For Jehovah thy God is a devouring fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:24
For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire. [Deut. 4:24.] Hebrews 12:29 Amplified
Blow a ram’s horn in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble. For the day of Jehovah comes, for it is near at hand; a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread on the mountains; a great people and a strong people; there has not been ever the like, nor shall there ever be again, even to the years of many generations. A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns. The land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness. Yes, and nothing shall escape them. As the appearance of horses is its appearance; and as war horses, so they run. They shall leap like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble, like a strong people set in battle order. Before their face the people shall be much pained; all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty ones. They shall climb the wall like men of war, and they shall march each one on his way, and they shall not break their ranks. And each one shall not press his brother; they each go in his paths. And if they fall behind their weapons, they shall not be cut off. They shall rush on the city; they shall run on the wall; they shall climb up on the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall tremble before them; the heavens shall shake. The sun and the moon shall grow dark, and the stars shall gather in their light. And Jehovah shall utter His voice before His army; for His camp is very great; for strong is He who does His Word. For the day of Jehovah is great and very terrible; and who can stand it? Joel 2:1-11
Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
And He said to me, It is done. I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who thirsts I will give of the fountain of the Water of Life freely. He who overcomes will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son. But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Revelation 21:6-8
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Revelation 20:4-6
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 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.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 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 21:5-8
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1 Peter 3:18-19
And of the angels He says, "Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire." Hebrews 1:7
“Being then taken up in spirit I came to the place of the dead, to those of whom there was not yet brought any salvation. The room the Angel carried me to was large and earthen, an endless cavern like a massive cave with a domed ceiling and the multitudes of the ungodly nations were gathered there, covered in darkness and abiding still in the power of iniquity which encompassed them. This chamber was filled with the mournful cries of the damned and there was weeping and wailing and much agony. The ceiling of this room had large stalactites of solid earth and beneath the feet of these damned the floor was flattened. The room abode in darkness with the masses gathered therein. Suddenly from above the spirit of The Ancient of Days like a billowing wave of fire descended and filled this chamber with the holy presence and awe of His HOLINESS, so great was this filling and so hot the fire that the nations in their damnable state were fully saturated with it. The fire of The Most High God was so intense and hot that the flames pooled in the base of this cavernous area and made it fill with waves and billows of fire, even the lake that burned with fire and with the holiness and the divinity of The Ancient of Days, (brimstone). The fire was totally holy, completely filling this chamber where all were held captive by the death they died in their personal iniquity. So then The Ancient of Days filled this chamber and began to burn up the souls therein. Yet I heard the multitude now immersed totally in the lake that burned with this fire and consumed them with this same holiness and divinity, they did not but rejoice, a great joy resounded from these souls and a great shout of praise rose from them all as their bonds of death and of iniquity were burned off of them and as they were set free from death by the fire of The Ancient of Days. Great rejoicing was theirs, no longer weeping and wailing, but joy as the bonds of death were removed, as the death that held them captive perished in the flames of the Ancient of Days. This have I received from the Alpha and the Omega, He whose right it is to be the saviour of all mankind.”
“Then was I taken close to the flames wherein the souls of the damned were being consumed. Brought up close to the intense heat of this fire I saw the flames as though they were individual little wisps of fire, each one a brand or a staff of flame, separate from one another, but together in a mass so that the flames were melded in such a manner as to form the lake that burned with fire and brimstone. I saw that these individual flames, each one separately, WAS THE SOUL IN PERFECTION OF AN OVERCOMER. Each one was an Overcomer who through their life had endured this same fire in the form of trials and tests and in the form of the long time in which they endured such. But these who had partaken first of the fire while they yet lived in their mortal bodies were now made into flames of fire by The Ancient of Days. The very same consuming fire that is The Ancient of Days was also them, but in smaller size, so that there was no differentiating from the fire that was The Ancient of Days and the fires of those who had Overcome and who had earned the right to be made into these flaming brands. These formed this lake of fire and as a conglomerate mass they executed the necessary judgment upon the ungodly and did release them from their debts. The ungodly then died a second time, to that which bound them, even the death found because of the curse of Adam’s fall. Death died within the consuming power of these individual flames. So holy were these individual flames that anything untoward or ungodly or wicked that was in the nature of a soul in this chamber of death had no chance of survival. That which was ungodly died. That which was unholy died. That which was wicked died. Nothing was left of the fallen nature of a soul which these flames did consume as they caused death upon humanity to die. When I saw this then I understood that the Overcomers, first partaking of the trials of their own personal cross and of the baptism of Pentecost fire must then be converted and changed themselves into these individual flames, a change which happens when they finally come to tabernacle with The Ancient of Days forever. So it is with the same authority and power of The Ancient of Days, these did come to kill death causing death to die and to set all souls free.”
