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MHG #46. APRIL 2014. DESTINED FOR GLORY

 

By DON STANTON

 

Scriptures to help lead us into a deeper understanding of the Purpose of God for His people.

 

 

The key to these messages is Colossians 1:27. “MESSIAH IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.”

 

These messages are for believers who are not content with a mediocre, routine type of

Christian existence. They expose the folly of self-centeredness.

 

The  messages are for believers who want to know what the purpose of God is; and what the “Hope of Glor is. They are for all who long to participate deeper in the life of the Messiah, and to reach towards the ultimate fulfilment, right here and now.

 

Ultimate perfection will never be attained here on earth; it will be in Heaven. True!  But it is a tragedy for a believer to sink into a careless state of mind that accepts selfish living as the normal type of Christian life.

 

We are told to press on, as the apostle Paul says:

“Not that I have already attained this, or have already been perfected, but I press on so that  I may take hold  of  that  for  which  the Messiah,  Y'shua  took  hold  of  me.” (Philippians 3:12)

The majority of believers, it seems, are living oblivious to the deeper purposes of God, and are missing out on the joy, peace and fullness that is in the Messiah, shua.

 

Please  pray that the Father will open up your heart and mind to the truths  He has revealed in His Word, and that you will be enabled to enter a deeper level of understanding and experience of His purposes, as we go through these three chapters.


 

CHAPTER 1

 

THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE - THE GLORY OF GOD

 

CHAPTER 2

 

THE SH’KHINAH -

 

THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF THE GLORY OF GOD

 

CHAPTER 3

 

ENTERING THE HOLY OF HOLIES

 

 

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1.   THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE -    

                  THE GLORY OF GO

 

 

 

“The God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in union with

the Messiah, Y'shua, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”  (1 Peter 5:10-11)

 

“To the end that we who were the first to hope in the Messiah may live for the

Praise of His Glory.”  (Ephesians 1:12)

 

There are times when many people stop, and ask questions, such as ...

 

“IS THERE A HIGHER PURPOSE FOR EACH ONE OF US

 

 

 

“WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE


 

The natural man is basically self-centred; and his main goal is “to enjoy myself and to get benefit.” “For me, for me, for me, or, for me and my family and my friends

 

THE FALSE CENTRE

IS SELF- CENTEREDNESS

When SELF is the centre of my existence, everything revolves around me.   I view everything as it relates to M

God may be there,  but He is on the outer ring of my experience

To realize the higher purpose for our lives, we must not start with ourselves; we must start with God.

“For  from  Him  and  through  Him  and  to Him are all things. To Him be the glory for ever!”(Romans 11:36)

CHRIST MUST BE OUR CENTRE

For “He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again on their behalf (2 Corinthians 5:15)

 THE TRUE CENTRE IS CHRIST-CENTRED

In the church Christ is the Head of all.

“He (the Messiah) is the Head of the body … so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.”   (Colossians 1:18)

“God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Y'shua  every knee should bow – in heaven  and on earth and under the earth - and every  tongue confess that Y'shua the Messiah is Lord (the Eternal Heavenly Master) to the glory of YHWH, God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:9-11)

 

WHY WERE WE CREATED?

 

“… everyone who is called by My Name whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed,  yes, whom I have made  ... these  I have formed  for Myself;  they will declare My praise (Isaiah 43: 7, 21)


 

“SO THAT WE WOULD BE, AND LIVE, TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY” (Ephesians 1:12)

GOD HAS AN ETERNALPURPOSE FOR HIMSELF

YAHWEIS THE ETERNAL ONE, MANIFESTAS 3-IN-1 --THE FATHER, THE SON & THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE FATHER PLANNED A VAST FAMILY

 

-   FOR HIMSELF

 

His heart delights to beget sons in His own Image, and to conform them, each one, to the likeness of the Eternal Son.

