Hosea 6:1-3 “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
The Scene: A vision of the spring fires that burn off the old grasses and chaff of the last season– symbolic of the Christian’s test of fire by our Lord.
After the spring burn off there appears new growth coming up out of the scorched earth (new beginnings).
When Jesus was put on the cross and killed, many of His followers were discouraged and depressed. It appeared that the Church had been stopped in its tracks. Then after a short while (50 days) Pentecost occurred- -the Church’s spirit was reignited by the Holy Spirit and the Church began to grow, once again, with new vigor and promise.
The new growth in the scene is like the Church in its infancy.
The fires of hell came and tried to kill both Jesus and the Church, but they both were raised, restored and now flourish, like root structure of the grasses that have been burned. The fires of hell will not prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ our Savior and Messiah.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to baptize us with fire.
Luke 3:16 “John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit* and with fire.’ ” *for cleansing of the soul.
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