The Shaking

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Over the last few years, I have occasionally checked some research data that showed historical trends of earthquakes by various ranges of magnitude. For some unknown reason, the researcher that maintained that data suddenly stopped displaying new data at the end of 2013. So, I decided to pull the data myself (at http://earthquake.usgs.gov). Since I began studying the 2014 earthquake data, I’ve noticed a substantial increase in the number of earthquakes with 2.5+ magnitude as compared to 2012 and 2013.However, for earthquakes of 7.0+ magnitude, it appears that April of 2014 has already surpassed the 40 year record! In addition to this, we saw a 4.8 magnitude earthquake in the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest experienced there in 34 years.

So, what is all this shaking that’s going on? Of course Jesus warned us that we’d begin to see many signs, calling them “the beginning of the birth pangs,” before the end of the age (Matthew 24:8). He said that these would include earthquakes in various places. As we see many signs indicating that we are approaching the end of the age, I would anticipate a continuation of the increase of the number and magnitude of earthquakes. What for? I believe that there are a number of things that are taking place in the heavens and on the earth when we see an increase of earthquakes. They are indicating to us what is taking place in the physical realm and also in the spiritual realm. And, believe it or not, many of these earthquakes are answers to your prayers. You may ask, “whatever do you mean?” Well, you’ve been praying the Lord’s prayer, correct? So then, you’ve been praying for the kingdom of heaven to come to earth, right? What exactly do we think will appear when we ask for heaven to come to earth…a bunch of wispy clouds and harps? Ezekiel actually saw some of what is in heaven (Ezekiel 1). When Ezekiel saw the living creatures in the presence of the Lord, he was amazed at the sight.

“The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning…When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty, like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.” ~Ezekiel 1:13-14, 24 (NIV)

When Ezekiel saw the Son of Man, he was again amazed at what he saw.

“I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.” ~Ezekiel 1:27 (NIV)

What an awesome and glorious sight! But what about our prayers? What happens with them? We get an explanation of what happens to some of our prayers in Revelation 5. There, we learn that our prayers are stored in golden censors (or bowls). Then later, in Revelation 8, we read more.

“Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” ~Revelation 8:3-5 (NIV)

So, yes, your prayers are the cause of much shaking, and even earthquakes, in the heavens and on earth. But for what purpose? To put it simply, He is going to shake the devil out of us, out of the church, and out of the heavens and out of the earth…so that only His glorious Kingdom remains! Yes, He will shake the devil out of all 7 mountains of influence in our world today: Family, Government, Media, Education, Arts & Entertainment, Religion (or the Church) and Business. Whoever hangs on and clings to the devil while he’s being shaken and sifted out…will naturally end up going with him to where he’s going…the lake of fire.

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” ~Hebrews 12:25-29 (NIV)

Should we be fearful of this shaking? Well yes, as the author of Hebrews says, I think we should remain in the fear of the Lord in respect to awe and reverence. But we have nothing to fear in regards to dread, except for the parts of our hearts and our lives that we have not already submitted fully to our Lord Jesus Christ. For perfect love casts out dread and terror. But those parts of us that we have not submitted to the Lord will be shaken until we let them go…but then again, we were not meant to hang on to them anyway! We should already be dead to the things of the world and to sin...and the dread and terror that accompanies them. So, let us submit ourselves completely to the Lord, the One who is doing the shaking, so that we remain with Him and not against Him.

"People of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed.” ~2 Chronicles 13:12 (NIV)

"I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." ~Psalm 16:8 (NIV)

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” ~Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

"'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord, who has compassion on you." ~ Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)

“I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?'” ~Revelation 6:12-17 (NIV)

“For I will give the command, and I will shake the people of Israel among all the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground. All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’ ”In that day I will restore David’s fallen shelter—I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins— and will rebuild it as it used to be, so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name,” declares the Lord, who will do these things. “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills, and I will bring my people Israel back from exile. They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God. ~ Amos 9:9-15 (NIV)

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” ~Haggai 2:6-9 (NIV)
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