 

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to  be conformed to the likeness of His Son,  that He  might  be  the  first-born  (the  unique  and pre-eminent  one)  among many brethren (Romans 8:29)

 

THE FATHER PLANNED A VAST BODY - A BRIDE

 

- FOR THE SON

 

“Father, I desire that those whom You have given Me might be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world (John 17:24)

“The Messiah loved the Church and gave Himself up for her, so that

He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of water with the Word, and so that He might present the Church to Himself, a glorious Bride, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing - but that she should be holy and without blemish.”   (Ephesians 5:25-27)

 

The Bride is made up of the millions of born again believers that He has p u r c h a s e d with H i s p r e c i o u s b l o o d .  T o g e t h e r t h e y a r e o n e B r i d e .

 

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His Bride has prepared herself.”  (Revelation 19:7)

 

THE FATHER PLANNED A VAST TEMPLE  FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DWELL IN

“You … having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, the Messiah, Y'shua Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy Dwelling Place (a temple) in YHWH the LORD; in whom you also are being built together into a Dwelling Place of God by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:20-22)

THE ULTIMATE GOAL:

YAHWEH, THE ETERNAL  ONE, planned that mankind should become his children, his companion, and his temple - a family ultimately, and totally, sanctified and glorified.

 

“So that we would be to the praise of His Glory.” 

 

(EPHESIANS :12)  

ALL THINGS ARE TO BE SUMMED UP IN Y’SHUA THE MESSIAH

“In all wisdom and understanding He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed beforehand in Himself - a plan for the period when the age has reached its fullness; a plan to sum up all things in the Messiah.” (Ephesians 1:8-10)

ONE MAJOR RESULT OF GOD’S COMPLETED PLAN:

The multi-faceted wisdom of God will be displayed in and through the glorified body (the Bride) of Christ.

 

“The plan and purpose of the mystery from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through the Messiah,  Y'shua.   His  purpose is that now, through the Church – (the universal body of those who are in Y'shua), the manifold wisdom of God might  be made  known to the angelic  rulers  and authorities  in the heavenly places.  This  was  in accordance  with the eternal  purpose which  He carried  out  in Y'shua the Messiah, our Master (Ephesians 3:9-11)

CHILD OF GOD,

YOU ARE DESTINED FOR GLORY

“And after you have suffered for a little, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in union with the Messiah, Y'shua, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”  (1 Peter

5:10-11)

“The Spirit Himself  bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, truly heirs of God, and co-heirs with the Messiah, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us. For the intense longing of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” (Romans 8:16-19)

"For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also eagerly wait for a Saviour, the Master, Y'shua the Anointed, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything into subjection  to Himself, will transform  our lowly body into  conformity  with the

body of His glory.”   (Philippians 3:20-21)

GOD’S ETERNAL PLAN FOR HIS CHILDREN  -

 

FROM A TO Z

The chart illustrates the Plan of God from Creation through to the fulfilment of God’s plan.   That purpose was that man should proceed from A to Z But at point B there was a test, and tragically man failed and fell into sin,   and a state of separation and death - C.

God could have discarded  man at that moment! But NO! God has a goal. And He incorporated  into His  plan, a RECOVERY  PROVISION  – redemption  through the sacrifice of His incarnate Son on the cross of Calvary. C to D. The recovery mechanism is the one and only way back to life and fellowship with God, and His ultimate goal.

 

This recovery brings about new life in the one who avails of the recovery plan, by calling on the Name of the Lord to be saved.

And “there is no distinction between Jew and Greek (Gentile); for the same Master, the Master of all, is rich to all who call upon Him, for WHOEVEWILL CALL  UPON THE NAME  OF the LORD, YHWH-Y'SHUA, WILL BE SAVED (Romans 10:12-13)

 

At point D the repentant believer is born again and becomes a CHILD OF GOD.    He (or she) is now restored to the way of the eternal purpose of God, and he has destiny in and with the Heavenly Master.

 

From D to Z is the Way of Realisation as the child progresses towards (SONSHIP – Maturity in Relationship to God by many lessons and experiences), and to HEIRSHIP (Conformity to the Master’s Mind and Purpose).

 

“You are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then also an heir of God through the

Messiah (Galatians 4:7)

 

And then he goes on to THRONESHIP (understanding our position and authority in

Christ, and learning to reign with Him).

