Haggai The Prophet – Preaches To Rebuild The Temple

Solomon's Temple

Solomon’s temple under construction

The name Haggai means festal. Therefore, Haggai was believed to have been born during the pilgrimage feasts [Unleavened Bread, Pentecost or Weeks, and Tabernacles.] Deuteronomy 16:16-17- Three times a year all your men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17- Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.

It is believed that Haggai was in his early seventies during the destruction of Solomon’s temple and witnessed the horrific event.

A Call to Build the House of the Lord

Haggai 1:2- This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the Lord’s house to be built.”’3- Then the word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin? 5- Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: Give careful thought to your ways. 6- You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on your clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.

vs 7- This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8- Go up to the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. 9- You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house which remains in ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house. 10- There, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11- I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grains, the new wines, the oils, and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands.

In 538 B.C. the conqueror of Babylon, Cyrus king of Persia, allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild Solomon’s temple. Fifty thousand Jews made the journey to their homeland to begin the monumental task.

Then the Lord stirred up the Spirit of Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, Governor of Judah, and the Spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the Spirit of the whole remnant. They all began to work on the house of the Lord; September 21, 520 B.C.

As the group built God’s temple, the Lord was with them and blessed them. He also guided them with His divine plans as a covenant, because none of them was alive when the temple stood in its splendor during the life of King Solomon. [Haggai 2:3-5]

After two years, in 536 B.C., the foundation was completed. Their rejoicing could be heard for miles.

The Samaritans and other neighbors heard of the success and were weary of the political and religious implications of a completed temple. Therefore, they joined forces and opposed the project. Work was halted.

In 522B.C. Darius the Great became king of Persia; he had high interest in the religions in his empire. Haggai and Zechariah began to preach in his second year to rebuild the temple; 520B.C. Work began again.

God promised the people that he would shake the heavens and the earth, the seas and the dry land. He would shake the nations.[God’s judgement] He will send all nations to fill this house with glory.

Haggai 2-9

God will send silver and gold to fill the house. It will be of greater glory than before, in Solomon’s day. In this place, God grants peace.

Before long, the people became lethargic toward the Mosaic Laws. In judgement, the Lord declared, “Whatever they do and whatever they offer, they are defiled.”

Four years later, the temple was completed and dedicated.

God reminds them that they have gone through a time of testing as they built His temple. Now he will bless them.

The Lord spoke to Haggai once again. “Tell Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, that I will shake the heavens and earth.” [God’s Judgement] The Lord will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of foreign kingdoms. He will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother.

God is making a covenant with Zerubbabel; making him like a signet ring. This is a seal guaranteeing his future inheritance of a bloodline of God, in Christ Jesus.

The study of Haggai is a perfect example of just how important a house of worship is to God. Because the people were not respecting the House of the Lord and rebuilding it, God was sending His judgement upon them and the earth where they were concerned.

We can learn from this example that God likes splendor in His house of worship. Gold and silver may be a bit expensive for today’s budgets, but we should not be afraid to add beauty to sanctuaries in worship to God.

In addition, as believers in Christ, we are encouraged to attend a bible believing church on a regular basis. This is to commune with other Christians and grow in our faith; also to learn more about God.

It is my hope that every person, whether a Christian or someone exploring the topic, has an authentic church to attend. A church where the gospel of Jesus Christ is taught from God’s Word. Active bible teaching is taking place and children are being won for Christ Jesus, our Lord.

I pray that everyone has access to a church where Jesus Chris, and His Love, and forgiveness, is taught,

JA Ireland

Joel Warns Judah Of Judgement From The Lord


Joel 2-1

Bible historians believe this book was written between the ninth and the sixth century, B.C., after Haggai and Zechariah.

Joel has linguistic parallels to Amos, Micah, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. The day of judgement from the Lord is upon them, or will come, due of their sins.

Joel 1:2-4- Hear this you elders; listen all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers? 3- Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation. 4- What the Locust swarm has left the great locust have eaten; what the great locust have left the young locust have eaten; what the young locust have left other locust have eaten.

5-6- Wake up you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from your lips. 6- A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.

vs 9-10- Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the Lord. 10-The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the oil fails.

A Call For Repentance

1:14-15- Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your Lord God, and cry out to the Lord. 15- Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

vs 19-20- To you, O Lord, I call for fire has devoured the open pastures and flames have burned up all the trees of the field. 20- Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the open pasture.

2:1- Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on the holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand.

A dreadful army of locust marches into the land. The lord is the head of the army.

vs 11- The Lord thunders at the head  of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his commands. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?

vs 12-14- “Even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to me with all your hearts, with fasting and weeping and morning.” 13- Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 14- Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.

vs 16- Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast.

The Lord’s Answer

vs 18-Then the Lord will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people. 19- The Lord will reply to them: “I am sending you grain, new wine, and oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations.

vs 20- I will drive the northern army far away from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land, with its front columns going into the eastern sea and those in the rear into the western sea. And its stench will go; its smell will rise.

The Day of The Lord

vs 28-30- And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29- Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30- I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth.

vs 32- And anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

The Nations Judged

3:1-“In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

vs 2-3- I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgement against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my hand. 3- They cast lots for my people and traded my boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.

3: 9- Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let the fighting men draw near and attack.

vs 13-14-  Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepresses are full and the vats over flow—so great is their wickedness! 14- Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!

Blessings For God’s People

vs 17 – Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.

vs 20-21- Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations. 21- Their bloodguilt, which I have not pardoned, I will pardon. The Lord dwells in Zion!


I believe we should perceive Joel as written. The massive locust plagues, and severe drought, that devastated Judah were the great and dreaded, Day of the Lord. Some feel the locust and drought are symbolism for great armies; Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks, and Romans.

As is common, restoration and blessings come only after judgement and repentance.

We can find this in our lives today. If the Lord judges us with sin in our lives, we must repent and rid our lives of the sin, otherwise, He will bring judgement.

God will remove from our lives whatever is causing us to sin. If we are stealing at work, we will lose the job. And yes, there may be serious legal consequences. God does not take sin lightly and neither should we.

If the sin is marriage infidelity, God will bring the affair into the light, to end it. Consequences be what they may?—perhaps severe.

Perhaps we are not sure about something we are doing. Is it a sin against God or a person? Read God’s Word. Seek Christian council. If the Holy Spirit is convicting us, it is sin. Stop doing it. Confess it and ask God for forgiveness. Then ask God to help to rid us of the cravings. He will do that for us. He wants to help us.

I pray that none of us are living a life of sin, thus vulnerable to God’s judgement,

Gary The Tested