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Haggai was a prophet. He was author of the book of Haggai, written in Palestine about 557- 525 B. C. (Hag. 1:1- 3, 13 2:1, 10, 13, 20). Haggai was the first prophet after the captivities to Babylon (Hag. 1:1, 3, 12; 2:1, 13- 14, 20 Ezra 5:1; 6:14 The unfinished temple was being built to restore the worship of God at Jerusalem, after the Babylonian captivities. Haggai was specifically raised up by God to encourage the exiles who had returned from Babylon that they might take fresh hope and build. In his book he rebukes the people for living in ceilinged houses and at ease while the house of God lies waste (Hag. 1:2- 15). He gives a message to the leaders of the new nation of Israel, urging them to be strong because of God being with them to help them in all their problems. He points to the day of future glory for the new temple, and also speaks of the future and eternal glory of the Messiah (Hag. 2:1- 9). Twice he refers to the future renovation of the heavens and earth by fire at the end of the Millennium (Hag. 2:6, 20- 23). Not only will God shake the heavens and the earth in the renovation at the end of the Millennium (Hag. 2:6), but He will also shake all nations at the beginning of the Millennium (Hag. 2:7). That this refers to a time at the beginning is clear from the fact that it will take place when the desire of all nations shall come, and when God fills the temple with His glory. God's glory never did fill the temples of Zerubbabel and Herod, and it will not fill the future tribulation temple; but it will fill the millennial house, as described in Ezek. 43:7; 44:4
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