A flamethrower is a mechanical incendiary device - designed to project a long controllable stream of fire. They were first used during World War I and widely used in World War II. Some flamethrowers project a stream of ignited flammable liquid - some project a long gas flame. Most military flamethrowers use liquids - commercial flamethrowers tend to use high-pressure propane and natural gas - which is considered safer. They are used by the military and by people needing controlled burning capacity - as in agriculture or other land management tasks. They can be designed to either be carried by the operator or mounted on a vehicle. Flame throwing devices have made their way into modern movies - creating dramatic effects. All demand respect and careful use.
On the Day of Pentecost - God became the original flame thrower. That flame - commonly known as the Holy Spirit - did not terrify as much as confuse. The disciples and those with them did not know what to think - visual disturbances - strange languages - speaking in foreign tongues - did not make it easier to understand what was happening. In retrospect - we today - understand what was occurring - are impressed - our faith strengthened. Many ask why the Holy Spirit does not come down upon believers as it did on that first Pentecost - yet - it does. In Baptism - Holy Communion - Confirmation - God still sends His Holy Spirit among believers. Each of us has received the fullness of God's Holy Spirit - if we do not see it in our lives - we have to ask ourselves - why not? Do we live lives truly in the Spirit - or have we allowed ourselves to become spiritual couch potatoes? If you are missing this important part of your spiritual life - then immediately pray - Come Holy Spirit Come - and watch for the flames!