Zephaniah (part seven)
Persecution and divine judgment have a common result: refinement. One of the Bible's favorite images for the Day of the Lord's judgment is a consuming fire. Fire conveys a number of impressions: angry, unstoppable, painful, and purging. God's fiery visitation of humanity will not result in annihilation but purification. The goal of the Lord is not to eliminate all of humanity but that some of humanity would faithfully serve Him. God will be glorified before, during, and after the consuming fire that our species will experience in the Day of judgment.