As God’s people, especially at a time like this, it is important to understand the ways in which we can transform bitter circumstances into sweetness.
In this regard, it is necessary that we do not look at bitter circumstances as negative, but as a certain kind of test to see if we are able, with our spiritual eyes, to recognize the potential already placed by God in our realm of space and time that leads to sweetness and thus to revelatory knowledge in the midst of challenges (cf. Exodus 15:22-26 i.c.w. 1 Samuel 14:27).
Exodus 15:22-26:
22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they travelled in the desert without finding water.
23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)
24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?’
25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.
26 He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you (Note: YAHWEH RAPHEKA).’
1 Samuel 14:27:
27 But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.
Spiritual Maturity and Solid Food
In addition, spiritual maturity is required in this context, which means feeding our spirit man solid food to discern good from evil, and results in uncompromising discipleship to Christ (cf. Hebrews 5:14).
Hebrews 5:14:
14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
In connection with the internalization of solid food, in certain circumstances it may be accompanied by a bitter taste, much like the meat of the Passover lamb, which was eaten with bitter herbs by the people of Israel before they went out from slavery in Egypt to their freedom (cf. Exodus 12:8).
Exodus 12:8:
8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.
These bitter herbs include the revelation of God that came to Abraham, where the LORD spoke to Abraham of the enslavement of his descendants, which is represented by the bitter herbs (cf. Genesis 15:13-14).
Genesis 15:13-14:
13 Then the Lord said to him, ‘Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and ill-treated there.
14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterwards they will come out with great possessions. …’
The Hebrew word for ‘herbs’ is ‘’ôrāh’ and can also mean ‘light’ and include a ‘cheerful state’. (Part excerpt from the Elberfelder Study Bible on the Hebrew word ‘herb – ‘ôrāh’ with the word key number: 224*I and 225*II).
This tells us that prophetic revelation must always be based on the Word of God because the Holy Spirit uses the truth of the Word of God when communicating revelatory truth (cf. 2 Peter 1:19-20).
2 Peter 1:19-21:
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.
21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The Bitter Circumstance and the Revelation Contained Therein
In order to recognize the revelation contained in a bitter circumstance, it is crucial to internalize the love of God represented by the Passover lamb, as a reference to Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:29; John 3:16 i.c.w. Revelation 5:12).
John 1:29:
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! …’
John 3:16:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Revelation 5:12:
12 In a loud voice they were saying: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!’
When we internalize the love of God in our spirit man, we are able to discern His direction even in challenging situations (cf. Romans 8:28).
Romans 8:28:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Only by internalizing God’s love, we are enabled to increase in strength in our inward man and to walk steadfastly forward in faith in Christ Jesus (cf. Ephesians 3:16-17).
Ephesians 3:16-17:
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, …
As mentioned earlier, sweetness and bitterness are close together when these are chosen by God to lead us on our journey into a deeper knowledge of revelation.
The increase of strength is necessary in our lives because it helps to keep the adversary in check as well as to put him to flight. In this, sweetness plays an extraordinary role, which is evident from the testimony of Jonathan, the son of Saul in the midst of the battle against the Philistines, as well as from the presentation of the revelatory truth of God’s Word in the form of a scroll to Ezekiel and John (cf. 1 Samuel 14:27 i.c.w. Ezekiel 3:3; Revelation 10:9-10).

1 Samuel 14:27:
27 But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.

Ezekiel 3:3:
3 Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.’ So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.

Revelation 10:9-10:
9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, ‘Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but “in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” ’
10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour (Note: bitter).
The Sweetness of God and Revelatory Truth
The sweetness of the Word of God, which includes revelatory truth, results in recognizing the things God wants to reveal and prophesying according to what we see (cf. Ezekiel 3:4 i.c.w. Revelation 10:11).

Ezekiel 3:4:
4 He then said to me: ‘Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. …’

Revelation 10:11:
11 Then I was told, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.’

The taste of God’s revelatory word causes supernatural sight (cf. Psalm 34:8).

Psalm 34:8:
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Furthermore, the revelatory truth of the Word of God can also take place through the ministry of angels, as the revelatory truth works from the outside inward with the goal of prophesying into the predetermined field of assignment in the natural realm and its circle of people (cf. Revelation 10:8-11 i.c.w. Hebrews 1:14).
Revelation 10:8-11:
8 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: ‘Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.’
9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, ‘Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but “in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” ’
10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour (Note: bitter).
11 Then I was told, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.’

