The Prophetic Shaking
“See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ 27 This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.”
Earlier this year God impressed the word “shaking” on my mind while I was giving a Sunday morning message on an unrelated topic. I did not share it at that time, but felt led by the Lord to share it the following Sunday. Since then, two things have happened to confirm to me that this word was from the Lord.
The first is that I have since read and heard from many prophets the same word—God seems to be preparing his people for a shaking that is coming.
The second confirmation, of course, came with the spread of the coronavirus.
I do not believe that this virus is one of the plagues predicted by Jesus in the Gospels or by the Apostle John in the book of Revelation. However, I do believe it is a foreshadowing; a warning; a merciful call to repentance before the final tribulation period. Just as I believe that 9/11 was a warning to America that yes, we can be attacked on our own soil, the current virus appears to be a warning to the world that unless we seek shelter in God alone, we are all vulnerable.
The world needs to be shaken periodically as a reminder that a righteous God is still on the throne, still in control, and still demanding to be honored as the creator and sustainer of all. “He has stretched out his hand over the sea; he has shaken the kingdoms.” (Isaiah 23:11)
The church of Jesus Christ needs to be shaken at times out of its lethargy; its worldliness; its contentment to “have the appearance of godliness, but deny its power.” (2 Timothy 3:5)
There are practical and prudent steps we can all take to lesson the physical impact of this virus, and we are trying to do so. However, there are even wiser spiritual steps we need to take; I will only list two of them here—both found in Hebrews 12:28 above:
First, gratefulness. Yes, even in the midst of turmoil, Christ-followers can and should be thankful. There are many reasons, but the one given in this passage is that we are citizens of an eternal kingdom that cannot be shaken!
Second spiritual application: worship God! Come before him with reverence; stand before him in awe! Even if we are not gathering together physically for a “worship service” right now, we can all continue—in fact, enhance!—our personal and family worship times!
Let me encourage each of us to start each of our days in the Lord’s presence, and then seek to carry that presence with us throughout the day.
Verse for Meditation
“I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8)
For Further Reflection
Psalm 62:2 Haggai 2:5-6 Luke 21:25-28 Acts 4:31
Pray that East Mountain Vineyard Church, All Churches, All Believers, Our Nation and All Nations, would repent of worldliness and complacency and “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33) His is, indeed, a “kingdom that cannot be shaken.”