.


. Make a Donation

Index Page
Contact
About The Author
Sermons
Bible Quiz
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan

Question?
Quick Search the thousands of Bible studies on this website.
Just type in topic word(s) or a question.
Get Daily Bible Study on Facebook
Get Daily Bible Study on Twitter

The Prophets: Haggai

Haggai, from the Hebrew name pronounced kawg-gaw-hee, meaning festive, was one of three prophets (Zechariah and Malachi are the other two) whose ministries were focused on the time of Judah's return from their seventy-years exile in Babylon.

The Northern Kingdom of "Israel" had fallen to the Assyrian Empire in 721 BC; those northern "lost ten tribes" never returned (see also The Galilee Captivity). The Assyrians were later conquered by the Babylonian Empire (the territorial extent of the Assyrian and Babylonian empires were practically the same, centered in what is today Iraq; see Ancient Empires - Assyria and Ancient Empires - Babylon for maps of both empires). It was the Babylonian Empire that conquered the The Southern Kingdom of "Judah" by 586 BC. The Babylonian Empire was later conquered by the Persian Empire (Persia is known today as Iran; see Ancient Empires - Persia). It was under the Persian Empire, under their kings Cyrus and Darius, that the people of Judah were permitted to return home from Babylon.

Persian Empire Map

The LORD's prophecies through Haggai began with instructions to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.

"1:1 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, 1:2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD'S house should be built. 1:3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 1:4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste?" (Haggai 1:1-4 KJV)

"Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste?"

The restoration of the city of Jerusalem and the Temple progressed under Ezra and Nehemiah, although with numerous delays due to the people looking too much to their own interests. Through Haggai, the LORD commanded the people of Judah to get on with it, for "1:4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste?"

"1:4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste?

1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

1:8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house." (Haggai 1:4-9 KJV)

So the people began to finish the work, in order to restore their purpose for being there to begin with - to set the stage for the coming of the Messiah to "Zion" (see the Fact Finder question below).

"1:12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.

1:13 Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD. 1:14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, 1:15 In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king." (Haggai 1:12-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "Zionism" actually mean?
See Zionism


.
Bible Quiz Daily Bible Study Library
Thousands of Studies!

Jesus Christ
Bible History
Prophecy
Christian Living
Encouragement
Eternal Life
By The Book
Bible Places
Curiosities
The Spirit World





editionDBSx201702et

Copyright © Wayne Blank