A Prophetic Picture of God’s Manifest Presence

Something in the hearts of prophetic Christians resonates deeply with God’s promise given through the Prophet Isaiah:

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth… but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Is 60:1-3)

We long for the coming day, when the Presence of God will be so evident upon His people that multitudes will be drawn to God’s Kingdom.

A Prophetic Picture of God’s Manifest Presence

With this in mind, there is a picture that has gripped me lately, and that is God’s Presence both within and manifested upon Moses’ tabernacle in the wilderness.

The word ‘manifested’ means to be seen, to be clear and obvious.

I believe this is a prophetic picture for our lives and for the Church, in that it is being highlighted by the Holy Spirit at this time. [1]

“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.” (Ex 25:8)

1. God’s Presence Within us

Once the Ark of the Covenant was housed in the Tabernacle, Moses no longer needed to wait for God’s Presence to come to him at the door, as he had earlier (Ex 33:9-11). He could speak to God face to face within it.

‘When Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law. In this way the Lord spoke to him.’ (Numbers 7:89)

Inside the Tabernacle, in front of the Ark, Moses had intimate communion and personal conversation with God.

This speaks of God’s Presence within us: our personal relationship with God and the intimate communion we can have with Him through faith in Jesus.

Whilst God’s Presence within us primarily relates to us personally, from there the fruit of our personal relationship with God touches others around us.

2. God’s Manifest Presence Upon us

The Presence of God also continually resided upon the Tabernacle in the form of the pillar of cloud by day and the fire by night.

God’s Presence was a heavenly shield of protection both from the harsh elements of the wilderness and from Israel’s enemies. The Presence of God provided guidance in their journeys.

But God’s Presence not only benefited God’s people. It was also a sign for the nations. When God was about to withdraw His Presence due to the Israelite’s sin, Moses said,

“If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:15-16

The Presence of God upon our lives is a mark of our relationship with Him as sons and daughters.

God’s Presence upon us is our favour, shield and covering. But this is not solely for our benefit—the manifest Presence of God is for the sake of the world around us.

Jesus quoted the Prophet Isaiah:

‘The Holy Spirit is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news….’ (See Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 4:18)

Today we can also say, “The Holy Spirit is upon us, because our Heavenly Father has anointed us to reach and touch people for Him, bringing healing, deliverance and the message of salvation.”

His Presence and Glory is our Inheritance

The Apostle Paul said that if the Old Covenant of Presence of God manifested with glory, how much more should it be for us in the New Covenant? (2 Corinthians 3:7-8)

The truth is, we long for what belongs to us. The Presence and glory of God is our inheritance. This is why our hearts desire to know and experience more of Him.

When we realise this, we can position for and receive what our Father has for us.

It’s time to catch a vision of what God has prepared for us—for this is the first step of fully entering in.

Many of us have a deep desire to experience more of God’s Presence. But what does this mean? I am going to spend a few weeks exploring this topic. Next time, I will look more specifically of how the Holy Spirit’s Presence upon us is manifested in our lives.


Notes:

[1] The Tabernacle of Moses is a Biblical type: firstly of Christ, but also of the Church and the individual believer. (see Hebrews chapters 8-10, Col 2:17) Today, I am referring to it as a prophetic picture because I believe this aspect of the Tabernacle and God’s manifest Presence is a ‘NOW’ word of God for the Church.


Related Posts:

A Prophetic Vision: God’s Call to Intimacy with Him

Hunger for God: 6 Ways You Can Stir it Up

An Open Heaven Is Our Inheritance

Face to Face with God: Can I Have a Relationship like Moses?


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7 thoughts on “A Prophetic Picture of God’s Manifest Presence

  1. Michael Smith

    I deeply enjoyed this teaching on the presence of God and looking forward to the rest of the teaching. For the past several weeks I have been consumed with this subject.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks Michael, it’s such an encouragement to hear you are on the same journey. Feel free to share any insights you have with us, too 🙂

  2. irene Kyriacou

    Dear Helen, thank you so much for this Powerful Prophetic Teaching. This is a poem I wrote while I was reflecting on this Teaching and on 2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the LORD, are being transformed into the same image from Glory to Glory, just as by the Spirit of the LORD”, and 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 “For it is GOD who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of GOD in the face of JESUS CHRIST. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of power may be of GOD and not of us.”
    I have called this Poem, Carriers of GOD’S Glory.

    JESUS is my Resting Place
    HIS Presence is my Dwelling Place
    The LORD is my Hiding Place
    Under the Shadow of HIS Wings, my Soul Delights and Sings

    In the Presence of the KING, I am Free
    Waves of HIS Glory Flooding Over Me
    HE Opens Up my Eyes to See

    I Abide in CHRIST, and HE Abides in Me
    Such a Wonderful, Glorious, Beautiful Mystery
    CHRIST in Me, the HOPE of Glory
    Heaven Loves to tell the Story

    Baptised in HIS Presence
    Crowned with HIS Glory, and Abiding in HIS Love
    Flooded by HIS Love Divine
    Abiding in the Vine
    Seeing JESUS Shine
    Waiting for a Taste of Glory
    This is my Story
    Encountering HIS Presence, like never Before
    Encountering HIS Glory, igniting my Hunger for More

    From Glory to EVER-INCREASING GLORY
    From Strength to Greater Strength
    Into HIS Image, We have Been Made
    A Reflection of HIS Glory
    A Reflection of HIS Grace
    A Mirror of HIS Face
    Abiding in The Vine
    Radiating The Divine
    Shine JESUS Shine

    You are a CARRIER of HIS GLORY
    Heaven tells the Story
    You are a Shining Light
    Glowing EVER so Bright
    Inside of You, is the Greatest Treasure
    The Precious HOLY SPIRIT, Overflowing Without Measure

    Poem by Irene Kyriacou

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you Irene, awesome poem and I love that verse in 2 Cor:6-7 too. Carriers of His glory…yes!

  3. vanessa

    i had a dream about in December 2013 about the holy spirit descending lik a dove, i knw it was not a dream it was something i havent encountered ever, it was at night, it felt as though i was in a flat which must have been on the 20th floor and the room i was in was dark, i was playing with my daughter when all of a sudden i could see a bright light appear from way up in the sky all the way down to the ground. It seemed to look like a pillar of light, as i began staring into the light it began getting brighter, then a beautiful shimmer as if jewels and gold dust began trickling through the pillar of light and then the most glorious white dove appeared out of the light and descended, i was ovrwhelmed at the beauty and magnificance of the pillar of shimmering light and beautiful dove, oh my lord i will never ever forget that encounter, Thank you Lord Jesus, u appeared to me as peace.

  4. Helen Calder Post author

    Vanessa, what a wonderful dream! So full of God’s glory and Presence. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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