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This paper was written by a UCG member. Please do download your own free copy and please do share it with your elder and as many others as possible. Maybe wide circulation will motivate an honest look and response.
The book of Haggai is addressed directly to Zerubbabel the governor of Judea and to Joshua the high priest, during the period of building the temple, before Ezra came to restore the true religion. Haggai being the messenger to the governor and the high priest regarding the building of the temple.
This book is dual being a message to the builders of the temple at that time, and a message to the end time builders of the spiritual temple of the Called Out, as the dwelling place of God through the Holy Spirit: Preparing the bride of Christ for the resurrection to spirit and to become fully UNITED with Christ at the marriage of the Lamb.
Haggai and Zechariah were contemporary and both prophesied on the same general subject which is the building of the physical and spiritual temple as a fit habitation for God, the coming of Messiah with his saints and the restoration of true religion.
The prophecy was written during the restoration period when repentant people were returning from captivity to build the city and the temple, as a shadow of the events concerning building and preparing the spiritual temple of the people of God; leading up to and including the coming of Christ to build the physical new millennial Temple.
The prophecy covers the people neglecting their duty to be building the spiritual temple today, and being called to repent by Haggai; and to begin doing their called out function of building the spiritual temple.
Haggai is a picture of the Ekklesia today, who are fixated on themselves and doing what they think is right; instead of building ourselves up into a pure spiritual temple of the whole Word of God, in which God can dwell through his spirit.
The serious issues of marrying pagans; which in the spiritual sense means mixing true religion with the traditions of men and Sabbath breaking; which are dealt with in the book of Haggai, are highly relevant in the called out Ekklesia today; which is full of these same sins.
Haggai, Zechariah, Ezra and Nehemiah cover a period of the building of the physical temple and the restoration of true religion among the people; and are prophetic of the need to build, cleanse and purify ourselves, to become a part of the true Ekklesia; the true spiritual Temple of God
These books are vital instructions for us today, as we should be about the vitally important business of preparing to become a part of the collective bride of Christ, and preparing for the soon coming Kingdom of God. Today’s Ekklesia needs to clean up our act; and to make ourselves spiritually ONE in full UNITY with our LORD!
When an elder says that these books are only a history of a revival for that time, and rejects the corrections in them; he simply does NOT know what he is talking about.
The very same kind of revival is desperately needed for us today in our time!
ALL scriptures is written for us and for our correction.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Brethren, if we do not bow to the reproofs of Holy Scripture, we are NOT God’s servants; and will not have a part in the spiritual bride and temple of God through his spirit.
If we do not restore true religion in ourselves and our assemblies today; how can we expect to be in the resurrection to spirit and have a part in restoring true religion to all Israel [and all humanity], and help bring a vast expansion and conversion of first fruits throughout the millennium, completing the seventh day of the first fruits harvest?
Zerubbabel is identified as the governor, while Joshua is identified as the High Priest. When he comes, Jesus Christ will be both King of kings [governor] and High Priest, therefore these two offices will be united in one office and these two persons are BOTH types of the coming Christ.
After Daniel was delivered from the lions, Darius made the following decree: and it was about this time that God gave His prophecy to Haggai.
Daniel 6:25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
Haggai 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,
Christ inspires Haggai to rebuke the people for caring for their own selves and not for building the temple.
This rebuke is entirely appropriate for the brethren of today!
Today, physically and spiritual Israel are both, full of their own ways and have left off and neglected any zeal to build the spiritual House of God through a zeal to internalize and keep the whole word of God.
1:2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built.
Today the called out are intent on things like income and numbers and have forgotten the priority to which they were called; to build themselves into a spiritual temple, a fit dwelling place for the Holy Spirit of God, by zealously internalizing the whole Word of God through living by EVERY WORD of God. Today we are content to sit back and follow idols of men exalting them above the Word of God.
That is what the Calendar issue is about; will we obey God; or will we obey idols of men exalting their ways above the Word of God.
1:3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,
Spiritually is it right to be overly concerned about building our corporations and gaining numbers of attendees to bring wealth? Or should we build ourselves spiritually accruing spiritual wealth through a passionate zeal to live by every Word of God?
Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Haggai 1:4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?
1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Christ asks us if it is time for us to build corporate entities, auditoriums and physical structures for ourselves? Is it time for God’s people to seek to collectively amass physical wealth? and not to be about the business of building our spiritual house for God’s spirit through heartfelt repentance and zeal for God’s commandments; including a zeal for rooting out false traditions and a zeal for the purity of the true teachings of God’s Word and to keep his Holy Sabbath unpolluted.
