"IS ICHABOD BEING REMOVED?”
MAKE WAY FOR THE GLORY!
By Bonnie Jones
Everything I’m seeing now reflects the coming glory. Although everyone wants a piece of it not many are willing to pay the price. What will it cost? Everything! That’s why the Lord is washing the windows of our minds and cleansing us from the filth of the world so His glory can be entrusted in holy vessels. But He can only do this for those who are willing. He wants us to conform to His will and deny the world. I believe the church has played patty cakes with the world long enough. She can’t have it both ways. It’s time she MUST make a decision.
Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Who-ever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4 b,c)
Because He’s coming again in power and this time no man will stop Him. The power of the Holy Spirit will not be derailed this time. It will be frightening to those who know Him not. And this nation shall come to the knowledge of the reverential fear of I AM.
“NO BAGGAGE ALLOWED”
I saw a silver elevator and it was sanctified unto the Lord. There were no down buttons. This elevator only went UP. Posted above the elevator was a sign that read “NO BAGGAGE ALLOWED” that was the only requirement to enter. Everyone was welcome however you had to leave ALL your baggage behind. You were not permitted to bring anything with you from the past that would hinder the new move of God. Everyone came naked and unashamed. They had laid it all down for the Lord. Each one was totally abandoned unto Him. He was indeed their First Love. You see we can’t advance into the new move of God with old baggage.
ERUPTIONS OF GLORY
Then I saw eruptions of glory taking place throughout the earth. Some of these eruptions were small while others were larger. Some spread out for a great distance while others took a narrower path yet the power remained the same. It will happen this way so that one person’s name cannot be attached to it. The glory belongs to the Lord; He is the Lord of the Harvest!
After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. (Luke 10:1-3)
Man cannot touch or take credit for the glory this time. That which is now coming to fruition will be spread worldwide. It’s global glory. And the whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of His glory. (Habakkuk 2:14) There will be whole cities, towns and villages set aflame with the glory of the Lord. Some shall be larger than others but what does it matter? The eternal flame of God’s Glory will ignite the wick of each torch.
Throughout the earth and all generations God sought a remnant of people that would have an abandoned heart of love toward Him. This remnant walked through fire bearing the shame of the cross and the pain of scourging to bear witness to His eternal glory. There were many remnants from past generations who wore the martyrs robe and entered eternity with scars as evidence. Hebrews says that their testimony is not complete without ours.
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. (Hebrews 11:39-40)
The apostles carried the torch of the first century church and so have many others throughout church history. Remnants from each generation carried it as far as they could before the ember went dim. Others came along and tried in their own strength to ignite a fire but God wasn’t in it so it fizzled and died. Some tried to fan the flame of a dying fire but there was no breath of the Holy Spirit to give it life and it died also.
Today the Father is looking for His end-time remnant; a people who will be lead by His voice and obey it. Man has been looking for great signs and wonders, miracles and demonstration of power while God is looking for a willing heart of obedience. The remnant of this generation will hear His voice and obey despite ridicule, persecution and judgment. They will not forsake God nor will they compromise His way. They will not promote God’s glory or market it for themselves. Instead they will be good stewards of the eternal flame God has entrusted unto them and be led by the Holy Spirit. This end-time remnant shall be led by the cloud by day and fire by night. (Exodus 13:21)
But the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. (I Kings 19:11-12)
GOD’S GLORIOUS GLORY
2016 to 2020
In a meeting on March 4th, I was sharing about how we must watch the next three years as God releases His glorious glory. As the Lord spoke this to me I believe He was highlighting 2016 until 2020. I was also sharing on how in the mid seventies Bob Jones was walking in the demonstration of God’s glory and power. The evidence of His glorious glory resonated from the inside out. Bob would tell of how he could be in a grocery aisle or walking down the street and people came running to him for salvation. As their sinful nature came into the range of Bob’s outer shining of God’s glory, their spirit man came under conviction and they knew they needed a Savior. Bob said that salvation was easy. In Acts 5, Paul makes reference to Peter’s shadow. It was the outer raying of the glory within Peter shining forth that healed people as he passed by.
So that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. (Acts 5:15)
Written Over The Church
As the meeting continued I began sharing that in the late 70’s the Lord told Bob that He was removing His glory. One of the ministers in attendance remembered the exact date Bob received that word. It was March 11, 1977 when the Lord told Bob that He was removing His glory and writing Ichabod over the church. The Lord said, “My glory is not for sale! Man has taken it and marketed it for himself. And God said, I will not share My glory with anyone else.” Bob told the Lord, “Take me home Lord cause I don’t want to live down here without it.” Bob added that once you’ve tasted it, it ruins you for anything less.
FORTY YEARS LATER
I believe we are still in a period of grace until March 11, 2017, which will mark forty years since God removed His glory. Ichabod means “the glory has departed and God wrote this over His church in 1977.
And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.” (1 Samuel 4:22)
In that forty year span the church has gone through many overhauls and face-lifts. She has seen a glimpse of the glory and demonstration of power yet there has been little consistency. The church must move beyond the awe of man and entertainment. God’s glory is not for sale and it cannot be manufactured. God’s glory is holy and cannot be touched just like the Ark of the Covenant. When the church leaders touched the glory in the 70’s God removed it.
I believe that in these forty years the church has longed for the demonstration of God’s glory and the power of His presence. The mature church has learned priceless lessons from past movements. She must move beyond the veil and be face to face, one on one, glory to glory with the Lord.
The Lord is shaking all that can be shaken from the body of Christ and only that which is of Him shall remain. And those who enter into His glory shall not claim it for themselves but move in demonstration power.
God is looking for the end-time remnants that are abandoned unto Him who will steward the explosions of His glory. They are not interested in making a name for them self. Instead they are lifting high the name of Jesus and giving all glory unto the king of Kings and lord of Lords. They refuse to bow a knee to man but lift high the banner of God’s glory. These remnants shall usher in the presence of the King of Glory. He is the Lord of the Harvest!
GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD
It is the heart of the Father to pour out His glory so His children walk in demonstration of the greater works that Jesus promised. (John 14:12) It is time for His body to walk in resurrection power and dwell in His glory. But God is a jealous God and He will not share His glory with another. Let us use wisdom and be good stewards of the measure He grants us. Let us not strive for what another has but faithfully nurture what we receive.