“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. 
“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.
 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.
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