Today large sums are spent in attracting listeners in the hope of gaining numbers and contributions, and yet there is only a very tiny result. Why? Because we are NOT pleasing God! We are NOT right with God! We reject truth to cleave to false teachings and idols of men!
1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat [We eat only a tiny bit of spiritual milk and are not filled with the MEAT of true sound doctrine], but ye have not enough; ye drink, [we barely taste the Living Waters of the Word of God and are NOT filled with the Waters of Salvation, which is living by every Word of God] but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, [we think ourselves to be dressed in the garments of righteousness and do not see that we are naked having no clothes, Rev 3:16] but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes [All of our physical efforts to build up physical church entities come to nothing because we are NOT zealous to live by every Word of God. We are distracted from the spiritual by the physical, compromising with the spiritual in the hope of physical gain] .
God commands up to consider that our endless problems have come upon us because we have been about our own ways and we have not exalted the whole Word of God to build up our personal and collective spiritual Temple!
1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
God commands the people at that time to build his physical temple; as Christ is instructing the called out to build themselves up into a spiritual Temple today, as a fit clean place for the spirit of God to dwell in.
1:8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.
Why are we so divided? Why has our outreach for declaring the word of the LORD been reduced into a pathetic business model approach? Why does our LORD despise our efforts?
Because we have departed from our zeal to learn, to keep and to teach; the truth, the whole word of God!
Brethren, building the physical temple in that day was an allegory that we should be zealous about building God’s spiritual temple today!
1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow [blow it away like a wind] upon it. [This was true for them physically in that day and it is true for us spiritually in our day.] Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
1:10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
Let us turn to Almighty God and reject the anti-biblical traditions that have enslaved us! Let us work to establish a proper relationship with our espoused Husband and his Father.
Let every person individually and collectively BUILD our character house which is the Temple of the Living God!
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
As God brought a drought on Judah for neglecting to build his physical House; he has brought a spiritual drought and famine of the truth upon those who neglect his word and his spiritual Temple.
Haggai 1:11 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.
Then the high priest and the governor obeyed the word of God and called the people to sincerely repent and build the Temple of God.
1:12 Then Zerubbabel [the governor] the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear [sincerely repent] before the LORD.
1:13 Then spake Haggai the LORD’s messenger in the LORD’s message unto the people, saying, I am with [God is with the sincerely repentant who keep God’s commandments and do his will, to live by whole word of God] you, saith the LORD.
Remember this is all about building the temple, it is not about Daniel’s 70th Week prophecy about building the city and its walls.
Zerubbabel builds the temple
1:14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,
Let us also sincerely repent and turn to zealously build up ourselves into a spiritual temple, free from all uncleanness and sin; fit as a dwelling place for the King of the entire universe; and a fitting LIGHT of godly example, for the whole world to see!
1:15 In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.
Haggai 2:1 In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, [the seventh and last day of the Feast of Tabernacles] came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying,
Christ uses the building of this physical temple in Jerusalem as an allegory of the spiritual temple that we are to build within ourselves as a habitation for God through his spirit.
2:2 Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying,
God encourages the people that had seen the temple of Solomon and were discouraged by this effort.
Brethren, I know that we may get discouraged when we see the state of the present day Church of God. It is truly pathetic in terms of being a fit dwelling place for God and his spirit, but the Master Builder is at work! He is going to get the job done by humbling his people and brining them to sincere repentance and a passionate zeal to live by EVERY WORD of God; which is what the correction of the great tribulation will accomplish. Right now we are being allowed to make our mistakes, so that when reality hits us hard, we will see how wrong our own ways and thoughts are and we will wake up and turn to the Eternal.
2:3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?
Then Christ encouraged them, and he encourages us today to: BE STRONG in the work before us!
As they were encouraged and made strong to build the physical temple; let us be encouraged and made strong through our Mighty God; for the building of the spiritual Temple of the Eternal in the called out brethren!
Brethren, we are engaged in a mighty work to purify, cleanse, build and make ready the spiritual Temple of God, the bride; for the dwelling of the spirit of God; and to cleanse the bride and purify her, making the collective bride ready to become of ONE spirit in full UNITY with our espoused Husband on our Wedding Day!
2:4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest [Both of these men were types of jesus Christ teh High Priest and King of the called out]; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts:
Being called out of physical Egypt was a type of God calling out a spiritual people from the spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin
2:5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of [spiritual] Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.
