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Holy Fire or Unholy Deception?

Posted by lamarzulli on April 18, 2012

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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.”

Thousands travel to Jerusalem to witness “Holy Fire” « News that matters

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.

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28 Responses to “Holy Fire or Unholy Deception?”

  1. Lisa said

    Good Morning LA and brothers and sisters:

    This posting today is very interesting. I have never heard of this phenomenon before. At first when I was reading it, I thought it was an excerpt from a fictional book. As LA pointed out, people are so hungry for God yet they run to extremes instead of accepting the simple Gospel of Jesus because it is easy to get caught up with excietment. This also should be no surprise to us as the antichrist will come in place of Christ, as Christ…so these type of events will probably become more and more manifest as we approach the very, very end. Discernment is key, always. God bless everyone. Amen!

  2. Frank said

    Wow. I feel sad for those who fall for this. Why must we persist in taking Glory away from Jesus Christ and what He did for our parlor tricks?

    I agree with LA that isprobably trick and sleight of hand. Long ago, Dan Breen in Ireland was sent to investigate a Marian apparition and a Mary statue that wept blood. Turns out that the statue had been rigged with clock work and a well of lamb’s blood to bleed at certain times.

    So, seeing folks accomplish something like this is no surprise.

  3. goldendeal747 said

    And can you imagine a silent craft flying by, not making a sound, 2, 3 even 4 football field long, and defying any and all earthly technology. There will be more than a few shocked and dismayed at what they are seeing. To be honest, I will be a bit shocked as well; this is something you don’t expect to see, or even believe is possible.
    It will be very easy to be lead astray when the supernatural manifest itself if you don’t know the truth. Thanks to Dr Marzulli, I now know what UFO’s really are, and will not fall for the deceptive trap, but I will still be amazed at seeing such a craft, I mean who wouldn’t? Then again my jaw dropped when a B-2 Spirit (also known as the Stealth Bomber) flew by me at an air show recently so maybe I am easily impressed. It was completely silent, and almost a complete V shape in the air,it was somewhat strange to see it actually flying.

  4. Lisa said

    Hey LA:

    This is off topic, but thought you might find interesting….

    Two states only solution and Israel to commit, Jordan King
    Illegal settlements block peace, he tells the EU parliament
    18 April, 15:27

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    (ANSAmed) – STRASBOURG – The “Two States” solution is the only possible for the peace process in the Middle East.

    It is thus necessary that “Israel be committed” to create “Two states with equal dignities and self-determination” with “East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine.” It’s a solution which will guarantee safety and peace in Israel”, otherwise “Israel will be far from being secure and it will take decades to restart the peace process.” This was the message given by King Abdullah II of Jordan to the plenary hall in Strasbourg. A guest of the European Parliament at the end of talks with the EU, the Jordanian King was widely applauded by all and given a standing ovation.

    In his speech to the parliament, Abdullah II stated that the partnership with the EU is “useful” to “keep the pressure going and hopes high.” The King also said that it is the illegal settlements which are creating an obstacle to the peace process.” After remembering that “ten years ago the Arab initiative took the decision to look ahead and not back to find an agreement” but since then “another generation still awaits in vain for a Palestinian nation.” King Abdullah reiterated the fact that the two states solution “is supported by the whole Muslim world.” “There is no time to wait” he added, warning that prolonging things will just “add frustration.” Speaking to the European Parliament, the monarch then illustrated the steps made by his country towards democracy, highlighting the Constitutional reforms and the start of Parliamentary elections: “only in this way shall we be a safe haven.” (ANSAmed).

  5. JAN said

    L.A. I was wondering if you could speak to testing the spirit some time, My ignorance is showing but it would be of great help for a mini teaching, Also i follow some of the Torah codes through (Rabbi Glazerson) however you seem to have really good connections to finding codes i have not seen. Thank you for sharing !

  6. John Michael said

    Many are looking for proof that Yeshua was here, that He performed miracles was crucified and rose from the dead.

    They will look for it in relics, burned tortillas, toasted bread, water stains on walls and glass and much more. When such as these are found, people make pilgrimages to them to have their faith strengthened because their definition of faith is not the same as the described in the word of God, Hebrews 11:1.

    The wildly popular Catholic movie that Mel Gibson made, which was based more on a book of fiction than on scripture, drove many people to the theater to see images that God never meant for any of us, Exodus 20:4. It caused many popular figures of Christianity to say they would never read scripture again without seeing these images.

    The Sadducees and Pharisees had lots of visual proof and yet denied Christ and when put to the test they asked that He be nailed to a cross for His supposed guilt.

