I'm Pastor Rich Stein, and I'd like to have a word with you today about...gold.
This precious truth we love, the oneness of God, baptism in Jesus name, the infilling of the Holy Ghost as manifested by the sound of a new language, and perfecting holiness unto the Lord, this spiritual gold...was not found lying around at the beach, in a ditch somewhere, purchased over the counter, or just handed to us in a visitor packet the first time we walked into a church. It did not get redeemed merely by saying the sinner's prayer or making a decision for Christ in a stadium.
To get the most quantity and TOP value it has to be dug out of the ground (up to 12,800 ft. deep) and later refined by high heat. With heavy, mechanized, machines to bore tunnels. Some blasting has to take place. It's pitch dark. Conditions are life threatening. Unbearable heat. Little air. Life support needed & a light source. Special clothing is worn. It's a noisy, messy, dirty, filthy process.
It is the real, full salvation process.
When I researched the melting point of gold, a Holy Ghost chill came over me. I felt like prophesying. Gold melts at exactly 1,948 degrees Fahrenheit. Israel was reborn as a nation, as a brand (branding iron for gold) plucked out of the fire (Zechariah 3:2), in 1948! Out of the ovens of Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald, Birkenau, Mauthausen-gusen.
"Oh Israel, Israel, shall I bring thee to the birth, and not deliver? Shall I bring thee through the fire, and not redeem thee? Will it not be the time of Jacob's trouble, but shall he not be saved out of it?"
I started shaking and couldn't stop weeping.