The Baptism of Fire…

As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:11-12 NASB)

I have been sitting quietly with the Lord – because this is what He told me to do – for the last few days…

I have been seeing things which have changed my comprehension about life and what is ahead of us in the next few years…

God is very serious about His Word – every word which He has spoken…

Every word which He has spoken will surely come to pass…

This is what is missing from the Church…

The Authority which comes from the Baptism of Fire…

We can do nothing without the Fire…

It is the Fire of God which separates us from our sin…

Practically separates us from our sin…

The Blood has positionally separated us from our sin but the Fire practically separates us from our sin…

Sacrifices needed to be burned before the aroma was pleasing to the Lord…

The Blood (metaphorically) was sprinkled on the sacrifice before it was burnt – that is why Paul says that we are to offer ourselves up as a living sacrifice “holy, well-pleasing to God” because via the Blood we are exactly that, “holy, well-pleasing to God” but that is not enough for a practical testimony for the Glory of God – we must be holy in all our conduct…

For the aroma to be pleasing to God – for the testimony of the Church to be pure – we must be holy in all our conduct…

This requires the sacrifice to be burnt on the altar…

The Altar of God…

Only God can do this…

We offer ourselves up…

He burns us…

As He burns us we begin to be refined in His Refiner’s Fire…

As silver in a furnace – purified seven times – as the dross rises to the surface it is scooped away…

Hallelujah!!!

The Presence of God – The Presence of His Fire – Refines us – His Church…

We need this – we can’t “do this” to ourselves – only He can do this – we can “offer ourselves up” but only He can burn us…

Thoroughly burn us…

Because our new self is perfect and cannot sin when the Lord burns us the quality of our new self will just “shine through” as even more pure than we’ve ever seen it before because the old self – the fruit of the old self – is burnt (stripped) away…

There is nothing to fear for a Child of God in the Refining Fire of God – the Lord showed me this – it is our greatest expectation that we should go through this Fire – our greatest joy – that beyond that Fire we will be like Him…

As He is so are we in this world…

This is a promise beyond the Fire…

Who does this?

The Lord does it…

Who does He do it to?

Those who seek Him with all their hearts…

If we are not content to wait for Him to Baptise us in His Holy Fire but instead “go on” doing our own thing “for Him” and continue in our “works of ‘service'” towards Him without waiting for Him to practically strip us of all that is ‘us’ (the practical fruit – the remainder – of “sin within me” – I am not just talking about actions here but what goes on in our hearts) then we will miss this…

Only as we come to that place of quiet submission where we wait for Him to do what only He can do can we experience His Fire and thus His Freedom and thus His Overflowing Authority to complete the works which He has put before us…

When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a Standard against him…

The enemy is at present coming in like a flood – a close friend of mine told me that the enemy thinks he has won – but he has not won…

He thinks that he owns the world but this is prophesied in scripture, “behold darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the peoples” but “the Lord shall arise upon thee and His Glory shall be seen upon thee”…

How will He do this?

He will Baptise us – all of us who are waiting for Him – with His Holy Spirit and with Fire

Once the Fire hits us none of our flesh will remain – none of our flesh which we have yielded to Him…

Yield it all to Him…

He will take – consume – whatever we yield to Him – and however much we yield to Him is how “free” we will be practically…

We are free positionally – this is not what I’m talking about – I’m talking about being free practically – so that we can say with the Apostle John – the “last man standing” of the Apostles – “as He is so are we in this world”…

That’s the testimony we want and that’s the testimony that this world needs to be able to come to Christ…

I never knew how important testimony was to God – the world being able to look on and see Him in His Church – not just to hear about how Great He is from His Church and how much we love Him from His Church but to actually see Him in His Church…

This is the testimony which the heavens – the heavenly realm – is looking for…

All the angelic host – even the demons – this is the Purpose of the Church – to show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness and into His Marvellous Light…

To show forth the Praises of Him…

Are we – the Church – showing forth the Praises of Him?

