Spiritual Truths about the Glory of God and the Holy Spirit
The Glory of God and the Holy Spirit is the same Person who raised Christ Jesus from the dead. Rom. 6: 4 reads, “as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father.” And in Rom. 8:11 the Apostle Paul says: “if the Spirit of him that raised up Christ from the dead…” These two verses of scripture teach that the Holy Spirit and the Glory of God is the same Person.
You can only see the Holy Spirit in a dream or in a vision. Every person in this world has the same spiritual dreams and visions. This is because the whole world lies in the spiritual power of the prince of this world (Isa. 25:7; 1John 5:19). Therefore, it is important that you can tell the dream and vision of the Holy Spirit from the dream and vision of this world. The Holy Spirit is invariable (Jam. 1:17). Hence, the Holy Spirit will only appear unto you in the Glory of God. Moreover, whatever the Holy Spirit shows you (a person or a tree) will also be in the Glory of God. Therefore, it is essential that you know the Glory of God.
From 2Cor. 3:17 we learn that the Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of the Glory of God are the same. They are within each other (John 14:10, 11). Therefore, the one can never appear without the other.
The Sound of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Glory of God has a distinct and inherent sound about Him. The manifestation and appearance of the Holy Spirit in the Glory of God is never without His sound. In Ezek. 1:24 (NKJV) the sound of the Glory of God is described as, “…the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army…”
Ezek. 1:24 describe the sound of the Holy Spirit in the Glory of God as:
1) The Noise of Many Waters
In Acts 2:2 we also will find that the coming of the Holy Ghost sounded like a “rushing mighty wind.” The sound of a rushing mighty wind would refer to a gust of wind. This is similar to the prophet Ezekiel’s description of a whirlwind in Ezek. 1:4.
The sound of the Holy Spirit is also described as the rushing of great waters. In Ezek. 43:2 (NLT) we read: “Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel appeared from the east. The sound of his coming was like the roar of rushing waters, and the whole landscape shone with his glory.” The sound of a rushing mighty wind and the roar of rushing waters are very similar.
2) The Voice of the Almighty
The voice of the Almighty is like rolling thunder without the Doppler Effect. Job 37:5 (MKJV) says, “God thunders marvelously with His voice…” The voice of the Holy Spirit is like a myriad voices speaking at the same time while sounding like thunder.
In 1Thess. 4:16 the apostle Paul says, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God…”
1Thess. 4:16 describes the voice of the Almighty in Jesus Christ as:
- a Shout, and
- The voice of the archangel, and
- The trump of God.
1Thess. 4:16 is in line with Rev. 1:10 where the apostle John says, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” The sound of the voice of the archangel and the voice of the Holy Spirit of God in Christ Jesus is the same. It is like a myriad voices speaking at the same time while sounding like thunder with the pitch of a trumpet. In Rev. 4:1 the apostle John describes it thus, “…and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me…”
In Rev. 8:13 the voices of the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Archangels are described as the “voices of the trumpet”. So we can also understand that “the last trump” referred to in 1Cor. 15:52 refers to the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ as described in Rev. 1:10. It was this “Voice like a trumpet” that the Israelites could not bear in Ex. 19:16, 19. In Heb. 12:19 the apostle also Paul describes the voice of the Almighty in Ex. 19:16, 19; 20:19 as “the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words.”
It is with this shattering Voice that our Lord Jesus Christ rebukes and consumes Satan and his works against you with the Scriptures you believe and profess when you pray (1Kings 13:32; Jer. 23:29; 2Thess. 2:8; Jude 1:9).
3) Tumult like the Noise of an Army
The sound of the Holy Spirit can also be likened to the drone of an army of men marching, or charging forward in battle.
Ps. 50: 3 also tells that: “Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.” When the Glory of God is stationery it is calm about Him, but when He moves He sounds like the elements of a storm – like a violent wind and also like thundering rolling waters.
Whereas the devil may invoke all sorts of sound, he cannot imitate the sound of the Holy Spirit of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ. In Isa. 48:11; 42:8 the Word of God is emphatic: “…I will not give my glory unto another.”
The Holy Spirit of the Glory of God is not a wind of any sorts; neither does He feel like a breeze. He merely comes with a thunderous drone, sounding like a massive storm of rolling waters and mighty winds.
Nor is the presence of the Holy Spirit felt with some wonderful sensation or feeling. If there is any feeling to the Presence of the Holy Spirit of the Glory of the Almighty God, it is an intense strength. It is known as the Power of His Might (Eph. 6:10).
Seven Features of the Cloud of the Glory of God
1) It is a Cloud of Heaven
The Glory of God comes with a cloud of Heaven. The prophet recounts in Ezekiel 1:4, “And I looked, and, behold… a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself.” The cloud that the prophet Ezekiel refers to is not a cloud of our earth and universe.
