This from Micah.
For behold, the LORD cometh forth out of His place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
And the mountains shall be molten under Him, and the valleys shall be cleft as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place (Mic. 1.3,4).
And this from the Psalms.
Bow Thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Cast forth lightning, and scatter them; shoot out Thine arrows, and destroy them (Ps. 144.6,7).
Do you ever get revelations? I am sure you do—those moments when the “light bulb” comes on and you see some beautiful facet of the truth of God. They can be life changing; they can be devastating.
Now, how does God touch a mountain? With His hand, of course.
It is the most awesome of truths that we are the body of Christ—His feet, His arms, His hands…
Beloved, we the body of Christ appear to be very weak in the earth at this time (at least here in the western world); we are not considered to be much of a threat to the kingdoms of this world, the kingdoms of darkness around us.
This is going to change. And it’s going to change by a revelation—or to put that better, a response to a revelation. Obedience to that revelation.
Jesus told Nathanael, “Verily, verily I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of man” (Jn. 1.51). He was referring to Jacob’s experience at Bethel when he dreamed of the ladder between earth and Heaven, and the angels ascending and descending on it. Jesus is saying, I Myself am Bethel; I am that ladder, the top of which is in Heaven, and the foot of it in the earth. It’s the awesome revelation of Christ—His head in Heaven and His body here in the earth.
Notice what Paul said.
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ (1 Cor. 12.12).
Paul didn’t say, “so also is the body of Christ.” He said, “so also is Christ.” They are not two separate things: Christ in Heaven and the body of Christ in the earth. Christ is a many-membered Man whose Head is in Heaven, and the body in the earth.
Beloved, we are scarcely awake to this reality, and when we are awake to this, it is going to shake Heaven and earth. Christ the Head in Heaven and the body of Christ in the earth are one Man, one temple—Bethel, the house of God. Jesus Christ our Advocate in Heaven and the Holy Spirit His Advocate here in the earth—they are One Advocate; they are one. Jesus told His disciples when He was about to leave them, “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you” (Jn. 14.18). He was speaking of the coming of the Comforter, the Spirit of truth. “I… will come to you.”
And so Jesus promises, “Yet once I shake not the earth only, but Heaven also” (Heb. 12.26). How shall He accomplish so great shakings? By speaking. “Whose Voice then shook the earth…” This refers back to God speaking at Sinai when the whole mountain shook, and all the earth around. “But now He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but Heaven also.” The Voice of the Son of God in Heaven through the lips of His body in the earth is going to cause great shakings in our world. I tremble to think of it, and am fearful at the prospect. But at the same time I cry to Him to do it—shake, Lord, bring the shakings! For they are necessary shakings, and it will mean the removal of all the kingdoms of man, all that can be shaken, all that is unstable in our fractured troubled world, ultimately leaving “a kingdom that cannot be shaken.” What a wondrous hope.
And so let us earnestly seek to be responsive to revelations from Heaven, as that Egyptian church we mentioned last time was. They heard from God; they were obedient; suddenly their whole nation was shaking.
God can and will touch mountains—the kingdoms of this world that have been there it seems forever—and they will go up in smoke. How shall He touch them?
He shall come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. How shall He do this?
“And the mountains shall be molten under Him…” Under whom?
Beloved, let us be walking in obedience. Let us be listening with foot ready to walk in what our Head is hearing and seeing. Let us seek earnestly to be responsive to our Head in Heaven. He has given us the provision we need to do this—He has given us His own Holy Spirit, thus making us one with Him, thus making us alive unto Him.
You and I may consider ourselves weak and small and of not much account. That’s actually the way it should be. But let us, weak as we are, be in such union with our Head in Heaven that He can stretch out His hand and touch a mountain, and cause it to go up in smoke.
Just high sounding words, these? Ask those Egyptian Christians if they are just high-sounding words.