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Ichabod - “The Departure of God’s Glory”

By Irene Petra posted March 31, 2016

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This word came to me one day. It came together with a vision of the future, and I grieve for the lost people of this world. 


Ichabod. This is the Hebrew word for the departure of God’s glory.


Heavenly Father is sending me to warn people that His glory is departing from the earth. It will depart before the final and worldwide abomination of desolation that will happen in the end of days. 

But to understand the future, let’s look in the past, when the glory of God departed. What happened and what does it mean to us?


The departure of His glory is a very grievous thing for the nations. What does it mean? When the Ark of the Covenant was captured during the time of the prophet Samuel, the glory of God departed from Israel for a short time with the Ark of the Covenant that was captured by the Philistines.


 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory has departed from Israel, because the ark of God had been taken, and because of her father-in-law and her husband. And she said, The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God is taken. 
(1Samuel 4:21-22 MKJV)


The glory of God was for a short time with the Gentiles.

There is a parallel when the Ark of the Covenant in a prophetic way was among the Gentiles. They experienced His presence. But because of their idolatry, the judgment of God came upon them:


(1 Samuel 5:1-8 MKJV) And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. (2) And the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it beside Dagon. (3) And when those of Ashdod arose early on the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of Jehovah. And they took Dagon and set him in his place again. (4) And when they arose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the earth before the ark of Jehovah. And the head of Dagon, and both the palms of his hands, were cut off upon the threshold. Only the stump of Dagon was left to him. (5) And neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day. (6) And the hand of Jehovah was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He destroyed them and struck them with hemorrhoids, Ashdod and its borders. (7) And the men of Ashdod saw that it was so. And they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not stay with us. For His hand is sore upon us and upon Dagon our god. (8) And they sent and gathered all the lords of the Philistines to them. And they said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried around to Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel around.


This is a message for our time. The Gentiles have had the glory of God among them for two thousand years. But throughout the history of the Gentile church His people have been installing idols before the face of the Lord, mixing the holy with the profane. They are worshiping other gods in their hearts and do not even think that these abominations will bring God’s judgment upon them. And now we are going to see change. The glory of God will return back to Israel.


The second time the departure of the glory of God happened was during the Babylonian captivity of Israel. Ezekiel saw a vision of it:


And the glory of Jehovah went from the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubs. And the cherubs lifted up their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight. When they went out, the wheels also were beside them. And he stood at the door of the eastern gate of Jehovah's house. And the glory of the God of Israel was over them from above. (Ezekiel 10:18-19 MKJV)


The reason for the departure of the glory of God from the Temple, the House of the Lord, is because in the next chapter Ezekiel saw idol worship in the House of the Lord. When the glory of God (Chavod in Hebrew) departed, the judgment and destruction of the land soon came through the hands of Babylon. The Temple and Jerusalem were destroyed.


When the second Temple was built, God promised His people the return of His glory to the Temple:


(Haggai 2:9 MKJV) The glory of this latter house shall be greater than that of the former, says Jehovah of Hosts. And in this place I will give peace, says Jehovah of Hosts.


It happened when the Son of God, Yeshua Hamashiah, was in the Temple and walked among the people of Israel.


But the glory of God departed from the Temple the third time when the Jewish leaders rejected Yeshua the Messiah as their King. Just before His death, Yeshua the Son of God declared:


O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to her, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left to you desolate. For I say to you, You shall not see Me from now on until you say, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." 
(Matthew 23:37-39 MKJV)


In fact, Yeshua was quoting the prophet Jeremiah: 

 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation. 
(Jeremiah 22:5 KJV)


History is repeating itself. For two thousand years Israel (as a nation and as a land) did not have the glory of God, His presence. His glory, His presence, and His grace were transferred to the Gentiles. But now the time of the nations is coming to its fulfillment. The spiritual house of the Lord among the Gentiles is becoming more and more apostate. The falling away of the nations and the church is happening before our eyes: the acceptance of gay marriages, the embracement of Chrislam, the infiltration of New Age teachings into the church, the prosperity gospel with its materialistic and worldly lifestyle, the dead religious traditions of many denominations that do not teach the living word of God. These and many other things brought the spiritual house of the Lord to spiritual desolation.

 Ichabod. This is the word from the Lord: Now is the time of the departure of His glory from the nations. His glory will be coming back into the land and nation of Israel, and they will say: Baruch Aba Beshem Adonai. "Blessed is He who comes in the name of Adonai”. 


Paul was warning us about this departure of the glory of God:

(Romans 11:21-27 MKJV) For if God did not spare the natural branches, fear lest He also may not spare you either! (22) Behold then the kindness, and the severity of God; on those having fallen, severity; but on you, kindness, if you continue in the kindness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. (23) And those also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in. For God is able to graft them in again. (24) For if you were cut out of the natural wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more these being according to nature will be grafted into their own olive-tree? (25) For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, lest you should be wise within yourselves; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the nations has comes in. (26) And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, "There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. (27) For this is My covenant with them, when I have taken away their sins."


The glory of the Lord is Yeshua our Messiah. He is the One Who will return to Jerusalem and Whose presence is going to be in the Temple of God. He will sit on the throne of David and rule over all the Earth.


When the glory of the Lord departed from Israel, the judgment of God fell on the land of Israel twice: during the Babylonian captivity and during the Roman invasion. 


Both times:


    • 1) The land became desolate. 
    • 2) Many people died from war, hunger, beasts and plagues. 
    • 3) Many people were led into captivity and slavery.
    • 4) Terror struck their hearts, and they were full of fear.


So it will be in the last days. The nations will see many deaths from war, hunger, beasts, and plagues. Even the most populated places will become desolate and empty.

The land of the nations will be desolated. Many nations will lose their power and glory. They will become small and insignificant in the future.

Some nations will cease to exist in one day. People will awake one day, and the countries they knew will be no more. There will be complete geopolitical changes, when countries will merge together into big regions with new names, new flags, and new laws of the land. People will have no choice but to embrace the New World Order. God is giving up the nations of the world into the complete control of the evil one, who will deceive many and will rule with brutality and force.

 “As you reject Me as your Ruler and Protector let it be as you wish,” says the Lord. “You cannot reject Me and expect My protection. I am leaving your house empty. Ichabod, “The Departure of God’s Glory.”


Now I pray for all of you who are listening to this message: Heavenly Father, please touch the hearts of those who are in fear and distress; give them peace and strength to stand and endure whatever they are destined to face in their lives. Let their lives shine like a light in this darkness and be a testimony for the salvation of many. Let them be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit so that they would be strong to resist the devil and fight the true battle that is happening in the spiritual realm. Let them understand that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the principalities and powers of the prince of this world, who is Satan. Help us endure the future persecution and martyrdom. Let Your name be glorified through our lives or deaths. In the name of Yeshua I pray, amen. 


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