Entering The Glory Fire
March 1, 2009

C. R. Oliver

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March 1, 2009

Entering The Glory Fire

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.
'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.'
John 17:20-26 NKJV
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.

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.)
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…*
(* Jonathan Edwards, "Personal Narrative, I, 13.")
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:
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…
And again, describing the revival among adults, he wrote:
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…
(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.)
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?
Romans 9:22-25

But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech-- unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
Is it no small matter that these Scriptures exist?

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.
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
As cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.
Song 8:6
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."

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.
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?
Romans 9:21-24
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.

  1. Vessels of glory contain the glory, hold the glory, magnify the glory and reflect the glory. Vessels of dishonor contain wrath, magnify wrath and are flawed (to be destroyed).

  2. In the vessels of glory are the promises of God, the wisdom of God, the power of God. In the vessels of destruction are all that is fake, deceiving, compromised and duplicitous.

  3. Vessels of glory carry the oil of the five virgins who are prepared. Vessels of dishonor are the leaky, depleted vessels, depended upon by the five unprepared virgins.
(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. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.


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