We need to learn how to operate in the Glory Light of God.
We began this study by observing that the glory of the Lord appeared in the Bible in four unique ways: first as cloud, secondly as smoke and thirdly as a bright and shining light. On a number of occasions when the glory of the Lord appeared visibly it come with the appearance of brilliant light. Whenever we think of the glory of the Lord in the New Testament, we most often associate it with the appearance of intense light. On the Mount of Transfiguration the glory of the Lord descended both as a cloud and as a bright light.
Jesus took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As He was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Mose and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions are very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. (Luke 9:28-32)
The light of the glory of the Lord was so intense that Mark said, “His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than Antony in the world could beach them.” (Mark 9:3). Matthew tells us that Jesus “was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, his clothes became as white as the light.” (Matthew 17:2). This intense light is reminiscent of Ezekiel’s heavenly encounter with the King of Glory.
Above the expanse...was what looked like a throng of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the Racine around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking. (Ezekiel 1:26-28)
The glory of the Lord shines with a glorious and intense light. “And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came form the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.” (Ezekiel 43:2). When Jesus confronted Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus road, Saul was surrounded by the glazing light of the glory of God.
“Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And those who are with m indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. And since I would not see the the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who are with me, I came into Damascus.” (Acts 22:6-7, 9, 11)
Paul was literally blinded by the intensity of the light of the glory of God. Later he went on to talk about the relationship between the light and the glory of God. “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone into our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6). The light of the glory of God is a heavenly reality that is even brighter than the light of the sun. It has illuminate the entire universe. We are told int he book of Revelation that the city of God, the New Jerusalem, “had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” (Revelation 21:23). Jesus described Himself as the “light of the world.” The light of the glory of God s a real light, but it emanates out of the being of God. Natural light is merely a prophetic picture of the greater reality of the supernatural light of heaven.