Flames of Fire
In this study, we will look at scripture from three books of the bible. All of these are in reference to the Lord's coming. We begin in Isaiah:
For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
At His coming, He will come in fire, And render His anger with fury. He will rebuke with "flames of fire." And by fire and by His sword the Lord plead with all flesh, He will execute judgment and He will slay many.
In Revelation, John describes the Lord's coming:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire...
At His coming, Jesus sits on a white horse and in righteousness he judges and makes war. John describes Jesus with eyes as a "flame of fire." John further describes Christ at His coming:
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Out of the Lord's mouth comes a sharp sword in order to smite the nations. He will rule the nations with a rod of Iron. And He treads the winepress of God's wrath. Isaiah said the Lord will come to render His anger with fury (or heat.) From these two passages, The Lord is coming to execute His judgment among the nations. They both describe the Lord with the flames of fire. From what is given from the above scriptures, this is at the Lord's coming after the tribulation.
In his second letter to the Thessalonians, Paul commends them for their faith and endurance during their time of affliction. Paul writes:
...it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire
Second Thessalonians 1:6-8a
In his letter, Paul says God will repay to those who afflicted the church and give rest of their affliction and Paul's when the Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels "in flaming fire":
...taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
Second Thessalonians 1:8b-10
At this time the Lord will take vengeance on those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel. They will pay the penalty of eternal punishment. And they will be forever away from the Lord's presence and His power and glory when Jesus Comes to be glorified in His saints on that day. The passage of scripture in Second Thessalonians parallels with the parts of scripture of Isaiah and Revelation. And all this will happen at the Lord's coming after the tribulation.