Summary: God’s jealousy will be revealed two ways; in the fires of His wrath against sin; and in loving kindness for those who are faithful. The time of separation is upon us. Jesus is coming soon.
Call 911 The Fire is About to Fall
By Pastor Jim May
Deuteronomy 4:24 says, “For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” Did you know that God is jealous over you? God’s jealousy over you is two-fold. 1) He is jealous over your purity and commitment to Him as your God. Love is a powerful force and when the bonds of love are threatened through unfaithfulness, the power of passion surfaces to defend that love.
2) God is jealous over you in different sense that can only be described as having an intense interest in seeing that you honor Him, and in return for your honor of God, he desires so greatly to prosper you.
I believe that the Apostle John felt this jealousy over those that he had ministered to and led to Christ in the church. He said these words to some of those that he had seen converted in 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” John’s great jealousy over his flock was learned while he sat at the feet of Jesus and felt the very heartbeat of God’s Son as He walked this earth.
Everywhere that Jesus went his jealousy over the human race, and especially the people who He adopted as his chosen nation, the Jews, could be seen in everything He did. Jesus wanted the Jews to prosper, not only in their knowledge of God, but in their service to Him; and if they would only prosper in that fashion, then their nation would bloom, and their health as a people would be so great that it could have been the example to the whole world of what the blessings of God can to for a people.
Paul told us over in Acts 10:38 that, “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil…” God’s jealousy over His chosen people to prosper and be in health was so great that He could not see them suffer without helping as many as came to Him.
In Matthew 12:15 we are given a picture of the jealousy of Christ over His people, "….and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;"
We are living in the last days. God’s passion for His people is about to come to its greatest moment when He finally gets enough of their unfaithfulness and begins to divide the sheep from the goats. The day is coming; and indeed, I believe it is now upon us; when we are going to have to make up our mind once and for all, whom we will serve.
God’s great love for His people; His passion for those who are called “The Bride of Christ” is not going tolerate His people playing around with the world. The convicting power of the Holy Spirit is starting to burn ever brighter and ever hotter. God is starting to burn every bit of the worldliness out of his church.
Jesus is coming back for a Bride; and that Bride must be perfect; unspotted from the world; unblemished from living among the harsh environment of sin. He’s coming after a Bride that has made herself ready; spent time preparing her face in the mirror of God’s Word, washed herself clean by the Blood of the Lamb; and clothed herself in the wedding attire of Righteousness in preparation for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
As it was in the days of Elijah, we are going to the see and feel the purifying fire of God fall again. I know that the day will come when the fire of God’s wrath will be poured out on this world, to fully consume all that is evil and purify it, re-create it if you will, into a place of perfection for the sake of His people. But before the fire of God’s wrath falls, I’m looking for the Fire of His Passion to fall much like the passion of a jealous spouse who has found their partner to be unfaithful.
When unfaithfulness comes in a marriage, the first emotion to be felt is one of great pain and agony, a wounded heart, and a wounded spirit; agonizing over what could have been wrong. What caused this to happen? Is it me? What could I have done different?
You can see this pain in God’s heart at the unfaithfulness of His people as they were unfaithful in their worship to heathen gods in Micah 6:3, "O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me." (Come on, tell me what I’ve done to cause you to be untrue. What went wrong? Did I do something to make you want another god? Come On – tell me the truth. Face up to the facts. Be honest.)