The Terrifying Expectation of a Fierce Fire Hebrews 10:27
Jeremiah 17:10 The Lord searches every heart and tests every mind, requiting each one for their conduct and as their deeds deserve.
Jeremiah 20:12 Lord, You test the righteous and search the depths of the heart. To You, I have committed my desires and aspirations; let me see Your vengeance on our enemies.
Ecclesiastes 3:18 In His dealings with us humans, God’s purpose is to test everyone to see what they are truly like.
Acts 14:22…to enter the Kingdom of God, we must endure many hardships.
1 Corinthians 10:13 So far you have faced no trial beyond human endurance; God keeps faith and will not let you be tested beyond your powers, but when the test comes, He will at the same time provide a way out and so enable you to endure it.
2 Timothy 3:12 Persecution and trials will indeed come to everyone who wants to live a godly life, as a follower of Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 10:36 Endurance and perseverance is required in order to do God’s will and to win what He has promised.
1 Peter 4:12-19 Friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal which has come to test you, for the time has come for the judgement to begin and it begins with God’s own household. So if you suffer according to His will, you must continue to trust Him while still doing good and your Maker will not fail you.
James 1:2-3 & 12 My friends whenever you have to face all sorts of trials, count yourself supremely happy in the knowledge that such testing of your faith makes for strength to endure. Happy is the person who stands up to trial! Having passed the test, you will receive in reward the crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. Ref: REB, NIV.
Everyone will be tested, some in the past by persecution and some living in modern countries, by temptation. But when the great test by fiery ordeal comes, as Luke 21:34-36 says: Be alert, for that Day will come suddenly, like a trap, upon everyone the whole world over. Pray for the strength to pass safely through all that is coming.
What the Apostles are telling us is throughout this age, there will be persecution and trials for God’s people, but when the time for the judgement begins, that is: the terrible Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath, then endurance and fortitude will be required along with an unswerving faith and trust in His protection. Isaiah 43:2