Eternal Glory Of Night And Day
|I would like to shed some more light on the meaning of what I last wrote to you concerning “the glory of the night.” Also, on our website, I wrote an article in 2003 entitled, “The bowing of the sun and moon” which reflects some of what I am writing here.
Here is a brief excerpt from my previous discovery letter last week.
“Sometime ago the Lord showed me the glory of the night in heaven. Now maybe you are a little more up to speed than I am, but I didn’t even know there was such a thing. Here are some scriptural references to consider.At the beginning of Revelation 4, John hears the voice of the Lord say, “come up here.” From that moment on John sees a door and enters into heaven.
In Revelation 4:7-9 John writes,
“And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”
Again, while John is still in haven he writes,
“Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. (Revelation 7:13-16)
With this in mind, let’s explore this further. Like everything else on this earthly plain, we are seeing the dark side of its glorious state in heaven. While the natural side of creation certainly reflects the attributes of God, its temporary form is nonetheless a shadowy view of its true invisible glorious state. When the disciples saw Jesus transform into light in the presence of Moses and Elijah, they saw a side of Jesus that exceeded his present physical state. At best, this astounding moment was still just a glimpse of His true eternal form.
Even the sun and moon, along with all of its glorious inhabitants throughout the universe, are a mere reflection of their true form. As far as heaven is concerned, they are the dark side of reflective glory. Sometimes it’s hard to fathom that anything could be more astounding than a star lit night shimmering in the light of the moon. However, the fact remains; there is really no comparison to its glorious state in heaven. Its vibration and frequency of light, color, sound and movement exceeds any earthly imagination.
There are gateways or portals in scripture that afford anyone who is desirous enough to enter into this magnificent array of glory.
“Lift up your eyes on high
“Praise Him, sun and moon;
My challenge to you is to meditate on these scriptures and others alike, all the while, whenever possible, looking into a starry night. You will be amazed at the eternal realms that will open up to you revealing the hidden mysteries of God’s creation. Have you heard the praise of the sun and moon? Have you heard the rejoicing of the stars and other endless forms of invisible light?
David wasn’t just speaking about some hypothetical theory concerning creation. As a psalmist, David heard their sound and saw the brilliance of their eternal state. I to, have experienced the eternal galactic splendor of heaven over and over again, and each time, I am overcome with the continual expansion of God’s glory.
Just as there are cycles of seasons on the earth, so there are cycles of glory as well. As you know, in the natural, each season reveals its own unique glory. Spring, summer, fall and winter are a revelatory glory of an eternal kingdom. This could also be said about all the seasons of our life, each carry and reveal their own glory. No matter what state or season you are in right now, see the glory. Emotionally it might feel dark and heavy. You might be wrestling with a sense of great loss or some other over whelming event. Or maybe you are on the other end of the spectrum and are swimming in great abundance. Whatever the case, exercise your spiritual senses to see the glory in every season.
Thus, being before the throne of God, serving Him day and night, is a picture of an endless expression of the love of God being released through every aspect of all creation.
The night and day in heaven, reveal a level of glory that is beyond natural comprehension. There is a glory of the night when the stars sing and the lights rejoice. Their colors, vibrations and frequencies create an eternal expansion in the kingdom of God. Though unlike the earth, the night and day are not separated as though one glory is greater than the other, but in unison, they reflective a state of glory that is uniquely different from the other. This same holds true with every creature in and around the throne. All that is in heaven and on earth reveal the glory that was given to them.
“All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.” (1Corthinians 15:39-41)
In the book of Revelation, concerning the New Jerusalem, the holy city, which we are, John writes,
“I saw no temple (sanctuary) in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.” (Revelation 21:22-24)
How can you have the glory of the night, or creation worshiping “day and night” without the sun and moon? What is John’s meaning when he says, “there will be no night there?
I want to suggest to you that John’s reference to the sun and moon is one of government. When God created the sun and moon he did so with government and dominion in mind.
“Then God said, “Let there be lights (light bearers) in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth” ; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern (to have dominion) the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.” (Genesis 1:14-19)
Now I’m certainly not going to take the time to break all of this down, but just enough to give you somewhat of a clear picture of the sun and moon from an eternal perspective. First, there are numerous references concerning the moon in relation to people, the church, times and seasons etc. Again, my focus is the light of the sun and moon and its relation to heaven. Each is a primary light bearer and their prophetic presence is an eternal indicator of a greater glory that will exceed them.
In these few scriptures, we can see that the sun and moon were put in place for the purpose of governing the cycles of the earth. It literally means they were put in place to have dominion.
“He made the moon for the seasons; the sun knows the place of its setting.” (104:19)
When God spoke to Adam to have dominion in all the earth, I believe the eventual sphere of government included having dominion over the sun and moon and all of its galactic counter parts, as well as, the seasons.
We know this is true through the displays of Jesus exercising authority over all of creation, including the forces of government above the earth. We can also see this through prophets of old who took authority over seasons of rain etc. Also, Joshua who spoke to the sun and commanded it to be still. Joshua was simply exercising his dominion over all creation in the manner that God intended him to.
When John speaks of having no need of the sun or moon in heaven, thus having no night, he is speaking of a former government that once governed the seasons or cycles of time on earth. In heaven, these times and cycles do not exist. We know from an earthly view, the moon does not have its own light, but reflects the light of the sun. In heaven, there is no reflective light. Reflective light is an indication of the reduction of light, which is not an eternal government force in heaven.
David speaks of this reflective glory when he writes,
“In his days may the righteous flourish and abundance of peace till the moon is no more.” (Psalms 72:7)
The flourishing of the righteous and their abundance of peace was a prophetic declaration of the light of God becoming so visible that the light of the moon would diminish in their presence.
“No longer will you have the sun for light by day, nor for brightness will the moon give you light; But you will have the Lord for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory. “Your sun will no longer set, nor will your moon wane; for you will have the Lord for an everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will be over. (Isaiah 60:19-20)
Therefore, the day and night in heaven represents a cycle of glory that is not governed by the light of the sun or moon, but by the light of God. This cycle of glory is the absence of the lessor lights, which were diminished in the light of God and his sanctuary, which are the people of God.
Joel prophetically declared,
“The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble; the sun and moon grow dark, and the stars diminish their brightness.” (Joel 2:10)
This diminishing process is the direct result of the increasing light of the glory of God emanating from his people. As in the words of Jesus, “You are the light of world.”
The eternal cycle of night and day in heaven are altering transitions of glory that reveal the depths and dimensional realms of the love and glory of God without end. Come on God!