Doctrine of Baptism of Fire

November 30, 2014


A. Definition.
1. The baptism of fire is defined as the judgment of the Tribulational unbelievers at the Second Advent. They are removed from the earth and placed in fire for 1,000 years until the Last Judgment.
2. Both Jews and Gentiles who are Tribulational unbelievers are involved in this Second Advent judgment.
3. This judgment results in the Millennium beginning with believers only, Mt 3:11,12; Lk 3:16.

B. The baptism of fire is one of seven different baptisms in the Bible.
1. Real baptisms are minus water. They are an identification of something with something else, i.e., an actual identification.
a. In the baptism of Moses, the Jews were identified with Moses in crossing the Red Sea. Moses was identified with the cloud, Jesus Christ, 1 Cor 10:2. No one got wet.
b. In the baptism of the cross, our sins were identified with Christ on the cross. This is also called the baptism of the cup, Mt 20:22; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Pet 2:24. No one got wet.
c. In the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit enters the Church Age believer into union with Christ, 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 3:26,28; Col 2:12; Acts 1:5; Rom 6:34; Eph 4,5.
d. In the baptism of fire, unbelievers are identified with fire for 1,000 years, Lk 3:16 17; Mt 3:11 12; 2 Thes 1:79; Mt 25:31, 33.
2. Ritual baptisms are wet baptisms in which the water represents something.
a. In the baptism of John, the water portrayed the kingdom of God, and believers entered into the water to show they were a part of the kingdom of God, Mt 3:6-11; Jn 1:25-33.
b. In the baptism of Jesus, the water represented the plan of God for the First Advent in sending the Son to the cross, and the Son accepting the will of God by entering the water, Mt 3:13-17.
c. In water baptism for Church Age believers, water represented the baptism of the Holy Spirit, making them members of the royal family of God. We are identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, Acts 2:38, 41, 8:36,38, 16:15,33. Water baptism was a training aid to represent what happened at salvation. It teaches the baptism of the Holy Spirit until the Canon was completed. It is questionable as to what if any benefit it has after the completion of the Canon. There is no present linear aktionsart imperative for this ritual as is mandated for the Lord’s supper.

C. The time of the baptism of fire is at the Second Advent, 2 Thes 1:7-9; Mt 3:11,12.

D. The announcement of the baptism of fire was given to John the Baptist, Mt 3:11,12; Lk 3:16,17. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of fire demonstrate the power of Jesus Christ. In the days of Noah, all unbelievers were removed from the earth by water; at the Second Advent it will be by fire.

E. The analogy to the baptism of fire is found in Mt 24:36-41. The one left in the field is the mature believer; the one taken is the unbeliever. The Second Advent is compared to the days of Noah when people had no time for doctrine because they were too distracted by the pleasures of normal living.

F. Parables of the Baptism of Fire.
1. The wheat and the tares, Mt 13:24-30, 36-40.
2. The good and bad fish, Mt 13:47-50.
3. The ten virgins, Mt 25:1-13.
4. The sheep and the goats, Mt 25:31-46.
5. The talent test, Mt 25:14-30. The one talent man represents the unbeliever.

G. The Jewish Baptism of Fire, Ezek 20:34-38; Isa 1:25-27. All Jewish unbelievers of the Tribulation go into fire, Mal 3:16, 4:12. Christ judges them in the desert.

H. The Gentile Baptism of Fire, Mt 25:31-46.

I. The baptism of fire is used to motivate and evangelize Jews of the Church Age, Heb 12:27-29. The punishment area for the baptism of fire is Torments where all unbelievers await the Last Judgment.

J. The baptism of fire vindicates the character of Jesus Christ, Rev 19:11, “in righteousness He judges.”

K. The baptism of fire is necessary for the beginning of a new civilization in the Millennium. In each civilization man has a different life span. Each civilization has its own climate and its own variation in species. All civilizations begin with believers only. A civilization is the divine protection of the human race during the angelic conflict. There are four civilizations: antediluvian, postdiluvian, Millennium, and eternity.

L. Applications of this doctrine (Rev Lesson #645).
1. The application to the Jews in the Church Age is that you cannot handle life if you are easily shaken, Heb 12:27-29. If you are distracted by emotional preaching, you will be shocked by disaster.
2. It is important to believe in Christ in crisis opportunities.
3. The integrity of our Lord is vindicated.
4. The baptism of fire is necessary to start a new civilization.