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Holy Ghost Fire: Its biblical citations and significance

Holy ghost fire, its biblical citations and significance
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Should a Christian call the Holy Ghost upon another as a means of revenge? Is this biblical, shouldn't we be laying down blessings on those that offend us. Let us take a biblical look into this common practice and try to establish our points.

Background

Many a time we hear Christians argue about the concept of the Holy Ghost fire in the Bible, especially now that one hears Holyghost fire at any slightest occurrence or provocation.

We do hear people argue if it is right for a Christian to call down fire on his enemies.

Some believe a Christian should only call down fire on demons and spirits, while some argue that the Holy Ghost fire isn't for destruction but blessings and anointings.

Let's look at what the scripture says and try to establish the functions, concept and significance of the Holy Ghost fire.

Significance of the Holy Ghost fire

In the history of the bible, the fire had come down from heaven several times, such as when Elijah encountered God at mount Horeb; the bible said that God came down in the form of Fire.

When God revealed himself to Moses in the mountain Horeb, it was in the form of a burning bush.

When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah as a result of their sins, the bible recorded that fire in the form of burning sulphur came down upon the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Let us look at the scenarios and use them as the basic tool for the establishment of the concept.

The Holy Ghost fire as a means of Judgment

In certain events in the bible, one can clearly see that the Holy Ghost fire was called on people by some of the prophets as a way of punishing them for their transgressions. In some other cases, it was equally for protection and battle.

Here are some instances where the Holy Ghost fire was used as a means of Judgement and punishment. Let's look at the case of Elijah, in the second book of Kings 1:-10.

Elijah and the Captains

The case of Elijah and the Captains is a great illustration of the Holyghost fire as a means of God's judgement.

The captains in the book of the second Kings were sent by King Ahaziah to capture the great prophet, Elijah. King Ahaziah, the king of Israel, was at the point of death as he has fallen from his upper room.

He sent messengers to inquire from a philistine god, Beelzebub if he recovers from the illness. But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah to rise and meet the king's messengers and ask them if there is no God in Israel that he goes about enquiring from the gods of the Philistines.

For this reason, Elijah proclaimed through the mouth of God that the king would die.

The messengers narrated the incident to the king, and the king was enraged. He ordered that Elijah should be arrested and brought to him. When the captains who are to arrest Elijah came, they said, Man of God, the king ordered us to arrest you.

NIV Verse 10: Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men."

In this case, the fire was used as a means of judgement, destruction and punishment.

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Sodom and Gomorrah

The case of Sodom and Gomorrah was a good sign where the Holyghost fire was used as a tool for judgement.

In Genesis 19:24, Fire in the form of burning sulphur rained from the heavens and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

Sodom and Gomorrah at a time sinned against God greatly that God sent his angels to destroy the city. They were engaging in different sins, especially sexual immorality, homosexuality and incest.

Out of the Millions of people in the city, only Lot and his household were saved because they happen to be the only righteous souls in Sodom and Gomorrah.

NIV: "Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. He overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.''

Fire, on many occasions, stands as God's judgment. So in a situation whereby we hear Christians more especially Pentecostals calling down fire to consume their enemies, the individual is just asking God to judge his enemies.

Judgement in the real sense isn't bad as we have an earthly court that judges case and makes sure justice is served on the right purposes.

The Holy Ghost fire as a cleansing & consecrating fire

Aside from Holy Ghost fire standing as a sign of God's judgment, it can equally be a means of cleansing and consecration. In many occasions in the Bible, we see the children of Isreal calling down fire to consume a sacrifice.

In each sacrifice consumed by fire from heaven, God was making an important point.

Solomon's dedication of the Temple

King Solomon of Isreal during his reign consecrated a temple for the Lord. He built a temple for the Lord as instructed by God.

In Solomon’s case, God was consecrating that location as the place where His name would dwell forever (2 Chronicles 7:16)

Verse 1, NIV: "When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

The priests could not enter the temple of the lord because the glory of the Lord filled it.When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshipped.

In this case, the fire was used as a means of consecration.

Fire in form of dove as evidence of God's presence and manifestation.

The Holy Ghost fire as a sign of God's presence

In many occasions, fire came down from heaven as a sign of God's presence, supremacy and manifestation. In this case, the fire may not be for cleansing or judgement but for God to reveal himself. Let's look at some instances on the bible.

Elijah and the prophets of Baal

In the book of 1 Kings 18:39, the fire was recorded as an evidence of God's presence and manifestation.

Elijah, during his contest with the prophets of Baal in mountain Carmel, Elijah called down fire to consume a sacrifice. A contest which ensued between Elijah and the prophets of Baal was to determine the true God in Isreal.

Elija told the prophets of Baal to set an altar and any God that can come down with fire to consume the sacrifice in the altar happens to be the true God in Isreal.

The Prophets of Baal did as Elijah said, but in the end, the God of Elijah answered by fire and consumed the sacrifice.

The fire that came down in the mountain Carmel stands as evidence of God's presence and manifestation.

In this case, the fire wasn't for judgement, cleansing or consecration. It was solely a way in which God revealed his supremacy, sovereignty and presence.

Another scenario when God manifested his presence as fire to Elijah was in mount Horeb when Elijah was patiently waiting for God to come, the bible said God came like a small fire.

Moses and the burning bush

When God revealed himself to Moses, he did that through fire. Exodus 3:1-17

Before God called Moses, he saw a burning bush while the bush wasn't burning.

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up.So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up."

In the midst of the fire, God spoke to Moses.

Moses saw a burning bush which indicates the presence of God.

In the new testament, God equally reveals his presence in the life of Apostles through tongues of fire which was upon them on the day of Pentecost Act 2:1-8.

Conclusion

Summarily, this article has been able to establish that Holyghost fire can bring down God's judgement on his enemies. So It isn't erroneous as some assumed when some Christians use Holyghost fire to cast and bind some spirits.

As clearly stated, fire, in many cases in the Bible, was used as a means of bringing God's judgement. The notion of calling down fire upon your enemies isn't entirely wrong as some proclaim.

Fire reveals God's presence, mightiness and manifestation just as in the case of the apostles on the Pentecost day and in the case of Elijah. One can actually call down the presence of God by calling down fire.

Finally, his fire as been evident in the scripture as a means of cleansing and consecration.

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