Last week I wrote about a word I heard from the LORD regarding a shaking of the kingdoms.

There are two lines in that word I want to expand:

A time for repentance will come again, but for now all that can be shaken must be shaken.
Take these words and heed my cry, the time to repent is nigh

The first line can suggest that in this time of shaking we will not have the opportunity to repent from anything that is revealed, yet the second line says the time for repenting will be here soon.

The first line suggest that in this time of shaking we will not have time to repent.

Yes and no.

Let’s start with the no.

We can always repent. Since Jesus’ death on the cross, thereby eliminating the need for a high priest to make sacrifices on our behalf, we can boldly approach the Father’s throne and instantly receive His love. As Hebrews 4:16 says:

Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favour] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

Hebrews 4:16 AMP

In the same way, the parable of the prodigal son shows us how God is continually waiting for us to turn back to Him (repent) and when we do, He will run to us without hesitation and bless us immensely (see Luke 15:11-32).

So, repentance is always available to us.

Now for the yes. In that, in this time of shaking we will not have the opportunity to repent.

A shaking separates the temporal things from the eternal, as Hebrews 12:27 says:

Now this [expression], “Yet once more,” indicates the removal and final transformation of all those things which can be shaken – that is, of that which has been created – so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship with reverence and awe;

for our God is [indeed] a consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:27-29 AMP

Similarly, 1 Corinthians 3:12-13 tells of how the worth of a person’s work will endure through the fire of testing:

But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will be clearly shown [for what is it]; for the day [of judgement] will disclose it, because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality and character and worth of each person’s work.

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 AMP

Let me pause for a moment here and disclose that I don’t believe we are in a judgement in the sense that we will be condemned in this shaking, however, I do believe we are in a time of ‘judgement’ in the sense of refining and making pure. I repeat, this is not a time of condemnation, but a time of revealing the hearts of man so we can be better able to receive and steward what God is bringing to us.

Now, a shaking takes time. It’s not an instant process and you need to let a shaking run it’s course before you can go through what’s left and collect what has remained.

During the shaking, you’re pretty helpless. I’m imagining an earthquake (I’ve never experienced one, so I’m relying strictly on what I’ve seen in movies and documentaries). During the earthquake you won’t be examining what is breaking and what’s withstanding it – you’ll be protecting your loved ones and yourself. Once the earthquake is over, you can go through everything to see what’s endured.

Let me posit another example. Let’s say something is wrong with your health, but the doctor’s aren’t quite able to determine what the cause is. They propose exploratory surgery to get a better idea of what’s going on. During the surgery, you’re under anesthesia. You can’t do anything about what the surgeons are discovering in that state. It is only when you wake up and the surgeons explain to you what they found and how to treat it, that you are able to take any action to remedy the issue.

In the same way, I believe that in this shaking, while we always have the opportunity to repent, we won’t be able to do so effectively because we won’t exactly know what it is we will need to repent from. It is after the shaking (surgery) that the issue is revealed and we can take the appropriate steps to repent, hence the second line in the word, “the time to repent is nigh.”

We are going through a period of shaking so that we can immediately deal with and repent of what is revealed.

This is not a time of condemnation, but a time for revealing issues that need to be addressed so that we can be in the best shape to carry what God is bringing to us in this next season.

He is putting in a lot of effort to prepare us for what He is bringing, which means that He is bringing something amazing He wants us to be ready for.

My prayer is that we will have willing spirits to yield to Him in this time so that everything He wants to do in and through us is perfected.

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