There are several scriptures in the bible that speaks about the cloud of Gods glory filling the temple in such a mighty way that the people were not able to stand under that cloud. As I read these scriptures the Holy Spirit gave me a revelation of the times that this Shekinah glory cloud came into the tabernacle with such intensity.
In the book of Exodus, after Moses completed the tabernacle, the last thing that he and Aaron did was consecrate themselves by washing their hands and feet and then put up a curtain at the court gate. Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled it. In the new testament, Jesus has made a covenant with us that we are now carriers of His glory. We are His tabernacle, and His glory rests upon us and dwells within us.
The Lord says,
“In the same way that you have consecrated and separated yourself unto Me, I will visit you with My glory once again. My cloud will abide with you and My glory shall overtake you. Just as I filled the tabernacle with My presence, I now visit you as My tabernacle. Your body is now My temple and I will release My presence through you and from within you. You will receive spiritual encounters that are uncommon to man, and you will release the atmosphere of heaven wherever you go.”
Solomon’s temple was designed to commune with God. In the book of 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 when the priests came out of the holy place after ministering, the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud. In 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 when Solomon finished praying, the glory cloud filled the house and the priests were not able to stand.
2 Chronicles 5:3-14 tells the story of Solomon completing the temple, the Ark of the Covenant was brought into the Most Holy Place by the priests. Solomon then dedicated the temple to the Lord. The Levites, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, their sons and relatives clothe in white linen gathered together to worship. They had cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets. They sang in one accord “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever”. The house was suddenly filled with a cloud that the priests could not continue to serve because of the cloud, as the Glory of the Lord filled the Temple.
The Lord says,
“Just as in the days of old, I will pour out My Spirit once again. You will see wonders in the heavens above, and signs in the earth below. I will visit those of you who are ministering from the Holy Place. My cloud shall fill the house with My glory.
Your prayers have come up before Me as a bowl of incense, and your worship has arisen before Me as a sweet smelling fragrance. As you move with one voice and in one accord, you will experience My glory in a new way. I will visit My people once again in an unprecedented way, and many will experience the cloud of My glory in their lives.”
“Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle,” Exodus 40:34-35.
“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,” 2 Chronicles 5:13-14.
“When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” 2 Chronicles 7:1-3.
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16.
Blessings in Christ Jesus,