To say there is no such thing as strange fire is to deny the fact of the fallen spiritual world around us. Satan and demons are real entities that presently exist, roaming planet earth and seeking to devour those who they may. They produce counterfeits of the things of God seeking to deceive and mislead many.
There are false prophets. There are false signs and wonders. The Bible warns of both. However, does this mean we discredit everything? In our fear of receiving the counterfeit do we also reject the genuine that God so desires to give to us?
In my studies I have seen three levels as it were concerning the fire of God’s presence. All three may be clearly seen in the Tabernacle.
First is the fire of the brazen altar in the outer court.
This is the fire of salvation. It is for all to see and for all to receive. The majority of the church believes in this fire, accepts its glow, and allows it to warm their passions for Jesus in their lives. It is the Feast of Passover that has already been experienced on earth by the Church.
Second is the fire of the Golden Candlestick.
This is the fire of the Spirit. This fire was “hidden” away in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. You had to go through the door to get into it’s light. This speaks to us of the Baptism in and/or the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Here the gifts of the Spirit flow and greater revelation is given concerning the person of The Word, Jesus Christ (loaves of bread) and prayer and fellowship with the Lord (altar of incense). Some in the Church choose not to enter into this realm of fire. That is their choice, but let’s not call it strange fire! This is the Feast of Pentecost that the Church has already experienced upon the earth.
Third is the fire of God’s manifested presence.
This is the pillar of fire by night and cloud by day that hovered over the entire Tabernacle and specifically over the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. This fire is the manifest presence of the Father’s glory among men. You dare not enter the Holy of Holies without presenting blood on the mercy seat of the Ark. This is the fire and greater glory (CC. 2 Cor. 3:18) that is about to be released to the Church for blessing and upon the world in judgment. This is the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles as seen in the Book of Revelation. This has yet to be experienced on the earth, but its time is upon us.
The frightening part is that some in the Church will dare to call this ‘strange fire’ as well. We must never forget it was the religious legalists and the government of Rome that sought to put the fire of Jesus’ life out.
However, you cannot extinguish a fire that God Himself starts…