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Awesome Knowledge—and a Great Parallel!
By David C. Pack
NOTICE: This is the SIXTEENTH in a series of special announcements. They collectively unveil the massive, ongoing expansion that God’s Church, Work and Headquarters are experiencing. There is a reason for this expansion! The reader should contrast these announcements to the increasing bad news and bad events in UCG, LCG, PCG, COGwa and ALL splinters and slivers of the Worldwide Church of God. You must see what they are NOT announcing, and why they never will—and what GOD is bringing upon them. The place to start reading is either the fifth announcement—“God’s People Back Together—SOON!”—or the first one to catch up on all you have missed. If you begin with the fifth announcement, then read those before and after it. They are all important. An enormous and detailed prophecy is now being carried out by God. He is preparing events to soon bring His people back together—all of them. It is not my task to convince you the prophecy is true. God will do that! My job is to systematically lay out the specifics of what will happen and WHY—good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS A SINGLE ANNOUNCEMENT! If you do, CATCH UP. Also, you will miss the full impact if you skip sections of these announcements.
If you read last week’s announcement you know we hold no doubt that God’s prophecy in Haggai and Zechariah is still very much “on.” This announcement explains additional expansive elements of the Haggai/Zechariah prophecy that none of us had yet understood. In fact, what you will read this week and next time may help you understand why more time was needed for us to prepare for God’s fulfillment of the prophecy. This included understanding more of what was going to happen. As mentioned in previous announcements, this one will open your eyes to things God has long intended to do with His end-time Church and Work.
God’s Word is crystal clear!
The first element involves an Old Testament account in I Kings 19. More than a year ago I learned that God had “reserved” (the word He chose) an end-time “remnant” (again, His word) of His people who were as hidden to those in His Church as the faithful 7,000 in Israel were to Elijah in I Kings 19:18. It was in Romans 11:3-5 that the apostle Paul referenced this New Testament “remnant according to grace”—meaning they were of spiritual Israel, the Church. It was just as obvious through simple study that the remnant of two chapters earlier in Romans 9:27-29 could only be describing those of physical Israel—the surviving descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel that were coming out of captivity. I covered details about the remnant of God’s Church in a series of seven sermons late last summer.
In early November, I began to learn how God would bring the spiritual remnant back to His Church. This announcement adds more that those who are serious about the prophecy must know. Two vital points will be covered this time, and four more in what will likely be the final announcement, now scheduled for October 4. Realize that what follows is little more than the bare bones of what can be known about verses cited and the Hebrew words that God chose to convey His meaning.
I Kings 19
We start by examining I Kings 19, which provides more clarity about how God will reunify His people. Since He inspired Paul to reference this chapter in Kings in regard to a New Testament remnant—and not Haggai where the word “remnant” is found!—to introduce this NEW Testament group, we should know why. There are reasons Paul spoke off of I Kings 19 and not the book of Haggai. (Only time will tell if the number 7,000—cited in I Kings 19 and Romans 11—has dual meaning for today. It is not my purpose here to speculate on the number God has reserved either in the splinters or at home to bring back to His Church.)
For those who say that Paul only announced a remnant that was to occur “at the present time” (Rom. 11:5), meaning during his lifetime in the first century, the answer is simply that Paul thought he lived at the end of the age when he wrote the book of Romans. It was written at almost the exact same time as I Corinthians and I Thessalonians, in which he said twice that he expected to be alive at the First Resurrection. Of course he later grew out of this thinking. His words therefore apply to those who DO live at the time of the end.
I Kings 19 is a truly remarkable account, one filled with meaning. The important part for our purpose opens describing Elijah walking 40 days to Mount Horeb (Sinai) after persecution from King Ahab and his wife Jezebel. He had stopped in a cave. The account describes God preparing Elijah to learn through two identical conversations (one difference will appear in a moment) that there was a faithful remnant in Israel, and that it would be “winnowed” out after a process that involved two kings and Elisha the prophet (Elijah’s successor). Reading most of the account here brings powerful understanding. (The Hebrew meaning of the words carefully selected for small caps or CAPS will be clarified momentarily. For now, just note them as you read.):
“And he [Elijah] came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said unto him, What do you here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And He [Christ] said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small VOICE. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave” (vs. 9-13).
