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Fraternal Order of Firemen Forever

November 8

                         “... the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter into the tent"  Exodus 40:34-35

"... there is no such bow in the sky regarding fire." 

 

Throughout the Bible, GOD'S glory has shown up in the form of fire; sometimes as FRIEND, other times as FOE.  What a blessed prevention, to have GOD draw so nigh, you can feel HIM ... that is, if HE has come as the former.  At Sodom HE came blazing into town bringing HIS scorched earth policy to declare HIS disdain of their decadence.  At Sinai, the mountain smoked as a furnace during HIS stay there with Moses to deliver the Ten Commandments.  "... THOU goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night."  As Israel moved across the wilderness toward their Promised Land, this pillar of smoke by day, and fire by night led them each step.  When Elijah held the shootout at Carmel with the false prophets of Baal, GOD showed up in consuming fire.  Later on in Babylon, HE was seen walking in the fire of a pagan's furnace to rescue three of HIS OWN.  One of the first declarations of the New Covenant is that HE would baptize all who come to HIM with the HOLY GHOST and fire, in blessed, purging grace.  "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."  At the Bema Seat of Christian judgment, fire will once again be the agent to consume the dross of our dead wood we held onto.  And though, the LORD has promised to never again destroy the earth by flood, as HE did in Genesis, there is no such bow in the sky regarding fire.  "But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."  Let all take note, there is going to be real global warming that the entire science community can agree on. 

"But who may abide the day of HIS coming? and who shall stand when HE appeareth? for HE is like a refiner's fire ..."  Just as HE did in Noah's day, the LORD sends warning of pending destruction over sin, and obvious provision to escape it.  Amazingly, only eight souls were spared from the flood in spite of 120 years of opportunity to get on board.  Generations since have not proven a notable increase in spiritual I.Q.; with today's firefighters working feverishly to deny both HIS presence and HIS judgment.  They, according to the Scripture, will make up the Fraternal Order of Firemen Forever, in a place where JESUS said the fire will never be quenched.  

"Keep yourselves in the love of GOD, looking for the mercy of our LORD JESUS CHRIST unto eternal life.  And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire ..."

For Love of Country
George Washington (1732-1799)
(1st U. S. President)
"Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that THOU wilt keep the United States in THY Holy protection; and THOU wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another ..."

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