MARCH 1, 2009
Recently, a man of God testified about an "open vision" he experienced. With candor, he told of being "aware that he was on a vast plain," as if the whole earth was flat before him and giving him a view so broad and massive in scope that it seemed to represent a threshold of end-time proportion. A dark, roiling cloud was rapidly moving toward him. In that cloud was every type of evil. He could see the evil deeds of men and women, sickness and disease sweeping around them. He could see a dimension of despair so large and terrifying that he cried out, "Stop in the Name of Jesus." Standing his ground, he quoted scripture and demanded the demonic onslaught to cease. A voice from heaven could be heard above the tumult. It said, "Do not pray in that Name against what must inevitably come upon mankind. Know only that those with a pure heart and clean hands will be protected from it…it shall not harm them." Then the vision was gone.
A few minutes later, after having a moment to internalize what had happened to him, another open vision appeared. This time he was turned the opposite way-facing a huge mass of light. This was "visible glory," and its form was unlike a mist that one could see through…this mass was more solid and pervasive, yet having cloud-like character. If a man were to enter into this huge glory, he would walk into it and be covered and it would invade that man and he would glow. A sense of covering was felt, like the covering of some substance unknown to mankind. The same voice, as before, was heard along with a note of urgency, "Enter into My glory…it will protect you from the dark cloud…know that this is for every one who has a pure heart and clean hands; it is My provision for the last days." Then the vision disappeared.
(Author's Note: This vision is perhaps one of the clearest illustrations in recent times about the importance of entering His consuming, fiery glory. True enough, there exists a natural "glory of man," which is common to all, but there is also this supernatural glory, "a glory into which the saint must immerse himself and experience the effects which supersede any earthly realm.")
Such entering into glory was and is the desire of Jesus' heart for all who know Him.
Entering into Their (Father-Son) glory includes having a personal holiness, for it becomes the highest order of being "In Him." The very substance of God is received into man, and he/she becomes that glorious one being spoken of by Christ. In beholding His Glory, the saints can realize what has been appropriated to them. By beholding His glory, they (we) are able to comprehend the intensity, the perpetuity and pervasiveness of the fiery glory given them.'I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.'
Paul often spoke of such "glory." Paul's treatment of "the glory" identified a state of being which now has in many ways been politically adjusted through modern theology and religion. (Today's manipulations, however, are not the first time in history for such modification.) A close examination of the "outpourings of the Spirit" throughout the ages will reveal many examples of a "bursting forth of the fiery glory" upon a moderating society. Many times, since the advent of the Lord, the power of Jesus' prayer has manifested itself as a permeating, consuming fire-glory, that enraptured the soul and bonded the spirits of the saints to the Glory of God.
Jesus' prayer for glory manifested itself at Pentecost and during many other times throughout church history. What the early church described as "cloven tongues," came not only upon them, but also inside them. The recipients took on a demeanor which commanded the outside world to "look upon them." They spoke in all the known languages of the day. They glowed with supernatural power. Stephen's appearance was even hailed to be as glorious as an angel. So much glory power resided in these disciples that "they turned the world upside down." They reacted like the Divine creatures they were supposed to be when filled with His Glory.
God, again, is drawing his true people into His Glory and it is an inner illuminating, power surging, state of anointing which includes provision and protection from the Almighty. The glorious church is only to be comprised of this kind of glorious people! Hell cannot prevail against them.
Every outbreak of true revival has revealed a return to this "entering into His glory."
(Author's note: I chose to use one instance of revival as a universal example of what is meant. This revival took place in the early days of the American scene and was called "the Great Awakening (1734-1736)." Jonathan Edwards was the instrument the King of Glory used to precipitate that period. Edward's own reckoning of his conversion (1721), if read openly, would bring conviction to the current generation.)
