Rock-Solid Orthodox Christianity
Isaiah 59:19 - 60:5
So shall they fear
The name of the Lord from the west,
And His glory from the rising of the
sun
;

[worldwide demonstration of the God's glory
- causing awe and wonder among the nations]

When the enemy comes in like a FLOOD,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a
STANDARD against him
. Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen
upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the
earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will rise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your
rising.

Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they came to
you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at
your side.
Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall
be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come
to you.

Further in the chapter:

The glory of Lebanon shall come to
you...

And the sons of those who afflicted you
Shall come bowing to you,
And all those who despised you shall
fall prostate at the soles of your
feet...

The sun shall no longer be your light
by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give
light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an
everlasting light,
And your God your glory...

A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a b nation.
I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.

THE BRIDE COMING FORTH OUT OF THE WILDERNESS

Song of Solomon 3: 6-11
Who is this coming out of the wilderness
Like pillars of smoke,
Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
With all the merchant's fragrant powders?(v6)

The wedding procession comes forth from the wilderness - a glorious Bride with her Beloved. This is the mystery of the end-time church and of the restoration of the true apostolic movement that He has raised up for the final hour.

Those coming out of the wilderness are not to arise in their own time. They are to come out with the Bridegroom in His time (V22: I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time). When they do so in His time, the glory of God will rest and remain on them rather than lift from them.

There is another flood coming. Tribulation. The antichrist. These events occur after the Lord Jesus comes for His own.

Luke 17: 26, 27, 30
And as it was in the days of Noah, so it
will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
They ate, they drank, they married
wives, they were given in marriage, until the
day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood
came and destroyed them all.
Even so will it be in the day when the
Son of Man is revealed.

Just as it was in Noah's day, so shall it be before the Lord comes. As the darkness deepens like birth pangs at the end of the age, so too will the Spirit of God raise a standard - Jesus Christ - and manifest His glory. This is not simply the proclaiming of Jesus Christ but the restoration of the deeper inner relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ resulting in a deep anointing of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of power of God demonstrated by signs and wonders.

It seems that this manifestation of His glory will parallel the deepening of the darkness. As it becomes darker, His glory will be manifested more. This confirms what we know. The greatest manifestation of His glory is still to come. His glory is manifested more in regions and countries in which deep darkness exists.

What is the STANDARD which the Holy Spirit uplifts? (JOHN 16: 13-14) It is not an institution, not a denomination, nor a doctrine. It is a Person - Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:8) For every true believer, loyalty to this standard - Jesus Christ - is primary. Every other commitment - to institution, denomination, or doctrine is secondary.

The Holy Spirit is the STANDARD BEARER of God's army. Just at the moment when God's people are in danger of being totally scattered and defeated, the Holy Spirit uplifts the divine standard. Encouraged by this evidence that God is coming to their help, the people of God from every direction gather around the uplifted standard and regroup for a fresh offensive.

Wherever such believers see Christ truly uplifted by the Holy Spirit, they will gather.

Satan will attempt to oppose God's purposes, but his opposition will be overcome by the Holy Spirit.

(ROMANS 5:20)
2 Thessalonians 3: 6-8a
Do you not remember that when I was
still with you I told you these things?
And now you know what is restraining,
that He may be revealed in his own time.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already
at work; only He who now restrains will
do so until He is taken out of the way.
And then the lawless one will be revealed.

Consider the way in which the Restrainer - the Holy Spirit - works in this last hour. The deepening of the glory of God in this hour restrains Satan in his onslaught of deep darkness. When Jesus comes and takes us home, the Restrainer will leave and the earth will be covered in deep darkness - the Tribulation period. Woe to those who are left on the earth in those days!


7 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE END-TIME REVIVAL:

1. It is worldwide in extent

Isaiah 59: 19a
So shall they fear
The name of the Lord from the west,
And His glory from the rising of the
sun
;...

The end-time outpouring of the Holy Spirit is global - from the west to the east. It's purpose is to complete the last great task - the final worldwide harvest.

Matthew 24:14
And this gospel of the kingdom will be
preached in all the world as a witness to all
the nations, and then the end will come.

2. So shall they fear

It is significant that fear is mentioned "So they shall fear"(19a). Holy awe will come over God's people at the revelation of His power and glory. The glory of God will cause awe and wonder among the nations. Signs and wonders will increase in the days ahead.

