““Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘THIS PEOPLE SAYS, “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt.”’”
Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “IS IT TIME FOR YOU YOURSELVES TO DWELL IN YOIR PANELED HOUSES WHILE THIS HOUSE LIES DESOLATE?
Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, “CONSIDER YOUR WAYS! You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.”
“You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “BECAUSE OF MY HOUSE WHICH LIES DESOLATE AS YOU EACH RUN TO YOUR HOUSES.”
Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew and the earth has withheld its produce. I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands.”” (Haggai 1:2-11)
Does this not bear resemblance to what we are doing/have done? In fear we have stopped “building”. Under the guise of loving our neighbor we have stopped building the church, much because of a government that has no right to take our rights away. WE HAVE MADE THE GOVERNMENT A GOD. WE HAVE EXCHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD FOR A LIE. WE HAVE BOWED TO FEAR AND INTIMIDATION. IF WE DO NOT REFUSE TO BOW, WE WILL HAVE SEALED OUR OWN FATE. The lamp of the church will be taken out if we are lukewarm. He will spit us out.
I had a dream recently where Jesus was turning and walking away and no one was going after Him. ⬇️
“The Lord has been displeased with your fathers. Therefore say to them, this is what the Lord says; “TURN TO ME, SAYS THE LORD, AND I WILL TURN TO YOU, SAYS THE LORD.
Don’t be like your fathers whom the prophets have cried, saying, this is what the Lord says; turn now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor listen to me, says the Lord. Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live forever?
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, didn’t they take hold of your fathers? And they returned and said, “Like as the Lord thought to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so has he dealt with us.”
⬆️ This will be us, the body of Christ. We get what we deserve. We HAVE to repent! We HAVE to rebuild. In Ezra’s time, they were rebuilding and were stopped by the people of the city who spoke falsely against the work of God’s people. Rulers caused them to cease their building by decree. They were stopped once because of lies and governmental decrees, but not again.
They succeeded the second time because a few began to build the house of God again IN SPITE of the decree, BECAUSE THE FOLLOWED THE LORD’S DECREE.
The governor tried to stop them (as the rulers before had done), but the eye of their God was upon the leaders of the Jews and they couldn’t stop them again. Later, the rulers looked at old documents and records and found it was true that they had the right to do their work. (Book of Ezra)
Do you think it is coincidence that the body is dealing with this same pattern again? READ THE WORD! WISDOM IS PLAINLY SEEN THROUGHOUT IT’S PAGES! SEEK THE TRUTH FROM THE SOURCE OF ALL TRUTH. STAND UP CHURCH!
I know I’m on a soapbox right now, but the body needs to hear the Word. We need to fill ourselves with God’s truth so we can see lies and know right from wrong. Father, open eyes! Raise up the church, stir the hearts of Your people toward You. Forgive us, God. And bring more laborers. In Jesus’s name, Amen