Then on October 17 of that same year, the Lord sent another message through the prophet Haggai. “Say this to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of God’s people there in the land: ‘Does anyone remember this house-this Temple-in its former splendor? How, in comparison, does it look to you now? It must seem like nothing at all! But now the Lord says: Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.’
“For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land. I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!” – Haggai: 2:1-9 (NLT)
I ran across this scripture on October 7 and was going to write something about it then. But I didn’t ever flesh it out. So, I’m just going to go ahead and get it out there.
All I remember is that I felt it had some prophetic significance to what our country–and now the rest of the world–is going through from an economic standpoint. I guess the main points I felt impressed to me were:
- Our current “temple” (i.e. the Dow) may seem like nothing compared to its former glory. But “Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised…”
- All the nations surely are being shaken
- The silver and gold are the Lord’s. Any means of preserving and/or manipulatubg the system contrary to God’s ways are ultimately useless. They way work for a while, but will always fail.
- What God can rebuild through this crisis can be greater than that which He built originally