Open up your Bibles with me to the book of Exodus chapter
forty. Exodus chapter forty.
The tabernacle is commanded to be reared and anointed. And
Aaron and his sons were to be sanctified. And a cloud
covered the tabernacle.
In Exodus chapter forty, beginning with verse twenty-nine, it
29. And he put the altar of burnt offering by the door of the
tabernacle of the tent of the congregation, and offered upon it
the burnt offering and the meat offering; as the Lord
30. And he set the laver between the tent of the congregation
and the altar, and put water there, to wash withal.
31. And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands
and feet thereat:
32. When they went into the tent of the congregation, and
when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the Lord
33. And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle
and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So
Moses finished the work.
34. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and
the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
35. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the
congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory
of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
36. And when the cloud was taken up from over the
tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their
37. But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed
not till the day that it was taken up.
38. For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day,
and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of
Israel, throughout all their journeys.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You that
we have come, and we have assembled together in Your
Name. God, we thank You for Your Anointing that's present
that removes burdens and destroys yokes. Let Your people
hear Your Word tonight. Let it go forth unhindered by the
works of flesh, by the powers of darkness. In the Name of
Hide Your servant behind the cross, that Your people would
see You and not me. Father, as I decrease, I ask that You
would increase. And finally, let the word of my mouth and the
meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord,
my strength, and my Redeemer. In Jesus Name. Amen.
34. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and
the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle meeting,
because a cloud rested above it. And the Glory of the Lord
filled the tabernacle.
God's Glory manifesting and abiding among Israel brought
tremendous blessings. Whenever the Presence of the Lord is
around you (glory to God), you can rest assure that there'll be
provision. You'll rest assure that there'll be healing. You can
rest assure that there will be protection whenever the Glory of
the Lord is around. Glory to God.
None of our enemies (hallelujah, Holy Ghost) will be able to
stand in our way. No foe (glory to God) will be able to enter
into our presence, as long as the Glory is there. The Word
was being manifested in abundance. Revelation was going all
around the tabernacle that, "This is the Lord's house." The
Glory of God.
The Cloud shaded them from the heat of the desert during the
day. But then the Fire even gave them warmth during the
cold that was during the night.
What does it mean to have the Glory present? What does it
mean to have God all around you? What does it mean to have
direction and guidance from the Spirit of the Lord? It means
that we must respect Him. That's what it means. It means
(glory to God) that we must reverence Him. That's what it
means. It means that we must be consecrated and washed and
set aside and meet for the Master's use. That's what it means.
It means that we must have the fear of the Lord. Hallelujah to
The fear of the Lord, the Bible says, is the beginning of
wisdom. The fear of the Lord. Whenever God is present, we
should have a holy reverence. We should operate in the fear
of the Lord.
In Exodus twenty-eight and verse one, God instructed Moses.
He said, "Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with
him from among the children of Israel, that he may minister
(glory to God) to Me as priest."
Aaron and Aaron's sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar,
these men were to be set apart, and they were to be trained for
the service of priest of the Lord. But what happened? They
were set aside. And they were trained. But they got too
familiar with God.
Let me tell you what happens in a prophetic ministry. When
God begins to move and the Word of God is in abundance and
the Glory of God is liable to come into the house at any point
in time, we become familiar with the move of God. You
don't hear me. We become too close to God, and we begin to
think that we know what God is about to do.
That's why we can't praise Him the way we ought to praise
Him. You don't hear me. That's why we can't worship Him
the way we're supposed to worship Him, because we become
too familiar with the Glory.
They were trained and they were set apart to minister as
priests, and to stand in the gap for the people in prayer. Oh,
hallelujah. I feel Jesus up in here tonight. Their duties and
their perimeters for worship were outlined specifically
because God had given them to Moses. Glory to God. And
Moses passed them down to them.. Following instruction.
They were to be consecrated.
You see, you can't do anything for God until you're
consecrated. You don't hear me. You can't get up and just
do something for God until you're consecrated. You can't do
something for God until God places His hand upon you and
places His approval upon you and says, "Go forth and do
what I've told you to do."
They were to be consecrated. Their training was a part of
divine order. With everything in place, Aaron and his sons
began their ministry. Glory to God in this house. But two of
the sons didn't operate in the fear of the Lord.
In Leviticus ten and verse one it said Nadab and Abihu, the
sons of Aaron, each took his censor and put fire in it, put
incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord which
He had not commanded them.