Hebrews 1:14:
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
We are as the people of God in the ‘Pe – decade’ i.e. the decade of the ‘mouth’. The mouth is the entrance for the revelatory sweetness of God that leads to the destination of the stomach. The stomach, in turn, is related to the bitter taste. Therefore, it is helpful to know how bitter is transformed into the revelatory truth of God in our ‘belly’. The stomach or belly, in the spiritual context, is the realm or seat of our spirit.
The Belly and the Interior of the Human Being
In Hebrew as well as in Greek, the word ‘belly’ is used in connection with ‘the inside of man’, which also means as ‘bulge, something that is hollowed out’. (Part excerpt from the Elberfelder Study Bible on the Hebrew word ‘bäṭän – stomach, belly, inside, something that is hollowed out, bulge’ with word key number: 1017 and the Greek word ‘koilịa’ with word key number: 2810)
According to the Word of God, the above ‘hollow measure’ is related, among other things, to the hand of God with which He measures the measure of the waters, as revealed in Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 40:12).
Isaiah 40:12:
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
In connection with this, I was led to the biblical passage from 2 Kings 3, where the king of Israel, together with the king of Judah and the king of Edom, went to war against Moab. Moab means ‘waters – offspring of the father’ and figuratively, they (Note: king of Israel, Judah and Edom) went through the area of communication of the ‘father of lies’ (cf. John 8:44).
John 8:44:
44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
When they went through the desert of Edom, they had no more water for themselves and their animals and were in a so-called ‘bitter circumstance’, so the king of Judah, based on the advice of one of the servants of the king of Israel, called to go to the prophet Elisha.
As a result, the king of Israel, the king of Judah and the king of Edom went to the prophet Elisha and asked him for prophetic advice, whereupon he pointed out the importance of the king of Judah, without whom no prophetic revelation would have come about in this challenging situation.
2 Kings 3:11-16a:
11 But Jehoshaphat asked, ‘Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may enquire of the Lord?’ An officer of the king of Israel answered, ‘Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.’
12 Jehoshaphat said, ‘The word of the Lord is with him.’ So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, ‘Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.’ ‘No,’ the king of Israel answered, ‘because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.’
14 Elisha said, ‘As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you.
15 But now bring me a harpist.’ While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha
16a and he said, ‘This is what the Lord says: …
This clearly shows that it is necessary to wage spiritual warfare (Note: Israel => ‘God-fighter’) with worship (Note: Judah => ‘worship, praise’) based on the triumph of Jesus (Note: Edom => ‘red, reddish’) in order to act with prophetic direction (cf. Psalm 149:5-9).
Psalm 149:5-9:
5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honour and sing for joy on their beds.
6 May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, 7 to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, 8 to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, 9 to carry out the sentence written against them – this is the glory of all his faithful people. Praise the Lord.
David is an example of such a mixture. He created many musical instruments and instruments of warfare. The reason for this mixture is that strategic warfare is only done from a seat of rest.

We must work from a seat of rest to be a great fighter and not just a destructive one. A fighter must also be creative. That means destroying what is destined to be destroyed so that what is productive is preserved. This is what a good warrior does.

True warfare consists of removing what is unproductive, that which should not be there, and maintaining what is productive.
The ‘Hollow and Bitter Realm of the Spirit’
The prophet Elisha understood the ‘hollow and bitter realm of the spirit’, as evidenced by his prophetic intervention associated with the sound of worship, instructing the three kings to dig ditches in the valley so that they would be able to bear a greater measure of God’s outpouring associated with victory over their enemies (cf. 2 Kings 3:15b-20).
2 Kings 3:15b-20:
… 15b While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha 16 and he said, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water.
17 For this is what the Lord says: you will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink.
18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.
19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, block up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.’
20 The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was – water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.
Thus it becomes clear that when we who love God and are called according to His purpose enter into bitter circumstances in life in the form of challenges and even losses, these must serve us for the best (cf. Romans 8:28).
Romans 8:28:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Therefore, let us integrate the important potential of our worship into the spiritual battle, so that in this divine symbiosis we dynamically establish the will of God in our lives and effectively contribute to the sweetness of God.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm

“There are the outstretched arms of the old generation in the ekklēsia, which releases MY apostolic potential for the future! This is the release into the phase of hiddenness to transport it to the place of government for the future (cf. Exodus 2:2-3)!
It is similar to the time when I created the heavens and the earth while chaos was present! I use ‘the water’ and MY ‘wind’, which unite with the power of MY sent WORD to separate the light from the darkness (cf. Genesis 1:1-5a)!
There is the protective light of MY prophetic watchfulness that will accompany through this process and confront Leviathan ‘at the river’s bank’, says the LORD (cf. Exodus 2:4)!
Do not fear the presence of the evil one who is bent on stealing, slaughtering and destroying (cf. John 10:10 i.c.w. 1 Peter 5:8)!
I will pass MY plan of redemption before their eyes without them recognizing it! It is MY ‘secret weapon’ that will confront them and bring them down, says the LORD (cf. Exodus 2:5)!
There is an increase of wickedness that equals the joining of Leviathan on one side and Nimrod on the other, because they want to strengthen their seat of government of evil! But I will confront the power of Behemoth and the power of Leviathan (cf. Job 40:15a; Job 41:1)!
I am putting a stop to their calculation! Their calculation will not work out because they have overlooked something! It is MY ‘secret weapon’, says the LORD! It passes through the realm of the company of evil without being seen by them, because I have struck them with a certain kind of blindness!
There will pass a time, and another time, that will cause My apostolic call to sound in the midst of their camp, and they will be shaken to their foundations, says the LORD (cf. Psalm 74:12-14)!
There are the outstretched arms of MY ekklēsia on the one side of time and the outstretched arms of My ekklēsia on the other side of time, because I am bringing MY apostolic power into a new dynamic! This contributes to freedom and justice, because I will separate MY people and thus separate the sheep from the goats, says the LORD (cf. Exodus 2:7-10 i.c.w. Matthew 25:32-33)!”
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm

As we move deeper as God’s people into the promise God has given us, we are called to move forward in the triumph of Christ in the form of the ‘three days’, which includes His victory over sin, death, and the devil (cf. Mark 9:31 i.c.w. Colossians 2:13-15).
Mark 9:31:
… 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.’
Colossians 2:13-15:
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
We are told in Numbers 10:33-36 that the people of Israel traveled from Mount Horeb/Sinai three days’ journey, while the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD passed before them.
Numbers 10:33-36:
33 So they set out from the mountain of the Lord and travelled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.
34 The cloud of the Lord was over them by day when they set out from the camp.
35 Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, ‘Rise up, Lord! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.’
36 Whenever it came to rest, he said, ‘Return, Lord, to the countless thousands of Israel.’
In a prophetic context, this points to the walk in triumph and resurrection power in Christ Jesus, accompanied by His glorious presence, guiding our way into the future (cf. Micah 2:13 i.c.w. Psalm 119:105).
Micah 2:13:
13 The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.’
Psalm 119:105:
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
The reason is because in the Ark of the Covenant were the three elements in the form of the golden jar of manna representing the prophetic word as the testimony of Jesus, the sprouting almond staff of Aaron representing God’s direction on the basis of a blossoming and fruitful time as the almond tree heralds the springtime in Israel and also the two covenant tablets representing God’s standard of values.
Christ, the Trailblazer and the Right Time to Go Ahead
In all of this, it is necessary that when we find ourselves in a period of time where the adversary is vehemently opposing us to stop us in going forward with Christ, we should first pay attention to whether the glorious presence of our breaker – Jesus Christ is in front of us. It is so that with Him as the ‘spearhead’ in the form of His triumph on the cross of Calvary, we can pierce through the enemy’s resistance in order to continue to go ahead secured in the victory in Christ.
If we, as God’s people, move forward without His presence and act on our own will, even when we have repented of made mistakes, it can bring devastating consequences, much like what the people of Israel experienced (cf. Numbers 14:40-45).
Numbers 14:40-45:
40 Early the next morning they set out for the highest point in the hill country, saying, ‘Now we are ready to go up to the land the Lord promised. Surely we have sinned!’
41 But Moses said, ‘Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed!
42 Do not go up, because the Lord is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies, 43 for the Amalekites and the Canaanites will face you there. Because you have turned away from the Lord, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword.’
44 Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up towards the highest point in the hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp.
45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah.
This is why we should act accordingly at the time God has appointed according to His will, so as not to thwart our moment brought about by God. However, if we do not respond according to His will at the right time, it may cause us to be pushed back by the enemy in our path, resulting in loss and confusion.
In order to discern when or in what way the glory or presence of God moves, knowledge of the biblical months and the three biblical feasts ordained by God – Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot is of great significance (cf. Matthew 16:2-3 i.c.w. Exodus 23:14-17).
Matthew 16:2-3:
2 He replied, ‘When evening comes, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,”
3 and in the morning, “Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.” You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
Exodus 23:14-17:
14 ‘Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me.
15 ‘Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread (Note: Passover); for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt. ‘No-one is to appear before me empty-handed.
16 ‘Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field (Note: Shavuot – Feast of Weeks/Pentecost). ‘Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering (Note: Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles) at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.
17 ‘Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign Lord.
These three biblical feasts, appointed by God, carry within them a threefold cord that must be judged spiritually correct. This is about:

