HIS GLORY IS FILLING HIS TEMPLE
BY: KENNETH GREATOREX
His glory is filling His temple,
There=s light in the face of Christ,
In sons there is coming expression,
Of the indwelling Prince of Life,
We=re beholding the King in His glory,
In the light that the Spirit brings,
All the heavens and earth shall worship Him,
For He is the King of Kings.
“And I saw the holy city, NEW JERUSALEM, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as A BRIDE adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, THE TABERNACLE OF GOD IS AMONG MEN, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,“ Revelation 21:2-3
“Then one of the seven angels – came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the BRIDE, the WIFE of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the HOLY CITY, JERUSALEM, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Revelation 21:9-11a. NAU
This IS NOT a earthly city, and it is NOT going to be a 1500 mile cube sitting on top of where earthly Jerusalem sits today. This JERUSALEM comes down out of heaven from God. My! What truth this is! The church, the bride, the wife of Christ dwells in the HEAVENLY realm. Heaven is not a place to go to, WE ARE THERE.
As Stephen said in Acts 7:47-49. “However, the Most High does NOT dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says: “HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND EARTH IS THE FOOTSTOOL OF MY FEET; WHAT KIND OF HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME?’ says the Lord, “OR WHAT PLACE IS THERE FOR MY REPOSE? “WAS IT NOT MY HAND WHICH MADE ALL THESE THINGS?’ Acts 7:48-50 This is a quotation by Stephen of Isaiah 66:1-2.
All that we are and have, is birthed in the heavenly realm. Yet, we are so attached to that which is carnal and earthly. Since there isn’t an easy way to describe spiritual reality, pictorial words are used in Scripture to describe heaven things.
Many think that present City of Jerusalem is ordained of God. Muslims and Jews insist that this piece of real estate belongs to them. Many call it a “Holy City.” IT IS ANYTHING BUT HOLY! The question really is, “What does God think about it? And, “Is He being, or will He be, glorified because of this piece of real estate. Methinks that if one places their hopes on that which is EARTHLY, one is not thinking of SPIRITUAL REALITY.
Those who will be the expression of God in the earth today, they as a part of the Temple of God, the New Jerusalem, will be filled with His glory. “But indeed, as I live, ALL the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21 What earth? Your earthen body which is the dwelling place of God where HIS Spirit dwells. “In whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord. In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:21-22
There is a LIGHT GLOWING IN THE FACE OF CHRIST today. The FACE is that ministry which gives forth the expression of the Head who is Christ. His true ministers, His sons, are expressing that which the Head wants spoken. The revelation of Christ may not be popular with some, as it cuts across our religious beliefs, but it is life to those who will receive it. It IS NOT a ministry of CONDEMNATION. It is one of LIFE and RECONCILIATION. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
”For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. For they could not bear the command, “IF EVEN A BEAST TOUCHES THE MOUNTAIN, IT WILL BE STONED.” And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I AM FULL OF FEAR and trembling.” But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to the CITY OF THE LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.” Hebrews 12:18-24
Notice, “the mediator of a NEW COVENANT.” This letter was written to Jews who were going back to Judaism. Sad to say there are those today who think they can mix the old covenant with the new. This is MIXTURE. This is error. Forgive me, but you can’t be both a Jew and a Christian. We have too much of this thinking in Christendom. There is no such thing as “a completed Jew,” because of apparently received Christ. This mixture is a curse that has held the church back from walking in the light and glory of Christ. When you mix light [Christ] with darkness [Judaism or other religions], you have come into the twilight zone. James makes it clear that if you want to live under the Law [mix law with grace], and you stumble once, you are guilty of all. [2:10] Only the true light that shines, CHRIST, can set you free.
Many are looking for something to happen in the future. In God the future IS NOW! There was a time to look forward to that which was coming in Christ, as Abraham did. “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going – dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. As the following chorus says, the City has been found.
Hail Mount Zion, that glorious city,
That glorious city of God,
Where Jesus our King is ruling and reigning,
In honor and praise to God.
That city is found, that city is found,
In the world so disguised, and it=s not made of clay,
But of living stones, that city of Abraham.
1 Peter 2:5 “you also, as LIVING STONES, are being built up as a SPIRITUAL HOUSE for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” We are THE LIVING STONES of the CITY that Abraham sought. Yes! The City has been found. Hallelujah!
And furthermore, “But you are a CHOSEN RACE, a royal PRIESTHOOD, a HOLY NATION, a PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT a PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.” 1 Peter 1:9-10 Don’t look elsewhere because you will miss God’s best if you do.
Haggai 2:6-9 “For thus says the LORD of hosts, “Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. [This He did when he brought Mosaic area to the final end in AD 70] I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts. – The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts, “and in this place I will give peace,’ declares the LORD of hosts.” Why will the GLORY be greater? Because it is now CHRIST IN YOU, as He IS the express image of the glory of God.
In 1956 the Lord put something in my spirit about His glory that has never left this slow learner. Back then we sang, “There’s a mighty glory coming.” Now we know that the GLORY OF THE LORD isn’t just coming, it is HERE in you and me.
How will the prophetic word of Habakkuk be fulfilled? “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. [2:14] God is going to have a people who are en-Christed – Christ is their life. A people in whom there is no darkness or gray areas, a people full of the LIGHT OF HIS GLORY. Such a people, the sons of God, who are filled with the glory of Christ who is the express image of our Father, will fill the earth with HIS GLORY!
“Father we ask that the revelation of Christ and His glory will fill all whose hearts are open to receive. Cause that Your people will be enlarged to received of your life in a special way. May the revelation of Your Glory so fills us that it will never leave us until we walk in the fullness of it. Show us your glory until it can be said, “All the heaven and earth will worship Him for He is the King of Kings.” We bow before you in humble adoration and acknowledge You as Lord! Amen!”
HIS GLORY IS FILLING HIS TEMPLE [Kenneth Greatorex[ 1