The Baptism And Lake Of Fire

Baptism Of Fire

“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5 (We see the fulfillment of this verse on Pentecost in chapter 2.)

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, Acts 2:1-4 (The fire sat upon each of them and filled them. This shows us that the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of fire are one and the same. As we know the Holy Spirit is the fire of God, and God is a consuming fire.)

The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. "I 
baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matt. 3:10-12, also Luke 3 (Water baptism represents death to the old self of the sin nature, which requires repentance. Then resurrection to new life in Christ as a new creation. At this point we are justified before God. Holy Spirit and fire baptism is one and the same. Fire baptism is a description of what the Holy Spirit baptism is. So by referencing the figurative language of fire, it gives us further understanding.  Ultimately fire is sanctification of the soul to Christ likeness as already detailed above.)

The wheat and chaff are of one and the same plant. So it's incorrect to deem the wheat as believers and the tares as unbelievers. Each individual must completely destroy the chaff in order to enter the kingdom.
Wheat - imperishable holiness fit for the kingdom
Chaff - perishable sin nature, passes away with the wind.
Threshing - violently breaks our will, softens our hearts
Winnowing - removing sin/chaff, sanctification 
Burning the chaff - complete destruction of sin nature
Wheat in the barn - sanctified Christian in the kingdom

Wheat and Tares
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ” Matt. 13:24-30
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdomThe weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. Matt. 13:36-43 (God planted the good seed, wheat, in the garden. But when Adam sinned, we all became children of the devil, weeds/tares. As people come to faith in Christ, they become righteous in Christ, a child of the kingdom, or the wheat. If one is not born again, they remain as tares to be thrown in the blazing fire. So again, the wheat are the righteous, because it represents righteousness.)

The Lake Of Fire

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. Rev. 19:20-21 (Revelation is full of figurative language. We now know what water, fire, and brimstone represent. It is divine discipline from the Lord that corrects and restores by fire sanctification. The sword that slays the remnant represents the word of God. The fowl eating flesh is all the sin of the old self sin nature being burned up. Their is so much of it that vultures are filled with all the flesh.)

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev. 20:11-15

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth
: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Rev. 21:1 (Immediately after the lake of fire comes the new heaven and new earth. This is because all sin nature and flesh has been burned away in the fire. All that remains is what is holy.)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Rev. 21:8 (What is this lake of fire for the unbelievers? It sounds horrible, but is it what we've been told it is? Is it literal? Remember we are reading from the highly symbolic book of Revelation.)

The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death. Rev. 2:11 (It doesn't say that those in Christ won't go through the lake of fire, it just says they won't be hurt by it. This is because they are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, so the fire can not burn that which is indestructible.)

Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Dan. 3:21-27 
(In a forshadowing of the lake of fire, Jesus is in the fire with his people and protects them and saves them out of the fire with no hurt.)

The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 1 Cor. 15:26

When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Matt. 8:28-32 
(Demons know the punishment that is coming to them. They don't want to suffer from the fire of God.)

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever(greek:unto the ages of the ages). Rev. 20:10 (The devil, the beast, the false prophet, and all unbelievers are thrown into the like of fire. What is this lake of fire? Where does it come from? Is it literal or is it symbolic of something?)

“As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. Dan. 7:9-11 (Where are we told the beast in thrown? Rev. 20:10 says the beast is thrown into the lake of fire. The vision of Daniel tells us where this lake of blazing fire comes from. It comes from the very throne of God. It flows like a river from his throne into a lake of fire that is before God and all the heavenly hosts.)

They, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever(greek:unto the ages of the ages). There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” Rev. 14:10-11 (The lake of fire is in the presence of all the heavenly hosts and the lamb because Daniel tells us the this lake of fire comes from a river of fire that flows out of the very throne of God. But what is actually happening here? What does this represent?)
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