Edwards defined his awakening, which trailed his conversion experience, in terms of entering "the glory." In his remarks to the Reverend Thomas Prince, he said the following:The first instance that I remember of that sort of inward, sweet delight in God and divine things that I have lived much in since, was on reading those words (I Timothy 1:17): 'Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever, Amen.' As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense, quite different from anything I ever experienced before. Never any words of Scripture seemed to me as these words did…After this my sense of divine things gradually increased, and became more and more lively…God's Excellency, His Wisdom, His Purity and Love seemed to appear in every thing; in the sun, moon, and stars; in the clouds, and blue sky; in the grass, flowers, trees; in the water, and all nature which used greatly to fix my mind. I often used to sit and view the moon for continuance, and in the day, spent much time viewing the clouds and sky, to behold the sweet glory of God in these things…I had vehement longing of soul after God and Christ, and after more holiness, wherewith my heart seemed to be full, and ready to break…*
And again, describing the revival among adults, he wrote:Many of the young people and children that were professors appeared to be overcome with a sense of the greatness and glory of divine things…
(From these observations several questions arise: Where is there a sense of the glory of God today? Where in earth's dominion of so-called saints does this kind of glory rest? Yet every evidence, given by Paul, testified that the glory of God resting on His saints was the aim of the kingdom.)There were some instances of persons lying in a sort of trance, remaining for perhaps a whole twenty-four hours motionless, and with their senses locked up; but in the meantime under strong imaginations, as though they went to heaven and had there a vision of glorious and delightful objects…
Is it no small matter that these Scriptures exist?What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Are they written for some other generation?
Why is it when true revival strikes, anywhere in recorded history, that the manifestation of the fiery glory also accompanies it?
Let those who cry out for a move of God beware, lest they be calling for a commitment they are unwilling to make. Why is it that some readily enter it, and in themselves become "glorious," while others resist it?
Paul, in describing his ministry, said he did all of it for this one result, "That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory (I Thessalonians 2:12)."
He again said, "To which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:14)."
Peter, in joining Paul, could not contain himself, but exulted through his writing, "If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you (1 Peter 4:14)."
Moses ministered to his people with the Spirit of Glory resting on him. Peter ministered to the multitudes with the Spirit of Glory resting upon him. Stephen ministered to the crowds with the Spirit of Glory resting upon him. It is time for modern saints to minister with the Spirit of God resting upon them, in order to show the world and the profligate church the difference!
Jesus' prayers emanated from the Spirit of Glory resting upon him. He officiated in the glory, spoke from the glory, walked in the glory and preached through the glory. The Glory Fire is not just Pentecost; it is Tabernacles. Tabernacles is the Holiest of all places. It is the ultimate communion, the sustained rest in God, the state of being separate from the things of earth. Tabernacles symbolizes the finished work, and the realm of total freedom to be and to belong.
When Paul spoke of the Glory, it was Tabernacles Glory. He received his sealing by the fiery glory which cannot be obtained on man's terms and cannot be sustained by man's decrees. It was a sealing which was entered into by mutuality of purpose as expressed in the Song of Solomon when both parties (the Bridegroom and the Bride) burst forth in supreme expression,: "Set ME as a seal upon thine heart and upon thine arm." This is the sealing that is not emblematic, like something to be worn or displayed, but rather the investment of one's whole being into the other. Surrounded by Divine Glory, both parties lose themselves in the other, until there is no separation, no delineation of person. Jesus and His Bride reside inside each other, thinking as one, acting as one, living as one, ministering as one, and seated beside the Father as one. The fiery glory spoken of Jesus in Revelation and describing Him in all the visions of the Bible is now used to describe them both.
Paul spoke of this glory in terms unknown by the majority of believers today. It began for him on the Damascus Road. He saw the Glory of Jesus and experienced Jesus' excellent glory first hand. Closeness to God, and the power of His presence, produced a vessel of glory (honor) which could not be simulated or mass produced or feigned. Paul entered the ranks of the sealed the moment he encountered the Son of God in glory and power. Heretofore, he knew God as distant and worshipped him as one among a congregation of many. Now, as a vessel of honor (glory), he resided in personal glory. He understood that which he possessed must be perceived as his own "excellent glory." He knew himself to be a "vessel of honor."Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a matter of fact, there is a connection between the fiery glory and the sealing of the vessel of honor. In Paul's discussion of the gold and silver vessels, which were coupled with wood and clay, one finds not a discussion of type, but of quality. Every item Paul mentioned had to contact fire in someway. Gold and silver had to touch fire in order to be made into a vessel. Wooden vessels were useless without the kiln. Clay was useless, even though it had form, without contact to the flame which forever set it.
