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PASSING THROUGH THE FIRE
"And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more. I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!" (second Remnant Luke 12:48-49)
How can this statement made by Yahshua be compared to or relate to when He also said - "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions"? Clearly there is the obvious association that giving up all of one's possessions is "much required," even being asked "all the more"! But, is not being His disciple and reigning with Him not equally "much" to be given and entrusted? Very much so! As it was spoken by Elijah to Elisha for asking a double portion of his spirit, this too is a "hard thing" that we ask! And as we see in each of these testimonies, the price we pay must be commensurate with that for which we ask!
To better address the correlation of this fire that Yahshua longs to kindle, and His command that to be His disciple requires that one give up all his possessions, let me ask you a question. What would you have left if a fire was kindled in your home while you were away, and you returned to find everything burned to the ground? You would have yourself/yourselves and little more. Life for you would begin anew, and all that was in the past would be gone, for fire shows no discretion in what it consumes. When it burns, it does not distinguish between trash and family heirlooms. It has no respect for precious or worthless, and no regard for sentimental memories. Items of irreplaceable value and items of discarded waste, all equally fall under the lust of fire. It is non-discriminating, consumes all that is consumable, and leaves only ash and those things that can pass through the fire unaffected.
In 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 we read:
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ (though that foundation has been abandoned for sand). Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.
In light of what Yahshua said about kindling a fire, it is therefore significant to note as to when Yahshua in fact kindled a fire naturally, which of course reveals the spiritual. Do you know when He kindled a fire? He kindled it when after His resurrection, He told the disciples, who had fished all night and caught no fish (the night of Christianity), to cast their nets on the right side of the boat and they caught the sons of God 153 fish. When they came ashore, Yahshua had already laid (or appointed) a charcoal fire Himself, with fish and bread on it. Let us get straight to the point.
Today, after man fishing all night and not catching any of the revealed sons of God in immortal bodies, Yahshua is kindling the fire of His Spirit that will test every man's works. Everything that is of this world will be burned up, and all that will stand is that which is eternal.
There are times, even of late, when I have returned home and as I come around the corner, I have looked for our home, wondering if it would still be there or if maybe a fire had consumed it while we were away. Little have I known that the fire that must consume it and all that we possess, is the fire that I must bring upon it, a fire that will consume it and all that is natural in it.
When I realized that what Yahshua said about giving up all of one's possessions would mean giving up sentimental family antiques and such, the only way I could reconcile this was to place those things into the fire Yahshua has come to kindle upon this earth. I had to realize that fire is not discriminating but wholly consuming, that Yahshua has come to burn up all that is of this earth, and desires to kindle His fire upon us and all that we possess. This is the fire He kindles when He speaks to us - "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions."
This fire must be as undiscriminating as is natural fire - "all his possessions"! Before the return of Yahshua, one has to be willing to judge oneself in order to escape the fire in the third part of the kingdom spoken of in Zechariah 13:7-9. If one is not willing to allow that undiscriminating fire to be applied to all that he possess, then he is an Ananias and Sapphira, an Achan, and not worthy of the kingdom that is above. This total giving up of "all his possessions," is why it was written that it will be as hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven, as it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. Fire is merciless when it strikes, and even though Yahshua felt love for the rich young ruler (Mark 10:21), He let him walk away when He could not obey and pass through the fire.
There are in fact two fires kindled in the Gospels. We see the one here in John where Yahshua laid a fire for the disciples when they caught the 153 fish. The other fire is equally found in John, chapter 18, verse 18, where we once again find Peter standing around a charcoal fire, this time while Yahshua was being judged and afflicted. But this fire had a remarkable difference in its outcome, for it was here that Peter denied Yahshua three times!
Even as we find attested on Mount Carmel, you have a choice today between two opinions, even two charcoal fires. As there were two charcoal fires in the Scriptures with two opposite outcomes, one in which Peter denied Yahshua and one in which he sat with Him and affirmed his love for Him, so the fire Yahshua is kindling on the earth now in the Remnant will lead to one of two results in your life. You will either let that fire consume all your possessions and become His disciple, or you will hold onto all of your possessions and just as Peter denied Yahshua, you will do likewise by refusing to follow His words - "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions."
