End-Time Restoration of the Glory of the Lord
Wade E Taylor

"I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire." Revelation 3:18a

This "counsel" is given by Jesus to the Laodicean Church, who said that they were "rich and increased in goods."

"Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Revelation 3:17

The word "naked" tells us that they still were spiritual babies.

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby." I Peter 2:2

They did not realize that they should be, but were not covered with the glory. Their emphasis was on the external blessing and provision of the Lord, rather than upon their being changed within, so the glory might radiate out through them.

This "gold" that is to be refined in fire, is the "divine nature" of the Lord Jesus Christ made manifest through the witness of His glory. It is our lives purified - with all the dross and sediment removed in the "refiner's fire," so that His life in resurrection glory might be revealed through our lives.

"And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal." Revelation 4:6

As we both allow and cooperate with this outworking of the "refiner's fire," we will become so transparent in His presence, that we will become as being a "sea of glass."

"And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried." Zechariah 13:9a

"But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness." Malachi 3:2-3

Another purpose in our being "tried in the fire" is to prepare us to be a container of His glory.

"Out of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shines in His strength." Revelation 1:16b

"Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you. And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." Isaiah 60:1-3

"The glory of the Lord is risen upon you." This prophecy relates to the end-time, the time in which we presently live, and is about to be fulfilled. It will produce the greatest visitation ever, and if rejected, result in the tribulation judgments of God.

"Glory" is a substance that can be both seen and felt. It appears as being a vapor that has color and weight.

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." II Corinthians 4:17

This "manifestation" of the glory of the Lord through us is the result of a proper response to all of the dealings and struggles of life, along with the chastenings and scourgings that we experience (our becoming an overcomer), in order for us to be prepared for this revelation of the glory of the Lord, when Jesus returns to be seen through our lives.

"And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai." Exodus 19:11

"And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it." Isaiah 40:5

"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14

Paul said, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14). The "goal" that Paul is pressing toward is his "placement" (level of attainment) in the kingdom. He understood that he had to be "made ready" for this.

"I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:12b

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife has made herself ready." Revelation 19:7

Jesus ascended in glory, and He is increasingly releasing and imparting His glory, especially in these last days.

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." II Corinthians 3:18

"But we all, with open face ... are changed into the same image from glory to glory." This "open face" is the result of the veil having been rent when Jesus died on the cross, so we can again enter into the manifest presence of the Lord. The reason why we behold "as in a glass" the glory of the Lord is that this "glass" acts as a shield which allows us to experience as much glory as we can handle. As our capacity increases, the level of glory that we experience will also increase.

The glory of the Lord appears as being a vapor having a golden hue, or color. Many years ago, during a visitation of the Lord, suddenly, I was standing within a column of visible glory. The intensity of this glory increased until I could stand no more, then it lifted. As a result, my life was drastically changed, and I became increasingly aware of the realms of the Spirit, and that there was much more available than I had presently experienced.

The Apostle Paul was on his way to persecute the Church when the Lord suddenly appeared in such glory that he fell from his horse and was blinded. The manifestation of glory was so great, that he had to be prayed for to restore his sight. Much of what Paul said of his "pressing toward the mark" was that he never forgot the manifestation of glory that he experienced, and he contended to again experience this level of glory.

One of the many "facets" of the glory of the Lord is that it has an effect which is like our looking into a "mirror." When the glory appears, we see the reflection of ourselves as we presently are, in contrast to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. We see how far we are from what we should be. We need to experience the glory, not because we have prayed enough or that we have done all the right things, but rather, so we can truly repent.

There is an example of this "effect" of the manifest glory, and the repentance that resulted, in Isaiah, chapter six.

"In the year that King Uzziah died, (when I came to the end of my dependence on the earthly) I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train (His glory) filled the temple." Isaiah 6:1

Those of royalty wear robes that trail behind them. The Lord's robe, the train of His garment, fills the temple. We are the temple, so this tells us that He is much closer to us than we realize. Heaven in not a distance, rather, it is a dimension into which we can enter.

"Above it stood the seraphim's; each one had six wings." Isaiah 6:2a

These "six wings" are three sets of wings, which reveal an overcoming life. With two, they cover their "face," as Jesus is the head. With two, they cover their "feet," as we are to walk in submission to His will. Now, we are ready to "fly" in a cooperative relationship with our Lord.

These "seraphim" are the overcomers in Revelation 3:20 who are with the Lord in His throne - "To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne."

"And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory. And the posts of the door, moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke." Isaiah 6:3-4

These "posts" of the door that moved, is the barrier (closed door) between the earthly and the heavenly. As worship flowed up to the Lord, these posts (hinges on the door) moved, and the house was filled with smoke - the glory of the Lord. In the functioning of the heavenly, and in the reflection of glory, Isaiah saw how short he was of the relationship with the Lord that was available to him, and he said:

"Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." Isaiah 6:5

True repentance will result in deliverance and change. An angel came with a "coal of fire," and all that was unlike the Lord was purged, and his life purified. Our becoming as "Gold tried in the fire" comes through repentance in the presence of the glory of the Lord.

Ezekiel's vision reveals the functioning of the glory in the last days.

"And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man ... their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward." Ezekiel 1:4-5, 9

This is a picture of the functioning of the corporate Body of Christ in the end-time.

"Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with its four faces." Ezekiel 1:15

The "wheel" can be said to be our lives fully "submitted" to the Lord, and "moving" in harmony with Jesus, as being "a wheel within a wheel." The wheel, and the will of God, are interchangeable, and speaks of the functioning, or moving in the purposes of God.

"The appearance of the wheels and their work was like to the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel." Ezekiel 1:16

We are living during the time in which the Lord is preparing a people for His end-time purposes. This is the "wheel within the wheel" - my life merged into His life in order to become the expression of His life, which will greatly affect all mankind, and the nations. There are forerunners whom the Lord is preparing, who will greatly affect the world systems of our day.

The greatest visitation this world has ever seen is about to begin. There is a two-fold purpose - the out-calling of a people into an end-time cooperative relationship with the Lord, and the judgments on the nations, which will begin through the functioning of this "wheel within the wheel."

This glory is a moving glory. Not only are we cleansed and purified in glory, (Isaiah 6:5), but we are being changed "from glory to glory" (II Corinthians 3:18). This is the wheel within the wheel that will lead to the establishing of the government of God in the earth to bring into being the Millennial Kingdom of God.