On Saturday night, August 18, 2012, I had a spiritual experience during the night. I have not had a lot of these type experiences in 30 years. Each time they had great spiritual significance as the Lord told me what was going to happen.
The words “Strange Fire” were spoken to me over, and over, and over. Then I heard, “Don’t offer to me strange Fire. Some in the church are offering me strange fire, like the sons of Aaron did, and don’t know that I will not accept it. I will judge strange fire and remove it from my presence.”
I had no idea what the Lord Jesus was talking to me about and had never even thought of strange fire, as far as I could remember. I got my Bible and searched for those words and the search led me to Leviticus 10:1-11. I preached about a 1 1/2 hour message on this – this past Sunday night.
It is amazing how this fits in with New Testament scripture. Acts 5:1-12, Acts 9:1-9, Acts 12, 1Corinthians 5:1-7, 1Corinthians 10:1-14, Revelations chapters 2 & 3.
1And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. 2And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 3Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. 4And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. 5So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said. 6And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled. 7And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses. 8And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, 9Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 11And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses. (Lev. 10:1-11)
Nadab and Abihu, had been taught and trained about the priesthood and how to reverently and respectfully worship the Lord God. They decided not to obey what they were taught and do it their own way. The came up with their own idea (mans plans). No flesh will glory in the presence of God, and the fire of God killed them because of their pride and haughty attitude.
Mans plans abound in the church today, and I know the Lord is highly displeased. The “brass of the world has been brought in the church and replaced the gold.” His mercy, grace and love has been waiting for the church to judge these things and get them out. Now He is judging these things Himself. He has given us space to repent and there is yet a little time, but it has already begun. Rev. 2:21-23
FIVE WAYS THEY SINNED
1.They did what was not commanded in ministry.
2.They offered “strange fire” (of their own making, not the fire of the altar) before God (Lev. 10:1; Num. 3:4)
3.They offered incense at the wrong time and place.
4.They failed to sanctify themselves before God and the congregation, who were in a state of religious ecstasy (Lev. 10:3, 9:24).
5.They got drunk and tried to carry on holy services in this condition (Lev. 10:3, 9).
I will respect and honor the Lord and approach the Lord the way the Bible, and my Spiritual Fathers and Mothers, taught me to. We are in the edges of the greatest move of God the church and world has ever seen. May we all go in together.