Recently, I heard the Lord say, "My Church is entering Her Glory days". I had also noticed that He kept highlighting the word "glory" to me in different settings. According to the Cambridge Dictionary "Someone's glory days are a period of time when they were very successful". In normal usage, the phrase "glory days" would refer to a successful time in your past, but I feel God is saying that our glory days as His Church are before us. In other words, the best is yet to come!
I believe the phrase "glory days" represents two different meanings. The first is where we, the Church, will see the manifest glory of the Lord in our gatherings, church services, meetings, or conferences. I see Him moving in meetings in ways that will leave everyone present in a state of awe and wonder. Schedules, agendas, and plans will have to be altered to make room for what is taking place. I also believe His glory is coming to powerfully move in arenas outside of the church walls and among those who have not yet encountered Him. Testimonies of profound encounters with His glory will begin to increase.
The second meaning of the phrase "glory days" I believe refers to the Church stepping into her true identity and position in the Kingdom. The encounters with His glory will bring an increase and acceleration of revelation that brings life, freedom, and understanding to His people. The Church will truly begin to carry His glory as God intended, and "ARISE and SHINE" as prophesied in Isaiah 60:1. It is in this same chapter that it says, "the glory of the LORD rises upon you" (vs. 1) and "his glory appears over you." (vs.2) As the Church steps into Her true position of carrying His glory, we will begin to see the nations stream towards the light. The Bride will fulfill the mandate to restore the lost and alone to their place of glory in the Father's royal family.
"For God, who said "Let light shine out of darkness made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ." 2 Cor. 4:6
In the Kingdom of God we go from glory to glory. ( from 2 Cor. 3:18) Isaiah 9:7 says, "Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end". We are to expect the increase of His Kingdom in every arena. A shift is beginning and will continue to occur where our thinking will need to change to come in line with the truth of the level of glory that is about to be revealed.
GOD'S GLORY REVEALED
Just today I kept hearing a famous song from Handel's Messiah running through my head. Since this was quite unusual I paused to ponder what God might be saying. The song I heard was "And the Glory of the Lord Will Be Revealed". As I stopped to look up the lyrics I found they were straight out of Isaiah 40:5, "And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." What a beautiful prophetic promise spoken by the prophet Isaiah! We know that this prophetic passage refers to the coming of Jesus Christ, but no where does it indicate that the glory would end with His birth. Quite the opposite, His glory is ever increasing.
Habakkuk 2:14 puts it this way, "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." We have this promise that the "knowledge of the glory of the LORD" will completely fill the earth. His glory will continue to increase until the earth is filled with this knowledge.
I hear the Lord saying, "Awaken My Church! Your glory days are upon you! I am coming to replace skepticism with My awe and wonder. I am coming to heal wounded and jaded hearts. I am coming to redeem, restore, and awaken glory! You haven't seen anything yet! You will stand and be amazed at the coming of My glory in your midst. Just as when My glory filled the temple, and the priests could no longer stand, I am coming to display My glory in such a way that you will often find yourselves prostrate in My glory and Presence."
Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. The priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 2 Chronicles 7:1-3.
"It is a time of ancient doors opening. It is a time of My unparalleled glory being revealed. I am coming in as the KING OF GLORY. 'Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.' (Ps. 24:7) I am coming in as the Strong and Mighty One. I am coming to display my power in your midst, My Church. You were intended for GLORY My Bride, and you will manifest My glory to the world in the coming days. Did I not promise that the ministry of My Spirit would be glorious? My surpassing Glory is here to stay and increase in all the Earth."
"Even the ministry that was characterized by chiseled letters on stone tablets came with a dazzling measure of glory, though it produced death. The Israelites couldn't bear to gaze on the glowing face of Moses because of the radiant splendor shining from his countenance--a glory destined to fade away. Yet how much more radiant is this new and glorious ministry of the Spirit that shines from us! For if the former ministry of condemnation was ushered in with a measure of glory, how much more does the ministry that imparts righteousness far excel in glory. What once was glorious no longer holds any glory because of the increasingly greater glory that has replaced it. The fading ministry came with a portion of glory, but now we embrace the unfading ministry of a permanent impartation of glory. So then, with this amazing hope living in us, we step out in freedom and boldness to speak the truth." (2 Cor. 3:7-12 TPT)