Also in Paul's example, the initiative of the believer to cleanse himself from iniquity created a vessel of honor, whether it was of gold, silver, wood or clay.
Paul discussed four classes of vessels, but classifies only two kinds-vessels of honor and dishonor. He instructed that both are fashioned for the purpose in which they were chosen. From this discussion some avenues of discussion arise.Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
(Author's note: From Paul's discussion one must ask: If a whole nation (Israel), corporately, can be described as vessels of wrath, can the whole of modern religious Christianity be so described? If a whole grouping of nations can be described as vessels of Glory, might the remnant of the faithful be so described today? Could it be surmised that the early church was comprised of a fledgling body of glory vessels surrounded by and outnumbered by profligate vessels of dishonor? Could it be similarly surmised as the major issue of today?)
Centrality of being only comes from the resting of the Spirit of Glory upon the saint's life. There is no fragmentation in the fiery glory-just the opposite, there is unity. Yet, the great movements of religious men today seek centricity on creedal agreement based on man's initiatives--not on the Glory! Entering the fiery glory consumes the machinations of man and offers its participants a community of the glorified. Its citizenry communicate on a different scale. Their interests are different. Their viewpoints are different. Their motivations are different. Their hopes and dreams are different. Their demeanor is different. Their approaches to life are different. They are just different--and God is pleased that they are. They are Consumed In His Fire!
Until next month,
Dr. C. R. Oliver
Dr. Oliver will be one of the speakers at Lake Hamilton Bible Camp, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12, for their Spring (Passover) Camp. Anyone wishing to contact the camp for specific times of services, to learn of other speakers, or to check on accommodations may do so by telephone at (501) 525-8204, by e-mail at email@example.com, on the "Events" page of their web site, http://www.lakehamiltonbiblecamp.com/next.htm, or by mail at 6191 Central Ave., Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913.
From the Mailbag:
The Holy Ghost is moving in all the Churches- En Punto is trying to be taught-but I am sharing the website now to give clearer direction, so they can read your book. Thank you for setting the example for all to follow in Jesus Name, God bless you my dear, dear brother.
A. Larry Johnson's report from India:
We ministered to over 120 students for a week in one of the largest bible schools. We ministered to them on the practical side of being in ministry. What they needed and how to use it in their everyday life. They were blessed; there were so many testimonies of how the messages were just what the students had been crying out to the Lord for that very morning. Then we traveled around Sikkim and Nepal for a week ministering churches built by Grace Christian Fellowship…This Sunday we start 4 weeks of teams so I will try to keep a check on our email. Blessings, Larry,
PS: I was reminded several times of your book Sons of Zadok after ministering at the Bible school so I think I will begin rereading your book.
(Comment: What a good report from Missionary Johnson, who traveled with his expertise to India and shared his 20 plus years as a career missionary with some of the other places of need. We are encouraged that the Lord has him "back" into the Sons of Zadok, this time as a text preparation for teaching pastors. What Bro. Larry hasn't known is that Passion for Souls Ministry of England has been using the text like that for several years now. Also, Christ for the Nations has used it as have innumerable study groups and churches [World Outreach Worship Center youth ministries have it as a requirement.].)
B. Reporting on the building projects:
1. Bro. Jim Courier and Bro. Hutcherson on the Mexico project which we have supplied an overage of $1,500 for the finalizing of the church roof…pictures will follow soon.
