“! am going to teach you of the real baptism of the Holy Spirit!” These are the words the Father spoke to me as I stood in a vision before the throne of God.
I can’t go into all the details of that experience. But it was more than a vision to me. It was an experience of His pure holy love.
As he lifted me up off my face to stand before that great white throne, all I saw was pure light. I saw a form of a body sort of speak and it was covered with the purest white robes and only golden light came forth from the rest of his body.
As I stood there after a true dealing and revelation of the Lord, he breathed on me three times, and said, “In the same manner I am strengthening you, strengthen them.
Then he said, Now, I can teach you of the real baptism of the Holy Spirit.”
This happened 25 years ago, and when I came out of that vision experience I asked the Lord, “What did I get, a fake holy spirit?
I felt him chuckle when I asked this. He said, “No you go the real one, but you have no idea of his real work in your life. It is not about the “gifts of the spirit” he imparts though he does, it is about the “work he has come to do in you.”
Then he said, “Henry, what I am making you is more valuable to me than anything you will ever do for me.”
It has taken quite a few years for that to become a reality in me, but it did. I no longer see that infilling and baptism of the Holy Spirit as enabling to do the “work of God” alone, but as enabling work to work deeply in me to reflect the life of Jesus on the earth.
That work of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to refine us like gold and silver and to make us one with the Lord. His work is that we “become a witness of Jesus life in us’ not do witnessing.
As Jesus spoke to Philip he said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” That is what the initial baptism of the Spirit has come to do and still is doing in those who receive it.
In the church age people are caught up about the “gifts of the spirit.” Are they for today? Did they die with the apostles?” Because the emphasis has been about power gifts, too many have missed the “real power of the baptism of the Holy Spirit’s. That power is to “prepare us to rule” with him.
The real baptism of the Holy Spirit is to work and reveal the life of Jesus in us and through us. It is to make us one with him that His life and his kingdom glory is manifest on the earth in and through our lives.
Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is to prepare us to rule and reign with Him so we reflect the light and glory of the Son of God as a witness of Jesus in the world.
We will be able to say to the Phillips in our generation, “If you see us, you see Jesus.”
Our testimony should be the following, we are doing only what Jesus would do if he were here. We are speaking only what he would say if he were here. We will say, “the things we are doing our not our works, but the works of Jesus who lives in us by the Holy Spirit.”
Beloved, God full grown sons and daughters will be the reflection of Jesus Christ as a corporate body of believers on the earth.
“Jesus said, ‘The works I do, you shall also do, because I go to the Father.’” John 14:12.
There is more:
Beloved, it is time to ask him every day, every moment, to fill us again with the fresh fire of the Holy Spirit. Yes, we already have it. Yet we are not to be drunk with wine, but be EVER FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Ephesians: 5:18-19Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord,…
The Baptism of Fire comes to release the “new songs of deliverance” to be sung over us, our families, our churches, our cities and nation. Yes, the Holy Spirit fire is a singing fire. It is making melody in our hearts with the songs of the Lord to deliver us.
In Revelation chapter 5 the over-comers are not weeping, but they are singing a new song. This baptism of fire has released the bridal songs to be song through his full grown sons and daughters.
The song does not declare who they are but what they are, and that is what God is releasing on the earth through them.
Revelation 5: 8 And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb (Christ), each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of fragrant incense, which are the prayers of the saints (God’s people).
9 And they sang a new song [of glorious redemption], saying,
“Worthy and deserving are You to take the scroll and to break its seals; for You were slain [sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 “You have made them to be a kingdom [of royal subjects] and priests to our God; and they will reign on the earth.”
Beloved, this baptism of the Holy Spirit with the finishing fire God has released is transforming us from being “prepared to rule with him” to now in reality begin to “rule and reign with him” on the earth as it is in heaven.
Are you experiencing this new fire? Are you being filled with the spirit of burning pure holy love?
John the Baptist spoke of this when speaking about Jesus, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.” Luke 3:16-17.
Beloved, there is a two part baptism of the Holy Spirit. The initial baptism that has come to “prepare us to rule and reign with him. In that process he comes like a refiner’s fire and fuller soap as found in Malachi 3.
Yet, on the third day there is an additional outpouring of the Holy Spirit that still refines and purifies us but in addition to it we receive an intense deeper outpouring or a Baptism of Fire.
That work of the Holy Spirit is to complete us and bring us to “rule” with him now upon the earth.
The initial baptism of the Holy Spirit outpouring was to “prepare us to rule and reign with him. But now on the third day, he has released an additional element of Fire.
That fire is to complete us. That fire is to lift us to be seated with him in heavenly places. That fire will finish the refining process with the spirit of burning.
Isaiah 4 speaks of this refined remnant and their end time place with the Lord.
“2 In that day the Branch of the Lord will be splendid and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be excellent and lovely to those of Israel who have survived. 3 It will come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy (set apart for God)—everyone who is recorded for [eternal] life in Jerusalem.
4 When the Lord has washed away the [moral] filth of the daughters of Zion and has cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning,
5 then the Lord will create over the entire site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud by day, smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory and brilliance will be a canopy [a defense, a covering of His divine love and protection]. 6 And there will be a pavilion for shade from the heat by day, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and the rain.”
Beloved this fire, the spirit of burning will bring the man-child immediately to be positioned in the heavenly place to rule in the air where the enemy possessed.
In that air are two things, the spirit of accusation from the enemy and the spirit of intercession of Jesus. When the man-child is lifted up into that place, the child enters in with the baptism of fire and burning that lifted them up out of the natural into the spiritual.
When this happens a war breaks out in the “air”. The spiritual place Satan stole from Adam that allowed him to rule over the earth in wickedness is removed. Satan is cast down to where Adam was “with the cursed ground”
The man-child is lifted up to his rightful place in the air to rule and reign with Jesus upon the earth. The accuser of the brethren who accused us day and night before the Lord no longer has that place.
The full grown sons and daughters now have that place by the spirit of burning that has finished them to be holy to the Lord. Now they are positioned to rule and reign with him in that pure holy fire.
The full work of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, (that prepared them to rule) along with the Baptism of fire,(has finished them) to rule and reign with him upon the earth.
Today, let us ask the Holy Spirit for a fresh infilling of His spirit to not only prepare us, but to send his fire of that baptism as well to finish us to “rule” with him now upon the earth as full grown sons and daughters.