In these last days God is shaking not only the world but the church. All those that profess Jesus as Lord are going to be shaken and sifted so that the true believers can stand up and form an army of God that will quench the fires of hell. Many Christians believe that when the scriptures talk of Gods sifting, or God sorting out the wheat from the weeds these passages are referring to Christians and non believers. But this is further from the truth as we have swallowed the Devils lie – when the Bible speaks of separating two groups of people the scriptures are referring to Christians being separated in to the wise or foolish, the wheat or the weeds, those that attend the feast and those that are shut out from the feast. Yes God is speaking of believers being culled as the end draws near.
Are we ready for this sifting process? We read in Matthew 13 these words referring to a parable that Jesus told – “Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' “Again in Matthew 25 we read this parable “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Then the ones who missed out came and banged on the door, but Bridegroom called out “I do not know you” What a terrible word that many Christians will hear. “I do not know you.” What a rebuke!!
The book of Hebrews gives us plenty of warning along these lines devoting long passages on falling away from the living God. We read these words – “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. For if you do, we as Christians’ will be found to be a fraud and will be shaken out from the true believers to stand in shame before the Throne of God. This passage from Hebrews concerns the Children of Israel fifteen days out from leaving Egypt as recorded in Exodus 16. For is was here at a place called the Desert of Sin, between Elim and Sinai that they grumbled against Moses and ultimately God complaining that their food had run out and they would have been better off to have stayed in Egypt where there was at least food on the table.
In essence the Children of Israel doubted Gods ability to look after them. This unbelief settled like a haze over the whole camp despite then witnessing Gods hand in the crossing of the Red Sea and the plagues back in Egypt. God had shown them in those miraculous events that he cared for them and only wanted the best for the nation. We read these words which have been recoded as a warning to us – “The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death. " They were quick to blame Moses & Aaron. Where was the people’s faith in Gods ability to feed them?
The writer to the Hebrews devotes an entire chapter to this and other episodes in the forty years wanderings; with this warning – “So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.' So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest. See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away The Holy Spirit is saying the same to us today – do not let the Sin of Unbelief enter your hearts.
Do we really believe that God will care for all our needs? Do we really walk by faith in our relationships, in our work, in our homes, in our families, in our leisure time or is God only remembered now and then. Do we really believe that God cares for us? Do we live as if he does? Are all our decisions in our home, our work, relationships made by God? Or do we not believe that God is interested in such material things?
God is shaking the world in these last days. Many of us are affected by raising unemployment, the world economy on a knife edge, raising cost of fuel, the increase in household taxes and rates, the uncertainty of the future, the fear of illness. Then we have natural disasters; earthquakes, storms, floods and such like. We are being confronted with rapid change on all fronts; morals, technology, immigration, the rise of the Islamic influx etc. All these events are causing many people anxiety attacks as the increase in anti-depressives drugs in crease.
Who do we look to settle our fears? Do we trust in our own abilities? Do we hope that Lotto will be our salvation? Do we panic and cry out to God in a cloud of fear? Or do we have an anchor of the soul – faith in Gods ability to see us through. The Children of Israel did not have any faith in Gods ability to feed them. Can we say with the writer of Psalm 46 – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The LORD Almighty is with us .
Has the Sin of Unbelief clouded our view of God? Do we really believe that God will put food on our table, find us a job, help us pay our taxes etc? Whatever is our concern at the moment do we really expect God to be interested in our situation? Will he really help us – do we trust him. We read in the New Testament these words – “We live by faith, not by sight . Do we really live by faith or are we kidding ourselves and God? May of us believe this in our heads but we do not practice such in our lives. Do we really believe that God will guide us, will give us wisdom, and will help us? Or are we relying on our own insight and intellect?
We read in Heb 10 these words – “But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. " Is God pleased with you? Or has the Sin of Unbelief taken control of your live. The writer to the Hebrews closed the chapter with these words –“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
In these last days God is shaking out the believes who have shrunk back from those that he is pleased with. Which group will we find ourselves in? Let us root out the Sin of Unbelief from our hearts and close the door on this sin ever returning.
Thank you watchmanjohn. I really appreciate your blogs. I've been telling fellow believers much the same as you have written here. I've suggested that if they are not being shaken at this point, they might want to know why. God is preparing His people for what is ahead. He loves us enough. My son had a vision of His church some years ago. It was of a very obese man lying on a couch. All of a sudden the fat just began to drop off of his body. He stood up and was much smaller than before. However, he was much stronger. It was a picture of the church of believers in Jesus Christ. It would become smaller as the sifting and shaking happens but what would come out of it will be much stronger and make an impact on the world. I believe we are called to persecution and to be martyrs. Our belief, faith, and relationship to Jesus cannot be just on the surface for us to stand to the end. Jesus did ask if He would find faith on the earth when He returns. Now is the time to develop that faith if we don't have it already.