Isa 54:11  “O you afflicted one, tossed with storm, and not comforted, see, I am setting your stones in , and shall lay your foundations with sapphires,
Isa 54:12  and shall make your battlements of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones,

Attributes of antimony:

  • Antimony is a brilliant metal, having a bluish tint.

Blue the color of the Messiah.  A brilliant metal faintly reflecting Him…
Interesting when it is considered that no one is separated completely from Him at this time.  Even the atheists benefit from His presence while they breath/live. (Gen 2:7)

  • Brittleness is one of its peculiar characteristics

How easily is a human broken whether in spirit or body?  Life is fragile and fleeting for some.

  • When broken-
    • Ecc 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases suffering.

  • Exhibits a beautifully crystalline appearance,
    • Isa 54:12 and shall make your battlements of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones,

  • reflects light from myriads of facets,
    • Luk 11:33 “And no one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a hidden place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in shall see the light.

  • like the jewels in some Eastern palace.
    • Exo 19:5 ‘And now, if you diligently obey My voice, and shall guard My covenant, then you shall be My treasured possession above all the peoples – for all the earth is Mine –

  • It melts somewhere about 74°C or 800 Fahrenheit, boiling point is 1950°C,…
  • Dan 3:22 (ISV)  because the king’s command was so drastic. Since the furnace was blazing hot, its flames killed those who threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the blazing fire.
  • Refiner’s Fire on Refining Silver

Some time ago, a few ladies met in a certain city to read the scriptures, and make them the subject of conversation. While reading the third chapter of Malachi they came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse: “And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” One lady’s opinion was that is was intended to convey the view of the sanctifying influence of the grace of Christ. Then she proposed to visit a silversmith and report to them what he said on the subject.

She went accordingly and without telling the object of her errand, begged to know the process of refining silver, which he fully described to her. “But Sir” she said, “do you sit while the work of refining is going on?” “Oh, yes, madam,” replied the silversmith; “I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured.”

The lady at once saw the beauty, and comfort too, of the expression, “He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” Christ sees it needful to put His children into a furnace; His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for them. Their trials do not come at random; “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

As the lady was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back, and said he had forgotten to mention that the only way that he knows when the process of purifying is complete when he sees his own image reflected in the silver….

–Author Unknown

  • If placed on a piece of ignited coal, and exposed to a stream of oxygen, it burns brilliantly…

Isa_6:6  Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
Joh 3:8  “The windA blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who has been born of the Spirit.”

  • Footnote: AWind and Spirit have the same underlying Hebrew and Greek words.

Isa 58:10  if you extend your being to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted being, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness be as noon.
Mat 5:16  “Let your light so shine before men, so that they see your good works and praise your Father who is in the heavens.


Tensile Strength Training

Letting Your Children Make You Strong

by Leslie Ludy | September 1, 2012

The strength of rope is measured by the term “tensile strength.” Great weights are tied to the rope and then dropped to test the resiliency of the rope under stress. The greater the ability for the rope to endure weight and combative force, the stronger the tensile rating.

Our souls are measured the very same way. If we have never focused on building our tensile strength, then even the smallest weights and stresses will cause us to snap. But if we are willing to build our tensile strength and train like an Olympian, our souls will be able to endure weights even as gargantuan as imprisonment and torture. The heroic Christians throughout history that gave up their lives in such astounding ways were the ones who trained their inner physique to handle the greatest pressures and stresses life could throw their way.

Isa 54:12  and shall make your battlements of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones,

  • The ancient Egyptians used antimony for black eye make-up.

Eze 16:13  “Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, and silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, and honey, and oil. And you were exceedingly beautiful, and became fit for royalty.

Eze 16:14  “And your name went out among the nations because of your loveliness, for it was perfect, by My splendour which I had put on you,” declares the Master יהוה.