The Sieve of Vanity

Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his
        anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of
        indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the
        midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of
        vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people,
        causing them to err.
 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is
        kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to
        come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of
And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and
        shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation
        of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with
        scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.  (Isaiah 30:27-30)

Definition of Sieve: A utensil with meshes or holes to separate finer particles from coarser
or solids from liquids.

The warning of this scripture is to beware of vanity and self-deception. The Lord God is
pleased when people relieve the suffering of the poor and the sick. Singing songs about
how much you love God doesn´t please Him unless you are also doing something of service
to Him. The voices of the poor and oppressed are in His ears constantly and He is angry
that no one is helping them.

If you watch TV you see many preachers and singers praising God day and night. You will
seldom, if ever, hear anything about giving money to the poor. They always ask for donations
to their ´ministry´ so that they can praise God to those poor people all over the world. This
is exactly what Isaiah describes the situation to be like before judgment day.

If Jesus returned tomorrow He could easily fulfill this scripture.

Christians all over the world are clinging to worldly pleasures and refusing to allow their
self-will to be broken. Clinging to earthly pleasures is vanity because all of that will soon
disappear. What will remain is God and His people who obey Him.

The world we live in is a sieve of vanity. If you cling to and love the things of this world
you will be held fast from passing through the sieve and finding the Kingdom of God. As Jesus

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto
life eternal. (John 12:25)

Even worse, to cling to earthly pleasures is to disobey the commands of Jesus which brings
the wrath of God. The sieve of vanity is separating those who love and obey Jesus from those
who do not. People can fool themselves and most of the world into believing they love Him,
but they can´t fool Jesus:

If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)