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   ARE YOU A BURNING EMBER FOR THE LORD?
   PART ONE



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Published On : July 23, 1998

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

Lonely Ember Story, Ostracism, Psychological Manipulation
And Political Correctness, The True Church, Exhort Daily, A
'Dead Ember' With Good Fruits?, Endtime Spiritual Famine?,
The Lord's Prophetic Embers, Jewish Idolatry, Spiritual
Deafness, Prophets Slain, New Testament Embers, Holy Ghost
Fire, Wind Of The Spirit, Fiery Trials, Fiery Judgement Of
The Wicked, Our God A Consuming Fire, The Chariots Of Fire




Recently, one of the dear members of my electronic mail
ministry sent me a short story which she had been given by
one of her Christian friends. This story, which was written
by an unknown author, is entitled 'Lonely Ember Story'.
Allow me to share it with you below:

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"A member of a certain church, who previously had been
attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few
weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly
evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting
before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's
visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the
fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself comfortable
but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the
play of the flames around the burning logs."

"After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs,
carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it
to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his
chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet
fascination. As the one lone ember's flame diminished,
there was a momentary glow, and then its fire was no more.
Soon it was cold and 'dead as a doornail'. Not a word had
been spoken since the initial greeting. Just before the
pastor was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember
and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately
it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the
burning coals around it."

"As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said,
'Thank you so much for your visit; and especially for the
fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.'"

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For those of you who personally feel the need to regularly
attend weekend church services in order to sustain your
spiritual life and growth, as well as to receive regular
inspiration, this story will be readily welcomed, and will
no doubt receive your hearty 'Amen!'; after all, this is the
'normal' and socially-acceptable form of worshipping God in
Christianized nations. No one can deny that fellowship with
other Christians of like minds and beliefs is indeed a good
thing; however, at the same time, I can also see how this
short story could be used as a vehicle in order to apply
invisible pressure to those people who have chosen, for
whatever their personal reasons, not to participate in the
socially-acceptable form of Christian worship. In other
words, stories such as the above can be used as crafty tools
in order to make people feel condemned if they don't attend
a regular church service at a church building in their local
community. If one chooses to worship and serve the Lord in
some other way, he is labelled as being either a loner, odd,
abnormal, a cult member, dangerous, a societal misfit, a
recluse, or some other ostracizing word or term.

In my view, this is absolutely wrong. This is nothing more
than a subtle form of psychological manipulation in order to
intentionally mold societal behavior through applying group
peer pressure, and enforcing political correctness. National
governments are notorious for using these techniques in
order to maintain control over the masses. From the time a
child is born, he or she is subjected to these things by his
parents, who have already been properly trained in correct
thinking by the government. As I point out in other articles
such as 'The Public School System And School Prayer', this
process of molding our lives, our thoughts, and our daily
habits, is greatly amplified in the public school system
where one is given his first lessons in becoming a docile,
obedient, flag-waving patriotic robot who does whatever he
is told by his masters, without thinking for himself. While
the public school system concentrates on the secular aspect
of one's life, organized religion continues the process by
working on the spiritual aspect of the same.

Additionally, I feel that the previous story conveys some
things which are subtle half-truths, and in fact, even lies.
The main distortion is that unless one attends a church
building, he cannot possibly survive as a Christian. The
implication is that he will lose his spiritual fire, and
that he will eventually die after a time; just like the
lonely ember in the story. This, of course, is not true for
all people. Some of us, like myself, have not attended a
church building in many years. Personally, as I write this,
the last time that I participated as a regular member of a
church congregation was some twenty-eight years ago. Some of
us simply do not feel the need to attend a church building.
Others follow this practice, not because they personally
feel the need to do so, but simply because some legalistic
religionists will throw certain verses at them, and try to
make them feel like dirty sinners because they are breaking
the 'Pauline Law'. I am of course referring to the following
verse taken from Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews:

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much
the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25)

The fact of the matter is, that those people who use this
verse in this manner in order to coax others into attending
their particular church building, so that they can boost
their membership, and perhaps increase their revenue, fail
to even understand what is truly meant by the Church as per
the pattern found in the Book of Acts and the Epistles of
Paul and others. In the previous verse, Paul tells us that
we are to exhort one another. Most modern Christians have
interpreted this to mean that this is what people do once a
week when they attend their church service; however, if we
go back only seven chapters in the very same Epistle, we
find out that this is not what Paul means whatsoever. He is
not talking about once-a-week church service. Notice what he
says:

