OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE
Our minds cannot comprehend the vastness, the power, the might of Almighty God. We have scriptures in Revelation that John the beloved, tried to describe what he saw and they are partially revealing of the power of God, but I believe to express fully the power of God in all His glory is beyond the scope of mortal man. There are not enough words or adjectives that give enough information of what, and who we serve and the awesomeness of our God.
Let us turn to the only people in all of civilization that had a first hand encounter and lived in close proximity to the presence of Almighty God. In the Exodus of the Hebrew people from Egypt, the Israelites had many examples of the power of God, close and personal. They saw Him part the Red Sea. They saw Him in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to lead them as any Shepherd would lead His sheep. They saw Him give manna from heaven to feed them, give them water to drink out of rocks, and impart judgment because of their unbelief until He purged their sins from the camp. But there is no other place that tries to explain the power of God, as when these ancient people of Israel arrived and came to worship at the foot of Mount Sinai. There God gave them His Ten Commandments in a verbal revelation that was too much for them to bear.
Exodus 19:16-21 Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mount; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 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. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
Try for a moment and put yourself in the shoes of these people as they were witnessing this display of God’s power on this earth, in sight and sound. I saw a movie based on this theme that starred Richard Harris, as Moses. As he was standing at the foot of the mountain, the rushing wind and the reverberation of a loud trumpet blast made him tremble and standing on his feet was difficult. The sound was near deafening, and the shock wave that caused the wind to blow his hair straight back on its ends were dramatic. They depicted the whole mountain on fire and a great column of smoke rose from it’s peak, as if it were a volcano erupting.
If we have ever witnessed the eruption of a volcano, we see the vast power unleashed of one of nature’s most violent display of raw power. But on this mountain, the mountain was not consumed, but the power of God descended upon this mountain to meet with His chosen people. The whole mountain quaked, and shook violently, as if it were erupting. And they heard the voice of God, which I can’t even imagine what the volume and the sound of hearing words spoken for human ears to understand and process. It must have been terrifying to a people who had just come out of hundreds of years of 24 hours a day of pagan influence, and knew nothing else. And now here they are in close proximity of an immense power that could destroy them in an instant with fire and great heat. The display was more than they could bear. As written: and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. I would imagine so. I feel that anyone of us would have fled the other way from this mountain and withdrew several hundred yards from the presence of Jehovah coming down in fire and smoke. Such is a example and a fraction of the awesome power that is our God Jehovah, the Almighty did display. How is this relevant to today?
GOD’S POWER IN THE NEWS
Today, we see possible displays of His power with earthquakes in diver places all around our globe. As noted in the news, powerful earthquakes have taken a deadly toll in the area of the world that is called the Pacific Ring of Fire. It’s an area of islands that included Japan which just experienced a huge earthquake of 8.9 on the Richter scale that is the fifth most powerful earthquake that has ever been recorded. The death toll is rising and we will not know the full amount of the devastation before many days have passed. Now we see a possible radiation leak because of this quake that caused an explosion at a nuclear reactor and can possibly spread to the population around the area and many more lives could be lost due to radiation poisoning. Time will tell the level of this danger.
From there and prior events, we see earthquakes and natural disasters growing exponentially from what had been the norm of recent years. It seems to me, and probably all that read this message, that the earth is convulsing and shaking more and more as time passes as the world’s population grows more wicked by the passing day. Was this the judgment passed on the people of Japan? Or in other countries where the human toll was great? I don’t even begin to understand the ways of God and what His judgments are and who will be affected. Because I am reminded of the apostles when they came to Jesus and asked the same type of question that many wonder with all these disasters. It’s found in Luke 13:1 Now at the same time there were present some who told him (Jesus) of the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with [that of] their sacrifices.
13:2 And he answering said to them, Think ye that these Galileans were sinners beyond all the Galileans because they suffered such things?
13:3 No, I say to you, but if ye repent not, ye shall all perish in the same manner.
13:4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, think ye that *they* were debtors beyond all the men who dwell in Jerusalem?
13:5 No, I say to you, but if ye repent not, ye shall all perish in like manner.
Sin is in this world and all will perish unless they are forgiven of their sins against God. It is not individual judgment on particular people, but the whole of humanity that will perish apart from forgiveness of the sinful condition that is rampant on this earth, especially in these latter days of man’s existence. We can’t point to anyone event or disaster and say that it is God’s judgment, as that is left to God, but we can see what is happening all around us, and know that God’s judgment is close at hand and we will see even more as the days grow darker and more evil.
