There is a headlong rush beginning as masses of frightened people begin to hear that paper money shall soon be no more. There is a rush to buy silver and gold and other hard assets that are considered to be safe havens in difficult and uncertain times. Yet over and over again the LORD of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things encourages us to trust in Him alone and not to get caught up in the stampede for ownership of stuff.
If you are not aware that God loves you deeply and cares for you then of course you will be looking out for yourself. You will be worried that your needs will not be met. But God does care for you and does love you….That means you DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY about your needs being met. It means you DO NOT NEED to be running with fear to buy silver and gold and whatever else to feel safe and secure.
God is a refuge and a strong tower. God upholds you and nourishes you. God cares so much for you.
Throughout Scripture God says that He will SHAKE ALL THINGS. This shaking is so that what cannot be shaken remains. Only those things that can be shaken are removed. And we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
Right now God is shaking the nations and beginning to destroy the power of the kingdoms of this world.
Hag 2:20 And again the word of the LORD came to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying,
Hag 2:21 “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying: ‘I will shake heaven and earth.
Hag 2:22 I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overthrow the chariots And those who ride in them; The horses and their riders shall come down, Every one by the sword of his brother.
Hag 2:23 ‘In that day,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the LORD, ‘and will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the LORD of hosts.
God is overthrowing the throne and authority of kingdoms of greedy men….and He is destroying their strength–the trust in money and finances and military power. ALL SELF SUFFICIENCY is beginning to be shaken. As this shaking begins—people shall be rushing in a panic to convert their dollars into silver and gold so as to stave off disaster in the future. They are living for an earthly life and an earthly existence. They have rejected Jesus or do not consider Him, they have not heard that the Lord is good and that His favour endures forever.
Zerub Babel – Zerubbabel an Israelite shall be His signet ring–having final authority. His name means wax warm, flow away from Babylon or from confusion.
Just as Nebuchadnezzer king of Babylon built a huge golden statue of himself representing the pride of self sufficiency so Zerubbabel represents the MELTING DOWN OF THAT FALSE IMAGE. That confusion that says God is far away from me and does not care for me and shall not provide for me in the time of trouble SHALL BE MELTED AWAY as God begins to reveal His love and care for all people.
The shaking of all nations shall remove the wicked man from being over the house of the treasury–all the world. And in their place those like Jesus shall rule in fairness and love and kindness, lifting up the needy and the poor man. [see post on Hilkiah]
Babylon’s silver and gold belongs to the Lord God Almighty —though the nations horde it up and rely upon it—YET IT BELONGS TO JESUS CHRIST ALONE.
So seek God and His righteousness and all the things you are worried about shall be taken care of by your heavenly Father. For He cares for you dearly.
Stand and watch the demise of Mystery Babylon–a temptress that trusted in her own sufficiency—but those things shall be taken from her and given to another who has been made worthy—all those who trust in Jesus Christ alone and whose strength alone is Christ Jesus.
We have no need of sun or moon for the Lord Jesus Himself is our light and our guide in the darkness. We are His children and He shall provide for us.
Hag 2:5 ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’
Hag 2:6 “For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;
Hag 2:7 and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.
Hag 2:8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts.
Hag 2:9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.”
The Temple that the prophet speaks of is NOT AN EARTHLY TEMPLE MADE OF SILVER AND GOLD but a temple of living stones being built together with Jesus as the cap stone and the corner stone. THIS TEMPLE –the church of the living God shall be filled with glory and all nations shall come to the desire of their hearts–to find Jesus as their source and life and peace and joy–and great healing shall be the result.
The 24th of the ninth month this year—look to the Lord for He shall shake and shake until His kingdom remains