MAY 1, 2008
There is a depth in God whereby one enters the friendly fire that is Him and wishes to be no place else. It consumes one in the same way love consumes the lover. His consuming fire enters the spirit of man and burns with the same fire that burns within Him. It consumes everything in its path, like a roaring fire when it overtakes and consumes everything in its way. If there be any hesitance at entering in, that consideration melts before Him. One is totally immersed in His fire and realizes such baptism is the baptism into Him.
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. 'I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.'
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.'My God! There it is! There is the fire that burns in my spirit. It is a consuming fire that lashes out against all that would affront my Lord. At the same time, Its flames warm my very soul until the desire of my being is to be as He is. Some have looked upon that flame within and said, "He carries an anointing and his words are reflecting it." No, it's bigger than that! This is a flame that burns so deep within it draws a shivering world to its warmth. This is a consuming flame that, once close enough to warm another, catches that person on fire. Oh, this is more than what some infer by commenting, "He is a young Christian and is so on fire for God." Such comment implies that, "It will die back with the years, and he will become as we are." Oh No!
A thousand times no! Instead of dying back, it has become larger. What is envisioned in the young Christian novice is but a flicker compared to the raging passion within this saint of God. What Peter received in the upper room was the first strike; it was the initial ignition of that which would boil over into the street and get brighter and bolder and more complete with every passing day. God's consuming fire engulfed him, so that which made the jealousy of God rise up and strike out caused him to do the same. He wrote First Peter and the flames of it caught on in the second epistle, and he flamed out against a profligate church in a way that no one dare preach today… why, the crowds would leave in a flash, but it would be a flash of fire! The church and the people of today have never encountered such flame. The kindling dry pulpits of the world would burn away most congregations if the consuming fire of God took hold. That which passes as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit would be viewed in a different perspective with the likes of a flaming baptism. Intolerance would prevail if such flames came forth to confront the maelstrom of disbelief that rules and reigns in sovereignty over congregations like the sovereignty of a Pope.
My God, the fire grows even higher inside me as I write this work today. Like Jeremiah, the fire of God flames from inside outward toward an untoward generation. His words are lightening and fire.
But, like Jeremiah just a few chapters later:Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts:
There it is…that consuming fire cannot be throttled. I know because, through the years, I have said, "No more." Yet, there is more. In pulpits, meetings, fellowships and one-on-one meetings, it is always there, always burning, always consuming the dross either by preaching or by conversation, but always to the point where run-of-the-mill Christians loath its presence, yeah, shun and denigrate the messenger---but, nay, I cry for more. The anointing lives in those flames. It abides in the secret place with those flames.Then I said, 'I will not make mention of Him,
To hear one Jeremiah on the modern scene would be enough for me. To watch his fearless fierceness stand in the congregations of the world and declare an authority that has been lost by the translation of spiritual ignominy would be enough. Flame Out…that is what's needed to counter the sucking trivia of modern preachment. One blast of the consuming fire and that would silence the sycophants who derive their fortunes by plying their trade. One blast and the world would know the difference between what they have been taught and what actually is.
I, too, am a living creature, and I tell you this day, enough is enough. Let the fire fall. Let there be a sound from me and from heaven that rattles the earth.
They sing in the local Baptist church that wonderful song, "This is the day of Elijah" and in its verses they change to, "These are the days of Ezekiel." Well, folks, that song is about to be true. One blast from either of these saints of God would vacate the premises. Those who remained are to be called saints and would be accustomed already to the flames.As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of torches. Fire was going back and forth among the living creatures; the fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.
Does the scripture not say?'I watched till thrones were put in place,
Here's a flame-of-fire minister and one that is consumed by His presence. Being with Jesus causes it. His Flame touches off a flame among those with whom He fellowships.Who makes His angels spirits,
Bless the Lord, when He opens the Word as the Word, the flame is in it. I am quick to tell you it is an overwhelming fire. It consumes all time and place and causes me to enter into it. I believe Daniel's friends were surrounded by it, and the king couldn't tell the difference except he saw the Son of God in the midst of it with them. Hallelujah! That burning inside is just fine because it is the only way the man of God can enter the icy cold dominions of the current church and live. Most modern day Christians turn away from it.And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?"
Moses was accustomed to the fire and the people were not… that is the case today.
Moses knew he was just like that burning bush. His internals would be afire, but his externals would not be consumed. I'm talking spiritual stuff here, readers-get this. The people who followed Moses were afraid of that flame! They missed the greatest opportunity this world affords---standing in the presence of the Lord. That's what wrong today. The people are afraid of the fire.And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
Vast multitudes of "believers" are afraid of the fire. They don't want to be consumed by its power and neither do they wish to harbor the One who speaks through it and lives in it.The LORD talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire. I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain.
