One in Messiah Congregation

ha ethanim 21

These verses below, in Haggai chapter 2 are during the Feast of Tabernacles, on the 7th day of the feast, before the last great day.

 

the word of the LORD came saying to Haggai the prophet

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Hag. 2

[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,
[2] Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying,

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( first temple)

[3] 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?

[4] Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts:
[5] According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.

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(second temple)

[6] 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;
[7] And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: (Messiah) and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

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[8] The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

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[9] 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.

(first temple) compared with the (second temple where Messiah came, verse 3)

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The Jews all over the world are anticipating the coming of the Messiah. Judaism says he is supposed to establish peace such as has never been seen before.

Haggai 2:7 [7] And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: (Messiah) and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The Messiah is the desire of all nations.

In Midrash Rabbah - Deuteronomy I:23, we read Heggai 2:7 is specifically applied to the time of the coming of the Messiah

Let's read Midrash Rabbah - Deuteronomy I:23:

23. Another explanation: I HAVE BEGUN. etc. This bears out what Scripture says, Hope deferred maketh the heart sick (Prov. XIII, 12).

R. Azariah said: This verse refers to the salvation yet to come.

How? When the prophet says unto Israel, Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the earth (Hag. II, 6),

they reply, Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.

But when the prophet said, Behold, thy salvation cometh (Isa. LXII, 11)...

Isa.62 [11] Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. (Messiah)

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We know that the Second Temple was not as glorious a structure as the first. So how could its glory surpass that of the first temple? The answer is simple, the Messiah was supposed to come to this second temple.

Mal.3 [1] Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to this temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

The second Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. Messiah had to come before the second Temple was destroyed, and He did.

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Gen. 49 [10] the sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

The sceptre is understood to be the national identity of Judah, from where the Kings and the law came. Shiloh is another name for Messiah. (Our King)

Judah retained its identity and judicial authority even during the seventy years of Babylonian captivity.

Ezra 1:5-8 shows that the priests and prince were still in existence even after seventy years in exile.

[5] Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.
[6] And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.
[7] Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods;
[8] Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.

The sceptre did not depart during this time. Judah retained its identity until the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. At that time the sceptre depart from Judah.

Yes, again I say, Messiah had to come before the second Temple was destroyed, and He did.

In Daniel 9, we are told the exact time that Messiah was supposed to come.

Dan. 9

[21] Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
[22] And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
[23] At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

[24] Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

[25] Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
[26] And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Messiah was to come 69 weeks after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem.

Messiah was to be cut off in 62 weeks.

After the Messiah was to be cut off, Jerusalem was to be destroyed, and it was in 70 AD.

A week above is 7 years.

Example:

Gen.29

[27] Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.

[28] And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

[29] And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
[30] And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

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We can see in the scriptures there were three decrees.

As History records:

Cyrus approximately 536 B. C.

Darius - approximately 531 - 486 B. C.

Artaxerses - approximately 454 - 434 B. C.

The exact date is always debatable; however that is not the point of this study.

The Messiah was supposed to come 483 years after a specific date recorded by Daniel.

In our way of dating today, that would be the right time Messiah did come. (a little short of 2000 yrs ago, as of 2008)

From the scriptures above, it is clear to see, Messiah did come before the second temple was destroyed.

No person now (2008) or in the future came claim to be the Messiah as the scriptures above record.

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We now await the second coming of Messiah, known as the "Son of man", coming in, with "the clouds" of heaven!

Dan. 7

[13] I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven...

Matt. 24

[30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Matt. 26

[64] Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Mark. 13

[26] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

Mark. 14

[62] And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

1 Thes. 4

[16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Rev. 1

[7] Behold, he (Messiah) cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Shalom

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