Lord, we reverence the Holy Spirit and desire only to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ. We truly want to be transformed into Your image. We know that we live in the Father’s embrace, we know that You are devoted to us and we are so grateful, so happy to be loved by Almighty God. We just want to respond out of gratefulness, to be all you want us to be, to do all you want us to do, to go wherever you want us to go, to be like you in every way, truly emanating Your character and making known Your love and power, signs, wonders, miracles to touch a hurting world You desperately love.
So as I share this testimony of a visitation of Your Spirit that happened, let it happen again; let that Presence come again and remain. Let the Glory of God begin to come and settle and invade every facet of our being. You said You would fill the house with Glory, it is time for this to happen worldwide, so come to me, come to us, remove everything that is not of You, that devouring flame of the glory of God that we read about in Exodus, on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children ofIsrael. Oh God, we cry out to not just hear the voice of the great rushing that Ezekiel heard, “Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place”, but to encounter the God of Glory here, now, in this place and be forever changed….
Let’s go to the Book of Ezekiel, the 43rd chapter and read verses 1-12. We will allow the Holy Spirit to open this up to our hearts until it happens. We expect to experience the Word of God as it comes forth, for all true knowledge is experienced or we don’t really know it. In 1984, I had an encounter with God, suddenly and unexpectedly and as I rose from the floor and opened the Bible, I opened it up to Ezekiel 43, the first 12 verses. We are going to read these verses again and then I will share what transpired to me that evening. When this happened to me, I was strongly impressed that what I had experienced was this passage of scripture and that there would be a season when this would happen to the body of Christ worldwide. That time is upon us now. Let’s read;
“Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:
And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision I saw when I came to destroy the city and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.
And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.
So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.
And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.
And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.
Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them forever.
Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.
And if they may be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinance thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.
This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.”
In the early part of 1984 I was an evangelist in the State of Washington, in the Seattle area and the towns and cities round about. I worked with another evangelist and we were both staff evangelists of a large church. Our mission was to win the lost, win souls and disciple them. There were many ways we went about this but whenever we won someone to the Lord or met someone that we wanted to follow up on, we got their phone numbers and we would always call at the end of the day to work with the new converts and establish them in home groups or work with them one on one or arrange others to work with them. There were those that we met that did not come to the Lord at that moment but were open to us wanting to spend more time with them and we had their phone number also.
So every evening unless I was out evangelizing in the evening I took some time to make follow up phone calls. On the evening of the encounter with God, I was going to make a few phone calls at my home. At the time I was married and had 4 children, ranging in age from 2 to 15 and my desk was in the center of a lively evening so it was quite noisy. My fellow evangelist was also married and was going out that night with his wife and they lived in a small studio apartment a few miles away. He had offered earlier in the day to let me use his apartment for follow up calls if I needed some more quiet. My wife and I agreed that I should make the calls at his place and I went over to spend no more than an hour there and then head home and be with the family.
I would never have expected what was to take place. His apartment was a small one. You came in the front door and to your left was his office. There was one door into the apartment and one door into the office. There were no windows in the office. As you walked into the office, the desk was straight ahead against the wall and a couch to the left of the desk. I am telling you this for a reason.
I sat down at the desk, the wall in front of me, the couch behind me to the left. I had closed the door to the apartment but left the door to the office open. There was no one in the apartment …yet. I began to call a few people but it wasn’t too long before I sensed that there was something or someone coming through the front door of the apartment. I did not hear the door open and it never did. Yet there was an unmistakeable sense of a presence that began coming through the front door and was moving across the small living room towards the office. I began to feel very uneasy and put the phone down which was in my hand to dial a number and didn’t move. The presence came closer. I began to feel very uncomfortable but I could not move and one thing I definitely did not want to do for some reason, was to turn around and look
So I sat there. The presence was now at the door of the office but I would not turn my head. I was afraid to look for some reason. It came closer. The thought came into my head, “Run through the wall’. I am serious. I just wanted to somehow go through the wall directly behind the desk. I thought to myself, ‘what is going on here, what kind of thought is this’. Then I thought, ‘I can’t do this because it is not my apartment and it would damage it so I can’t do that’!! Imagine what was going on to make me think like this. It came closer.
I began to feel like I was too high. I needed to get low quick. So I kind of sunk down off the chair and without looking was by the couch kinda collapsing on the pillows. I dared not look. It came closer. Once again I felt like I was too high and needed to get lower and lower and felt like I needed to somehow crawl under the rug in the room. Get beneath it somehow and it was the floor, the rug was the floor. But I felt too high and I needed to get low. I realized now that this presence was the presence of God. I had felt the presence of God in my life but this was different. I was afraid to look, I wanted to crawl under the carpet, I felt high and had to get lower. I had wanted to escape it and run through the wall. This was a different kind of presence.
I could not figure out how to get under the rug, was amazed at myself and the way I was thinking so all I could do was to roll over on my back on the floor with my eyes closed and wait. Then the presence was directly over me. I could feel it inches away from me, hovering over me like a blanket.