If we are not we need to humble ourselves and wait for the Baptism of Fire…

Tarry in Jerusalem…

You will be clothed with Power from On High…

Have we – the Church of this generation – waited (tarried) and been clothed with Power from on High?

Do we see this?

Do we see the Church as God in scripture has shown us the Church to be?

Have we waited?

Do we need to humble ourselves and wait?

What are we achieving?

What does it mean, “If My People…”?

Is this not exactly what it means?

Oh Lord, this army, this enemy is too big for us – come to our rescue, Baptise us in Your Holy Fire and Consume them in the Fire of Your Wrath…

Is not this what we should be saying?

I have nothing but hatred for them I count them my enemies…

Isn’t this how the Righteousness of God speaks?

Yes, His Love speaks differently – but isn’t this how the Righteous Indignation of God speaks?

The Lord has shown me that all in His Church who are willing to wait for His Fire will receive it and will remain to serve Him on earth…

Those who are not willing to wait for His Fire but try to start their own will not receive It (His Fire) and will be removed from the earth – they will be taken home…

This is what Tommy Hick’s saw in his vision – shrinking back into the darkness – shrinking back from the Anointing of God as it reached out to them…

This is so sad…

This is not God’s will for His Church – He wants us all to receive His Fire – His practical cleansing on our lives…

If we shrink back He will take us home for He is demonstrating – He is about to demonstrate – to the world and to the watching angelic and demonic throngs the Purity of His Church on earth…

The unsaved who shrink back will also be removed from the earth – they will spend eternity in the Fire of His Wrath…

We each – who know the Lord – must go through His Fire – either on earth willingly or before we enter His Presence as described in scripture when the Fire tests the quality of our deeds – the deeds done in the body – either by the flesh or by the Spirit following salvation – the Fire will then consume all that has not been consumed previously on earth…

Without holiness no one will see the Lord…

Why not – as a believer in the Lord – go through the Fire now?

Why not?

It is of Greater Glory to God to go through the Fire now and shine in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation than to “hide our light under a bushel” and only shine once we get “cleaned up” before entering heaven (the Presence of God in heaven)…

I encourage you all – all who read this – wait with me for the Fire…

We will not regret it…

Love in the Lord,

Andrew

About andrew james horton

Hi, my name is Andrew James Horton... I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), born in Christchurch (05 September 1971), now in my mid-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Principal Structural Engineer, Director working in Christchurch, New Zealand... I am passionate about prophetic intercession and about revival both in New Zealand and throughout the world... I am passionate to pray that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, will be all that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - desires her to be in our generation... I felt that the Lord gave me the name of this blog site, "a house of prayer for the nations - prophetic intercession for worldwide revival" and wanted me to "put it out there" and start recording the prayers which are on my heart to pray in the hope that others would also be encouraged to share the prayers which are on their hearts to pray and that in the unity of the Spirit we could participate together in this activity in different locations around the world as He leads us... If the Lord leads you, let's join in prayer for the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven in our generation... Love in the Lord, Andrew
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8 Responses to The Baptism of Fire…

  1. Andrew Thomson says:

    I enjoyed what you wrote yesterday and wondered if you were familiar with Nita Johnson’s ministry who has just had someone read a prophetic word from Tommy Hicks on here audio page on the 28th of last month. http://www.worldforjesus.org/medialog.php I was doing a google search today looking for a church that has picked up the burden of the Lord for this hour. For the birthing of His bride in the church for wholeheartedness to Him. I came across your blog and was encouraged. Silence before Him and receiving the burden of the Lord is a timly word for this time, in order to bring about the birthing of Christs nature in His people. Most of my understanding in this has come from Terry Bennett. This message is a good example which is on my you tube channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN-D0DSt1qA

    it looks like we may be on the same page. And with the same first name. I live in Papanui and have been going to Oxford Baptist.

