I.  Interpreting the Prophet Haggai

       "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
(Hag.1:1)...In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day
        of the month, came the word of the Lord by the prophet Haggai, saying...Who is left among you that saw
        this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?
        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 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"

      A. Applying this pattern is a
simple process 

    The apostle Paul told the Corinthian Church that he feared, "lest by any means, as the serpent
               beguiled Eve through his
subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity (singleness) 
         [1] that is in Christ" (2Cor.11:3). Within the language of the Prophets, was the language of the Law

               of Moses which was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ (Gal.3:24, Matt.5:17-19, Rom.3:21-33;

                16:25-26, 1 Peter.1:10-17 /Matt.13:10-17). This was their single purpose "that in all things He (The

               Lord Jesus Christ) might have the preeminence" (Col.1:18).

          1.  When was Haggai prophesying

                    He was prophesying
during the time of the restoration of Jerusalem(Dan.9:25) after the seventy
                    year Babylonian captivity 
(Haggai.1:1, Ezra.5:1). However they never attained to what 

                    was prophesied (Haggai 2:3-9). This record is provided for us in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah.


        a.  The Books of Ezra, Nehemiah

(1)  They had been released from 70 years of captivity.(#1 on pattern chart)
                                Judah, Benjamin and the Priests left the captivity and began to restore 

(2)  The foundation of the House of God (the Lord's House Isa.2:2) was finished.
They "sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto

                                the Lord; because he is  good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all

                                the people shouted with a great  shout, when they praised the Lord, because the

                                foundation of the house of the Lord was  laid" (Ezra.3:10-11, 6:15-22). 

                                Note: But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men,   
                                that had seen the first house,
[2]when the foundation of this house was laid before their
                                eyes, wept with a loud voice 
(Haggai.2:1-9) and many shouted aloud for joy: So that the
                                people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the
                                people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off"
                (Ezra 3:11-12).

(3)  However the building of the House was hindered.  The completion of the House of the
                                Lord was hindered by the enemy and they stopped building 
                                These were "
Troublous times" (Dan.9:25).
(4)  Then came Haggai and prophesied...finish the House (Haggai.1-2, Zach.1-14, Ezra.5:1-2).
                                However as they were restoring, Haggai said,
                                (a)   Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory 
                                (b)   and how do ye (you) ("ancient men"-
Ezra.3:12) see it now 
                                (c)   is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing 
(Hag 2:3-4)? 

                                Then Haggai continued and looked into the future and said, that there will be a "latter
                                [future] house...greater than of the former

                         (5)  The House of Judah never attained to the "latter House"

(a)  They "mingled" and became unequally yoked(2Cor.6:14-18)
                                      The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, did not separated themselves
                                      from the people of the
lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the
Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the  Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the
, and the Amorites. "For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and
                                      for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those
                                      lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass"

                                      (Ezra 9:2, Ezra 9-10). This lead to intermarriage.      
(b)  This made the work of God stagnate                       
                                      The work of God stagnated and "the walls of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the 

                                      gates thereof are burned with fire." (Neh.1:1-3) Note: Dan.9:25 "the street shall be

                                      built again, and the wall, even in troublous times".      
(c)   Nehemiah came and they began to build again                      
                                      Now Nehemiah begins to lead and to build again the walls of Jerusalem 

                               (d)  Hindered again                       
                                      This work was hindered, yet Nehemiah finished the walls"
(e)  Then there was internal corruption                       
                                      "And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.
                                      For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take
                                      up corn for them, that we may eat, and live. Some also there were that said, We have                                       mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the      
                                      dearth. There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, and
                                      that upon our lands and vineyards" 
(Neh.5:1-4, 5:5-19).  
        (f)   Finally the wall was finished                                
                                      Nevertheless under Nehemiah's leadership "the wall was finished"
        (g)  Then there was a revival of the Word                       
                                      Ezra the priests read "the book of the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and
                                      caused them to understand the reading"
(Neh.8:1-8, Note. v.8). This caused great joy 

                               (h)  They did not maintain this revival and became corrupted again
                                      However they did not maintain this separation unto the Lord and "married wives of
                                      Ashdod, of Amon and of Moab"
   (6)  The Book of Nehemiah ends without the "The glory of this latter house" of God being

                               "greater than the former house". Haggai's prophecy has not yet been

                               fulfilled. (As Foreshadowed bSolomon's Temple)

b.  Now comes the period of the kingdom of Greece.

                         This is the silent period between the Old and New Testaments. In this period we still see

                          no "latter house that is greater than the former house" (Hag. 2:1-9). The book of Daniel fills in
                         the details. /
REVIEW: PHASE 5 / #4 on the pattern for interpreting the Prophets

                         (1)  Daniel prophesied that after the seventy years of captivity,
 the city and
                                the sanctuary of Jerusalem would be restored.

                                What was restored was not greater than the former because sin hindered their work.

                                 "...is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing" (Hag 2:3-4)
                         (2)  Daniel prophesied that during the time of Greece, there would be 434 years until Jesus,

                                the Messiah would came (Dan.9:25). 

