Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Holy Fire or Unholy Deception?


 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.  Ephesians 5:6,7

L.A.Marzulli

Before the priest enters the tomb, the Israeli police search him and make sure that there is nothing on his person that could start a fire. An Orthodox Patriarch explains the sequence:
“I enter the tomb and kneel in holy fear in front of the place where Christ lay after His death and where He rose again from the dead… (narrates Orthodox Patriarch Diodor – ed.). I find my way through the darkness towards the inner chamber in which I fall on my knees.
 Here I say certain prayers that have been handed down to us through the centuries and, having said them, I wait. Sometimes I may wait a few minutes, but normally the miracle happens immediately after I have said the prayers. From the core of the very stone on which Jesus lay an indefinable light pours forth. It usually has a blue tint, but the color may change and take many different hues. It cannot be described in human terms. The light rises out of the stone as mist may rise out of a lake — it almost looks as if the stone is covered by a moist cloud, but it is light. This light each year behaves differently. Sometimes it covers just the stone, while other times it gives light to the whole sepulchre, so that people who stand outside the tomb and look into it will see it filled with light. The light does not burn — I have never had my beard burnt in all the sixteen years I have been Patriarch in Jerusalem and have received the Holy Fire. The light is of a different consistency than normal fire that burns in an oil lamp… At a certain point the light rises and forms a column in which the fire is of a different nature, so that I am able to light my candles from it. When I thus have received the flame on my candles, I go out and give the fire first to the Armenian Patriarch and then to the Coptic. Hereafter I give the flame to all people present in the Church.”


This video is an example of how the “religion” and traditions of men usurp the real miracle of the resurrection. The video shows the high priest entering what he believes is the real tomb of Jesus. Of course, no one really knows where that tomb is and thus how can we be certain that this tomb is the correct one? He appears a few moments later with a fiery torch which he claims has been started miraculously. The crowd goes nuts and the chanting and pandemonium begins. The so-called holy fire is then passed from torch to torch and we see people waving their hands over the fire as if this is a sign that some miracle has just occurred. In my opinion the fire is normal, everyday fire and you will notice that no one holds their hand over the flame for very long and no one is lighting their beards on fire. I believe that what we are seeing is mass hysteria and the people who no doubt are well-intentioned are unfortunately deceived.

Human beings are desperate to experience God. We live in a world that is rife with gurus, shamans, hucksters with magic prayer cloths, seed faith offering scams, angels of light, Marian apparitions and second-coming-Jesus’ all of which are deception of the worst sort that attract people who are desperate to find God. This holy fire tradition is no different and I’m willing to bet that the high priest has some kind of match or lighter already concealed in the tomb well in advance of the event.

What I find interesting is that most everyone who is participating in the event is engulfed by it. Everyone seems to be on board with the holy fire, and this is worrisome to me. Why, because when the real deception appears at the hands of the Fallen One, it will come with all signs and lying wonders and the elect will be deceived if that were possible. Can you imagine if lying signs and wonders start to manifest will anyone challenge them and test the spirit behind them?

I closing today’s post: At the end of the article written bv Sue, she quotes Revelation 13:12-14, which says:

It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

I would venture to say this holy fire shows us how gullible and un-discerning we can be and how easy it is to get caught up in mass hysteria. With all due respect to those who might be inclined to believe that they have witnessed a miracle, I would caution that this holy fire is in fact an unholy deception.