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Founder and Pastor General of The Restored Church of God, Editor-in-Chief of The Real Truth magazine, and voice of The World to Come program, David C. Pack has reached many millions around the globe with the most powerful truths of the Bible—unknown to almost all. He has authored 80 books and booklets, personally established over 50 congregations, and appeared as a guest on The History Channel. Mr. Pack attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, California, entered the Worldwide Church of God ministry in 1971, and was personally trained by its founder, Herbert W. Armstrong.Learn more
HAGGAI—A Prophecy for OUR TIME! (Part 1)
By David C. Pack
NOTICE: This is the 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.
As mentioned in last Friday’s announcement, many of God’s people are becoming excited about the prospect of coming back together. For decades, brethren have lamented that they are divided into competing groups. Most have probably asked at some point, “Is this scattering God’s will? Why would God allow us to be attending in so many organizations?” Various reasons for this have been presented. But over time, most gradually came to accept this new condition, even though Christ and His Word do not authorize it. Others attempted to simply redefine the biblical definition of the true Church to fit the new church “landscape” (i.e., God’s Church now consists of many groups or “branches”). Still others feel something should be “done about it!” All attempts by brethren to “unite the groups” have failed. The feeling of nostalgia for the “old days” remains strong among most of God’s people. They want things “the way they used to be.”
God knew our time would come, and foretold that an apostasy would strike His Church at the end of the age (II Thes. 2:3). But what has not been known until now is that God also recorded that an end-time regathering of His people into one organization would occur. I have referenced this in multiple recent Friday announcements. This TWELFTH announcement begins the explanation of this colossal prophecy. The body of the prophecy is found in the books of Haggai and Zechariah (many related verses are elsewhere), and the detail God brings will shock you. Virtually no one speaks of Haggai, or Zechariah 3 and 4—or is even thinking about them. For many people, elements of this series will be a refresher, but it will also be revelatory to everyone. First, important background is necessary.
What Most Once Knew, But Almost All Forgot!
One-third of the Bible is prophecy—history written in advance. How often did Mr. Armstrong say this? Over four-fifths of this future history is yet to be fulfilled. Tragically, most of God’s people have fallen into near total ignorance of and terrible confusion about the Bible’s prophetic meaning. This includes being now largely unable to recognize the speed, sequence and seriousness—and the awesome magnitude!—of certain onrushing prophecies, even the basic ones—those made plain in the Bible and referenced time and again by Mr. Armstrong. This is on top of not truly comprehending what any of them actually means! Many have questions, but few are getting right answers. The result? So many just cannot untangle the maze of what happens, as well as where and to whom—and why!
Most in the world who write about the Bible do not realize that this Book interprets itself. Mr. Armstrong certainly understood this, and this is why God could reveal through him the true meaning of prophecy that he could make so plain to readers and brethren. Mr. Armstrong knew that if a symbol is mentioned within a prophecy—any prophecy!—and virtually every prophecy involves symbols—the Bible’s Author would not leave the most crucial questions, those involving all humanity—AND HIS CHURCH!—subject to human interpretation. He would provide clues—necessary vital keys!—to understanding the correct meaning of the large portions of His Word devoted to future events. Nowhere is this more true than with the book of Haggai. This short book of just 38 verses is filled—brimful and running over—with symbols, but again, God must provide their meaning—every one. You will see that He does. This includes key sections of Zechariah.
While prophecy can be made easy to understand, most ministers in the Worldwide Church of God never took the time to truly master the established correct sequence of end-time events in order to make it easy and interesting to their pastorates. These men were ignorant (and some woefully so) of even the basics, and were generally left to almost completely avoid teaching a full third of the Bible—the correct understanding and flow of prophecy. Tragically, this is not only true of most ministers and brethren today, it has grown worse because so many in the splinters have ingested false prophetic understanding. This would not have happened if they could have weighed it against truth they had proven.
