KING OF GLORY
Key Verse: “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.” (v.7)
Key Theme: Terms for a visitation from the King of glory.
Key Descriptives of God: Lord, Mighty in Battle; Lord of Hosts; King of Glory
As I begin to write, I can feel the expectancy of the many thousands of you who are on this 67-day journey with me in this Summer of His Love. If yesterday’s Psalm 23 was the most popular Psalm in the Bible, this one is not far behind. The reading of it alone sweeps us up into another dimension. Ancient gates? King of glory? This is an otherworldly topic that our spirits latch onto even beyond our brain’s capacity to absorb. Somehow we want to remain on this “beyond our brains” frequency as we delve into what the Holy Spirit has for us today.
EARLY PROPHETIC MARKERS: (24, Kobe Bryant, Pat Mahomes)
So much has transpired this year that it can be hard to forget that the year became marked early on by the sudden and tragic death of Lakers #24, Kobe Bryant. I happened to be in California when this happened and released a word as to its significance. I said that even as Isaiah 6:1 spoke of “In the year King Uzziah died” how he saw the Lord “high and lifted up” leading to “The whole earth is full of His glory” being sung by the seraphim— even so that this year which could be known as “ in the year Kobe died” will be remembered not by his death but by a visitation of His glory. KOBE means “door” in Japanese and I spoke into a door being opened for “the King of Glory” and how his #24 was to draw attention to Psalm 24. Little did I know the year would become known for deaths for a different reason as well shortly thereafter. The message remains the same. The year seemingly marked by death will become the year a great reveal of the King of Glory will take place.
Not to go unmentioned, is that while in California late January, I was invited to share at an impromptu gathering of key Orange County leaders on the grounds of Vanguard University. Literally outdoors in the grass, I spoke of what I just shared with you. I prayed for these leaders as I saw a great Harvest Angel (named Harvey) being activated from where we geographically were located and as I prayed many received a profound visitation remaining laid out on the grass under the power of the Holy Spirit for a long time. This small group is the one that now spearheads these Orange County weekend meetings on the beach that are being covered by the news media as thousands are coming out and healings, salvations, deliverances are taking place— even as some officers of the law attempt to shut it down. It is in its early stages, but the King of Glory is coming in— in a very embattled state under widespread contradictory darkness in government. Keep your eyes on California. The greater the darkness, the greater the grace.
I also wrote a prophetic word on the Super Bowl win of the Kansas City Chiefs led by star 24-year old quarterback Pat Mahomes. (He wears a #15. Interestingly this Psalm 24 has much overlap with Psalm 15) This win was much anticipated by those who have followed a prophetic word from Bob Jones, decades ago, that the next time the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl it would mark the year as a year of a great visitation of the Lord. It is good at this time to be reminded of that, as the storm of events that followed have tended to want to make us forget. In my Super Bowl word, I brought attention to Pat’s age of 24 years old and again to the importance and connection to Psalm 24. Not to forget as well, is that the Chiefs did not look so good for a long time and not until the 4th quarter did they breakthrough and begin to lead. The halftime 10-10 score, I connected to John 10:10. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The first half of the verse is not good but it ends marked by God and ultimately the word ABUNDANTLY. It is playing out before us. Those of you still giving or receiving dreams glorifying what the enemy is yet to try to do this year, will be missing the whole point of the year. It is like having all the highlights of the San Francisco 49ers’ appearance rebroadcast. Yes, they led for a while. Yes, they had some good plays. Yes, they hit hard at times. BUT THEY LOST! Chiefs quarterback (Commander-in-Chief) Pat Mahomes led a stunning 4th quarter rally and all the 49ers “exploits” of the first three quarters were forgotten. See if you can decode the last sentence for today 🙂
TERMS FOR A VISITATION
Psalm 24 begins with, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him.” (v.1) Please read that again, because in that short phrase are the main “terms” for a visitation. Even BEFORE Jesus died on the cross EVERYTHING of substance was His. Call it Creator’s rights. With what Jesus did on the cross a niche of lost authority was regained (now even Redeemer’s rights are added) but Satan being “prince of the air” or a “god of this world” never trumps His ownership rights. The next few verses are very similar to the previously covered Psalm 15 speaking into “who may ascend” into His holy mountain. It is worth revisiting and motivating our relational pursuit of our King of Glory (i.e repentance), but for time’s sake lets go right to our key verse 7.