    When the satanic signs and lying wonders arrive and they will, many will fall for them and be lost to his lies.

    We need to know what we know and not let anything shake us or impress us in the visual as we are born of the Spirit.

    • Debra said

      Hi John Michael~
      Could you be referring to “The Last Temptation Of Christ” starring Willem Dafoe? This is the one that has allusions to the Jesus-married-Mary-Magdalene bloodline conspiracy. Mel was involved in “The Passion” where much of the acting dialogue was spoken in Aramaic and is about the last few days/moments of Jesus’ earthly life. Just curious.
      Blessings to you.
      Debra

    • John Michael said

      Debra,

      Hi, I should have mentioned it so as not to draw attention to it. The title is The Passion of the Christ.

    • ghillie said

      Hello John M, “The Passion Of the Christ ” really brought home to me how much Jesus suffered for us. I knew of the torture Jesus went through but hadn’t really accepted it in my mind’s eye. I don’t think Exodus 20:4 applies to this movie.

    • John Michael said

      Ghillie,

      Please re read Exodus 20:4 and they pray about it, read some commentaries about it and I believe that you will see that it does apply. We can discuss this movie further if you’d like.

      Shalom

      Michael

    • ghillie said

      Hello Michael, I shall have to gently decline the offer to discuss “The Passion of the Christ”. I do not believe we would be able to change each others minds.Thanks for the offer though.

    • NICK said

      very true, Rev.13.11-14 is something very few alive will not fall into the deception of the Antichrist, in fact had these days not been shortened all would fall for the father of lies, but for the Elect sake they where shortened.

  7. White phosphorus self ignites and burns the oxygen in the air, making it fairly cool to the touch, comparativly speaking. They take a parlor trick and blaspheme the importance of the resurrection.

  8. James said

    I had not heard of this stuff before. I thank you for sharing. You have been blowing my mind here lately. I am in the middle of “Unholy Deception” Nephilim 2 so when this popped up I had to read it of course. I read your blogs everyday though…

  9. latenightlisa said

    I’m glad you touched on this. A Christian posted it on FB & sounded excited by it but of course I chalked it up to another demonic “sign & wonder” or scam. Too bad he doesn’t place a cam in the tomb & we could see it on film at least.

  10. Max Neptune said

    Hi LA,
    If I would have seen the video without any reporting or commentary, I would have had the same reaction as I did with all the added verbage. It’s delusion.

  11. 1st John 4

    1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
    2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

    3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:
    and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

    4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

    5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
    6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

  12. Debra said

    Sorry if I sound naive on this but does “trying the spirits” just mean asking it if Jesus has come in the flesh? Or is there more to this admonition?

    • latenightlisa said

      That’s good but also test them against The Word of God. If we diligently study The Bible then we will know what to look for. What is true vs. false.

  13. latenightlisa said

    There seem to be a lot more Christians warning about the Alien deception these days:

  14. Gordy said

    Can yoga ever be Christian? Find out with guest and researcher Caryl Matrisciana on the show Christ in Prophecy.

    • Andrea said

      Yoga is its own religion but stretching exercises and meditating on the Word of God are not in themselves practicing “yoga.” If you are practicing yoga you are purposefully setting yourself to contact this specific spiritual entity. Many Christians do not meditate on God’s Word because they fear meditation because of its heavy association with yoga. (Did she say that?)

    • kiwijim said

      I have not watched this video as yet and Caryl may have addressed the point I am about to mention, but we need to understand that each separate yoga “position” is in itself, a “position of worship” and have been designed as such by the Hindu Masters. This is an indisputable fact whether we realize it or not. If we use the excuse that we are not consciously worshiping another god, but are using these positions for stretching and exercise, then we’re deluding ourselves.
      Let me ask you this, why would we eat Halal food when we know it has been offered up to the false god Allah, especially when there are other alternate foods available to us.?? Why would we walk into a Catholic Church and bow down to a statue of Mary when we know we are forbidden to do this..so then why on earth would we assume a “position” of Hindu worship and call it nothing more than a harmless stretching exercise, when we know this is not so.?
      As believers, we are specifically told in the Word not to take on the practices and customs of the heathen, yet many of us do so with glee and defend these actions with defiant indignation. It would be better for us to cultivate a simple love for the Truth which is Jesus Christ, and if we truly love Him, we will obey His commandments and walk in His ways…and not our own.
      kj

    • Andrea said

      …and in my limited understanding, His Way, His Truth, His Life is Grace…

      Okay, help me understand this now, please…

      A”position of worship” to what? a false god? If it’s a false god, then wouldn’t everything associated with it be false? [1 Corinthians 8:5) -"for though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth...6)but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."]

