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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Why the Holy Fire? Baptized by water or Fire

Why Holy Fire? A letter for the Fire of God Church members and other Ministers of Holy Fire Ministry around the world - by Pastor Steve Yong Kim

Before Jesus ascended, He instructed His people with a command.

Acts 1:4-5 "Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

We represent spiritual Jerusalem. Before we do anything, we must stay in Jerusalem reading, praying and worshipping until we receive the promise of the Holy Spirit. Most Christians presume they get saved and they must be baptized by water. But as we read the context of Acts chapter 1 and 2, Jesus meant more than just water.

Most Christians presume when they receive the gift of tongue, prophecy or other gifts they are or being baptized by the Holy Spirit. Even in verse 5, Jesus did say "be baptized by the Holy Spirit.

However, we must look for the context of the message. What baptism did John the Baptist speak about?

Matt 3:11 "I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

What does water represent? Water represents the Word of God. The Word of God as we read, listen, and APPLY cleanses us. The Word brings conviction, discipline, instructions, and etc to lead us to cleansing which is repentance. The Word brings us life to turn away from our old self and our sins to a new life. This is represented symbolically by water baptism when we are first saved.

But John spoke of another baptism. This was a baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire. Some have translated as the Holy Spirit Fire stating the Spirit of God is a Fire Spirit. This baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire was a promise by Father God. This baptism was for the Holy Spirit and His Fire to be Inside living in His people. It was not just the Holy Spirit to be with or upon a person but to be within. Here was the Lord's promise.

John 14:17 "The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.”

But many Christians are not reborn nor do they have the spirit of God IN them. They may have the Holy Spirit with them as He guides them but He has yet to baptize them to be IN them. Why? Many Christians have failed to repent properly of their continued sins. This is also why many Christians fail to get delivered, they do not properly obey or stay pure.

Let us reflect The book of Acts chapter 1 and 2. Peter after the Holy Spirit's Baptism after staying in Jerusalem was baptized not just by the Holy Spirit as most think but with God's Fire or Holy Spirit Fire. Even though in all translations Jesus said to wait and be baptized by the Holy Spirit, the context of chapter 2 correctly describes a baptism of Fire. They all had what appeared flames of tongue over them.

If the water baptism represents repentance turning from sin then what does the Fire baptism represent? The Fire baptism is of higher order and represents higher authority, authority to judge, revelation, wisdom, and etc. But this does not mean just because you been imparted with Fire gives you authority. The impartation and baptism is a process to qualify. But with the Fire Baptism, Peter was able to rebuke and judge Simon the sorcerer calling for his destruction (Acts 8). Apostle Paul had the authority filled with the Holy Spirit to judge and call Elymas the sorcerer in Acts 13 the son of the devil! Both these sorcerers were part of God's people. In today's term they would be considered Christians who are filled with demons and deceived.

Many Christians read the book of Acts and think the word "baptized" reflects water baptism.

Acts 2:38-41" Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away —all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.”

Peter had a higher form of baptism to share. When he preached under the power of the Holy Spirit to God's people, he was able to deliver the promise in which Jesus spoke of. The promise of the Holy Spirit to live IN us. Peter and the apostles were not going around baptizing people in water as what many assume in the book of Acts. They were going around baptizing them in the Holy Spirit and Fire. Today, most of the churches goes around preaching water baptism and argue whether to baptize in the name of Jesus or Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus and therefore they cannot continue the power of the apostles.

Acts 19:1-6 "While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” “Then what baptism did you experience?” he asked. And they replied, “The baptism of John.” Paul said, “John’s baptism called for repentance from sin. But John himself told the people to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus.” As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.”

Moreover, at Pentecost, Peter was not preaching to unbelievers or Gentiles at that time. He was preaching to God's people who thought they were saved and already heading to heaven. Today is no different. Many Christians think just because they have the big churches (represented as big synagogues) and they appear to be spiritual with many spiritual gifts, they think they have the Holy Spirit leading them. But many are Deceived. God will test all His people with FIRE.