1. the power of the blood of the Lamb,
2. the power of the Holy Spirit based on the given Word of God,
3. the power of the glory of God.
When we align with this knowledge by faith, as well as celebrate the biblical feasts in the freedom of the Spirit based on the truth of God’s Word, and not out of religious legalism, it results in the wonderful intensification of God’s presence in our lives.
In order to experience the glory or presence of God in our lives more intensely, there is a need for a space of descent for His presence. This is evident from the fact that God honored His two created beginnings of the year by fulfilling these established holy places in the time of Moses at the completion of the tabernacle in the first biblical month of ‘Nissan/Aviv’ (Note: beginning of the holy, biblical year) and in the time of king Solomon at the consecration of the temple in the seventh biblical month of ‘Tishrei/Ethanim’ (Note: beginning of the biblical, civil year). Accordingly, it is also important for us as His people to recognize the value of time in a biblical context and to respect it by also preparing in faith a place for God’s presence in time for these time frames so that He can spread out with His presence to the following months (cf. Exodus 40:1-2.16-17 i.c.w. 1 Kings 8:2.8-12).
Exodus 40:1-2.16-17:
1 Then the Lord said to Moses: 2 ‘Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month. …
16 Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.
17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.
1 Kings 8:2.8-12:
2 All the Israelites came together to King Solomon at the time of the festival in the month of Ethanim, the seventh month. …
8 These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place in front of the inner sanctuary, but not from outside the Holy Place; and they are still there today.
9 There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.
10 When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord.
11 And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.
12 Then Solomon said, ‘The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud; …
The Two Biblical Time Cycles and the Cloud of God
In order to understand the appointed time of God, it is critical to know that there are two biblical time cycles. The first time cycle is the biblical civil year, which means the blessing cycle and is aligned from the time of man’s creation, when God blessed Adam. (Note: beginning in the fall; The blessing cycle begins with the seventh biblical month ‘Tishrei/Ethanim’).
The second cycle of time is the cycle of redemption in the biblical holy year, which begins with the biblical month of ‘Nissan/Aviv’, which aligns with the blood of the Lamb of God shed at Passover (Note: beginning in the spring). ‘Nissan/Aviv’ is the month after which all other biblical months must align (cf. Exodus 12:1-2 i.c.w. Exodus 34:18).
Exodus 12:1-2:
1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 ‘This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. …’
Exodus 34:18:
18 ‘Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread (Note: Passover). For seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt.
God’s presence accompanies us on our ‘way of the day’ in the form of a cloud, which in Hebrew is called ‘’ānān’ and ends twice with the Hebrew letter ‘Nun’, which among other things means ‘fish’.
Since fish live in water and thus reside in a hidden world from the human eye, this is related to the mysterious presence of God through which the LORD communicates the wisdom and knowledge hidden in His Son Christ Jesus (cf. Colossians 2:2-3).
Colossians 2:2-3:
2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
This communication is akin to the two fish that, in conjunction with the five loaves, contributed to the blessing in the form of a multiplying miracle Jesus did when He responded to the hunger of the people (cf. Matthew 14:16-19).
Matthew 14:16-19:
16 Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’
17 ‘We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,’ they answered.
18 ‘Bring them here to me,’ he said.
19 And he told the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
Furthermore, this type of divine communication can be initially disconcerting to inexperienced believers or even cause fear due to a lack of knowledge, similar to what happened to the people of Israel when the LORD settled His dark cloud on Mount Horeb/Sinai, thus covering or wrapping Moses (cf. Exodus 19:16; Exodus 20:18-19.21).
Exodus 19:16:
16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.
Exodus 20:18-19.21:
18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not let God speak to us or we will die.’ …
21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
Due to the lack of knowledge, some believers may title this presence of God as sorcery and divination or the like, but this should not prevent trained or mature saints in the presence of God from stepping back from it, but acting sovereignly from this divine presence to convey the direction of God.
For example, the prophet Daniel, because of his intimate relationship with God and the anointing assigned to him by God, was placed by king Nebuchadnezzar above all the magicians, astrologers, enchanters, and soothsayers (cf. Daniel 5:11-12).
Daniel 5:11-12:
11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners.
12 He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.’
This means that even if people cannot correctly discern the God-given anointing toward us, we should act sovereignly in what we know without being intimidated or pushed back in our mission.
The presence of God in the form of the dark cloud – ‘’ānān’ is His external glory that precedes Him, so that His heavy and thick presence – kābôd appears in conjunction with the presence of His indwelling glory – Shekinah.
This external glory – ‘’ānān’, is the presence of the LORD that accompanies us on our personal journey with Christ (Note: symbol of the Ark of the Covenant), while the heavy and indwelling glory – kābôd/Shekinah accompany the establishment of the dwelling place in the place where the LORD wants to settle.
For us as God’s people, this means that is required that we allow the glorious presence of the LORD represented by the Ark of the Covenant to go before us as a trailblazer and to find for us a resting place that corresponds to His will and the time of His visitation (cf. Numbers 10:33).
Numbers 10:33:
33 So they set out from the mountain of the Lord and travelled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm