This post is part of the teaching series Truth Un-Mixed. If you are new to this series I encourage you to start from the beginning and read all the way through as the teachings build one upon the other. To Find all the posts in the series click here for the Table of Contents. May you be blessed by His Truth alone!
The spiritual shaking that began in the garden with the mixing of truth will eventually culminate in a physical shaking that will be unlike any other time in history. EVERYTHING is going to be shaken including the earth, the heavens, the spiritual principalities of this earth, and all people along with it. This must occur in order to distinguish the things that can pass away from the things that will remain and will be part of the events that usher in the Messiah’s return.
If you look around you can see it has already begun. Turn on the news, log into Facebook, or scroll through your Twitter account and you will see those things that once seemed solid, those things that looked enduring, they are beginning to show signs of weakness. The tremors are increasing with each passing day, and along each fault line the shifting ground is calling out to His people to prepare ourselves through repentance. Because the only things on this earth that will not be shaken are the things that are rooted and grounded in His unshakable eternal kingdom. In Hebrew 12:25-27 He prophesies of this coming shaking by reminding us of how the Israelites refused to obey Him in the desert and as a result perished before entering the promised land.
“See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, [i]much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
They didn’t enter into the fulfillment of the promised land because they refused to listen and heed the words of the One that was paving the way through the wilderness. This is why knowing His word is so important, because you can’t heed or obey what you do not know. And you can’t know that which you do not spend time with.
When faced with these tough questions instead of responding with sober repentance, and a heart that desires to please our King we blindly put our faith in God rescuing us out before things get too shaken up, too hard to endure. In fact in speaking about these difficult end times of sifting in Revelation 2:7 John promises,
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Notice that He says, “to whoever is victorious” or some translations say “overcomes”. If His people are called to overcome, that means we will be facing a shaking that requires victorious overcoming. The mentality of escape over perseverance breads laziness and complacency in the body of Christ and can be found no where in the bible. If you go back through all the biblical examples of when God brings judgment on nations or deliverance to His own people, you always see the same pattern. He provides for them in the midst of shaking, but He doesn’t rescue them from it. Noah was in the ark, Joseph was thrown into a pit, Goshen had light while Egypt was in the dark, the Israelites lived because their blood covered doorways were passed over, the seas parted and His people walked through on dry land, Daniel was in the lion’s den, Jonah in the belly of a whale, David hid in caves, The disciples were martyred, I could go on and on. This pattern we see in the scriptures is the cycle of sin, judgment, repentance, and restoration. He speaks about this cycle in Isaiah as well as Ecclesiastes.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Isaiah 46:10
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
History will repeat itself, it always does because this is the pattern that He set in motion in the beginning when He created the heavens and the earth. It’s a cycle established not so His people could repeat the same mistakes over and over again living in habitual sin, but rather so that we could learn from those before us and grow into maturity in Him. Eventually culminating in a bride that is ready and prepared for His return.
He shakes in order to sift us so that He can bring about our readiness for Him. His restoration always comes with a cleansing or purging because for the bride to be without spot or wrinkle, the wickedness both around her and within her must first be dealt with. That is why throughout biblical history he has brought His people through the suffering, through the plagues, into the ark, past the giants, and eventually out into freedom. He shakes not in order to destroy but rather to purify the one He loves.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2
The question is do we want temporary escape more than we long to walk down the aisle to our Savior full of purity and light? Or are we instead committed to the process of sanctification and purification that we must endure in order to be we ready for His return? These are important times, because His call is going out and we must attune our ears to hear Him and prepare our hearts to answer back. Will we willingly walk through the waters, allowing His word to wash us so that can be cleansed and purified? And what about the fire? The fire is promised to be hot, but it can only burn up the flammable. Our flesh may melt away but what is eternal will ALWAYS remain amidst the fiery furnace. So let us yield to Him, allowing the tremors around us not to lead us into fear, but rather to make our paths straight. So that we might have the privilege to prepare ye the way of the Lord.