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fire in the bible

God’s Presence and Power:

  • Exodus 13:21 – “The Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”
  • Hebrews 12:29 – “Our God is a consuming fire.”
  • Deuteronomy 4:24 – “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
  • Exodus 3:2 – “The bush was not consumed.”

God’s Judgment and Wrath:

  • Isaiah 66:15 – “For behold, the Lord will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.”
  • Malachi 4:3 – “You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.”
  • Deuteronomy 32:22 – “For a fire will be kindled by my wrath, one that burns down to the realm of the dead below.”
  • Psalm 37:20 – “But the wicked will perish: Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.”

Refining and Purification:

  • Malachi 3:2 – “But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.”
  • Isaiah 1:25 – “I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.”
  • Zechariah 13:9 – “And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested.”
  • Job 23:10 – “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”

Sacrifices and Offerings:

  • Leviticus 10:1 – “Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command.”
  • Leviticus 6:12 – “The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it.”
  • Exodus 30:6 – “You are to place the altar in front of the curtain that is before the ark of the testimony—before the atonement cover that is over the tablets of the covenant law—where I will meet with you.”
  • Leviticus 3:16 – “The priest is to burn them on the altar as food, an offering made by fire, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the Lord’s.”

Divine Encounters:

  • Exodus 3:2 – “The angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up.”
  • 1 Kings 19:12 – “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”
  • Hebrews 12:29 – “For our God is a consuming fire.”
  • Revelation 8:4 – “And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.”

God’s Guidance and Protection:

  • Exodus 13:21 – “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”
  • Deuteronomy 1:30 – “The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes.”
  • Exodus 14:19 – “And the angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them. The pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.”
  • Deuteronomy 4:24 – “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

God’s Promises and Presence:

  • Isaiah 43:2 – “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
  • Matthew 3:11 – “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
  • Leviticus 6:12 – “The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it.”
  • Malachi 3:5 – “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.”

Judgment and Destruction:

  • Matthew 13:41-42 – “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
  • 1 Kings 18:38 – “Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.”
  • Mark 9:49 – “For everyone will be salted with fire.”
  • Ezekiel 39:6 – “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord.”

Spiritual Warfare:

  • Ephesians 6:16 (NKJV) – “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
  • Acts 2:3 – “And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them.”
  • Ephesians 6:16 – “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
  • Ephesians 6:12 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

God’s Glory and Holiness:

  • Exodus 40:38 – “For the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.”
  • 1 Kings 8:11 – “And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.”
  • Revelation 1:15 – “His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.”
  • Exodus 14:19 – “And the angel of the Lord, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them. The pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.”

God’s Anger and Warning:

  • Genesis 19:24 – “Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens.”
  • Exodus 3:4 – “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am.'”
  • Isaiah 34:9 – “The earth will become like burning asphalt. The sky will be like a flaming mirror.”
  • Revelation 14:11 – “They will have no rest day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name.”

God’s Promise of Comfort:

  • Isaiah 43:2 – “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
  • Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • John 14:16 – “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.”
  • Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

God’s Creative Power:

  • Genesis 1:3 – “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”
  • John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
  • Colossians 1:16 – “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”
  • Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

God’s Protection and Guidance:

  • Psalm 34:7 – “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”
  • Isaiah 43:1 – “But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'”
  • Psalm 91:4 – “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
  • Psalm 121:7 – “The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life.”

God’s Word as a Consuming Fire:

  • Jeremiah 23:29 – “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
  • Jeremiah 15:16 (ESV) – “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”
  • 2 Peter 1:19 (ESV) – “And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
  • Romans 10:17 (ESV) – “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

False Prophets and Deception:

  • 1 John 4:1 – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
  • Matthew 24:24 – “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
  • Matthew 7:15 – “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
  • 2 Peter 2:1 (ESV) – “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”

Idolatry and False Worship:

  • Revelation 13:4 – “And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?'”
  • Galatians 1:8 (ESV) – “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”
  • Matthew 24:24 – “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
  • Exodus 20:4 – “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

Spiritual Gifts and Empowerment:

  • Acts 2:3 – “And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:9-10 – “To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.”
  • Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”