HAGGAI CHAPTER 1

In verse one, God sends Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the governor of Judah and to Joshua the High Priest.

Haggai 1:1 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,

A few months ago, in the early part of 1998, if you had asked me about Zerubbabel, I would have said he was a type of Christ.  As a matter of fact, that’s what my wife did say when I asked her.  But is he?  Zerubbabel is Strong’s #2216, meaning “descended of (i.e. from) Babylon, i.e. born there.”  Now can we apply this to Christ?  Not from my mind and mouth would I try to make it apply!

If you look up the word “bel” it is another form of “Baal.”  We’ll see as we go along that this is end-time and that Zerubbabel and Joshua are one and the same with the Joshua and Zerubbabel in Zechariah 3 and 4.  This whole book of Haggai is also an end-time prophesy.

Notice what it says in Haggai 1:2.  The people say that the time has not come that the Lord’s house should be built.

Haggai 1:2 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.

“House” is Strong’s #1004, meaning “a house (in the greatest variety of applications), especially family.”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Old Testament says of this word “house”: “to build, tent, hut, house, mansion, place, temple, dwelling place, receptacle, place where things are found, interior, toward the inside, within, family, household, race, descendants…”

Let’s digress for a bit for some other background information. The Bible is written for the end-time Christians.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

The end-time Christians are deep into a famine of the word.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Notice Amos 8:12 certainly applies to the fall of 1998.  Do we not run to and fro, from splinter group to splinter group and from living room church to living room church, seeking the word of God and not finding it?  The famine waxes severe because there are no shepherds.

Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered

6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them….8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock….

10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

Study verse 4—does this not apply in the 90’s?  Does verse six apply today?  Now notice the last part of verse 10—Christ takes a personal hand in it, then the chapter goes on into the millennium.  What is the end-time family that is to be built?  Study Revelation 7:1-4, 9 and 14—this is the end-time work.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands….14…And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 7:1-4, 9 and 14 describe the end-time sealing of the 144,000 Israelites and the multitude that no man can number, which comes from all nations, kindreds and tongues out of the tribulation.  The other 144,000 of Revelation 14:1-4 are sealed and awaiting the resurrection.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Why do the people say it is not time to build?

Haggai 1:2 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.

Because of the famine of the word induced by these NO SHEPHERDS.  This verse also indicates the famine of the word and the need for the cry at midnight because everyone is asleep:

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

The virgins are all asleep, every last one of them in their spiritual drowsiness.  They think it is not time to build God’s house (family).  Only the promised Elijah can wake them up.

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Matthew 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Only the man God calls and names “Elijah” can do this.  The Bible contains no promise of an end-time Joshua or Zerubbabel.  Continuing in Haggai:

Haggai 1:3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste?

In Haggai 1:3-4, God is starting to wake the people up.  Notice verse 4 “is it time for you to dwell in your ceiled houses?”  Notice, “house” here is Strong’s #1004, meaning “especially family…”  Is it time for you to dwell in your splinter-group houses?  This is the hypocrite family of God.  There will be just one family of God of like minds.  The Living Bible Paraphrased translates this as “luxurious homes.”  And God’s house (family) lay waste.   What is it like—in 1998, just prior to the feast of Tabernacles—in God’s family?  Is it not lying waste?  It most certainly is!  From the endless splinters of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) down to the fragmented living room churches of God.  And on down to the many people keeping the Sabbath and Holy days alone, following the instructions found in 2 Corinthians about coming out and being separate and not touching the unclean thing.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

They are coming out of the Synagogue of Satan warned of in Revelation 3:7-10 so that they can be God’s sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:18).

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

It’s very true that God’s house (family) is lying waste, but this was prophesied to be so in Daniel 12:7.

Daniel 12: 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

The power of the holy people has to be crushed.  “Scatter” is Strong’s #5310, meaning “to dash to pieces, to be beaten in sunder, break in pieces, broken, dash (in pieces)…”  Most translations that I checked, other than the King James, translate this properly.

Notice this is what happens to “the power of the holy people.”  You know, their corporate structures that supposedly do the end-time work—these counterfeit works that the corporate structures use to suck off God’s tithe money.  In reality, you and I are individually, personally responsible as to how God’s money is spent.  A careful study of the parables of the talents and the pounds proves this.  (See my articles on Tithing and the “End Time Work”)

This mighty God who has written this Bible for the end-time Christians says in verse 5 of Haggai 1 “consider your ways.”