 

“If we endure, we will also reign together with Him.”   (2 Timothy 2:12

And ultimately we reach the final goal – GLORIFICATION (sharing the glorious life of the Eternal One).

 

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, truly heirs of God, and co-heirs with the Messiah, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Romans 8:17)

THE WAY OF REALIZATION IS ALSO CALLED THE WAY OF THE CROSS

The Way involves ...

 

SANCTIFICATION (set apart for the Master’s use), SELF-DENIAL (rejecting selfish desires), SURRENDER (yielding to God as a living sacrifice). SUFFERING (enduring trials with trust in the Lord), SERVING (the Master as a way of life).

WALKING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT  (Spirit-motivated and enabled).

 

LEARNING TO SHARE IN GOD’S HOLINESS, LIFE AND GOALS

 

“In bringing many sons to glory, it was most appropriate that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the Author of their salvation perfect through suffering. For both He who sanctifies, (sets His people apart and makes them holy), and those who are  being  sanctified,  are  all from one Father;  that is  why He is  not ashamed to call them brethren.”  (Hebrews 2:10-11)

WE ARE CALLED TO EMBRACE … 

                    THE CROSS PRINCIPLE

“Y’shua  was  saying  to them  all, 'If  anyone wants  to come after  Me,  he must  deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me (Luke 9:23)

 

Taking up the cross is not the same as “putting up with your woes and difficulties It is a principle of constantly dying to my own will and life It is a dying to the sinful and selfish desires that beset me. It means no to self, and yes to my Master - a constant surrender of my life to Y’shua. The Master said:

“I am telling you the truth; unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies,  it remains  alone  - all by itself.  But if it dies,  it bears  much fruit.”   (John 12:24)  shua also prayed:   “Not My will, but Your will be done.”  (Luke 22:42)
“He poured out His soul unto death.” (Isaiah 53:12) Paul could say: “I die daily (1 Corinthians 15:31)

“I have been crucified with the Messiah; and I no longer live, but it is the Messiah who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20)

 

While we insist on having our own way in the details of our lives, we will be living an un-crucified, and spiritually mediocre (inferior),  life.  The Master wants us to be filled and led by His Holy Spirit.

 

Well, the Spirit-led life is progressive. It does not all happen at once.  That is why we need keep our eyes on the Master, and to press on.

WE ARE CALLED TO MATURITY

“And  He  gave  and placed  some  members  as   apostles,  some  as   prophets,  some  as evangelists, and some as  shepherd-pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the set- apart believers, for the work of service, for the building up of the body of Messiah; until we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full- grown, mature, perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah. ...

“This is so that we should no longer be children, tossed here and there and carried about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men, and their subtle scheming to lead people astray. But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the Head - the Messiah.” (Ephesians 4:11-15)

OUR HEIRSHIP WITH THE MESSIAH

There is a tremendous amount of inheritance, assets, privileges, spiritual provisions and a whole portfolio of blessings  prepared for believers,  not only for the future,  but to experience right here and now.

 

Much of this inheritance is presented  as a mystery.   But it is a mystery that has been revealed, and we are encouraged to understand this wealth, this portfolio now, and to prepare for our ultimate  destiny.   Read carefully, every word of this  teaching  by the apostle Paul.

Ephesians 1:3-6.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Master, Y'shua the Messiah, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in the Messiah, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him, in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons through Y'shua the Messiah to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, with which He favoured us and made us accepted in the Beloved. …

Ephesians 1: 9-14

“He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed beforehand in Himself - a plan for the period when the age has reached its fullness; a plan to sum up all things in the Messiah - to bring everything under the headship of Messiah - everything in heaven and on earth.

 

“In Him we also obtained an inheritance (and at the same time we were made His heritage) -h a v i n g b e e n p r e d e s t i n e d according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity  with the purpose  of His will, in order that we, who were the first  to put confident trust in the Messiah might be for the praise of His glory.

 

“In  Him you also  trusted  after hearing  the  message of the truth, the gospel  of your salvation; in Him you were also stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the full redemption of those who are God's purchased possession - to the praise of His glory

Ephesians 3:8-12

Paul says:  “To me, the very least of all God’s set-apart people, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of the Messiah, and to bring to light what is the administration – the planand purpose, and the working out of the mystery which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through the Messiah, Y'shua.

