What is it like when God descends onto the earth? We sing that the gates of heave should swing wide, and that heaven should descend. This is a good and proper wish, for this world is fallen and troubled, and tetting worse. As Mundabor notes, the world uses rhetoric to shut us up, and changes vocabulary so we cannot argue back. We should stop being polite, for everything polite is a lie.
But the glory of God is beyond what we can stand. In our worship we are still having to wear the spiritual equivelant of a welding helmet. We cannot handle God undiluted. He knows this, and lets us experience him to the point that we can bear.
I haeve found myself being more blunt here. There is a sense that the time is short. Those who tell you that theree will be a final nrivana do not understand that God does not want that. He wants us to be able to be with him.
And for that we will need to be changed.
15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. 18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
We need to remember that this is John, the beloved disciple, who was at the last supper, who wrote the fourth Gospel, who knew Christ. He recognised Christ instantly. But in his glory, in the heavens, he fell to the ground as if dead.
John was much more of a saint than any of us. If he could not stand the glory of God undilted, then how will we withstand this? We need to look at the words of Christ. We should not be afraid. He is the first and the last, and he will call us to be with him.