"But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day;
lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of
sin." (Hebrews 3:13)

Just adding that one verse certainly changes the meaning of
Paul's words, doesn't it? How often does Paul say we are we
supposed to exhort one another? Is it just once a week for
one hour at a church service in some church building while
we spend the rest of the week slaving away for the world and
ungodly mammon? As you can see, this is obviously not the
case! This is supposed to occur on a daily basis! Imagine
then, what might happen if we earnestly study our Bibles in
order to find other verses which will help us to further
understand the true meaning of the word 'church'. If you are
one who is confused by this issue, then I encourage you to
read my article 'Where Are The First Century Churches?'.
After reading it, I believe you may be left with a whole new
perspective concerning not only what it means to be a part
of the Lord's true Church, but also where that true Church
is actually supposed to be located according to the Holy
Scriptures; and not according to the false doctrines and
traditions of modern theologians who twist the Scriptures.

According to the moral of the above story, based upon my
long absence from organized religion, and thus from church
buildings, I should be spiritually cold and dead by now. Let
me ask you; do those of you who have read my articles on a
regular basis feel that I am lifeless and spiritless? Do you
honestly believe that I do not write with the inspiration of
God's Spirit, maybe not in every single word that I write,
but in a lot of it? Are you not personally inspired, moved
and motivated by the things that I write? Are you not
challenged by the truths that I speak? In the words of the
Apostle Paul, do I not exhort you daily through my mail
ministry and through my many articles to believe in the
Lord, to follow His Word, and to do more for Him as we see
the day of His Arrival fast approaching? Do you honestly
believe that I am not bearing good fruit for the Lord and
His Kingdom outside of organized religion? As Jesus Himself
said, and as I have written in many other articles:

"Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a
corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot
bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring
forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good
fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by
their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:17-20)

If I am a 'dead ember' as the previous story indicates that
I should be, then I wish to God that there were more 'dead
embers' like me; and I say this with all humility. As the
Apostle Paul wrote, everything we have, even our faith to
believe in Him is a gift of the Lord. I don't have anything
which I have not received of the Lord. To Him belongs all of
the credit, and all of the glory:

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man
that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than
he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God
hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."
(Romans 12:3)

"But none of these things move me, neither count I my life
dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy,
and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus,
to testify the gospel of the grace of God." (Acts 20:24)

While I personally do not know the full effects of my
ministry, I have received many heart-warming confirmations
which prove that it is reaching far and wide; and that it is
bearing good fruit in the lives of many people. I have been
told by some of my readers, that the reason that they have
chosen to participate in this ministry, is because I exalt
the Lord, and His Word, much moreso than some of them have
ever experienced in the churches they have attended all of
their lives. What a wonderful thing to know! To realize that
others feel I am being a faithful steward and guardian of
God's Word truly touches my heart! I am reminded of a
prophecy given to ancient Israel. In that prophecy, Amos
said that the time would come when there would be a
spiritual famine for hearing the Word of the Lord:

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send
a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst
for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they
shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the
east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the
LORD, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair
virgins and young men faint for thirst." (Amos 8:11-13)

This prophecy truly came to pass during the several hundred
years prior to the arrival of Jesus Christ during the First
Century. As I explain in several other articles, and as I
will discuss shortly, the time arrived in Israel when all of
the Lord's true Prophets had been silenced through death by
the self-righteous, legalistic, false, religious system of
the Jews. All that was left was an empty spiritless Temple,
the dry doctrines and traditions of the spiritual hierarchy,
and the lies being espoused by their politically-correct
false prophets. Is it be possible that a similar situation
exists in the world today? Is it possible that the voices of
God's true Messengers bearing His Word have been overwhelmed
by the Babylonic confusion of the lies and lying wonders of
the false prophets of the Endtime? Is it possible that we
too will someday soon be completely silenced? If so, perhaps
you should take advantage of this ministry while it lasts.

