by Todd Bentley

Manna! It's the Heavenly food that God left behind supernaturally for His people after the dew in the morning, the glory dew, lifted. Look! Just like that Heavenly manna, both divine healing and the righteousness that are in Heaven can be left behind in this world! The purity of Heaven can be left behind--even the gold that's in Heaven that paves the streets! That's because when the glory of the Lord lifts, sometimes there is a little substance left behind. It's the substance of "as it is in Heaven," the way it is in Heaven right now, every spiritual and supernatural blessing. It's a token of what is in the realm that we call eternal. Wow!

So today make this your expectation when the Father of glory comes: Anything is possible! Creative miracles, healing, financial blessing, goodness, favor, promotion! Hey! We've even seen a gold substance show up all over someone's body, and then disappear as quickly as it came. In fact, like some of you, we are seeing different kinds of manifestations of the glory realm--stunning diamonds, precious gem stones and rainbow-colored particles like gold dust, to name just a few.


Sometimes, too, an outward manifestation of God's glory will show up as lightning! On a few occasions over the years, I've seen lightning when I was worshipping with small groups of believers while we were singing about God's glory. The first time it happened, we suddenly saw a lightning bolt right after a few brilliant white flashes of light. The bolt actually hit me in my belly before I could scream! To my surprise, when that happened to me, I actually received an impartation, some "substance," and what was left behind for me was a greater gift of prophetic revelation--a new realm of having visions and dreams.

Later, I realized that I had experienced the"lightning of God" like a lightning bolt right out of the nature of the presence of God. Actually the prophet Habakkuk speaks about this: "His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was hidden. Before Him went pestilence, and fever followed at His feet" (Habakkuk 3:3-5). That's revelatory light, that's truth, that's power! That's authority, that's healing and dominion!

The second time I saw lightning, I was worshipping prior to a meeting with a pastor and some believers when the glory of God came strongly, intensifying to the point that it was as if we were standing in a mist. All of a sudden we saw flashes of lightning, white light and lightning bolts, in the pastor's office and he was screaming: "What's that?" I said not to worry, that I had seen this once before--that it was the lightning of God. Then he asked what the lightning of God was, and so I began to speak about Revelation 4 where Scripture describes flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder from God's throne (v. 5). I said, "(It's like) the throne of God is here. God inhabits the praises of His people and the Heavenly realm is showing up and there are voices, lightning, and thunder."

And once again, right after seeing God's lightning (the second time), some substance was left behind for me! Immediately I came up into a higher level prophetically, having all kinds of visionary experiences, trances, dreams, and prophetic encounters. Now, don't miss this: God wants to leave behind that substance for you too!

Truly, the lightnings of God announce His presence and glory. I've come to understand that when He releases that phenomenon, it's "of the glory of God," remembering it's about magnifying Jesus Christ. It's all about You, Jesus--for the glory of Your name! What's more, it's in that place of glorifying the name of Jesus that God moves Heaven and earth, so that His fame and His name are spread far and wide. Man, things shake, because people need Him!


Yes! Jesus is the only One, the all in all, and He said, "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24). Definitely, David's psalm says it all--"Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (Psalm 29:1-2).

How do you give the Lord the glory and strength due His name, and what does it mean? It means to actually declare His victories boldly and as you begin to proclaim His mighty deeds, His goodness and His testimony in your life, that's how you give Him the glory due His name. There is something of an atmosphere that's even prophetic and revelatory that comes as we simply speak the testimony of the victories of God. In fact there is a call in this hour to the mighty ones (the Godly ones) who possess a militant spirit of the Lion of the tribe of Judah to give God the glory due His name.
Furthermore, David says that the mighty ones will worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness--in the realm in which they know and see the beauty of how holy God is. To be in the beauty of His holiness is to be in an atmospheric glory realm. That's where the prophetic is born. While you pray, sing, and decree in that realm, you actually get more done in the spirit than when you pray, sing, and decree at any other time. It's the realm in which the glory comes, and out of that glory realm, for instance, creative miracles and physical healings take place, because you are in the holy manifest splendor of God. Sickness can't exist in that realm. That's why there is such power in letting the glory come and just soaking in it. It will make you whole, it will bring you healing. Sickness has to flee!

Equally, in the midst of the beauty of His holiness, there is a power of the voice of the Lord that is released. David goes on to say: "The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the LORD is over many waters" (Psalm 29:3).

That power of the voice of the Lord is first described in the story of creation in the Book of Genesis Chapter One: "The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light" (Genesis 1:2-3). In that awesome atmosphere of His holy presence, God spoke. What took place? It was creation; something came out of nothing. There was a power of the voice of the Lord that was released in the midst of the presence of the Holy Spirit, and that's when God spoke in that realm and said, "Let there be light." And light came forth!!

We need to understand that there is a power in the voice of the Lord that is released in the midst of the beauty of His holiness. Now I want to suggest that you meditate on that revelation before the Lord as well as Psalm 29:3: "The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the LORD is over many waters."

True worship releases the voice of the Lord over our lives--powerfully--just like thunder.