Now comes the second IDENTICAL EXCHANGE except for one point: “Behold, there came a VOICE [not just the “word of the Lord,” but this time a voice] unto him, and said [notice the exchange is identical], What do you here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And the Lord said unto him…Yet I have left Me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him” (vs. 13-15, 18). This is the passage Paul cited in Romans 11:3 in reference to a NEW Testament event.
Again, the two exchanges between God and Elijah are IDENTICAL. But subtle—and CRUCIAL!—differences are found in the meaning of certain words. When “word of the Lord” is referenced, “word” is the Hebrew dabar and it simply means “a word…as spoken of.” The “word of the Lord” coming to Elijah is God speaking to Him through inspiration of His Spirit. This will become obvious. This phrase is found many times throughout the prophets. Notice II Peter 1:21: “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” This is what occurred with Elijah in the FIRST exchange. God merely worked with Him through His Spirit because no actual voice was yet introduced.
The word “said” is amar, and simply means “to say…answer.” Again, this first instance of God communicating with Elijah is through His Spirit. God next gets what we might describe as Elijah’s closer attention through three powerful miracles—a strong wind, an earthquake and a fire. God often demonstrates His power to sharpen the focus of people’s attention when they are not listening to Him as they should. We will see later that He did this very thing in Egypt in a big way. After the fire, verse 12 describes God actually speaking aloud to Elijah in a “still small voice.” Get this, because it is about to become very important. Elijah heard a literal voice after God had shown His enormous power. The Hebrew for “still” can also be translated, “quiet: calm, silence, still.” “Small” can mean “crushed, (by implication) small or thin…very little thing.” However quiet this may have been, it was a voice—perhaps something akin to slightly more than a whisper. At whatever decibel level God chose to use, it was a VOICE—His voice!
“Voice” in Hebrew is qol and means “to call aloud; a voice or sound: aloud, bleating, crackling, cry (out)…noise…[pro-] claim, proclamation…thunder (-ing)…yell.” While this word involves noise, sound and often thunder, it usually just means a voice. It is interesting that God’s voice is likened in Revelation most to thunder—“the voice of many waters.” (Later we will also see in Exodus examples where God used His voice with Moses and Israel.) God’s message did not change in I Kings 19, but the way it was communicated did. Notice verse 13 again: “And it was so, when Elijah heard it [the still, small voice], that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a VOICE unto him, and said, What do you here, Elijah?” Again, “voice” is qol. Elijah heard a literal voice. Obviously Elijah got the message both times because he answered the same way BOTH TIMES. See this! You will soon learn why it must not be missed.
I repeat, Elijah understood God’s message both times, but only heard a voice the second time. In fact, this was perhaps the biggest point of the account. What is also important is that the voice followed POWERFUL MIRACLES. Certainly Elijah was close to God and did not need to be told the same thing twice. And he had seen and performed plenty of miracles so he knew much about God’s power. Rather this experience was for our learning (read again I Cor. 10:11). Remember that Paul cited this account in regard to God’s spiritual remnant. You are now prepared to see a direct connection—a powerful parallel—to Haggai’s prophecy!
Let’s learn it.
Haggai Reveals More
Previous announcements revealed that Haggai 1:4-11 contains God’s instruction to the remnant to “consider their ways.” It is more than interesting that God very soon in Haggai describes Himself as communicating His Word (dabar) to the remnant through His Spirit—just as He did with Elijah. All the relevant Hebrew words are the same as I Kings 19, including qol (voice).
Notice again from Haggai 1: “In the second year of Darius the king…came the word of the Lord [dabar] by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel…and to Joshua…saying [amar], Thus speaks [amar] the Lord of hosts, saying [amar], This people say [amar], The time is not come, the time that the Lord’s House should be built” (vs. 1-2). The same Jesus Christ who communicated with Elijah through His Spirit now begins working with His scattered sheep again through His Spirit. Note that there is no literal voice involved here, but rather merely a reflection of the way God has worked with YOU your whole life if you have His Spirit. The verses following in Haggai show the remnant does not yet ACT on what God commands.
At this time, the point should be made that many of you have been listening to God’s Spirit in recent months regarding considering YOUR ways. (And surely none of you have heard a voice.) Many others around you are probably not doing this. Think of it this way. Those without God’s Spirit cannot act on messages through His Spirit. Those who have it can. Only you know what you are understanding and what you are not.
