We have entered a new year on the Hebraic calendar, which is always significant, and there is a definitive shift. The term resurrection glory may sound like religious or spiritual fluff, but this year will be anything but fluff.
The word “resurrection” is highlighted because many things have died, or seem to have a death sentence on them. The word “glory” is highlighted because it is the proper, other-worldly description for what Heaven is releasing. It is the breakthrough presence of God that heals and delivers people, but it is also much more than that.
The Hebrew word for glory is “kabod,” and among its definitions are, riches, honor, reputation and weight. Both God and His attentive people will experience and showcase this next measure of “glory.” Much of it will be like a resurrection from death to life – or darkness to light – suddenly made into a reality. The intense and extended season of death and loss will suddenly experience a resurrection glory. It will be a global rattling and global transformation. Presence, power and provision will be within this resurrection glory.
Psalms 57, 82 and Isaiah 57
Psalms 57 and 82 are foundational passages for this new year, as well as Isaiah 57. They lay a foundation for understanding how God is moving in the year 5782, and in doing so, lift us up to His narrative for the hour. Only God could coordinate the numbering of these chapters in the book of Psalms with the year we have entered into.
The greatest battle of the day is over the narrative. If satan can convince you of his narrative, you will not live in resurrection glory, but rather under the sky is falling. Satan will attempt to traumatize us with a false storyline, using his momentary gains. These supposed gains are comparatively small to the coming vengeance of God’s resurrection glory – which will start to become the prevailing storyline.
Resurrection is God’s vengeance on death. All deaths and losses will have a resurrection glory available with which we can connect. Let me address the deaths, as they have been real and can seem so final. I will use Isaiah 57:1 and 2 as the Word of the Lord to us in this time for this relevant matter.
Isaiah 57:1 and 2: Why Are Godly People Dying Early?
“Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.” (Isaiah 57:1-2, NLT)
The reality of this past season is that most of us know of someone who has died – either of the “virus,” the vax, or the despair of the hour in which we live. We have awakened to the reality that one of the most dangerous places to be is in the hands of “health professionals” who will enforce “health protocols,” even when they repeatedly harm and kill.
Recently, a very good, long-term friend of mine, who was a pastor in Latin America, passed away from the “virus” while in the hospital. It is quite likely that it was the protocols that killed him, and the refusal to give him other “protocols” which actually work. I was really upset because I never even knew he was sick until I was informed he had died.
I was interrupted from this angst when I suddenly saw a picture of him in Heaven. Not only was he extremely happy, but I heard in Spanish, “Johnny, tenias razon. Todo va a estar mucho mejor alli,” which means, “Johnny, you were right. Everything is going to be much better.” This had to do with the fact he had never been quite sure if we were headed for the Kingdom era (which I had been preaching was up and coming), or whether we were headed for absolute and final doom and gloom days. (Photo via Pixabay)
Up to this point, I had perceived that satan had gotten away with taking my friend out early. Now, suddenly, I saw the kindness of the Lord, as this pastor had been a true Kingdom warrior for decades in a difficult place. I could now see, by the spirit, that he was almost giddy with his new reality, as well as with what he could see was coming next for us on the earth. For the sake of clarity, I wasn’t “talking with the dead,” but I was allowed by the Holy Spirit to be shown the real perspective.
Psalms 91, 23, or 2 Corinthians 5:8
God doesn’t want us to be tormented and traumatized by what seems like many godly ones dying prematurely. God is with us, regardless of whether or not we are those who have chosen these godly paths mentioned in Isaiah 57:2. He is the Psalm 91 God who protects us, even when a thousand fall at our side, and ten thousand and our right. He is the Psalm 23 God who, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, still sustains us. Finally, as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:8, “…We would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” His follow-up is in verse 9 says, “So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him.”
To a Believer, we have win-win-win scenarios available to us. The constant in any of the three scenarios is this: He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8). Yes, we all ultimately succumb to human death at some point. Yes, we all are going to be tested at some point (in this world you WILL have tribulation [see John 16:33]), but we can remain of good cheer, as He will superimpose a redemptive storyline over those who identify as His.
What About Suicides?
