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HAGGAI—A Prophecy for OUR TIME! (Part 4)
By David C. Pack
NOTICE: This is the SIXTH 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.
This is the final article in a series explaining the end-time application for all God’s people of the book of Haggai. In the first three parts, we learned that a group called “this people” believed it was not yet time to return to and rebuild God’s “House” and to do His Work. They were busy running “every man unto his own house.” The “houses” described were plainly seen to be the various splinter groups that split from the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) during and after the apostasy. Haggai 1 also revealed that God is bringing a seven-fold desolation on these organizations due to their outright rebellion against His government, doctrines and ways. If you have not yet read the first three parts of this series, this article will make no sense to you. Stop now and read them. They provide vital foundational understanding for this concluding article. (Other vital announcements will continue each Friday from here on.)
While Haggai 1 and the beginning of chapter 2 addressed the remnant as a whole (this would naturally include the ministers), the verses we will now examine form God’s specific message to the ministers—the “priests”—who are involved with God’s people. The word priests is God’s obvious code for ministers. God’s Church does not involve a priesthood, and all the reasons that this is not talking about ancient or modern Jews (and thus their priesthood) have been covered in previous parts. This said, the continuing message obviously still also applies in its own way to laymembers. We pick up with Haggai 2, verses 10 to 13, with an exchange of questions that God wanted Haggai to carry out with today’s modern ministry. Each minister reading this series ought to see what follows as God talking to YOU:
“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, Thus says the Lord of hosts; Ask now the priests [ministers] concerning the law, saying, 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. 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.”
First notice there has been an over two-month shift forward in time from the three earlier dates in Haggai’s book, and over two months has elapsed from Haggai’s inspired message to the remnant. The 24th day of the ninth month is exactly three full months after the remnant “obeys” and “fears” God, and leaves their own houses to return to work in His “House.” Since God speaks to “this people,” as well as now the “priests,” as though they have spiritual understanding, however weakened it be, it cannot be referring to any modern priests of today’s Middle Eastern nation of Israel or worldly ministers since they have no knowledge of God’s truth. This of course includes what is or is not sacred or profane to God. The message to the remnant ministry involves what is holy and unholy—clean and unclean. God reiterates that if something “holy” touches something “unclean,” both become unclean. (A study of Leviticus 22 reveals God’s laws and mind on this subject.) The conclusive meaning of the exchange between God and the ministry becomes clear in the next verse.
2:14: “Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before Me, says the Lord; and so is EVERY work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.”
God now also calls “this people” a “nation.” I Peter 2:9 describes God’s Church as a “holy nation.” Verse 14 is a powerful summary statement about the remnant’s prior condition—when they were abiding in their own “houses.” This was a condition that the ministry played a large role in bringing about. God describes His people as “unclean,” including “EVERY work of their hands” and “that which they offer” in the period before they were brought back to His Church. But why does God say this to His people?
The large splinters have slowly come to resemble the world’s churches much more than God’s Church. This is true of standards, appearance, doctrines and behavior—their degeneration in all these areas is truly across the board! The members of these groups cannot see where their leaders have either led them—or stepped out of the way like a matador and permitted them to go. The United Church of God and the Church of God, a Worldwide Association are the worst, but no longer by much. The Living Church of God over time worked hard to successfully close the gap. The Philadelphia Church of God is another matter altogether, having additional problems on top of what is described here. Having become so blind in the Laodicean age, these organizations cannot see their collective degenerate and worsening condition. They have grown absolutely oblivious to what GOD sees.
We saw in an earlier part that this group of Christians is cut off from Christ and the Father. (Read “God’s People Back Together—SOON!” if you have not done so.) Therefore, what they are producing and “offering” cannot be guided by Almighty God and the living Jesus Christ, Who is NOT the Head of their organizations. As a result, no matter their feelings telling them otherwise, their fruits are simply works of men—all unclean. A series of New Testament verses clarifies what the people knowingly chose or were permitted to unwittingly “fall into,” bringing this uncleanness.
A second reason “this people” is described as unclean is that they have not remained separate from the world. Here is the level of purity that God expects from His servants: “Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial [Satan]? Or what part has he that believes with an infidel? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For ye [the plural is used throughout] are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore COME OUT from among them, and be ye SEPARATE, says the Lord, and touch not the UNCLEAN THING; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (II Cor. 6:14-18). Things being clean or unclean, holy or unholy, separate or together with the unclean, are here seen to be NEW Testament concerns, not merely dusty Old Testament rules and regulations for ancient Israel. See this!