(***NOTE*** This vision was over a single person, but I was led to give it to the readers as it pertains to all those who are waiting for the Lord to complete His purposes in the earth). I saw in the right hand of the Lord a green rod cut from the branch of a tree, a rod that was cut off, separate, but in the Lord’s hand. The Lord held out this rod to the Overcomer and the rod began to push out shoots and to bud and to grow leaves and fruit as the Overcomer did grasp it. The rod was not large, it was not much bigger than a twig, but it was nonetheless in the hand of the Lord. As the Overcomer grasped the rod it became a source and a supply of the Lord unto them, the Lord did not let the rod go, neither did the Overcomer. It was held out to them and held on to by this love and the supply needed for the Overcomer to finish their course and to keep the faith was evident. All their worldly needs and supply was given to them by the Lord and by His love and keeping power as they waited for the purposes of the Lord to be completed in the world of men and in this time of intense shaking and judgment.”
Continuing on in this the second instalment in the study of the mystery of iniquity, this study now brings the Overcomer into a greater understanding of the purposes of the Lord in daily trial. It is important that we pause here for a small portion of understanding on the “marrow of the bone”. A further instructive word before getting into the meat of this message, giving us the hope we need to finish our course in faith and to arrive in total completeness and holiness in every part of our soul’s nature.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. Hebrews 4:12. It is figurative. The soul and spirit separation is a separation that divides apart in us through trial the “emotion”, which is the soul, from “the will”, which is spirit. The empowerment of the soul to affect the will of man has to be conquered in order to overcome all things. This conquering must take place during the course of trial that the Lord initiates when one is willing to be impaled upon the personal cross. The sword of the Lord, which is His word, divides the two asunder thus revealing the contaminates. Both the emotional nature of a person and the will of a person begin in defilement by personal iniquity. The Lord then opens up the array of this defilement to His gaze and to the point of His sword and through daily trial and personal crucifixion He renders this gap to be powerless. He takes away the stability of emotion and the power of a contaminated will to replace it with the mind of Christ and the unity that comes with the Lord by being made one with His will. The human will, which once partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, will then only partake of the tree of life and will no longer know good or evil or any such thing in them that can defile them; but will be a will abiding in “righteousness”.
When the sword of the Lord divides asunder bone joints and marrow, He reveals the very source of this power of iniquity which causes the defilement in the emotions and in the personal will. For the blood is not clean, it is tainted with filth from man’s own way by partaking of that tree which the Lord forbade Adam and Eve to eat from. It was “self will” in Adam which took part in that tree thus plunging this creation into futility. As stated in earlier studies, the Lord sifts through the hearts to see who it is in the earth that will obey Him and be willing to take part in the full gamut of personal crucifixion. In this case His sword divides the marrow away from the bone joints revealing the core source of inherited “self will”; personal iniquity, thus exposing it to His gaze to consume it with the fires of His jealousy. The Lord is JEALOUS to have us completely consumed and burnt up in the area of defilement in the marrow and bone joints just as in the gap between emotion and personal will. This jealousy the Lord has is to confine us to His will alone, a type and shadow of the next age wherein only the will of the Lord will remain to flood the earth with the wonder of His everlasting Kingdom. The division therefore of soul and spirit, bone joints and marrow comes by daily trial in the life of a believer.
