The Seventh Glorious Fire

30 Jan

What if this Sunday someone stands and sounds a trumpet: taht-ta-da-DAH? Then across the room another sounds: taht-ta-da-DAH. Once more in harmony. Then someone else stands and announces, “THE KING IS IN THE HOUSE.” And before you have a chance to entertain your what-kind-of-stunt-is-this thought, a tsunami of awe and wonder floods the room. What if?

We see it with Moses

The baptism of fire of God’s glory is coming, and this should not be a surprise, it’s the seventh and final category of fire types I’ve found in the Bible. For a glimpse of what it might be like, step back into time with me to about 1446 BC. In Exodus 3 we find Moses knelt before the burning bush—a bush engulfed in a fire that didn’t kill the plant. The leaves didn’t even curl from its heat. God spoke to Moses from it and gave Moses his mission.

Later in chapter 19, Moses climbed Mt. Sinai. The mountain was covered in a cloud, thunder, lightnings, fire and smoke. The Israelites probably reasoned among themselves that he wouldn’t last ten minutes in all that. After forty days, they turned to Aaron and told him to make them a god to follow and “let’s get out of here. Moses isn’t coming back” (my paraphrase). But then he appeared walking down the mountain, carrying two stone tablets written on by the finger of God.

Approximately two years later and following Moses’ instructions, the priests put the final piece of the tabernacle in place. The fire and cloud that had been leading them through their travel came down and filled the tabernacle. Moses knew he would survive entering the fire of God’s glory. He had been there before. When he exited his meeting with God, his face shone with a light so bright he had to cover his face with a veil. And, it wasn’t this one time. Scripture records this happened every time Moses entered God’s fire of his glory.

And in the beginning of the Church

The first-generation Christians experienced a spiritual equivalent. The anointing upon the Church at first stupefied the religious leaders. Jealousy and fears then warred against the Church. With each generation the light dimmed until it looked like it had been extinguished. Then the period known as the Reformation ushered in a restoration process. Bit by bit through the centuries old truths came as revelations, bringing to life things forgotten from the original Church.

When the last detail ordered by the Lord is put in place in his tabernacle made from the lively stones of men, when the corporate Christ stands in the unity of faith as one, when the fullness of time has come; God’s fire of his glory will fill his house once more. Christians are looking for Jesus’ return. This is not it. Rather, God’s glory filling his Church makes the way ready for his return. In those days he can receive his bride without spot or wrinkle.

And when we think we can’t hold more

John prophesied Jesus would baptize in Spirit and fire. These seven purposes of fire do a complete work in believers’ hearts so the power in their lives becomes clear to all that the work is from God, not of men—his standard raised in the flood of evil. It’s a time when what we accept by faith to be spiritually true becomes true experientially. Our challenge–and it is a challenge because the flesh wars constantly against the Spirit–is to let the different fires do their perfect work. To not only allow, but also to pray for it. Oh, to hear, “The King is in the house.”

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