Consuming fire of heaven

When Ahab sent to Elijah a captain of fifty with his fifty men, Elijah let fire come down to heaven and consume them — twice. Interestingly, when Elijah was taken up to heaven, he was consumed in fire as well, although this time around the fire went up instead of coming down, as a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated Elijah and Elisha before he ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. (2 Kgs 1-2) The fire of heaven is a consuming fire, and, as you can see, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fire can extinguish (pun intended), but it can also be used as a mean of purification. Can it be both, then, for example, as in being saved through fire of judgment? (1 Cor 3.10-15)


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