By Kathi Pelton
“Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!” Exodus 20:20
The people of Israel had seen the smoke, the thunder and the display of the glory of God upon Mount Sinai from a distance and they became afraid. They were sure that if God spoke to them directly (face to face) that they would surely die. So, they sent Moses as a mediator to go before the Lord (for he understood the holiness and the grace of his God). Yet, their “fear” didn’t stop them from building a golden calf soon after and dancing around it; proclaiming it as the god that delivered them from Egypt.
Why am I sharing this verse and story? I sense that as we enter 2020 we will do so with a remnant of the church having come into a new “fear of the Lord” that purified us and delivered us from areas of defilement. In 2020 we will see many more come into this and it will bring a massive deliverance from sins and idolatries that have kept many separated from putting God first. I also believe that it will be an era where we no longer look to one man or a even a few “gifted men and women” to ascend the mountain of God and hear for us. God has invited His people to ascend the mountain of the Lord together so that we each hear directly from Him in face to face encounters.
Jesus is the mediator that opened the way for all to enter in by the grace provided by His death on the cross. The penalty for sin was paid and we can draw near and ascend the mountain of the Lord without fear of death but rather in the fear of the Lord.
The glory of the Lord is about to be displayed in ways that we have not seen before (only read about). Those that understand that Jesus is our mediator will not run from these glorious displays but rather run to them. It will become normal for God’s people to ascend the mountain and receive instructions, strategies and intimate encounters with Him.
The other day I was having a conversation about the account in Exodus 24 when Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain and dined with God. Here is that story,
“Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!”
I sense that God is blessing His people to come up in corporate mountain top experiences where we eat a “covenant meal” in His presence together. There He will reveal His glory and we will have our hunger filled and our thirst satisfied in glorious ways.
2020 will bring about displays of the tangible glory of the Lord that will create a renewed fear of the Lord that is both reverently holy and yet full of grace. Jesus is our mediator as we ascend the mountain where we will meet with Him face to face. He is longing to hide us in His glory in order to speak directly to His people.
The enemy cannot come into the glory where God will hide us as He speaks mysteries and strategies in the days ahead. His voice will be heard in corporate gatherings in ways that we have not seen before. His smoke will hide us as He meets face to face with His people. His glory will tabernacle us in these holy moments. The fear of the Lord will deliver many from sin in these times. Oneness, first with God and then with one another, according to Jesus prayer in John 17:20-23,
““I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”
This glory that we will experience, where the mysteries of God are revealed, will usher us into a wisdom “beyond our years.” This wisdom of God will bring us into exponential growth and maturity beyond our ability and years.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
God is inviting His people to ascend the mountain of God so that He can speak directly with us. Let’s not send a man or a mediator because the true Mediator has come and made a way to enter in through His blood.
It’s time to ascend!
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