Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s sermon titled ‘God Will Shake All Things’ (Part 1- Nations)
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
From Psalm 94, verses 12 and 13, and it is, I trust it will prove appropriate to the message which I’m going to be bringing.
‘Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O LORD, and teach out of Your law, that You may give him release from the days of adversity until the pit is dug for the wicked.’
If you don’t see the appropriateness of that, I trust you will a little more clearly after this evening is over.
Now, I want to begin by reading the passage that was assigned to me. So if you can lay the responsibility at the door of Ken Burnett. I don’t know whether he remembers, but he gave me this passage, and I staggered, because I thought, how can I possibly be or so vast a theme as it’s contained in these words which are found in Hebrews 12, verses 25 through 29…
Hebrews 12: 25-29: ‘See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape, who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth, but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.’
Now this ‘yet once more’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear, for our God is a consuming fire.’
And then we need to turn briefly to the passage from which those words were quoted, which was in Haggai 2:6. And I read them for a special reason, that’s Haggai 2, verse 6, and beginning of verse seven.
Haggai 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.’ And he adds what is not stated exactly in Hebrews, ‘I will shake all nations.’
So God says, ‘I will shake heaven and earth, the sea, the dry land, and I will shake all nations.’
That’s a tremendous theme to contemplate. Our imagination can scarcely take in what is involved, and the outworking of that statement that: heaven and earth, the sea, the dry land, and all nations are to be shaken by the power of God.
Before I go into the theme, I want to ask you a question which is based on Scripture. The question is this, you don’t have to give me an out-loud answer.
Do you believe in the judgment of God? Because in my experience, as I travel around and meet a lot of Christians in different places and attend a lot of conferences and meetings, very, very little is said today in most places about the judgment of God. The attitude almost seems to be, ‘well it’s not nice to talk about God’s judgment, let’s stay away from that painful subject.’
In fact, I think a lot of Christians really almost have reservations about presenting God as a Judge. It’s almost as if that will offend people or frighten people. We won’t be able to get them to listen to the Gospel, if we talk about the judgment of God.
In John 16:8, Jesus said, ‘When He (the Spirit of truth) has come, He will convict the world (of three things) of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.’
As I see it, those are the three eternal unchanging realities on which all true religion is based: sin, righteousness, and judgment.
And if we ask what sin is, the Scripture says all unrighteousness is sin. So there are just two possibilities in every action and in every life: sin or righteousness. And if a thing is not righteous, it is sinful.
It is, in a way, easy to define what sin is, as if I were asked: what is crooked, all I would have to do is hold up a straight line and say that anything that departs from that, whether by little or by much, is crooked.
And the same is true with righteousness and sin. God has held up a line of righteousness. It is Jesus. And anything that departs from that little or much is sin.
And on the basis of how we have lived, whether by sin or by righteousness, we will face the judgment of God. There is one appointment that every one of us here will inevitably keep. It’s the judgment of God. Not one of us can escape.
There are two different judgments. There’s a judgment of condemnation, and there’s a judgment for those who’ve received Jesus and lived for Him, which is an assessment of reward. But every one of us will stand before the judgment of God. I think it’s foolish to live as if that were not so.
And I think, in a way, it’s unjust to the unconverted not to confront them with the reality of God’s judgment. In what I’m going to say this evening, if I succeed, I will paint a picture of some very terrible and frightening things that are going to come quite soon over the whole earth and all humanity.
And I could wonder if, when these things begin to happen, the unconverted will not say to you and me, why didn’t you ever warn us that this was going to happen?
You see, the same person who is the Savior is also the Judge, and His name is Jesus. It’s interesting that when the apostles presented the Gospel to people from a non-Jewish background, they always presented Jesus as both Savior and Judge.
For instance, in Acts chapter 10, when Peter went to the house of Cornelius and began to tell them about Jesus, he said in verse 42 and verse 43, ‘And He commanded us to preach to the people and testify that it is He (that is Jesus) who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins.’
In actual fact, Peter put judgment before forgiveness. He said, the same one through whom you can receive forgiveness of sins is also the one who’s ordained by God to be the Judge of all.
And then when Paul was preaching in Athens, again, he was preaching to people who were mainly not from a Jewish background. He said in Acts 17, verses 30, and following:
‘Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.’