False Prophets Plaguing God’s People
If brethren had better understood prophecy—had through the years been hearing the clarity of its many crucial truths for our time—they would not be following raging false prophets like Gerald Flurry or outright fiction writers like Ron Weinland, who mangles EVERYTHING about prophecy! Recent, newer self-appointed “prophets”—those far out on the lunatic fringe of the so-called “COGs”—have done their part to confuse the smaller numbers within their reach.
False prophets come with many faces. Most in the world specialize in confusing, incomplete, deceitful theories of how the future will play out. The nonsense of these conflicting scenarios is without end. All bring their own interpretations—none correct. False prophets also come in all sizes, both in the world and among God’s people. Think of the splinters. Large—Gerald Flurry. Medium—Ron Weinland. Small—not worth naming. None should follow such men to the kitchen, never mind the kingdom! Yet thousands do. Sadly, almost like Muslim extremists, many followers of such “prophets” over time become permanently “radicalized.” (Thankfully, some false prophets will be exposed sooner than others. Christ will NOT return in 16 days, as Weinland declares. Hundreds with him and thousands who read his material will soon know they were deceived by no more than a common criminal!)
It is a testimony to many brethren’s woeful ignorance of God’s “more sure word of prophecy” that anyone—ANYONE!—would believe such unbiblical butchery as these men spew. The folly of their teachings, combined with their botched predictions, causes most to view their efforts as laughable—a bad joke. But others are swept up in them. What is not a joke is that the truth of prophecy becomes very difficult to recapture for their disillusioned followers, but also for others who are turned off by it all. This is the real danger of false prophets. They blur and undermine the truth of Bible prophecy. Over time, they cause people to forget what is the truth—when they may once have known it well.
I have taught prophecy extensively—and correctly!—the truth of established understanding—for over 40 years, probably much, much more than ANY other pastor during this same period. I wanted people to know what lies ahead. So I taught very thorough class-like workshops in every one of my Worldwide Church of God pastorates, covering all the basics and more, verse-by-verse through Daniel and Revelation, with a great many passages included from other books. (Here is but a partial list of what I have covered in sermons.)
But grasp this. I am neither a prophet nor have I any self-prescribed “authority” to bring prophecies. What will be shown over the next weeks is entirely GOD’S prophecy—from HIS WORD—explained and conveyed through the only office He ever uses to bring biblical truth to His Church (Acts 2:42; Eph. 2:20). The Bible warns that “no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” (II Pet. 1:20). But God does work through His chosen servants. In fact, He never reveals His Plan through anyone else. Therefore, finding the one He leads becomes crucial.
The Place to Begin
We begin with basic instruction in Zechariah 8:9. God tells His people living at the end to “hear” the words of Haggai and Zechariah. Notice: “Thus says the lord of hosts; let your hands be strong, you that hear in these days [our time now] these words by the mouth of the prophets [Haggai and Zechariah], which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the lord of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.” This series of announcements will bring the plain understanding about how Haggai and Zechariah relate to God’s people—including YOU. It is absolutely crucial, and God right here says as much, that you realize Haggai cannot be fully understood apart from Zechariah—and vice versa. Each is incomplete without the other.
First mentioned in the book of Ezra, Haggai and Zechariah were prophets who served alongside each other around 520 BC, and “prophesied” during the time of the Jews returning from Babylonian captivity (Ezra 5:1)—when the Temple in Jerusalem was being rebuilt. They recorded PROPHECIES—not history—which had no application for the ancient Jews of their time. Haggai speaks of a “remnant” returning to work in a spiritual temple, with Zechariah adding key details. We will see Mr. Armstrong understood this, and that he laid the foundation to understand Haggai’s prophecy today. He was not ambiguous. After reading this and upcoming Friday announcements, you will have no doubt of Mr. Armstrong’s accuracy, and that he paved the way to understanding what these announcements will contain from now on. The reader will see that the events described in these books clearly take place at the end of the age. (For instance, Jesus Christ’s Return is plainly described in oft-quoted verses near the end of Zechariah.) Haggai and Zechariah recorded events that have mostly not yet happened, although elements of what they foretold have greatly advanced since Mr. Armstrong’s death. While these prophets include instruction to the ancient figures Zerubbabel (a governor) and Joshua (the high priest), these leaders were types of men who would come two and a half millennia later. Each is spoken to in his own time. Mr. Armstrong also knew this. It will later in the series be made clear from Zechariah that these modern types worked primarily sequentially, not in parallel. But simple observation makes this obvious. Otherwise, who—where—was Joshua in our common past?
