Is God’s Holy fire destructive or refining?
(You can find more on this topic at this post.)
I hope you are having a great day. I had to take a few days off due to a back injury during weightlifting. Don’t we take our bodies for granted until pain and age sets in? I know I do.
I have been spending some time on some Christian forums and it’s been very good. God is really doing some amazing things these days to unveil our minds to the truth. I am finding people ARE open to hear and DIG for the truth. This is a great blessing when we encounter it.
A big topic of discussion that I have been involved in is the proper definition of God’s “fire”. Isn’t this a bone-chilling verse?
And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire Rev 20:15 NASB
When reading this, it is hard to even imagine people being thrown alive into a lake of FIRE and them burning up alive. How could God ever do that? Isn’t he the very definition of “love”?
What if we have misunderstood the very meaning of the word “fire”? What if God’s fire is totally DIFFERENT than the physical realm fire that we know of? Could it be that God’s fire is not destructive like the (physical realm) fire we know of?
Let’s dig into it just a bit.
Many are not aware of the TRUE definition of words translated as “fire” and others like “eternal” and “torture”. They are different than we have been taught and I so excited to see God revealing this powerful truth at the end of this current age. It has been a pleasure to share them with others. Check out this post if you are interested. For now, here is the Strong’s concordance and Helps Word-studies definitions of God’s “fire”. It is the Greek word “pur” where we get the English words “purification” and “purity” from.
Original Word: πῦρ, πυρός, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Phonetic Spelling: (poor)
Short Definition: fire, trials
Definition: fire; the heat of the sun, lightning; fig: strife, trials; the eternal fire.
We can see some of the Strong’s definitions including “eternal fire” and “trials”. Below is the Helps Word-studies definition.
4442 pýr – fire. In Scripture, fire is often used figuratively – like with the “fire of God” which transforms all it touches into light and likeness with itself
God’s Spirit, like a holy fire, enlightens and purifies so that believers can share more and more in His likeness. Indeed the fire of God brings the uninterrupted privilege of being transformed which happens by experiencing faith from Him. Our lives can become true offerings to Him as we obey this imparted faith from God by His power.
[This is illustrated by God’s fire burning continuously at the entrance of the Tabernacle where the priests made sweet-savor offerings. Compare Lev 6:12,13 with 1 Pet 2:5,9.]
You can see initially some amazing things there that I highlighted and I would like to share more on this soon as the Lord allows. There also other mistranslated words of which sometimes WHOLE doctrines are based upon, that make God look evil and hideous. This is sad because he is defined as love and if we don’t understand the truth, we will misrepresent him. Shouldn’t “love” always do what is BEST for us? Shouldn’t love always find a way to be WITH us instead of destroying us? Are we to say that we know “love” better than God does? Some things to ponder.
You can find this out yourself by checking out verses like Rev 20:15 at biblehub.com and click on the words translated as “fire” to see the Strong’s number 4442 and the Helps Word-studies information that I provide above. Here is the verse:
And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire Rev 11:15 NASB
Here’s a link to the interlinear version: http://biblehub.com/interlinear/revelation/20-15.htm
Here’s a direct link to the meaning of “fire” that I provided. http://biblehub.com/greek/4442.htm
May we be open to the truth that the Spirit reveals to us.
Have an awesome day of rest in the Lord.