Haggai 1:12 records a remarkable change in the people. They SUDDENLY act on what they are told. Why?: “Then Zerubbabel…and Joshua…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 before [Heb: because of] the Lord.” Get this next point, for it carries enormous meaning. The Hebrew for “voice” is again qol. It is NOT dabar or amar, where God is merely “speaking” or “saying” something—His word—through His Spirit! Remember that qol means, “to call aloud; a voice or sound…noise…thunder (-ing)…yell.” The Hebrew reveals that this is God literally speaking with HIS VOICE! Make no mistake about this. Here is why: Not far down the road, thousands will hear God’s voice, while others will not. God will soon speak audibly to some and not others.
God initially works with the remnant through His Spirit, but next goes on to actually speak ALOUD to them. Powerful, frightening miracles shock and prepare God’s people to hear His VOICE. (Read Haggai 1:11 slowly, thinking also of Zechariah 11:8.) Other announcements have explained some of this. (Questions arise: Like I Kings 19, will God’s message to them include the identical words of verses 4-11? What other things might God instruct? Who will hear Him? Who won’t? We must wait and see.) The important point is that God’s people obey His VOICE and return to work in His House. This explains the biggest single way that God will reunify His people scattered around the world no matter where they are throughout hundreds of organizations (or at home) and speaking different languages. Recalling earlier announcements, the reader can also better understand why God will end His relationship with those who do not follow Christ’s voice (reread Zechariah 11:10-11) that Haggai says will direct them back to HIS House and HIS Work!
If you have difficulty believing that Christ will speak from heaven, ask yourself why. The Bible references God’s voice being used many times, but generally at critical junctures in history. Paul heard Christ’s literal voice on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). Peter heard the same voice of Christ when he saw the vision of the clean and unclean animals on a sheet coming down from heaven (Acts 10). The serious reader will study these accounts—and be POWERFULLY INSPIRED at the paragraphs just presented! But also read John 10:1-15 and verse 27 in the New Testament of how Christ describes His sheep as “hearing His voice!” The Greek for “voice” is phone and its meaning is almost identical to qol. The historian Josephus also records that the first-century Church in Jerusalem heard a voice saying, “Let us remove hence,” directing them to flee to safety in Pella before Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans. You will see in a moment that Moses heard God’s literal voice speak to him “FROM HEAVEN”! What may seem strange to you or others is not unusual in the Bible.
One final Hebrew word in Haggai should be noted: “Then spoke Haggai the Lord’s messenger in the Lord’s message unto the people, saying, I am with you, says the Lord. And the Lord stirred up…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” (1:13-14). “Says” in verse 13 is NOT amar, but rather neum. The word neum can also be translated “an oracle.” God uses this word when He wants to bring special emphasis to a message. Of course the message is that God is now with people who are frightened and who were cut off from Him for a long time, and who have also come to see that they were.
Confirmed in Zechariah
Zechariah 6 brings more proof of God using a literal voice, and in a context directly related to the remnant. The word “shall” all through verses 9-15 indicates the events described have not yet happened. Much explanation could be brought to this longer passage, but for now realize that verses 12-13 will carry more meaning when we move to the next subhead:
“Thus speaks the Lord of hosts [to Joshua], saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and He shall grow up out of his place, and He shall build [the Hebrew can also mean repair] the temple of the Lord: even He shall build [again, repair] the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both…And they that are far off [Heb. means “long ago, of old, remote in time or space”] shall come [speaking of the returning remnant in context] and build [repair] in the temple of the Lord, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the VOICE of the Lord your God” (6:12-13, 15).
The Hebrew for “voice” is again qol, not dabar or amar. This amplifies Haggai 1:12. In fact, chronologically, dates in Zechariah show that this prophet foretold how God would use His voice with the remnant several weeks before Haggai recorded that the people heard it. Get this point. Christ will use His actual voice to get the attention of His sheep. This is what He says, not what I say. But this is no surprise because He says in His Word that He will do this at times. And He has done it periodically. Christ intends to winnow out those who do not belong in His Church. He certainly will not speak to those who do not have His Spirit about coming back to a Temple of which they have never been a part—hence WHY some will not hear His voice and others will. Because people once attended the Worldwide Church of God or today are attending in a splinter is not relevant. Having God’s Spirit is relevant. Prophecy reveals that many thousands will hear Christ’s voice and make the right decision. But others will not obey and Zechariah 11:10-11 explains that God will immediately—“in that day”—remove His Spirit and cut them off from Him.