Haggai 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. 6 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 holes.

“Ways” is Strong’s #1870 meaning “a road as trodden, fig. a course of life or mode of action…”

The NIV says, “Give careful thought to your ways.”  In verse 6 is the object of these careful thoughts: we’ve sown much but bring in little.

Ezekiel 34: 5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered…..8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

These end-time NO SHEPHERDS take your tithes—God’s tithes—supposedly to do a work but they “bring in little.”   What was the fruit of the WCG, the work built on sand?  What is the result of the many millions and millions of dollars they took in?  Does God’s word stand?  We are in a famine of the word.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Don’t forget 1 Corinthians 10:11.

11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

We eat but don’t have enough.  We drink and are still thirsty.  You know how it is–we go to services on the Sabbath and hear a NO SHEPHERD speak in the synagogue of Satan.  “What synagogue of Satan?”  you ask.  It’s the one mentioned in the message to the Philadelphian church.

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

The Philadelphian church is the one we all want to be a member of.  So if you are a true Philadelphian, then you are involved and associated with the synagogue of Satan.  That’s why 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 is in the Bible.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Do you believe what your Savior says in Revelation 20:12?

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

It is no wonder that we go home from Sabbath services hungry for a spiritual meal and thirsty for the Holy Spirit.  Remember we are deep into a famine of the word.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Oh, but we sow much…

Haggai 1:6 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 holes. 7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. 8 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.

…we give all these NO SHEPHERDS God’s tithes and offerings, but we bring in little.  We WANT to have a good spiritual meal each Sabbath. We WANT to go home well fed, and non-thirsty, and warm with our new spiritual clothes, but can a NO SHEPHERD produce this?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!  Is this why some of us tithe diligently and are still not blessed as we should be?  We earn wages and put them in a bag with holes.  Is God withholding His blessings because you are giving your money to the synagogue of Satan while His house (family) is lying waste?  You should be putting your (God’s) tithes in the bank for safe keeping until you learn how God expects us to use it.

Haggai 1:7 repeats, “give careful thought to your ways.”  In verse 8, “Hey, end-time virgins, wake up! Go get materials to build my house (family)!” (For more information, read my articles on The End-time Work, Zechariah 3 and Zechariah 4) Now notice Zechariah 3:9 and 4:9-10.

Zechariah 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

Zechariah 4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. 10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Here are materials to build with—a stone to build with.  “Stone” is Strong’s #68, meaning “through the means to build.”  Now notice that this stone is set before Joshua the high priest.  Notice also in Zechariah 4:10 that Zerubbabel has the same stone.  Notice the word “plummet” is made up of two Hebrew words: Strong’s #68 and #913 and means “alloy (because removed by smelting)…”  Zerubbabel holds this same Strong’s #68, this method to build.

Now, is this not the same Joshua and Zerubbabel mentioned in Haggai 1:1?

Haggai 1:1 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,

A careful study of Zechariah 3 and 4 shows that this is an end-time setting.  In Zechariah 4:9, Zerubabbel lays the foundation of God’s “house,” Strong’s #1004, meaning “family.”

Now back to Haggai 1:8-9.

Haggai 1:8 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. 9 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.

The instructions are to build God’s house (family).  Verse 9 gives us insight into what is going on during the famine of the word, just prior to the cry at midnight.

“Blow,” in verse 9, is Strong’s #5301 meaning “to puff, in various applications, to inflate, blow hard, scatter, kindle, expire…”

Why is God blowing and scattering what we acquire?  Because His family is lying waste!  “Waste” is Strong’s #2720, meaning “parched, ruined, desolate…”  And we run to our splinter group houses, (families) of God.  You know how it is if you came out of the WCG: “My group is better than yours.  My group is God’s work on earth.  (Send me your tithes and offerings).”  We sure are busy playing church while God’s family is lying waste.

This is talking about God’s family in the end time.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Do you have eyes to see the condition of God’s house in September 1998?  In Haggai 1:10-11 the famine of the word tightens down.

Haggai 1:10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. 11 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.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Notice Amos 8:12: they shall wander from sea to sea, north to east, run to and fro, but they are unable to find the true word of God.  You know how it is in September 1998, we run to and fro through the internet.  We check out all theChurch Of God forums.  We get papers and tapes from all the NO SHEPHERDS, we attend various splinter groups, living room groups, etc., and still we are starving spiritually.

