For those that like to advocate that they are already experiencing the glory, let me just say that it is impossible for the manifested presence of God to go unnoticed. When God is truly here, the show is on for everybody to see as we can clearly see through the Word.
I believe that throughout the Bible, God has purposely made it known what happens when God’s glory is here and what happens when God’s glory is not. He has allowed us to sit back, look at it and discern the difference. I say this because there is a tendency to believe, in our traditional churches, that God’s presence can be manifested without our external behavior never being affected.
Through the Word we see that when the glory of God was manifesting no one was able to remain standing. His presence is too powerful for us to think that we can remain in our dignified positions while the King of kings and the Lord of lords walks among us. In Second Chronicles 5:13-14 the Bible tells us:
“…indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:“ For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,”that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.” (NKJV)
I can’t help but to ask myself, what happened to the glory of God after the Apostles? Acts chapter two describes an even more dramatic event in comparison to these Scriptures in Second Chronicles five. In Chronicles we see the smoke, in Acts we see the fire.
Somewhere in church history we started operating without God’s glory and we tragically got used to operating in such a manner. People forgot about God’s power and we became satisfied with a form of godliness.
Somewhere down the line, just as in the times of the kings, we allowed the world to steal the Ark of the Covenant from us. They had the ark with no power to manifest on their behalf (False religion).
The children of Israel had the name, as they were still God’s people. They still had their God ordained rituals, just as we have our Sunday services, the good preaching we learned from seminary, the great music, the TV Stations, etc. but God is nowhere to be found; no Shekinah glory, no signs and no wonders.