‘For thus says the Lord of hosts; “Yet once more I will shake the heavens, the earth, the sea and the dry land, and I will shake all nations’” (Haggai 2:6 & 7).
‘Yet once more I will shake the earth and also the heavens. Now this expression, “Yet once more”, indicates the final transformation of all that can be shaken – that is, of that which has been created in order that what cannot be shaken may remain. Let us therefore, receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship and awe, for our God is a consuming fire’ (Hebrews 12:25 to 29).
God is not only shaking things on earth – He is also shaking things in heaven. ‘All the foundations of the earth are shaking’ (Psalm 82:5). ‘The powers of the heavens will be shaken’ (Matthew 24:29). Every Christian needs to be prepared to be shaken, and that is not easy. Why would God shake His people? To discipline us and purify us for the Kingdom of God (Titus 2:14); to separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:32). Remember, this Gospel is a Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 24:14); it is the power unto salvation.
‘He is my Rock and my Salvation, my Defense and my Fortress; I shall never be greatly shaken’ (Psalm 62:2 & 6).
The Kingdom of God is the only thing that can never be shaken, and Christians who make Jesus their Rock and Fortress will not be greatly shaken either. ‘He is my Rock and my Salvation, my Defense and my Fortress; I shall never be greatly shaken’ (Psalm 62:2 & 6). Jesus said, ‘There will be violent earthquakes, famines and pestilences (epidemics, plagues etc); there will be sights of terror (terrorism) and great signs from heaven … in the sun and moon and stars (sun flares, cosmic disturbances etc); and upon the earth there will be distress of nations, bewilderment, perplexity, not knowing which way to turn at the roaring of the sea (tsunami’s).
Men will faint and die with fear and apprehension; with expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken’ (Luke 21:11, 25 & 26). All these things will happen before Jesus returns. God is at work in the entire world, shaking everyone and everything everywhere. There is no use asking God not to shake us, because it is in His will, purpose and power to do it, so that only the things that cannot be shaken will be left.
The only way we can cope with God’s shaking, is to commit ourselves into the hand of God (1 Peter 5:6).
What can be shaken? Empires, governments, monarchies, banks, businesses, churches, families, individuals and anything else that is not eternal. The only way we can cope with God’s shaking, is to commit ourselves into the hand of God (1 Peter 5:6). He is the only security mankind has (Psalm 91). We are told very firmly not to love the world or the things in it (1 John 2:15 to 17). If our hearts are set on the world and the things the world can offer, the love of the Father is not in us and we will not stand up under the pressure of shaking.
This world along with some of heaven is eventually going to pass away and be burned up and so we look forward to a new heavens and a new earth (2 Peter 3:10 to 13). Nobody has a permanent home here on earth. If we try to make our home in this world, then we will be greatly shaken, but he who does the will of God lives forever. Even when we are shaken, if we are founded on the Rock (Jesus) and are doing the will of God, we will not be swept away (Matthew 7:24 to 27).
The ultimate will of God is the coming of His Kingdom to earth as we read in the Lord’s Prayer. ‘Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2). That is His ultimate purpose and that is why we need to proclaim the full Gospel in the entire world before He comes. We need to seek the Kingdom of God first and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
God is busy preparing us for His Kingdom to come to earth. That is why the Lord is shaking His people. Many Christians are being shaken by severe circumstances to purify them and make them ready for His coming. The unsaved are being shaken to bring them to God. Being shaken by God can be most unpleasant, but if we yield to His discipline, we will be purified and therefore ready to usher in His Kingdom when He comes.
Amen and God bless you.