The last part of this passage comes from Leviticus 26:12. Its use demonstrates that for those desiring to be in God’s Temple there exists no room—NONE!—for either compromise of behavior or doctrinal compromise with the false, pagan teachings and standards of counterfeit Christianity—summarized as “unrighteousness” and “darkness” in verse 14. Christians are to “touch not the unclean thing” (vs. 17)—anything that is unclean, and therefore sin.
Now two verses from James: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself UNSPOTTED from the world” (1:27), and “You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the ENEMY of God” (4:4). The latter passage is not speaking of physical adultery, but rather about how God sees involvement with the world in ways He prohibits—as a form of “intercourse” with the devil’s world. God is blunt—AND SERIOUS! Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This means there was “good” knowledge mixed with “evil” knowledge (Gen. 2:16-17). The splinters contain a mix of truth and error—which was never God’s desire for His people, and not the true picture of purity of doctrine, traditions and standards in God’s Church.
The splinter “houses” built by men have so obviously forgotten ALL these passages. Their ministers have not reminded God’s people about them—never mind carefully explained them as we all once understood them—in most cases simply because they have themselves forgotten who God blesses and who He does not. This reference will soon be understood.
Spirit of Error
The splinters are allowing in more and more of the world’s ways—and not gradually! Here is a list of just some of the wrong ideas now so prevalent in these groups—wrong government—altered definitions of what is the true Church and Body of Christ—birthday-keeping—wearing of makeup—mixing the Person of Christ with the gospel of the kingdom—believers marrying unbelievers and other improper marriages—de-emphasis of Christ’s broken body for healing—voting—compromising or even dismissing some of God’s tithing laws—laxity regarding Sabbath dress—improper hair length for both men and women—tattoos and piercings (men and women)—lax or non-existent childrearing—parading themselves individually to the world on Facebook and other social media—women ruling over men, and children ruling families—never mind immorality, overdrinking and rotten music—there is no literal Place of Safety because God will “protect us right there in the world that we are so a part of and don’t want to give up”—among so many others that could be included. This is what happens when an “open door” policy is administered, saying, “Come on in and join us, world.” Throughout the splinters today, a great many doctrines and traditions of the Church (II Thes. 2:15; 3:6) have been ignored or tossed aside like old shoes. Besides all of the above thinking, a host of other—new and bizarre!— false teachings (often about prophecy) have also appeared throughout all of these organizations.
Recognize that the splinters and slivers are being guided by the same “spirit of error” (I John 4:6; II Cor. 11:4) that leads the “Christian” world. Tapping into this spirit—Satan’s spirit!—the spirit that leads all of mainstream Christendom—is what quickly destroyed the Worldwide Church of God. Now understand! Because virtually all of the splinters have thrown out the truth that Mr. Armstrong taught about Christ’s Body (and, of course, much more), this SAME SPIRIT has been permitted to enter and is now destroying the splinters, some faster than others, but none slowly.
The spirit of error will only grow stronger and more pervasive wherever it is permitted to enter, because even “a little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Gal. 5:9; I Cor. 5:6). Error regarding what is the Church Christ built—necessarily of course ultimately also involving that Church’s identity—brings more leaven to the dough of truth just by itself than a whole case of baking soda does to physical dough. (Also read II Timothy 2:17.) Mr. Armstrong strongly warned against letting the devil into the Church even “a little bit,” as he put it, because he would “push open the door since he is stronger than we” (his exact words). This has happened in a BIG WAY in the “houses” of Haggai 1!
Having returned to God’s House, a certain recovery time will be necessary for “this people” to unlearn false doctrines and standards and relearn truths they had once proven. They will also thrill to vital—and powerful!—new prophetic understanding that God has granted to His Church because it fears God and has been obeying Him right along. This series of articles about the prophetic truth of Haggai is but one example.
Before continuing in Haggai 2, we must look more closely at why God addresses the ministry in this context. For example, think of the final years that the leaders of the United Church of God remained in the WCG. This includes the period through the spring of 1995 (many ministers who went with other groups also left at either the same time or only slightly earlier). These men compromised, appeased, politicked and played along to get along, while they were at the same time perfectly willing to sit in the presence of the false, pagan, manmade, trinitarian “god” FOR 2½ YEARS (October 1992 to May 1995)! Facts are stubborn things. And the facts of history are that most of these men accepted this false god, and only later reassessed their position—and then only in varying degrees.
