It was all over the Internet. Every news outlet imaginable carried a headline that went something like this, “Biblical Storm Protects Israel.” Many Youtube headlines proclaimed “…SENT BY GOD…”; each showed the same video of the storm.
What’s all the fuss about? On Dec. 1, 2016, about 8 am an unusual storm appeared on the Syrian side of Israel’s border in the Golan Heights, just as Israeli soldiers were conducting routine operations on the Israeli side. The storm, a combination of wind, dust, and rain, did not cross into Israel, but formed a stationary protective barricade against potential attackers. This is the exact same location where Israeli soldiers had been attacked by ISIS several weeks prior.
Some people attributed the storm to an act of God. Others simply tried to dismiss it as an “ordinary” weather phenomenon. But it is rather strange that the storm obeyed a political boundary defined by humans, and did not cross the border fence. Certainly one would not expect an “ordinary” storm driven by random atmospheric patterns to honor a political boundary. Tornadoes don’t. Hurricanes don’t. Desert dust storms don’t. Furthermore, storms are not stationary. They move. This storm did not. Clearly this was an extraordinary storm for which no one has presented a cogent scientific explanation.
This storm started me thinking, “What was the root cause? What happened?” Read more…
A hungry young man decided to go for a walk in the woods in search of mushrooms. The farther he went into the woods, the less light filtered through the trees, and the darker it became.
He saw some beautiful mushrooms and decided to taste one. It made him dizzy and giddy, and changed the dark forest into a bright kaleidoscope of colors. It was so wonderful! He loved it. But soon everything faded back to darkness and he continued on his journey. Read more…
God is an all-consuming fire 
Jesus is God 
The Church is the body of Christ 
Therefore The Church, the body of Christ, reflects some of the characteristics of God, such as an all consuming fire.
Jesus Christ is getting ready for the final battle. He is preparing The Church to storm the entrenched fortresses of the enemy, evict, judge, and rule as rightful King over all the earth. Read more…
The Church is offensive and offensive. Read more…
As I’ve been working on this series of essays about God as an all consuming fire, my daughter casually remarked, “You know, Dad, most people die of smoke – not the fire.”
“How appropriate,” I responded. Read more…
In the last essay we saw that today’s events are driven in large part by a cosmic spiritual war between God and Satan. If there is indeed such a spiritual war of cosmic proportions raging in our midst, one would expect to see some evidence of that conflict. More precisely, since God’s current offensive is pressed through The Church, evidence of this war should be most evident within The Church itself or through interactions between The Church and the world.
A Consuming Fire
One must understand the nature of something to find evidence about it.
God wages war as a consuming fire:
God is a consuming fire (Deu 4:24, 9:3, Isa 33:10-14, Heb 12:29)
Every war, but especially God’s spiritual war, rages like a forest fire. A forest fire burns furiously until extinguished or all the fuel is spent. Wars burn furiously and uncontrollably until all the fuel is spent. Read more…