Sh’khinah in the kingdom is spiritual. For God sent His Son to establish us in the kingdom of God, which is in the Spirit.
Romans 14:16 Do not let what you know to be good, be spoken of as bad; 17 for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, shalom and joy in the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit. 18 Anyone who serves the Messiah in this fashion both pleases God and wins the approval of other people.
Rather than getting into this means that regarding Sh’khinah, I am quoting all Scripture in this article from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. You can read it online at http://www.biblestudytools.com/cjb/. I recommend reading that Bible at least once to get the wonderful flavor of what the 12 apostles and Paul were inspired by God to write. I also recommend The Jewish New Testament Commentary by Stern. Both are available on Amazon.
Jesus the Messiah has made God known to us.
John 1 14 The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. 15 Yochanan witnessed concerning him when he cried out, “This is the man I was talking about when I said, `The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me.'” 16 We have all received from his fullness, yes, grace upon grace. 17 For the Torah was given through Moshe; grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah. 18 No one has ever seen God; but the only and unique Son, who is identical with God and is at the Father’s side—he has made him known.
God our Father works through us all and is in us all
Ephesians 4;1 Therefore I, the prisoner united with the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called. 2 Always be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with one another in love, 3 and making every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit gives through the binding power of shalom. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as when you were called you were called to one hope. 5 And there is one Lord, one trust, one immersion, 6 and one God, the Father of all, who rules over all, works through all and is in all.
In contrast God related with His Old Covenant people as natural mankind.
God’s people of the Old Covenant were not born again and filled with the Spirit, so God led them with physically seen manifestations of His presence as we saw in the previous article. Coming our of Egypt, the Israelites were led by day by a cloud they could see. The cloud was not affected by weather. It even provided shade for them in the desert. At night, they could see a flame. It was not affected by weather. Just like the flame in the burning bush, it did not burn up anything. Sh’khinah dwelt in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and then in Solomon’s Temple. The radiant glory of God’s presence was so powerful only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies only once a year.
When Messiah Jesus proclaimed the gospel of kingdom, most of the religious leaders rejected Him.
Romans 9:1 I am speaking the truth—as one who belongs to the Messiah, I do not lie; and also bearing witness is my conscience, governed by the Ruach HaKodesh: 2 my grief is so great, the pain in my heart so constant, 3 that I could wish myself actually under God’s curse and separated from the Messiah, if it would help my brothers, my own flesh and blood, 4 the people of Isra’el! They were made God’s children, the Sh’khinah has been with them, the covenants are theirs, likewise the giving of the Torah, the Temple service and the promises; 5 the Patriarchs are theirs; and from them, as far as his physical descent is concerned, came the Messiah, who is over all. Praised be ADONAI for ever! Amen.
John 12;39 The reason they could not believe was—as Yesha`yahu/ Isaiah said elsewhere —40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so that they do not see with their eyes, understand with their hearts, and do t’shuvah, so that I could heal them.” 41 (Yesha`yahu said these things because he saw the Sh’khinah of Yeshua and spoke about him.) CR: Isaiah 6:8-10
Shortly before Jesus was crucified, God came to Him in the grandeur of the Sh’khinah,
2 Peter 1:17 For we were there when he received honor and glory from God the Father; and the voice came to him from the grandeur of the Sh’khinah, saying, “This is my son, whom I love; I am well pleased with him!” CJB
Matthew 17:1 Six days later, Yeshua took Kefa/Peter, Ya`akov/James and his brother Yochanan/John and led them up a high mountain privately. 2 As they watched, he began to change form—his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became as white as light. 3 Then they looked and saw Moshe and Eliyahu speaking with him. 4 Kefa said to Yeshua, “It’s good that we’re here, Lord. I’ll put up three shelters if you want—one for you, one for Moshe and one for Eliyahu.”
5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them; and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 6 When the talmidim heard this, they were so frightened that they fell face down on the ground. 7 But Yeshua came and touched them. “Get up!” he said, “Don’t be afraid.” 8 So they opened their eyes, looked up and saw only Yeshua by himself.
The hope of our salvation and life in the world to come motivates us to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now, in this age.
Titus 2:11 For God’s grace, which brings deliverance, has appeared to all people. 12 It teaches us to renounce godlessness and worldly pleasures, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now, in this age; 13 while continuing to expect the blessed fulfillment of our certain hope, which is the appearing of the Sh’khinah of our great God and the appearing of our Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah.
The Son of God is the radiance of the Sh’khinah.
Heb 1:1 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets. 2 But now, in the acharit-hayamim, he has spoken to us through his Son, to whom he has given ownership of everything and through whom he created the universe. 3 This Son is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by his powerful word; and after he had, through himself, made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim. 4 So he has become much better than angels, and the name God has given him is superior to theirs.
The Spirit of the Sh’khinah, that is, the Spirit of God is resting on us.
1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, don’t regard as strange the fiery ordeal occurring among you to test you, as if something extraordinary were happening to you. 13 Rather, to the extent that you share the fellowship of the Messiah’s sufferings, rejoice; so that you will rejoice even more when his Sh’khinah is revealed. 14 If you are being insulted because you bear the name of the Messiah, how blessed you are! For the Spirit of the Sh’khinah, that is, the Spirit of God, is resting on you!
Jude proclaimed this wonderful blessing to God.
Jude 1:24 Now, to the one who can keep you from falling and set you without defect and full of joy in the presence of his Sh’khinah to God alone, our Deliverer, through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord be glory, majesty, power and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen.
Sh’khinah in the book of Revelation
Revelation 7:13 One of the elders asked me, “These people dressed in white robes—who are they, and where are they from?” 14 “Sir,” I answered, “you know.” Then he told me, “These are the people who have come out of the Great Persecution. They have washed their robes and made them white with the blood of the Lamb. 15 That is why they are before God’s throne. “Day and night they serve him in his Temple; and the One who sits on the throne will put his Sh’khinah upon them. 16 “They will never again be hungry, they will never again be thirsty, the sun will not beat down on them, nor will any burning heat. 17 “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will shepherd them, will lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 15:1 and I saw a beast come up out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads. On its horns were ten royal crowns and on its heads blasphemous names. 2The beast which I saw was like a leopard, but with feet like those of a bear and a mouth like the mouth of a lion. To it the dragon gave its power, its throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast appeared to have received a fatal wound, but its fatal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed after the beast in amazement. 4 They worshipped the dragon, because he had given his authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who can fight against it?” 5 It was given a mouth speaking arrogant blasphemies; and it was given authority to act for forty-two months. 6 So it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God to insult his name and his Sh’khinah, and those living in heaven; 7 it was allowed to make war on God’s holy people and to defeat them; and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 Everyone living on earth will worship it except those whose names are written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb slaughtered before the world was founded.
Now we know in part will know as we have been known 1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see obscurely in a mirror, but then it will be face to face. Now I know partly; then I will know fully, just as God has fully known me.”
Revelation 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there. 2 Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.”
Revelation 21:22 I saw no Temple in the city, for ADONAI, God of heaven’s armies, is its Temple, as is the Lamb. 23 The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s Sh’khinah gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 Its gates will never close, they stay open all day because night will not exist there, 26 and the honor and splendor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure may enter it, nor anyone who does shameful things or lies; the only ones who may enter are those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.