Stirred; Not ShakenMay 12, 2007
Hebrews 12:26-27 “Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying,Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things that cannot be shaken may remain.”
Perhaps the title of this should be “What Does it All Mean?” Last week, Steve Quayle made a comment about seeing the famous “Hollywood” sign being obscured by smoke and surrounded by burnt grass. Without a doubt, such a sight should cause anyone to stop and “ponder,” at least for a moment, the things which are taking place. Events on the earth, such as bizarre weather related happenings, and events under the earth, such as the flurry of earthquakes in divers place. (Last week, there were 831 within a 72 hour span, clustered in places such as Nevada, Washington, Alaska, and Puerto Rico while a noticable one took place in England.) While such events have always taken place, there’s an intensifying or “ratcheting up” taking place in these days.
Romans 8:22 “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
The anomalies are too numerous to mention from extraordinary activity on the sun to the disappearing bee population. Not to mention the numerous questions concerning the safety of the food supply and the continual distress of nations with perplexity. As saints; washed in the blood of Jesus and looking for a city not made with hands, we should not be shaken by these events. We know that they’re coming to pass, but we should be stirred into doing all that we can with the time that remains while examining ourselves; asking the Lord to reveal to us anything that’s contrary to his perfect ways.
Likewise, to lift up each other in prayer and be of an encouragement as we all are in the same fight. This post is completely not planned as I had another one almost put together which was to be here instead. Yet earlier, as I was seeing reports about the more than 200 fires in Florida, the massive fire on Santa Catalina Island (off the coast of Los Angeles) and the intense flooding in the midwest, and it becomes increasingly obvious to any with ears to hear that things aren’t as they have always been. Such anomalies are not restricted to the US as bizarre happenings are taking place across the globe. (such as the drought in Australia and melting ice caps.) As such, it’s all the more important that we be in continuous prayer and fasting when possible as “we see the day approaching.” This post sounds like a broken record; even while typing it, and yet this is needful; lest we allow ourselves to be caught off guard when this the flurry of events reaches a fever pitch.
The following passage of scripture is a very familiar one, but it just came to mind. In Matthew chapter 25, we read about the ten virgins; five being wise and having oil in their lamps (something to ponder in and of itself) while five were foolish.
Matthew 25:5 “And while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.”
They were all asleep; both the wise and the foolish. There are many saints today who really love the Lord Jesus, however, are somewhat slumbering in their awareness of the times and seasons. Yet, when things take place suddenly, those who love the Lord Jesus; even though they may not have been completely alert as to the lateness of the hour or timing of events, will know what to do. They will already have “have oil in their lamps” being filled with the Spirit. However, those who are in a lukewarm state, or going through the motions will find themselves caught unprepared and needing to “get oil in their lamps in a hurry.” (The time to prepare for the storm is before the storm hits.) This seems to be so imperative; to be always walking in the Spirit and staying in a state of continuous prayer. Always fellowshipping with the Lord Jesus and being so atuned with his leading as to be ready to respond in an instant. One more familiar verse and I’ll close out for now.
II Thessalonians 2:1-2 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.”
In other words “Jesus is coming. Without a doubt a whole lot of shaking is going to take place but Jesus is coming at which time we shall forever be with him. this is why I take note of such things such as those mentioned here. Not to cause any to be depressed but to exhort the saints to lift up their eyes and hands proclaiming “even so, come, Lord Jesus!” I’ll close for now. This weekend is looking to be a busy one and next weekend I’ll be on a camping trip with Ryans boy scout pack. Nonetheless, I’m keeping all in prayer upon every rememberance. Until next time, I wish all a most blessed weekend in Christ.
P.S. Steve Quayle has an hour long shortwave broadcast on 7.465. It’s on Monday through friday at 7:00pm (est) The program is largely prophetic in nature as events are discussed, and is a good source of information. I make references often and thought that I would just point this out. A shortwave radio is a good thing to have on hand.