“His purpose is that now, through the Church – the Ekklesia, the universal body of those who are in Y'shua the Messiah, the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities in the heavenly  places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Y'shua the Messiah, our Master, through whom we have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Him

T h e pr i v i l e g e o f a c c e s s t o G o d is very much a part of our bl e s s e d i n h e r i t a n c e .

TH RON ESHI P -

 

OUR POSITION AND AUTHORITY

When a person becomes a child of God, he receives a spiritual position – a status.

 

As a born again believer, he receives the status/position of Justification, and Sanctification (being set apart).  He is placed “in Christ” and becomes a member of Christ’s Body – His Bride.

 

The believer also receives the Holy Spirit, and becomes a Temple of God. Further, he is “seated in Heavenly Places” in Christ.  This is his spiritual position in virtue of being “in Christ,” for shua is there on the Throne in Heaven, and we are positioned in Him.

 

Look first at ...

 

CHRIST’S PRESENT POSITION:

 

AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER IN HEAVEN

- THE PLACE OF AUTHORITY

“I pray that the God of our Master, Y'shua the Messiah, the Father of Glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in coming to a full knowledge of Him; that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened, so that you know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (the set-apart people  of God);  and what is  the exceeding  greatness of His  power toward us who are believing.

 

“These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He exerted in the Messiah, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.

 

“And He put all things under His feet, and made Him the Head over all things to the Ekklesia, the church - the universal assembly of believers who are in Y'shua - which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”   (Ephesians 1:18-23)

OUR POSITION “IN CHRIS

 

- THE PLACE OF AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN

“God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with the Messiah - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly realms in Messiah Y'shua, that in the ages to come He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Messiah Y'shua.” (Ephesians 2:4-7)

 

That is our position, dear believer, and we need to grow in understanding and experience, and to participate in, and exercise the authority imparted to us in the spiritual battles we face here on earth.

PAUL PRAYS FOR THIS REALITY IN EVERY BELIEVER’S LIFE

Ephesians 3:16-19 (Amplified)

 

“I pray that out of the riches of His glory, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith in Him.  And I pray that you will be rooted and established in love, so that together with all the saints (the holy ones, believers), you may be able to comprehend what is the width, length, height  and depth of the Messiah's love – and to know this love which surpasses knowledge, so that you may become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself.”

 

THE ULTIMATE RESULT      

-  GLORI FI C AT I ON

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”    (1 Peter 5:4)

 

“When the Messiah, who is our life, is revealed,   then you also will be revealed with

Him in glory (Colossians 3:4)

 

“The Spirit Himself  bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, truly heirs of God, and co-heirs with the Messiah, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us (Rom. 8:16-18)

HALLELUYAH!

 

GLORY, GLORY, GLORY TO THE LORD!

“Ascribe to YHWH  glory and strength. Ascribe to YHWH  the glory due to His Name … Worship YHWH  in the splendour of holiness … O give thanks to YHWH,  for He is good;

for His loving-kindness is everlasting ...

‘Gather us and deliver us from the nations, to give thanks to Your holy Name,

and glory in Your praise

Then all the people said,

‘Amen and praised YHWH (1 Chronicles 16:28-36)

HALLELUYAH!


2.  THE SH’KHINAH -

THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF THE GLORY OF GOD

Sh’khinah comes from two Hebrew words -

shakhen / shekhan  - “to dwell” - “to tabernacle.”

 

“The glorious riches of this mystery, which is MESSIAH IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.” (Colossians 1:27)

 

(“Hop in Scripture means  - a foretaste, earnest, down-payment, guarantee, and

assured expectation).

