by Wade E Taylor
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
The Lord’s part is to reveal His presence as being available to us. Our part is to be sensitive and responsive to His seeking presence, in order to become available to Him as “a vessel” through whom His glory might be revealed.
“He who has My commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves Me: and he that loves Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” John 14:21
When we rightly respond to His knocking on the door of our spirit, Jesus will lift us into the higher realms of divine activity. This revelation of His manifested presence will gradually increase and we will be brought into a deeper understanding of His end-time purposes. As we “keep His commandments” (respond to His presence), we become an overcomer and will experience the coming greater visitation of His glory (the time of His Parouisa).
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh… Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-20, 22
It is very important for each of us to recognize that our relationship to the Lord is based on His righteousness, and not our own. Once we understand this, we can draw near to the Lord and commune with Him no matter how we may feel. As a result of this on-going daily fellowship with Jesus, we become available for the manifestation of His glory through us.
We are living in the last days, during which there is to be a physical manifestation of the glory of God (Shekinah). This experience in His manifested glory is becoming available to all those who presently are being prepared (Parouisa), because they have been experiencing the presence of the Lord.
“When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” II Thessalonians 1:10
This manifestation of glory is a part of the “Parousia” – the appearing of the Lord to prepare those who are overcomers for their part in the closing out of this Age, and the ushering in of the Millennial Kingdom Age. Jesus will begin to personally appear to those who are called to become the expression of His life and ministry in the end-time, and by the placing of His hands on them, He will impart to them apostolic anointing and enabling.
“Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord (Parousia) is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you. And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3
Moses prefigures the manifestation and outworking of this end-time glory. He spent so much time in the presence of the Lord that his countenance literally glowed with the glory of the presence of the Lord.
“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.” II Corinthians 3:7-9 NKJV
The glory that was seen on the face of Moses so convicted Israel that when he spoke to them, they asked for a veil to be placed over his face. They could abide his words, but not the visible glory which they saw resting upon him, as they saw themselves in the reflection of this revealed Glory. Had Israel rightly responded, this manifested glory would have taken them into a deeper experience of their redemption from Egyptian bondage, and prepared them for a yet greater manifestation of His glory.
I Peter 1:5 tells us that there is a “salvation” that is reserved, or “ready to be revealed in the last time.” This salvation is the coming forth of the glory of God in a physical comprehensive way – a visible manifestation of the glory of the Lord upon our being (Parousia).
The word “manifest” means “to make visible” to one or more of our five natural senses, which are: hearing, smell, taste, sight, and touch. Paul said:
“You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.” II Corinthians 3:2
It is what we have become, rather than what we say, that is the most effective witness. Thus, the manifested glory of the Lord resting upon us will be a powerful witness in that day.
“Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” II Corinthians 3:6
This is far more than our having the ability to preach an intellectually perceptive message. There have been orators who are successful through what they are able to say. Also, there are those who lack this ability, but are successful due to the anointing and manifestation of the Lord’s presence that rests upon them. If they had some great natural ability, it would be evident that their success was due to this ability, rather than the imparted presence and glory of the Lord.
In this day, the Lord is taking behind the veil those who may be lacking in ability, but who abide in His presence. These are seeking to better know Jesus and have made themselves available to Him for whatever purpose He may have. From these, the imparted “glory” will shine forth in manifest witness.
“Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord (Parousia) is risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
The Scripture tells us that this glory, which we have received through the New Covenant, is greater than the glory which Moses had. Yet no one is being told to put a veil over their face when they minister. Thus, there is something available that we have not yet appropriated.
The enemy would tell us that we are not worthy to come behind the veil to behold His glory. We must reject and push past this deception and come boldly into His presence to “abide” in His glory.
Only then will the world see that which they are searching for, but have not yet found.