Parallels from Exodus
Verses in Haggai 2 reveal more about the prophecy. The remnant now having returned, God is speaking to His people and says, “Be strong, all you people of the land, says the Lord, and work: for I am with you, says the Lord of hosts: according to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains AMONG you: fear you not” (Hag. 2:4-5). Verse 6 makes plain this is describing a people at the end of the age, not ancient (or modern) Jews or some group in a church of this world.
Many pages could describe the parallels between ancient Israel leaving Egypt and God’s people leaving the “Egyptian” splinters. While there are of course differences, the parallels are stunning—and fascinating in regard to what God’s people can expect from their God—Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church—in the manner of how He will work with His final small flock of people to complete such a great end-time Work.
First we might ask: Why, in regard to the remnant, would there be IN HAGGAI a reference to Egypt and God’s COVENANT with Israel? Every Christian has heard many times how God calls Christians out of spiritual Egypt, which is a type of this world. Every year during the Days of Unleavened Bread Christians rehearse their coming out of Egypt. Accept it or not, those outside God’s one Church are all in the world. Having adopted numerous false doctrines, standards and ways that God commands true Christians to reject, this describes the splinters. In the end, there is only God’s Church and the world, also variously described as Babylon, Egypt and the place of dragons. Christians are in one or the other. They cannot be in both, and this includes you. The splinters are Egypt—period. God plans to bring His people out of Egypt, reinstate them into His Church, and work with them as He did ancient Israel when they came out of Egypt during the Exodus. This is what He plainly says.
With this backdrop, let’s examine some parallels from Exodus between the remnant in spiritual captivity and ancient Israel in Egypt. As you read, notice why God did what He did. His purpose involved completely destroying Egypt and eliminating Pharaoh, including his entire army. The process of God delivering Israel took perhaps two or three months. (The plague of blood lasted seven days, darkness was three and the 10th plague [death of the firstborn] was at least 14 days after the darkness. Just these three plagues were no less than 24 days. Scripture is silent on the others, but there are clues.)
Next understand that—time and again—by God’s design (don’t miss this in the growing parallel!), God refused to allow Pharaoh to let His people go. God wanted their release to come on His timing, and to show His POWER. Today, God is not just going to deliver spiritual Israel from the “Egyptian” leaders under whom they serve. He wants to completely destroy the Egypt around them—to eliminate the place of bondage that now holds them. Yes, God will bring His people out of the splinters, but at the same time He will destroy the splinter organizations around them, leaving nothing remaining. The reader would do well to study the entire book of Exodus to examine the whole process at work for parallels, remembering that God in Haggai points you to this book.
Here are just a few more important parallels to contemplate for when God removes His people. Since God declares His plans in Haggai, the reader is left to himself contemplate what might come in light of the Egypt parallel. Most of this parallel speaks for itself.
Exodus Parallels and Highpoints
God says that He heard the afflictions and sorrows of His people under harsh Egyptian taskmasters: “The Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey [recall from Haggai 2:19 how God will bless the remnant]…” (Exod. 3:7-9).
Exodus 3:20-22 describe how God would deliver His people. They were also to loot the Egyptians. Think as you read of God instructing the remnant in Haggai 1:8 to “bring wood” from their “mountains,” meaning their collapsing governments: “I will stretch out My hand, and smite Egypt with all My wonders…and after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians…you shall not go empty: but every woman shall borrow [Heb: “demand”] of her neighbor, and of her that sojourns in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment…and you shall spoil the Egyptians.”
Exodus 4:28-31 show Israel’s response: “Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord… And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel: and Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken unto Moses…And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited…Israel, and…looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.” Are you preparing to do this when God’s opportunity presents itself?
Another passage shows the purpose behind God delivering His people: “Afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Let My people go, that they may hold a feast unto Me in the wilderness” (Exod. 5:1). Exodus 10:9 reiterates in Moses’ words how Israel had to leave in order that “we must hold a feast unto the Lord.” Recall for a moment that Haggai means “My Feast.” Exodus 7 adds, “The Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuses to let the people go…And you shall say unto him…Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto you would not hear” (vs. 14, 16).
The next excerpts tell their own story to every member in the splinters who will hear, fear and believe God: “Moses said unto the people, Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord … The Lord shall fight for you…Thus the Lord saved Israel that day…and the people feared the Lord , and believed the Lord …” (Exod. 14:13-14, 30-31). Any thinking person knows that God will soon have to fight many battles for His Church.