When Yahshua sat with Peter around the second charcoal fire, He asked him three times, "do you love Me?" Undoubtedly, Peter's grief was great after being asked this question a third time, insomuch that he painfully remembered that around another charcoal fire, only recently he had denied Him three times. This is the question and this is the choice you face as you are confronted at this charcoal fire that He wishes to kindle in your life - Do you love Him? Or, do you love your possessions more? Will you deny Him?
Equally in John, chapter 14, verse 15, Yahshua said - "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." Love is more than a feeling; love is proven by what one does, not by what one says. Words are cheep when it comes to proving true love, and Yahshua said that if you truly love Him, you will do what He says - "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions."
If you will not do what He says, you are one who builds your house on the sand, and you deny Him even as Peter denied Him at the first charcoal fire. Just before this fire, Peter's words were filled with outspoken resolve; but by his actions he soon denied him. In equal testimony, there are many who are a Judas who betray Yahshua for thirty pieces of silver, and seal it with a kiss. They too say they love Yahshua, but now that He is asking them to give up all of their possessions and follow Him, will they betray Him for money? Indeed! This is your choice today. Will you allow Yahshua to kindle the fire of His purifying Spirit in your life and obey His command to give up all of your possessions and be His disciple, or will you deny and betray Him? It is your choice as to which "Peter" you will be - (1) the one whose love is proven by his actions, or (2) the one whose confident words fall short and thus denies Him, even a Judas who for money betrays Him with a kiss!
In each of these two contrasts, we find:
By these clear similarities, certainly Yahweh has an intended message here, even a clear contrast and choice entirely relevant to today when He is revealing these things to us.
Yahshua has laid a charcoal fire today, and it will be His 153 Sons of God who will eat from it. This is the fire we have already mentioned into which Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego decidedly entered. This is the fire that is seven times hotter, insomuch that it burns the bonds of mark of the beast Christianity off of you. Possessions, the cares of this world, have bound and ensnared Christians for 2,000 years; the thorns and weeds have wrapped around their heads, causing their understanding and faith to be bound. Yahshua desires to set us free from those bonds, but it will mean one vital thing, one essential price - that we not bow down to the Babylonian image of gold, but instead pass through the fire that will consume all that we possess. This is the path of obedience, even the fire that will allow us to walk in it with the Son of God.
This is also the fire that is spoken of in Isaiah 43:2, where we read:
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you (the rivers that burst against the house).
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you (though it will burn your earthly possessions).
For I am Yahweh your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom (the body of Christ has died for the Bride),
Cush and Seba in your place (more on this to follow).
Since you (Remnant Bride) are precious in My sight,
Since you are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life (men have died for 6,000 years).
Do not fear, for I am with you (also said by Yahshua to those who would sell their possessions - Luke 12:7 and 32-33);
I will bring your offspring from the east,
And gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, 'Give them up!'
And to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth,
Every one who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory (the mount of transfiguration that is moved),
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made" (2-7).
(If you want to continue to be encouraged and to marvel at what Yahweh is saying to His Remnant Bride, on your own continue reading the verses following this as well. They are all Remnant promises!)
Without any mistake, this scripture will be fulfilled by the Remnant. We are the beloved Bride who will pass through the fire that consumes all of our possessions, which we are told here and by Yahshua Himself not to fear. We are the Bride who is brought together from the east, the west, the north, and the south, those who are called by His name, the name of Yahweh, for we must become neighbors! We are those who will receive His glory, even the two-part Bride that stands with Him on the mount of transfiguration. And we are the Bride for whom the body of Christ must die, or be put to sleep, as a "ransom" for us, as well as for the whole world. Cush and Seba must be given up in our place.