“Lift up, your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.”
This is our primary focus today. This is our intercession of the day. This is our decree of the day. In other versions it says, “Open up, ancient gates!” and that is a good decree as well. I put the “Lift up” translation in, as when you get to the deeper meaning here, you see that there is an invocation to the gates and doors to lift up higher than they are used to because it is the KING OF GLORY who is coming in. The spiritual gates and doors must open to its max capacity because of WHO and WHAT is coming in. This year was marked for this from early on and it is still the highlight of the year. The King, who owns the whole earth, all the nations and everyone in it is coming in. Jesus paid the ultimate price so that no legal grounds for the enemy’s stealing, killing, and destroying remains. He is coming in with glory and He is going to make His face shine upon us and be gracious to us. He is rescuing us. We are to quit studying the enemy, and his playbook, and his highlight videos. Yes, he has given us some good “hits” this year, and may still have some good “sacks” and “tackles” remaining (football terminology for those translating)— but WHO CARES?! God wins! We win! The King of Glory is coming in!! The Hebrew word for “Lift Up” is NASA (how interesting the timing huh?) and it means “Open up, Bear up, Forgive, Exalt, Be Swept Away, Arise, Fetch, Furnish”— and more. Every word there is profound and can be included in prayer, intercession, and in prophetic decree.
WHAT IS GLORY?
The word “glory” in Hebrew is KABOD. It means “Glory, Honor, Abundance, Riches, Splendor, Reputation and Weight—”only in a good sense”, as it says in the Strong’s Concordance. He is coming with ALL of these. Yes, it is great presence for church and worship gatherings— but it is more. Our economy will be revitalized by the King of Glory. His “Splendor” is coming in and we don’t even have a proper mental receptacle for that. It is coming as well. His “Reputation” is coming in. The name of the Lord will be revitalized, repopularized, and overall honored and valued as we haven’t seen in a long, long time. He is about to leave “an impression” upon us with His “weight.” You say, but oh it doesn’t seem like it, there is so much darkness. That too is the scriptural pattern. He comes shrouded in darkness. It is His cover. He is like the dawn. He interrupts the darkest night. That is how He lights up the darkest night. He brings in the dawning of a brand new day. That is what is happening. A new era is upon us and it is HIS era. The King and His Kingdom come together and are inseparable. More kingdom equals more King. More King equals more kingdom. It is not just about “transactional salvation” with the King (souls, souls), it also includes “transactional reformation” (nations, nations) through His kingdom way of doing things. He is both WHO and HOW. Most have heard WHO He is. In the reformation of society/nations, we reveal HOW He is.
MIGHTY IN BATTLE
The scriptures give us scores and scores of ways of referring to God. In verses 8, 9, 10 it makes it clear that this “King of Glory” comes understanding that it is war. “Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord MIGHTY IN BATTLE.” We are still IN BATTLE. The enemy has mobilized every available asset to preempt the King not from “rapturing us” (not that time yet) but from leading us into an era of the glory of God. The Lord is MIGHTY in battle because it is a MIGHTY BATTLE. The “mighty battle” is causing many to have their dreams invaded with subjective battle scenes. These will not give you the objective big picture. If the Lord Mighty in Battle didn’t make it into your dreams it is a worthless dream. Furthermore, it is a dangerous dream both for yourself and for whoever you share it with. It provides disinformation to the troops and will always source dread even if it is followed by “so we should pray”. Don’t speak, without preferred viewing. Don’t even start praying until you have seen the King of Glory. You will just religiously process your fears thinking you are doing something of value. You must be above the fray of the battlefield to properly discern the battle. Let’s close with the final verse. “Who is this King of glory? THE LORD OF HOSTS, He is the King of glory.” He doesn’t NEED the help but this is just how the Godhead does everything. God wants all hands on deck. Those who can see know we have been invaded with the angel armies of heaven. They always accompany the King. Our King is on the scene and has innumerable hosts of angels with Him. Lift up your personal head and see Him coming in. See His myriad of angels.
Written by: Johnny Enlow
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