Refiner’s Fire

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap.
 
This name of Jesus appears in the one of the final chapters of the Old Testament, in which the prophet Malachi describes the coming Messiah as a Refiner’s Fire, or the hot fire that metalworkers of Bible times used to purify ore such as silver. The ore was heated in a pot until it turned to liquid and the dross or waste material rose to the surface. Then the metalworker used a ladle to skim off the dross, leaving the pure and uncontaminated silver. 
 
This image of the Messiah must have been a surprise to the Jewish people of Malachi’s time. They expected the Messiah to come as a conquering hero who would restore Israel to its glory days as a political kingdom. But the prophet informed them that the Messiah would come in judgment against Israel because of its sin and rebellion. 
 
The name Refiner’s Fire emphasizes Jesus’ role as Judge. His second coming will bring judgment against all who have refused to accept Him as Savior and Lord.