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THE GLORY CLOUD OF REVELATION & PROPHETIC MANTLES

TODD BENTLEY
Feb 14, 2003

In the beginning of this year during an extended time of prayer at my home in Canada, I had an unusual encounter with the Lord. I saw the Glory cloud of revelation come on the church. I also saw in a vision an old saint named Sundar Singh. The Holy Spirit spoke to me about a new release of prophetic revelation coming. In this prophetic article we will talk about the rivers of revelation, intimacy, contemplative prayer and the anointing for the kinds of revelation Sundar Singh received that is being released in the church today.
 


(**NotePreviously, in a word through Paul Keith Davis published on The Elijah List, Bob Jones saw in a vision a heavenly messenger named Sundar --http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=1389.  Many people wondered what the origins of the name were and it's meaning.  Research showed that Sundar simply is a regular, male name that comes from an ancient language of India called Sanskrit.  Sanskrit shares common roots with the Latin and Greek languages, as well as many others such as the Germanic and Celtic languages.  Sundar means "Beautiful/Handsome/Pleasant to the eyes and ears," while Singh is a common suffix added on, meaning "Lion." 

Paul Keith Davis and Todd Bentley received revelation independently of each other from the Lord on Sundar.  Each was regarding the Lord's anointing to open the eyes and ears of His people to release revelation.  --Steve Shultz, The Elijah List**)


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The Cloud of Revelation
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The cloud I saw was the cloud of Isaiah 11:1-2


Isaiah 11:1-2

"There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord."



I remember the story of King Saul, his messengers and how the cloud of prophecy came upon them. Saul prophesied with the prophets day and night.


1 Sam 19:20-24

"Then Saul sent messengers to take David. And when they saw the group of prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as leader over them, the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. And when Saul was told, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. Then Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also. Then he also went to Ramah, and came to the great well that is at Sechu. So he asked, and said, "Where are Samuel and David?" And someone said, "Indeed they are at Naioth in Ramah." So he went there to Naioth in Ramah. Then the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on and prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah. 24 And he also stripped off his clothes and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"



Saul didn't just receive a prophetic word or prophesied, he prophesied day and night continually. Saul came under the canopy of revelation and received revelation like a river day and night. You may ask yourself, I have never heard of the cloud of revelation. Throughout scripture the Holy Spirit's presence is described as the cloud. The Holy Spirit is the source of all prophecy.


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Friends of God
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I asked the Lord, "Who will this cloud come on?" Then I remembered the story of Joshua and Moses and how they would go into the tent of a meeting, the cloud would come down. It was in the glory cloud that Moses spoke to God face to face as a friend speaks to friend.

Ex 33:8-11

"So it was, whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle that the entire people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle."


The bible goes on to say that Moses heard him in Plain speech,

Num 12:8

"I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord."


God is going to release, on the friend's of God, the kind of revelation Moses received. It is time to hear plainly and not in dark sayings, and we will see the form of the Lord. The key to receiving this kind of revelation, in this season, is to be like Joshua and remain in the tent.


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Open Heavens
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This anointing will come upon individuals and even companies of people for days and even weeks at a time. In Gen 28:11-12,17, Jacob receives open heavens revelation.


Gen 28:11-12,17

"So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it."

"And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!"



Jacob had a visitation of "Open Heavens." He describes it as the house of God, the gateway of heaven. In this experience we see a ladder set up on the earth to heaven. The ladder did not come from heaven to earth but the earth to the heavens. An invitation to "come up here!" This verse is parallel with Rev 4.

Revelation 4:1-2

"After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice, which 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; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and one sat on the throne."



There will be individuals who will receive days of open heaven revelation. The key here is to draw near to the gate of heaven. The door standing open in heaven has never closed.



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You Will See Greater Things Than These
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In the book of John we read the story of Jesus and Nathaniel under the fig tree.


John 1:43 - 51

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." And Nathaniel said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" Nathaniel said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathaniel answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these."


Jesus spoke a word of knowledge and the response was overwhelming. Nathaniel said "How do You know me?" Then Jesus said "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." What are the greater things? You can hear the Lord say here in this story. What do you think a word of knowledge is something?  I received divine knowledge about you. I am operating in something greater than the ability to bring a word and you will see greater demonstrations of my power because I am the open heaven of revelation. (Gen 28:11-12)


John 1:51

"And He said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.'"


Jesus did not operate just in a word of wisdom, word of knowledge, word of prophecy and the gifts of the spirit. Jesus flowed in the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge. He was tapped into the mind of God and operated in the seven Spirits of Isa. 11 and Rev 4.