And here is the glorious truth …

Y’SHUA THE MESSIAH IS THE SH’KHINAH - THE MANIFESTATON OF THE GLORY OF GOD (GLORY  =  Heb. kavod. Gk. Doxa)

“In the past, God, YHWH El Shaddai, spoke in many and various ways to our forefathers through the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also He made the ages and the universe. The  Son being  the radiance  of God's  Glory  and the exact representation  of His  very being and nature, upholds all things by His powerful word.” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

 

“We see Y'shua, who was made for a little while lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because He suffered death – so that by the grace of God that is working for our salvation, He might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons to glory, it was most appropriate that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the Author of their salvation perfect through suffering.”  (Hebrews 2:9-10)

 

Look at some of the …

SH’KHINAH MANIFESTATIONS

 

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

The Sh’khinah  appeared in light, fire,  cloud, and as the  Angel  of the LORD  in the burning bush.

 

“The Angel of YHWH appeared to him (Moses) in flames of fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked,  and saw the bush was burning  with fire,  yet the bush was not consumed.”  (Exodus 3:2)

 

“YHWH went before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.” (Exodus 13:21)

 

At Mount Sinai – the Lord descended in fire.

 

“Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because YHWH descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.” (Exodus 19:18)

 

“The Glory of YHWH  appeared in the cloud(Exodus.16:10)

“Then the Glory of YHWH  appeared to them.”  (Numbers 20:6)

“When the congregation had assembled against Moses and Aaron, they turned towardthe Tent of Meeting, and there and then the Cloud covered it and the Glory of YHWH appeared (Numbers 16:42)

 

 

“Then the cloud  covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory  of YHWH filled the  Tabernacle.  (Exodus 40:34)

 

IN THE TABERNACLE -

ABOVE THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

“You  shall  put the mercy  seat  on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall  put theTestimony  ...       I will meet  with you there,  and from above the Mercy  Seat,  from between the two cherubim which are upon the Ark of the Testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.”   (Exodus 25:21-22)

 

THE SH'KHINAH IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES IN SOLOMON’S TEMPLE

2 Chronicles 7:1-3

 

“Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the Glory of YHWH filled the House. The priest  could not enter the house of YHWH  because the Glory  of YHWH filled  the House of YHWH.

“All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the Glory of YHWH upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with faces to the ground, and they worshipped and gave praise of YHWH, saying ‘Truly He is good, truly His loving- kindness is everlasting’.”(2 Chronicles 7:1-3)

THE GLORY DEPARTS-     

before the destruction of Jerusalem. 586 BC

“Then the cherubim lifted up their wings with the wheel beside them, and the Glory of the God of Israel hovered over them. The Glory of YHWH  went up from the midst of the city and stood over the mountain which is east of the city.” (Ezekiel 11:22-23)

 

THE GLORY RETURNS

-     at the Second Coming of the Messiah

 

“I saw the Glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters; and the earth was radiant with His glory.”  (Ezekiel 43:2)

MOSES SEES THE GLORY

“Then Moses said, 'Please, show me Your Glory.'  And God said'I  will cause all My  Goodness  to pass in front of you, and will proclaim the Name of YHWH  before you ...  'But,’ He said, 'You cannot see My Face, for no man shall see Me and live …

 

“Then YHWH  said, ‘See, there is a place near Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and then, while My Glory is passing by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My Hand until I have passed by.  ‘Then I will take My Hand away and you shall see My back, but My Face shall not be seen’.”  (Exodus 33:18-23)

 

“Then YHWH descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name of YHWH.  Then YHWH  passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "YHWH! YHWH!  the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, and abounding in loving- kindness  and truth; who keeps loving-kindness  for thousands,  who forgives  iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.”   (Exodus34:57)

 

 

THE REFLECTED GLORY

“And  it came about when Moses was coming  down from Mount Sinai  (and the two tablets  of  the  testimony  were  in  Moses'  hand as  he  was  coming  down  from  the mountain),  that Moses  did not know that the skin  of his  face shone  because of his speaking with Him (YHWH).

“And Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, and the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him (Exodus 34:29-30)

“When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever Moses went in before YHWH  to speak with Him, he would remove the veil until he came out.

“And whenever  he came out he spoke to the children of Israel whatever  he had been commanded, and the children of Israel would see the  face of Moses,  that the skin of Moses' face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with YHWH.”  (Exodus 34:33-35)

SH’KHINAH MANIFESTATIONS

 

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

THE SH’KHINAH WAS MANIFEST TO THE SHEPHERDS.