That word "profane" means that they disrespected the Lord.
They brought contempt to the altar. They began to touch the
things that was supposed to be holy (glory to God) with
fleshly hands. They didn't have the fear or the Lord. They
were irreverent towards the things of God.
Let me stop and say something. Too many of us what to do
something, but we don't have the fear of the Lord. Too many
of us want to touch the things of God, but we're irreverent to
who He is. We don't respect Him as being God. If God calls
you His friend, it's not just like a regular friend. He's still
God, and God all by Himself. Oh Holy Ghost, help me
They touched the things of God with fleshly hands.
In Leviticus ten and verse ten and verse two, it said so fire
went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died
before the Lord.
They became too familiar with His Presence. You cannot
come into the service of God to perform the service of God
any old kind of way. Oh, you don't hear me tonight. You
have got to be consecrated before you touch the sanctified and
holy things of God. You have got to make sure that you've
got your heart right and your motive is pure. Oh, you don't
hear me yet.
It said fire came down and destroyed them. See, you can't
come to the house of God and try to put on a show. Oh, you
don't hear me. He said, "No flesh shall glory in My
It was so intense. They became bold enough to do what they
wanted to do when God gave them specific instruction
Let me tell you something. When your pastor tells you
specifically how to do something and you rebel against it,
you're rebelling against God. I don't care what they tell you
to do. As long as it lines up with the Word, and you don't do
it, you're rebelling against God. It's when it doesn't line up
with the Word that there should be a question mark in your
They decided to do it (oh Jesus, I feel You here today) the
way they wanted to do it. You don't hear me.
I can't preach it the way I want to preach it. You can't sing it
the way you want to... You don't hear me. You can't teach it
the way you... You can't play it the way you want to... The
Holy Ghost has got to be in control for the Cloud to come.
Don't you want the Cloud to come? Don't you want the
Glory of God to fill the place? You didn't come to see me.
You came to see God. He's God all by Himself, and He don't
need no help. Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost all over me tonight.
They did it the way they wanted to do it.
Let me tell you how intense it got. In Leviticus ten and verse
three it says, "And Moses said to Aaron, 'This is what the
Lord spoke, saying, "By those who come near Me, by those
who come near Me, by those who come near Me I must be
regarded as holy."'" Do you hear the Lord tonight?
When Moses had come down from Mount Sinai, they were
afraid. But see, they shouldn't have been afraid. They didn't
need to be afraid, because God had given Moses instruction.
And he told them to go consecrate themselves, not only
consecrate themselves, but tell them to wash their clothes too.
Oh, you don't hear me.
"You mean it's that deep?"
It's that deep.
He said, "Those that come near Me must regard Me as being
holy." Let me say that again. If you're going to come into
the Presence of the Lord, you and I have got to regard Him as
being holy. And when we get up to do something, we need to
ask the Holy Ghost, "Is this the way You want it done?" And
if something starts to operate outside of the Word, you need to
bind the devil, even if you have to start all over again.
He said, "I must be regarded as holy. And before all the
people, I must be glorified."
So Aaron held his peace. He didn't even say anything about
it. Those two came from his very loins. But God was
speaking so intently, he couldn't even say anything, Sister
Shirley. Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost. Those were his two sons
that he brought up since they were babies. But the things of
God were so precious and God was speaking so intently that
the daddy couldn't even say anything about it.
God is no different today than the way He was back then. In
these last days, you're going to start to see folks drop dead.
You don't hear me. They can try to pretend all they want to
pretend. If you ain't living right... You don't hear me. If
you're not living right... I ain't talking about owing bills. I
ain't talking about that. I'm talking about living right. Then
you better watch out. Because if judgment must first begin, it
must begin at the house of God.
He judged them. He really judged them. They had an attitude
It was such a judgment that even though Aaron was the father
and Moses was the uncle, and they were brothers, Moses
warned them not to even mourn over them, lest they die as
well. Somebody say something to me tonight. He said,
"Don't even mourn over them lest you die." And we got the
nerve to sit in the house of God with an attitude. You don't
hear me tonight.
Prophets can't even speak that intensely now days because the
people can't even handle it. Because we don't serve God the
way they served God. Yeah, they fell into sin. But God
judged them every time you turned around. They went into
captivity every time you turned around.
