“Who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap.” Malachi 3:2
When the Lord appears, it will be with such power and authority that everything will bow before His holy presence.
In the day of this prophecy, the expectation was that the Messiah would come in great pomp and circumstance and that His coming would set the wrong things right and deliver the people from oppressive government.
Nobody ever imagined the Messiah King coming in a humble, meager way. How could an infant born in a lowly stable in Bethlehem cause such shuddering, and dare I say, dread?
What nobody realized is that there were two kingdoms at war in the spirit realm; and that God’s enemies were not the obvious realities of an oppressive Roman government or threats of captivity from foreign nations. God’s enemies were sin and all of its manifestations. God’s most significant concern for mankind was not the threats of physical captivity, but the heart’s internal bondage and slavery to sin.
So, who can stand and endure His coming? Only those who are in Christ. What cannot remain at His coming is sin, sickness, corruption, evil works and agendas, manipulation, fear, etc.
In His first coming as a human man, Jesus began His work of purification. He paid the wage for sin, defeated death, and reconciled man to God.
In His anticipated second coming, He will return to the earth already victorious, already having defeated the real enemies. All that remains is for Him to set up His throne on earth – at His return, His kingdom will be seen as initially expected.
What will stand before His holy presence? Nothing that is not holy!
“that the name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11
You can willingly bow your knee to Him now and allow Him to cleanse you from your filth, live in glorious relationship and partnership with Him, or you can choose to resist. But resisting is futile because His glorious appearance will cause every knee to bow and every tongue to confess that He is Lord!
Points to ponder:
Are there any hidden places in your heart that dread the coming of the Lord? If so, can you identify what they are and why they’re there? Are you willing to let Him cleanse those from your heart?
In what ways has the Lord’s appearance in your life acted as a refiner’s fire and a launderer’s soap?