The raging forest fires in California are not coals for warming oneself, they are raging and hot! They are definitely not coals for roasting the sweet treat of a marshmallow, they rage treacherously! Even still, there is a small echo coming from the raging fires that screams, “I am, and there is no one else besides me!” We know the news sources report that California wants to annul their union with the United States, and even want to form separate States from the one State of California! While this essay is not about California, it portrays a mirror image of what was happening in one “State” that felt they had it all. They felt that they were so well connected to the universe and world that they would be eternal, and that by their own abilities would be eternal! However, there came the prediction of a raging fire, so treacherous that the powers of their own efforts could not save their “State.” Those fires would not be coals for warmth!
At one time, the State that would burn in the Fire was tender and delicate. Progressively, the State’s love for worldly comforts and pleasures would cause their nakedness and shame to be revealed. That shame and nakedness would cause that International power to be no more called, “The Lady of Kingdoms.” A fire would rage that would not be to sit by to warm themselves by the coals. The Fire would be Hell! The “Lady of Kingdoms” persecuted without mercy the Children of God, the elderly were made to suffer very heavy burdens, and they lusted after physical pleasures. They were not “slipping” into sin, they were practicing it as a cultural way of life! They boasted that they were secure with the universe and with the world because they were “on top of” every situation. Their confidence was in their own efforts of intellectual knowledge and spiritual intuition. They had great multitudes of sorceries, and enchantments which caused them to trust in their wickedness. They thought they would be eternal as they proclaimed, “I am and there is no one else!” Their wisdom and knowledge warped them as they became wearied by the many, many advisors that they had to consult. Their advisers included even astrologers, stargazers, and monthly predictions! They consulted everything created by the Lord of hosts, but rejected the Creator, the Holy One of Israel! Nothing that they consulted would save them from the burning Fire of Hell! This is not a Fire that will kindle coals by which to cause you warmth!
As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel. Obviously, the Holiness of God does not merciless persecute the Children of God, neither does He lay very heavy burdens on the elderly. All we have to do is walk into a Church and we know they are not preaching the Message of the Cross given to us by the Lord of hosts. There is persecution happening of the Children born from the Cross of Christ. As well, there are way too many news stories of the abuse happening to the elderly in nursing homes, as well as other very heavy burdens put on them through inadequate access to affordable medicines and insufficient income. The fires will rage and not the fires that kindle the coals to keep warmth. The modern god born of this technological age is overflowing with information and intelligence as they feel confident about being “on top of” every situation. They have sorceries and enchantments right along with feeling at ease in their control over the wickedness that they manufacture! They build their culture on obedience to Big Brother through pleasures of the flesh and worldly things. The Fires will come and rage, and not be coals to bring them warmth.
The Fire of Hell will rage for those who embrace the ways of the world while rejecting the Holiness of the Lord. Holiness is simply to separate ourselves from the ways of the world that separate us from fellowship with God’s Spirit. A part of Holiness is to love the Children of God, and do not persecute them, and to have compassion for the elderly. Those who embrace the modern god of this informational age will also not be anywhere near to being referred to as “A Lady of Kingdoms” with tender delicacies. However, they will be involved in attacking the presence of a belief in the Living God, and will be cold with not a coal by which to be warmed. They love worldly things! They will burn in the raging Fire of Hell! The way to experience God’s Holiness is by accepting what His Son Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross. That is simply to invite Him into our life to put our sin into remission, to give life to the Holy Ghost in us, and to produce the Fruit of Holiness. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that no one is perfect, we are all sinners, and then confess with your mouth that what Christ did on the Cross washes away the consequences of sin. Separation from the world is to separate ourselves from devices, technology, and powers that reject the Living God, the Message of the Cross, and the Holy Ghost. Death to the nature of sin that is in this world is to resurrect us by the Spirit of God into Heavenly places. Living to the sin nature within the devices of this world will cause us to suffer in the Fire of Hell!
“Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures, who dwell securely, Who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow,
Nor shall I know the loss of children’”
“Stand now with your enchantments And the multitude of your sorceries, In which you have labored from your youth—Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you will prevail. You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, And the monthly prognosticators Stand up and save you From what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame; it shall not be a coal to be warmed by,
Nor a fire to sit before! Thus shall they be to you with whom you have labored, your merchants from your youth; they shall wander each one to his quarter. No one shall save you. Isaiah 47:8, 12-15