"ON EAGLES’ WINGS MINISTRIES"
“HIS MINISTERS A FLAMING FIRE.” PART 1. MARCH 2016
maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire. Psalm 104:4; “And of
the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame
of fire.” Hebrews 1: 7.
The second scripture
offered by the writer of the Hebrews, is merely a cross reference with the one
rendered by David in the Psalms. But one is used to underscore and add
authenticity to the other. This study will be centered mainly in the physical
nature and expression of God’s holy fire as recorded in scripture. Since this
is likely to be unusual to some and possibly hard to digest to others, let me begin
by showcasing a little of my personal life’s history. When in my teenage years
in Kingston, Jamaica, my land of birth, I worked in a number of Chinese grocery
stores, serving over the counter. When I relocated to a parish 50 miles west of
Kingston, I continued to work in the same capacity. In this setting, I attended
a number of Chinese celebrations, and sitting around the dinner table, I was
the only “non-Chinese” among them all.
Every other person spoke
Chinese and the table is usually full of Chinese dishes; which was foreign to
me. I did not know the names or how they tasted: so I sampled each dish as the
carousel turned and turned. When I tasted a dish that satisfied my taste buds,
I kept my eyes on it until it came around to me the second time. Over all, by
sampling one dish after another—and avoiding others, I enjoyed the occasion to
its fullest. I managed not to embarrass myself or my host. The general
consensus is that you don’t have to fight with the cook or the butler: simply
eat that which is palatable to your taste buds. I have said all of the above,
simply to suggest that what I am about to share, is like all my other writings.
I offer them freely as I am inspired to do: but you as the reader is free to
accept or reject these truths as you see fit. Don’t stop reading at the first
verse or passage that you find hard to digest: keep reading and no doubt you
will discover little nuggets of truth that will warm your heart. From my
vantage point, I have boldness in what I share in the ministry, because my
practice is to stay within the context of the written word of God.
Where I differ from many
others, is the interpretation and application of what some “think the word is
saying.” Bible commentaries whether in the bible footnotes or written in best-selling
books are only the opinion and interpretation of the authors—but nothing beats
the WORD itself: and that is why I stay within the context of the written word.
Again! In this study, receive what you can, and as they say, that which is a
little hard for you right now, simply “pigeon hole it” for a later date. But
always remember that which you reject is gone out of your grasp, possibly
forever. We are told that charity believes all things. A pastor in northern
California said that her duty is to believe all things. But after she goes in
prayer, the Holy Spirit will quicken to her what is true and what is
false. Friends! We must trust the Holy
Ghost as he was promised to guide us into ALL TRUTH. John 16:13. We must always
bear in our minds that truth is shared in segments or installments, as we grow
from glory to glory. My former Presiding
Bishop, Monroe Saunders said in Washington DC: the church is not standing
anywhere; it is moving forward from truth to truth. But we should remember that
growing in Christ is like climbing a flight of stairs: and you don’t get to the
step above, until you get off the step below. Moreover, you don’t take the
steps with you: you leave them for others who are coming behind.
Some years ago, possibly in the early 1950s a brother by the name of Franklin Hall, Phoenix, AZ wrote a book titled “Atomic Power with God through Fasting.” A number of ministers west of the Mississippi got a hold of that truth and ran with it. Some became big names with nationwide wide ministries. Many years later, in the early 80s I was blessed to meet Brother Hall in Phoenix and ministered at his Assembly while in town. His brother took me out to Apache Junction to a gold smelting plant that had a conveyor belt leading into the plant from the surrounding mountains. I learned a lot of spiritual truths while touring the plant, which I will not go into at this time.
Matthew 4:11. But the Tempter knew the
scriptures, and in daring Jesus to cast himself down from the heights, he
quoted this scripture: “He shall give his
angels charge concerning thee: and
in their hands they shall bear thee
up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Matthew 4:6. We
know the story well, how that after Peter was delivered from prison by an
angel, he went and knocked on the door where other disciples were meeting and
praying for his release.
the damsel who opened the door announced that it was Peter, they quickly
decided that it was not Peter, but his angel. Having established the truth and
reality of angels, we have to move on the next half of the equation. Any
reasonable person with any measure of honestly and purpose must acknowledge
that if indeed God made his angels spirits, it must also be an established
truth that God also made his ministers a flame of fire as the scriptures have
we embark upon a biblical safari, searching out the meaning of ministers of
fire, we will quickly see that Jesus taught this truth: and Paul added his
understanding and revelations to the subject. Before we proceed, let us explain
that human beings are actually light beings. An experiment was performed on
television in which a man and a woman met around a table under special cameras.
They were told to embrace with their fingertips almost touching, but leaving a
certain amount of space between them. They were then told to embrace and to put
all emotions into it. As they did light beams began to be emitted from the
fingertips of both parties, in so much, that the light met in the middle to
become a single light.
the years, in church, when we spoke of our light shining before men that they
may see our good works and be led to glorify our heavenly Father, we were
always told it meant our good, clean, and spotless living. The idea of actual
light was never brought into the equation; because that concept was too
far-fetched. But let me explain some truths that I brought with me to America
when I first visited in March 1969.
