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"THINGS THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN" - By Don Hill


"See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven: whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, yet once more, signifieth 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 which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." Hebrews 12:25-25)

The writer warns us not to refuse Him who speaks from heaven, because this One - the One who speaks from heaven - spoke once and His voice shook the earth. He will speak again and His voice will shake not only the earth but also heaven.

In that day, every thing that can be shaken will be shaken. Only those things which cannot be shaken will remain. That shaking has begun! Things you once thought were secure are being shaken. Things that we would never have doubted are now being questioned.

The Bible gives us a picture of these last days. Nothing should surprise us or catch us off guard. To be forewarned is to be prepared at least if we take seriously the prophetical Word.

God told us:

THE FAITH OF RELIGIOUS PEOPLE WILL BE SHAKEN

Jesus Himself said:

"...there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders: inasmuch that, if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect."

Peter told us:

"...there shall be false teachers among you ... and many shall follow their destructive ways."

THE STANDARDS OF MORALITY THAT CIVILIZED PEOPLE HAVE LIVED BY FOR CENTURIES WILL BE SHAKEN

Jesus said:

"...because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."

Paul tells us what will happen when love for Christ begins to wane.

"...after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears: and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables."

OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WILL BE SHAKEN

Jesus said:

"...ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars! ... For nations shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom ... and there shall be ... upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity ... Men's hearts failing them for fear ..."

THE MONETARY SYSTEMS OF THE WORLD WILL BE SHAKEN

Ezekiel tells us:

"They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them ..."

James says:

"Go now ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Your riches have rotted ... Your gold and silver is corroded. ..."

THE SHAKING HAS BEGUN

Today, the very foundation of the Christian faith is under attack. The great fundamental truths of historic Christianity are being questioned, then doubted, and finally denied. We are being bombarded by cults, infiltrated by new age philosophy, terrorized by occult practices, intimidated by liberal theology, and confused by talk about the historical Jesus, the lost tomb of Jesus, the gnostic gospels, the holy Grail, and the sacred bloodline.

The devil is using literature, radio, television, movies, the internet, the public school system, and many modern pulpits to turn people away from the Bible and the truths Christians have always believed.

The devil's attacks seem logical. They appear to have science, statistics, and public opinion on their side. They are intended to intimidate Christians by belittling them, embarrassing them, and making them feel outnumbered.

We are being told that there is no absolute right or wrong and it depends entirely on our circumstances whether something is right or wrong for us. This has opened the way for every type of perversion and abomination. If God's laws are not final, they can be put to one side, or revised. Marriage can be redefined. If same sex marriage is permissible, why not polygamy? Why not parent-child marriages and brother-sister marriages?

Since 9-11 we live in a different world. Governments have created new departments to deal with homeland security. Border crossing has become more difficult. Increased security at airports now takes much of the joy out of flying.

Big corporations teeter on the verge of bankruptcy. People who have been loyal to their companies for years are losing their jobs. Often these are highly trained workers who thought their jobs were secure and looked forward to retirement.

We hear of nations in debt almost to the point of no recovery. Whole monetary systems are being reviewed and changes are being considered with no certainty that anything will make a difference.

God said every thing that can be shaken will be shaken. The shaking has begun. Thank God it has begun! Heb 12:27 tells us the reason for it. "...that those things which cannot be shaken may remain." God is showing the world that some things cannot be shaken. I want to draw to your attention some things that cannot be shaken. These things belong to the Christian. They belong to every person who has received Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Saviour because God has given us "... a kingdom which cannot be moved, ..." (Heb 12:27) Child of God, I want you to understand this. The faith, trust and confidence a person has in the TRUTH can be shaken. But the TRUTH itself will never be shaken. The reality and substance of the truth will not be moved.

WE HAVE A FOUNDATION WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN

11 Tim 2:19 declares "... the foundation of God standeth sure ..."

What is the foundation? 1 Cor 3:11 tells us "Other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

The Person of Christ is a sure foundation - a sold foundation - that can never be shaken.