 

“In the countryside nearby, there were some shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock at night. And an Angel of the LORD suddenly appeared to them, and the Glory of YHWH the LORD shone around them; and they were terrified.” (Luke

2:8-9)

 

AT PENTECOST IN WIND AND TONGUES OF FIRE.

 

“And suddenly a sound like a violent, rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where  they  were  sitting.  And  there  appeared to them what looked  like tongues of fire that divided and came to rest on each of them (Acts 2:2-3)

IN THE PERSON OF Y’SHUA THE MESSIAH.

“The  Word  became  flesh  (incarnate,  human),  and dwelt  among us,  and we  saw His Glory, the Glory of the "only begotten" ("the One and Only Son") who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

 

Y’SHUA IS THE SH’KHINAH IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD

 

The Sh’khinah Glory did not dwell in Herod’s temple. But at that time it dwelt in God’s

Temple – in the Person of the Messiah.  shua referred to Himself as “this Temple.” “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.”  (John 2:19)

THE TRANSFIGURATION ON THE MOUNT

 

“And  after six  days Y'shua  took with Him Peter,  James and John his  brother, and brought them up to a high  mountain  by themselves;  and He  was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became  as white as light(Matthew 17:1-2)

 

On that occasion, the Messiah’s body became transparent, and His Glory became visible.

 

PAUL’S TEACHING,

CONTRASTING THE GLORY OF THE TWO COVENANTS

 

“But  if the  ministry  of death  -  the  Old Covenant  -engraved  in letters  on stone,  was inaugurated with such glory that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of its brilliance, fading as it was, how shall the ministry of the Holy Spirit

- the New Covenant - fail to be even more glorious?  …

 

“For  if the ministry  of condemnation  was glorious,  how much more glorious  is  the ministry of righteousness!  Indeed, what was glorious, has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. For if that which was to pass away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which remains and is permanent (2 Corinthians 3:7-

11)

 

THE GLORY ON MOSES’ FACE WAS A POWERFUL REFLECTION OF THE SH’KHINAH.

(But it was Temporary)

 

THE GLORY IN Y’SHUA THE MESSIAH WAS THE INTRINSIC REALITY OF HIS DIVINE NATURE. (And it was Permanent)

“Now YHWH  is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of YHWH  is, there is liberty.  But all of us (who are in union with Messiah),  with unveiled faces behold as in a mirror,  the Glory of YHWH, and are (constantly) being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory; this (transformation) comes from YHWH,   who is the Spirit.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 

“If our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing - the unbelieving, whose minds the god of this age has blinded so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the Glory  of  Messiah,  who is  the image  – the  likeness  and manifestation  - of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

THE VEILS THAT COVERED

The veil on Moses’ face prevented the people from seeing the blinding reflection of the Glory of God.

The veil on Y’shua Messiah was His flesh - it prevented people from being blinded by the Glory within Him.

 

Likewise the physical body of a believer covers the Glory of Christ dwelling in his spirit.

OTHER VEILS THAT PREVENT THE REFLECTION OF THE GLORY

There are veils of doubt and unbelief that Satan puts on the minds of unbelievers to prevent them seeing the truth – the light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ.

 

There are veils of complacency and carnality on the minds & lives of  believers  that prevents  them  from  perceiving  the  Glory  of Christ in their lives and in others.

 

There are veils of self-life that believers often wear that prevents the Glory of Christ from being reflected in their redeemed, Spirit-filled personalities

THE TREASURE WITHIN

“For we do not preach ourselves but Messiah, Y'shua the Master, and ourselves as your servants for Y'shua's sake. For it is God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts for the enlightening of the knowledge of the Glory of God, in the Face - the Person - of Y'shua the Messiah. And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.”   (2

Corinthians 4:6-7)

 

THE TREASURE IN THE SPIRIT OF EVERY BELIEVER IS THE SH’KHINAH - CHRIST IN YOU – THE HOPE - THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL GLORY.