Mark 9:49 "For everyone will be tested with fire"

Isaiah 66:15 "See, the LORD is coming with fire, and his swift chariots roar like a whirlwind. He will bring punishment with the fury of his anger and the flaming fire of his hot rebuke.”

Psalms 97:3 "Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes.”

The Fire will test the purity of ministries, pastors, prophets, teachers, apostles, God's people, spiritual gifts, and spirits. Those who are not from God will be consumed by His Fire. The fifty men sent by King Ahab was part of God's people. King Ahab was still part of God's people who went corrupted. King Ahab can represent a big church or ministry. Yes, God's people are within that kingdom but the leadership may be corrupted. But the Fire of God will bring discernment, authority and judgment.

2 Kings 1:12 "Elijah replied, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and destroy you and your fifty men!” And again the fire of God fell from heaven and killed them all.”

Hebrews 12:29 NLT “For our God is a devouring fire.”

I hope all our church members will receive the wisdom to know what has been granted to us as Fire Ministers. We are being raised up for the last days. We will be given higher authority, discernment, anointing, authority to judge, and higher revelation to rule and reign with Him. The CHURCH will be the two witnesses in the book of Revelation. Moreover, the Holy Fire/ Authority we have been given is not the same fire as other ministries.

Revelation 11:4-6 "These two prophets are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of all the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, FIRE flashes from their mouths and consumes their enemies. This is how anyone who tries to harm them must die. They have power to shut the sky so that no rain will fall for as long as they prophesy. And they have the power to turn the rivers and oceans into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they wish.”

Pastor Steve Yong Kim 
Fire of God Church - A Holy Fire Ministry End time church preparing the Bride of Christ to engage in the Last Days

Monday, September 28, 2015

Are you prepping for Disaster?

Luke 9:3, “And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece.”" (NAS)
(Inspired by Holy Spirit)

The devil, implementing two different paramount strategies, has two distinct groups of people he loves to herd his deceived and victimized masses into: (1) the first group of people are unaware or in denial of his existence; (2) the second group are not only aware of him, but they have an overt preoccupation and morbid interest in his diabolic methodologies, strategies and disasters - and thus miss Christ’s sovereignty, peace, victory and plan for their lives. Both categories above are spiritually poisonous and will do nothing to draw you closer to the Lord and His salvation, but will only blind and distract you, ushering you on board the enemy’s doomed one-way train wreck into hell .

Raised as a Baptist from my earliest memories, I personally have never been in group category #1 above. However, from about the mid-2000’s up until that fateful Spirit-led day of Saturday, September 14, 2013 when God had Rodith and I walk through the doors of Fire of God Church for the first time, I was fiercely and wholeheartedly caught up in group category #2 above. And I can tell you all about it . . . .

It was with passion, pride, and an ego-led indulgence of self-preservation that I had labeled myself a “prepper.” I just “knew” the inside scoop, and I was the enlightened one. Most others, if they were not on board this bandwagon of heightened insight and wisdom so as to prepare for the assured coming disasters – they were the blind ones, in the dark, and just plain stupid. I even had a regular saying for them - (my family can verify) - they were “lobotomized victims of the social engineering primetime brainwashing matrix,” the diabolical engine of society controlled and manipulated by the Bilderbergs, Illuminati, and New World Order gurus, the faceless think-tank manipulators of mankind behind closed doors controlling and calling the shots on everything that happens in this world - everything from economic crashes of entire continents, to HAARP manipulated weather-controlled typhoon catastrophes, to even clandestine negotiations with extraterrestrial diabolical cohorts strategizing a planned Earth invasion engineered to look like a fake “rapture.”

I left no stone unturned, and I had a contingency plan for it all. The problem, of course, is that I failed to see that it is actually God Who is in control, not the enemy.

