The evil, hypocrisy, lunacy, oppression and deception were very similar in Jesus’ day. I submit to you on this resurrection Sunday something to consider. Behold how many prophets lately have been referring to the glory of the Lord being released. Many of us have already to pray in agreement with them.
But I submit, most of us have no clue what we are really praying for.
Let me start with 1 Corinthians 2:6-8. It says,
I submit to you, most of us have no clue what we are praying and calling for. You do not understand nor remember what happens when God’s glory manifests.
I share this with you now because it is time for this mystery to be revealed. I submit to you; we are getting the Messiah the Jews expected in Jesus was crucified. You know, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The soon coming King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They got the Jesus we preached. The Lamb of God. He came in as a lamb, but I tell you He returns as a King…. In all His glory.
The Glory Revealed
The first use of the word translated glory in the Old Testament comes from Genesis 45:13 where he says, “So you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt…” Here glory referred to his authority how God had raised him up to save not only a nation but many nations and many peoples. He made many decisions (judgments) regularly.
The second place we find the word glory used is in Exodus 16:7 where Israel began to complain about Moses. Exodus 16:7-8 says, “And in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD; for He hears your complaints against the LORD. But what are we, that you complain against us?" 8 Also Moses said, "This shall be seen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the LORD hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD.”
Numbers 16:15-24 Korah led a rebellion and verse 18 says, "Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation. 20 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 21 "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment." 22 Then they fell on their faces, and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and You be angry with all the congregation?" 23 So the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 "Speak to the congregation, saying, 'Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.'"
Here’s the context. God had just delivered them from oppression, parted the Red Sea, destroyed their oppressors and made bitter water sweet to drink. Miracle after miracle and yet they were not thankful. They complained. Their complaints invited the glory of the Lord. When His glory came, judgments were made, rebuke was delivered, and another miracle manifested.
When King David delivered his first Psalm to Asaph in the tabernacle of David, he said,
1 Chronicles 16:28-29 ... Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!"
One of the ways we give God glory is to decide to bring an offering to Him. When you bring your offering, you’ve made a decision, you have made a judgment that God is worthy of glory. It is a sign of your covenant trust with and in Him.
In Psalms 149:5 King David says, “Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds.”
I submit to you the context. Verses 6-9 provide context. When that happens God's people are to bind their kings and execute on them the written judgment.
Haggai 2:6-9 6 "For thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; 7 and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,' says the LORD of hosts. 8 'The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,' says the LORD of hosts. 9 The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,' says the LORD of hosts. 'And in this place I will give peace,' says the LORD of hosts."
Habakkuk 2:12-14 "Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed,
Who establishes a city by iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts
That the peoples labor to feed the fire,
And nations weary themselves in vain?
14 For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
As the waters cover the sea.
Zechariah 2:5-11 5 For I,' says the LORD, 'will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'"
Future Joy of Zion and Many Nations
6 "Up, up! Flee from the land of the north," says the LORD; "for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven," says the LORD. 7 "Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon."
8 For thus says the LORD of hosts: "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. 9 For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me.
10 "Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," says the LORD. 11 "Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.
Context, in Zechariah 3 Satan stands to oppose God and His elect.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 6 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 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.
John 17:20-22 "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 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. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one
Revelation 1:5-6 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.