The Spirit and the Fire Come

For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29)

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11)

He is fire

For in these last days the Lord will reveal Himself as the Holy Baptiser, releasing His Spirit and Fire upon those who know Him, have walked through His refining fire, and lived in the Spirit. For it is God’s good pleasure to dwell in His temple, and to fill it with His glory. In these days God makes His home in us, and has foreshadowed in the days of Moses and Solomon, He comes in His presence and fills as a cloud and fire. In Acts, and the days of Solomon, He revealed the key is being as one with Him, and has showed how He saw each of us as temples of God, and living stones of His House, by revealing Himself as a rushing wind and a flame of fire upon each one at Pentecost.

As the Lord is coming, and as a consuming fire, He prepares us for His coming by purifying us with the washing of His word, and the refining of His fire, and so readies us for the outpouring of His baptism of Spirit and Fire. It is necessary to be made ready like this, for those who know Him, and have learned to commune with Him and His family in love, becoming the places upon which burning flames are found, and out of which He consumes the dross and the evil.

‘…each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.’ (1 Corinthians 3:13)

He comes searching for a bride who He has made ready. He looks for the devoted one, the one who loves Him, and loves each other, and through trials and troubles faithfully held true to Him. He sees each of us as His temple to be filled with His glory, and builds us together by His Spirit, His love, and Christ, and creates the House of Zion, the Bride of Christ who burns with fire, and is filled with His Spirit.

For He will come, and soon this will be. Mountains will melt at His coming, evil consumed by His fire, and the old will melt away, as He creates the new. So heed His call to gather to Him, in one heart with Him, and with each other in one accord. Come in worship as one sound, wait on the Lord in His upper chamber, and be ready, for He will break in like a tidal wave of fire, water, and love…for He realigns us, and His bride, to His headship, and His plan. This is His doing, like salvation a sovereign move of our loving heavenly Father. It is a manifestation of His dwelling presence in each of us through Christ, by His Spirit. It is our Lord God’s very character.

‘…indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.’ (2 Chron. 5:13,14)

“Now therefore, arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let Your saints rejoice in goodness. O Lord God, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed; Remember the mercies of Your servant David.” When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever.” (2 Chron. 6:41-7:3)

fire from heaven

‘..then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.’ (Isaiah 4:5,6)

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)

‘..that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,’ (1 Peter 1:7)

‘..you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’ (1 Peter 2:5)

 

The Word of God reveals Himself as cloud and fire

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. (Exodus 13:21)

Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. (Exodus 19:18)

The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. (Exodus 24:17)

For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. (Exodus 40:38)

And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people, and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces. (Lev. 9:23,24)

Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire. (Numbers 9:15 [ The Cloud and the Fire])

Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. (Numbers 11:1)

For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24)

“These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. (Deuteronomy 5:22)

Then the Angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight. (Judges 6:21)

Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. (1 Kings 18:38)

So Elijah answered and said to them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men.” And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. (2 Kings 1:12)

Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire. (Psalm 104:4)

For behold, the Lord will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. (Isaiah 66:15)

Then I looked, and there was a likeness, like the appearance of fire—from the appearance of His waist and downward, fire; and from His waist and upward, like the appearance of brightness, like the color of amber. (Ezekiel 8:2)

Then He spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, “Go in among the wheels, under the cherub, fill your hands with coals of fire from among the cherubim, and scatter them over the city.” And he went in as I watched. (Ezekiel 10:2)

“And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.” (Joel 2:30)

His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:12)

John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Luke 3:16)

‘…each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.’ (1 Corinthians 3:13)

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