Now, That Will Drop Your Jaw!
Read Zechariah Chapter 13
Zec 13:8 In the whole land,” declares the LORD, “two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. 9 This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on My name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’ ”
Again, as we study the nature and character of our Lord, we discover some very puzzling things that He does. Zechariah is being used by God to prophesy about the end times. Whether those times were short term prophesies, or relevant only to the end of the world, or a dual prophesy, it still reveals a side of God that we rarely hear. One of the truths we see here is that He will not save everyone. Those who believe that God will eventually save everyone have to choose to ignore passages like this one. They have to be very careful which parts of the bible to believe and which parts they believe to be only figurative. Well, they can manipulate God’s word all day long but it won’t change His intent for mankind. There will be many who perish and spend eternity in Hell. I don’t like to think about that, but it is basic truth.
Another point we can make from this passage has to do with how He deals with His children. As we look around our world today, seeing a proliferation of evil, rebellion against God’s word, and a lack of respect for His authority, it is pretty evident who the “two-thirds” who perish represent. Our Creator will not allow man to rebel against Him without retribution. There is coming a day of reckoning for all who fail to repent at some time in their lives. As we see that happening all around us, we should gain some Godly wisdom. I think this passage is a reminder to believers that we must avoid living like the rest of the world, at all costs. Through all this, we must not get puffed up over our right-standing with God. The only difference between those who perish and those who survive is God’s mercy. We have done nothing to deserve our lofty position.
The Lord expects better from us. We see how much “fun” the world is having, and some of them even believing that their life is not outside of His will. If we are not careful, we can get caught up in the world’s view and slowly drift away from a strict biblical view of things. The wickedness of the world is our constant reminder that we cannot walk that way. We see how the lives of the wicked are causing our world great harm. We are compelled to live our lives in such a way that no one can look at us and say, “Christ doesn’t make any difference in that person’s life. He is living just like the rest of us.”
The next idea is easy for us to relate to. We who belong to Christ will continually be brought into the fire, refined, and tested. Every day we are faced with difficulties which the world doesn’t experience. We are tempted to give in to our enemy’s way of life and we have a spiritual battle to face. The unsaved world doesn’t understand that battle. For them, they have no problem just doing whatever they wish to do, giving no thought to how it might adversely affect them. For us, we know about the bad results of rebellion against God, and we are constantly “going through the fire, being refined and tested. It’s not fun, but it sure beats the alternative.
Personally, I would much rather be facing a daily or even hourly spiritual battle than be unknowingly fighting against the forces and will of God. I would rather feel the refining fires of our Lord than to be happily enjoying the pleasures of the gay world. There is a great promise at the end of the highlighted scripture. After it is all said and done, we will call on His name and He will answer us. Write this next part down in the locked vault of your mind. He will say, “They are My people.” Can you conjure up a picture in your mind, where God says to you, “You are Mine!”? Dear friend, that is going to happen, and you will say, “You, Lord, are my God.”
Prayer: This thought is so awesome, it makes us not know exactly how to pray. We can say, “Thank You,” and it doesn’t seem to say enough. So, we just stand agape, mouths wide open, as we attempt to understand this truth. You are a mighty and Holy God. You are the Creator of all things which exist. Yet, You will call us Your own people. You already have done that. We stand amazed at Your mercy and grace!