Andy Hollifield 3-23-18
Matthew 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
1 Samuel 14:45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the Lord liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.
Daniel 3:27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of the head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire passed on them.
Luke 21:17-18 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. (18) But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
The word “hair” is used 64 times in scripture and the word “hairs” is used 15 times. For a couple words that aren’t any more significant than these 2 are, they sure come with some mighty heavy guarantees don’t they? Look at what the verses above are saying. The first one in Matthew is a statement by Jesus promising that all of our hairs have a number of their own. In Daniel 3, it is a statement of fact that their hair wasn’t even singed. As a little side note that will bless you; do you remember who the king saw in the furnace when he looked in? He said in Daniel 3:25 “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Ain’t that something? Jesus tells his disciples in Luke 21 “there shall not an hair of your head perish.” He had proven already that was a promise he could keep because he was with the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace walking, not on the outskirts of the furnace, but in the middle of the fire and their hair wasn’t even singed. And he should know if their hair was intact because he has them all numbered according to Matthew 10. Oh yeah; How did the king know that the fourth man looked like Jesus? Jesus hadn’t even been born into the world yet. All of that may not do anything for you but it excites me! That is actual, factual, historic, proof that Jesus can do what he says he will do. Not that I needed proof because I just take it by faith that he is able.
You have to admit though; when he says in John 3:16 “…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” it makes it real easy to believe. After, all, it’s not just anybody that can walk through fire. Do you realize that the first time “fire” is mentioned in the bible, it is talking about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? Conquering fire and using it for his benefit is an old trick to God. He has done it multiple times. In Exodus 3:2, the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a flame of fire in a burning bush and the bush wasn’t consumed and obviously not the angel. A moment later the voice of the Lord spoke to Moses out of the fire. The Lord also sent fire running along the ground in Egypt. He even led the children of Israel after they left Egypt with a pillar of fire at night. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah prayed and God sent fire out of heaven that was so hot that it not only burnt up a water-soaked sacrifice but also burnt up the wood, the rocks, and the water that was in the trench. Elijah later called fire down from heaven to destroy his enemies and later on he was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind by a chariot and horses of fire. God also brought comfort to Elisha’s servant when he opened the servant’s eyes and allowed him to see the horses and chariots of fire surrounding them for protection when the enemy army had them surrounded. God told Israel in Isaiah 43:2 “When though passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Boy, if that isn’t some divine protection I don’t know what is!
The word fire is used 549 times in the bible. While God may have used fire to deliver his people and answer prayers numerous times, he has also reserved fire to be the catalyst of eternal judgment and separation from him for those who refuse to believe and accept him. Jesus begins as early as Matthew 3 to talk about judgment by fire. In chapter 13, he promises that the end of the world will be by fire. In verse 49-50, Jesus talks about in the end of the world the angels will “sever the wicked from among the just, (50) And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” In Matthew chapter 18, he again speaks of the wicked being cast into everlasting hell fire. In Matthew 25:41 he tells us that hell was not made for man but for the devil and his angels. In Mark 9:43 he tells us that hell’s fire “never shall be quenched” and in verse 44 it says “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” There will be no burning up and it all being over in hell. When you leave here, you will receive a body that can withstand eternity in the flames of hell. In Jude verse 7, Jude speaks about Sodom and Gomorrah still, “suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Throughout the book of Revelation, fire is used by the Lord as judgment on the wicked and also on the beast, the false prophet, and the devil himself in chapters 19 and 20. Revelation 20:15 says “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Verse 10 says “shall be tormented for ever and ever.” Revelation 21:8 gives a list of offenders that “shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.”
Before you get to thinking this isn’t a very encouraging post, remember how it started. It started by talking about the Son of God that is able to deliver us from the fire by the forgiveness of our sins by his blood if we will just call on him and repent and accept him as our Lord and Savior. While it will be sad that there will be multitudes of people that will reject the salvation of God, there are also multitudes that are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Those that have repented and asked for forgiveness of their sins and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. I was playing an old Primitive Quartet song that I used to sing called, “The Only Fire I’ll Ever Feel.” It says it “is burning in my heart” because I don’t have to go to that awful place because Jesus took my penalty of death. He took being forsaken by his Father so I would never have to be forsaken by God because of my sin. In Revelation 22:17, God chose to close out his written word to us with an invitation: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” You also qualify. Jesus died for you. Romans 3:23-25 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” We have all sinned. And we all have to answer the same invitation. We can neglect it until the invitation expires either by the rapture of the church or by our death. When the last breath is gone in this life, so is the opportunity to accept the Lord. I am glad to say that NOT ONE HAIR of mine will ever feel that fire. I don’t have to go. I will one day hear my name read from the Lamb’s book of life. After the tears I will shed at the judgment as I repent of my unconfessed sin, Jesus will wipe them away and tell me to enter in to the joy of the Lord. NOT ONE HAIR of mine will ever be found in hell! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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