By Keith Collins — Originally published in Charisma News
I have spent the last 34 years pursuing Jesus and preaching the gospel around the world. During this time, I have deliberately placed my life into God’s hands so He can utilise me for His glory during my time on earth.
Throughout the last several years, I have experienced incredible times of God’s glory being amazingly real, even to the point of becoming tangible at times. I have also had glorious visitations from God that brought great fear and joy at the same time. These experiences are overwhelming, to say the least.
As great as my journey with Jesus has been over the years, I know that there is a new season at hand for me, as well as for many others who refuse to stand at a distance and only look into what is possible from and with God. With this being an amazing reality, I write this prophetic exhortation that the Lord placed upon my heart today with Scriptures following.
A portal of increasing glory
As we continue to behold the onslaught of evil and darkness in growing measures around the world, a portal of increasing glory has been opened and made available to all of those that are willing to live in the secret place. For even as the Lord has opened heaven over distinct individuals, fellowships, regions and nations in past history, so is He now opening a portal of glory over His people that will be fueled by divine intimacy only.
There will be some who will desire to live in this glorious realm, but they will not pay the price in prayer to actualise it. Others will scoff at the effort and the embracing of the cross that is required to develop a life of divine union with Jesus, while claiming that they already possess all that they need without a need to press deeper into the Lord and His divine purposes.
However, a genuine group of worshippers and lovers of Jesus with singleness of heart will arise in this hour, and they will refuse to be lulled into complacency, compromise and spiritual shallowness. Unlike many modern Christian movements that are creating a distinct dullness and weakness due to the idolising of preachers, ministries, music and so forth above the glory of Jesus, this group of Jesus-followers and pursuers will never be satisfied with anything but God’s authentic glory that will fuel their hunger for more of Him!
As thick darkness has brought about a deep sobriety laden with grief to many in recent days, so will a godly sobriety and earnestness of heart grip those who are focused on intimacy with the Lord in this hour. However, the result will be an eternal understanding that will restore the message of the blessed hope that we as the people of God are destined for.
A revelation of great joy will also become a resounding theme in this hour as a heavenly portal becomes a reality to many. For even in the midst of gross darkness where persecution and even death (martyrdom) are occurring among believers, as well as from the sounds of deep opposition to the genuine gospel of Jesus Christ; a loud voice of praise and incessant joy will break forth as light violently penetrates darkness and the power of the name and blood of Jesus speaks forth into every nation with the sound of eternity!
Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you everlasting doors, that the King of glory may enter — Ps. 24:7.
Yet He had commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven –Ps. 78:23.
Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors — Prov. 8:34.
‘Truly, truly I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man’ –John 1:51.
After this I looked. And there was an open door in heaven. The first voice I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’ Immediately I was in the Spirit — Rev. 4:1-2a.
Keith Collins is the founder and president of Generation Impact Ministries and Impact Global Fellowship (an international network of ministry leaders, churches, missionaries and business leaders). He is actively involved in itinerant ministry and writing and speaks in various settings nationally and internationally on a regular basis. In recent years, Keith served as the president of the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry and as the director of FIRE School of Ministry, which were both born out of the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida.