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“…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.”
The created things spoken of here include all religiously-crafted things. There is nothing standing after this great and final shaking, except Christ, and those in Him. There will be a landscape devoid of man-made things, and this new spiritual landscape will have only those things worked by the Spirit of God left upright. All monuments to us will be thrown down.
Each year it is a tradition for the President of the
United States to read his “State of the Union” address. In it, he gives his assessment of where the country is at, and what progress has been made.
In 1952 a great teacher of the Word of God, T. Austin-Sparks, wrote a year-end synopsis of what he and his people had observed of the life of the churches during their travels around the world that year. I call it “The State of the Church, 1952” and it is shocking to read it now. Since it’s the year I was born, it strikes an even more personal note in me.
Its truths are not nullified, but confirmed, and brought further into clarity in this year of 2010. After 58 years, it is still all about the increased shaking of the churches by the hand of God, to shake loose men from their apostate and self-focused ways. If anything has happened, it’s an escalation of the shaking, to now include the affluent western countries, our economies, and our very societies.
Austin-Sparks said in 1952: “It seems a terrible thing, even to think, but as we have touched so very much of what is called 'Christianity' we are bound to believe that, because vast numbers who call themselves Christian are in an utterly false position, and the system itself has become so largely an earthly, traditional, formal, and unspiritual thing, this world-wide shaking is quite necessary and will be eventually justified. If we were writing a treatise, we could show that what is called 'Christianity' is really the greatest enemy of Christ.”
In basing his assessment on Christ and the unshakeable Kingdom, Austin-Sparks sets the right standard for us today. We must examine what we’re doing and saying in the light of the Truth every day. We must not take anything for granted. The churches have so long been going their own way, without the sanction of the Spirit of God, that everything is suspect, and must be examined in light of Scripture.
To all those spending their time defending church, or church leaders, I beg of you in Christ to put down your fists, and instead pick up the Word of God and study it freshly. Open your heart and mind to the Spirit of God, and know that only what is of Christ will be left after this final and intense shaking.
I read daily about Christ’s men and women and children being murdered, imprisoned, tortured, and going through other sufferings around the world for His sake. He is there, and He is glorified in their dying, as He is in all those who die to self daily wherever they are. All the daily dying is unshakeable, and our tears today will bring up the fruits of the Spirit tomorrow, with our Lord Jesus’ joy and blessings springing out of good soil. He will do the multiplying. Let us take care not to try to do the work for Him, but let Him do it in us.