Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them”
Christ in you, the Scripture says, is the hope of God’s glory (Colossians 1:27). Christ manifested outwardly upon you, however, is the realization of His glory. Our Lord is waiting for this realization in our generation. Believers who carry the glory of God formed within them will soon find this glory,including both the loveliness of God‘s character and His awesome power are now visible upon them—Christ, Ha-Mashiach the Messiah, on display! Through these, His glorious people— “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
In a three-part vision, I could see this reality; the realization of the glory of the Lord through His people. The vision began with a heavenly perspective, then a transition perspective between heaven and earth, and finally an earthly perspective.
“I saw the Lord. He was high and lifted up and His train filled the temple,” Isaiah said. This was a confirming Word to me; something akin to this Scripture was happening in our day. I saw part of His glory; the glory of His people. They were being stitched as one long unbroken strand of translucent thread into the hem of the Lord’s train. I saw Him thread some of these soon to be glorious people through the “eye of the needle.” —“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25). This will begin the process that would finish His glorious work through the Church age and usher in His Kingdom age. Once through the “eye of the needle,” these glorious, now Kingdom age people were “on fire” with first love for Jesus (Yeshua). They stood in antithesis to the “lukewarm church” in Laodicea which was told: “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17-19). Until these lukewarm people were willing to lay down their pride, be tried in the fire, and become poor in spirit, they would not be part of this new marvelous Kingdom event.
It was a “blind stitch” He was using to stitch the hem of His train. His glory would be all that was seen. Although these people carried His glory upon them, they themselves were hidden in that glory. Jesus (Yeshua) Himself was all that was seen.
“And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:11).
I then saw the thread He was using. It was a picture of His people being pulled UP from the earth—away from the world—from what looked like a huge spool of thread. Those He was presently using were emerging as a glorious chain of people from the very core of the spool. I knew this to be those who had come into the very center of His will. They were lifted in a continuous flowing strand; many coming together in His perfect will for their lives.
Next, I saw part of His church on earth. It looked like a very worn, faded, dirty, moth-eaten piece of cloth all made up of His people. The good news was that the Lord was unraveling this piece of cloth, pulling the thread at the top upward. As He unraveled this, He would come to places where the people were not joined together. Lovingly, His hands would mend the breach. Not one was lost. I think of Jesus saying, “Of those whom You gave me, I have lost none” (John 18:9). He continued unraveling, mending, and pulling the “thread” of His people. As He did, they were being changed in form from the dirty, broken, worn pieces of thread which had formed the old cloth into a new unbroken, cleansed, and glorified chain of His people. He was then wrapping them on the spool of thread which stood between earth and heaven. They were first wrapped then pulled to the inside of the spool (the center of His will), then upward through the “eye of the needle” to be stitched into His glorious train—“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple” (Isaiah 6:1).
We are standing on the threshold of part of what the prophet Isaiah experienced, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” (Isaiah 6:8). Who will God send as His new Kingdom people? It will be those who have become an unseen part of His glory in their transition from the earthly to the heavenly. The last cleansing fire will touch them as the hot coal touched the lips of Isaiah. This will remove the final stains from these people. They will emerge as a Holy Bride without spot or wrinkle—ready to meet their Lord and beloved Bridegroom, becoming part of His glorious train filling the Temple.
Through His people He will shine forth, His train will fill the temple, and the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of His glory.
Amen, Lord, Amen!
Confirming Scripture—Isaiah 6:5-8
“So I 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.’
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
‘Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.’
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
‘Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?’
Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.'”