Then the thought came to me “I AM LOVED”. Immediately the presence descended and in a moment of time I saw everything about the person that I was. I saw that which God had worked in me that was of Him, the areas that were Christlike, the areas that were not, the motives of my heart, the impurities in my character, the good, the bad and the ugly so to speak. Yet there was no condemnation, no shame; I was loved. God was just kinda like saying so this is where you are in your life. I just knew in a moment of time the state of my heart, the willingness and even the unwillingness and this presence just exposed everything that was of Him and not of Him. I did not deny anything. I did not want to. It was all true. I did not resist but found myself appreciating what He had done and saying in my heart yes to what areas needed to be changed, what things had to be given over to Him to be transformed.
There was something about this presence that just by encountering HIm in this way was transforming in itself. Like He could miraculously change me by just yielding to Him. There was no cover or deception, I was in the LIGHT of His Presence and I knew it and simply allowed Him to show me my life and my heart. After awhile, I was able to crawl to the desk and I opened the Bible and it opened to Ezekiel 43. It was then that I realized that this was what was beginning to happen to me.
As I read this passage, I realized a number of things then and later on I understood more. One thing I realized that there was coming a day when there was going to be a visitation of God like this to the wholechurchofJesus Christ. The glory of God was going to come as Ezekiel said and what I experienced was just a foretaste. There would be no escaping it.
I also realized that this had to happen. It is the mercy of God to come like this. We could never transform ourselves. We could not even know ourselves, our hearts are deceitful. By nature we have a hard time facing the truth about ourselves anyway. We are defensive, we can be proud, we just need God to come like this and help us.
Another thing I realized is that because I was given in that moment the revelation that I was loved, it was not hard to see the truth about myself, good and bad. There was no feeling of self righteousness but on the other hand, no defensiveness or denial or shame. I saw it all and it is interesting that in Ezekiel 43:10, it says that God revealed a number of things aboutIsrael, which is for another message, but He just declares the reality of their state and says that it was to make them ashamed, and the Hebrew is “to put to the blush”. If they would own up to it, if they would “blush”, then God would show them what He would do and they would want it.
This presence put me to the blush so to speak and I owned up to where I was in Him and there was a WILLINGNESS to change that came right alongside of this. I realized that for God to have a people without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, holy and without blemish, that He was going to have to undertake Himself and come in AWESOME GLORY to us to bring us into His image IF we would be put to the blush.
The words “most holy” we read in verse 12 are said to be “the law of the house“. As I read that this night, still shaking under this presence, I realized that the phrase “most holy”, was only used in scripture for the Holy of Holies. Never for anything else except here. In the Holy of Holies, it is dark, and the only light is the shekinah glory coming off the mercy seat that fills the room. Only He shows up in that room, the glory of God. This verse is declaring that there will be a house, a people that will literally be a walking Holy of Holies, filled with the Glory of God and when you approach them or where they are congregating or even an individual (and we are all houses of the Lord), that is what comes through them. They are full of this light because they have encountered God in this visitation of His glory and CHOSE to let that Glory expose everything not of Him and allowed themselves to be transformed.
How else can the people of God ever look like He said they would before His coming? We are transformed, transfigured, changed by the Spirit as we read in 2 Cor 3:16-18. The beholding with open face, the transparency of soul to behold His likeness and know our own as we do, comes out of that turning to Him, but ONLY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD can change us into that image. This kind of visitation Ezekiel talks about is an intensified, all consuming working of the Spirit of God. In this manifestation of the Glory of God, our minds are renewed to understand the intent of God and the Spirit of God comes in incredible power to the willing heart to CHANGE us deeply and forever.
This is not a momentary revival touch. This is an endtime prophetic work of the Holy Spirit to bring His bride into conformity with His character. Many are longing to know Him, be like Him in character and fulfill His mandate to display the gospel of the Kingdom. God will truly answer the cry of their hearts by bringing them, posturing them, positioning them to be visited by the GLORY OF GOD that will be an abiding daily reverential, intimate, worshipful, fulfilling and practical walk with God.
We will live under that presence I felt in that room. Knowing that I am loved and yielding to the revelation of His nature and being changed by the Spirit daily. This is already beginning to happen again and around the world there is the coming close of the Glory of God. We will instinctively want to be low, not in abasement but in humility filled with the desire to lift Him higher and higher and dare not touch the glory of God in any way.
Come like this Lord to our lives, homes, families, marriages, churches, ministries, come like this. We say let it happen, the manifest Glory of God Himself, coming upon us, knowing we are loved and letting you transform us into your image and likeness in every area of our lives. We don’t want to ever grieve you. We really and truly want our lives to be like the Lord Jesus Christ and we will not insult you through unbelief. We know you will do this. Do it now, so we can see your triumph in our lives. Come Holy Spirit. We welcome God in this way in our lives; it is all about you and we want in every way to truly GLORIFY YOU… we love you Jesus, we just love you, you are so worthy and glorious in every way….