    bless ya,

    Andrew

  2. Hi Andrew, Good to hear from you… 🙂

    Thanks for highlighting Nita’s blog site and also your youtube videos – I’m just listening the one you mentioned above as I type…

    It’s good to know that you’re here (in Christchurch)…

    As I was praying before I felt the Lord wanted me to reply and to encourage you…

    So be encouraged… 🙂

    I might send you an email so that we can hook up…

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

  3. Hi again Andrew,

    I watched the youtube link right through last night, There’s just one thing which stood out as different in what Terry was sharing and in what the Lord has shown me…

    Terry said that the Church is not the Bride…

    The Church is the Bride…

    The Church is also His Body…

    We are one spirit with Him…

    He is coming for a Pure Bride which is why He is about to Baptise us with His Fire…

    If there are those in the Bride who will not surrender (submit) to His Work of Purifying them (us, me) then we (us, I) will be removed from this earth…

    We (the Bride) cannot be seen by the world to be in rebellion towards our Husband (the Lord)…

    As the Church submits to Christ…

    This will be plainly seen (demonstrated) in our day…

    That is why we need to be removed if we will not submit to Christ…

    God is going to save the world…

    Jesus prayed for it in John 17…

    The Testimony of the Church in submission to Christ must be seen by the world for this to happen…

    They must believe…

    For this to happen judgement must begin with the Household of God (the Church, the Bride)…

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

  4. Ron McGatlin says:

    Wow! I have just posted today what I have been receiving over this past week. Absolutely great confirmation in what you have written here. Check out the article here: http://www.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=42836&PN=1

  5. Hi Ron, Good to meet you… We agree with You Lord that we want Your Fire to consume all our darkness (like the Graham Kendrick chorus, “Shine, Jesus, Shine”)… 🙂 We also want You to consume and remove from the earth all stumblingblocks (including everything which causes stumbling in us) – those who would block the progress of and submission to Your Truth in Jesus Mighty Name – as Elymus was struck blind and Sergius Paulus believed so let it be in our day, let there be a “full muster” of all Your Sheep on earth and let us be “free on the inside” to worship You without fear all the days of our lives, Bless you brother… 🙂

  6. Someone from either America or Trinidad & Tobago searched for “prayer to receive baptism of fire and power” and arrived (it appears from my “site stats”) at this post…

    Praise God…

    Father, whoever that was – man, woman, boy or girl – let them experience the Baptism of Fire – let them wait for the Baptism of Fire and let them experience it…

    Corporately – wherever they are Lord – with all the other believers in their vicinity let them experience the Baptism of Fire together…

    I feel this as I type – they will…

    Whenever this is Your will…

    Fall Lord…

    Consume the sacrifice and bless these beautiful people who are seeking Your Name and Your Glory above all things…

    Give them their hearts desires…

    Love You Lord…

    Worship You…

    Take me deeper Lord…

    It is good for me to be reminded…

    Take me deeper Lord…

    🙂

  7. Someone from Russia (or maybe a few people) have been looking repeatedly at this post over the last couple of weeks or so…

    Whoever these ones are Lord, bless them and give them what they are looking for from You…

    Give them the Baptism of Fire…

    Let them go to that place where they exist to Know You and to experience You living and loving through them…

    Where they want nothing other than Your Glory and Your Glory expressed through them, Jesus Himself expressed through them…

    Let them experience what it is to have Your Yoke upon them and walk in tandem with Jesus in His March to Your Kingdom and Your Will and Your Name being Hallowed…

    Let them know death to ‘sin which is within me’ and let them know life to the Spirit who is now within them and who owns them…

    Fill them with Your Spirit and with Power and let Russia know her prophetic destiny which Hudson Taylor saw all those years ago…

    Worship You Jesus, let the Fire of God fall in Russia and let it sweep the entire nation of Russia with Your Glory and let Russia be saved…

    Let the nation of Russia be released and experience Your Goodness in the mighty Name of Jesus…

    Worship You Lord…

    🙂

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