son of God and revealed His glory on the
mount of transfiguration; that cloud is
the very same cloud that received the Lord Jesus into its midst and out of
the sight of mortal eyes! The cloud
that received Jesus out of the sight of those startled disciples certainly was
no ordinary rain cloud which happened to be blown across a torturous sky.
It was the blazing shekinah cloud which had always veiled the divine
majesty of God from time immemorial!
Here is where I wish to point out a most significant fact of scripture
which has entirely been overlooked by most Bible students and nearly all
preachers and teachers. All the way
through the scriptures, from the crossing of the Red Sea by the children of
Israel, to the ascension of Christ from the mount of Olives, God consistently
manifested Himself in ONE GLORY CLOUD. There
was always only ONE SINGLE CLOUD! One
cloud before the camp of Israel. One
cloud over mount Sinai. One cloud
resting upon the tabernacle in the wilderness.
One cloud shining in the most holy place. One cloud filling Solomon’s temple. One cloud overshadowing the virgin of Galilee, implanting the
seed of the Christ. One cloud
shimmering over the summit of the mount of transfiguration. One cloud in which
Christ ascended from the mount of Olives. Christ
ascended in one single cloud of
God’s glory – the very same cloud
in which He had manifested His presence throughout the long ages of time!
It is when we come to the return of the Lord that we notice a distinct
difference! For suddenly the one
single cloud disappears and we are introduced to a great plurality of clouds! Let
Christ departed this earth in one
cloud. He comes again in many
clouds! “Behold, He cometh with clouds:
and every eye shall see Him” (Rev. 1:7).
Daniel in vision beheld Him thus: “I saw in the night visions, and,
behold, one like a Son of man came with
the clouds of heaven…and there was given unto Him dominion” (Dan.
7:13-14). Jesus Himself said,
“And they shall see the Son of man coming
in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mat. 24:30). And again, “Hereafter ye shall see the Son of man sitting
at the right hand of power, and coming in
the clouds of heaven” (Mat. 26:64). Finally,
the apostle Paul relates this dramatic experience:
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds…and so shall we
ever be with the Lord” (I Thes. 4:17). In
the CLOUDS! More than one cloud. Many
clouds. A great company of
Why are there many clouds attending Christ’s coming, and what are these
clouds? Let us not for one moment
forget that we are dealing with the cloud
of God’s glory, presence, and power – the shekinah!
When the firstborn Son of God was in the world John said of Him, “We
beheld His glory” (Jn. 1:14).
When did they behold His glory? You
may reply that they beheld His glory when He went about doing good, healing the
sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, performing miracles and teaching
and speaking as never man spake. Ah,
yes, I am sure that in all those things they beheld a glory, but the apostle
Peter reveals to us what is really meant by their beholding the glory of the
Son. “For we have not followed
cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
For He received from God the Father honour and glory,
when there came such a voice to Him from
the excellent glory (the glory cloud), saying, This is my beloved Son, in
whom I am well pleased. And this
voice which came from heaven we heard, when
we were with Him in the holy mount” (II Pet. 1:16-18).
significant that at the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry He said, “Neither
pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through
their word; that they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee,
that they also shall be one in us…and the
glory which Thou gavest me I have given them…I in them, and Thou in me,
that they may be made perfect in one…that they be with me where I am; that
they may behold my glory which Thou
hast given me” (Jn. 17:20-24). And
this is the crux of the whole matter! From
the dawn of creation’s light until Jesus stepped upon this planet, God
manifested to His creation in a singular
way His own glory. He, the one
eternal God, exhibited His presence in the form of one glory cloud!
But as Jesus approached the cross, and the glorious events to unfold
thereafter, He disclosed the grand truth that God purposed from eternity to
SHARE HIS GLORY WITH A VAST FAMILY OF SONS…that glorious body which is the
fullness of Him that filleth all in all!
Let us see, then, what great encouragement God has given us concerning
His glory. “And ye know how we
exhorted you…that ye should walk worthy of God, who hath called you to His kingdom and glory” (I Thes. 2:11-12).
Peter asserts: “I…also am…a
partaker of the glory that shall be revealed” (I Pet. 5:1).
“Whereunto He hath called you…to the obtaining of the
glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Thes. 2:14). “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are
not worthy to be compared with the glory
that shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18).
The writer to the Hebrews adds this significant testimony: “For it
became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many
sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through
sufferings” (Heb. 2:10). As the
spirit of revelation and understanding floods our minds, we are left without
question as to the meaning of all this. There
is to be a mighty and universal revelation of the glory of God, that very same glory which was revealed in the cloud of old,
but now an intensified many-splendored
glory in the many clouds of God’s
Another evidence that the “clouds” with which Christ comes are in
fact the sons of God in their glory is
couched in the terminology of the scriptures on this subject.