Earlier, I mentioned the despair of the hour in which we live. Other real losses from the last couple of years are the loved ones who have, in some way, taken their own lives. Because of irresponsible “health professionals,” there are many who have found themselves addicted to drugs that then diminished the mind’s capability to properly function and process.
I know of several such cases where young adults have found themselves addicted to the cheaper versions of what the “health professionals” gave them from over the counter (heroin), and how they have faced suicide or suicidal thoughts related to their fight with addiction.
I know of a case where a young man had God constantly in his thoughts, and desired to serve God, but the “mind torment” of his battle with addiction led him to take his own life. I do not believe that person is in Hell, but rather, I’m fairly sure he is with the Lord. At minimum, the God I know would give that young man a chance to choose or not choose Jesus in the end, when his mind had been cleared of the damage done by drugs. I firmly believe that he would have been given a chance to truly choose, while being free from mental impairment. Death gets swallowed up in victory.
If you have lost a loved one this way, and know, at some point, that this person chose Jesus, stay in hope and faith. If you can, imagine your loved one free from the mental anguish and confusion brought on by substances, or even demons. Those types of people are the ones who, I believe, will get a final chance before the throne of God.
Who would they confess if free? Remember all the biblical promises of you and your household will be saved (Acts 16:31). Choosing Jesus as Lord and Savior is a personal choice, but somehow, family also has a strong sway. Our prayers for our loved one’s salvation are very powerful. Those prayers and decrees never stop pursuing, even after human breath is done. I believe the Lord wants those of you to whom this applies to be encouraged at this time – to see that which seems dreadful from this redemptive side of things. Additionally, do not forget that any missed destiny by a loved one can be added to your quiver of destiny, simply by you asking for it.
Resurrection glory can come out of the seemingly worst stings of death. Resist carrying any shame or blame and let God showcase His vengeance through you.
Psalm 57: Satan’s Death Agenda Swallowed Up by God’s Resurrection Glory
Next, let us look at this poignantly relevant Psalm (Psalm 57), set during a time of intense danger for David. Verse 1 (NKJV) is very revealing:
“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You: and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.” (Photo via Unsplash)
David, already anointed by Samuel to be king, was being chased down by the judged and rejected Saul. Saul wanted to kill David. Similarly today, there is a death agenda that has targeted each and every one of us “Davids” – and really the world itself. Like David, there is the practical preparation and resistance that can be done (being armed, connected with our own mighty men, and prepared to fight). In the preparation, there is also the part that has to be left dependent on God. God has to be our refuge and our trust must be in Him, even as we do our part.
In verse 2 (NLT), David again cries out, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill His purpose for me.” In verse 3 he says, “He will send help from Heaven to rescue me, disgracing those who hound me…”
We are in a rescue operation from Heaven, but it is our role to intentionally position ourselves beneath the shadow of His wings. David is such a model for us because he was fully armed, surrounded with 400 fully armed men, yet His focus and confidence was in God. He was counting on God to be the one who would see his purpose fulfilled, even as all the calamities of the day surrounded him.
Verses 4 and 6 confirm to us that this time for David was as a severe a time as what many of us are experiencing with all of today’s “calamities.”
“I am surrounded by fierce lions who greedily devour human prey…” (verse 4a). It is the death agenda we are seeing with the “virus,” its “health protocols,” and the withholding of the protocols that actually heal (ivermectin, HCQ, etc.). David says here, “…whose tongues cut like swords” (verse 4b). This speaks of the media doing the damage with their role in devouring “human prey.”
In verse 6, David speaks of how the enemy has dug a deep pit and set a trap to bring him down, finishing with, “…but they themselves have fallen into it.” This is where we are, and what is to be fulfilled in our day. As in the book of Esther, when Haman gets hanged on his own gallows, the enemy’s death agenda becomes self-inflicted. Death gets swallowed up in victory.
“Let Your Glory Be Above All the Earth”
Amazingly, during this calamitous time, David is able to focus on God’s objectives, and verses 5 and 11 are an exact repeat of each other:
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; LET YOUR GLORY BE ABOVE ALL THE EARTH.” (Psalm 57:11, NKJV emphasis added)
There is so much here. When on earth, we see wicked agendas to devour “human prey,” but the real agenda of the enemy is against God and His glory being revealed. He wants to block God’s presence, God’s power, and God’s provision – as they are all a part of the display of His glory. His glory confirms and enhances His reputation among His sons and daughters, and satan, the slanderer, wants the opposite.
