In all the events throughout the world today many are asking this question.
Fear may cause some to try and avoid the idea of God shaking this earth.
But if he is, then we need to ask: Why? What? When?
We will try to answer this question first as it is probably the most revealing. Since God created this beautiful, unique planet, he has ‘shaken’ it several times and in different ways. But the final ‘shaking’ is different. What does Scripture tell us of the final ‘shaking’ by the Lord God ?
At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Heb 1226-29 Hag 26,7,21
This 'shaking' event, coming at the end of time, is far greater than any that have already taken place. It will affect not only the earth, but also the heavens. If this ‘shaking’ is purely physical then it seems like the earth’s orbit and/or rotation will suddenly be significantly changed. Rather more than a local earthquake, even a most severe one! I have only once experienced a very minor quake, 2 on the Richter scale. World-wide there are over a million such quakes each year. Quite alarming though. An earthquake defined as ‘Moderate’ (magnitude 5) is 30,000 times greater. And a ‘Major’ quake of 7 (about 15 per year), is 30 million times greater than a magnitude 2 quake. Almighty God will not find the 'Hag 2' or the 'Heb 12' end-time shake difficult! What is his plan? Why? What will he achieve? He tells us, so we don't have to guess. He is going to separate what can be shaken from what cannot be shaken. And we are also told what cannot be shaken - the righteous kingdom of God. So the 'shaking' is unlikely to be exactly physical. And since we are told our God is a consuming fire, the separation is probably by fire. Like when righteous Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were cast into the fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, and only the ropes that bound them were burnt (and the strongest soldiers who pushed them into the flames). The 3 righteous men were not even singed! (Dan 3).
When Satan is released at the end of the millennium reign of the returned Christ, he will attack Jerusalem. But fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were. Rev 209,10
What a day a great shaking that will be. It will end with a perfect new heaven and new earth, and with no more sin or even temptation. No wonder it will be a time to worship God for ever. Thus the Lord reveals the ultimate purpose of his shaking his creation - to rid it of all evil for ever. To fulfill the eternal plan for his righteous creation.
In answering the question Why? God has also revealed what is going to happen at the end of time. But the final 'shaking' is different from the many other times God has 'shaken' the earth. Let us examine some of these.
The first 'shaking' comes in Gen 3 when Adam and Eve ignored God's warning and disobeyed him. They fell to the devil's subtle temptation to gain knowledge by eating the forbidden fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden. ... The tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Gen 33 217 The 'shaking' came that same evening when God questioned them, listened to their feeble excuses and judged them. The LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. Gen 323,24
Jealous Cain was 'shaken' for murdering his brother Abel. God cursed him, made him a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth ... and the Lord put a mark on Cain. Gen 412,15
The next 'shaking' came when The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Gen 65 So bad was it that the only remedy was for God destroy all his creation by a world-wide flood - saving some animals, righteous Noah and 7 of his family. This was to be a literal 'shaking'. It didn't only rain torrents for 40 days, but God shook the earth's crust under which there were huge lakes of water. On that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth. Gen 711 In the USA today, in the Yellowstone Park (3,468 miles2), God has kept one area of land under which there remains a huge lake of water. This shows man how he had created the whole surface of the earth. When God shook the earth in Noah's day, all these subterranian lakes 'burst forth' and flooded the earth.
Noah was 120 years building the Ark exactly as God instructed him. But evil men thought it was a huge joke. Until the day when God shut Noah in the Ark and the evil men outside. Too late. No escape. Even the warning of Methuselah ="In the day that I die it shall happen" was totally ignored for 969 years. Noah buried him just before he entered the Ark.
God's 'shaking' always has a twofold purpose. To reveal to man that sin always, without any exceptions, results in judgement by Almighty God. And for this to be a warning intended to deter man from sinning in the future. It also ensures that man is without any excuse for his wickedness.
After the flood, proud man soon started to build the tower of Babel. They said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves." Gen 114 God 'shook' their arrogance; he brought total confusion by making them all speak different languages, and thus they dispersed over the all the earth.
God created man and animals male and female. But some men decided it was good to practice homosexuality. So the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulphur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. Gen 1924,25 Later God would be absolutely explicit in saying homosexuality is an abomination. Lev 1822 2013 And in the New Testament, Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality ... 1 Co 69 Yet man today has again defied Almighty God by legalising this abomination. They reject God and ridicule his shaking of Sodom. Amazingly, they expect God will ignore their folly.
In August 2022 at the Lambeth Bishop’s Conference, instead of having a debate they issued a ‘Call’ which said, “As bishops we remain committed to listening and walking together to the maximum possible degree, despite our deep disagreement on these issues.”
And that, "all baptized, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation are full members of the Body of Christ."
And, referring especially to the Episcopal Church, Archbishop Welby said, "They are not careless about scripture. They do not reject Christ. But they have come to a different view on sexuality after long prayer, deep study and reflection on understandings of human nature."
But amazingly that ‘reflection’ concluded that God and Scripture were wrong ! That the destruction of Sodom was a mistake. And Paul was definitely in error when he wrote 1 Co 69 (quoted above). Clearly, and sadly, they are deceived.
When Israel turned to wicked idol worship God sent the prophets Isaiah, Amos and Hosea to warn them. They took no notice. So God 'shook' them by using Assyria to defeat and permanently exile Israel in 722 BC. When Judah took no notice of God's warning by Jeremiah, he 'shook' them too. Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple and enslaved them in Babylon from 586 to 538 BC.
So we are shown that Almighty God has a history of 'shaking' in different ways when man ignores, disobeys and insults their Creator. The greatest 'shaking', and perhaps the most surprising, came when Jesus, the son of God, was crucified! The judgement, the punishment of our sin, was borne by this mighty Redeemer. God 'shook' his earth as never before. In doing so he also tore the Temple veil in two to enable repentant man to come before the Mercy seat and be forgiven. This 'shaking' opened the way for Jews and Gentiles to enter heaven and be reconciled with God.
That was 2,000 years ago. What has happened since? Has each generation seen this gracious act and consistently honoured and obeyed the Lord? Sadly, no. God has had to continue 'shaking' to try and gain our attention. He has sent pandemics, war, volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, drought ... But as in the days of Amos, men have not listened or paid any attention to Almighty God. (Amos 46-12)
Most leaders and men are deceived and reject all God's warnings, just as Jesus warned his disciples in Math 24. Finally, in the 'last days', Christ will break open the 7 seals, order the 7 warning trumpets to be sounded and when men still insist upon ignoring his warnings, he will pour out his 7 bowls of wrath. This is detailed in Rev 6 to 18. A book that is rarely read or understood because those who believe in God have been told he is a God of love. He is! But he is also a God of judgement, of 'shaking'. Justice demands that he must punish sin. And he 'shakes' to persuade reluctant man to turn from his sin and honour his Creator, instead of insulting him. Most remain blind and deceived and are punished. A few are awaked by God's 'shaking' and cry to him for mercy. To them God reveals that Christ has borne all the just punishment for our sin and has given us a new and eternal life.
There is a short and simple answer to this question. Jesus says only the Father knows! But believers in Christ will know that God is being faithful to his Word. They will also know that at the end there will be a 'shaking' that separates all wickedness from the righteous. It will begin the new heaven and the new earth and eternity with Almighty God from whom nothing can ever separate us. We will always be worshipping the One who made a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice for our sins.