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End Time Shaking – End Time Harvest

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We can miss a huge piece of God’s puzzle when we don’t ask him questions. For instance, there are some verses in the book of Acts that, in my opinion, have a vital connection to the day and age we’re living in.

The time of shaking.

Look at the following passage. James and the other “pillars of the church” quoted from Amos 9:11 when they said…

And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,

“‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.” (Acts 15:15-18 ESV)

Did you notice the part that says, “after this”? Why would it read that way? I asked the Lord that question, and he directed me back to Amos.

The Lord speaks of a rebuilding, a revival, of the Presence of the Lord, which will draw the nations into the kingdom of God. But something MUST come first. Before the tent can be completely and entirely finished, Amos prophesied a shaking, a sifting, must occur.

For behold, I will command, and shake the house of Israel among all the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble shall fall to the earth. All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, who say, ’Disaster shall not overtake or meet us.’ “In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name,“ declares the Lord who does this.” (Amos 9:9-12 ESV)

“I will shake the house of Israel…as one shakes with a sieve…”. In other words, shaking precedes building.

Yes, God has shaken Israel, but I believe he’s ready to shake his church. Why? So he can finish building on an unshakeable foundation. He knows we’ve tried to build into it our ideas, our beliefs and doctrines which he never sanctioned. They’ve got to be shaken loose. And, they will be.

“At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken – that is, things that have been made – in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:26-29 ESV)

Here’s another passage that prompted me to ask my Heavenly Father a question.

“How does this apply to my world?”

And he directed to Haggai, chapter two.

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:6-9 ESV)

Now a lot people, well meaning people, like to look at Haggai’s prophecy and talk about the end time transfer of wealth. Yes, they do. And maybe, I emphasize MAYBE it has something to do with it. But I doubt it.

Why do I doubt it? Because there’s nothing in the New Testament (that I know of) that corroborates that teaching.

So WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Take a look at these next passages.

“And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.” (Malachi 3:17 AMP)

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10 AMP)

The first verse of Isaiah 61 is what Jesus quoted in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…”. Well, he kept on talking, clear down to verse 10! “Adorns herself with jewels…”

What’s he saying? Basically, and prophetically, this: “the silver and gold, the precious jewels, will come into my house from every nation. My special treasure, my peculiar people, shall make my house much better than the former one. The glory of God shall fill my house as never before! AFTER the shaking!”

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1

“Whose house are you…” Hebrews 3

The shaking precedes the final completion of the “latter house.”

Want more proof? How about Malachi chapter 3?

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1-5 ESV)

Briefly, this tells me the Lord is coming TO his house before he comes FOR his house. What’s the purpose of the house, anyway? To be the place where God and man commune, AND to be the place that welcomes all the nations into the kingdom of God. His house, a house of prayer for all nations, right? It’s a praying house so it can be a FILLED house!

Forget about the transfer of wealth, will you? Yes, God will supply what we need to bring in the nations.

But we need to see the nations as the wealth God is adamant about finding, rescuing, and showing off.

I can just see him, saying to the devil, “Lucifer, take a look at these precious jewels! See how they shine? Take a good, long look; I want you to remember their beauty for all eternity!”

People, there’s coming a shaking. If we’ll yield to the work of God, we will see the greatest harvest in the history of the world. Yes, many will be shaken, and some will barely make it. An apostasy spirit is growing and becoming more influential as each day goes by.

But he who endures to the end shall witness the Desire of the Nations welcoming nation after nation into his house. The house that is his welcoming, glorious house.

People like you and I.

Wow!

Hey, let’s discuss this some more! Write your comments, and see where the dialogue takes us.

A Prophetic Word…

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I believe this is a word from the Lord:

A shaking is coming upon this land; the land of the free and the home of the brave. A land that is more brazen than brave, and more in bondage than free. This shaking, which will affect each and every person, rich and poor, young and old, will help right the wrongs done specifically in the Lord’s Name, yet against His Kingdom.

For He will display what His grace is really about. He will reveal His power to free the addict, but will call into judgment the things permitted and proclaimed as His will, but have only been the will of worldly-minded pastors and preachers. He will manifest to each person who hungers for freedom, the grace that frees them. But He will correct those who believe God’s grace is their license to pamper the flesh.

The coming shaking will identify and separate truth from error. It is part of the laundering process required to remove spot and blemish.

Anything and everything this nation is holding to, apart from the Lord, will be shaken from their grip, whether things or thoughts. It will be only for a short while, and when it stops many will grab hold of the same things as before. However…

Many, many prodigals shall be shaken off of their bunks, out from under their bridges, and released from the snares that have held them for years. They shall come to their senses, and shall see Jesus as the real and only Lover of their soul. They shall be shaken from the worldly trees they have joined themselves to. They shall fall like overripe fruit. They shall release their hold, and the world’s hold shall be released from them.

Shaking, shaking, shaking. Wind blowing, rain falling, hearts failing; but His Kingdom will remain and His prodigals shall return.

