“Get you into the rocks and hide yourselves in the ground from the dread of the LORD and the Splendor of His Majesty” (Isaiah 2:10) NEB
There is a Majestic Splendor of God that brings mere mortals to their knees with chins dropped, mouths open in awe and wonder. This Splendor breaks the pride of man, and brings contrition and a sense of complete unworthiness. The Prophet, Isaiah, had this experience in his day:
“In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the LORD seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the skirt of His robe filled the Temple. About Him were attendant Seraphim, and each had six wings; one pair covered his face and one pair his feet, and one pair was spread in flight. They were calling ceaselessly to one another,
Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His Glory.
As each one called, the threshold shook to its foundations, while the house was filled with smoke. Then I cried,
Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell among a people of unclean lips; yet with these eyes I have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts” (Isaiah 6:1-5) NEB.
Yes, this is what it is like to experience the Splendor of His Majesty. When we share in this glory, Isaiah writes: “Then man’s pride shall be brought low, and the loftiness of man shall be humbled, and the LORD alone shall be exalted on that day, while the idols shall pass away utterly. Get you into caves in the rocks and crevices in the ground from the dread of the LORD and the Splendor of His Majesty, when He rises to inspire the earth with fear” (Isaiah 2:17-19) NEB.
Not once, not twice, but three times the Prophet declares his mighty words of exaltation to the LORD:
“On that day a man shall fling away his idols of silver and his idols of gold which he has made for himself to worship; he shall fling them to the dung-beetles and the bats, and creep into clefts in the rocks and crannies in the cliffs from the dread of the LORD and the Splendor of His Majesty, when He rises to inspire the earth with fear” (Isaiah 2:20-21) NEB.
And finally, “Have no more to do with man, for what is he worth? He is no more than the breath of his nostrils” (Isaiah 2:22) NEB. (cf. James 4:14).
The Apostle John was shown this same Splendor in his Revelation of Christ Jesus. He was shown the Lamb seated on His Throne and upon the opening of the Sixth Seal “the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us! and hide us from the face of Him that sits on the Throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of His wrath is come and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17) KJV.
The Apostle Paul was shown by revelation the coming of the LORD and wrote to the Thessalonians: “For the mystery of iniquity [Mystery of Iniquity 01/13/21] is already at work; only he who now lets will let until he be taken out of the way. Then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the LORD shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the Brightness (Splendor) of His coming (Majestic Appearance)” (II Thessalonians 2:7-8).
Oh, the Splendor of His Majesty! The Brightness of His Coming. The Glory of His awesome Presence! Glory, Honor, Majesty, Dominion and Power be unto our God and to the Lamb.