There has been much talk about shaking. Financial systems are going to shake; the earth is shaking, another large earthquake rocked Mexico, that is two in a week; the political system is shaking; the religious system is shaking; there is a whole lot of shaking going on. But what is the shaking for? If you only hear about a shaking, see a shaking, but don’t know the why behind the what, then it will creates fear. However, if you know what the shaking is for, you can rejoice, be at peace and watch the salvation of the Lord. People do us a disservice if they prophecy a shaking but don’t give us the redemptive purpose of it.
This morning the Lord prompted me to read the book of Haggai. It is only two chapters, so it is an easy read and very encouraging. Haggai is the prophet who works with the governor, high priest and the king of Judah to get the people moving on the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. Now we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, so it is not about a building but a body, yet the same truths apply. God has been and continues to rebuild His body, so the harvest of souls can be added to a healthy body of Christ. It’s been tough, but we are being built and it is exciting.
Back to the shaking, listen to what Haggai the prophet says about the reason behind the shaking that we are experiencing and will see intensify. “For thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the LORD of hosts. ‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘and in this place I will give peace,’ declares the LORD of hosts.” Did you hear that the shaking is bringing the resources and the glory. Now that is why we rejoice that things are shaking.
One of the deceptions of our generation has been to put present realities into a future fulfillment. If we are continually longing for some future event we will never be empowered to overcome in our current reality. It is like always waiting for something in the future, but never occupying anything in our present reality.
One manifestation of this deception is found when people read the book of Revelation. Most believers, cannot read the book of Revelation with a right now mindset, because we have been taught we are going to be left behind, be raptured out of here or because the book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible it means it is the “end”. The Greek mindset is linear, the Hebrew mindset is cyclical, if you read Revelation 22 which speaks of a new heaven and a new earth, it is a perfect match for Genesis 1 which speaks of a new heaven and a new earth. The Bible is cyclical, not linear, just like when the clock strikes midnight, it ends one day and begins another.
Now listen to Revelation 11 “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.” This is not a future reality, this is a present reality. The kingdom of the world HAS BECOME, present reality; HAVE BEGUN TO REIGN, present reality. My friends, Jesus the Christ is reigning over the world right now. What we are seeing is the residue of an old kingdom that Satan used to rule, but it is no longer in control, it no longer has power.
I want to encourage you to not submit to a defeated system, to not believe the residue of a conquered kingdom, to not listen to the narrative of a dead ruler. The old has gone, the new has come and right now Jesus is reigning over the kingdom of the world and is making it His kingdom for He will reign over it forever. Welcome to forever my friends!