In most places the passages in question speak of Christ coming “with
clouds.” There is only one other
group of plurality of objects of which it is stated that Christ comes “with”
them, and that is – the SAINTS! “To
the end He may establish your hearts…at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ WITH
ALL HIS SAINTS” (I Thes. 3:13). Jude
says, “And Enoch also…prophesied…saying, Behold, the Lord cometh WITH TEN THOUSANDS OF SAINTS” (Jude 14). The Amplified is helpful, when it reads, “Behold, the Lord
comes WITH MYRIADS OF HOLY ONES –
ten thousands of His saints.” But
the Interlinear reading from the Diaglott translation gives the clearest of all
renderings from the Greek text, so we note, “Lo, comes Lord IN
HOLY MYRIADS OF HIMSELF.” Myriads
of Himself! And all of them
partakers of His divine nature, conformed to His image, imbued with His mind,
filled with His life, radiating His glory!
Myriads of Himself, of His own kind, born of His seed, reproducing His
life, a many brethren company of sons – all His sons.
Though there are multiplied testimonies to this truth, we will add but
one more: “And the Lord my God shall come, and ALL THE SAINTS WITH
THEE” (Zech. 14:5). The
beloved John sees this same scene in wonder-filled vision and cries out,
“Behold, He cometh WITH CLOUDS; and every eye shall see Him!”
When Jesus ascended two thousand years ago, He ascended glorified in that
singular glory cloud in which He had dwelt from eternity. He was the one God
manifested in all fullness in one Man,
the Son. But, blessed be God!
As He comes again, “He shall come to be GLORIFIED IN
HIS SAINTS, and to be admired IN THEM
that believe” (II Thes. 1:10). Centuries
ago the apostle Paul wrote these words to the saints at Rome, “And if we are
children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that
we suffer with Him, that we may be also GLORIFIED TOGETHER” (Rom. 8:17).
Christ coming “with clouds” certainly shows that each of these sons,
to whom is given that same glory that Jesus had from eternity, shall stand ultimately in
his own realm of the glory of the Lord.
The glory is shared, so the cloud which represents that glory is shared.
Each elect son becomes a manifestation of the glory – of the cloud – of the shekinah!
In the light of truth so sublime let us search our hearts and sanctify
ourselves in the knowledge that we are the body
of Christ. The cloud of old
rested upon the tabernacle and filled the temple with the glory of the Lord! We are now His
tabernacle and His temple! We
are now His ark, His most holy place, and His holy mount!
The glory is now given to us, rests upon us, increasingly fills us, and
shall radiate out from this holy habitation of God forevermore!
In Old Testament times God dwelt in one single cloud.
But now He says, “I will dwell in
them, and walk in them…and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord”
(II Cor. 6:16-18).
As the clouds pour out the rain upon our land, so the heavens pour down
water upon the earth. When a cloud
becomes so heavy with droplets that it can no longer hold them, it spills over,
and we have rain. “O Lord my God,
Thou art very great…who layeth the beams of His chambers in the waters: who
maketh the cloud His chariot: He watereth
the hills from His chambers” (Ps. 104:3,13).
The clouds are the chambers of God containing the water of life!
A cloud is full of water and water speaks to us of life.
Water typifies both the Spirit of God and the Word of God (Eph. 5:26; Jn.
7:37-39). A cloud speaks to us of a
vessel which contains water, or contains life.
God by His Spirit gives living
water to refresh and impart life to His creation!
It is the nature of a cloud to empty
itself. “If the clouds be
full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth” (Eccl. 11:3).
When the cloud gets filled up, it rains!
That is the nature of the clouds – rain pours out!
Now, all that God is is being
formed in His sons, we are becoming a receptacle, a vehicle for all the fullness
of God, filled up with the life-giving properties of our Father!
HE IS FILLING THE CLOUDS!
The nature of each son will be to pour out that life just as God poured
it into Jesus and Jesus is pouring it into us.
If the sons, as the clouds of heaven, be full of God, they will pour Him
out upon all who dwell in the earth-realm!
A true ministry has life to give, and is willing to empty himself in
order to give life to a dry and thirsty people. Pour out his life for others – that is what Jesus did!
We shall empty out that same life on a groaning creation and quicken all
who are held in the bondage of corruption!