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah were written well after Haggai’s and Zechariah’s time (several decades). Ezra was the priest and scribe used to gather all the books for final Old Testament canonization. He also wrote Chronicles. Nehemiah, sent to be governor over Judea by Persian king Artaxerxes, assisted Ezra as part of what was called the “Great Assembly.” Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book through the canonization process before being separated much later. Ezra had come to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. Cyrus, the Persian king of Babylon, had made a decree to rebuild the Temple (Ezra 5:13), and just under 50,000 Jews returned to rebuild Jerusalem and other cities. The Temple was fully rebuilt by 515 BC, so it was long in place by the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. This will be important as we cover Haggai.
Now for crucial historical context on the physical temple in Jerusalem. In 539 BC, the Medo-Persian empire defeated the Babylonians. God almost immediately after the victory commissioned King Cyrus of Persia to rebuild both Jerusalem and God’s temple (Isa. 44:28). Ezra 6:3-4 records Cyrus’ decree to carry out the instruction. Begun in 537 BC, this second temple, usually referred to as “Zerubbabel’s Temple,” took 21 years to complete (including a long work stoppage)—until 515 BC. It remained in use for 496 years, until 19 BC.
Zerubbabel’s Temple was an extraordinary structure, but it was well understood to be inferior to Solomon’s in both workmanship and quality of materials used. In fact, these shortcomings became the pretext under which it was dismantled by Herod the Great, giving way to what is usually referred to as “Herod’s Temple” or the “Renovation of the Temple.” This renovation (still considered to be the second temple by the Jews) began in early 19 BC and continued for 46 years (John 2:19-20) until late 27 AD, the year Christ’s ministry began.
Ezra and Nehemiah describe the rebuilding of the Temple under the ancient Zerubbabel and Joshua, as well as the restoration of the city of Jerusalem and the “wall” surrounding it. Ezra and Nehemiah provide interesting support background about the period in which Haggai and Zechariah lived, but their accounts are NOT part of the prophecy. These books recorded historical events that took place after Judah had been taken captive in 585 BC. In summary, one final time, Haggai and Zechariah contain prophecies, while Ezra and Nehemiah are historical accounts. Keep this basic. I repeat: it will be crucial to remember when these announcements are attacked for a short time.
One more timing-related point. The very name “Haggai” means “My [God’s] Feast, pilgrim Feast or festival gather.” This will take on expanded meaning in future announcements.
What Mr. Armstrong Understood
Herbert W. Armstrong taught more than a little about Haggai and Zechariah. We will see he understood that he had fulfilled the prophetic role of Zerubbabel. He tied this to Zechariah 4:9 in understanding that it said he had “laid the foundation” of God’s Church. Two short quotes and another longer one demonstrate what Mr. Armstrong knew and taught for 12 years, from at least 1974 to his death. Understand that Mr. Armstrong gave whole sermons on this subject and wrote time and again about it. So what you read here is a mere sampling that is sufficient to lay crucial foundation for these articles. Realize much more could be included:
“All the way through Haggai and Zechariah, the local TYPE, of Zerubbabel and Joshua building God’s House, is in reality a prophecy which actually refers to OUR TIME NOW, and the soon coming of CHRIST to RULE all nations and bring WORLD PEACE!
“God said to those people under Zerubbabel and Joshua, they were wasting their labor, ‘sowing much, and bringing in little.’ This was due to their selfishness, lack of zeal for the work God called them to do, and self-centered WAY OF LIFE. Then, verse 12, Zerubbabel, and Joshua, and the people repented and OBEYED God, and feared God, and WENT TO WORK getting God’s job done!”
