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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Manifestation of Christ, #10
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming [parousia] of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (II Peter 1:16)
The Increase of the Personal Coming of the Lord
In the Day of the Lord, God and Christ will enter the members of the Body of Christ, filling them with the Divine Presence and Glory. The members then will be transfigured just as Jesus was transfigured on the mountain.
Peter employs the Greek term parousia when speaking of the transfiguration. Parousia is the word used commonly in the New Testament for the "coming" of the Lord (Matthew 24:27; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Thessalonians 2:1; and so forth).
We currently are not able to receive such fullness of glory. It appears that the Lord, beginning in our day, will increase His Presence in us gradually until we are able to be filled with the Glory of God.
Paul prayed that the saints at Ephesus would be strengthened in the inner man until Christ was dwelling in their hearts, the end being that they "might be filled with all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:14-19).
The latter rain of God's Spirit that has been reserved for the last days will exceed the Pentecostal outpourings of history. In addition to the outpouring of the latter rain, the Throne of God and of the Lamb will be formed in the saints.
We are not prepared to receive Divine Life and Glory on this scale. We enjoy the blessing of Christ's Presence. But are we prepared to have the Father and the Son dwell in us to the extent that the Father dwells in Christ? Can we live in the fullness of the Glory of Christ?
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: (John 17:22)
Isaiah speaks of the gradual capturing of us by the Spirit of God:
But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:13)
The waters of God's Glory come to our ankles, then to our knees, then to our loins, until finally we are swimming in a river that cannot be crossed (Ezekiel 47:3-5).
Revival glory will increase in the end-time. If we would know the Lord and participate in the increase of glory we must press forward constantly in Him. The Lord's manifestation will be as the sun rising at the start of a new day. We now are entering the darkest hour of the night; but the Day Star, Christ, already is rising in the hearts of the victorious saints. The Day Star heralds the dawning of the manifestation of Christ.
During these last days the Lord Jesus will come to us as the "rain." This is not speaking of His bodily manifestation in glory but of His coming in the latter (harvest) rain.
The latter-rain revival has begun already, bringing revelation and anticipation. Soon there will come the greatest outpouring of God's Spirit in all history, enabling the saints to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom as a witness to every nation on the earth. After that there will arise the burning sun of persecution and tribulation in order that God's "wheat" may be ready for the harvest.
It is important to note that the latter-rain revival is a "coming" of the Lord:
". . . he will come to us as the rain, . . . ."
To be continued.