Q. I have been hearing about persons and or ministries saying that the glory cloud of God is manifesting today like it did in Old Testament times and it is evidence of God working in these ministries. I believe that the Old Testament is shapes and types of everything in the New Testament. But I do not see this same glory cloud mentioned in the New Testament except maybe at the mount of transfiguration, which does not seem fit with what people are claiming for today. Help me out and tell me what you think about this.
A. A few years ago it was angel feathers and gold dust. Before that it was holy laughter. Even if all the reports of signs and wonders coming from certain parts of the Church are legitimate, those who rely on these things to sustain their faith are missing out on greater blessings.
Addressing Thomas, who refused to believe Jesus had risen until he saw proof, Jesus said, “Because you have seen me you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed” (John 20:29). And Paul, who was no stranger to supernatural manifestations, said faith comes from hearing the word of the Lord (Romans 10:17).
The clearest indication that the Lord is working in a ministry is the fruit it bears.