      What advice does the apostle Paul give us in speaking about eating meat sacrificed to idols? I think if you read carefully 1 Corinthians Chapter 8, you will perhaps gain a better understanding of these kinds of things…idols…false gods…they are not alive…therefore they have no power.

  15. Gordy said

    Criticism of Holy Fire – Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Fire

    As with all alleged miracles, many question the validity of the Holy Fire, noting, for instance, that cold-handed pilgrims generally withstand the fire for the same very brief periods of time as can be achieved with any fire.
    Criticism dates at least to the days of Islamic rule of Jerusalem, but the pilgrims were never stopped, because of the significant revenue they brought to local governments even at the end of the first millennium. When the apparently uninitiated Crusaders took over the Orthodox clergy in charge of the fire, it failed to appear, increasing the skepticism among Western Christians. But feeling the lack of pilgrim revenues, Baldwin I of Jerusalem reinstated the Orthodox priests in charge, and the fire, as well as the stream of revenues, returned.
    In 1238, Pope Gregory IX denounced the Holy Fire as a fraud.
    The Ottoman traveller, Evliya Celebi, claimed that a hidden zinc jar of naphtha was dripped down a chain by a hidden monk.[13]
    Edward Gibbon wrote scathingly about the alleged phenomenon in the concluding volume of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire:
    This pious fraud, first devised in the ninth century, was devoutly cherished by the Latin crusaders, and is annually repeated by the clergy of the Greek, Armenian, and Coptic sects, who impose on the credulous spectators for their own benefit and that of their tyrants.[14]
    Some Greeks have been critical of the Holy Fire, such as Adamantios Korais who condemned what he considered to be religious fraud in his treatise “On the Holy Light of Jerusalem.” He referred to the event as “machinations of fraudulent priests” and to the “unholy” light of Jerusalem as “a profiteers’ miracle”.
    In 2005 in a live demonstration on Greek television, Michael Kalopoulos, author and historian of religion, dipped three candles in white phosphorus. The candles spontaneously ignited after approximately 20 minutes due to the self-ignition properties of white phosphorus when in contact with air. According to Kalopoulos’ website:
    If phosphorus is dissolved in an appropriate organic solvent, self-ignition is delayed until the solvent has almost completely evaporated. Repeated experiments showed that the ignition can be delayed for half an hour or more, depending on the density of the solution and the solvent employed.
    Kalopoulos also points out that chemical reactions of this nature were well known in ancient times, quoting Strabo, who states “In Babylon there are two kinds of naphtha springs, a white and a black. The white naphtha is the one that ignites with fire.” (Strabon Geographica 16.1.15.1-24) He further states that phosphorus was used by Chaldean magicians in the early fifth century BC, and by the ancient Greeks, in a way similar to its supposed use today by the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem.[15]
    Russian skeptic Igor Dobrokhotov has analysed the evidence for an alleged miracle at length at his website, including the ancient sources[16] and contemporary photos and videos.[17] He has also reproduced fire-bathing and has uncovered contradictions in the story of the “column split by lightning.”
    Dobrokhotov and other critics, including Russian Orthodox researcher Nikolay Uspensky,[18] Dr. Aleksandr Musin of Sorbonne, and some Old Believers quote excerpts from the diaries of Bishop Porphyrius (Uspensky) (1804-1885)[19] which told that the clergy in Jerusalem knew that the Holy Fire was fraudulent.
    Porphyrius was a Russian Orthodox archimandrite who was sent on the official Church-related research mission to Jerusalem and other places (Egypt, Mount Athos). While in Jerusalem, he founded the Russian Mission there. Later, after his return to the Russian Empire, he was made a bishop in the diocese of Kiev.

  16. michael said

    Whilst i normally concur with much of what is written here, I am not so quick to rush to judgment that the high priest here is some charlatan trickster. Could it be genuine, whether some unknown atmospheric condition or God or even demonic? I am more hesitant to suggest the latter though.

    Alot of the church rushes to judge that which they themselves have not experienced as either demonic or it will get marginalized–like tongues, for example. Let’s be careful here.

    • Andrea said

      To be safe I always put it to the “let scripture verify it” test. If it’s of God, there will be some testimony of it previously recorded in the holy scriptures so as not to deceive the very elect…if they could be.

    • John Michael said

      So, it doesnt burn hair or skin, but it will light a candle? In my opinion, an act, made to deceive and I can find no scriptural basis for it.

      The Sadducees and Pharisees witnessed miracles by Yeshua, yet when put to the test, they called for Him to be nailed to the cross.

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