God's Refining Fire
Given to Tom Reinecke
It was in the early morning hours of Monday, February 6, that I had a visitation from the Lord. It began with a dream in which I was entering the back door of a house built on a steep mountainside. There were many Christian people there with something spiritual trying to take place, but I am not sure what it was, or why I was even there as I walked from room to room. I was being led around by a man and woman whom I believed were the pastor and his wife. However, there was a noticeable lack of Christian love and fellowship of the Holy Spirit among the people, and I felt a sense of bewilderment.
In the dream I next found myself standing outside in front of the house with the pastor. The front yard rose up steeply to a road, which was about 50 feet away and 15 feet higher than where we were standing. Their driveway rose upward to the road in a precipitous fashion. But my back was to the road as I was thumb-tacking a handwritten notice onto a wooden railing on the front porch.
Suddenly, I began seeing bright flashes of white light upon the front of the house somewhat like the quick pulsating light of a welder's torch, and at the same time I heard a frightful grunting noise from the pastor who stood nearby looking uphill toward the road. As I turned around in wonderment, I immediately fell to my knees and lifted my arms in reverential worship, for up on the road was the awesome spectacle of the majestic refining fire of God! Instantly my total being was captivated and consumed in worship to this splendorous presence of God!This stately fire began proceeding majestically on the narrow road from the left to the right with supernatural precision. The flames in the front part, about a fifth of its 25 foot length, were sovereignly leaping upward some 15 feet high in an undulating fashion, as it was leading this glorious procession of the consuming fire of God. The remaining part was shooting up flames about six feet high through hundreds of cylindrical like shafts set in precise rows from side to side and front to rear in an unfathomable display of God's perfect unity.
The fire had a symmetrical unity and covered the road from side to side. While its overall color was bluish-orange, it looked transparent in the front where it rose up so majestically. I watched in awe as it paraded along in a quick cadenced like military perfection, appearing like a Grand and Glorious Train of God's Presence, in the form of His Holy Fire.
Next, from my place of vision, I noticed more of the very same fire on a perpendicular road which emptied into the other side of the front road. That fire was advancing also and was about to merge with the fire on the front road. Both fires were forging ahead in such grandeur, I knew without question that this was the awesome, refining fire of the Almighty God! No earthly fire could ever display such perfectly defined and complete magnificence!
I then saw two 50's era sedan autos on the road speeding away to the right from the fire, bumper to bumper, one behind the other. They were wildly fleeing as the fire was about to overtake and engulf them like a giant ocean wave. It seemed that the cars were filled with people who were terrorized by the fire. As I watched, the first car ran off the road at high speed down the mountainside, heading for destruction into some large trees. The other raced recklessly straight ahead to an impending doom. I sensed a terrible terror and frenzy as the cars were desperately trying to escape.
The fire, from which I felt no heat, was confined to the roads in this very short dream which then ended suddenly. In that my full attention was affixed to the glorious grandeur of the refining fire and the fleeing autos, I have no further recollection of the pastor with whom I was standing.
I awoke and pondered this wondrous dream that the Holy Spirit had given. It was 2:59AM as I sat up on the side of my bed and lifted my hands in worship. Instantly I was overwhelmed with a greater sense of His presence than I had ever known in over 22 years in the Lord, and I felt led to get up and pray.
As it was a cold night, I put on my robe, socks and slippers and headed for my prayer area with my flashlight, pencil and writing pad. At once I got on my knees and lifted my hands in the dark room and began to worship our Savior (John 4:23). Again, I was overwhelmed with the presence of God and remained in a bowing worshipful attitude (Ps 95:6-7). At this time I had a greater reverential fear of God than I'd ever known (Heb 12:28-29) and instinctively I proclaimed the name of Jesus (Ex 34:5), the Blood, and the Holiness of God. I thought that Jesus or an angel was going to appear and I felt so little, so puny in the fear of the Lord, in comparison to His greatness and vastness (Ps 139:7-12).
I soon began to praise and worship Him with His Word as recorded in the Psalms. I sensed that to worship Him with His Word gave Him far more glory than any other words I could ever say (Ps 138:2). I felt a sense of sorrow for those who don't know the Word of God, because I felt they would be very limited or unable to worship fully when they stand before His presence Ps 119:89). Yet there seemed to be a muddling of my thoughts and I experienced some difficulty in trying to speak.
In this time of worship, the thought came to ask God to heal my impaired hearing and also to speak audibly to me, but in that I greatly feared I was not able to do so. Yet as the time went on, I began to feel a bit of comforting compatibility with my Creator, and I began to sense the goodness and mercy of the Father's heart toward me.
