And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. (Rev. 11:5)
As I was teaching in Revelation, the verse above reminded me of what we desperately need today — fire!
Commentaries are divided on whether it’s actual fire coming out the witnesses’ mouths in this passage above, or if their words are on fire, as seen in Jeremiah 5:14, “I will make My words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”
The fire of God’s Word purifies, reveals, consumes, and devours sin all in the hopes of healing the listeners by leading them to repentance.
Thank God for grace and mercy, but we have drifted dangerously close to the edge. This drift rejects obedience as legalistic, repentance as passé, and judgment as old school. The very things we need are the very things we are running from.
We’ve created a generation that seeks teachers who tickle ears rather than challenge hearts. (2 Tim. 4:3) These teachers know nothing of the calling of Jeremiah, in which God’s Word was like a fire and like a hammer that shatters a rock (23:29). Instead, they prophesy smooth things and encourage sin, and the people love to have it so (Is. 30:10).
To see real change, we need our pulpits aflame with righteousness and tongues of fire again: “A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God” (Robert Murray McCheyne).
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