Contrary to the implications of the 'Lonely Ember Story',
the Scriptures are full of verses which indicate that the
exact opposite can also occur; and that it happens quite
frequently. Many verses point to the fact that it is when
organized worldly religion has become cold, spiritually dead
and unfruitful, that the Lord will blow His Spirit upon one
of His embers, which in His Wisdom, He has called out and
separated from the main body of believers, in order to be
one of His fiery messengers of Truth. Need I mention the
Prophet Moses, who was called by the Lord through a burning
bush in order to liberate the Hebrew children from the false
religion of Egypt? Consider also how the Lord sanctified, or
separated, from the Hebrew word 'qadash', the young Prophet
Jeremiah for a special ministry of warning to Israel:

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before
thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I
ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)

Following the Babylonian captivity in which the organized
religion of Israel was either killed or taken into bonds,
the Lord also raised up the Prophet Ezekiel to be another
hot burning ember to convict the hearts of the children of
Israel to repent of their sins, and to return to the Lord
their God:

"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of
Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them
warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt
surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to
warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the
same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood
will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked,
and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked
way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered
thy soul." (Ezekiel 3:17-19)

The Lord repeatedly used these hot fiery Prophets, called
out from the corrupt system of their day, in order to expose
the sins of the religious hierarchy of ancient Israel, which
had become settled in its ways and gone awhoring after other
gods and idols. I discuss this idol worship in great detail
in the article 'The Fruits Of Disobedience'. Consider the
following example verses:

"For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them,
Ye shall not do this thing." (2 Kings 17:12)

"And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and
of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of
Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood."
(Psalms 106:38)

"And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord
GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the
hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I,
will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high
places. And your altars shall be desolate, and your images
shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before
your idols. And I will lay the dead carcases of the children
of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones
round about your altars. In all your dwellingplaces the
cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be
desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made
desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your
images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. And
the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know
that I am the LORD. Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may
have some that shall escape the sword among the nations,
when ye shall be scattered through the countries. And they
that escape of you shall remember me among the nations
whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken
with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and
with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and
they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have
committed in all their abominations." (Ezekiel 6:3-9)

"Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the
abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the
idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. But they rebelled
against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not
every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither
did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will
pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against
them in the midst of the land of Egypt."
(Ezekiel 20:7-8)

"The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by
their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will
ye do in the end thereof?" (Jeremiah 5:31)

It is when organized religion stagnates and becomes cold,
dead and unfruitful, just like the ember in our story, that
the Lord must raise up His fiery Prophets and Messengers in
order to convict and inspire the people, and their leaders,
to repent; but sadly, as with ancient Israel, many people
today are failing to heed the call of the Lord's beacons of
Truth. They are turning a deaf ear to the warnings of the
Lord through His Prophets and Messengers. Unfortunately, it
appears that it may be too late, as the Lord's chastisements
have already begun to fall on different nations around the
world. We hear and read of these things on our daily news.
Sadly, most of these harsh judgments are attributed by an
unbelieving world to natural causes, and not to an angry
God. Consider the following examples of spiritual deafness
found in the Old Testament:

"And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers,
and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and
Jerusalem for this their trespass. Yet he sent prophets to
them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified
against them: but they would not give ear."
(2 Chronicles 24:18-19)

"And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the
LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking,
but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered
not;...Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the
land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my
servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending
them:" (Jeremiah 7:13, 25)

"To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I
sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but
ye have not hearkened;" (Jeremiah 26:5)

"Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the
LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets,
rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear,
saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 29:19)

"And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face:
though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet
they have not hearkened to receive instruction."
(Jeremiah 32:33)

"I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets,
rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now
every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go
not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in
the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but
ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me."
(Jeremiah 35:15)

Worse yet, as I point out in other articles, not only do the
hard-hearted and self-satisfied religionists totally reject
the warning message and call to repentance of the Lord's
true Prophets, but as in the case of ancient backslidden
Israel, together with their political structure, they also
ridicule, persecute and kill the Lord's fiery Messengers, as
is demonstrated by these verses:

"And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of
hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy
covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets
with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek
my life, to take it away." (1 Kings 19:14)

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye
build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres
of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our
fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the
blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto
yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed
the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the
damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you
prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye
shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in
your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That
upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the
earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of
Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple
and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall
come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that
killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto
thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together,
even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye
would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For
I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye
shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the
Lord." (Matthew 23:29-39)

I discuss the murder of the Lord's true Prophets in much
more detail in the two-part article 'Revelation's Babylon
The Great Whore'. By the time of the New Testament era, the
spiritual situation in Israel had deteriorated even further;
thus again the Lord had to send the fiery Prophet, John the
Baptist, in order to expose the sins of the Jewish spiritual
hierarchy; and to stir up the dead coals, by convicting the
people to repent of their sins. This occurred in preparation
for the arrival of their very own Saviour, Jesus Christ. Of
John the Baptist, the Lord Himself said:

"Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But
I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say,
that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining
light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his
light. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the
works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same
works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath
sent me." (John 5:33-36)

