Israel has been compared to the sand of the seashore. What meaneth to this?
Men take of the sand and cast it into a fiery furnace and it comes out clear and bright, and they make glass vessels of it through which the light shines. So Israel is cast into the fiery furnace of persecution, and not only are they saved to come out alive (Daniel 3), but they are purified and they are knit closer together, and help mankind to see the light of heaven.
Like the three men Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego who were thrown into the fiery furnace. Yet not a single hair on their head nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.
Thus, “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, thought it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7
For our God is a consuming fire.
1. The Wisdom Of Israel, Edwin Collins.