Everything is Shaking
Haggai 2:1 – 9 (NLT) Then on October 17 of that same year, the LORD sent another message through the prophet Haggai. 2“Say this to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of God’s people there in the land: 3‘Does anyone remember this house—this Temple—in its former splendor? How, in comparison, does it look to you now? It must seem like nothing at all! 4But now the LORD says: Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. 5My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.’ 6“For this is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: In just a little while I will once again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land. 7I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. 8The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. 9The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
Hebrews 12:26 – 28 (KJV) 26Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27And this word, 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. 28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “I will build my Church”…
What we have today is not what He wanted to build.
His Church has not been around for almost 1700 years…
BUT He is getting things ready to rebuild it…
If we want to be a part of that rebuilding we need to know what He is building so we have to compare what we are doing today to what He was doing in the first 350 years of the Church History.
I was in Montclair recently and saw that the Wellmont Theatre was reopened and there were concerts being held there. Al Green was going to be there… BB King was coming there. I couldn’t think of what kind of concert it could be in that place which was not suited for them.
It was built a long time ago and it was changed a lot over the years as the owners tried to keep up with the times. I went there once several years ago and I never wanted to go back. They had cut it up into pieces and had several screens in several rooms. It was not the kind of theatre I like. It actually closed down not long after that. I wasn’t surprised.
Then I figured that it must have been renovated. I asked Elder Garry Mackie if he wanted to go with me and so we went.
When we got inside we were amazed! That place had been restored and it was beautiful. It was huge… the little rooms were gone and it was one huge place with a large balcony and large stage.
The Wellmont Theatre was designed and built according to someone’s dream…
Then, as time went by it was changed to fit the moods of others; not the original Architect.
Then, a group who had vision bought the Theatre and brought it back to its original design.
This is what is happening with the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He said He would build His Church… He did…
350 years later others took over and changed it…
It continued to change over the years until it didn’t look like the original structure…
But, we, like that group of investors who saw what the Wellmont Theatre could be once again, decided to renovate our church building…
BUT that’s not all that’s been renovated!
We are letting Him renovate His Church… His Church is not a physical building but it meets in them.
It is not bound by walls and ceilings but only bound by the limits of our faith.
We need to look at the Church that Jesus built in the First Century and find the blueprints for it in the Word of God AND THEN we need to embark on a pilgrimage… a pilgrimage that brings us back to those days;
That Power That Glory That Church
And so we must look not at just the building where we meet but HOW we meet while we are there.
Instead of a “Mid Week Service” we have The Potter’s House. It’s a time of discussion where everyone has the opportunity to share their thoughts; ask their questions and find the answers in the Word of God.
We are asking ourselves what were the Early Church Meetings like and by searching the Bible we are finding the answers.
We read two Scriptures:
Haggai 2:1 – 9 So, the Lord is shaking all things both spiritual and natural and He is going to rebuild His Temple and the future Glory will surpass the former Glory. He is going to bring into it spiritual and natural silver and gold… and His Peace (Shalom) shall be in it.
Hebrews 12:26 – 28
The Kingdom of God cannot be shaken… but everything else will shake so that only that which cannot be shaken, the Kingdom of God, will remain!
Now, let’s look at a third Scripture:
Amos 9:9 – 11 (NASB) 9 “For behold, I am commanding, And I will shake the house of Israel among all nations As grain is shaken in a sieve, But not a kernel will fall to the ground. 10 “All the sinners of My people will die by the sword, Those who say, ‘The calamity will not overtake or confront us.’ 11“In that day I will raise up the fallen tabernacle of David, And wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins And rebuild it as in the days of old;
The shaking came to bring a separation: The “Tabernacle of David” IS the Church that Jesus built and it is being restored…
We are a part of that restoration… This is a “Time of Shaking”…
But the Lord has a plan for the Church during this time when everything else is falling apart He wants to restore His Church!
The silver and the gold are going to be brought into the House of the Lord.
The Prophet Micah said in Micah 4:1 – 2 But in the last days it shall come to pass that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 2And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
We need to look at what Amos is saying: The Church today is being shaken just like Amos prophesied about Israel in his time…
It is being shaken so the chaff will be separated from the grain…
The “chaff” is the “sinners of My people”… This is those that do not face reality. They deny the shaking and do not see its purpose.
They will not make it. The sword (the calamity) cuts them down.
But, as that shaking is taking place and the chaff is being blown away by the winds of change the Tabernacle of David will be restored and the Church will once again have the Power and Glory of the days of Jesus and His Apostles.
Jesus said: “As it was in the days of Noah so shall it be at the coming of The Son of Man.” In Noah’s day the ones who knew the Lord; Noah and his family, were saved from the great flood and the rest were taken away by it.
Today so much of the “Church” is asleep… They are not building the “Ark”… The Church. They are caught up in “stuff”… They are being “taken away” from the Lord’s Ark.
But, this is a Year of Release! There has been unusual “Sun Spot Activity”… it’s interfering with radio, telephone and satellite communications.
This is going to be a year of “Son Spot Activity”! We are going to interfere with the status quo! We are going to see God interrupt “Church as Usual” and be the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!