Having absorbed dozens of false doctrines and ideas to which they had grown accustomed, these ministers left at the last possible moment, when they saw the sheep leaving without them. They saw themselves about to permanently lose their paychecks if they did not immediately follow thousands of tithepayers out of the WCG. But, not wanting to appear to be followers—and horrified that many who were leaving were either joining or contemplating joining one of the two large, established, slightly more doctrinally conservative splinters of the time—they quickly jumped in front of the departing flock, claiming to be their leaders.
However sincere these men may be—then or now—recognize that they have a long history of PROFOUND BLINDNESS—and WEAKNESS! They have proven that they will not give up their power, authority and influence. They will not stand firm and teach strongly against the pulls of the world. And of course they spin stories about me to frighten as many brethren as possible into remaining frozen where they sit—because this keeps the tithes rolling in. It keeps what could be called a deception for the ages continuing—the receipt of hundreds of millions of dollars (perhaps about $1.25 billion) that belong to God and not these terribly COMPROMISED MEN.
Many of these leaders also enjoy a relatively good relationship (in some cases openly, but more behind the scenes) with the top leadership of the other organizations. This is because the beliefs of the big splinters are much more generally similar than these leaders will admit. However, because none are willing to give up their individual seats of power, certain organizations that could probably be combined remain separate—form many “houses.” POWER and POSITION will have to be TAKEN from them—and this will happen soon!
Now back to Haggai.
2:15-16: “And now, I pray you, consider [notice this instruction again] from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the Temple of the Lord: since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.”
These verses begin amplifying what was the scope of the desolation described in chapter one. Including verse 17 (better read separately in a moment), they tell us more about the strength—the SEVERITY!—of what God had to do in Haggai 1:10-11 to “soften up” resistance. Carefully notice use of the past tense—“was” and “were.” God is recounting to the ministers—looking backward three months—and telling them to “consider” the punishment that He had to previously bring upon them—that they for a long time produced much less than what they expected, yet seemed willing to endure this (and to “spin” its size to their followers for decades into appearing to be more than it was). They were not receiving what could be called the expected “return on their investment.” They didn’t at first get the point of God’s punishment (you will see this momentarily) and He wants them to look back NOW and GET IT THIS TIME! In fact, He will not bless them until they do.
Something absolutely fascinating quietly appears in verse 15, and you must not overlook it. Not readily visible without careful reading, there has been a crucial change in the look and SIZE of God’s Church. Let’s see. First, the phrase “from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the Temple of the Lord” obviously refers to individual Christians working in God’s Church again. Think. The subject has not suddenly moved to a physical temple and literal stones put in place thousands of years ago in Zerubbabel’s ancient temple. (Take a moment to stop and read I Peter 2:4-5 describing how God’s people are “living stones” in His Temple.) Now notice that the term “HOUSE of the Lord” is no longer used. God’s Church is now described as a “TEMPLE.” Instead of being a bayith—a “House”—the Hebrew word God now uses is heykal, meaning “in the sense of capacity…a large public building, such as a palace or temple…” Heykal means from this point forward a larger structure is in place, with many more stones having become present to construct “God’s building” (I Cor. 3:9) into something now much bigger—a TEMPLE! This so perfectly fits the description of a significant and maybe very large remnant coming to work in a House that is suddenly now the size of a palace-like Temple. No more or less God’s Church either way, the building has grown much larger. It is no coincidence that the New Testament also specifically describes God’s Church as both a “House” (I Tim. 3:15; I Pet. 4:17) AND a “Temple” (I Cor. 3:16; II Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21). The Greek for “House” is oikos and “Temple” is naos. Their meanings line up with bayith and heykal.
Recalling Haggai 1:4, God’s House plainly no longer “lies waste.” It has become the larger, grander TEMPLE to which Christ will return, and after many more living stones are added as a result of the short but immensely big and powerful Work ensuing from the Temple’s newfound size, strength and resources! Also, all its competition “went away.”
The remnant MINISTRY will be told in verse 19 that before they can do more work (pastor and serve brethren) in God’s Church—before they can even receive God’s basic blessing again—they must remember their former shameful conduct. They must never forget the paltry fruits of their collective efforts when they were cut off from God. The next verse continues this reminder from God.
2:17: “I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labors of your hands; yet you turned not to Me, says the Lord.”
