The Sea Of Glass Mingled With Fire
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The Promise of God To Abraham
A WRITING BY KENNETH B VISSCHER
"And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God, And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest." (Revelation 15:1-4)
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. We are living in a day wherein we should be exceedingly glad and full of joy for the great work that God is doing. We are in the time of the fulfillment of all thing pertaining to this age, of the time wherein we will be granted the privilege of being counted as Sons and Daughters of the Lord, not just to God, but manifested as so in the earth. My heart thrills at the above passage of scripture, for it gives absolute hope and eventual freedom from all that death has ensnared since the fall of Adam. We as the people of God who know that God will in time reconcile all things to Himself, should rejoice and be glad that we know this. That we know the high calling of God and that we are presently experiencing the trial of our faith.
Yes, we are in the fires, and yet greater still shall be the glory of a purified life, a corporate life in the expression of the Body of Christ. How needful for Father to chastise us, to cleanse us from all that is yet in us as impure and unclean, that defiles our faith and walk. Presently our lives are being daily put to the cross, put as it were to the fire of trial and testing, that all that is within us will only be the life of God and the pureness of His Holy Spirit. We await that day of manifestation which will herald a new order and a newly created heavens and earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.
So I would like to share some things I see in the above verses, that we may take comfort, and encourage one another till He comes, and takes His bride to the bridal chamber. Note that there is a sign in heaven. It is in the realm of spirit that the above takes place, yet it consumes all that is natural and earthy. That which begins here, ends there. That which Father does here, is fulfilled there, all to the glory of His great plan which plan is ever in forward motion. The angels are seen with the seven last plagues, filled up with the wrath of God. The wrath of God? Is that a great and marvelous thing? Oh yes.
We endure tribulation, and in that we learn to war against all that opposes God in us. By that and by His wrath against all that is not of God, we indeed do overcome. But this wrath is not just for the church being judged now, but for all nations. By wrath, God consumes all that is in this state of the adamic fall. Not to leave the germ of life estranged, but to bring a full and complete salvation and restoration, a reconciliation of all and everything that has been born into this world. We have tribulation, consumed in the end by wrath, all to the wise end of God who will fill all things with His life. All that is touched by His wrath, will come into His eternal and everlasting life. By these verses, we will see that nothing of this world, no nation, no soul within it born or unborn, will escape the life of our God. "That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice." Genesis 22:17,18, .
Great and marvelous indeed!! "And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude."Genesis32:12. "John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable." Luke 3:16,17. "For our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:29.
We see by these verses that the spirit Christ poured out at Pentecost which appeared as cloven tongues of fire, and God a consuming fire, are indeed fire. In fact, the spirit of judgment and of burning are the same as the spirit of God. And God and the spirit of burning are in fact the same spirit. From where will all nations come? From the blessed promise God gave to Abraham. He was told in the above verses that his seed would be in number as the sand of the sea shore. And we also see that God is a consuming fire. What do we get when we combine fire and sand? Glass. Hence a sea of humanity, all who died in Adam, consumed by none other than the spirit of God who is in fact the fire in this same sea. God has only one kind of fire, strange fire He doesn't know. And what of the overcoming ones who stand upon this sea in Worship of God? Who are they? They are the ones who simply overcame all that was in the sea of the beast, of his image and mark and over the number of His name which number is the number of man. Revelation 13:18.
This sea, this cumulative mass of mankind, all inherit with the mark of their father Adam. All that was iniquitous in Adam is now a beast, for it has grown to such a magnitude. How did these ones overcome the beast? By submitting to the fire. By our daily tedious trials, longness of trials and by the many things we endure as we seek to follow God in truth, all this is by the purging fire of God. None of the things that beset us will prevent our rising to overcome,and stand upon this sea. All we endure, all the trials, all the testings, all that besets us wether physically or spiritually, all work to that selfsame end, to give us overcoming victory over this bestial nature. They stand, worshipping God, with their own individual golden harps. Individual testimonies of the grace of God that brought them to victory, the victory of Christ's resurrection. They overcome all religious tradition, all grievous works of the life of this world, all that is of the fleshly lusts of unregenerate man. All this they overcome in themselves. All nations, all of them, are in this sea. No one is exempted. All who ever were born in Adam, will be partakers of this fiery sea. So now the overcomers sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb. Here a culmination is upon their tongues and within their lips. Here mercy and truth meet, that which is the common praise of God is fulfilled in they who traversed the seas expanse. Here all that was to be overcome is, and all that is left is a new creation, worshipping God in spirit and in truth. God' s judgments manifest! First this manifestation, then ours! Manifest judgment, how needful as we daily see the world go darker and darker into the darkness of spiritual declension. But the Lord shall arise upon these ones, and the Glory of the Lord shall be seen upon thee, and all nations shall come to the brightness of their rising. Isaiah 60:1-3.
God's way here is just, true and will bring forth the perfection of His spirit in all they who've come to the sea of glass, mingled with fire. Purity, and holiness, transparent and nothing ever hidden, all shall be purged by the one who is a consuming fire. Who shall not fear thee? and glorify thy name? for thou alone art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee for thy judgments are made manifest. No one exempt. Yet how grand that call to overcome and stand upon this sea! How humbling! How we should abase ourselves and seek after humility, even the humility of Christ. Phil2:5-8. Not for ourselves do we overcome, but for the sake of all in the sea, that all in the sea may be restored into the perfect liberty of manifested sons and daughters of God.
VISION OCTOBER 4/93;Beheld God upon the throne; destroying the ungodly nations and determining upon them His judgments. He was filled with purpose. Round about the throne were many flashes of lightning and loud peals of thunder and the whole of the heaven was filled with smoke. God tempestuously consumed all in the heavens and in the earth and under the earth. All nations came to an end; only God remained.
PROPHECY; "Behold the day of my wrath, my indignation. Yet this time shall be short, the season I will fold up in quickness. Yea I come. Behold it is I, be not afraid. Though the heavens melt like wax, and the earth be consumed as grass in a field of fire, even so, I come quickly. And my reward is with me. Behold, it is a righteous thing that I do. My standard shall be raised and all nations shall flow unto it, for this is my day to be honored in the eyes of the heathen. And to all that come, shall there be a full reward, for my age that dawns will deliver all creation into the glorious liberty of my sons and my daughters saith the Lord."