The prophet foretells that in the last days the nations shall be shaken and a glorious millennial Temple will be built.
2:6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while [in future from that time], and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come [all nations shall sincerely repent and their desire will be to live by every Word of God]: and I will fill this house [the resurrected chosen and the millennial temple as well] with glory [will be filled with the glory of God], saith the LORD of hosts.
2:8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.
In this latter day, the spiritual Temple of God, the bride: will be completed and perfected.
Collectively the faithful overcomers shall be made a glorious and perfect spiritual bride, filled in full measure with the spirit as a fit spiritual Temple for God to dwell in, and given eternal life
2:9 The glory of this latter [The latter day spiritual Temple of the bride, and the physical millennial temple as well.] house shall be greater than of the former [greater and more beautiful than Solomon’s temple!], saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.
Now a lesson is given to be faithful to God and his commandments and to dedicate ourselves to our Father’s business. To be faithful we must clean up our act and start keeping the Sabbath holy! We must discard the false traditions that we rely on, and we must exalt God’s Word ABOVE the traditions and idols of men! We must stop idolizing our leaders and organizations and blindly obeying men instead of obeying God, when such men differ from the Word of God!
We MUST PUT OUT ALL SIN!
1 Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Haggai 2:10 In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,
2:11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,
2:12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.
2:13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.
Even a little sin makes the whole person spiritually unclean. We must root out all sin and error from truth, as soon as it is discovered. The world’s religions which do not keep all of God’s commandments, living by EVERY WORD of God and which do not accept Jesus Christ as the ONLY Mediator between mankind and our heavenly Father; are unclean to God and will be rejected by Christ.
It is no different in today’s called out Ekklesia, Rev 3:16. . . because the church of God groups have made themselves unclean, by mixing the spiritually unclean false teachings and false traditions of our idols of men with the pure truth of the whole Word of God! The unclean makes the clean unclean also! Even a little leaven of sin, leavens the whole person or organization!
Haggai 2:14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation [polluted and unclean] before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.
The whole constellation of today’s Ekklesia and professing Christianity are unclean and polluted and disgusting to Christ if we will not live by EVERY WORD of God! Therefore we are being cast out of his mouth, vomited out of the body of Christ. We are full of pride and blind to see ourselves as God sees us. Our Sabbaths and Feasts are disgusting to Christ, because they are our own days kept our own way, and not kept according to the Word of God!
Consider the sincere repentance of the people at that time and how when the people began to build the Temple of God [especially spiritually, by keeping all the commandments of God with zeal]; God respected their repentance and cared for them.
Jesus Christ has smote today’s brethren only a little, and we will not turn to him to cleanse themselves of our idolatry and sins; therefore Jesus Christ is going to eject us into the correction of the furnace of affliction, that the spirit may be saved by the affliction of the flesh.
2:15 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD:
Let spiritual Israel consider, that for all our efforts we have become weaker and more divided. Why? Because we reject truth and all zeal for godliness, to follow our own ways; and we will not exalt the Eternal God to live by his every Word!
2:16 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures [of grain], there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.
2:17 I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.
Physical blessings were promised for obedience to the physical Mosaic Covenant; and spiritual blessings are promised for obedience to the spiritual New Covenant, including the blessing of being changed to spirit and receiving the gift of eternal life.
We have the promise of Christ that from the day that we begin to cleanse ourselves from our Idolatry of men and false traditions, and set ourselves to learn and keep and teach the whole Word of God; God will bless us with an increase in spiritual knowledge and understanding that will prepare us for an eternal office of responsibility in his eternal Kingdom.
2:18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid, consider it.
2:19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.
If the brethren of the spiritual Ekklesia will turn away from their idolatry to reject all error and to embrace the truth and the whole Word of God, to be zealous for godliness [God is truth, and God’s Spirit is truth] God will bless us with spiritual blessings and a good reward for all eternity.
Zerubbabel was a type of Christ who will rule all nations at his coming; the former Zerubbabel himself will be resurrected and changed to spirit and will have a major part in the Kingdom of God.
2:20 And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,
2:21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;
2:22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots [vehicles], and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.
Zerubbabel was chosen as a type of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God; the chosen of God the Father!
The physical temple builder Zerubbabel, was chosen as a type of Jesus Christ, the Master Builder; who is even now working to perfect his bride and build his Father’s spiritual House!
2:23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet [a sign or allegorical type]: for I have chosen thee [chosen Zerubbabel as a sign, and type of Christ], saith the LORD of hosts.