The Fire of

This approach concentrates on God's manifesting as fire. At Mt. Sinai we see the Lord coming as Fire.

Ex. 19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire

In Acts 2 we see him coming upon the saints as tongues of fire.

Ac 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

The giving of the Spirit in the form of tongues of fire can be seen as giving each one a measure or portion of the Spirit. Thus it's a partial fulfillment of Joel.

Joe 2:28 ^ And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

The complete fulfillment of Joel will involve giving the Spirit without measure. John the Baptist, mentions this notion of 'Spirit without measure' when speaking of Jesus' anointing in John 3

John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

For another picture of the End Time Revival and fulfillment of Pentecost we can look to 1 Kings. The fire falling on Mt. Carmel for Elijah's sacrifice to the Lord.

1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

Malachi describes it thusly.

Mal 3:1 ^ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

It's also mentioned in Isaiah.

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? 15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

Luke speaks of the baptism of Fire in Luke 3.

Lu 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

And in Hebrews there is a long passage that alludes to the first Pentecost at Sinai, and the old covenant. And then leads right into a discussion of the new covenant, ending with mention of the all consuming fire like that of Elijah, Isaiah and Malachi.

Heb 12:18 ^ For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,

19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:

20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:

21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

29 For our God is a consuming fire.

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