The “Fire” Symbol, As Used In The Bible

Fire in the Bible is a spiritual symbol. Malachi 4:1 (KJV)

Have you ever considered the possibility that every literal event that God has brought to pass was for the purpose of symbolizing a much more important spiritual event; that literal things are “types” (pictures; symbols) of spiritual things?

Fire is one such symbol. This study begins with Malachi 4:1-6, where the fire being referred to is not a literal fire. Though short, in addition to teaching about spiritual fire, this study reminds us of the importance of interpreting scripture within the scope of its context, and is full of thought-starters regarding many other types (pictures; symbols) in the Bible.

You will find out, for example:

  • What or who does the “Sun of righteousness” in Malachi 4:2 refer to?

Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

  • What is the meaning of “baptism of fire”, as mentioned in Matthew 3:11 ?

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

  • Who is “Elijah the prophet”, referred to in Malachi 4:5-6?

Malachi 4:5-6
4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

We hope that you will join us in considering these truths.

Read: The “Fire” Type


See Also:

How to Let the Bible Help You to Understand Bible Symbolism

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