“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.” (Malachi 3:1-3)
Briefly, beloved (and this ties in with the most recent messages), there MUST be a fiery clearing away of everything that is of the fallen nature before the Lord will “come” in fullness to His temple. Though we have received of imputed righteousness by faith through the blood of Jesus Christ and an “in part” anointing of the Spirit, the Word declares a time when God’s people will present actual offerings of righteousness to God, meaning; there will no longer be the defiled nature of Adam at work in them, and at this time they will be ready for THE FULLNESS.
As I have shared, this will only be made possible through an unprecedented fiery work of God’s Spirit which has been reserved for these, the last days of the age. The apostle Peter wrote of this “salvation” that would be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5, 9). The prophet Isaiah also had some insight as to how this amazing work of God would be accomplished in men. Isaiah wrote…
“It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy – everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning…” (Isaiah 4:3, 4)
It is true, beloved, that unprecedented fiery purgations will be sent by the Lord upon the whole world eventually, but before this fiery flood comes to the world “the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning” will be sent to a remnant people that they may present “offerings of righteousness” to the Lord and also demonstrate to the world holiness and righteousness made manifest IN A PEOPLE. Prophets throughout the ages have spoken of this. I shared something from Jane Leade recently about this, something that was written in 1679. Take a look at an excerpt from that again now…
“This will be a fiery trial through which a very few will be able to pass or bear up in it. Whereby the waiters for this visible breaking forth are strictly charged to hold fast, and wait together in the unity of Pure Love. This trial will be of absolute necessity to all for the clearing away of all remaining infirmities of the natural mind, and the burning of all hay, wood, and stubble. For nothing must remain in the fire, for as a refiner shall He purify the sons of the kingdom.”
Dear friends, Our Father will have for Himself a corporate WITNESS in the earth like nothing that this world has ever seen before, but before this manifestation can occur there must be a fiery coming of the Lord to a remnant people “in the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning” that all infirmities of the natural mind and soul might be removed from them. Regarding this, I don’t believe that this particular work is mandated for anyone, but rather, I believe that it is something that comes when one fully gives themselves to God as a FREE WILL OFFERING. This is saying, beloved, that the saints upon whom the end of this age has now come have THE OPPORTUNITY now to present themselves as living sacrifices upon the altar of God and that there is very great reward for doing this.
Along these lines, a brother asked me recently to tell him why I think it is that the church today is so spiritually weak and that most people in the church today can’t hear God as they ought to. I said to him that I think that is because very few Christians today have gone before God and cried out to Him with every molecule of their being that they want to KNOW HIM in the power of Christ’s resurrection and that they care not what the cost of knowing Him in this way is. This brother then asked me if I had ever done that, prayed in such a way, and I shared with him that I pray that prayer almost every day, but that I first prayed it (on my knees and in tears) about 15 years ago. That is when my whole life got turned upside down, and was just prior to me getting stripped of all my material possessions and entering into the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings in a way that many times I thought that I would rather die than carry on with it. Over the years the fire has seemed so hot at times that I thought that I might not be able to endure any more of it, but I always made it through to an eventual reprieve. Now, it is much HOTTER THAN EVER, and His grace is still sufficient for me to endure it, no matter how it comes. What seems to have changed though is that there appears to be no more reprieves. I suspect that this is the part of the journey represented by Jesus’ walk from Gethsemane to Golgotha. This is where the blood (which represents the life of adamic selfishness and that which cannot inherit the Kingdom of God) is sweat out and then poured out. You might call this “the final stretch” in the race for the prize. I may share more on this subject later as it relates to us not only being in the fire, but us becoming it, and thereby no longer able to be “hurt by the second death.”