ENTERING THE GLORY REALM

By Dan Luehrs

 

 

For some time now I have continuously been seeing a vision of a mountain with its peak covered with the cloud of glory. The people were climbing this mountain and were just below the glory cloud level, desiring to ascend to its summit.

 

The Bible has much to say about spiritual Mount Zion. "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels" (Hebrews 12:22). Notice that the writer does not say we are going to come to Mount Zion, "But you have come!" In other words, this is a fact, not a fairy tale. We are to continually seek the things above where we are seated with Christ and not the things below on the earth. If we are climbing upward, where then will our focus be? Upward! But if we are seeking the things on earth, our focus will be downward, away from the things of God. In Rick Joyner's book, The Final Quest, he saw spiritual Mount Zion in a vision, with salvation being its first level, followed by other levels that a Christian needed to know and experience in order to grow in their faith. Below I have designed a type of spiritual Mount Zion, showing what I believe could be some of the levels we are to pass through on our way up into the glory. I am not trying to write a new doctrine here, but my purpose is to give spiritual understanding an encouragement in maturing spiritually. As a child must go through twelve grade levels enabling them to graduate from high school, so must we go through spiritual levels to grow and mature spiritually. There are no shortcuts to spiritual growth. We are to grow in love as Christians. This is not a given to any of us, it is a process. But in order for us to grow in love, it seems that we must learn the virtue of forgiveness through our hard and difficult trials with other people. I firmly believe that until we have learned to practice the virtue of forgiveness, we cannot pass to the next level. Even though none of us will ever master any of these levels here on earth (until we are changed into His likeness). We must learn what we need from each of these levels. Then we go on to the next and get what we need from them and so on, until we reach the glory of God. For us to enter the glory realm, we must have matured in our spirit as Jesus matured through suffering. "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him" (2 Timothy 2:12 KJV).

 

"Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons" (Galatians 4:1-5).

 

As with climbing a real mountain, the higher a person gets the more difficult the climbing becomes; without the experience on the lower levels one cannot scale the summit. The summit is the most difficult part because there is little or no air to breathe and the climber is weary from the climb. Yet, because of sheer desire to finish what he set out to do, he does not quit.

 

So we too must set our goal on entering God's glory with even more of a passion; for that which has been promised to us is far greater then a fleeting pursuit. Ours is an eternal pursuit, "To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27). "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings" (Hebrews 2:10). Yes, the glory level is obtainable because God has promised it to us "IF" we are willing to follow Jesus wherever He may lead. He is the only one Who knows the way into the glory, for He is the only one to have entered the glory realm of the Father.

 

"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 6:19-20).

Jesus has gone before us into the Holy of Holies, the glory of the Father. He has gone in as a Forerunner, meaning that He has gone before us as a trailblazer to show us the way into His glory. In the Father's perfect timing He will lead us in. The Father has made this promise to us as His children; an oath that He must keep, "Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged" (Hebrews 6:17-18 NIV). God has an eternal purpose, which is to make us into the image and nature of His Son. He cannot lie, for He has promised this to all who follows the Lamb wherever He goes. This should give us strong hope as we press onward and upward to our heavenly calling. "Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass" (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

 

WHY A TRIANGULAR SHAPE?

 

It is interesting to note that Mount Zion is in a triangular shape as all mountains are.  A triangle has three sides to it. This is symbolic of the Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our God dwells on/in Mount Zion, "Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion in the far north, the city of the great King" (Psalms 48:2). Jesus is awaiting us on the top of Mount Zion in His glory, calling us to Himself. "And I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads" (Revelation 14:1).

 

Satan has duplicated this triangle shape because he is the master of deception. He has nothing new and can only counterfeit what God has already done because he has no creative powers within himself. He has counterfeited the rainbow and the stars as signs for the cults. The rainbow was God's promise sign to never flood the earth again. The devil can only pervert what God has given for good. The triune God is a shape of a triangle therefore the devil has perverted this sign with the shape of a pyramid for occultic purposes and power. For century's people of some ancient civilizations built pyramids for purposes of religious sacrificial worship and a place for burial. In all instances they were believed to have great powers in their shape alone. This is the lie Satan has told the nations from that day until ours.

 

Many people today still believe in the shape of the pyramid, to the point of even designing modern buildings in our cities with the shape of the pyramid at the top. Why? To attract spiritual power and success to their business. In fact, the Freemason's symbol of the pyramid is interwoven with the United States government, like the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. and the Great Seal of United States. On the backside of our one-dollar bill you can find the Great Seal, within the base of the pyramid it is inscribed with the date 1776 in Roman numerals: MDCCLXXVI. "The top of the pyramid is surrounded by glory," in that triangle appears the all-seeing eye of Divine Providence. Above the eye is inscribed the motto Annuit coeptis (“He has smiled on our undertakings”). Below the pyramid is a scroll bearing the motto Novus ordo seclorum (“New order of the ages”).  When this seal was made someone must have saw a vision of a mountaintop covered with glory. We must ascend unto the glory realm of God!

