Summary: Haggai is a book with an end-time message, but it contains eternal truths that we can apply to our lives today. The church must develop an end-time, Kingdom perspective.
International Panic Day
We live in a very interesting time in history.
With all the bad news- it is easy to grow fearful.
Take heart- June 18 is International Panic Day …
day for everyone to be worried/concerned,
license for you to have- meltdown- putting off.
Phil 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing
Begin- two week series on book of Haggai.
Haggai- book w/end time message, but it contains eternal truths we can apply to our lives today.
Today- talk specifically about Eternal Investments-
how can we invest in God’s Kingdom.
In the current economic climate-investments-unstable,
God’s economics are different from the worlds.
i.e. asked- Interior Decorator- give us advice …
two Christian ladies- own a design business-
donate their services to churches,
chosen to invest in God’s Kingdom.
i.e. dentist-purchased land- right away for sewer …
contacted- Christian lawyer-
also seeds His time for free to churches,
again- man with a Kingdom perspective.
Judah had been conquered,
Solomon’s temple had been destroyed, and
the people were carried away into captivity.
After being captive- 70 year- amazing thing happens.
Ezra 1:1-3 Haggai/Zech/Malachi-contemporaries
God moves on the heart of- ungodly king-
puts favor in his heart towards God’s people.
If God can move the heart of a King, He can move the heart of a president/governor/mayor …
What moves the heart of God- PRAYER!
Who is called to pray- the CHURCH!
Lk 18:8 "… when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" NASU
We need God to move the heart of our President.
Current administration- whether Rep/Dem-
fiscally and morally destroying our nation,
many saying- economy- collapse in 6 months.
Important- we get an end-time, Kingdom perspective.
Church- will not be raptured out of hard times (Rev).
As God moved- heart of Cyrus thousands of years ago, we need Him to move- hearts of our leaders.
Everyone has a role in building God’s Kingdom-
and we are all called to support God’s work.
Under Cyrus 50,000 Jews returned to Israel.
Built an altar- began to rebuild- foundation- temple.
They encountered resistance from their enemies, got busy w/their lives- stopped work for 15 years.
The enemy hinders us today from doing God’s will.
Under the urging of Haggai- begin to build again.
This is a rebuke for Israel, but it can be an encouragement to us looking at it from afar.
The encouragement is that we would have- courage to embrace the truth God conveying to Israel.
Haggai was admonishing the Jews for not physically building/restoring the Temple of God.
The temple was that place where Jews would go to corporately worship God- God’s presence.
In was in the temple that Jesus said …
Mtt 21:13 … ’MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN." NASU
Today, God’s temple is the church- Body of Christ.
1 Pet 2:5, 9
Church, Body of Christ- temple of God today.
Yes- our bodies- individually- temple of God- but corporately we are a spiritual house being built for-
His habitation- He wants to live in/through us,