Isa 11:2

"The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord."

 

 
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God is Releasing Rivers of Revelation
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Jesus was tapped into the ever increasing, flowing river of constant knowledge and revelation. I believe there is a higher place of prophetic ministry today. More than just operating in the gifts of the spirit, God wants us to flow in the mind of Christ and minister in the mantles of knowledge. Rather than just receiving a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom we step into the ever increasing, flowing river of constant knowledge and revelation.

This ministry is found in 1 Corinthians,

1 Corinthians 2:10-16

"But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, and the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ."



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The Vision of Sundar Singh
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It was also during this time of prayer that I was taken in a vision to what I believed to be the Himalayan Mountains. I saw an Indian man with a turban on his head. I heard the whisper of the Spirit say this is Sundar Singh. I am releasing anointing of revelation like this. I had no communication with this old saint nor did he say anything to me. The experience lasted only a moment.


Is it biblical for men and woman to have experiences like this? Jesus had a visitation of both Moses and Elijah (Matt. 17: 1-14) Samuel returned to rebuke King Saul when he consulted with a medium for direction. (Sam 28:8-15) It is important to remember the Lord brought the vision and I heard His voice. I did not pursue nor speak with the dead. According to the book of Hebrews there is a great cloud of witnesses around us.


Hebrews 12:1

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin, which so easily ensnares us, and let us run."




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Who Is Sundar Singh?
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Sundar Singh: They called him the great Indian Seer, born in a Punjab village in 1889; of mixed Sikh and Hindu stock; his early dislike of Christianity resulted in a symbolic burning of the Bible; soon after followed a vision of Jesus Christ and he was baptized, 1905; determined to become a Christian sadhu (holy man), he traveled and preached in mountain regions from his center at Kotgarh;1918 he began to travel abroad and visited countries like Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and China, traveled to Europe, North America, and Australia. Sundar Singh was identified as a living mystic and several books are published about him. Some people did not fully accept his accounts of his early experiences. One experience is as follows; in 1912 he returned from the Himalayan Mountains with an extraordinary account of finding a three-hundred-year old Christian hermit in a mountain cave. He called him the Maharishi of Kailas. Sundar was said to have spent some weeks in deep fellowship with him. The sadhu disappeared in 1929 while traveling to Tibet on foot with no money and circumstances of his death are unknown.


Sundar Singh suffered much for Christ. In 1912 in the Tibetan village of Lazar, he was beaten and thrown to die in a pit filled with rotting bodies. His arm was broken; the pit was sealed above him, and only the Grand Lama had the key. The stench was unbearable. Three nights later, Sundar heard the grate open. A shadowy figure lowered a rope and pulled him out. Next morning he boldly showed himself again, preaching in the streets. The Grand Lama seized him. Furious questions followed. Who had helped him? Who had stolen the key? He pulled the key ring from under his robe. But the key to the pit was still on it. Terrified, he freed Sundar Singh, expelling him from town.

He also had been sewn into a wet yak-skin and left to be crushed to death as it shrank in the hot sun, tied into cloths laced with leeches and scorpions to sting him and suck his blood. Another time he was roped to a tree as bait for wild animals. During these experiences and even at other times he had been rescued by members of the "Sunnyasi Mission", Sundar reported they were secret disciples of Jesus wearing their Hindu markings, whom he claimed to have found all over India. As extraordinary as his life was in evangelism and persecution, he also had numerous extreme prophetic encounters.


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Visions And Experiences of Sundar Singh
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The Lord himself regularly visited Sundar Singh. During these visitations, he would ask questions of the Lord and receive direct answers. 'At The Master’s Feet' is a record of these question and answer times with the Lord. Sundar spoke to the Lord as Moses face to face as a friend speaks to a friend. In his first vision as taken from his book, 'At the Masters Feet', Sundar describes how Jesus came to him. This was the beginning of regular visits from the Lord.

Quoted >From Sundar Singh:

Once on a dark night I went alone into the forest to pray, and seating myself upon a rock I laid before God my deep necessities, and besought His help. After a short time, seeing a poor man coming towards me I thought he had come to ask me for some relief because he was hungry and cold. I said to him, 'I am a poor man, and except for this blanket I have nothing at all. You had better go to the village near by and ask for help there.' And lo! Even whilst I was saying this he flashed forth like lightning, and showering drops of blessing, immediately disappeared. Alas! Alas! It was now clear to me that this was my beloved Master who came not to beg from a poor creature like me, but to bless and to enrich me (2 Cor. viii.9), and so I was left weeping and lamenting my folly and lack of insight.