This is strong language by God—and action. God says He SMOTE the ministry’s labors with blasting, mildew and hail. The Hebrew for “smote” involves a long, sobering definition. It means “to strike, beat, give wounds, kill, make slaughter, punish, slaughter, slay, smite, strike, wound.” Obvious symbols are again used here because blasting, mildew and hail cannot be literal. God is not sending actual hail onto ministers or groups, or hot, dry winds (blasting) on them. These three elements represent destruction, but not complete destruction. The Hebrew for “blasting” can also mean “blight,” which is disease. Hot, dry winds would certainly have no effect on a church. This picture describes the scene in all the splinters today. These organizations truly are afflicted with spiritual blight and disease. Also, mildew does not refer to too much moisture present. It comes from a Hebrew word that means “paleness, whether of persons from fright.” See the point. God is sending FEAR into these groups in an attempt to WAKE MINISTERS UP. The kinds of things God is doing has left them pale with fear. GET THIS because conditions will grow worse.
The word “labors” here is the fourth important word relating to work in Haggai. The first three were explained in Part Three. This word with another long definition can also be translated “an action (good or bad); generally a transaction; abstractly activity; by implication a product…or (generally) property…business, deed, do (-ing), labor, thing made, ware of making, occupation, thing offered, operation, possession…work, (-ing, -manship), wrought.” God says in effect that He will destroy and bring to nothing the occupation, transactions, products and business of these “houses.” Pause and ask why the splinters never really, truly advance in their efforts? Then ask why The Restored Church of God is exploding forward, even when all the groups and “gossip columnists” unceasingly resist and attack us. WHY THE SHARP CONTRAST?
Here is the incredible message that is so evident today. Despite this awful punishment, these ministers still did NOT for a long period repent and “turn to” God. Recall that I explained it was only a final culminating event—awesome divine intervention!—that causes the remnant to repent—to “obey,” “fear” and come to “work” in God’s House (1:12, 14). Haggai 2:17 forms an instructive look-back message to ministers who grew weak and confused for decades. God requires them to come to grips with how their congregations and organizations fell into the HORRIBLE UNCLEAN MESS that resulted. God’s warning is so history will not repeat itself. Much is at stake for these ministers in what is their LAST CHANCE (see the “Attention Ministers” statement at the end of all these Friday announcements). The next verses summarize that God is ready to go forward with a clean slate for individual ministers—IF they are ready to obey Him.
An aside. The United Church of God just published a Council Report that included a large section about the role of women. To watch aggressive, worldly, feminist women “leaders” in the United Church of God virtually dictate to that church in public how they believe women should be “used” and “treated”—and have a voice—is one of the most shocking open displays of rejecting plain biblical standards that I have seen in my 47 years in God’s Way. On top of this, this organization trumpeted their shameful, Bible-rejecting, world-copying position to the whole world on the Internet. This is a classic example of how people (in this case some women, women are half of all whom God calls) who wish to return to true godliness will have to COME OUT of this kind of worldliness—and uncleanness. The alternative for women is to be left out of God’s coming Temple “reformation.” ALL such compromise (standards, traditions and doctrines) will be left behind. Hopefully most women will not choose to be left behind.
2:18-19: “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. Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, has not brought forth: from this day will I BLESS you.”
The above passage is another reminder for the ministers to consider. Remember from Part Two that the dew (symbolizing blessings) was “stayed from heaven”—meaning God withheld blessings. After a period when their labors “brought forth” nothing, God says that He will NOW BLESS THEM. He will answer prayers, heal, open doors, provide guidance, bring protection—and generally be with His people and ministers. God tells the ministers that the seed is in the barn—in other words, when they work, He will back them up. The vine, fig tree, pomegranate and olive trees that are in place will now start to “bring forth.” Things will change starting on the 24th day of the ninth month!
The subject now abruptly switches to one final thing that God makes clear must change in the minds of His ministers from this same day forward. There is something COLOSSAL that they forgot, which having remembered would have saved them and their followers from so much misery.
2:20-23 “And again the word of the Lord came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying, Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; 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, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. In that day, says the Lord of hosts, will I take you, O Zerubbabel, My servant, the son of Shealtiel, says the Lord, and will make you as a signet: for I have chosen you, says the Lord of hosts.”
The final verses of the book conclude with what is a special tribute to the man who fulfilled the role of Zerubbabel. One of the major problems in the splinters is that, starting with the ministers, God’s people have almost universally forgotten Mr. Armstrong’s extraordinary prophesied role in laying the doctrinal foundation for God’s 20th century Church. Part One helped to lay this out.
God announces that His chosen leader becomes—“I will make you as”—a signet. This means a “signature ring, seal or signet” in the Hebrew. Where else in the scriptures does God describe the work of one of His leading servants in such a unique way? Nowhere!