 

Make no doubt about it there is power in our triune God and His Mount Zion. Let's not let Satan steal another one of our God-given symbols for more of his ungodly practices. As we climb into the glory realm we must reclaim the sign of the triangle as a sign of climbing the mountain of God to possess His fullness.

 

DRAWING NEAR TO GOD

 

There is only one way for us to enter the Holy of Holies, by the blood of Jesus. "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus… And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water" (Hebrews 10:19, 21-22 KJV). Because of the blood God now permits us to draw near to Him. But if we do not draw near to Him NOW, we will not be in the right place at the time Jesus opens the door for us to enter the marriage of the Lamb. "… The bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut" (Matthew 25:10). The door was shut tight on the foolish virgins. No one else could enter, unless they were prepared. This event will take place in the twinkle of the eye. It will be over as soon as it starts and there will be no pardon for those who are unprepared. 

 

Now is the time to prepare. We must no longer waste our time seeking the things of earth, but spend time drawing near to the heart of God. We must draw near in seeking His face in righteousness, prayer, worship, Bible studies, and by staying in peace. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you" (James 4:8-10). It's very simple, "if we, then He." God will not make us come near Him, He puts that decision in our lap. If we humble ourselves and obey Him, He will exalt us to the next level, His glory. If not, we will be considered a foolish virgin and turned away at the door. We now have a better hope of entering into the glory, and for this we must draw near to God!

 

"For the Law made nothing perfect (complete), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God… "Hence, also, He is able to save forever (completely) those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:19, 25).

 

Listen to what the Word is saying! The Law could make no one complete in the likeness of Christ, but we have a better hope, by which we draw near to God. Therefore he is able to save completely, "fully" those who draw near to God! Unless we are drawing near daily we will not be prepared for Him when He comes to be revealed in and through us.

 

 

 

 

TO BE CALLED UP

 

As a baby Moses was hidden from Pharaoh's sword men and placed in a basket by his mother in the Nile River to be saved from certain death.  Then Pharaoh's daughter drew him out of the river and named him "Moses" meaning, "To draw out, (up)."

 

Some eighty years later God would call Moses up to Himself in Horeb, the mountain of God, and commission him to bring the children of Israel up from the house of slavery in Egypt to worship Him at Mount Sinai. Then again in Exodus 19:20, Moses was called up to God in the mountain. "And the LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up"

 

What am I trying to say through all this? As with Moses, God is continually drawing us upward to Himself! In fact, the very word "church" means, "called out (up) ones!" God has called us up and out of this devilish and fleshly world system unto Himself into the heavenlies, if we will just make the effort to come to Him. Jesus is now standing on top of spiritual Mount Zion beckoning the church to draw close to Him and be changed by His glorious presence as Moses was. Moses was called up seven times into the presence of God. Seven is the number of God's completeness. 

 

"Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. And the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top. And Moses entered the midst of the cloud as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights" (Exodus 24:15-18).

 

The glory cloud of the Lord covered the mountain for six days. Then, on the seventh day the Lord called Moses to see His glory. Man has now lived on the earth six thousand years; we are living in the seventh day (one day is as a thousand years with the Lord). God is now calling His chosen ones, not only to see His glory, but to become one with Him in His glory. In God's perfect timing He called his man Moses out of the world system of Egypt to come up to Him upon the mountain. Now again, God is calling a people out of the world system, called the church, His body, to come up to Him on Mount Zion, Revelation 14:1. "And I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads." We Christians have been summoned to the top of Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem. Read Hebrews 12:22 again, "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels." Notice, "We have come to Mount Zion," the Bible does not say we are going to come, but we have come! We must now climb to the top to meet our Lord there and experience His awesome love through glorification (to be changed into the likeness of Jesus as He was on the Mount of Transfiguration). "Who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself" (Philippians 3:21).

 

"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" (Exodus 34:29).

 

When Moses came down from the mountain his face shone with the glory of God, having been in His glorious presence, listening to the Lord. The Bible does not say any other body parts shone with the glory, only his face. I believe this is very significant because we will see Jesus face to face, "And they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads" (Revelation 22:4). His face is where the glory comes from, "For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ"  (2 Corinthians 4:6). We now behold the glory of the Father in the face of Jesus.

 

Moses was called to bring the glory of the Father down from the mountain top to the people below that were in need of the glory. But because of their sin, the people were unable to approach the glorious light upon Moses. We too will shine forth with the light of God's glory upon our face because we too will have seen Him and have spoken to Him face to face. "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. "For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you" (Isaiah 60:1-2).

 

MOUNT ZION

"Now it will come about that in the last days, the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains, (governments) and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths. "For the law will go forth from Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem" (Isaiah 2:2-3).

 

Jerusalem was called Zion, King David's capital from where his government operated from top of Mount Zion. The church is also called Zion, the New Jerusalem. Jesus will operate His government through His chosen people. Not from some geographical place in the Middle East, but through a people who have been prepared and made into His likeness and character. From these chosen people will the word of the Lord rule the nations!

 

"And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations" (Revelation 2:26).

 

Dan Luehrs

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Intercession City, FL 33848

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