This study is intended to bring a little clarity to the topic of Baptism of Fire. There is a lot of talk nowadays about fire. It is a popular motive in pop songs to mean desire or sexual passion. We know that the Holy Spirit manifested as flames of fire on the heads of the Apostles. Hell is place of fire. So what are we supposed to make of fire tunnels, or calls for the fire of God to fall on people? What is going on when people feel burning or other unusual sensations in a meeting? Before we try to discern based on individual experiences, do we even know what the Bible says about this topic?
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. (ESV)
- What is a temple?
- Who are the Sons of Levi today?
- What is the outcome of the refiner’s fire and the fuller’s soap?
Malachi 4:1-2 (ESV Strong’s) 1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.
- Is the outcome of the coming of fire the same for everyone?
- What is the Sun made of? What is the outcome of the rising of the Sun of Righteousness?