The Refiner's Fire:
1 Peter 1:6–7 ….Now: for a little while you may have to suffer various trials so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold, may be tested in order to prove yourself worthy of all praise, glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
James 1:2–4Count it all joy, my brethren when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And you must stand firm, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that has come to test you……
I the Lord do not change; therefore you are not consumed, My people! Isaiah 43:2
There is no painless path to be worthy in God’s sight. Romans 8:18, James 1:12
The truth is this: no pain, no gain. Everyone faces some kind of testing in their life. The olden day Christians endured martyrdom, today our tests are not so painful, but more insidious and cunning, therefore more likely to trip up the unwary. The traps of materialism, sexual sin, of belief in false ideas and a ‘lukewarm’ faith. Rev. 3:14-22
However, there is coming a Day, Luke 21:34-36, 1 Thess. 5:2-3, that the Lord will arise and judge/punish the enemies who occupy the holy Land area. This terrible Day of the Lord’s fiery wrath will affect everyone alive in the world and change it dramatically, leading to a One World Government.
Both of these are true: the Lord is like a refiner's fire; and a refiner's fire is a literal fire. Fire is mentioned in the Bible prophesies over 70 times. Although some say He will come in fire, others put it better: He will send fire, Amos 1:1-15 & 2:1-5, Psalms 11:4-6 Although the Sixth Seal doesn’t mention fire, the effects described will be literally fulfilled by this prophesied explosion of the sun. Isaiah 30:26
More than anything else it is the unshakable trust that all the ways of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness toward everyone who stands firm and trusts in His salvation and protection. Luke 21:34-36
We Christians will then receive the great promises of God to his faithful people, of their redemption and restoration into all of the holy Land. Great will be the Day!
Bruce McKerras www.logostelos.info