Hebrews 12: 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven.” 27 The words “once more” clearly indicate the removal of the things that are being shaken, that is, the things that have been made, so that the things that cannot be shaken remain permanently. 28 Therefore, since we are going to receive an unshakeable kingdom, let us be thankful. This is how we serve God in an acceptable way, with reverence and awe. 29 For our God is a consuming fire. (EHV)
Maybe you have heard the expression, “terra firma,” which means “solid ground.” We assume that the ground we stand on is solid – until it is shaken by an earthquake and feels like liquid beneath our feet. Did you know that an earthquake in Missouri in 1811 was so powerful that it toppled chimneys in Cincinnati, OH? For a little while, the ground heaved so far up that Mississippi River ran upstream for a while. The small cities near the epicenter were completely destroyed. That earthquake is nothing compared to what will happen on the last day, when God will shake the earth and the heavens as well, when Jesus comes again.
Thoughts of Judgment Day should strike fear in the hearts of those who do not believe. We who believe, however, need not be afraid. How could we not be afraid when the whole earth shakes beneath our feet? Because we won’t be here. Listen to how Paul described the events of that day in 1 Thessalonians 4. “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.” When God brings his terrible judgment upon the earth, we will already be gone.
And did you catch this phrase? “So that the things that cannot be shaken remain permanently.” The kingdom of heaven cannot be removed. It won’t waste away and rot with time. It cannot be attacked by Satan and his minions. It won’t become outdated. It will remain forever, and so will we. Prayer: Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Come and restore all things and make everything new. Come and raise your saints from the grave and bring all of us to glory at once. Come and give us a glorified body so that we can live in everlasting joy with you in your kingdom. And while I remain here, help me to live my life in reverence and awe of the God who has saved me. Amen.