If there was a famine, I had vacuum-packed dried food with expiration dates 25 years out. If there was a drought, I had military grade hand-held water pumps with top-of-the-line bio filters and sterilization pills. If there was a nationwide power outage, I had solar battery chargers, hand-crank flashlights and radios, large arrays of candles, and matches ad nauseam (all waterproof, of course). I also knew, with complete power grid failure, that the United States’ nuclear plants would melt down and make Japan’s Fukushima look like a walk in the park – so I had iodine pills to counter radiation poisoning, and I had gloves and masks of every sort. If there was civil breakdown and social bedlam, I had all my protection meted out, including gas masks and a bullet-proof vest. Waiting for Planet X-Nibiru and the coming 2012 pole shift per the Mayan Calendar, when the earthquake and tsunami struck, I knew exactly what sea level position my house was at - (52 feet above sea level) - and I knew the direction to run when it happened. I had a perfect conglomerate of “bug out” paraphernalia to “run for the hills,” including zero-temperature-rated sleeping bags, tents, tarps and ropes, flashlights of every sort, portable stove, bags of charcoal, warm clothes, and extra gas containers to keep my car going to get there.

If it weren’t for Pastor Steve getting ahold of me and jolting me out of my madness, next on my agenda was to have my car retrofitted with a 700-mile surplus gas tank capacity and anchor a storage container on the roof. With all the load in the car, I was brainstorming how to fit extra spare tires, spare batteries, and several hundred pounds of drinking water containers on board. I even quietly wondered to myself how on earth I was going to fit Rodith’s Mom and Dad in the back seat of the car with all the gear? - We couldn’t possibly leave them behind!

Then . . . . the Holy Spirit said, “Enough!” Lance had crossed over the line from sanity to insanity. I was quickly losing touch with reality and practical-minded living for the Lord as He had intended for me. I was listening to all the wrong doomsday voices, Alex Jones from Infowars being one - after I received my daily dose of his anti-Government hate fodder for the day, I would quickly deteriorate from a “decent” mood into a tirade of anger, vowing to protect our country’s freedom from this “Communistic onslaught” at all cost. But I was not listening to God - even though He WAS talking to me during this time and trying to guide me. I just wasn’t heeding Him properly.

Then, in His grace and mercy, He began a healing and enlightening process through Fire of God Church which led Rodith and I (more “I” really) to His real truth. That truth being, of course, that God is actually in control of world events and our lives (not the enemy) - something I really knew from childhood, but I had stepped off that path and was headed in a very wrong direction. I was not putting my trust of Him into practice. The enemy liked to make me think evil had an upper hand on everything, but in reality it doesn’t. God is in full control.

I have further come to realize that this country’s current phenomenon of loyal and patriotic passionate call to “constitutionalism,” anti-government preservation of our freedoms, vehemental fight for our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms (I’m an NRA member), and demand for personal freedom from socialistic authoritarian Government “control freaks” – all this is actually a tactic from the devil himself. Although it looks ostensibly patriotic, this movement, at its very core, is based on nothing but pride, rebellion of authority, fear, denial of God’s sovereignty, and self-idolatry. It contains almost very core trademark element of satan’s plan to stumble the misguided and eventually claim their souls.

Rodith and I thank our dear Lord God for bringing us into His true Spirit-filled house to train us, heal us, and bring us up in His real truth. I now know God has specific plans for our lives, and there’s nothing random circumstance, nor the enemy and his rogue scheming power-trip hoodlums, can do to deter His plans for us.

Testimony, member from Fire of God Church 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Will the real end time church stand up?

There is of course much talk about rapture, calamities, comets, astroids, Anti Christ, 666, blood moon, and so forth regarding the end times. Especially, with the season of blood moons in the skies, many Christians think some big event will occur. Much of this speculation is from many end time authors and the likes who study and predict judgments.

I need to clarify some things to our brethren who continue to chase after end time events and rapture. Is chasing them wrong? It is if you miss the Big picture which is Jesus HIMSELF.