There is simply no way that individual ministers will be permitted to continue in their role without acknowledging the great servant that they had so long rejected—that they had consciously or unconsciously relegated to the dustbin of history. Without Mr. Armstrong’s over 52 years of incredible perseverance, resourcefulness, dedication and faithfulness against staggering obstacles and so many enemies, these ministers would all have been somewhere else doing something else. This is because they would never have learned the truth. Zerubbabel, now having died over 27 years ago, has been forgotten right along with the vast difference he taught between clean and unclean, holy and unholy. Mr. Armstrong must be remembered for what he was—what he did. Several times the ministry is told to “consider” in this context. In fact, until they do, these ministers will remain blocked from an enormous amount of understanding regarding what will happen going forward. They will simply be unable to grasp the coming size and scope of God’s Work that will now ensue. (Just one other point would be that there would be no foundation in place to understand who is Joshua, as well as this man’s role following Zerubbabel and preceding Christ’s Return. Zerubbabel’s identity paves the way to knowing who is Joshua! Without this knowledge, Zechariah 3 [describing and explaining how to identify Joshua] and Zechariah 4 [describing and confirming who is Zerubbabel, but also introducing the Two Witnesses, also of the end-time] would remain locked away from their understanding. While explaining Joshua’s identity is not the purpose here, being unable to recognize who is God’s final leader would COMPLETELY end their ability to serve God’s people. All would agree, no matter who they now think he is, he would only be found in one place—one House—one Church! Finally, Joshua’s identity does not lead you to Zerubbabel’s identity but Zerubbabel’s does lead you to Joshua. This is but one more reason Zerubbabel receives a signet apparently different from all other men.)
A Choice Just Ahead
What you have learned in this four-part series should DEEPLY SOBER YOU. But will it? Consider all that you now know. You no longer lack knowledge of what is coming, but are left with whether you will accept that knowledge. With knowledge comes responsibility. Choices must be made. It is up to you to decide whether you will believe Haggai’s prophecy. You must process through the alternatives—what other explanation fits the “houses,” “desolation,” “God’s House,” “Zerubbabel,” “remnant,” “priests,” etc. You must also be able to correctly discern the true House and Temple of God—the true Church—from all impostors. Satan counterfeits everything of God—no exceptions, including the truth of this prophecy. Determine to be without excuse in identifying God’s Church, Truth, Work and Government.
Consider. The Restored Church of God teaches the full truth as we all once believed it. We are doing the same powerful Work as the Church once did it—all under the government of God as the Church once understood and practiced it. The facts, evidence and proof necessary to know these things are abundantly clear, and demonstrate that these statements are true. Our beliefs, traditions, practices and commission are identical to what Mr. Armstrong taught and did—and what the Bible teaches—and you can prove it. We know and have proven who we are. If you are unsure of these things, you must resolve what is unclear in your mind. You must be zealous and repent (Rev. 3:19)—and return to all that you once believed and practiced!
God required Israel to make a decision with knowledge He had given them. Before Moses died, and before giving the reins of leadership to Joshua, he spoke this to all Israel on God’s behalf: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live: that you may love the Lord your God, and that you may obey His voice…” (Deut. 30:19-20).
Elijah presented a stark choice to Israel, shortly before putting to death in the people’s presence the 450 prophets of Baal: “Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt you between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word” (I Kgs. 18:21). The question applies: Will you copy ancient Israel, and “answer God not a word”?
The decision that will soon face you is the same one Israel (the Old Testament type of the New Testament Church) faced over and over, and that many thousands before you have faced since Christ built His New Testament Church. God tells you He does not accept indecision—that you cannot serve two masters—that you cannot halt between two opinions. God does not permit you to “answer Him not a word.” To make no choice is to make the WRONG CHOICE!
I have pastored many thousands in my ministry. Most of these professed to love God’s principles, doctrines and Law—as long as tough choices were not personally applicable to them. This is one of the greatest lessons I learned working with every conceivable human personality and human problem. Most people will not make hard choices. It has been my sad experience that when faced with even the clearest decisions between right and wrong, most lack the basic strength to make the “tough call.” This is even more true if it means having to admit they have been wrong. Having grown up in a world filled with compromise, most have no difficulty rationalizing their actions—or inaction.
I cannot make you care about the truth explained in these announcements. Most will not at this time. But many will in the future. Will you seek God with earnest prayer, study, meditation and fasting, and ask Him to show you where He is working? Or will you carelessly assume that God is leading wherever YOU are? Will you follow Christ’s Spirit and voice of truth leading you to one place?
Haggai 1:12 makes plain that a forced choice lies just over the horizon!
Which side of the fulfillment of Haggai’s prophecy will you be on? Do not miss next Friday’s announcement.