Also many shall live in perpetual fear because of the deep darkness which deepens daily. News of nuclear conflict, developments in the Middle East and North Korea, modern terrorism, radical Islam has brought fear into the hearts of many. The Ezekiel 38-39 war is quickly coming together. The war is climaxed by the dramatic deliverance of Israel by God resulting in Israel turning to God and experiencing revival. The end-time revival in the church precedes the coming outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Israel.The times of the Gentiles have almost come to an end. Israel will once again be central in the dealings of God. Watch Israel, Iran and Russia!

3. This is NOT a brief, temporary visitation

Isaiah 59:21
"As for Me," says the Lord, "this is my
covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon
you, and My words which I have put in your
mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, not
from your mouth of your descendents, nor
from the mouth of your descendents'
descendants
, " says the Lord, "from this time
and forevermore."

This beginnings of this end-time move of God began decades ago when many where called into the wilderness of God. Many believe that it began after World War 2 when Israel formed as a nation in 1948.

4. All age groups - with a special emphasis on young people

Isaiah 59:21
"As for Me," says the Lord, "this is my
covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon
you, and My words which I have put in your
mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, not
from your mouth of your descendents, nor
from the mouth of your descendents'
descendants
, " says the Lord, "from this time
and forevermore."

Young people, take heed. Don't bring the world or the spirit of the world into the church! Much of the contemporary praise and worship is worldly music dressed in Christian garments. Let our message and life be one of walking with Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The charismatic way is not the way of Jesus Christ. The end-move is different. Beware, don't find yourself camping in Laodicea!

5. Unity

Isaiah 60: 5a
Then you shall thou shalt see, and become radiant,
And your flow together, and thine heart shall
swell with joy; Because fear, and be enlarged;

The vision of what God is doing will bring His people together. From every historical background and from every section of Christendom, the streams of revival will flow finally uniting themselves into a single irresistible river.

Holy awe will come over God's people at the revelation of His power and glory. Yet there will be also an enlargement of heart - an enlarged capacity to comprehend and to fulfil the purposes of God.

6. Vast Financial and Material Resources

Isaiah 60: 5b
Because the abundance of the sea shall
be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come
to you.

To God's people thus regathered, united, and empowered, there will be made available vast financial and material resources. God has these resources reserved and set aside for the final task which the church has to fulfil.

7. The glory of Lebanon

Isaiah 60: 13
Because the glory of Lebanon shall come to
you,
The cypress, the pine, and the box tree
together,
To beautify the place of My sanctuary;
And I will make the place of My feet
glorious.
Haggai 1:8
"Go up into the mountains and bring wood
and build the temple, that I may take
pleasure in it and be glorified," says the Lord.

The glory of Lebanon. It is solid wood. Is is the best of solid wood. Lebanon was renowned for its wood. It is not melamine which looks good on the surface but has no substance. It is pure gold. Not brass.

'I desire gold - PURE GOLD - to fill My temple,' says the Lord

The work of God in the wilderness brings His light in fullness. In His light, brass is clearly seen as brass and pure gold as pure gold. Brass and gold look similar in poor light and can easily be mistaken as being the same.

So the work of God in the wilderness is foundational to thoroughly discern what is to remain and what is to be shaken and realigned.

Solomon's Temple was constructed from PURE gold. In these last days, He says, 'I desire gold - PURE GOLD - to fill My temple.'

What happens is the molten metal - both of gold and brass and impurities - is heated up by fire. As the fire comes, the temperature rises and the brass and impurities rise to the surface. So we see the separation of the brass and the gold. As the brass and impurities are removed the gold becomes pure. And eventually, the Refiner can look down from heaven and see His face reflected in the gold and know that it is PURE gold.


KENNETH HAGIN:

"In the Charismatic move, Christians have brought the brass of the world into the temple of the Lord as a substitute for pure gold. What they have is a mixture; it is not pure. Therefore, I can only bless My people so far, because they have substituted brass for gold. They’ve brought the clapping and dancing of the world into the temple."

Quotation from a visitation of Jesus to Kenneth Hagin in the book " Plans, Purposes and Pursuits."

NOTE: The context of Isaiah 59 is that of a backslidden Israel. Laodicea. A remnant comes forth from Laodicea.