 

“Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith; test yourselves!  Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Y'shua the Messiah is IN you – unless you fail the test?”  (2 Corinthians 13:5)

 

THE COMING GLORIFICATION

 

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also eagerly wait for a Saviour, the Master, Y'shua the Anointed, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything into subjection to Himself, will transform our lowly body so that it is conformed to His glorious body.”   (Philippians 3:20-21)

THE GLORY AT THE RETURN OF THE MESSIAH

“For the Son of Man is going to come in the Glory of His Father with His angels(Matthew 16:27)

 

“They will see the SON  OF MAN  COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great Glory.” (Matthew 24:30)

BUT EVEN NOW …

 

“… all of us (who are in union with Messiah), with unveiled faces behold as in a mirror, the glory of YHWH,  and are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory

— from glory to glory.”        (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 

Ultimately, for the believer, there’s …

 

ETERNAL GLORIFICATION

 

“For whom He foreknew, He also ordained beforehand  to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren.   Whom He foreordained,  these He  also  called;  and whom He called,  these He  also  justified;  and whom He justified, these He also glorified (Romans 8:29-30)

HALLELUYAH

THE HEAVENLY CITY

 

“The city has no need of the sun or the moon to shine upon it, for the Sh'khinah Glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp (Revelation 21:23)

THE SH’KHINAH IN THE TEMPLE IN HEAVEN

 

“And the Sanctuary was filled with smoke from the Glory of God and from His power(Revelation 15:8)

 

“Blessed be YHWH,  the God of Israel, who alone is doing wonders Blessed be  His glorious Name forever!  And let the whole earth be filled with His Glory.  Amen and Amen.”  (Psalm 72:18-19)

 

AMEN! YES! AMEN!

 

“The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of YHWH, as the waters cover the sea.”  (Habakkuk 2:14)

SO NOW …

“Whatever you do, do ALL to the Glory of God.”

 

(1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds, and praise and glorify your Father in heaven.”   (Matthew 5:16)

 

“MESSIAH IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.”

Colossians 1:27

 

OH THE GLORY

 

Oh the glory of Your Presence

We Your people, give You rev’rence,

So arise to Your rest, and be blest by our praise, As we glory in Your embrace,

And Your Presence, now fills this place.

– Steve Fry

 

HALLELUYAH!


3. ENTERING THE HOLY OF HOLIES

 

“We are standing on Holy Ground, and there are angels all around.”

 

Brother and sisters, we are now approaching Holy Ground. There’s a spiritual dimension that might seem unattainable in our spiritual experience - on earth. There are truths here that are often neglected; truths that are relegated by most Christians to “spiritual fantasyland.”

 

A 17th century monk, Brother Lawrence, was greatly  preoccupied  with cultivating  a keen sensitivity to the Presence of God in everyday life His teachings were compiled into a book called “Practicing the Presence of God.”

 

20th century writer, Andrew Murray, has given us many titles including, “The Practice of God’s  Presence “The Holiest  of All,”  and “Let  us Draw Near which give  Scriptural grounds for the possibility of what we are talking about — entering, in spirit, into the Holy of Holies..

 

But while many true saints have pursued the goal of experiencing the Holy of Holies, most moderns would relegate this type of experience to our future “after life

 

Let us examine the Scriptures on this subject.

 

HEBREWS 9:11-14

 

“When Christ, the Messiah appeared  as High Priest of the better things to come, and that are now here, He entered into the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with human hands, that is to say, not of this material creation.

 

“He entered once and for all into the Holy of Holies in Heaven. And He entered, not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves, but by virtue of His own blood, having secured eternal redemption for us.

 

“For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a burnt heifer sprinkled on those who have been defiled, is sufficient to sanctify for the purification of the flesh so that they become


 

ceremonially clean, how much more will the blood of the Messiah, the Anointed – who by virtue of His eternal Spirit (His eternal divine Personality) offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God - cleanse your conscience from dead works, so that we may serve - worship and minister to the living God!”  (Hebrews 9:11-14)

 

THE TABERNACLE

 

is “a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow  of the heavenly sanctuary. That is why when Moses was about to build the tabernacle, he was warned:   ‘SEE TO IT THAT  YOU MAKE  EVERYTHING ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN  YOU WERE SHOWN ON THE MOUNTAIN’." (Hebrews 8:5)

THE INVITATION

In the ancient Tabernacle and Temple, the High Priest alone, could enter the Holy of Holies, and that, just once a year – on the day of Yom Kippur (Atonement).

