Strange Fire ?
The amazing witness of the Bible is that ordinary people shared the gospel message. The apostolic letters were given through the teachings of Christ Jesus by normal people of God's choosing. These same people learnt to yield their ambitions for the greater purpose. And thereby, they became willing vessels of God's majesty. The message was about sharing the good news of redemption through love, truth and holiness. For the gifts of the Spirit were alive to the astonishment of the apostles and gladly received by the people.
The record of these events had its high notes of miracles. signs and wonders that shocked the world. This type of phenomena is evident at the beginning and end of every important chapter of God's dispensations on world history and at all times; announced by a prophet. Over time, the light of the church would dim and encounter subtle diversions of the faith. The simple letters that were given to the church were gathered together into a completed summary of the apostolic age. Thus, the Bible was printed with the belief that the voice of the Holy Spirit had spoken. The shift from simple fellowship groups was transformed into a religious dynasty with symbolic sacraments.
Once again, an awakening to the gifts of the Spirit were given through several revivals that spread throughout the world. The enlightenment of these events would create several new denominations of the Christian church. Afterwards, with the aid of modern transportation and technology, people were able to see the enduring Word of God through the many evangelistic crusades and publications. And yet, God's prophets were lost in the shuffle of the modern church. The old adage that the Holy Spirit has already spoken was adopted by the traditional church denominations and missionary groups. The gifts of the Spirit were considered taboo, strange fire and tolerated at a distance.
The Spirit of God has a message for the church. Once again, it's time to openly believe by listening for God's direction through the watchful eye of faith. Are we ready for a revival or too busy to really care. The power of the cross is active today to restore and mend lives through His loving kindness. Our Lord is faithful and more than willing to help us. And whatever, don't let a few charlatans dissuade or dismiss the opportunity of Yahweh's spiritual anointing.
"Shout triumphantly to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Acknowledge that Yahweh is God. He made us, and we are His — His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations" (Psalm 100:1-5 HCSB).
The Bible talks about the "mystery of godliness" and also speaks about the royal wedding of Yeshua (Jesus) to the Bride of Christ. There is also substantial biblical testimony that those invited to the wedding feast are Christians who trust in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus for their salvation and thus have eternal life. They also walk uprightly before the Lord, but they did not pursue the passionate relationship to Him that would compel them to be a part of the bride. Also in attendance are the groomsmen and bridesmaids of royal accent. On this note, may the Holy Spirit witness the importance of a right relationship as highlighted in the "song of songs" and "psalms" by Elohim ben Yachid (God the Only Begotten Son).
"Happy are the people who know the joyful shout; Yahweh, they walk in the light of Your presence. They rejoice in Your name all day long, and they are exalted by Your righteousness" (Psalm 89:15,16 HCSB).