Calling Fire Down from Heaven

The following three paragraphs are an excerpt from a message by a brother I have known and been in fellowship with for over 30 years. The message is titled 666. These paragraphs are a launching pad into truths that are very pertinent to Christianity in this hour.

Begin excerpt:

Satan knows that God will only reveal the truths of the Word to those who are willing to sell all they have to purchase the treasure hid in a field (Matthew 13:44). So the trick of the antichrist spirit is to keep Christians dull-hearted and to keep them feeding on the letter of the Word instead of the Spirit of the Word, for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life (II Corinthians 3:6).

That is what the beast is doing in Revelation 13:13 when he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. Our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:29. When a Christian appropriates the work of the cross (Matthew 16:24-25), the Spirit of God begins consuming his fleshly nature. John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and fire (Matthew 3:11). Then Peter said that the trial of our faith was much more precious than gold, because we are tried with fire (I Peter 1:7). So, the fire is the spiritual working of God to consume the carnal nature of man, that we may be brought forth in the image of the Lord.

Now let the “heaven” of Revelation 13:13 represent the Spirit of the Word and the “earth” the natural, or literal, interpretation of the Word. Then we see that the antichrist spirit works to only present the “earth realm” of the Scriptures to immature Christians. Spiritual truths that should be perceived on the “heavenly realm” are relegated to the “earth realm,” which is the “sight realm” of men. The antichrist is said to bring fire down from the “heaven realm” to the “earth realm,” because the fire of God is the only means for Christians to become sons of God. Preachers that only teach the Scriptures from a natural, or literal, viewpoint have fallen prey to the antichrist spirit and are putting their people in bondage to Mystery Babylon. Therefore, we add our voice to the voice of God, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues (Revelation 18:4).

End of excerpt.

I would like to expound on the last paragraph. Throughout the book of Revelation, the phrases “those who dwell on the earth,” and “those who dwell in the heavens,” are used. These phrases do not refer to those who literally live on the planet earth or those who “live in heaven.” The phrases refer to realms of consciousness, or reality. To “dwell in the heavens” means walking in the Spirit, with a cognizance of the spirit realm and its realities. To “dwell on the earth” means walking with a consciousness of the earthly, or soulish realm only. Those who “dwell on the earth” are devoid of a spiritual revelation of Jesus Christ. He is viewed only from a religious perspective.

When “fire is called down from heaven,” it is telling us that the only means by which we can walk as sons is pulled down into the earthly realm so that the actual experience of the fire of God is taken from Christians. God can only create His nature experientially in us in the realm of our spirits. It is in our spirits that the revelation of grace is established. When the fire is pulled down from the heavenly realm into the earthly one, Christians are taught doctrines and promises without ever actually experiencing them. Many, many Christians are waiting futilely for a grand manifestation that will never happen. The reality of walking with God in a present reality and appropriating His word is foreign in the earthly realm. It is surprising how many Christians are unfamiliar with the actual work of the cross. It’s because false Christianity has never taught them. At the most, the earthly realm of Christianity has substituted the hardships, tribulations, and general sufferings of life as the definition of the cross. Nothing could be further from the truth. The true cross of Christ crucifies Adam and creates God’s own nature in us.

The earthly realm of Christianity is one dimensional. It can see and talk about the promises of God, but never actually enter their fulfillment. The earthy realm of Christianity, fueled by the antichrist spirit, is doomed to disillusionment and disappointment. The first thing God told John after the vision of Christ amid the lampstands was, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Only in the realm of spirit do we see in multi-dimensions. “Dwelling in the heavens” is the only means by which we can come forth as sons in Christ’s image. It’s very significant that Rev. 13 speaks of a false image that is ministered by the antichrist, earthly realm of Christianity.

14  And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life.
15  And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

These verses speak to the false prophetic voice of Adam, imitating the voice of Christ. The Scriptures are explicit that we are to come forth in the image of Christ. The term “image” is synonymous with “nature.”

Rom. 8
29 ¶  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
30  and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

 1st Cor. 15
47  The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.
48  As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.
49  Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

Doesn’t verse 49 come alive as we understand what the term “image” really means? We are to bear Christ’s nature, and the false realm of Christianity, “the beast,” only bears the nature of Adam. The beast system of false Christianity has a “prophetic voice,” as already mentioned. This is why the earthly realm of Christianity is so deceptive. It appears to be Christ speaking.  Rev. 13:11 says, “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.” This beast looks like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. We know Satan is the great, red dragon (Rev. 12). His greatest accomplishment is disguising himself as an angel of light (2nd Cor. 11:14).

Let’s return to Rev. 13:15.

15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

The Greek word for “breath” is pneuma. This word is more accurately translated as “spirit.” It is translated as “spirit” over 300 times in the New Testament. When we understand the word pneuma it becomes easy to understand how the earthly, false church speaks with a deceptive prophetic voice. Rotherham’s translation of the Bible gets this verse right.

15 And it was given unto it, to give spirit unto the image of the wild-beast, in order that the image of the wild-beast should both speak and should cause that, as many as should not do homage unto the image of the wild-beast, should be slain.

It’s important to note that the passage doesn’t read, “to give a spirit,” but simply “to give spirit.” The voice of false Christianity is given the essence of spirit. Thus, there is a counterfeit “anointing” upon the ministry of the false church. This truth goes hand in hand with 2nd Thess. 2:7-12.

It was given to the antichrist “beast” church not only to “speak,” but to “cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” What does this mean?  Those who refuse to embrace soulish, false Christianity are “killed” in the sense that the word of Christ in them is rejected by false Christianity. This is exactly what happened to Stephen when he spoke the word of God before the Council of the Jews in Acts. 7. The council covered their ears, gnashed their teeth, and rushed upon Stephen and stoned him to death. The spirit of antichrist will not permit a true word from God to be spoken within its sphere of influence. This is why the command is given In Rev. 18 to “come out of her my people.”  Acts 23 also alludes to this truth.

1 ¶  Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.”2  The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth.

It was no coincidence that Paul was struck on the mouth. It was an expression of the antichrist spirit attempting to silence him.

Why is all this important to us? Let’s read from John 15 and the beginning of chapter 16.

26 ¶  “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,
27  and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

 1 ¶  “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.
2  “They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.
3  “These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.

Jesus speaks of how the disciples would be made outcasts from the synagogue, which was the religious establishment at the time. But then He says the time would come when everyone who killed them would think they were offering service to God. While there have been many, many martyrs who have been literally killed for the word of God, the silencing of those who speak is more insidious. We do not want to be found “killing” those who speak in Christ’s name. We don’t want to be guilty, like the rest of false Christianity, in failing to recognize the Lord when He is speaking. Jesus also emphasizes in these passages that the false, antichrist church has not known Him, or the Father.

The only distinction between the true and the false is its root nature. Unless we are dwelling in the heavens where the fire of God operates freely, we will not be able to discern the true from the false. It is Christ’s nature being experientially formed in us that enables us to see the difference. The greater the work of the cross in our lives, the more we see.

 

 

 

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