Haggai 1:6 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 holes.

This mighty God claims that there is to be a famine of the word.  Only Elijah the end-time prophet can break this famine as he delivers the cry at midnight, and he is guaranteed to come:

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Matthew 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Only Elijah can make ready a people prepared for the Lord.  The NO SHEPHERDS cannot—only Elijah can deliver the cry at midnight:

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Notice that in Haggai 1:12, obedience to this great God begins.  Prior to this point, obedience has not taken place in the end time because we are all asleep just before the cry at midnight (Matthew 25:5 and 6) and there is a mighty famine of the word (Amos 8:11-12) because of the NO SHEPHERDS (Ezekiel 34:5-8).

Haggai 1:12 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 LORD 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.

“Remnant” is Strong’s #7611 meaning “a remainder, or residue (surviving, final) portion, that had escaped.”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Old Testament adds: “it is a remainder, a remnant, a residue, survivors (esp. after a slaughter)…”  Vine’s Complete Expository  Dictionary gives a half-page definition, but #7611 basically means “what’s left-over…”

If you are of the fold of the late, demised WCG cadaver (the work built on sand) as I am, (and remember, God also has other folds, John 10:17) think about this word “remnant” in relation to the WCG.  There are only a few (remnant) that are left over from its former size.  Remember the definition of “remnant”: “what’s left over after the slaughter.”  Was there a slaughter in the WCG?  If you are a former member, you are very aware of the slaughter that took place after the two sons of Satan, Joe Tkach, Sr. and Jr., took over.  Vast numbers have gone back into Baal worship, Sunday, Christmas and Easter observance.  Only a remnant remains, and more and more of these are disassociating themselves with the WCG splinters and living room churches and are obeying the instructions found in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Haggai 1: 13 Then spake Haggai the LORD’S messenger in the LORD’S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.

God gives encouragement to the end-time remnant.  (Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11)  He says “I am with you.”  Who is this “you?”  They are the first people to receive the cry at midnight (Matthew 25:6). We are all still asleep until this happens.  God stirs up the spirit of Joshua/Zerubbabel, who are in reality Elijah, because he is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

In Zechariah 3:1-2, Joshua (Elijah) is plucked for the fire (lake of fire). The lake of fire is where all the sleeping virgins are headed unless repentance is forthcoming.

Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalemrebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Notice he is a “brand,” Strong’s #181, meaning “to rake together, a poker (for turning or gathering embers)…”  This Joshua is snatched from the lake of fire and given the cry at midnight personally by God.  In other words, God wakes him up through revealing truth to him.  This is, in turn, how the rest of us will wake up.  The definition of “brand” gives us some of his job description as he delivers the cry at midnight.  This Joshua and Zerubbabel of Zechariah 3 and 4 are one and the same person.  (Read articles on Zechariah 3 and 4).  They both have the same building stone in their hands.

Zechariah 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

As explained previously, the first part of the word “plummet” is Strong’s #68, the same as “stone” in Zechariah 3:9.

As the cry at midnight comes to us individually, the Holy Spirit is stirred up in us.  This will be an individual process, not one worldwide blast at midnight.  Now notice what happens in the last part of Haggai 1:14:

Haggai 1:14 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,

They did work in the house of the Lord.  “Work” is Strong’s #4399 meaning “deputyship, i.e. ministry; gen. employment (never servile)…”   Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says of this word “work” #4399, “the principal meaning is deputyship…” Notice again “house” is Strong’s #1004, meaning “family.”  Now, as the remnants are awakened by the cry at midnight, the wise virgins begin helping Elijah in the end-time work.  (See articles on the End-time Work for information on helping the end-time Elijah)

John 4:35-38 becomes the driving force in their lives.

John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

After these virgins are awakened, they begin helping Elijah.  Remember, he is the only prophesied to make ready a people prepared for the Lord (Luke 1:17).  Where in the Bible is a promise to send an end-time Joshua or Zerubbabel?

Elijah has to have help.  There is no way he can go one-on-one with each member of the end-time harvest (Revelation 7:1-4, 9 and 14).  Notice that the tribulation is held up in Revelation 7:1.  The awakened virgins of Matthew 25:6 are scattered all over the world (Ezekiel 34:5).  I repeat: John 4:35-38 becomes a driving force in their lives.  GOD’S FAMILY WILL BE BUILT.

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

 Published October 25, 1998

Read the Haggai Chapter 2 Article here.

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