Our community was interrupted recently by a massive apartment fire. The picture above is a photo of that fire. The blaze started toward the middle of the building torching everything inside until it reached both ends. There are going to be two massive fires in the end times. The heavens and the elements will disappear in the fire. The second one is an eternal unquenchable fire.
But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. 2 Peter 3:10
Of the 100 people losing their homes the night of the apartment fire, three of the families were a part of our church family. Another person was the daughter of a lady who attends our church.
It’s amazing how quickly fire can spread. This one started in one apartment toward the center of the building. It consumed everything in both directions to each end. Even though we depend on fire for many things, there was nothing good about this blaze.
Consuming and Non-Consuming Fire
The Bible talks about fire in two contexts. One is a consuming fire and the other is non-consuming.
- Moses noticed a bush burning but the fire didn’t consume it.
- Elijah called fire down from heaven which consumed the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench!
- In Acts chapter 2 during Pentecost, a non-consuming fire appeared. It settled on each of the 120 people who were in the upper room. They were the first ones baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Both types of fires, consuming and non-consuming are going to play a part in the end times. Unlike the way fire throughout history has played out. This time the consuming fire will be good and the non-consuming fire won’t be so good.
Our verse in 2 Peter says 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. (KJV)
Consumed by fire, the old heaven and earth will make room for the new heaven and new earth.. Read all of 2 Peter 3 here.
Avoid the Unquenchable Eternal Fire
In Revelation 20:15 tells us about the non-consuming fire. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, they’ll be thrown into the lake of fire. Jesus also refers to this unquenchable eternal fire of torment in the gospels. Mark 9 tells us;
And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’ Mark 9:47-48
Fire is both wicked and wonderful according to how and when it burns. Fortunately, no one was killed in the one our community experienced recently. Unfortunately, no one will die in the unquenchable fire that will burn for all eternity.
That fire will only provide everlasting torment. Every person alive can avoid that eternal torment by simply turning their life to Jesus. Once a person enters eternity, it is too late to make that decision.
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Lord, I pray for every person who reads this post. I pray for the Christians, that you would continue to anoint them with your unquenchable fire of the Holy Spirit.
I pray for the non-Christians, that you would send the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to them so they might avoid the unquenchable eternal fire of torment!
God is big enough to consume the heavens and the earth because God Is The Creator Of Everything That Exists.
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Featured Image Photo by NBC10 Philadelphia, other photos taken pictures locally.
Read another related warning post from 2 Peter called A Valuable Warning From Peter; Never Twist God’s Word.
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