The problem is that we cannot predict precise dates on these big events. There will always be smaller events but those are not for us to chase. God's time is eternal. When a big event occurs, some can say it was predicted in the bible or they may say they could have discerned it from bible codes. But God' time is eternal which mean at His discretion . There will always be blood moons, yellow moon, red moon, green moon, pale moons half a moon, quarter of a moon, moon cakes, and moon cookes (just kidding).

It is best to avoid predicting precise events or dates which can lead to divination. Prophecy is given not so we can predict the precise time or events. Prophecy is given so that when it occurs, God is glorified because it proves HE is in full control and knows the future. Until then, our job is to seek eternal life and to believe in the One He has sent. We are to use this grace time to be cleansed, repent, draw closer to Him and to learn His ways.

Those who draw attention to you through fear, calamity, or end times (freemasons, HAARP, Illuminati, etc) are but shallow and they are usually are not grounded in the Word of God. Even if such things were true in repect to the freemasons, illuminati, and the likes, SO WHAT? What can you do?

If you had lived in the old days, would you be able to get rid of Pharaoh who probably dabbled in occult and world domination? What about Nebuchadnezzar? Maybe Nebuchadnezzar was a freemason. Maybe his decendants are running the world and the banking system. Who cares! What can you do to change anything? Please stop wasting your time on dates, about who is really running the world, predicting calamities, rapture dates, who is controling the weather, and the likes. I will tell you who is controlling the weather. HE is God! All authority belongs to God for HE is in full control.

Such things of fear and nonsense are but distraction and deception. It makes Christians waste time and money. Many Christians are stocking up on food and gold. This is not a new event. I am sure in each generation there has always been some believers who are suckered into stocking up and buying commodities. However, not one of them has yet to be proven right.

In the midst of all the hysteria, stocking up, spending countless hours on the internet looking at end time and jugment, let me ask you. Has your life changed and gotten better? Are your families any closer to being saved? Or have you just wasted your time following false prophets? Perhaps, your life is worse? Perhaps, your finances and peace are in chaose rather than in order.

True prophets of God preach and teach the inspiriation Word of God to lead HIS people to repentance. The false ones will lead you away with the concerns of the world. Since they have no anointing, they will use your emotions to stir up fear and doubt to lure you into their endless trap and hysteria.

We are the people of God. If Jesus lives in us, then we must do what Jesus did. What did Jesus do? When HE walked the earth, HE did not talk about earthquake or tsunami's coming. HE did not speak against Ceasar claming he was a freemason or the anti christ. Jesus did not speak about the Roman empire controling the money system or the banking system. Jesus said pay unto Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar.

Jesus preached repentance to restore HIS people. Jesus preached for HIS people to pray and receive the Holy Spirit to be reborn and regenerated. HE did not speak on the concerns of world calamities and nonsense. HE did not try to predict dates or when HE would come back. HE said such things belong to the Father and for us not to be concerned with. HE said our job was to pray and receive the Holy Spirit to be HIS witnesses to first ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and then to the nations.

When God's time comes, HE will share the deep secrets of end time and revelation to those who had spent their time drawing closer to HIM preparing to meet HIM rather than those who had spent their time on the concerns of the world that have no merit. The news of the world are always the same, is it not? The news you hear today is the same yesterday but with different players and faces. Do not waste your time on news but immerse yourself in the bible and prayer.