Jesus once asked Peter "...whom say ye that I am?" (Matt 16:15) What people think of Jesus Christ is the difference between life and death, heaven and hell. Today there is an attack against the Person of Christ. Some say He never existed; there never was an historical Jesus. Then there are those who tell us He was a good man, a teacher, or a prophet. Some will claim to believe He was the Son of God but stop short of confessing that He was the Son of God in any sense of being Divine. Peter answered Jesus, "... thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matt 16:16) The Bible teaches that He was God. Seven hundred years before Jesus was born, an Old Testament prophet wrote, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6) When Thomas saw Jesus after His ressurection, he said, "My Lord and my God." (John 20:28) There are those who admit He was a good man and compliment His teachings, but deny His deity. This is nonsense. He claimed to be the Son of God in the unique sense of being God equal with the Father in heaven. If He was not who and what He claimed to be, He was either a liar and a fraud or He was a mentally ill man who had lost touch with reality. His spotless life and the high quality of His ethical teachings show He was neither of these.

Jesus Christ made unique claims for Himself. Consider this. He said "...I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6) What other religious leader before or after dared to make such a claim? Even the founders of the so-called great world religions did not (as far as this writer knows) ever make such a claim. But this man - Jesus Christ - also predicted His own death and said He would rise again on the third day. When He stepped out of that tomb He validated His claims including the claim that He Himself was the only way to heaven!

Our faith is solidly built on this foundation. It is not open to review, debate, or negotiation. It cannot be changed. It is now - and will always be - as it was two thousand years ago. Heb 13:8 declares "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." The church of God will fight battle after battle. But when the last battle is fought and the war is won, the Bible says "...at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow... ... and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:10-11)

WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN

We are told in 1 John 2:1 "...if any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

When (and only when) we personally receive Christ as our Saviour, He becomes our advocate. The word advocate is so awesome. It was used in a court of justice for a legal assistant or counsel for the defence. John is saying if we sin, we have a defence attorney. His name is Jesus.

The prosecution has a case against us. The Bible says "...There is none righteous no not one... For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Rom 3:23, 26) It is a serious case. The penalty is death. God has declared in Ez 18:20 "The soul that sinneth shall die..." But Christ Himself in order to become our Advocate died as our substitute. We are told that "... Christ died for our sins..." (1 Cor 15:3)

All who believe on Him - all who trust Him - have eternal life. We are told in John 3:36 "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life..." Then He becomes our Advocate. When we sin, satan accuses us before the Father. He says "Look! See what that wretch has done. That person has sinned. That man (or woman) deserves to die." But thank God we have an advocate! Jesus Christ the righteous speaks on our behalf. "It is true Oh Father that one has sinned. It is true he (or she) deserves to die. But look! Look at these wounds in my hands and feet and side. This is what I bore that he (or she) might be with me for all eternity." Then the accuser roars in desperation, "But God you said yourself the soul that sins shall die." This time our Advocate silently points to the mercy seat where the blood of the last and final sacrifice for sin is sprinkled and the accuser of the brethren flees. Thank God our Advocate cannot be shaken! He will never be intimidated or discredited! His work cannot be invalidated! Child of God, your salvation depends on His ability not yours. "... He is able to save them to the uttermose that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." (Heb 7:25)

WE HAVE A BOOK - THE WORD OF GOD - WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN

Paul expressed the faith of the early church in 11 Tim. 3:16 where he wrote "All scripture is given by inspiration of God..." The word "inspiration" means God breathed. The Christians of the first century like the Jews of the Old Testament believed the scriptures were breathed out by God and were therefore infallible.

What is meant by the word "scripture"? The Christians of Paul's day accepted the entire Old Testament as scripture. To prove this we will go back a few years to the time of Christ. Luke 24:44 quotes Jesus as saying "... all things must be fulfilled which were written in the LAW OF MOSES and in the PROPHETS, and in the PSALMS, concerning me." Then vs. 45 says "Then opened He their understanding that they might understand the SCRIPTURES."

The LAW of Moses, and the PROPHETS, and the PSALMS were SCRIPTURES

The Jews placed all the Old Testament in three groups of books. First, the law. Second, the prophets, and third, a group called "the writings" of which the Psalms were a part.

The early church also recognized the writings of the apostles to be scriptures. Listen to what Peter said about Paul's epistles. In 11 Peter 3:15-16 he wrote "... our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things: in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable twist as they do also the OTHER scriptures..."

Peter is saying unlearned and unstable people twist Paul's epistles as they do the OTHER scriptures. What Paul wrote was scripture to the early Christians!

Jesus Himself had absolute confidence in the scriptures. He said "... the scriptures must be fulfilled." (Mark 14:49) Again He said "... the scripture cannot be broken;" (John 10:35)

In these days of absolute chaos when nothing can be heard around you but the sound of collapse, God wants you to know you have a book - His Word - that cannot be shaken. It will never be out of date. It applies now and it will always apply. In Mark 13:31 Jesus declared "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall never pass away."