                                Still no "latter house built that shall be greater than the former".

            2. Now Haggai's prophecy of the "latter house" comes through the Cross unfulfilled
                   "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" 
(Hag.2:9).              (#5 )

a.  What is meant by "through the Cross?"  (the simplicity / singleness of the Cross)

                         Jesus (The Word made flesh John.1:1-14) did not destroy the Law and the Prophets. He
                         came to "fulfill them"
(Matt.5:17-19) which means they are in effect in the New Covenant,
                         in their fulfillment in Christ (The Body of Christ,
Col.1:18 The Church 2Cor.5:17). The Galatian
                         Churches were keeping parts of the Law
(Gal.1:6-9; 2:3-4; 11-21; 2:1-3; 9-19; 5:1-8; 6:13-16)
                         without it's fulfillment in Christ
which was
"removing them from Him (Jesus)...unto another
                         gospel"and frustrating the Grace of God
Gal.2:21.  (Gal.1:6-9, 2Cor.11:1-15, v.4)

                         2 Corinthians 1:12 "For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we

                         conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but

                         by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.

(1)  From Adam to Moses(Rom.5:10-14)
                                (a)  The seed of the Woman points to the
simplicityof Christ (Gen.3:)
                                (b)  Adam was a "figure"
of Him that was to come (Rom.5:14, 1Cor.15:45-46)   
                                (c)  Abraham rejoiced to
see my day, and saw it (John.8:56, Gal.3:1-29)
                                (d)  Until Shiloh comes

(2)  From Moses to Christ (Rom.5:10-14)
                                (a)  The Law was a schoolmaster to bring us to the
simplicity of Christ (Gal.3:24).
                                (b)  The Law was imposed on them until the
simplicity of Christ came (Heb.9:9-10).
                                (c)  The Feast days were a shadow on good things
(the simplicity in Christ) to come


                         (3)   When Jesus was crucified as the true Passover Lamb
                                This was the "
new and living way" (Heb.10:19-20) into the New Covenant (Testament).
                                This "
new and living way" is the fulfillment (Matt.5:17-19) of  the tabernacle (Heb.9:1-5)...
                                (a)  Wherein was the
                                (b)  And the
table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
                                (c)   And after the second
veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
                                (d)  Which had the
golden censer
                                (e)  And the
ark of the covenant / the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
                                "Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first  
tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone
                                once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the
                                people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the
holiest of all was not yet made
                                manifest, while as
the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then
, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the
                                service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in
meats and drinks, and
washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of

                                reformation" (Heb.9:6-11).

3)  Christ, the Messiah, came bringing "the time of reformation"
                               (a)  The Word became flesh / the only begotten Son / Jesus
                               (b)  And came
unto His own / Judah / Jews (John.1:11).
                    (c)   This reformation/ "confirmation" included both Jew and Gentile together "to make

                                       in himself (2Cor.5:17, Eph.2:11-15) of twain (two) one new man, so making peace, And

                                       that he might  reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross..."For through him

                                       we both (Jew and Gentile) have access (in our High Priest, The Lord Jesus Christ, 

                                       Heb.3:1) by one Spirit (the simplicity / singleness of Christ, 2Cor.11:1-4) unto the

                                       Father. Now (in the New Covenant confirmation) ye (you Gentiles) are no more

                                       strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of

                                       God" (Eph. 2:18-19).

                               Note:The only House / Temple / Sanctuary of God after the Cross is the church of the
                               living God 
(Acts.7:48; 17:24, 1Cor.6:19, 1Peter.2:5, Eph.2:20-22, 1Tim.3:15). Review: Phase 2,
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  Jesus said, "destroy this temple.. but spake of His body" (John.2:18-20).God never
                             promised to restore the
earthly Temple ofSolomon.  In fact the last word spoken to the
                             earthly Temple in Jerusalem was that it would be
left desolate (Matt.23:36), and that
                               not one stone would be left upon another 
(Matt.24:14). Furthermore, God "rent the Vail in
                               twain (two)" to establish He was gone 
(Matt.27:50-51). Note: Heb.9:1-11

            3.  Haggai's Word cannot go past the Second Coming

                     Peter said, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when
                     the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ,
                     which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive (retained / held, 
until the times of restitution (restoration) of all things, which God hath spoken by the
                     mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began"

                     a.  Haggai is one of the Prophets.
                     b.  He said, there would be a latter House
(of God)that will begreater than the former
                          HouseOf God / Solomon's Temple.

                     c.  No natural temple/ House (of God) has been built that was or is greater than Solomon's Temple. 

                     d.  After the Cross, there will be no rebuilt earthly natural Temple of God that God's name will be

                          recorded on.
                     e.  The  only Temple of God between the Cross, us today and the Second Coming is the Church
which MUST be built(and finished / completed / perfected Rev.10:7; 11:15) before Jesus
                          returns at the sounding of the 7th Trump (last trump)
(Rev.10:7, 1Cor.15:51-52, 1Thes.4:13-18). 
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