We better really be lifting up the Name of Jesus. Thank God
for Jesus. Thank God for the Blood of the Lamb, of the
Crucified One. Thank God. Because we would not be here
today if it wasn't for Jesus.
He said, "Don't even mourn over them, because the Lord is in
a position and He's so serious right now, He's going to take
you out too."
Then it said their bodies were carried outside the camp and
buried. They weren't even buried within the camp. They
were taken outside like outcasts and buried. Why? Because
they didn't do it the way the Lord said to do it. That's deep to
The fear of the Lord has got to come back to the body of
Christ. If you can't reverence a man or a woman of God, then
there's no way you can reverence God. Because they stand
(glory to God) in that place (you don't hear me tonight)
especially ones that are trying to do right and trying to live
holy. He said, "Touch not Mine anointed, and do My
prophets no harm."
The Glory was so precious. He was warning them. He said,
"You are taking this thing too lightly. You are taking it too
lightly." That's deep. "I'm right here with you. I'm right
here in the midst of you. And you won't give Me my just do.
You feel My Presence, not only feel it; I have manifested
Myself to the point where you can see a physical
manifestation." Oh, my God, my God. And you want to do it
the way you want to do it.
Solomon said in Ecclesiastes twelve and verse thirteen,
13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God,
and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of
He wanted to sum it all up for us. Now almost five hundred
years later we have King David. And now it's time to build
the temple. And David is giving his son Solomon instruction.
Go with me to First Chronicles. I want to show you
something. In First Chronicles chapter twenty-two, verse
fourteen through verse sixteen,
14. Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house
of the Lord an hundred thousand talents of gold...
And he went on to say the things that he had ordained to go
into the house of God and building the house, and the things
that were consecrated to go into the house. But with all of the
men, tens of thousands of men that were working on the
house, it still took seven years to complete the work.
In Second Chronicles five and one it said, "So all the work
that Solomon had done for the house of the Lord was
finished." Seven years of building His house, and we get
tired after one. We want to leave after two. And after three,
you can forget it.
Seven years. Seven is a completion number. Seven years to
complete it, to get it the way God wanted it. They paid so
close attention to detail. Nothing was out of place. And they
reverenced God for who He was.
In Second Chronicles chapter five, and in verse thirteen and
verse fourteen, it went on to say that the priests could not
stand to minister by reason of the Cloud (here we go with the
Cloud again), for the Glory of the Lord had filled the house of
You see, when the Glory comes, you don't have need for a
man. See, when the Glory comes, you don't need me to stand
here. You don't hear me tonight. He comes to do everything
that He planned to do by Himself. Moses could not enter in,
and now the ministers could not even stand to minister.
We need to go back to the time of the Glory Cloud that filled
the house of God. Aren't you tired of seeing flesh? Oh, my
God, my God. I want to see the Lord.
But once again in Second Chronicles thirty-six, verse fourteen
through sixteen, and sixteen through nineteen, once again they
became irreverent. And they once again became too familiar
with His Presence. Their hearts grew careless towards the
things of God. And yet these people were not strangers to His
Glory. My God, my God.
When the Glory of the Lord fills the place, there should be a
holy reverence that takes place. There should be such a
reverence for who He is. There should be such a respect that,
"What is man that Thou art mindful of him, that You would
come and visit him?"
We're like grass that withers away, but yet still God will
come and visit us. He will come and make His abode with us.
He will come and dwell with us. He already knows what you
have need of tonight. He knows all about the situation. He
knows what they said. He knows what they did. He already
knows about it.
So why not worship Him, in spite of what's going on in our
lives, in spite of the trials and the tribulation in our lives? I'm
going to worship Him anyway. I don't care what nobody
says. I'm going to worship Him. I don't care what anybody
does. It may hurt for a little while. But weeping may endure
for a night, but joy's going to come in the morning. Yes it is,
yes it is, yes it is.
When you know who He is, when you have a relationship
with Him, you can be like Stephen when he looked up
(hallelujah) when they were about to stone him. Oh,
hallelujah Jesus. And they stoned him. You can be like that.
It doesn't matter. You can give up the ghost. Because it's all
about Him. And I don't know about you, but I'm working to
see His face.
I'm working to see His face. I want to see Jesus. I want to
see Jesus. I don't know about you. I want to see Jesus. I
want to see. I, I, I want to see His face. I want to see Jesus.
Stand on your feet tonight.