Acts 1:6-8 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” 7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Pastor Steve Yong Kim
Fire of God Church
An Holy Fire Ministry - An End Time Church preparing HIS Bride to engage the last days.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Keep your bodies Holy

Many Christians are asking other Christians for prayer regarding healing. Yes, there are some serious health issues that do require much prayer. In fact, the bible tells us how not to get sick and shows us the way to healing. I will discuss that on another article. However, we have to understand something. Many Christians are sick because of their own lifestyle choices. We are asking God to heal us but we are not changing our eating habits or the quality of food we eat.
You cannot continue to ask God for healing with problems of diabetes, high blood pressure, cholestrol, heart issues, and other illness while you continue to eat fast food hamburgers, frozen TV food or other food with too much salt or suger, over eating, drinking gallons of soda (pop), smoking, drinking, not getting enough sleep, not exercising, eating before bed, and the likes.
Galatians 6:7 (KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Many American Christians are suffering from many illnesses because many are plainly just overweight. If they just lost the weight, they would lose the diabetes, blood pressure, cholestrol, and the likes. Sadly, they are reaping what they had sown in many bad years of eating junk food. It is the lack of self control fruit.
God is more than willing to heal HIS people but we must be willing to do our part. Yes, God will heal us but we must show God that we will take care of our bodies for they are HIS Temple. We must be more conscious in what we eat and how we eat. Gluttony is rampant in America. Eating a lot of good food is not a bad thing but to overeat continuously with no self control will lead to big trouble.
If a Christian ask for healing and gets the healing but does not stop the bad eating habits nor takes care of their bodies, then those Christians will just get sick again. Then why would God heal such a disobedient person? Sadly today, many Americans can continue to eat unhealthy food as they take pills for their high blood pressure, diabetes, and such. Medicine has made it possible for people to continue in their bad habits.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT) Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Our bodies are the temple of God. It is suppose to be Holy ground. But we must examine how we are treating our bodies. We do not belong to ourselves nor do we own our bodies. HE bought us at a very high price. At least we could do is learn self control and not be like the world. Our bodies are suppose to reflect HIS Glory not reflect the sickness of the world.
Exodus 15:26(NLT) He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”
The Lord told my wife and I to take care of our bodies as we age since HE said HE will be using us for a long time in ministry. When God tells my wife and I, HE is also telling our church and the Christians who are reading this message. Yes, we will be here for awhile. The most greatest events that the world has ever witnessed will be unfolding in these last days for HIS Glory and HIS people who know HIS Voice will be in the front lines of His great army. God's Glory shall indeed cover the earth. The latter Glory will be much greater than the former.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Failing to demonstrate God's Holiness

Numbers 27:12-14 "One day the LORD said to Moses, “Climb one of the mountains east of the river, and look out over the land I have given the people of Israel. After you have seen it, you will die like your brother, Aaron, for you both rebelled against my instructions in the wilderness of Zin. When the people of Israel rebelled, you failed to demonstrate my holiness to them at the waters.” (These are the waters of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)”
When people sin around us, at us, against us, or sin against God, how are we to react and conduct ourselves? If someone sins against us, do we sin against them? What are we to demonstrate? We are to demonstrate His holiness, otherwise we are failing. The bible says if we are hit on one side of the cheek, let them hit the other side. This is holiness.
Why didn't Moses demonstrate God's holiness? God said it was because Moses did not trust Him enough. What does God mean? When people sin against us, we are to demonstrate His holiness by giving grace and forgiving each other. By giving grace, we are trusting in God and obeying His will. When Moses reacted in anger, it showed he had not trusted in God enough. The key word here is "enough." Moses did not wait for God but reacted in the flesh.
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭20:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬ "But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!””
We all can say we fully trust God and I am sure many of us do to some degree. For most Christians, we fully do believe we are fully trusting in God. However, a test or trial may show the length of our trust and we may react in our own strength or flesh to resolve an issue rather than completely waiting for the Lord.
Moses was told to speak to the rock. This was the second time God was providing water through the rock. Yes, the first time, he was told to strike the rock. But this time he did not trust God enough and in his anger struck the rock twice. Moses' anger put him in the flesh and he went backwards to do what had already worked before. This time he struck the rock twice and water still came forth. His anger prevented him from trusting God to speak to the rock.
Reacting in the flesh shows that we are not trusting in God and as a result we fail to demonstrate His Holiness.

Pastor Steve

Wednesday, September 16, 2015