A wealthy American businessman was walking through a poor village in Africa many years ago. He saw a man - obviously a native of the country - sitting in the shade of a tree reading a little book. When he asked him what book he was reading, the native replied respectfully , "It's a Bible Sir." The businessman laughed and said, "That book is out of date in my country." The native answered, "If it was out of date here Sir, you would have been eaten long ago because my people were cannibals before this book came to our land."

When we come to a crossroad in life; when we have to make a decision, God wants us to search the scriptures to see what He wants us to do. Then we will be able to say like David "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)

WE HAVE A HOPE WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN

Heb 6:19 tells us "Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast..." This word "hope" in the New Testament is different from our English word. We say "I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow." Or "I hope I get a raise this year." But the New Testament hope means A CONFIDENT EXPECTATION. It is something we know is going to happen because God said so. It is an anchor that holds us sure and stedfast in the storms of life.

Thank God we have a hope which cannot be shaken. This hope became ours when we were born again. The Bible says "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope..." (1 Peter 1:3 NIV) What is this hope? It is the confident expectation that Christ will come again. In Titus 2:13, Paul tells us that Christians are to be "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;" (Titus 2:13) The fact that we are to be looking for Him proves He could come at any time. If we had to wait for other things to happen on earth before Christ could come, there would be no sense looking for Him before those things happened! We should begin every day by telling ourselves "Perhaps this will be the day."

The Bible tells us what to expect. "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thess 4:16-17)

Today there are many who try to shake our faith in the blessed hope. The Bible identifies two kinds of people who do this.

First there are those who flat out deny that Christ will return. This should not surprise us because some don't believe He came the first time. We hear people making a joke of the rapture. They laugh at the teaching that the Lord will come to the air and remove His people from the earth. But some day soon when millions of people around the world are reported missing and they find themselves under the insane rule of a one world government, their laughing will be turned into a sad and bitter cry of remorse. The Bible says in 11 Peter 3:3-4 "... there shall come in the last days scoffers walking after their own lusts saying, where is the promise of His coming?..."

Then there are those who say they believe He will return, but they put their own spin on how they say He will come. Some modern cults are like this. They are big on prophecy and talk about the return of Christ and God's kingdom upon the earth, but they are totally unbiblical when it comes to describing the manner of His return. There are eastern religions and new age groups who teach that Christ will appear again on earth in the person of a new messiah. Jesus warned us in Matt 24:26 "... if they shall say unto you, Behold He is in the desert; go not forth; behold He is in the secret chambers; believe it not."

We're not looking for a Christ in the desert!

We're not looking for a Christ in the secret chambers!

We're looking for a Christ who will come in the air!

The angels said to the bewildered disciples that day "... this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go ..." (Acts 1:11)

WE HAVE A MANDATE THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN

Jesus said in Mark 16:15 "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel unto every creature."

Our responsibility does not end when we have done this. We are told to make disciples of those who believe "... baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things..." (Matt 24:19-20)

Every man, woman, boy and girl of every race and nation, in every part of the world must hear the gospel and be given an opportunity to believe in Christ and become His disciple. God is still calling men and women to go forth and preach the gospel in every nation. It is the God given responsibility of the church and the believers in the homeland to send forth and sponsor those who are called to go. This is not optional. It is our mandate! Every Christian must participate to the fullest extent of his or her ability. All can pray. Most can give. Some can go.

Church people who have only an empty shell of religious profession are saying we should not try to convert people from another religion to Christianity.

Carnel Christians tell us it's too expensive now to do serious missionary work in the regions beyond especially in light of the increased cost of air travel, and the rise in the cost of living.

Timid souls in and out of the church remind us of the dangers of air travel since 9-11, the risks of terrorism, and the instability of foreign governments.

But all of these things together cannot stop those who have heard the call of God, and have been anointed by Him to go forth. The passion that drives them is something the average Christian could never imagine. It is other worldly - something from beyond time and space. They have a job to do. All the demons in the legions of hell cannot stop the march of God's end time army.

No distance is too far.

No cost is too high.

No danger is too great.

No burden is too heavy.

No one person, local church, denomination or ministry can do it alone.

But by each of us doing what we can and co-ordinating our efforts to the best of our ability, the job will be finished!

PASTORS DON & SARAH HILL
Office: 705-325-8964
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 523, Orillia, Ontario Canada L3V 6K2
Website Address: www.livinghopeministries.ca
Email: PastorHill@livinghopeministries.ca


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