As sure a thing as David ultimately becoming king, so, too, the “Davids” of today will not remain in a besieged state by a death agenda. Resurrection glory is about to be poured out, and it will be a God-initiative. As it takes care of the fulfillment of personal purposes, it also makes sure that the greater glory of God is above all else. Resurrection glory covers the micro and the macro.
Psalm 82: God Stands for Justice
In 5782, this chapter 82 really speaks to us. Let’s look at the first 4 verses (there are only 8 verses total):
“God STANDS in the congregation of the mighty; He JUDGES among the gods. How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless; DO JUSTICE to the afflicted and the needy. Deliver the poor and needy; FREE THEM from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:1-4, NKJV emphasis added). (Photo via Flickr)
The first thing we want to take note of is that God STANDS. This means He has listened long enough. He has waited long enough for all excuses to be exhausted, and now it is time for His justice ruling. We will see God STAND in 5782.
The word “gods” here is the Hebrew word “elohim.” It CAN mean God, or gods, but as in Exodus 21:6, it can just as easily mean “judges.” It ultimately applies to anyone given a sphere of governmental authority, and this is the application for us today. That last part (in verse 1) is better translated to say, “He judges among the judges.” The perversion of justice is most often brought about by those who are specifically called to bring and defend justice. God has watched enough and heard enough of those assigned to justice.
The first part of verse 1 is better read for us today as, “GOD STANDS in the Supreme Court.” That, in essence, is what it means when it says, “God STANDS in the congregation of the mighty.” We have heard much from the lower judges, and some from the higher judges of the Supreme Court. Our land has experienced the electoral fraud of the ages, and our “congregation of the mighty” has only enabled, defended, and advanced the anti-humanity agenda of darkness. God now STANDS to judge the judges. In doing so, He re-establishes His priorities for them: No more unjust judging; no more partiality to the wicked. Defend the poor and the otherwise afflicted and needy; FREE THEM from the hand of the wicked.
Verse 5 (NLT) follows up with this: “But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! They wander about in darkness, while the whole world is shaken to the core.” This travesty of injustice from unjust judges has caused the whole world to be shaken to its core; while, at the same time, these “deep state” ones wander about in the darkness, with whom they have chosen to align themselves and worship. Now, God STANDS, and it is THEIR foundations that are about to be shaken to the core.
In verses 6 and 7, God lets them know that, yes, they were allowed a sphere in government as “elohim” (judges), but that they greatly failed, and now judgment, from HIM, would come over them as a reflection of His commitment to justice. They may have been rulers and judges, but HE is the supreme ruler and judge.
Verse 8 then concludes the matter: “Arise, O God, judge the earth; for YOU shall inherit ALL THE NATIONS!” (Psalm 82:8, NKJV, emphasis added.) As you can see, this is in sync with the last verse of Psalm 57 (verse 11): “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth.”
We note these expressions: “ARISE,” “BE EXALTED,” and “GOD STANDS” as key words for the Hebrew new year 5782. They imply that He, seemingly, has not yet risen, been exalted, nor is standing; but that all changes now. The visible proof of His arising is when RESURRECTION GLORY becomes evident to all.
What is He after? His inheritance of ALL NATIONS. How does He do this? Through RESURRECTION GLORY. The three “Ps” – Presence, Power, and Provision – come in this glory, and everything changes when that happens. We will know a nation is “inherited” by God when we see these three aspects of His glory evidenced as the reality of a nation.
Dry bones can now rattle and come to life (Ezekiel 37). Hopeless scenarios can become infused with hope and then life. Everything dead that is good can come to life in His resurrection glory – that is the sentence we go under as we advance into this next year. Get ready for a year of resurrections!
Johnny Enlow is a social reformer, international speaker, spiritual mentor. He is author of RISE, Becoming A Superhero, The Seven Mountain Mantle, Rainbow God, and The Seven Mountain Prophecy. He and his wife Elizabeth are focused on awakening individuals to their call to provide practical solutions from the heart of God for every problem in society until the real God of all of life is displayed in the seven primary areas of culture in all nations: Media, Arts and Entertainment, Government, Family, Religion, Economy, and Education.