This idea of being a burning light, or fire, was also
employed by John the Baptist when he decribed the coming
Ministry of Jesus Christ. Following the cue from the Old
Testament Prophets, in the Gospel of Matthew, the Preacher
of the Jordan River Valley proclaimed the following to the
unbelieving Jews:

"And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees:
therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is
hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with
water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is
mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he
shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose
fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor,
and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up
the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:10-12)

As can be seen, the element of fire is used to describe the
Power of God's Spirit which rests upon those whom the Lord
wills; that is, upon His burning embers of Truth. All that
the Lord has to do is to gently blow upon them with His
Spirit, and they come alive and begin to glow brilliantly;
emanating both His Light and Truth. Consider the following
interesting verse found towards the end of the Gospel of
John:

"And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith
unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:" (John 20:22)

After the Lord had returned to Heaven, when He passed on the
Spiritual Anointing to the Disciples in Jerusalem, it was
also represented by cloven tongues as of fire. Notice again
that the embers of the Lord came alive when the Wind of the
Lord's Spirit blew upon them:

"And when the day of Pentecost was 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
all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared
unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon
each of them." (Acts 2:1-3)

Aren't these parallels with blowing upon embers absolutely
amazing? Fire is also used in the Scriptures to describe our
Earthly trials and tribulations which are purposely designed
by the Lord to purge and purify us, and to make us better
vessels fit for the Master's use. I discuss this topic more
in depth in some of my chastisement and spiritual warfare
article; however, for now, consider the following verses:

"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall
declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the
fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any
man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall
receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he
shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as
by fire." (1 Corinthians 3:13-15)

"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial
which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened
unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of
Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed,
ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
(1 Peter 4:12-13)

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that
thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be
clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see."
(Revelation 3:18)

"And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed
up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be
purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do
wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the
wise shall understand." (Daniel 12:9-10)

We also know that from one end of the Bible to the other,
the symbols of light and fire are used to describe the
exposure of sin, and the coming destruction of the wicked
and the ungodly world. Throughout His Ministry, the Lord
used both of these in many of His parables and admonitions,
too many to mention here; but consider what will be the end
result when the Lord finally does return to set His house in
order, climaxing in the Great White Throne Judgment which
will occur sometime after the Millennium:

"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord
Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God,
and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:"
(2 Thessalonians 1:7-8)

"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall
consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with
the brightness of his coming:" (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same
word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day
of judgment and perdition of ungodly men...Looking for and
hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the
heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat?" (2 Peter 3:7, 12)

"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet
that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived
them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that
worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake
of fire burning with brimstone." (Revelation 19:20)

"And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed
the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire
came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the
devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and
brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and
shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
(Revelation 20:9-10)

"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is
the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the
book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
(Revelation 20:14-15)

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
(Revelation 21:8)

Exactly why will all of these things happen? Aside from the
fact that it is because of the sinful rebellious nature of
the majority of humanity, it is also because we are clearly
told in the Scriptures that our God is indeed a consuming
fire. Not only that, but just as the Prophets Elijah, Elisha
and Ezekiel experienced the Fiery Chariots of the Lord, we
are also told that when the Lord returns, He will also mete
out His revenge upon a wicked world with His Chariots of
Fire:

"See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they
escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more
shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh
from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he
hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth
only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more,
signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as
of things that are made, that those things which cannot be
shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which
cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God
acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a
consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:25-29)

"His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as
snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;"
(Revelation 1:14)

"And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These
things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a
flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;"
(Revelation 2:18)

"His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many
crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he
himself." (Revelation 19:12)

"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked,
that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses
of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by
a whirlwind into heaven." (2 Kings 2:11)

"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)

"And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the
north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a
brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the
colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire."
(Ezekiel 1:4)

Truly, the previous verses represent one of the deepest
mysteries found in the entire Bible. Exactly what were these
Chariots of Fire, or bright glowing clouds with enfolding
fire which spun like whirlwinds and had amber-colored light
emanating from within? I have some of my own ideas which I
discuss in other articles; but for now, I will leave them to
your imagination to decipher. In the second half of this
article, I will be discussing such topics as modern idolatry
and the Lord's true temples, the Jewish rejection of the
Gospel message, the evangelization of the Gentile nations,
the letters to the seven Churches and the First Century
compromise, spiritual clones and modern Pharisees, spiritual
laziness and worldliness, returning to the Lord, dutiful
church attendance and thriving in the Word, and much more. I
hope that you will join me.

⇒ Go To The Next Part . . .


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