2. Sis Carmen Geeck, funded $8,500 to complete the roof project in the Philippines.
(If any of the readers want to enter into missionary work directly…we send every incoming monies without administrative costs to the mission fields…our goal: 1,000 churches world wide in the next 3 years.)
C. Report from Africa and India: Loren/Celeste Davis reporting
Just a note to update you on what is happening.
We have been in Kenya checking on some of the churches we have built. We are pleased to report that they are doing well and revival has broken out in most areas. 13 new churches are being built on this trip, most of them in the Masaai Mara. That is going on right now with part of our team.
I have had a great miracle of deliverance. While in Nairobi before leaving for India, one afternoon I went downtown Nairobi to walk around and do some shopping. While there I went into a big supermarket downtown Nairobi. Celeste called me at 2:20 P.M. and said I should get home. I thought it was odd for her to tell me that because I hadn't been gone long. This did cause me though to cut my time in the store short. I got in the long line and patiently waited to check out. Little did I know that a catastrophic fire was getting ready to break out in the store. In fact a hundred people were burned alive there or are missing. The Nation newspaper when reporting the story had a big 2:30 in red next to the story. That is the time when the first distress call came from the supermarket. I must have just gotten out a few feet when the fire broke out. The store closed the doors after the fire broke out to prevent looting. This gave most of the customers no way to escape. It is only the hand of God I am alive. We give Him all the glory. (Google: Nakumatt Fire Nairobi)
Celeste and I along with four other team members are now in India. It looks like God is going to do something perhaps greater than we have ever seen here. This is a city of millions of Hindus. We need your prayers.
May God bless and keep you is our prayer!
Loren and Celeste Davis
(Note: This is just in from Loren & Celeste Davis and expresses a prayer need.)
We heard yesterday that Air India is fully booked for the next two months from Dubai to Mumbai (Bombay). Dubai has laid off thousands of workers and they are coming back home ( to India and Africa) because they can't pay their debts. Word is that cars are being left at the airport with notes of apology and keys attached. They are getting out before they are brought up on debt charges in an Arab world!
Read on MSN in the Houston Chronicle that thousands of milk cows are being slaughtered because farmers can't get good prices. They are spending twice as much as they are getting so they are just slaughtering their herds. That means what to America? No milk or imported milk? For sure high prices for what there is available. We are praying for the world in this global onslaught.
Just came from the field where they are finishing setting up everything. We start today. We were shocked. The platform is 40x60. They are expecting a very large gathering and have told us this meeting is bigger than any political meeting in history. Pray for us. We don't want to be here if God isn't! There is so much expectancy. Lord, this is your plan, use us to present your salvation plan clearly.
Thank you for investing in this harvest. The conference will be two days after the main meeting in town. Expecting 2000 pastors. Pastors are coming in and spending the night in the hall with their bedrolls. Pray for them to receive the word gladly.
Crowd meetings will be at night. It is too hot in the daytime and it is not summer yet...so everything is done early morning before 9 AM and at night up to ten. Shopping, everything. The field lightes up as if it is daytime. We will have three large screens and videographer to show what is going on the platform at various points on the field. We look like ants compared to the area where people will be.
We have three giant balloons in the air around parts of city for advertising. 400 large ads on the tuk tuks(small 3 wheel vehicles) Multitudes of sound cars announcing the meeting in and out of the city. Three large billboards plus radio and television ads and tens of thousands of posters and handbills and I am sure I left something out. Oh yes, 80 street banners coming and going from everywhere.
We learned that here we have to "shout" our message to get people's attention because so much is vying for their eyes and ears!
Pray it will be the Holy Spirit to lead them to Christ Jesus. This is the third week of advertising in phases.
Have been told no one from outside has been here in 15 years to do open air meetings. BH preached in Hyderabad but his visa was not renewed afterward. Others have come to preach on tourist visas but not to have them renewed, so pray for us . With all the favor so far, we have an open door, but must do all we can now in case we are not allowed back in. Law says no. Jesus says yes. Meditating on book of Acts.
Thanks for your prayers.
Celeste and Loren Davis
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