Co-Worker Letter, August 29, 1974
An aside before continuing: Mr. Armstrong in time came to realize that he would die, and without knowing Joshua’s identity. It is not the immediate purpose here to identify Joshua. That will come later. But it is important to realize that Mr. Armstrong knew he was Zerubbabel and that Joshua would follow Zerubbabel and be revealed in his time. As with learning that he was Zerubbabel, and then teaching this to the Church, Mr. Armstrong obviously realized that Joshua would similarly learn his own identity and also similarly teach it to the Church. Of course, merely because of the apostasy, this would not happen in any way that Mr. Armstrong could have imagined. Mr. Armstrong’s last sentence will be touched on later.
“In reference to the temple, God said through Haggai, ‘For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come…and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts’ (Haggai 2:6-9).
“Notice! This is a PROPHECY—for the future. The TIME? The present and immediate future.
“But THIS IS NOW PROPHECY—no longer HISTORY! It is speaking of OUR TIME, late in the 20th century! This ‘latter house’ is the temple to which the GLORIFIED CHRIST shall come at His second coming—soon now, in our lifetime. It is speaking about the temple to which the GLORIFIED Christ shall come in our day!..”
“‘Now therefore ye are…fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household [family] of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto AN HOLY TEMPLE IN THE LORD’ (Eph. 2:19-21).
“Brethren in Christ, WE ARE THAT TEMPLE!”
Co-Worker Letter, July 24, 1979
Mr. Armstrong plainly understood God’s intended meaning about a GREAT PROPHECY that has now extended into the early 21st century. A final longer quote reveals what he taught in 1981 about his role as a final “Zerubbabel”:
“…turn to Haggai 2, beginning verse 3. Zerubbabel was governor of a colony of Jews sent from Babylon back to Jerusalem 70 years after destruction of Solomon’s temple, to build a new temple. This also was the days of prophets Ezra and Nehemiah. Zerubbabel was builder of this second temple. It was the temple to which Jesus came at His first appearing as a human.
“Verse 3, the former temple of Solomon was then as nothing compared to its original physical glory. God commands Zerubbabel to be strong and work to build the temple (verse 4). Verse 6 goes into a far-future prophecy of a time just before Christ’s Second Coming, when God will shake the earth and shake all nations, and the ‘GLORY OF THIS LATTER HOUSE SHALL BE GREATER THAN OF THE FORMER’ (verse 9). The temple Zerubbabel built of stone, wood and physical materials was nowhere near as glorious as the former temple of Solomon! This is a PROPHECY speaking about the temple to which Christ shall come the second time, in supreme POWER and GLORY—a temple far more glorious than Solomon’s!
“To WHAT temple will Christ come very soon now? Are the Jews going to demolish the Moslem temple, Dome of the Rock, which stands on that site now, and build a new super-glorious temple? NO! Turn to Ephesians 2:19-22. The Church at Ephesus was composed of former gentiles. They are no longer foreign gentiles, but fellow-citizens with the saints—a spiritual NATION. They are also a FAMILY—of the ‘household’ of GOD—the GOD FAMILY. As a BUILDING they are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being chief cornerstone. As a BUILDING, they are fitly framed together (in UNIFIED ORGANIZATION) growing into a HOLY TEMPLE!”
“Zerubbabel built the second temple to which Jesus came the first time. John the Baptist prepared the way before the FIRST coming. But WHO was to build the SPIRITUAL temple to which Christ shall soon come the second time? Who was to prepare the way before His Second Coming?