God holds this earth in the palm of His hands and he will do with His creation according to His will. And what is His will? II Peter 3
3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
That my friend, is His will. He takes no pleasure in the death of a wicked men. But God being the God of love and mercy, is also the God of judgment and His patience is longsuffering, but there comes a point when His patience wears out and wrath fills His face with fierce anger. In all messages on this website, we read about God’s coming wrath and He makes it known that His patience will end and His wrath is coming upon this sinful earth and He will destroy the people who hate Him and have rebelled against His law, which is the definer of what sin is.
Peter when he preached his sermon and boldly spoke to the Jews, the Sanhedrin and the council that were in Jerusalem after the Day of Pentecost in Acts 4:8-12 and it echoes what Jesus had taught him. “ 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
4:9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
4:10Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
And when Paul spoke of what the Hebrew people experienced when comparing our coming face to face with God Almighty. In the following passage of scripture, Paul explains that through God’s Son, Jesus Christ, the pain of death and destruction has been averted by our belief in His Holy Name. Paul looked back in the scriptures and referenced the passage in Exodus that opened this message. In Hebrews the 12th chapter, Paul writes:
12:18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
12:19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
12:20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
12:21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
TRIBULATION STRAIGHT AHEAD
As mentioned, this was raw power and unfathomable might and authority that was displayed to His people. In our time, we are seeing sights now that as they progress will make a man’s heart stop from the fear that will be on unrepentant mankind and will make the words in Exodus pale in comparison. As quoted in Revelation, 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
If you think that the calamity and natural disasters that have increased within our modern times are disturbing, wait till you shall see what will come upon the earth when men have heart attacks out of sheer terror as the world’s environment seems to being going completely mad. Men will not have a plausible explanation, as they will attempt to blame it on anyone or anything but the real cause and reason behind this world upheaval. They will call it global warming effects, alien attacks, radio frequencies of HAARP from superpower countries causing various quakes, or the “Age of Aquarius” that is ridding the planet of undesirables that prevent the planet from evolving into their vision of “Utopia” (sic). They will reason that these are causing the disasters and it will be to their own destruction and not repenting of their sins, as God tries to get their attention.
Already, in our daily news we see the upheaval in all areas of the globe. The unrest in the Middle East and the threat of higher energy prices because of fear of the interruption in oil supply. We are seeing nations committing all types of carnage in countries because of their distorted view of “religion”. We see the prophecy of Psalm 83 solidifying and setting the stage for another war against Israel, the lone democracy outside of the Arab region. All other Arab nations are either dictatorships, monarchies, or theocracies run by Mullahs. We see the looming world economic turmoil on the brink of collapse, and none will escape. We see the devaluation of the dollar as the reserve currency and the engineered destruction of our western way of life. I looked online to see what could happen if the dollar would suddenly collapse, and it isn’t pretty.
- --The US and Western economies will all face insolvency simultaneously, with the US first in line.
- --The entire Western industrial/consumer/credit economy will fall apart so fast it will make your head spin. The supply chain will stop and stores will empty in less than 3 days.
- --The USD will fall over 50% in one week’s time, till it temporarily stabilizes before its final last gasp. Remember the Lehman panic over those several weeks? You have seen nothing yet.
- --Worldwide currency panic will set in paralyzing what’s left of the world economy, that means the ‘emerging markets’ stop dead too.
- --China has a revolution, or goes into military mode, which is worse.
- --A one world currency will be demanded and implemented, and it better be fast too since the cities only have 3 days food on average…(by the way I know for a fact that a one world currency can be implemented electronically and turned on in one hour, if they wanted!)”From the Market Oracle, online.
WE ARE NOT APPOINTED TO WRATH
Are you ready when God’s wrath is coming upon this earth in it’s full impact? This is just the beginning, as there is a design to everything happening and a divine Hand that is fulfilling His will and punishes rebellious mankind for their sins and their evil hearts.
When we read the prophecies in the last book of the Bible, Revelation, some of the passages are most frightening to the reader. Revelation 6:15: And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and the chief captains, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman and freeman, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains;
6:16 and they say to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
6:17 for the great day of their wrath is come; and who is able to stand?
There is coming a time when God’s wrath will be unleashed upon this earth. We may be seeing and I believe most probable this the first wave of God’s intervention in weather patterns and the earthquakes that are getting so prevalent in our time. And it will eventually engulf that whole earth.
But continuing in Hebrews the 12th chapter, Paul gives us a way to avoid what is coming upon the earth.
12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of Abel.