Do you believe what we are saying here? It has been pointed out before that the Remnant truth is a seamless inner garment of truth; in these verses we see this once again. Egypt, even Cush and Seba, represent the body of Christ that must die for the sake of all men, even ransoming all men, just as the original Christ did as well. They corporately follow in His example. Egypt experienced the ten plagues which are types and pictures of the plagues that the body of Christ has gone through in order that the sons of God Remnant can come out from them. Even as Pharaoh's heart was hardened, Yahweh has hardened the heart of Christianity over this entire 2,000 year period in order that He can demonstrate His glory.
Equally Cush, and especially Seba, testify of this "ransom" coming specifically through Christianity. We know the certainty of this representation by not only the context of that which we are reading here, but this seamless inner garment of truth is likewise revealed when we see that "Cush" means "burned or black," thus attesting to that which must take place in the third part of Christianity - it must be burned! But the most telling evidence that this is Christianity is that it has the mark of the beast seven on it! "Seba," and the similar word "Sheba," means "seven"! Thus we find here the mark of the beast testimony on Egypt Christianity. How much more consistent evidence does one need?
Most certainly the fire that cleanses the temple of the moneychangers is kindled first in the freewill offering of the Remnant, who freely give up everything to be His disciple. Unique to John, you will notice that before Yahshua went in and cleansed the temple, He first made a scourge of cords (John 2:15). What is the scourge of cords that Yahshua has made today? You're reading his writings, for this man is that scourge of cords Yahshua has made for His own purpose, and these writings are attempting to cast the moneychanger out of you.
In one of those experiences in which Yahshua was continuing to work on this scourge of cords (which He has been doing since 1948), He had me to start and operate a thrift store in our work to provide care for the needy. At one point the store was not doing as well as it needed to, and I complained to Yahweh - "I did not ask to start this store; it was Your idea, not mine; it's Your store, and it looks like You could do a better job running Your store!" But His answer to me silenced my complaining. He said - "I'm not building a store; I'm building a man." This man is the scourge of cords that you are feeling on your back right now. It is the scourge of cords that will cast the moneychanger out of you, if it can.
While the second Remnant does indeed have a fire kindled in our lives, it is a fire that will spread to the Millennial reign! Even as it is written in Zechariah 13:8-9, this fire will burn the third part of Christianity! Let us state this again, for it is MOST important! The fire that burns Christianity in the Millennium, is the fire that is kindled first in the Remnant. The occasion of the Remnant to sell all and hold all things in common today, initiates the purification and cleansing that must continue in Christianity in the Millennium. I hope you grasp the immense weight, impact, and significance of this truth!
Even as we have seen testified in the comparison of the gospels, casting out the moneychanger in the Remnant is on the same day as Yahshua's visitation, now. And this is the fire that will deal with Christianity's own problem with money on the next day, the Millennial reign. This is the fire you are faced with right now, whether you will allow it to be kindled in your life now, or face it in the Millennium. This is the fire that must remove the moneychanger in you, something that is absolutely essential in order to be Yahshua's disciple. Zeal for His house consumes Him; and I assure you, zeal consumes this scourge of cords man as well! Does it consume you?
"Those whom the Lord loves He disciplines. And He scourges every son whom He receives" (Hebrews 12:6).
And before we continue, we have to note something that is too evident to be merely coincidental. You will recall from the writing,Highly Prophetic Patterns Continue - The Battle For The Chad, the uncanny presence of the issue of the chad in the 2000 election between Bush and Gore. This is the "chad" we had already pointed out in the writing, The Signs That Cause Belief, Page 5, where we find that Lake Chad, via its precise place at the temple of Satan's head in the continent of Africa, represents the second-blow death of Satan by the second Remnant. (To better understand this, read these two writings.) Today we have a similar obvious association between two dramatic and highly prophetic events, one of which has previously been addressed, and one we will consider now.
