These services are different in many ways but there is one distinctive similarity. They are all ministering the “fire of God” to people. This is not just the baptism of the Holy Spirit, this is the “and with fire” that John the Baptist spoke of.
The Lord answered, quite matter of factly.
“I’m making kindling.”
I instantly visualized a fireplace with a fire being built. Kindling is needed to get a good fire started. Here in my area we used to use what is called fat lighterd – pine wood full of resin, gathered and saved especially to start fires.
This wood is split into small lengths because it only takes a small amount. It burns fast and hot. Kindling will get the other wood hot enough to catch on fire and start burning also.
On top of the kindling will be larger lengths, small logs perhaps, that have been “seasoned.” That is, dried out over a period of months. This wood burns slow and long, making a good steady source of heat.
Going on with the conversation, I asked the Lord to explain.
He is using a number of evangelists today to spread the fire of God across the United States, indeed across the world.
Most of those the fire of God falls on become the kindling of God, because they burn so hot they will start the long-lasting fires that he desires for our nation and world.
Fires that will burn up the chaff, the dross, everything that is not God in our lives. Fires that burn out the sin. The strongholds. Fires that purify. That will mark the tangible, visible kingdom of God on earth.
The larger logs are those faithful people of God who have been praying for so long for God to move again in America. They have lain in the cold fireplace for a long time, but soon they will begin to burn again, and burn steady and long.
So, Lord, I asked, what starts the kindling to burning?
Firebrands, he said. Firebrands are like a “spark” that starts the fire. These are the longest burning of them all, torches that are so fuel-soaked they can carry fire from place to place without it going out.
Evangelists are firebrands. Some of those the fire of God falls on today will become evangelists, not just kindling but firebrands.
I was processing all that when the Lord went on to say, “Fire falls on the altar.”
Suddenly I saw the altar of God in the Tabernacle of Moses. Fire fell on the altar, but there had to be a sacrifice on the altar for the fire to fall on. That fire consumed the sacrifice. No flesh remained. No sin.
So it wasn’t a fireplace I had been seeing in my mind, I realized. It was the altar of God.