Download... November 18, 2012. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: REVELATIONS 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
Unlikely as it may seem, it is a blessing to be found where “the earth moves,” in a spiritual earthquake. This is the subject of our message this morning. It is important to consider what happens when the earth moves in the bible. Things scripturally here, are called to our attention that are spiritually beneficial in a more profound way.
Spiritually consider what we read here; “And there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, (and finally there was) and an earthquake.” Characteristically, earthquakes are loud, unusual, disorienting, and very unlike everyday life. The biblical illustration given to us here, is that earthquakes are caused by the hand of God. Not a manmade phenomenon, but God’s power, alone could have moved the earth.
Earthquakes immediately alter your behavior and thinking, ..not gradually. There are no inclinations to be philosophical, when so shockingly affected. Instead, an immediate nervousness in coping with it. What happens when fire from heaven is cast into earth? When God took the coals from the altar, placed them in the censor to cast those into the earth, ..there was a spiritual earthquake! I’m not upset, but glad there was an earthquake! This is an allegory that we may not understand personally, because we are “earthen vessels.” From dust we came, and dust we return, but God then gloriously put a spirit within this earthen vessel, for which I am so grateful.
The spiritual earthquakes,(voices, thundering, lightening) happens from the hot coals of the anointed mouth of God, because the only thing he could speak was the Word of God, from heaven! It is known to be a “terrible thing” or, (“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31). Unsound fleshly “structures of ideas,” unclean things, (the sin and self of lies, mere religion, traditions, customs, etc.,) cannot stand before Him, in His presence! The flesh spiritually, needs to be shaken up!
Matthew 27:50-54, 28:1-6 Here the literal earth had again moved, both in chapters 27 and 28. “Someone” (Jesus) was resurrected! When the earth moves, a connection is made between the authority of God, and the movement of earth. Life was given restored, .. resurrected!
Acts 16:26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. The earth moved, and the prisoners were freed! Up to this time the apostles were praying, singing praise to God, ..and He freed them! It’s not always a bad thing to be in an earthquake if your are serving God! If you are in sin, though, there are consequences from a spiritual earthquake.
Revelations 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. Following this earthquake ..is when these trumpet angels sounded. People’s lives are shaken up (a violent reaction) when the “earth” moves. It is so the message can have an opening to be received. We can not determine when, or where an earthquake will occur, either literally or spiritually, but good things can happen when the earth moves! God faithfully determines when and where earthquakes are needed to occur.
A spiritual earthquake is the shaking of the very foundations of faith, so truth can in pureness be delivered (spiritually) to “the earth.” God’s Word is all, that is truly sound, and will withstand all the resulting earthquakes of His gospel trumpets. With the little notice, lack of sleep and disorientation they cause, (as in literal ones), then comes the needed time to “assess” or examine where one is spiritually, the same as literally. Spiritual tremors will often follow, shaking up the “peacefulness or stability of life as usual. Often then fear will follow, until one can become aware of the purpose of experiencing a spiritual earthquake. (It is so you will never forget it’s spiritual message.)
Thank God for His earthquakes, that will affect the young as well as the older! God wants you to let go of that which is unsound spiritually or unsafe.
A spiritual earthquake is good for all that desire to serve God!