Revelation and Insight for this Generation…

Baptism of Fire Explained…

Ignorance is one of the major enemies to our growth and walk with God. I have
messed up so many prayers and prophecies with the term, “baptism of fire”. To my
understanding, much of the western church teaches that the baptism of fire is
some kind of addition to the Holy Spirit. I once believed the same thing until
the Holy Spirit put it in my heart to research what the baptism of fire was. As
we continue to grow in God and in the knowledge of His Son we will have to come
into a higher level of personal responsibility. We have to begin to study the
scriptures for ourselves.

“Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge,
weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. The Preacher
sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. The
words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected
sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.” (Ecclesiastes 12:9-11)

We have to be like this preacher Solomon talks about. We have to weigh,
study, and arrange the scriptures with great care. This preacher had the right
heart when dealing with the words of God. He didn’t just automatically agree and
go by it because his pastor said it was right. He took the time to dissect the
scriptures himself to make sure that the things that were being said lined up
with the context and basis of the scripture. We can sometimes heretically
believe something and disannul the power of the scriptures because of a lack of
understanding and consistency in searching the scriptures out. There is a
difference between the fire of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of fire. John the
Baptist makes my previous statement clear.

“Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round
about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But
when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said
unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to
come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say
within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God
is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe
is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not
forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with
water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose
shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and
with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and
gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with
unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:1-12)

The context of this passage is key in determining the meaning of the “Baptism
of Fire”. The prophet, John the Baptist, was angrily addressing the Pharisees
and Sadducees. He called them a GENERATION OF VIPERS. He also addressed their
pride issues by telling them not to say to themselves that they are Abraham’s
children. What a way to humble someone! “God is able to take these stones and
make them children of Abraham. He doesn’t really need you!”

There was something about the Pharisees and Sadducees that put a bad taste in
the prophet’s mouth. Maybe it was their inability to yield more to the Spirit of
God and His love than to their traditions and doctrine. The Pharisees were
legalistic Jews who were strict followers of the law and oral traditions. The
Sadducees, on the other hand rejected oral traditions. They didn’t believe in a
coming Messiah, angels, or in any type of afterlife. The Pharisees and Sadducees
often argued over these types of differences in beliefs.

John the Baptist relates the people to fruit bearing trees. The FIRE is
preserved for those people who are unable to bear good fruit. This is now
talking about a lifestyle. The fruit which we are to bear include love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and
self-control. When we become this type of tree we are no longer under the law
(Galatians 5:22-23). This is living a life in the spirit, something that the
Pharisees and Sadducees were not use to hearing about or practicing. The lusts
of the flesh include Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
heresies, envying, murder, drunkenness, and reveling. These are the kinds of
fruit that will cause you to get CASTED INTO THE FIRE(Galatians 5:19-21). John
the Baptist was telling them to make a choice. You can’t serve two masters. This
is the message of repentance. Choose God, for the Kingdom of heaven is at
hand.

I believe that John the Baptist was not saying that Jesus will baptize
everyone with both the Holy Ghost and Fire. He was saying that Jesus Christ, our
Lord has been given the authority to baptize both baptisms, the Holy Spirit for
those who choose God and FIRE for those who fail to bear good fruit. THE BAPTISM
OF FIRE REPRESENTS THE ESCHATOLOGICAL JUDGMENT OF THE LORD.

Chaff is a counterfeit to wheat. They both grow from the same place but wheat
is a grain and chaff is a weed. They both grow together but only the wheat is
used to produce foods such as bread. The chaff is useless so the farmers
separate it from the wheat and TOSSES IT INTO FIRE TO DESTROY IT. When the bible
refers to wheat it refers to the saints or those in whom God delights in.
(see Matt. 13:25-40). When chaff is discussed, Jesus refers to it as
wicked, or connected to the children of the wicked one. It isn’t wanted when
mixed with the wheat. John the Baptist was warning the Pharisees and Sadducees
of the danger and consequence of proclaiming to be God’s children while at the
same time living a life of strife and sedition. Jesus alone holds the authority
to judge us and how we live here on earth and John the Baptist was letting them
know that they will be judged based upon their actions and morals they hold up
to in their lifetime.

They were being told that they can not hide from the eyes of the Lord.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every
tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”
(see Matt. 3:10, KJV).
This scripture shows that Jesus’ judgment was
already at work. He was watching the way they lived. There was no time to waste.
The axe was already laid to the root of the tree and the fan was already in
Jesus’ hand to thoroughly purge his floor. This spoke of the eminence and
urgency of the time they were living in. Judgment had already began to occur and
the Jews were being measured by everything they did.

Now we can see that the Baptism of Fire had nothing to do with the outpouring
of the Holy Spirit. In light of the entire context of Matthew 3 it is clearly
shown that it represented the Judgment of God to those who rebelled against the
plan of God and rejected Israel’s Messiah.

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