In the writings under the heading,9-11 Terrorist Attacks And Flight 587, we consider the significance of the fall of the Twin Towers in New York on 9-11. We find that they were a picture of the fall of mystery Babylon Christianity in one hour. Tellingly the towers were located on Church Street. But this nation experienced two terrifying events at that time, one that is being resolved, but one at the time of this writing remains a mystery. Immediately after the fall of the Twin Towers, there were six incidents of anthrax attacks that killed five people.
In this environment of tremendous prophetic testimonies surrounding the recent Presidents, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, the 2000 Elections, and 9-11, it seems highly reasonable that the anthrax issue at the same time as 9-11 would somehow provide a prophetic message as well; and as you will now see, it does!
We have been considering here the two charcoal fires of John 18:18 and 21:9 that represent the two choices you have today to either deny Yahshua, or affirm your love. The second charcoal fire is the one that Yahshua lays Himself on the occasion of bringing out of the sea of death the sons of God 153 fish. This latter testimony seems to be intercessorally and prophetically evidenced in what will now be shared.
When Christianity falls, there will be an alternate option to that fall, and that is the second Remnant. And we are clearly seeing in this writing that this option is entered by the narrow gate of giving up all of one's possessions to become His disciple. This option is equally revealed in the testimony of the charcoal fire, the fire that Yahshua said He longed to kindle; and that fire is being kindled today. This is the fire that nondiscretionally consumes all that you have that is of this world. Thus you will either judge yourself and offer all these things to Yahshua now, or you will enter into the Millennial reign and they will be devoured by fire then. One will either experience the charcoal fire today; or, one will enter into the "third part" burning of Zechariah 13:7-9. One way or the other, you will pass through fire!
In reality, the choice is pictured in the events of 9-11 and the anthrax deaths - two seemingly related events, if not in time only. We have already noted the importance of the charcoal fire Yahshua lays in the second Remnant. What I am about to share with you is, once again, too evident to be coincidental and fits into the entire picture of that which Yahweh is saying and doing.
Even as there are two choices today in the kingdom, even two fates - Christianity or the second Remnant - so there were two corresponding, almost simultaneous, events surrounding 9-11. These were the fall of the Twin Towers, and the anthrax deaths. We have already evidenced the relationship of the Twin Towers to Christianity, which is obvious for many reasons; so keeping with this comparison, how then could the Remnant be associated with the anthrax deaths? Keep in mind here, whether you go the way of Christianity or the way of the Remnant; either way, there is going to be a death! You will either die to yourself and give up all your possessions to be Yahshua's disciple; or, you will die with Christianity, the dead body of Christ, and not enter into the Millennial reign in an immortal body. One way or another, you will die!
So the choice is - Which way do you want to die? Twin Towers in one hour, or anthrax? So why do we say that death by anthrax is the second Remnant? Again, the association here is too obvious to be circumstantial. The charcoal fire that Yahshua laid for His disciples after catching the 153 fish, was in fact a "heap of anthrax"! The Greek word used here is "anthrakia," which means "a heap of burning coals;" and the Greek word for coals, as seen here in "anthrakia," is the unmistakably attesting word - "anthrax"! Thus we say again that the charcoal fire Yahshua laid for the disciples after catching the 153 fish was a "heap of anthrax"!
Furthermore, the number most used in association with the Remnant is the number five. And how many people died of anthrax? Five.
Additionally, even as the Remnant Bride is repeatedly evidenced to be a hidden work, up to now the anthrax assailant has remained hidden.
The prophetic and intercessoral testimony here is incredibly obvious as Yahweh continues to use dramatic and revealing current events to speak to us and provide compelling evidence. The choice, once again, is yours. Either you will accept the heap of burning coals in your life, die to yourself, and give up all of your possessions in the fire; or, you will be a part of the fall of Christianity in one hour, die with them, and be burned in the "third part" burning for 1,000 years. Even as Paul warned - "But if we judge ourselves rightly, we should not be judged" (1 Corinthians 11:31). As for me, I will follow Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and enter the fire that is seven times hotter and not let all my possessions keep me from walking with the Son of God. "Sell your possessions," is good enough for this man, and I hope will be good enough for you as well.
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