In a second vision on the same rock in prayer, Satan came to him and sought to turn him to being a Hindu or Muslim since his impact on Christians was only a few thousand. Sundar describes it like this,


On another day, my work being finished, I again went into the forest to pray, and seated upon that same rock began to consider for what blessings I should make petition. Whilst thus engaged, it seemed to me that another man came and stood near me, who, judged by his bearing and dress and manner of speech, appeared to be a revered and devoted servant of God; but his eyes glittered with craft and cunning, and as he spoke he seemed to breathe an odor of hell.


But although in the Name of God you have sacrificed yourself body and soul for others, you have never been truly appreciated. My meaning is that being a Christian, only a few thousand Christians have come under your influence, and some even of these distrust you. How much better would it be if you became a Hindu or a Muslim, and thus become a great leader indeed? They are in search of such a spiritual head. If you accept this suggestion of mine, then three hundred and ten million Hindus and Muslims will become your followers, and render you reverent homage. I believe that the life of Sundar Singh speaks in itself what the Lord wants to bring the church into, through daily discipline and renowned devotion to soaking and seeking him.

 
 
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Companionship with the Lord
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Sundar Singh was known to spend at least two hours daily in reading the Scriptures, meditation and prayer. He would get up by 5:00 am and finish by 7:00 or 8:00 depending on what his schedule was for the day. He often spent the whole day or night in prayer.


His discipline was to read one chapter of the Bible, rapidly at first reading, then to return to reread passages or verses that were more suggestive to him. These he would linger with and meditate on for as long as it was fruitful for him to do so. Next he would enter into a period of 'recollection' for twenty minutes or so. This was a time of silence in which he would allow the Lord to speak to him in some way. With his own mind and heart silenced, he opened his mind and his heart to hear what the Lord would have to say to him or to just simply enjoy companionship with his Lord. Often this period of silence would extend into a deeper state called contemplation in which he enjoyed complete rest and refreshment in the love of God.


Often during times of contemplation he entered into experiences of ecstasy. He regarded these experiences as the same as St. Paul's entrance into the "Third Heaven." During his latter years they occurred frequently, as much as ten times a month. About these experiences he said, "I never try to go into ecstasy; nor do I advise others to try. It is a gift to be accepted, but it should not be sought; if given, it is a pearl of great price."

[Quoted From: Sundar Singh.]



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The Christian Contemplative Tradition
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This key is one of the most important tools if we are to see an increase of wisdom and revelation in our lives. In the western Christian tradition, meditation refers to thinking about or the use of the imagination around a passage of scripture. Whereas, in India, meditation refers to silencing your thoughts. The Christian tradition there is a place, however, for the silencing of thoughts and emotions but it has been called contemplation rather than meditation. This is one of those unfortunate twists of semantics, which has caused confusion when discussing the spirituality of East and West.


Sundar Singh practiced a sequence of prayer discipline that is identical to ancient Christian monastic disciplines: reading the Scriptures, meditation on a passage of the reading (also called response of the mind and heart), recollection and rest. This sequence has been called lectio divina in Latin. It means divine reading, or more precisely, divine listening since few people could actually read.


These are the four R's of lectio divina or Christian devotional life:

Reading (hearing) the Word.
Responding to it with mind and heart.
Recollecting oneself with an open mind and open heart to God's Will, and
Resting in His Presence.



When ordinary Christians would go to the church to hear the Scriptures read aloud they would remember - and memorize - a passage or verse and ponder it for the week.



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Last, What is God Saying Through This Vision?
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One thing I believe the Holy Spirit is releasing in the vision I saw of this old saint, is an understanding of the great heritage Christians have in India. Christianity is a large part in Asia spread through the evangelistic work and mission of this holy man. Unfortunately, most in the church today don't even know who Sundar Singh was and what he did.


God is in a new way releasing the Macedonian call and bringing attention to the needs of Evangelization back to India and the remote areas of Asia that are not reached with the gospel. God is also wanting the church to remember the life and anointing of this great man before the church forgets completely. Sundar Singh was a true example of a seer prophet, powerful evangelist, life in the spirit and holy devotion to Christ his master. We need this anointing for effective Evangelization today.


I also believe that for those totally devoted to the Lord in holiness, consecration and remain in the tent of his glory will begin to receive visits like this from the Lord. God also wants to speak to us as friends and in plain sayings. The life, commitment and prayer of this man are a true picture of the friend of the Lord.

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