The word “Heaven” in Ezekiel 1:4 refers to that Holy City Jerusalem from above where God has His throne (Gal. 4:26; Rev. 21:1, 2). The Clouds of Heaven are not like any of the clouds of our earth and universe.
In Matt. 24:30 our Lord Jesus says: “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Also see Luke 21:27)
It is a cloud of Heaven that took our Lord Jesus away in Acts 1:9. And His Disciples were then told by two angels that, as they saw the Lord Jesus Christ being taken up into Heaven, so they shall see Him when he returns – in a cloud of Heaven (Acts 1: 11).
2) It looks like a Glowing Fire
The clouds of Heaven are not the same as the clouds of the earth. The cloud of Heaven is a fire-cloud, without the heat and scorch of the fires of the earth. The fire of the Cloud of the Glory of God glows like burning coals but without the dark patches of glowing coals (Ezek. 1:13).
King David says in 2Sam. 22:13: “Through the brightness before Him were coals of fire kindled” The fire of the Cloud of Heaven merely looks like fire, is not like a man-made fire.
Apparently the Fire of the Holy Ghost may also manifest itself in the form of the task it wants you to perform. For example, in Acts 2:3 it appeared as cloven tongues upon the disciples to endow them to speak in the different languages of all the foreigners that were in Jerusalem at that time (Acts 2:6, 8).
3) It is a Consuming Fire
The Cloud of Heaven is a Cloud of Fire. Howbeit, the Fire of the Holy Spirit in the Glory of God is not like the fires we find here on earth. The fire of the Glory of the Holy Spirit is not with any heat, nor is it cold.
However, the fire-cloud of the Glory of God is more powerful and superior than any fire of this world. In Dan. 3:19-25 it consumed and quenched the fire in the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar. Ps. 50:3 (NLT) says, “Our God approaches and he is not silent. Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him.” This is in line with Deut. 4:24; Heb. 12:29 who also say that: “our God is a consuming fire.”
4) It is an Infolding Cloud
The prophet Ezekiel also mentions in Ezek. 1:4 that he saw “a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself” Whereas the fiery clouds of this earth sometimes twirl outwards as it moves about, the Cloud of Heaven twirls inward. That is, it infolds, or folds into itself in a tumbling motion as it moves about. This makes its movement appear similar to that of a rolling tumbleweed.
5) It has a Brightness about It
The fire of the Glory of God, as well as the Cloud and the Light of the Glory of God, has got the brightness of the rainbow about it. In Ezek. 1: 28 (ESV) we read: “Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.”
The cloud, and the light, as well as the fire of the Glory of God have only got the brightness and not the colours of the rainbow about it. It appears to be translucent but you cannot see through it. Heb. 1:1-3 tells us that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Brightness of the Glory of God.
6) It has got a Light in It
Another characteristic of the cloud of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ is its light. The inside of the fire-cloud of the Glory of God is like a large room and it is lit by a light. The Cloud of the Glory of God is fiery on the outside.
On the inside, the Cloud of the Glory of God is illuminated by a Light. Ezek. 1: 4 testifies: “and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.” This amber colour looks like the colour of hot molten gold. In Judg. 5:31 (NIV) Deborah describes it this way: “like the sun when it rises in its strength.” This Light looks like the centre of the sun when it shines in its strength, but without the eye-blinding effect.
Just like the Fire of the Glory of God, the Light of the Glory of God has also got the brightness of the rainbow about it. It does not have the colours of the rainbow about it, just the brightness of the rainbow. The brightness of the rainbow gives it the appearance of refined glistening gold. Because of this brightness, both the fire- cloud and the Light of the Glory of God appears as if it is translucent, though you cannot see through it. It looks like fine gold.
The Light of the Glory of God in the Face of our Lord Jesus Christ looks like the sun when it shines in its strength (2Cor. 4:6; Rev. 1:16). It has the brightness of the rainbow about it that makes it look semi-transparent.
7) It has a Pillar of Light Beaming from It
The cloud of the Glory of God also has a pillar of light beaming down onto the earth. The following verses of Scripture more clearly state that the cloud of the Glory of God has got a pillar to it:
- Num. 12:5: “And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.”
- Deut. 31:15: “And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.”
- Neh. 9:19: “the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to show them light, and the way wherein they should go.”
- Ps. 99:7 (ESV): “In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.”
This pillar of the Cloud of the Glory of God is a pillar of light that shines from the Cloud like a broad beam, or ray of sunlight.
The difference between the Pillar of Light of the Glory of God and a usual sunbeam is:
- Even though the Pillar of Light of the Glory of God appears to be translucent, you cannot see through it. Whereas you can see through a sunbeam.
