"The Grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of our God shall stand forever" Isaiah 40:8
We live at the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end. Today if you would hear His calling....
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I stood looking down at a bathtub. Someone Holy was in the room of whom I knew not how to address. The faucet into the bathtub was turned on but instead of water flowed out a white hot liquid like molten lava with flames burning at the end.
In God’s word there are mentions of a baptism of the Holy Spirit, water and fire.
Matthew 3:11-12New King James Version (NKJV)
11 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.[a]12 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.”
What I know is that we are to be baptized in water once God has called us forth and we have repented of all our past sins. We sincerely seek a new way of living. Thus we portray a new life and the dying of the old life by being baptized. This ceremony of having someone press us down under the water fully, is our outward sign that we accept the death of “self” and the new self of one of God’s begotten children.
God baptizes with His Holy Spirit once our soul is accepting and repented. This baptism of the Spirit of God is a uniting of our human spirit with His spirit. His HOLY spirit. The binding of the two will give us understanding and a new purpose and direction as we enter the school of who God is, why He is and What is His purpose for mankind.
photo of a friend of mine being baptized years ago
But what is the cleansing baptism of Fire many ask?
Is this the everlasting torment of the wicked and unrepentant as many believe?
To be baptized is to cleanse. Water cleans one temporarily. The cleansing by the Holy Spirit is Eternal. Fire burns up. Or can mean a trial of such intensity that it burns up the sins within one so that the person can live free of sin.
As to God condemning sinners to a ever lasting fire (and torment) there is no word from God to support this to me. I pray always to know truth, God will give truth if we seek it. God is a consuming fire.
“Hebrews 12:28-29New King James Version (NKJV)
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[a] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.”
Deuteronomy 9:2-4New King James Version (NKJV)
2 a people great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, ‘Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?’ 3 Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you.
And read this chapter in Isaiah:
Impending Judgment on Zion
“Now I will rise,” says the Lord;
“Now I will be exalted,
Now I will lift Myself up.
You shall conceive chaff,
You shall bring forth stubble;
Your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
And the people shall be like the burnings of lime;
Like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.
Hear, you who are afar off, what I have done;
And you who are near, acknowledge My might.”
The sinners in Zion are afraid;
Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites:
“Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?
Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”
He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
He who despises the gain of oppressions,
Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes,
Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed,
And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:
He will dwell on high;
His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks;
Bread will be given him,
His water will be sure.
Fire burns consumes . All who would try to stand before God in their sins would be consumed and burned up. Gone like dust.
The question is asked above, “who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?”
The answer is right next in verses 15. Those who walk in righteousness, who speaks truth, those who despise deceitfulness, and wickedness- in short- all who are acting and following the ways of GOD. Those are the ones who will live and walk while near the consuming fire. The fire that is God. (like the children of Israel when the fire was with them!) These people will dwell on high, they have a defense the fortress of rocks which is Christ our ROCK. Food will be given and not just bread but spiritual food from God . The food of discernment and His righteousness. The Will of God. Water will be sure to those who follow God. This is the very WORD of God.
You need to study the word of God yourselves. God will burn up all unrighteousness and evil. Sin will not prevail. Sinners will reap eternal death and be burned up never to live again. Sinners are those who knowingly sin and hate God and His way of love. Gone forever and eternally separated from their maker.
Little babies and those who never knew God are NOT gone forever. God has a plan of redemption for all who have died without truly knowing and being able to follow Him. To know more you can find out. Search the scriptures with much prayer and zeal. There are places to help you learn more. But you must know God’s word before you blindly follow any man. Christ commanded us to weigh the scriptures against any who teach us. To discern what is true. This too must come with constant prayer for truth.
God will guide you into all truths to all who believe and trust In Him. Not who trust in one human but all who trust in GOD.
May you be blessed in your search for God and His real truths. His plan for mankind is astounding ! You will never regret this journey.
The dream or vision above? I cannot know for sure. God gives me these when He wants and the outcomes are for His interpretations. I know a bathtub is for cleansing oneself. Is God about to have a cleansing of fire? It reminds me of a volcano. But I do not know yet.