Jesus Christ is our mediator between God in Heaven, our Father and men on earth. He was the propitiation, (substitution) of what we deserve…that is, death. Jesus paid that price in full for all who believe on His name and follow His way of living their lives out of obedience.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance (set aside) of God;
3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Paul goes on in this passage to issue a plea and a warning to all who read:
12:25 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:
By man’s rebellion and not believing on the “One whom God had sent”, they are condemned and will not escape this man/God, Jesus who spoke on the earth 2000 years ago and offered the Israelites and the world their Messiah, but even more so, our God who shall speak from heaven to evil men will not escape when he will not only shake the earth which we see today, but also the heavens about their heads. Continueing in Hebrews:
12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
12:27 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.
Only things pertaining the work of God and the saints that will believe in the tribulation will stand, but even they will be hunted down for their belief in God by a One World Order headed by a madman, for martyrdom.
It is prophesied and most assuredly will come to pass, when the heavens will not give their light in day, or in night. The thick darkness will send judgment from the heavens into all the land and the seas. Two thirds of the world’s population will die from these disasters, and most of the trees and green vegetation will be burned up. Water will be undrinkable and many will die of famine or thirst..
8:7 And the first sounded, and there followed hail and fire, mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of the earth was burnt up, and the third part of the trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; (a comet?)
8:9 and there died the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, `even' they that had life; and the third part of the ships was destroyed. (resulting Tsunami?)
8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell from heaven a great star, burning as a torch, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of the waters; (could it be nuclear in origin? And they become bitter)
The sun’s heat will be so intense that it will scorch the earth and nothing will grow. Man will be in anguish from the heat and still they will curse God and not turn from their wicked way,
Revelation 16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
As the angels sound their trumpets, the judgment and the disasters get worse and worse, until the bowl judgment that bring the ultimate torture on an evil world…A most terror ridden time that anyone in their right mind would not wish to be a part of.
As the world progresses through these judgments and men are dying horrible deaths, Amos wrote what is called the “Day of the Lord”. This is the time when the final bowl judgments are poured out on a sinful world with the last seven great plagues. It is judgment. It is death and destruction. It will be cleansing of the earth of all who bear allegiance to Satanic powers and refuse the gift of God’s only Son.
The prophet Amos describes it:
Amos 5:16-20, “Therefore the Lord God of hosts, the Lord, says this: "There shall be wailing in all streets, and they shall say in all the highways, 'Alas! Alas!' They shall call the farmer to mourning, and skillful lamenters to wailing. In all vineyards there shall be wailing, for I will pass through you," says the Lord. "Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! For what good is the day of the Lord to you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him! Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?"
Most of the world that has access to the bible do not read prophecy, and they do not read the book, called Revelation. They think it too confusing, too fearful, and too complicated to understand. What I have quoted that is in your Bible, is in plain, easy to understand English. And it will come and all who do not have Jesus Christ in their hearts at the time of His coming for His church will experience ALL of it. Many will die a horrible death, and most without God or His salvation.
Jesus spoke of us standing in front of the Son of Man when He comes:
21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. (the tribulation)
21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Worthy? It says worthy. How can you and I be worthy? It is only speaking of one thing that will make us worthy and it’s nothing you can do, nothing in this life will qualify you worthy to escape, but one simple act. Not good works, not your church, not our parents, not your heritage, not being baptized into a certain denomination, and definitely not your intellect.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
And again by Paul, In Romans:
10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Jesus said in John 14:
14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
I’ve told you the way. It's the only way and there is no other name in heaven and earth or beneath the earth, whereby we must be saved and be received into the Father’s house and His many mansions built for the redeemed…nothing…NADA!!
DECISION TIME, WHAT WILL BE YOUR FUTURE?
My friend, I have laid out a choice for you. You can refuse the free gift that the Holy Spirit is offering to you right now and believe on the Lord Jesus with all your heart, mind and soul and follow Him in baptism and a life devoted to living the life He lived…OR, you can watch the world spiral into chaos and destruction. If you choose in your unbelief the latter choice, as the old saying goes, “You ain’t seen nothing yet”. There is coming a time, and it may be sooner than any reading this message even imagine, that the world will be on the verge of total destruction and mankind on the cusp of extinction. Don’t take the chance of being denied entry into Jesus Christ' throne room to stand in the presence of my Lord and Savior, being clothed in His righteousness and that not of our own.
I’ll close will this warning and plea from Paul’s passage that we have been coming back to in Hebrews chapter 12:
12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Make that confession for Jesus Christ. Repent of your sins and do a 180 and come to our Savior. Do it today, while my pleas and offering are available this side of Jesus’ return for His church.
This is Mike Taylor, wishing you well. If there is anything I can help you with, pray with you about or just listen, then drop me an email at email@example.com, Till we meet at Jesus feet. God bless you all.