A Voice in the
July 23, 1997
"The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!" (Job1:16)
The other day the progression of my personal reading found me starting the book of Job. As we currently hear much about "revival" and "revival fires" or "revival spreading like wildfire" etc. this little verse caught my attention.
Job, likely a descendent of Esau, is a righteous man. And as Satan appears before God, God asks him, "have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?"(vs8) And Satan goes into his little whine session, 'well OF COURSE Job serves You...You've hedged him in and given him all this luxury...just take it all away and he'll curse You.'(vs9-11) And we know the story. God says, 'all right..go ahead. Only, don't touch him personally.'(vs12)
In one day all of Job's possessions and children are annihilated. Apparently Job's devotion to God is obvious to his servants, because the one servant sees the devastation and thinks it is the "fire of God" which came; not realizing that God had given Satan permission to "play around" a bit.
We see that Satan will do this again in the future. "He [the beast] performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he is granted to do..."(Rev13:13-14)
If Job's servant thought Satan's work was the "fire of God" ...why shouldn't people be deceived again. Job even responds, "...the Lord has taken away..."(vs20) If he imitates God's great power in physical matters, why should we think it strange that he would imitate God in spiritual things? After all, he appears as an "angel of light." (2Cor11:14)
What better way to deceive people than to provide something which looks like the Holy Spirit! After all, the practical definition of a "Christian" is one who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit.(Rom8:9,Eph5:18) So he creates a quickly-spreading movement of "revival" to which people are drawn by the thousands...and people proclaim, "a Great MOVE of God!!" ...as they are "spirit-filled and led."
Remember, Job's servant said, "fire of God." And it was Satan's work. Let us be ever astute to today's "moves of God" (so-called) which are really Satan's lies being continually perpetuated.
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world..." (1Jn4:1)