The term “power” as relates to the power of the Lord is not often taught. Men think that power is something the Lord gives or does by proving body healings or gifts of increased wealth of money or by the masses of people falling under the “power” of someone who claims to be an anointed ministry to Christ’s body. But the true power of God is not readily known in the lives of men except by those that are willing to overcome all things and to be found perfect in Christ, first by partaking of His sufferings, then in His glory. So allow me to substitute the word “power” for another word equally as important, “energy”. The “energy” of the Lord. The natural world uses energy in the form of fossil fuels and other things found naturally in the earth but this energy is useless except when one ignites it on fire. Then the energy is released. So it is with the energy of the Lord. His energy lays dormant upon the soul of a believer until it is ignited on fire. In the natural world this ignition of earth’s energy comes by whatever flame man puts to it. But in the spirit it is quite another matter. The energy of the Lord is released to full power and the display of the will of the Lord in open understanding when His energy is released BY HIS OWN FIRE. For our God is a consuming fire. When this fire is ignited in the heart of a believer they find that the energy of the Lord is jealous to consume any dross that separates such a candidate from full possession by the spirit of truth. If that fire is endured by the believer who now has this energy released in them, they will be called an “Overcomer”.
Are you enduring the fiery trial dear Overcomer? Is the flame hot, and hard and LONG; does the trial continue day after day and month after month and year after year? It is the energy of the SON, the God of your life, that one whom is a fire unquenchable who in jealousy burns up all of your dross and removes from you any taint of your former self. That emotion in you and that will in you which were contrary is burnt up in these flames. It becomes more than a Pentecost. For I am convinced by the spirit of burning that Pentecost is there to prepare one for Tabernacles, that Pentecost’s holy fire must consume completely the emotion and the will and the bone joint and the marrow, all of it must be turned to ash before the face of He who does sit upon the Throne as the Ancient of days. If your strength is in Christ, if His grace keeps you, then this fire, even though hard and hot and difficult to get through, this fire will deliver you in complete holiness AND IN THE PERFECTED IMAGE OF THE ANCIENT OF DAYS.
So the Lord sits and refines us before His face, crucibles of burning, fires of trial. The flames lick up the dust of our flesh and cause the stone altars of false idolatry to be consumed and causes the areas of resistance and stubbornness to melt under the heat of Him whose eyes are as a flame of fire. Addressing now just those that Overcome, I would say this that the trials of life thus far are now near a completion. “But I am still so fleshly, so overcome with my own carnal thinking; I cannot know where God is nor understand His presence!” The Overcomer right now at this time knows of the hope that they have, but they do not see it in reality because they see just now their own flesh, their own failing, the defiled emotion and the stubborn will and the bone joints and the marrow still seem to produce as much defilement in the blood as ever. “Where is the change?” “Why has my trail been so long yet nothing seems to be produced in me because of it?”
Yet the fire of The Ancient of Days continues to burn, the fire is hot, it is hard, it is relentless. For those that overcome it seems like they are walking backwards, not forwards. Instead of release into realms of prosperity like Christendom is enjoying the Overcomer is left empty, deadened and weak. Their lives are fraught with trial and they have no hope of escape from their present daily circumstances. Routines run into routines and that which is known by rote seems to be their only stay in life. They are hunted down by the oppressions in their thinking minds and the accusations against their many failing’s rages betwixt their ears. The voices of condemnation and judgment that come from the carnal mind and the spirit world and from Christendom are almost deafening. Add to this the waning of the presence of the Lord and the Overcomer finds that they are in an impaled position unable to move their hands or their feet because of the nails. They find that they have no recourse but to question where the Lord has gone and why they continue to suffer, death would be welcome to them. SO IT IS, THIS IS THE QUALIFICATION OF THE OVERCOMER FOR RULERSHIP WITH THE LORD UPON THE ETERNAL THRONE. The endurance of such heat of trial conveys to the Lord the fact that they are true disciples able to conquer anything in them that is contrary by partaking of the cross and the entire heat of this fire. So it is, they partake then of this death by the full heat of the fire of the Holy Ghost. They partake of the fire until they themselves are of this flame.
At this time the Overcomers seem somewhat separated from one another, barely knowing how small this company truly is, these who will wear the silver armour of the Army of the Lord. But they are the flames of fire and they together form the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. Into them will be cast they whose names are not written in the book of the life of the Lamb. Wherever the image and the testimony of Jesus is not present, into them will that lack be cast. It is the honour and the privilege of they that overcome to now take part in the flame so that they can become that very flame which tried them. These are The Ancient of Days’ judging host, sent to judge all things and to rule with a rod of iron. The Overcomers, those who through their lives endured such burnings, now into them will the rest of this which is ungodly be cast and all that is contrary to the tree of life in the person of Jesus. This honour has all those who for now are enduring the flame of trial and the agony of the personal cross.
To be continued………….
Kenneth B Visscher