Spiritual doors will fall off their hinges, leaving wide open opportunities for God’s people to enter areas previously blocked. His Power and His Word shall be carried into these shaken places and new life will spring up. Yes, the prodigals are everywhere, hiding in their world of make-believe; but He has not forgotten them, and He knows exactly where they are. And they will come. Yes, they will come.

So release this word into their lives; by faith call them forth. Prepare your hearts for the shaking, and for the prodigal’s return.

Yearn for the prodigal. Believe for the prodigal. Embrace the prodigal – and you will embrace God’s restorative love. For understand this: He is calling the prodigals to come home. He is running after them. He is leaving the ninety nine to rescue the one. And He will find them.

And so will you.

As for the timing of the shaking, it’s already being staged. But within 14 months the shaking’s major effects shall be witnessed. There will be some news agencies that will refer to the shaken economy, the shaken weather patterns, and societal turmoil as an earthquake which cannot be seen or heard, but is being felt across the nation. Race issues will again be a hot issue; because it has not been resolved in His church. But He is forcing us to face it and resolve it.

For those whose hands are in His, you have nothing to fear. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. You can boldly say, the Lord is my helper; I will not fear. But if you feel things in your life shaking, release them to Jesus. Be free.

Smile, child. And warm your heart to His plans, His purposes, His gifts and callings… and His prodigals.

They’re coming home.

The more people struggle against it, the worse it will be. Defiance to His shaking will bring about certain ruin. Not right away. But as certain as the sun rises in the morning, ruin will come.

People of God, begin NOW to loosen your worldly grip, the lust for sensual entertainment, and your adulterous relationship with the world. Let it go, and discover how to love the world as He does.

Amen.

“His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden. Pestilence marches before him; plague follows close behind. When he stops, the earth shakes. When he looks, the nations tremble. He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. He is the Eternal One.” (Habakkuk 3:4-6 NLT)

Rain, Floods, and Winds

20130906-223739.jpgWe sometimes can hear something taught for so long, we miss a word The Lord may be trying to tell us. We may read a passage of scripture off and on for years, and though The Lord ministered that particular Word to our heart one time, we forget He may have something else to reveal from that same passage.

For example, here’s a well known quote from Jesus.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27 ESV)

Traditional thinking, and teaching, tells us the importance of building the foundation of our life (our house) on hearing AND doing the Word of God. Not just hearing the words of Jesus, but hearing and doing.

Absolutely true!

The teaching points out that both the wise man and foolish man heard the sayings of Jesus. Both the wise and foolish men experienced the same storms. Everyone was given to understand the rain, floods, and wind represented storms of life; attacks from satan who’s trying to steal, kill and destroy. The wise man’s house stood because he heard AND did. The foolish man’s house was destroyed because he heard AND DID NOTHING.

Absolutely true!

But I’d like to offer an interpretation that may shake your thinking. It did mine.

Specifically, I want you to look at the words “rain”, “floods”, and “winds”. Remember, most of us have been taught that those words represent the kingdom of darkness, and its mission to tear us down and totally destroy us.

But I believe the Spirit of God is wanting us to realize a more important truth; one we must grasp, especially in this perilous hour in which we find ourselves.

The words rain, floods, and winds can also refer to the Holy Spirit of God!

“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring” (Isaiah 44:3 NKJV)

“So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives.” (Isaiah 59:19 ESV)

“Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, like a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, like a flood of mighty waters overflowing, Who will bring them down to the earth with His hand” (Isaiah 28:2 NKJV)

“then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath (wind) of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7 ESV)

“He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire” (Psalm 104:3-4 ESV)

“He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow” (Psalm 147:18 ESV)

“Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live” (Ezekiel 37:9 NKJV)

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:2 NKJV)

Anyway, I think you can see The Lord MAY be referring to His Spirit when He speaks of rain, floods and winds.

“But that doesn’t make any sense”, you say. Ah, but it does.

The Lord spoke of a time, a certain time, when everything that CAN be shaken, knocked down, agitated, destroyed, toppled, WILL be!

“At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken – that is, things that have been made – in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:26-27 ESV)

I believe that time is upon us.

A time of peril (2 Timothy 3) and of people departing from the faith (1 Timothy 4). A time of sifting and preparation (Amos 9:9-12; Malachi 3:1-3). A time when everything that is not of Him is SHAKEN OFF AND OUT!

The goal? That we may grow up in Him, not having spot or wrinkle, or anything in us He CAN’T build upon.

So, how will we survive these days? What did Jesus tell us to do? He told us to hear His sayings AND DO THEM!

And when the Spirit of God begins to shake things in our lives, we won’t fall apart.

The first three chapters of Revelation indicate an inspection, a shaking, a judging of the saints.

Judgment WILL begin at the HOUSE of God! (1 Peter 4:17)

Don’t be upset with me. I’m facing the same shaking as everyone else. And it isn’t fun. But though His discipline feels like He’s trying to kill us, He’s only preparing us to walk as He walked.

In the Glory, and for the Glory, of God.

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