I was going through my Archives yesterday trying to tidy things up a bit when I came across a 2-part series on the Book of Haggai and its applications to these last days.
It was written back in December 2008, but I marveled at how relevant it is to today here in July 2009, or a mere 7 months later. Have a look for yourself:
Haggai Helps Us Refocus (P1)
Haggai Link To America? Rapture? Psalm 83 War? Gog-Magog War? Temple? (P2)
Specifically, it attempts to comment on the fate of America, the Psalm 83 War, the Rapture, the Gog-Magog War, and the rebuilding of the Temple.
There are some men and women much smarter than me who claim that the prophecy of Haggai is very short yet very important because its primary focus is on the end of the age right before the return of Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords. It also speaks at great length about the rebuilding of the Temple too.
Would you believe that this prophecy is also tied to the prophecies found in Zechariah, which we've also looked at quite a bit lately? This relationship must not be lost on us at this moment in time.
The point that was impressed upon me as I revisited this series was that the events shown in Haggai's prophecy are very compressed, and many of these prophesied events will happen in an extremely short period of time. Also, it is clear that the focal point of Haggai's prophecy is the contemporary nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem in particular (although the same message could be applied to the contemporary United States as well so that it serves a dual purpose). In addition, his prophecy foretells events that will impact not only the Holy Land, but also all other nations on Earth.
Being a Pre-Trib believer myself (but still being completely open to the idea that I could be entirely wrong in my interpretation and understanding of its timing) I found one verse in Haggai particularly interesting. I'll end this entry with it since it's a great segue into my next series of articles to be published on the Rapture (or every Christian's favorite whipping boy it seems).
Haggai 2:19 -- "Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you."
I believe this is a direct statement about the Rapture. In the next few articles we'll look at my analysis and review of an AMAZING book I just read and discuss its relevance to this discussion, and perhaps our immediate (imminent) future as well.
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