“Remember God does things in DUAL stages. As Zerubbabel built the first temple of MATERIAL stone, wood and other materials, he was a forerunner or type of one through whom Christ would raise up or build the SPIRITUAL TEMPLE—His Church of our time, prior to the Day of the Lord and Christ’s Second Coming. [Editor’s Note: Reread this last sentence. If you have forgotten or never knew what Mr. Armstrong taught, do not miss the meaning now.] As John the Baptist prepared the way, in the PHYSICAL wilderness of the Jordan River for the first coming of the HUMAN Jesus (both man and God), then coming to His MATERIAL temple, and to His PHYSICAL people Judah, ANNOUNCING the Kingdom of God to be set up more than 1,900 years later, SO God would use a human messenger in the SPIRITUAL wilderness of 20th-century religious confusion, to be a voice CRYING OUT the Gospel of the KINGDOM OF GOD, about the SPIRITUAL CHRIST, coming in SUPREME POWER AND GLORY to His SPIRITUAL TEMPLE, to actually ESTABLISH that spiritual KINGDOM OF GOD.
“Brethren, HAS THAT BEEN DONE BY THIS CHURCH?
“Did God raise up a one-man LEADERSHIP to be used by Him in building this spiritual TEMPLE and in proclaiming after 1,900 years the true GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD in ALL THE WORLD—to even go to kings and heads of nations (Rev. 10:11)—in bringing the Church back to the FAITH ONCE DELIVERED (Jude 3)?
“HAS THIS HAPPENED, IN YOUR DAYS, AND HAS GOD BROUGHT YOU INTO THIS PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT AS A PART OF IT?
“HAS ANYONE ELSE DONE IT?”
“I have shown you that the book of Haggai is a PROPHECY. Zerubbabel’s temple, to which Jesus came at His first coming, was a TYPE of the SPIRITUAL TEMPLE (God’s CHURCH) to which, in its resurrected GLORIFIED state, it will be the GLORIOUS TEMPLE to which Christ will come SOON NOW IN OUR TIME.
“Zerubbabel, therefore, was the typical forerunner of one Christ would use to build that GLORIFIED SPIRITUAL TEMPLE—God’s Church of this END TIME.
“In Zechariah 4:6 and 9, God says of this former type: ‘This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power (humanly), but by MY SPIRIT, saith the Lord of hosts.’ In Revelation 3:8, Christ says of the leader of today’s Church, ‘I know thy works; behold I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength (only a little strength humanly), and has kept my word, and hast not denied my name.’ This Work in our day has not been done by human strength or power, but by FAITH and the POWER OF GOD’S SPIRIT.
“Further, ‘The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house (the first temple); his hands shall also FINISH IT!’ So far as I know, GOD HAS NOT RAISED UP ANYONE ELSE TO FINISH THIS WORK HE HAS USED ME IN DOING! [Editor’s Note: Recognize that Mr. Armstrong could not have known an apostasy would occur, resulting in hundreds of groups forming.]
“God could take my life in the next breath—or He has power to keep me on the job as His instrument for as long as He deems necessary.
“I have NEVER SAID I expect to live until Christ comes.”
Co-Worker Letter, March 19, 1981
The whole Church once thrilled (or should have) to such powerful letters as these. Mr. Armstrong was absolutely certain of the role he fulfilled, and held to the same thinking for many years. Of course he well understood what was at stake in getting this right. Have you remembered that Mr. Armstrong fulfilled a role concerning this special prophecy, typed by Zerubbabel? Did you not once understand this? Do you recall that he understood Haggai and Zechariah covered events in our time? The third excerpt above practically explodes with meaning, and several points must be emphasized. First, the ancient Judean governor Zerubbabel’s work was a direct type of what Herbert W. Armstrong would be used to do with a much GREATER Temple to come long after. Second, Mr. Armstrong would lay the foundation of the New Testament spiritual Temple at the end of the age. Third, it was foretold that Mr. Armstrong would “break off” (the correct translation of the Hebrew word batsa, rendered “finish” in Zech. 4:9) from what he started, meaning the Church of God would be built on the right foundation, and it would later be completed as a marvelous finished spiritual product unlike anything the world had ever seen!
What Is the “House of God”?