The apostles Peter and Jude both tell us that false
ministries are “clouds without water…carried
about of winds.” A true ministry, then, is a cloud
with water. A true ministry has
life to give! A true ministry is
willing to empty himself out in order to bring that life to a dry and parched
land! Jesus was a bright cloud
laden with water, for “the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to
minister, and give His life…”
Prepare to rain, O ye clouds!
The one glory has become the multiple glory!
The one cloud of His presence has become many clouds of His presence!
The Lord is coming to be glorified in a many-membered body, in the clouds
of His presence! These are the
clouds of His glory into which the triumphant saints of God are being “caught
up.” Our “catching up” is being brought to that high spiritual
sphere where we become one with that whole great “cloud of witnesses,” the spirits
of just men made perfect! They
without us cannot be made perfect, but they with us are the very perfection of
God expressed out of the high realm of the heavens of God’s Spirit.
What a glorious union of forces
when those of our generation on earth, and all those overcoming saints of all
former ages who have gone on before us, are joined together, becoming an
indestructible force in the full, total and complete manifestation of God’s
majesty, power, and glory at the manifestation of the sons of God!
Gird up your loins, beloved, for I hear the sound of abundance
The Resident within the shimmering cloud of glory is just the Lord
Himself! The Lord is the source of
the dazzling light, for it is HE who causes the celestial host to shine forth,
thus forming the “cloud” and manifesting His glory thereby.
Be not discouraged, my beloved, for our Lord shall complete all of His
work and purpose in us, lifting us up into higher realms of His Spirit, and
completing that union with the whole body
of the firstborn. The life of
God is taking form! The clouds are
coming together! The clouds are
gathering rain! The glory of the
Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together!
Behold, He cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him!
This treasure we have in earthen
vessels (II Cor. 4:7). Ah,
there is a glory even now as we glorify God in these mortal bodies. Christ had and disclosed such a glory in that dim and distant
past when He walked the shores of blue Galilee. But, blessed be His name, in His resurrection He came forth
in new garments, clad in a sin-free and death-free body of incorruption and
immortality! Now His
wonderful life is swallowing up the sin and death in us, bringing to His chosen
ones also a change of raiment, and in His due time we shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, for this
corruptible is putting on incorruption and this mortal is putting on
immortality. Only as we daily put
on the Lord Jesus Christ are we changed!
“Putting on” is not a passive thing.
We are putting on the Lord Jesus Christ; we are putting on incorruption and immortality; and because we are
putting on the life, mind, and nature of His resurrection, we are
being changed! When we are fully
changed by the power of His resurrection we shall be bright clouds out of whom God
shall shine and out of whom the voice
of God shall speak. We shall be
pillars of clouds by day, and pillars of fire by night, to lead and guide all
humanity from the bondage of Egypt to the blessing and abundance of the
Though His glory has generally been hidden throughout the ages, at
certain times and on special occasions that hidden glory has flashed forth into
prominence before the eyes of the few who by the predestined counsel of God were
permitted to experience unspeakable things unlawful for a man to utter.
We are coming ever nearer when God shall unveil His power and glory
before the face of all nations and peoples in a manner far beyond any measure
experienced by men of any age! The
whole world shall soon see the glory of the Lord in an unprecedented way!
From earth’s teeming millions of all ages there is a people arising in
the image of Christ. Those who
watch the spiritual heavens shall soon see clouds as they have never seen
before! We have seen the clouds of
earth’s atmosphere, inky black clouds, and clouds of snowy whiteness; clouds
brightly tinted, and many silver lined; clouds made brilliantly gorgeous by the
afterglow of the setting sun. But
we never yet have seen clouds made magnificently glorious by the blazing
splendor of the Son of God! We have
seen clouds charged by flashes of lightning.
Not yet have we seen clouds charged with the power of omnipotence and
flashing with the incorruptible radiance of
Christ’s life and immortality! Afar
off we have seen the morning clouds as they have enwrapped the distant mountain
peaks and splendidly capped the hilltops. We
have yet to see the clouds which enfold the blazing form of the Mighty One!
We have seen clouds driven as chariots to carry rain to the dry and
thirsty fields. But
CLOUDS ARE FORMING IN THE HEAVENS OF GOD’S SPIRIT THAT WILL BE SEEN, THAT WILL
BE THE CHARIOT OF HEAVEN’S KING OF GLORY AS
HE COMES TO REFRESH AND QUICKEN AND RESTORE ALL THINGS!
What a sight for eyes to behold! How
it enraptures the faithful ones who “love His appearing” and have hoped to
the end “for the grace that is to be brought unto them” at “the revelation
of Jesus Christ.” Of a sudden the
blazing light of day will take on a new brightness, above all the glory of the
sun, and grow still more light, more bright, and more dazzling, until the eyes
of men behold the advancing glory of God’s Christ!
