a reply to: arpgme
I have to disagree here brother:
The first mention of fire in the Bible is after Adam and Eve leave the garden. They look and see a flaming sword that is stationed between the 2
cherubim. This is a representation of the Spirit. The sword of the Spirit. Which is the divine manifestation of God in the earth. We repeatedly
see the fire between the cherubim in many theophanies throughout the bible.
The burning bush is fire dwelling in the midst of the bush. The word dwell used there is shakan to tabernacle the same word used to of "stationing"
the cherubim at the garden entrance.
The pillar of smoke and of fire that manifests between the cherubim on the ark of the covenant.
In the prophets fire is seen as a purifying agent:
Mal 3:2 Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can keep standing when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire, 4 like a launderer’s
soap. 3:3 He will act like a refiner and purifier of silver and will cleanse the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will offer
the Lord a proper offering. 3:4 The offerings 5 of Judah and Jerusalem 6 will be pleasing to the Lord as in former times and years past.
Zeph 3:8,9 "Therefore wait for Me," declares the LORD, "For the day when I rise up as a witness. Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, To
assemble kingdoms, To pour out on them My indignation, All My burning anger; For all the earth will be devoured By the fire of My zeal. For then I
will give to the peoples purified lips, That all of them may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.
As an aside this verse in Zephaniah is speaking of all peoples not just jews, as the word "people's" is goyim.
Here is a few examples of fire having a positive connotation in the NT
[Mat 3:11-12 KJV] 11 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: 12 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.
--Here we see the purification process of wheat, which represents christians as the wheat harvest is the harvest of pentecost, which the HS came
down as tongues of fire on the heads of the disciples
[Rom 12:20 KJV] 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his
--This has nothing to do with hurting the enemy, like their pride is killing them, but has to do with keeping them alive. There were no lighters
or matches then, and if you lost fire that could cost you dearly. If I came to you and needed fire, I'd take it back to my house on a canister that
sits on top of my head. You'd have provided warmth and safety to my family by heaping coals on my head.
[1Co 3:12-17 KJV] 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made
manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any
man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God,
and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.
--Notice whats burnt up here, chaff, wood hay, grass… men are as grass, again this is fire as a purifying agent of the temple, which is you. Also
see the next verse associated with this concept:
[1Pe 1:7 KJV] 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto
praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
[Heb 1:7 KJV] 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers flames of fire.
[Heb 12:29 KJV] 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
[Rev 1:14 KJV] 14 His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire;
I submit that the Lake of Fire is nothing other than being thrown into the very presence of God, which burns away all the chaff so that we can stand
as shining jewels in our celestial bodies.