 

In the New Covenant, a gracious exhortation, and invitation, to come into the Holy o fHolies, is extended to all believers whose hearts have been cleansed.

 

“Let  us draw near with a true heart in full  assurance  of faith … having  our hearts sprinkled with His blood and cleansed from a guilty conscience, even  as  our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold fast without wavering to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”   (Hebrews 10:22-23)

 

The cleansing of our hearts – (1 John 1:7-9):

 

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Y'shua the Messiah, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

Cleansing is not a “once in a lifetime” experience.  It is a daily requirement, a moment by moment “habit.” Whenever we are conscious of any sin, even in thought, we should confess it, and when we do so, the blood instantly cleanses us, and keeps us in fellowship with the Master We can then enter the Holy of Holies.

 

The Tabernacle along with its “furniture” is a type or picture of the Heavenly Sanctuary.

In the outer court there was the BRAZEN ALTAR and the COPPER LAVER

ANIMAL SACRIFICES TOOK PLACE ON THE COPPER ALTAR.
THE LAVER, WAS  FILLED WITH WATER, AND THE PRIESTS WERE COMMANDED TO WASH THEIR FEET AND HANDS BEFORE ENTERING THE HOLY PLACE.

THE HOLY PLACE

Three articles were in the first part of the Tabernacle – the Holy Place - where priests ministered daily to the LORD.

THE MENORAH LAMPSTAND

THE TABLE OF SHOWBREAD

THE ALTAR OF INCENSE

 The Menorah Lampstand made of gold, with seven branches that had an oil lamp on each one was to be kept burning continually. The Menorah represents the Body of the Messiah, and the seven- fold work of the Holy Spirit.  He is our Light and our Strength, Wisdom and Joy.

 
The Showbread – the Bread of the Presence  - made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold, represents the Humanity and Divinity of the Messiah.  The Bread of the Presence on the table may have been made from manna.

It represents Messiah the Bread of Life who came down from Heaven. (John 6:32). The believer needs to feed daily upon that Living Bread, and especially when he comes into the Holy Place.

 

“He has brought me to his banquet hall, and his banner over me was love.”   (Song of Solomon 2:4)

 

And He feeds us with Bread?  Yes, the Living Bread, the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, and the Meat of the Word.  A great banquet indeed!  And it is available for us, daily

The Altar of Incense was also made of wood, overlaid with gold. Incense speaks of intercession and worship going up continually. The altar speaks of Messiah’s Humanity and Divinity, but also of His resurrection. He is the One who ever lives to intercede for us. (Hebrews 7:25)

 

So now let us proceed from the Holy Place to ...

THE HOLY OF HOLIES.

First we must “pass through the VEIL.” (Remember the temple veil was torn in two at the time of Messiah’s crucifixion?). That VEIL represents Y’shua’s torn Body.

 

“Brethren,  since  we have confidence  to enter the Most  Holy  Place  by the blood of Y'shua  - by a new and living way which He  consecrated and opened  for us – a way through the curtain, that is, through His flesh - His torn body, and since we have such a great high priest ministering over the household of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart..”  (Hebrews 10:19-22)

We now come to the Ark of the Covenant, which is the only piece of “furniture” – the only item - in the Most Holy Place.

 

The ARK of the Covenant was an oblong box made of acacia wood, overlaid with gold. Inside the Ark there were three items ...

1. The two  stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.  They  represent the INSTRUCTIONS of God. In the New Covenant we are not under the Mosaic Law, but we are not lawless.  There are some 1050 commands and exhortations - instructions in the New Testament for us to store in our minds and hearts.

 

2. Aaron’s rod that budded. The significance of the ROD? It speaks of rebellion and resurrection.

 

One day, when the leaders of I