[SW270] 02/17/2017 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2017
A great shaking is coming! When? Who will it shake?
God’s past shakings —
#1 — Amos 9:8-10
Northern Israel (Samaria), because of King Jeroboam, but also Judah (see 2:4). He speaks through Amos of the altar and the capitals of the Temple in Jerusalem, in Amos 9:1.
Why? They rebelled by chasing after false gods, sacrificing their children to fires in order to please these false gods, and worshiping idols of their own making. They did not repent from their rebellion and turn back to the Lord.
POINT: If you rebel, you will be shaken. These were prophecies about God’s own people, and still apply to believers and unbelieving Jews today. These things are written for our instruction (1Corinthians 10:11).
#2 — Haggai 2:1-6
Yet once more, the Lord says through Haggai, I will shake.
Why? Haggai prophesied in the era when the Lord returned a repentant remnant of Judah to the Promised Land, after a 70-year exile in Babylon. They were restored by the Lord, and had begun to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.
So there was repentance, restoration and rebuilding.
And because Babylon and Assyria had gone far beyond the degree of punishment the Lord desired for His people (Isaiah 10:5ff), THEY were the ones to be shaken in this shaking. Their wealth was given to Judah (Ezra 6:8ff). per an edict from the Persian King Darius, who had defeated Babylon. This wealth from the nations was indeed shaken from the heavens, earth, sea, and dry land. But this is a double prophecy — it was fulfilled and was to be fulfilled again in the future. Watch!
POINT: If you repent, the Lord will restore you, rebuild you, and the Enemy, Satan, will be shaken! He loses you! That is a cost far greater than silver or gold. His greatest fear is a restored, rebuilt, Spirit-filled Christian!
#3 — Hebrews 12:28
Yet once more! It is the second fulfillment of the Lord’s word through Haggai.
When will the shaking happen? Only God the Father knows!
What will be shaken? Everything that can be shaken. All created things will be thoroughly shaken, as before — heavens, earth, sea, dry land. This is a prophecy of God’s final judgment, before the earth and heavens are destroyed and replaced.
What will remain? That which cannot be shaken.
What cannot be shaken? The kingdom of God that is within you (Luke 17:20)!
It is not of the earth, but from God’s dwelling place, which is inside of you (John 14:23), if you have been filed with the Holy Spirit in your own personal Pentecost!
POINT: The world and all that is in it will be shaken. If you have the kingdom of God in you, then you will not be shaken.
See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking, even speaking through me to you today (Hebrews 12:25)!
QUESTIONS: Is the kingdom of God in you? How do you know?
You have been in the refining fire of the great Refiner, Jesus Christ. You have offered your whole self, a whole burnt offering (Romans 12:1). That means He has baptized you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
I must add that in my NASB, Verse 28, “show gratitude” is a POOR translation of the original Greek — it is “have grace,” which is charis, the divine influence on the heart and the reflection in the life.
So, if you have been baptized with the Holy Spirt and fire, refined by the Refiner, Jesus Christ, your heart purified (Acts 15:9), then the kingdom of God is in you. You have charis.
(Is this true of you? Do you have the Lord’s divine influence on your heart? Is it reflected in your life? Have you offered your whole self to Him?)
You are thus able to offer an acceptable service (Malachi 3:3, Romans 12:1).
(Is this true of you? Have you offered what Jesus Christ deserves from you, for all that He has done on your behalf? Have you offered your entire self to Him, so He may refine you?)
You are thus full of reverence and awe toward the Lord, because you have offered your entire self to Him.
(Is this true of you? Have you offered your entire self to Him, being crucified with Jesus Christ so you no longer live, but He lives in you, per Galatians 2:20?)
If your answer to these is “no,” then you do not have the kingdom of God in you, you will be shaken, and you should fear our God, who is a consuming fire.
Right now is the time to repent! He will restore and rebuild the repentant. That is His promise to you, if you will turn to Him right now.