- Also, you can only see the Pillar of Light of the Glory of God with your spiritual eyes when you are in the spirit by the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, you can only see a sunbeam with your physical eyes.
The light of this pillar of the Cloud of the Glory of God is of the same light that is inside the Cloud of the Glory of God. This pillar of light of the Glory of God is full of God’s intense power and strength.
It is this Light of the Glory of God with its power and strength that will engulf you when the Holy Spirit baptize you, or come over you. The angel Gabriel puts it this way to Mary in Luke 1:35: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee”
1Pet. 2:9 describe the Light of the Glory of God as His Marvellous light.
THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
2Cor. 3:7, 8 teach that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is in the Glory of God. 2Cor. 3:7, 8 reads, “But if the ministry of death, having been engraved in letters in stone was with glory (so that the sons of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses because of the glory of his face), which was being done away; shall not the ministry of the Spirit be with more glory?”
We also have Joel 2:28, 29 which say: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. ”
Believers mostly focus on the words “dreams and visions” in Joel 2:28, and often overlook the words “My Spirit”. The Holy Spirit of God exists in the Glory of God. In fact, the Holy Spirit is the Glory of God who raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead (Rom. 6:4; 8:11).
When 2Cor. 3:8 (YLT) says that the Ministry of the Holy Spirit is in the Glory of God, it means that whenever the Holy Spirit speaks to you, or appears unto you in a dream or a vision, or does something for you; it will be done in the Glory of God (Phil. 4:19). And the Glory of God comes with the fiery clouds of Heaven, with the Light of the Glory of God with its intense strength, or power and might, as the Apostle Paul puts it in Eph. 6:10.
The Holy Spirit and the Glory of God Invariably APPEARS:
- With the heavens opened (Ezek. 1:1; Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Acts 7:55, 56; 10:11). The term “heavens opened” refer to that veil of death mentioned in Isa. 25:7; 2Cor. 3:16; Heb. 10:19, 20 being lifted up from over your spiritual eyes when the Holy Spirit appears unto you.
- With the fiery clouds of Heaven (Ezek. 1: 4; Dan. 7:13; Matt. 24:30; 26:64; Mark 14:62) and,
- With the Light of the Glory of God with intense strength, or power and might – as the Apostle Paul puts it in Eph. 6:10.
In Matt. 24:30 The Master says, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” The sign of the Son of Man is the sign of the Holy Spirit in the Glory of God in Jesus Christ.
Also, in Mark 14:62 we read, “And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
The Son of Man in these verses is the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. 2Cor. 3:17 teach, “And the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
The Light of the Holy City Jerusalem
The Light to the Glory of God is the Light of the Holy City Jerusalem, that Holy City from above where God has His throne. The Holy City Jerusalem is more commonly known as Heaven. Heaven, that Holy City Jerusalem, also has clouds. We can also read about the clouds of Heaven in Dan. 7:13; Matt. 24:30; 26:64; Mark 14:62.
The clouds of Heaven do not look the same as the clouds of our earth and universe. The Clouds of Heaven are fiery and in-folding clouds, and contain the Light of the Glory of God. And the Light of the Glory of God, that is, the Light of Heaven, does not look like the lights of the earth. The lights of the earth are the sun and its light, the moon and its light and any man-made light that we know here on earth.
The lights of the earth are also the lights which illuminate our usual dreams and visions. Our usual dreams and visions which are in the lights of this world are not dreams and visions of the Holy Spirit of God. Ezek. 1:1 explicitly says, “…I saw visions of God.”
So, when we seek the Face of God in Jesus Christ, we must realize that when the Word of God says in Joel 2:28, “…I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh.” that God is speaking about pouring out the Holy Spirit of God. Hence, the dreams and visions referred to in Joel 2:28 are dreams and visions of the Spirit of God, as Ezek. 1:1 puts it. The usual dreams and visions of your own heart (Jer. 23:16) are not in the same light as the dreams and visions of God.
Your Spiritual Citizenship
Apart from being a human being with a physical body, you are also a spiritual being. As a Christian your spiritual citizenship in Christ is from the Holy City Jerusalem from above. In Phil. 3:20 (GNB) the apostle Paul teaches: “We, however, are citizens of heaven, and we eagerly wait for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, to come from heaven.” What the apostle Paul is teaching in Phil. 3:20 is that because your spiritual citizenship is from Heaven, you have to wait for the spiritual appearance (dream or vision) of our Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven.
The spiritual appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven is invariably with the Cloud of Heaven in the Glory of the Holy Spirit (Dan. 7:13; Matt. 24:30; 26:64; Mark 14:62).