When I arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, I brought
with me the beliefs of Bro. Franklin Hall of whom I spoke earlier. I taught
what is called “Body Felt Salvation” and people lined up around the altar for
hands to be laid on them for the baptism of fire. I had to go back to Kingston,
Jamaica to file my papers with the US Embassy there. On my next trip into
Baltimore (on my way back to London) I again ministered to people around the
altar. After laying hands on a certain sister, she whispered to herself: “I
thank God for feeling the fire once again.” That spoke volumes to me, because
after my departure the first time, I knew that the local ministry would not
follow through on the ministry that I had introduced for one reason or the
is a question that I want you to ponder and make it personal. Do you think that
an angel is spirit one day, and is something else the next? Don’t you think
that they are always spirit beings, because they were made so? I am sure you
have to answer YES. By the same token since the Word of God confirms that HE
has made HIS ministers a flaming fire, don’t you think that they are always
flames of fire? But they don’t walk down the street every day displaying the
fire: like in the case of Jesus. Watch what happened in his case!
“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter,
James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment
was white as the light.” Matthew 17: 1,2. The secret in this transaction is that Jesus
was always that bright. He walked in that glory every day: but in this moment,
he lifted the scales from off the eyes of the disciples, and they saw him as he
really is. Long before Jesus came to earth, he was referred to as a light.
“The people that walked in darkness have
seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon
them hath the light shinned. Isa. 9:2. Lord lettest thou thy servant depart in
peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou
hast prepared before the face of all people: a light to lighten the Gentiles,
and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32. One of the main
characteristics of “Body Felt Salvation” is the word “UPON.” By applying that
word, the overall understanding becomes physical. For instance notice the
implications in the following scriptures.
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen UPON THEE. For, behold, the darkness
shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise UPON THEE, and his glory shall BE SEEN UPON THEE. And the Gentiles
shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Isa.60:1-3.
It can easily be argued that the language used by the prophet here is purely metamorphic that should not be taken literally. These scriptures referred to the coming of Jesus Christ to earth and the glory he would bring. However later we shall examine what Jesus said in regards to this study, and how we should understand it. Once again, we look closely at the word UPON. Just before he ascended up to heaven, Jesus gave this command to his disciples. “And behold, I send the promise of my Father UPON YOU: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued (clothed upon) with power from on high.” Luke 24:49. Our next step is to join at least one hundred and twenty souls, who are waiting in the upper room for the past ten days—and now, something unique and unknown is about to transpire that would shake Jerusalem to its very core. Its ripples would break into a flood that would shake the Roman Empire off its foundation; banish its broken pieces into oblivion, so that its former glory would become something like a mirage.
us observe how a single prophecy can have double meanings that apply to two or
more people living in different time frames and under different circumstances.
We read the following: “And the glory of
the Lord shall be revealed, and all
flesh shall SEE IT together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
Isaiah 40: 5. Many will say that this prophecy concerns Israel as a nation;
and my bible caption says verse three refers to the preaching of John the
Baptist. So already we see how far reaching these prophecies can be.
We are going to equate UPON with SEE, and both are addressed in Isaiah 60. The glory is risen UPON THEE—and his glory shall be SEEN UPON THEE. So it is easy to compress both thoughts into one single expression of truth. We can remember that Jesus said: “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father UPON YOU: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued (CLOTHED UPON) with power from above.” Luke 24: 49. Shortly after this, Jesus ascended up into heaven and the disciples returned to the city and went into seclusion in the upper room: where they would wait ten days to complete the 50 days required from the Passover to Pentecost since Jesus, after his resurrection spent 40 days with the disciples teaching them things concerning the kingdom of God.
By this statement made by Peter, we must conclude that not only the hundred and twenty souls in the upper room saw the glory of the Lord as tongues of fire sitting upon each person’s head: but it was necessary for him to explain to the multitudes rushing together to see what was going on, what they were witnessing. Human bodies were set on fire (and their bodies were not burnt) in an amazing display of God’s glory emanating from the bodies of the humble people. Some of the confused folks brushed it off as a display of people who were drunk. This heavenly manifestation did not cease after Pentecost: neither was it confined to the apostles alone.
All across the broad spectrum of the Christian landscape, people are taught a salvation that is centered in emotion and not anything physical. In other words, it is believed that salvation does not actually affect the human body. Thus, our salvation experience functions within our deep emotions. When stirred to tears, we weep with joy, dance in the Spirit, speak in tongues, and yield to the stirring of our emotions. But where can you get teachings on an experience that takes control of the body? We love to teach that we are actually “spirit beings” with a soul and living in a body; as David Ebaugh of Harrisburg, PA wrote so beautifully. However, along with us being spirit beings, we are also light beings: and as we alluded to from time to time, the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.
How did this happen? “And the angel said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come UPON THEE, and the power of the most Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35. By the Holy Ghost coming UPON HER and the power of the Highest overshadowing her, Mary was left pregnant that would result in the birth of the Son of God. It was then that the Word became flesh so as to dwell among us.
The people standing with Moses on the sides of mount Sinai saw a unique demonstration of glory that they could not understand. In fact, we cannot be sure that even Moses himself knew the true significance of what was happening at the time. He himself at first did not know that the skin of his face shone brightly; and after he realized it he covered his face. We can safely assume that both Moses and the people had no idea of what God’s message woven into that event really meant. Only when we fast forward to New Testament times and open our study to Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, do we learn the true significance of what God intended to teach us from the fiery display upon the very skin of the face of Moses. From this single event, we must train ourselves to learn and accept that the human body can be used as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty to convey his message. As we proceed, we will learn how our salvation experience is designed to accommodate the Holy Spirit in whatever form he chooses to display himself.
This should not be a hard task, since we are told to: “Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1st Corinthians 6:20. (Continued in part 2.)
In His Service—Royce
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