The Bible contains many references to fire, some of which I will quote in this article. God’s presence is fiery, his judgments are fiery, his throne is of fire, and his glory is fire. One can read these numerous references to fire without every making all the connections, but once the truth emerges, it is a powerful testimony to the presence of God. I am going to try to point out that a Christian should emanate a supernatural force that is powerful enough to have an effect on the world around him, and this is a result of the presence of God, in the form of the Holy Ghost dwelling within him. For the moment, let us examine some of the scriptures that tell us of the Fire of God.
Exd 3:2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
Exd 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
Exd. 13:21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way, and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light, to go by day and night.
Exd 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.
Besides these references to fire, there are many others that speak of the fire that was used in the sacrifices. Check this link to http://www.blueletterbible.org to see a list of all the scriptures that pertain to fire. http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/translationResults.cfm?criteria=fire&page=3&t=KJV Once a sacrifice had been burned with fire, on the altar, it was holy.
In Leviticus 10:1 We read about the sons of Aaron offering strange fire which they concocted on their own, and offering it God.This turned out to be a bad idea, as we read in verse 2: And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. We will discuss the implications of this a little further on.
A little further along in the Old Testament, we read about Solomon dedicating the temple. In 2 Chronicles 7, verses 1 and 3, we read the following: Now when Solomon had made and end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house.
And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshiped, and praised the Lord, saying, for he is good, for his mercy endureth forever!
God’s judgments are fiery. Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David, thus saith the Lord, execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
His word is like a fire! Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
His fury is like fire! Nahum 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
The fire of God cleanses and purifies! It is a refining fire! Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as sliver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, it is my people that say, The Lord is my God.
Malachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap.
The Holy Ghost comes as a flame of fire! His presence is fire. Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each one of them.
This is good news! In the wilderness, God was guiding his people by a single column of fire which guided the group as a whole. This fire was understood to be the presence of God. On the day of Pentecost this fire was sent upon each believer, and now we can understand that everyone who believes and receives the Spirit of God has an individual portion., No longer does a believer have to look to the group for direction, but he/she can in fact depend upon the voice of God speaking on the inside and rely on the fact that this is the voice of God. One’s own individual portion! There is a powerful lesson in this, one that does away with the corporate body speaking on behalf of the individual.
God’s throne is fiery! Daniel 7:9 I beheld til the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
His baptism is fiery. Matthew 3:11 ….he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
There are also many verses that tell us that God’s eyes are like a flame of fire. Revelation 19:12 He eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head werre many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
These are a large number of verses to read, but I wanted to present them to clearly make a point. Our God is a God of fire. His judgments burn and purify with fire. His eyes see with fire, all illuminating and clearly. His throne is fire, his very presence is fire. Fire is energy. God is pure energy, with the power to impart life to inanimate objects and ultimately to quicken our spirits, which were dead in trespasses and sins, into immortal beings.
Now let us examine another idea. We are all familiar with the Ark of the Covenant, which the Israelites carried in the wilderness. Today there are scientists and physicists who have studied the ark and have determined that it actually functioned as a capacitor, a device that stored and discharged electricity. We know that God had warned the people that they must not touch this object, the rules for it’s transporting and storage were very exact. There was a time when the men who were carrying it stumbled a bit and touched it, and they died. I used to think that this was a little harsh and unfair of God to carry out this punishment when the fact that the men touched the ark was an accident. However, when we see that in fact the ark may have been highly electrically charged, we see that it was simply a natural consequence, in the same way that we would die if we grabbed a high voltage wire. If you want to understand how the ark of the covenant functioned as a capacitor, there is a good deal of information about it, if one is of a mind to look for it, but for the sake of our purposes here, you can have a look at this website. www.simonelic.com/kensr/ The dimensions and the construction of this box were such that it became a very powerful object. In the ark of the covenant, we see the presence of God as a powerful energy. This energy was manifested and utilized in various ways. It is very complex and interesting and well worth a serious study. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqKEpbZf1qo You will find this video to be very enlightening and fascinating. The material is too extensive for me to try to condense it in this post. I advise you to check it out for yourself.
I am bringing out all of this information for a reason which I will bring together in my next post.
Hebrews 12:9 Our God is a consuming fire!