As a Christian, you must wait for the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ from the Holy City Jerusalem to appear unto you in dream or a vision of God.
You must not confuse the dream or vision of your own heart as being from God. Sometimes when you are wrestling with a problem, you will dream about that problem. This is a dream from your own heart, and not from the heart and mouth of God (Jer. 23:16).
Satan will also appear unto you in a dream or a vision similar to that of your own heart. This is because Satan has been cast from the Presence of the Glory of God (Rev. 12:8, 9). And, when he was cast from Heaven, his kingdom and his throne were darkened and stripped of the Light of the Glory of God (Rev. 16:10).
Satan has no light whatsoever. Hence, he will imitate the lights of the earth when he appears unto you in a dream or a vision. Moreover, Satan cannot imitate the Light of the Glory of God. This is because God will not give His Glory to Satan and his angels (Isa. 42:8; 48:11).
Rev. 21:23 teaches us that the Holy City of Jerusalem, “…had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” Here we learn the Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, is the Light that illuminates the Holy City Jerusalem from above (Gal. 4:26).
Rev. 21:24 also tell us that those of us who are saved shall walk in the Light of the Glory of the Lamb of God. Therefore, you must not be hasty to believe in any dream or vision that is not of the Light of the Glory of God. Nor should you invite any spiritual manifestation that is not in the power and might of the Glory of the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ into your spiritual life.
Victory by the Word of Christ
In Col. 3:16 the Apostle Paul teaches, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ has inherited everything that belonged to God His Father (Dan. 7:13, 14). Hence, the Word of God has now become the Word of Christ. And, the Kingdom of God has now also become the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:5; Col. 1:13). So, for example, if you seek the Face of God, you in fact seek the Face of Jesus Christ (2Cor. 4:6).
The Apostle Paul teaches in 2Cor. 1:19, 20, “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” This also means that all the promises of blessings that are found in the Bible are now fulfilled unto us through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
In 2Pet. 1:19 we learn, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” This means that you should cleave to the Written Word of God in the Bible and keep it in your heart until the Holy Spirit will come and shine in your heart and give you the knowledge of the Glory of God and its Light (2Cor. 4:6).
This also means that when you have any problem, then you should search the Scriptures for a blessing of deliverance. Then you must keep praying and professing that Word of God until your deliverance is fulfilled through the Word of God. God sent His Word to deliver you (Ps. 107:20; John 1:14). The Name of our Lord Jesus Christ who became flesh is the Word of God (Rev. 19:13).
Professing the Word of Christ
If, for example, you have an incurable disease, then you should find and pray and profess the following Scriptures until they bear fruit:
- Ex. 15:26 “…I am the LORD Jesus Christ that healeth thee.”
- Isa. 53:5 (LITV), “But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His wounds we ourselves are healed.”
- 1Pet. 2:24 (LITV), “who “Himself carried up in His body our sins” onto the tree; that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness, of whom “by His wound you were healed.”
- Deut. 7:15, “And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.”
- Ps. 91:3 (ESV), “For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.”
- Ps. 91:5, 6 (ESV), “You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
- Ps. 91:10, “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
- Ex. 23:25, “And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”
- 1Thess. 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
When dealing with sickness, you should pray and profess the above Scriptures in faith until you have your deliverance – even when you doubt. Our Lord Jesus Christ is not focused on your doubt – He honours your faith (Heb. 11:6). Moreover, faith in God is always against all hope (Rom. 4:18) and, from faith to faith (Rom. 1:17). The more you believe the more your faith will grow. Therefore, you need to “Pray without ceasing” (1Thess. 5:17).
Faith in dreams and vision and their interpretation will dilute your faith in the written Word of God, and render the Word of Christ ineffective in critical areas of you life.
The Apostle Paul says in Heb. 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).” The profession of your faith is professing the blessings of deliverance in the Word of God, and not professing dreams and visions and the interpretation thereof.
Prayer without Dreams and Visions
Your faith in the Word of God must not be mixed with faith in dreams and visions that are not in the Light of the Glory of God. If you believe in dreams and visions and the interpretation thereof, you forsake your grace from God in Jesus Christ.
In Ezek. 13:6-8 Dreams and visions and their interpretations that are not in the Light of the Glory of God are known as lying vanities. Jonah 2:8 is clear, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.”
King David says in Ps. 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” You should keep the Word of God in a pure heart until you can pray and say: Dear Lord Jesus, I have kept your Word in my heart that I may not sin against Thee. Now fulfil your Word unto me.
In Rev. 3:10 our Lord Jesus Christ says, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
In John 11:40 (LEB) our Lord Jesus also says, “Did I not say to you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
God bless and guide you.