One morning number of years ago I had an experience in which I heard the audible voice of God speaking to me. I was just waking up – you know those few seconds where you know you were sleeping, and are now waking up, and I heard God’s voice very clearly and distinctly. The moment I heard Him begin to speak, I snapped myself awake, and as I was getting ready for work this is the word-for-word message He gave me:
“And as Moses, who when he came down the mountain from having an experience with God, put a veil over his face to hide from Israel that his glory was a fading glory, so will many of My people be, especially Spirit filled, who are in one of these categories;
Trusting in past experiences; Trusting in a fading Glory; Trusting in the rapture
Very soon they are going to wake up to find that their glory is a fading glory, and they will look across to groups and individuals whom they have classed as:
Satanic, Heretic, or just plain ‘Stay-away-from’,
and they will see the glory coming in their midst, and they shall hide away in shame and defeat. Shame – because they knew not the voice of God when they heard it; and Defeat – because now it is too late. And many shall fall away.” (See II Cor. 3: 13)
This doesn’t require much explanation but there are a few points I’d like to bring to the forefront. The first thing that was impressed on me when I heard this is that instead of the Spirit filled having ‘one up’ on everyone else, and being ahead of what God was doing, they were the ones most in danger from what God was about to do.
There is one reason for this even though there are 3 categories in which He slotted many of them, and that is the common word found in all 3 – ‘trusting’. Instead of using the operations of the Spirit to connect with God, build a relationship with Him, and begin to understand Him, they only waited until they had found a truth or a level of glory where they felt secure, and promptly planted their flag and rallied around it, instead of Jesus. In other words, they made the living experience Pentecost was meant to be, into a religious institution. When God said they were ‘trusting in past experiences’, this is the exact feeling it gave me.
Trusting in a fading glory went one step further. While it’s true that Pentecost is equivalent to a realm in the Spirit with many experiences and operations to enjoy, it was never meant to be the focal point, or the end of salvation as so many have treated it. Whatever else God may give to us, Jesus should always take front and center, and if this was the case with the Spirit filled they would never lose the desire to keep pressing in and experiencing Jesus in deeper ways. Those who were trusting in the fading glory of Pentecost were satisfied with the blessings it offered instead of the Person, Jesus.
That some were trusting in the rapture did not mean the rapture wasn’t occurring, it just meant that it is not going to be the means by which people will find safety. Again, if we are looking to become ready for the marriage, trying to escape the process of becoming ready won’t be our objective, and for these people, it would not be a reason to be tripped up.
The next point I think needs to be emphasized is that yes, there is a ‘waking up’ in the making right now, but the Spirit that will begin to return to various Spirit filled camps, is just for that – waking up, not to rally around and be the move God is intending. The sole purpose in this awakening that is occurring, is to get people’s eyes on what God has been doing, and is about to reveal in their midst. But the fact that God draws their attention to groups and individuals whom these ones had classed as Satanic, heretics, or just plain stay-away-from, tells us that God had sent these ‘Satanic’ individuals to His people with the message of what He was doing, giving them every opportunity to be a part of it, only to have them rejected. And this brings up another point.
If it was just a matter of repenting and becoming filled with the Spirit to be ‘ready’, there would be no ‘categories’ that God’s people fell into. That these people have been side tracked, and now, can’t even be restored in time to receive part of the glory that is coming into the midst of the rejected, speaks volumes to the truth that there is a process that we must go through to become ready.
Being ready isn’t having received a certain experience, it’s having been changed into His image enough that we are genuinely prepared to unite with Him, and this is exactly what the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) is all about. All ten were virgins – believers in Christ, all had lamps that were burning – filled with the Spirit, but five woke up to find their lamps had gone out – fading, and faded completely. And when the foolish asked the wise to give them some of their oil – the wise could not, saying there may not be enough for them both, and that the foolish should go and ‘purchase’ oil for themselves. This response denotes a process we must go through in order to become ready for Him, a process we’re given a hint of when God responds to the foolish virgin’s requests to open the door for them. He says, “I don’t know you”, which does not mean they aren’t His, it means He was never able to be spiritually intimate with them.
That many of the Spirit filled, realizing their glory is fading, can look across and SEE the glory coming in the midst of those whom they rejected, says this glory is a visible glory, one that can’t be denied, for if it could be argued that those who were rejected were operating under another ‘spirit’, there would most assuredly be those who accused them of doing so. But something about what’s going on with these groups and individuals is so obvious and undeniable, that the only thing the others think they can do is hide away in shame and defeat.
The last point about it being too late, and many falling away, again emphasizes there is a process that takes time to go through; and that many of the Spirit-filled would rather hide in shame and defeat, than repent, only proves they did not make Jesus – the Person, the main point of their conversion. When God said this last point about many falling away, I understood this was directly associated with the ‘great falling away’, and that instead of it being as a result of what was going on in the world, it was as a result of what God was doing with those who had sought Him in love. It is always the heart of man where the battles are fought and decided.
Author: Brenda Brown
Although she was not raised in a Christian home, Brenda Brown heard the audible voice of the Lord speaking to her when she was just ten years old. She was not yet ready to surrender her life to him, but finally did after a second encounter at age sixteen. Ten years later she began leading small group meetings in her home and continued that ministry for several years. She has had an open vision in which she visited with the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane.
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