And you said: 'Surely the LORD our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives. Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore, then we shall die. For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it.Oh, but that's how He does things…through the flame. Thousands read this newsletter because God brought it to pass. To you, I address these words, "Stop being afraid of the fire." In the last days, Holiness and Righteousness, personified in the two witnesses, will demonstrate to this world that He lives in the fire and so do those who abide in Him.
Yes, those multitudes who come with Our Lord in the last days will take vengeance with flaming fire. Yes, the Lord is described in fiery terms, and it's time the saints came to terms with it and were described similarly.(Two Witnesses Fire:)
His flaming presence went before the children of Israel out of Egypt. His flaming presence abode with them in clouds and fire (at night). He spoke in power through the flame. What on earth did the children of Israel fear in the fire of His presence? The same question could be asked today…at least by me. Why fear the flame of glory? Enter into it!Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire.
Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud.
Speaking to the children of Israel, their leadership invoked their understanding about their situation. We need such invoking today!Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. Deuteronomy 4:36
Therefore understand today that the LORD your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you;
Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
It is time for the fire to fall. It is time for me to pray for church leaders and pew folks. It is time to pray the same prayer as Elijah, "Let the God who answereth by fire, be God."Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Until Next Month,
Dr. C.R. Oliver PhD.
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L.B. from the Czech Republic writes:
Dear Dr. Oliver,
Many years ago you sent me a copy of The Sons of Zadok. It spoke to me so much that I lent the book out to many different people and found that only the true Zadoks enjoyed reading it. It's not everyday in this country that one meets another Zadok, however recently I have. He's a wonderful pastor named Zd…. and after sharing your book with him, he expressed interest in wanting to have his own copy plus he would like to one day see this book translated into Czech.
Note from Author: Our hearts also want to see Sons of Zadok in Chinese. If any of you know one who could translate it to Chinese, please contact us at email@example.com. We want to see this translated into Czech as well.
Missionaries and Missions:
1. We were happy to see Missionary Russell Stendal's picture on the front cover of the "Voice of Martyrs" special magazine. Russell ministers out of Bogota, Columbia and has made tremendous inroads into heavily armed areas through his radio broadcasts from several towers operating in the rural areas of that nation. The following picture shows Russell in the field handing preset radios to FARC fighters. It is this revolutionary group that captured and held Russell for hostage some years back---So he is very much interested in rescuing his former captors and seeing them come to Christ. Any donations to assist this work would be well spent and should be directed to: Pan America Mission, PO Box 429, Newburg, Oregon, 97132. Plan to get his new book, Rescue the Captors 2.
Readers can go to the Voice of Martyr's web site at www.persecution.com and sign up to receive all this information.
2. From Missionaries Larry and Marla Johnson, Guatemala.
I was privileged to have lunch with the Johnson's while in the U.S. preaching tour and they relate that the "Cup of Salvation Church" we gave the materials to is under construction and will be completed before you read this newsletter. We hope to have pictures in the next newsletter.
It is our desire to build 10 new churches this year through Zadok Publications and Oliver Evangelistic Association. The cost of a church is roughly $3000 in materials as the recipients are ready to do the work. Just think, for $3000 you or a group of You's could have a church built and actually say, "I built that church in a mission field." You might even want to give a name to it as we have this one and it would be done. I want to say that Larry and Marla build churches for several missionary groups, so one might have a church of God pastor and another an Assembly or Independent Spirit filled group. They build in areas that do not have another full gospel work and most of the times have no other protestant church at all. We are happy to transfer funds from you to them as a donation or you may contact them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.guatemalamission.org.
Here is a note from the Johnsons:
The beginning of April marks the construction thrust for '08. We are building churches all this month and ask that you pray for our Guatemalan team of construction workers as they stay in the villages building. They often sleep on the floor or outside and eat whatever the villagers can feed them. They are a great group of Christian men who want to do something with eternal value with their skill, although paid for their labor they look at it as a ministry to the Lord. They could easily work here in the city and sleep in their own beds for the same money or more, but they choose to make the sacrifice for the kingdom of God. So we ask that you pray for Jeremiah and his crew.
A final word: One of our readers from Hawaii supplied the engine that the Johnsons so badly needed for their truck. Thank you.
Picture from one of the three Feeding Stations where meals are provided for all those children you see, three days a week…think, this may be all the food they get, but the the missionary outreach has reached out….Bless the Lord.
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