Recently I was taken into a vision in a time of corporate worship. It was deeply personal, and I questioned the Lord as to whether I should share it. He told me, yes, many were experiencing trials by fire and questioning what was happening.
In the vision, I was in a setting that was very dark; it seemed like a cave of sorts. I sensed there were others, but only saw dim shapes. All I could see clearly were angels of fire. I was on my knees with my hands upraised, a position of worship. There were many sounds; rumblings as distant thunder, deep sounds of indecipherable voices that seemed to reverberate throughout my whole being. The angels of fire were going to the different people in the room and dropping flames on our heads and hands. When I received the fire, I felt it go deep within. I sensed there were things being purged from me, although I was not aware of specifics. I began to hear horses thundering. Next I saw the angels of fire riding fiery horses throughout what I sensed in my spirit were enemy camps. In the next scene, I was spent and weakened and could barely lift my hands. I was now clothed in a white garment shimmering with what I can only describe as radiant glory. Two very large angels of glowing white came to me and each took one of my hands and lifted me up. I sensed it was now time to be sent forth.
I was disturbed by the darkness and fire, my natural mind thinking it represented hell. Holy Spirit brought to mind the following verses:
“And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.”” (Hebrews 1:7 NKJV)
“Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.” (Psalm 97:2-3 KJV)
As I sought the Lord further, I heard, “I am preparing My burning ones, to burn with pure white heat from the mercy seat. For in My mercy My fire comes to purge from My people what the enemy has done. No longer will they be under his thumb, but doing the will of the Almighty One. Angels have been and are being released to the sons and daughters that I am sending forth in days to come. For a fire is set and will be still, to accomplish My eternal will. Much is at stake, so much will be surrendered, in order for My justice to be fully rendered. By purity of heart and soul, My sons and daughters will be made whole. I am sending forth messengers of fire for My Bride will be in Holy attire. Be ready, alert, in submission to Me, the fire I bring will set many free. Many want all things made new, but aren’t willing to let My flame burn through, removing everything not of Me until My Son others see. Will you stay in the fire and receive white attire? Will you stay in My flame and receive a new name?”
As I pondered these things, Holy Spirit reminded me that when Jesus submitted to the Father’s will at the beginning of His ministry (the temptations in the wilderness) and at the end of His ministry (the garden of Gethsemane), afterward the angels came and ministered to Him. (Matt. 4:10-11; Luke 22:40-43)
I heard the Lord say, “When you submit fully to My ways and My will, I send messengers of fire from My Holy Hill. Those who are willing to stay under My hand, they will go forth and possess the land.”
“But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:13-14 NKJV)
In this instance, the word salvation does not just mean saved for heaven. According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, it means deliverance, preservation and safety, and includes all the blessings given through our inheritance in Christ Jesus.
Holy Spirit sent me to Daniel 7 where a fiery scene was set as the Ancient of Days was seated, and the court was seated, and the books opened, and war was made against the saints; where the kingdom of darkness speaks pompous words against the Most High, persecuting the saints and tries to change God’s times and laws. Yet the Lord God Almighty will reign and His dominion is given to His people for an everlasting Kingdom. It is necessary to submit to God and allow His fire to purify us.
“Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.” (Dan. 12:10, NKJV)
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” (1 John 3:2-3 KJV)
There is a wisdom that comes from going through trials with the Lord, trusting Him beyond the circumstances, knowing that He is good and works all things together for good, in accomplishing His purpose of conforming us to the image of Christ. (Rom. 8:28-29) We are exhorted in 1 Peter 1:6-7 and 4:12-13, to recognize the purpose of fiery trials, for our faith to come forth as gold, unto praise, honor and glory as Christ is revealed! Gold is refined in fire, for impurities to be removed.
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” (Zechariah 13:9 KJV)
Jesus tells us to buy from Him gold tried by fire, white raiment and to have our eyes anointed with eyesalve (Rev. 3:18). When we stay submitted to Him during the trials, there is a fresh anointing that we receive by the Spirit to see as He sees. We often see our situations through the eyes of the flesh or soul, how we think it should look, how we want it to look. We cry out, “LORD, I want to be like you; You are a consuming fire, remove everything not of You!” But when we go through trials we don’t realize that they are an answer to our prayers. He is bringing to the surface those things in us that need to be removed, for more of His glory to fill us!
It is time for the Bride to make herself ready for the marriage of the Lamb, to receive our new attire!
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Revelation 19:7-8 KJV)
The Lord is setting up His government on the earth. Even as Joshua the high priest stood before the angel of the Lord with satan standing to resist him, The Lord Himself rebuked satan and said that Joshua was a brand plucked from the fire. He was given new garments, and an angel told him, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.” (Zechariah 3:7 KJV)
I am hearing, “Will you stay in My fire? Allow Me to go deep into the places where the enemy has camped, even in generations past, that My purpose for your bloodline can be reset in accordance with My timing. Will you submit to My ways?”
“”Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29 NKJV)
“Will you allow My fire to cleanse your bloodline, to burn away the iniquitous root, breaking apart faulty structure and mindsets, errors in doctrine and traditions of man, family narratives recounted that are in opposition to My plans? Will you allow Me to go deep and consume all that the world has made you, and build you up into My original intent? Will you submit to My fire and become so intimate with Me that you know My ways and My heart, seeing through My eyes and being directed by the slightest movement of My breath upon your soul? I am preparing a people to carry My glory, freed from desire to make it their story. Will you trust Me and submit to the fire, wearing My glory as your attire? (Rev. 3:4-5; 19:7-8)
“Who is this one? Look at her now! She arises out of her desert, clinging to her beloved. When I awakened you under the apple tree, as you were feasting upon me, I awakened your innermost being with the travail of birth as you longed for more of me. Fasten me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore. This living, consuming flame will seal you as my prisoner of love. My passion is stronger than the chains of death and the grave, all consuming as the very flashes of fire from the burning heart of God. Place this fierce, unrelenting fire over your entire being. Rivers of pain and persecution will never extinguish this flame. Endless floods will be unable to quench this raging fire that burns within you. Everything will be consumed. It will stop at nothing as you yield everything to this furious fire until it won’t even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore.” (Song of Songs 8:5-7, The Passion Translation)