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The Book of Haggai
Timeline of the Bible
God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood,
but saves Noah and his family.---
chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's
grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.---
The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites
escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and
take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the
Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. ----
Israel's greatest king.
This book of the Bible covers this time-- Israel divides into 2
parts: Israel and Judah.---
The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false
gods.--- God allows the
Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel
and Judah.--- The
Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia.
--- When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to
The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.---
Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called
Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans
take control of Israel.---Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins
his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A
Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.---
Christianity spreads. --
Paul write letters to Christians in other
places.In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed
The Book of Haggai
The Jews have returned from Persia. They are focused on
rebuilding their own homes and their own lives.
They have not yet started working on rebuilding the Lord's temple in
The prophet, Haggai, tells them to get their focus back on God so
that God can start to bless them.
God told Haggai to tell the Jews to rebuild the Lord's temple
After the temple is built again, God will bless them.
Darius became the king of Persia. In the
sixth month of Darius' second year, (this was
August 29, 520 BC in our modern dates) the Lord spoke to the prophet named Haggai.
It was the first day of the month. Haggai had a message for Zerubbabbel
(his father was Shealtiel) and Joshua (his father was Josedech, the high
priest). The message said it was time for the Lord's house to be built.
Haggai asked the people, "Is it time for you to be in your own homes while the
Lord's house is still in shambles?"
 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,
 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.
 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,
 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this
house lie waste?
God said they should think about what they are
doing. They plant a lot but harvest little. They eat, but they don't eat enough.
They drink, but they are not filled. They have clothes but no one is warm.
They earn money, but the money goes into a bag with holes.
 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
 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
God said they should think. They should go up into
the mountains and bring wood. They should build a temple. God will go into
the temple, and He will be happy with it. The house will
 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
 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.
You looked for a lot. You got what you wanted,
and when you brought it home, I blew on it. Why? Because My temple is still bad,
and you are all building new houses for yourselves. That is why there is no
rain or dew. That is why nothing will grow.
 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.
 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is
stayed from her fruit.
I called for a drought (long time of dry weather) in this land and on the mountains. I called for
more drought for corn, the new wine, and the olive oil. There is more
drought for the crops that won't grow, the men, the cattle, and everything that
hands take care of.
 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains,
and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which
the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the
labour of the hands.
Then, Zerubbabel (his father's name was Shealtiel)
and Joshua (his father's name was Josedech), the high priest, all of the people
obeyed God's voice. They heard the prophet's words. They respected God,
 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
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.
Then, the Lord's prophet, Haggai, told them what God said.
God said, "I am with you." God stirred up the spirits of some of the
leaders, Zerubbabel (son of Shealtiel, the governor of Judah) and Joshua (his
father was Josedech the high priest). The other people were encouraged, too.
They came and worked on the temple, the house of their Lord God. This was
the 24th day of the sixth month. It was the second year that Darius was the king
 Then spake Haggai the LORD's messenger in the LORD's message unto
the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.
 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,
 In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year
of Darius the king.
In the 7th month, on the 21st day, (October
17, 520 BC in our modern dates) the Lord spoke to
Haggai. He said, "Talk to Zerubbabel and Joshua and the other people. Ask them
who remembers seeing the temple when it was built the first time. Ask them how
it looks now compared to how it looked then. It is not as good as it was
 In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came
the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying,
 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
 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?
God continued, "Be strong, Zerubbabel and Joshua
and everyone else. Work on the temple, because I am with you. I made a covenant
with your ancestors when they came out of Egypt. My spirit is with you forever,
 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:
I am still keeping the promise I made to your
ancestors when they came out of Egypt. My spirit will remain with you, don't
 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of
Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.
God continued, "Soon I will shake the heavens,
the earth, and the sea and the dry land. I will shake all the nations. The
nations will want to come. I will fill this house with glory. The silver
is mine. The gold is mine. This temple will be more glorious than
the first one. I will give peace here.
 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;
 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall
come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.
 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
On the 24th day of the 9th month, in the 2nd year
that Darius was king, ( December 18, 520 BC in our modern dates)
Haggai told them what God said. He said, "This is what the
Lord said, 'Ask the priests about the law that talks about priests. If a priest
has holy meat in his robe and his robe touches bread, wine, stew, oil, or other
meat, do those things also become holy?" The priests said no.
 In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year
of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,
 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the
 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his
skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be
holy? And the priests answered and said, No.
Haggai asked, "If someone is unclean because they
touched a dead body, will things they touch be unclean?" The priests said,
"Yes, they will be unclean."
 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of
these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be
Haggai said, "The Lord says it is the same with this
people and this nation (Israel). Everything they do, and everything they
offer is unclean.|"
 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this
nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that
which they offer there is unclean.
Haggai continued, "Please think about it from now
on. Before you started to work on the Lord's temple, your farm crops were not
good. They only produced half as much as before. The Lord said He hit you
with storms and drought so your crops would not grow well. But, you still didn't
turn to Him.
 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before
a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD:
 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures,
there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels
out of the press, there were but twenty.
 I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the
labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.
Now, think about this from now on about the 24th
day of the 9th month. This is the day that you started building the Lord's
temple. Now, your crops will be blessed. The Lord says He will bless you.
 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth
day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD's
temple was laid, consider it.
 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree,
and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day
will I bless you.
God talked to Haggai again on the 24th day of the 9th month. (December 18, 520 BC in our modern dates) He told
Haggai to talk to Zerubbabel He was the governor of Judah. This is what God
said, "I will shake the heavens and earth. I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms.
I will destroy the strength of the people who don't believe in Me. I will
defeat the chariots and the people who ride in them. The soldiers who ride
horses will be defeated. They will be killed by their brothers with swords.
I will choose you, Zerubbabel. You are My servant. I will make you the leader."
 And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and
twentieth day of the month, saying,
 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the
heavens and the earth;
 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the
strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and
those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every
one by the sword of his brother.
 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel,
my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a
signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.
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