And with the glory clouds of myriads of like ones unto Himself the
all-conquering Christ will appear in all the fullness of Himself in the earth!
These brilliant bands will fill the glory-flashing skies from end to end
and flood the world with life, light, and love!
How magnificent will be the advancing pageantry of the skies!
How sublime beyond all mortal comprehension will be the revelation of Jesus Christ!
No wonder John followed his exclamation concerning the Lord coming with
clouds with this significant explanation: “…and every
eye shall see Him.” This
beautiful text has often been misused and abused in an attempt to prove the
erroneous theory that Jesus will return as a flesh and blood man and be
suspended in the sky until every individual throughout the whole earth has had
an opportunity to see Him. But this
crude interpretation of the prophecy is quite out of harmony with the Bible’s
use of language and the symbolic scheme of the book of Revelation.
Let us note, for example, how scripture uses the function of the eye to
After Job’s long experience of calamity and trial, and the revelation
of God’s heart to him, he cried out in communion with God, “I have heard of
Thee by the hearing of the ear: but NOW MINE EYE SEETH
THEE!” (Job 42:5). All will
concede, I believe, that Job did not see God literally, but he saw Him,
nonetheless. Jesus said to His disciples, “Blessed are your eyes, for
I doubt that any would contend that Jesus was reminding the disciples to
reflect upon how fortunate they were not to be physically blind!
To “see” means to know.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall know
God.” A pure heart is one to
which all that is not of God is strange and jarring.
A heart that has no desires but for the glory of God, whose affections
all center in Him, whose delight is in His perfect will, such an one will truly see
and know the Lord! It is
better to know God than even to see Him by the eyes of sense.
There were many who saw Jesus who did not know Him.
They saw the Christ, but they knew not that He was the Christ.
They saw His miracles, but they did not know Him.
They even rejected Him and hated Him, some of them.
You could see Jesus Himself in bodily form today, but unless your heart
be quickened, cleansed, and transformed, you could not know Him to be the
Christ. It is only purity of heart
that gives purity of sight!
I don’t believe every eye is going to see Him because they are watching
TBN, CBN, CNN, or reading USA Today. Every
eye is going to see Him because there is coming such great grace and mighty
power at the revelation of Jesus Christ in His body that it shall produce a
supernatural quickening in the lives
of all who behold the appearing of the Lord.
Their spiritual eyes shall be
opened and they will understand and know
what they have never known before! They
will not see as they have seen before, but their minds and hearts will be
changed and transfigured in the light of His glory.
What a hope!
A beautiful illustration is found in the gospel of Luke.
The aged prophet, Simeon, who had received the promise from God that he
should not see death until he had seen
the Lord’s Christ, came by the Spirit into the temple, when Joseph and Mary
brought in the child Jesus. “Then
took he Him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest Thou
Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word: FOR MINE EYES HAVE S-E-E-N
THY SALVATION.” What kind of
eyesight is this? A little babe in
the arms of his mother, and yet Simeon’s eyes were opened to see – not just
the form of the babe, but THY SALVATION! This
certainly was not an uncommon sight, mothers were constantly coming into the
temple with their children, to do for them after the custom of the law.
And no doubt there was a vast multitude of other people in the temple on
that day; they, too, saw the babe in the arms of his mother, but they did not
see THY SALVATION, for having eyes, they saw not – “and the world knew Him
When the scripture said, “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all
flesh shall see it together,” God is saying the same to the world today.
The unveiling of the sons of God is the revelation of the glory of the
Lord! When the glory of the Lord is
revealed, which is the salvation of God, it is the fulfillment of the word of
the Lord to His elect through Isaiah, “I will give thee for a light to the
Gentiles, that THOU MAYEST B-E M-Y
S-A-L-V-A-T-I-O-N UNTO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.”
When the kingdom of God fills the earth, the earth will be filled with
righteousness. WE ARE THE
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD! When the
glory of the Lord is revealed, the earth will be flooded with light.
WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD! The
reason the world will know the sons of God to be the salvation of God is because
God pours out His Spirit upon all flesh.
All humanity, with that quickening of the Spirit, will have their eyes
enlightened to see in the body of
Christ the salvation of God, to see in the sons of God the glory of God and the righteousness of
God. The world will see God’s
elect as the righteousness of God because we are becoming righteous sons!
The world will see God’s elect as the light of the world because we are
becoming a glorious shining people! The
world will see God’s elect as the salvation of God because we are becoming a
“Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him!”
To be continued…
J. PRESTON EBY
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