Then I felt the impression, “Write, write, write.” So I picked up my flashlight, pencil, and writing pad and prostrated myself in reverence before the Lord. The following words that were impressed upon me came just a few at a time and took almost an hour for me to receive and record. I asked God to allow me to record only what He had said. Accordingly, I am comfortable and compelled to share this as a word from the Lord!
“The Day of My return is near. Therefore I want you to proclaim that I am God and beside Me there is no other. That in Me is life and in Me alone. I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly and I am coming again. Be aware (or beware) lest I come and smite you with a curse. (Knowing this word was from Malachi 4:6, I spontaneously and incredulously interjected, ‘Me Lord’?) No. You are My servant and all may be My servant but the choice is theirs.
“In the beginning, My plan was to redeem all mankind from the grip of the enemy, and it is still My heart's desire that it would be so. But tell My people that only those who have faith in My Name will I draw unto Myself. The rest will I smite with a curse. I Am the God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob and from within Me came My Son Jesus. I Am the God of Jesus — I Am Jesus!”
At this time, a dryness in my throat caused me to begin choking a bit and I heard these comforting words, “Get a drink of water — get a drink of water.” I hesitated, then very slowly arose to get a little drink after which I again prostrated myself, and the message continued.
“In Me there is fullness of life (write, In Me there is fullness of life) and apart from Me is fullness of death. Tell My people, tell all people that My heart's desire is that they come to Me. I will in no wise cast them out as they come to Me — I mean — come to Me with all their heart, not just a piece of it. Unless they give Me their heart to refashion, even as a potter refashions the clay. Tell everyone that I will water the clay of their heart that I may refashion it unto the fashion of My heart. It is only those who surrender, who allow Me. “I am finished, I am finished, I am finished.”
Sensing the visitation was over, I slowly got up from the floor and returned to my bed, astonished but very much humbled. It was about 4:20AM. After a long period of wonderment on what I'd seen and heard, I dropped off to sleep again. At 8AM I arose with a trembling and shaking in my entire body which remained throughout most of the next day. Tears were flowing as I shared this visitation with my wife.
The interpretation of the dream began to come in the next few days. I knew in the dream that the fire was the refining fire of Jesus Christ, but now I had a greater understanding that IT is "at work" in the Church today, in preparation for His soon return: “But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness” (Mal. 3:2-3).
In that the fire was confined to the road and not destroying any vegetation, it confirmed that this was the purifying spiritual fire of God for His people, and not His natural fire which will one day destroy the earth: “And the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2Peter 3:10).
The transparency in the higher reaches of the fire pictured the total pureness of God to the end that His people become transparent also (pure), like Him: “And those He foreknew He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born of many brethren” (Romans 8:29).
The road was the highway for God's people: “A highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The Holy Way. The unclean shall not pass over it but it shall be for the redeemed” (Isaiah 35:8 AMP). The second road with the fire signified there was no way of detouring around God's fire on the Highway of Holiness. If you're on it, you're going through the fire!
The roads were at a higher level than the pastor and I at the mountainside house to show that God is higher than His creatures: “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from above is above all” (John 3:31).
The narrow road with two cars, one behind the other, represented the narrow way of God and the few that find it: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
The house on the mountainside represented the church that was not taking part in the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus, and was therefore not on the Highway of Holiness. There was no presence of the Holy Spirit at work in their midst, and an emptiness and coldness pervaded the people.
The handwritten notice I was posting on the front of the house was a condemnation warning because of a lack of faith therein. This signified that the house was unsafe for spiritual habitation, much like an unsafe deteriorating house in the natural would be posted because of the danger of its collapse.
I prayed for understanding of the 50's automobiles and felt that they represented churches which were on the Highway of Holiness but clinging to traditions of the past. Why were they wildly fleeing God's fire in terror, one racing off the road into disaster, and the other headed for a similar fate? I felt the Lord was showing that many of His people are allowing the enemy to put fear on them of serving Him in Holiness, and therefore are losing their soundness of mind and self control: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind” (2Tim. 1:7). As a result of that fear, they are trying to escape the baptism of fire which Jesus came to give (Luke 3:16), and are disallowing His will for their lives. The Lord was showing that this leads to a falling away from His Way into wreckage of His plans and purposes for their lives and destiny.
The essence of the message was that Jesus is coming again soon and wants to make all Believers like He is, but that requires a surrender of the total heart, with faith in His name. Anything less will result in some form of lost blessing, as the Lord smites with a curse those He tried in vain to get through to, before the coming of that great and dreadful day of the Lord.
If you believe in Jesus Christ and you've had many trials and much tribulation, consider how the Lord has been using those circumstances to refine you. But whatever your situation, as long as we have breath, He is the God of a second chance for those who come to Him in faith. May we pray with you?