“The word spoken, ‘Yet Once More’, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore, we receiving a Kingdom that cannot be moved, let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:27-29).
Shaken (Gr. saleuo): to agitate, rock, topple, move, destroy
What a comfort and joy it is to know that we are in a Kingdom that will never be agitated, rocked, toppled, moved, or destroyed. We are in a very secure, immovable, indestructible and permanent place in the Kingdom of God. That should keep us sound in spirit, joyous in heart, and calm in the nerves.
As a contrast, this world is going to experience a shaking in every dimension of existence: In the heavens, on earth, among nations, in and among governments, and in nature. “Men’s hearts will fail them for fear, and for looking after those things that are coming upon the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26).
The Apostle wrote: “We know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22). These “groans” and “travails” are manifested in disasters of many kinds in the earth, including earthquakes, floods, fires, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, solar flares, meteors, famines, drought, pandemics; not to mention wars, and the devastation from the destructive power of nuclear, electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) and bio/chemical weapons. No wonder men will have heart attacks from fear, yes; sheer terror of these things. Jesus said, “unless those days were shortened, no flesh would live” (Matthew 24:22).
Thank God He has given us an indestructible Kingdom that cannot be moved. In this Kingdom we are eternal, not temporal; heavenly not earthly, spiritual not carnal; always rejoicing in our King and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The word of the LORD came to the Prophet Haggai who prophesied to the first group of returnees in the post-exile community in Jerusalem (c536 BC). He prophesied: “Thus says the LORD of Hosts: Yet once more, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land” (Haggai 2:6). “I am going to shake the heavens and the earth and I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms of the nations; and I will overthrow the chariots and their riders, and the horses and their riders will go down, everyone by the sword of another” (Haggai 2:21-22). According to the word of the LORD a significant part of the shaking in the last days will be by war.
The writer to the Hebrews picks up the word of the LORD through Haggai and gives us more clarity and the further words of comfort concerning our place in the Kingdom and our great hope of “serving God with holy reverence and godly fear.”
The Apostle anticipates the coming of the LORD and those who will be “alive and remain unto the coming of the LORD” (I Thessalonians 4:15). For those who are “alive and remain shall be caught up together (with the dead in Christ) in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air; and so shall we ever be with the LORD. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (I Thessalonians 4:17-18).
Those who are alive and remain shall not be shaken, not be agitated, rocked, toppled, moved or destroyed. We will be victorious, abounding in the LORD. Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, releasing the Life and fragrance of Jesus in the earth, drawing all who will believe unto the Master. May He be forever praised.