Notice in the next several passages the crucial importance of hearing and heeding God’s VOICE. The first speaks of how healings, so lacking in the splinters today, may soon be experienced in large numbers by those who follow Christ’s voice back to His Church: “If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God [then from Sinai], and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments…I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that heals you” (Exod. 15:26).
The next longer passage calls to mind in more detail how God will ultimately deliver His people to a place of safety, but also explains more about how God sometimes uses a literal voice: “I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself. Now therefore, IF you will obey My VOICE [qol] indeed, and keep My COVENANT [recall Haggai 2:5], then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation…And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day…the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people…And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire…and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the VOICE [also qol] of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a VOICE [qol]. And the Lord came down upon…the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went…” (Exod. 19:4-6, 10-11, 18-20).
The next verse shows more about the use of God’s voice, but also how the Church can expect extraordinary blessings going forward after reunification: “The Lord said unto Moses, Thus you shall say unto the children of Israel, You have seen that I have TALKED with you FROM HEAVEN…in all places where I record My name I will come unto you, and I will BLESS you…” (Exod. 20:22, 24).
Every Christian knows that God (Christ) dwells IN him if he is converted. Read Romans 8:9 and 14. Obviously God did not dwell in the physical, unconverted Israelites. But He did dwell among them. Let’s read God’s words: “I will dwell AMONG the children of Israel…And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell AMONG them: I am the Lord their God…” (Exod. 29:45-46). Of course the remnant has God’s Spirit in them. They constitute God’s House—the New Testament Temple of the Lord. But God in Haggai 2:5 used the same Hebrew word (tavek) translated “among” that is found in Exodus. This was to signify that He will again be AMONG His people in a much more powerful way when His Temple is reassembled (Hag. 1:14) to carry out His final Work.
Here are more of the qualities that God is holding in store for His people, which He will soon display in abundance: “The Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him [Moses] there, and proclaimed…The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty...And Moses…said, If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray you, go AMONG us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Your inheritance. And He [God] said, Behold, I make a COVENANT: before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation…for it is a terrible thing that I will do with you. Observe you that which I command you this day…Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you go [the remnant has for 20 years almost as much has done this], lest it be for a snare in the midst of you…for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God…” (Exod. 34:5-7, 9-12, 14). It is interesting that between two and six million people present were told that God was reserving His mercy for “thousands,” not for “millions.” Is there a message in this for us today?
Since Christ was going to dwell with Israel and lead them personally by a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, He would need His own tent. The people lived in tents and so would God as an “inhabitant” of the camp. Think of the last six chapters of Exodus as outlining the kind of tent (tabernacle) that He wanted for Himself. Have you ever thought of God’s Old Testament tabernacle in the wilderness this way?
Related to this, a final passage explains what the ancient Israelites did after they had been delivered from Egypt: “They came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all His service…And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the Lord” (Exod. 35:21-22). Exodus 36:7 states, “For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.”
May God help you grasp the next sentence. The Old Testament God, Who is the Jesus Christ of the New Testament now dwelling in His people, plans to also again dwell AMONG His people. This will certainly not involve a physical tabernacle, because WE are His tabernacle. And the Church will of course also not need pillars of fire and a cloud because it will not be “journeying” anywhere in the wilderness. Zechariah 6:13 and 15 give vital additional clues about the magnitude of Christ’s presence. As you read them, recognize they are not and cannot possibly be talking about Christ either building His Church 2,000 years ago or of other things that are millennial in nature. They speak of things that will ensue after He uses His voice so that those who are “far off” will come back to work in the Temple—a Temple that will desperately need His help, protection, guidance, healing, miracles, blessings and presence in order to complete, as a tiny group, the greatest Work there has ever been, while surrounded by a world in the worst condition it has seen in 6,000 years. As a small side point regarding the very final phase of the Work done through two men, no wonder Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11 both describe these Two Witnesses as “standing with the Lord of the whole earth.”
Ponder these things. Consider reading the entire book of Exodus for many other details. These will open your eyes to what God plans. I have picked the barest highpoints in the 40 chapters of Exodus to try to open your thinking to what God is promising His returning remnant in Haggai 2:5—what He is promising those who obey His literal VOICE of instruction and return to His Church to do His Work. Consider also reading the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Do not miss what I now anticipate will be my final announcement! It explains multiple elements of the prophecy that have become more clear.