Families 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.


Families will be Shaken

First of all, individual lives can be shaken. I’ve dealt with hundreds of people over the years whose lives have been totally shaken by sickness, by poverty, by broken marriages, in various ways. People who say, “I give up. I can’t go any further. Nothing helps. Nothing works. I might as well be dead.” They were people whose lives were not built on the teaching of Jesus. It doesn’t mean that if we build on the teaching of Jesus we’ll have no problems, but we’ll have the strength to withstand the problems.

And then Jesus said in Matthew 12:25:

"Every house [or household] that is divided against itself cannot stand."

So, any household that is divided, in which there is not unity and love and peace, can be shaken and will be shaken. We see, every day, reports in the paper of households that are being shaken. In fact, I think it’s probably the main cause of the problems that confront us in society today. It’s the break-up of the family. And what it’s resulted in is hordes of unparented children. Parents can run away from their responsibilities for their children, but they’ll catch up. Maybe not in that generation but in the next. And one of the major social features of the world today is the activities of unparented children.

I’ll mention just three areas. One is South Africa in the black townships where there are hordes of children who owe no allegiance to anybody, have no respect for anything, have no concern for human life, they have just abandoned themselves because they’ve been abandoned. I’ve said many times there’s no such thing as a juvenile delinquent. The delinquents are the adults. And, there’s no one really that can control them.

Police can keep order in a society if the majority of society are on the side of the police and in favour of law and order. But when the majority of a society turns the other way, the police cannot possibly maintain order. It’s not their job.

Another place where this is true is in Israel amongst the younger Arabs growing up as a result of the so-called Intifada. I’m familiar with the Arab culture, I lived amongst it. Normally the young have great respect for the old, and children have great respect for their parents. But the Intifada has broken all that down. Now society is being taken over by teenagers who have no loyalty, no commitment, no respect whatever. And, in a sense, their society is no longer manageable.

Then a third place which is an example of that is Los Angeles. Again, the root problem is children who’ve grown up without the love, the discipline and the care of parents.

There is no social answer to this problem. I personally believe it will multiply and increase. I believe that here in Britain there will be whole areas which will be taken over by young rebels and the police will simply stay clear of those areas.

But we need to come to the root of the problem which is the parents who failed to train their children.


PRAYER

Father, I want to pray for the parents in my country. Please help them to understand their responsibilities and be good examples for their children. I also pray for the authorities, that they too will be a good example and have wisdom to exercise the proper authority. Thank You, Father, for Your grace, and the wonderful solution that You have provided in Jesus. In His Name, Amen.


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