Everything will be Shaken

See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

— Hebrews 12:25-29 (NKJV)

In the midst of the storms in the last days, God desires that His people be firmly established on the Rock and be a shining witness to the world. The need to prepare is urgent.


Everything will be Shaken

Now we will come back to look at more closely the Scripture that we began with, the prophecy that God was going to shake all things that can be shaken. Nothing that can be shaken will eventually be left unshaken.

Some years ago, the Lord spoke to Ruth and me about His judgments at the close of this age. He said—I believe, this is my understanding of what He said—His judgments will come in three phases: preliminary, intermediate and final. Now, my personal reading of the situation of the world today is that the preliminary judgments have already begun. I don’t believe we’ve come to the intermediate, certainly we have not yet come to the final judgments of God.

Now let’s ask ourselves, what are some of the things that can be shaken? Because, if they can be shaken, they will be shaken. I’d like to turn, first of all, to the famous parable of the two different houses, one built on sand and the other built on the rock, in Luke 6:47-49:

"Whoever comes to Me [Jesus is speaking] and hears My sayings, and does them, I will show you whom he is like. He is like a man building a house who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like the man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently and immediately it fell. The ruin of that house was great."

Notice there’s no difference to the tests to which each house was subjected. Each of them was subjected to the storm. Don’t imagine that being a believer will give you a storm-free passage through life. If anything, rather the opposite. There’s a kind of presentation of truth today which is only half-truth, which is if you come to the Lord and get saved, everything will go well, you’ll never have any problems, et cetera. Most of us know by experience, if not by Scripture, that that is not true.

A friend of mine who is a preacher was once asked, "What is the evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit?" He replied, "Trouble."

There was only one difference. It was not in what the houses went through, it was that one was built on a solid foundation, a rock; the other was not. And Jesus said building on the rock is very simple: it’s hearing what He says and doing it. I believe that is the only foundation that will give us a building that cannot be shaken. Anything that is not built on the hearing and doing of the teaching of Jesus will be shaken.

So, beginning in the next message, I would like to think over with you briefly some things that will be shaken. I’m trying to be objective and, in a sense, analytical. I’m trying to say things which everybody will agree to. The problem is not to tell people something they don’t know, it’s to remind them of what they know and maybe don’t want to remember.


PRAYER

Dear Lord, I realise that being a Christian doesn’t mean I will never have any more problems. But I thank You that, in these problems, You will be there with me. Please help me to build my life on the solid foundation of Your Word so that, even when I am shaken, I will not crumble but will stand firm. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


These messages are taken from Derek Prince's teaching on the theme, I Will Shake All Things, available in our webshop here.