You saw Haggai spoke of “God’s House.” Let’s examine the biblical definition of this “House.” The House of God and the Temple of the Lord are all terms for the New Testament Church of God. Solomon’s magnificent Old Testament Temple was often referred to as the “House of the Lord.” But this is also a New Testament term for the Church. The apostle Peter wrote that “judgment must begin at the house of God” (I Pet. 4:17). I Timothy 3:15 describes the Church of God, calling it “the house of God…the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” This is basic.
Again, the New Testament Church and Body of Christ are also called the “Temple of the Lord.” A number of passages throughout the New Testament make this plain. It appears several times through the epistles of Paul. We saw from Mr. Armstrong that Ephesians 2:20-21 makes clear the Temple is another name for God’s Church: “[Christians] are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Corner Stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord.”
Mr. Armstrong well understood all these and other verses. The Church of God, the biblical Body of Christ and the Temple of the Lord or House of God are all the SAME THING. In the context of Haggai, this is vital. God still has a HOUSE—one true CHURCH—somewhere on Earth today. But it has not yet been restored to its previous “glory.” You will see Haggai says this will happen.
Introduction to Haggai
With this background, we are ready to examine Haggai. The opening verses in chapter 1 introduce the central problem among God’s people today—one I have alluded to several times in previous Friday announcements. In verses 1-2, God addresses a group—“this people”—who say “the time is not come” to build (Heb. repair) God’s House: “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, Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord’s House should be built…” This is just 10 verses before the one Mr. Armstrong referenced, “and the people repented and OBEYED God, and feared God, and WENT TO WORK getting God’s job done!” (his emphasis), in describing what eventually happened. Note that several times in Haggai “the people” are called a “remnant.” The Hebrew means “a remainder or residual (surviving) portion, that had escaped, be left, remnant, rest.” This means they were a kind of holdover from a previous time—a remnant, a surviving portion, by implication of a once larger number of people. God’s choice of this word makes this much more plain.
It is THIS VERSE 12 that will SOON be fulfilled! HOW this will happen is our study.
It becomes clear that this group (actually seen to be many groups) had come to believe God’s Church should not yet be rebuilt—again, the Hebrew means repair(ed). They had become convinced (by leaders and events) that the status quo is acceptable. We will later see that “this people” reside in “houses,” plural, built by men. For those who don’t wait and choose to read ahead in Haggai, the verses that follow rebuke certain men and people for building their own houses and running back and forth between them. You will see that they are not blessed due to their rebellious conduct. And you will read God’s instruction to these people in “other houses,” and how He says that His House “lies waste” because of their actions, as well as their inaction. A prophecy for our time, Haggai is NOT talking about ancient (or modern) Jews. I will cover this in much greater detail next week. Do not miss what God reveals!
Finally, a grave caution. Understand that your leaders will almost certainly race to defeat proper understanding of this prophecy. Some will claim that Mr. Armstrong taught something different about it. But you have seen his quotes. He understood that he was a type of Zerubbabel and left open who fulfilled the role of Joshua. You will learn why. The book of Haggai cannot be discussing the long-ago temple that the ancient Zerubbabel built 2,500 years ago. It is a PROPHECY for US TODAY! Will you let deceitful liars, seeking to hold on to power in their “houses,” defeat your understanding before the prophecy can be explained in all its glorious detail? Or will you REJECT their efforts? Ultimately, it makes no difference whether they believe this prophecy—or even whether you believe it. It will be fulfilled—and SOON.
This announcement has laid crucial foundation for all that will follow. There is much more to understand. Incredible detail is involved. God explains His Purpose from every possible angle. It took me many sermons—MANY hours!!!—to cover all that is involved. Thousands have heard and understand much more than you are reading. This series of articles is but an overview. Haggai 1:12 declares that “the remnant” not only “obeyed the voice of the Lord their God,” but also “the words of Haggai the prophet.” One must know Haggai’s words to obey them. The time for obedience is NOW for those who learn the truth of this prophecy. Sadly, most of God’s people are not even reading Haggai, never mind understanding or obeying it. This had better change fast.
Part Two (of four) will explain more about who are the “houses” of Haggai chapter 1, but also go further…