The prophet Haggai is giving us a future revelation of something grand.
Haggai2:9 “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 hosts.
10: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, 15: 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
18-19: 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.
Haggai 2:9,10, 15-15, 18-19 KJV
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit
The prophet Haggai is giving us a future revelation of something grand. In fact it is so fantastic that he says it will be far greater than the temple that Solomon built. And we all know the extent of the opulence of that building – gold overlaid everywhere and tapestries etc.
This latter temple – was he speaking about the temple that Zerabbabel built? Surely not about the Ideumite usurper, Herod, and his refurbishment?
I believe that Haggai is seeing the future when God’s presence is in vessels not built by human hands but in humans themselves, who are not only made in God’s image, but also carry His glory through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit.
As Peter says, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”1 Peter 2:5 KJV “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV
Temple built as a dwelling place for the Precence of Yehovah
The the Mercy Seat above the Golden Arc in the Holy of Holies was the place the the High Priest would meet with God, once a year, on Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement.
The New Testament writers make it abundantly clear that we are now the temple of the Holy Spirit.
We are the living stones.
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of th e corner, 1 Peter 2:5-7 KJV
Yeshua said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures? ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone. This came from Adonai , and it is marvelous in our eyes.’ Matthew 21:42 TLV
Other texts re temple terminology
- Acts 7:47-50 Stephen stoned for saying God did not dwell in a Temple of Stone
- Eph 2:19-22 God’s new temple built through ‘Living Stones’ and indwelled by the Spirit of God
- John 2:1 Destroy this temple and in three days raise it up again
- 1 Cor 3:16-17..you are the temple of God and Holy Spirit dwells in you
- 1 Cor 6:19 body temple of Holy Spirit
- 2 Cor 6:16 ye are temple of God
- 1 Peter 2:5 ye are living stone built into a spiritual house
- Mat 12:6 Jesus says “something greater than the temple is here”
- Hag2:9 the glory of the latter house will be greater than the former
Hanukkah and the Christmas story
Ok, so this December, 2019, I want to right the wrongs about Christmas and bridge the truths of Christmas and Hanukkah.
Yeshua, Jesus, was conceived on the eve of Hanukkah, 24th of the ninth month (4BC). Equivalent to the evening of 22nd December, 2019. Haggai 2:18,19 is prophesying as much. Yeshua’s beginnings are in the womb of Mary. This is the laying of the foundation of the new and living temple. 271 days later He will be born in Bethlehem in the presence of shepherds during the Feast of Temples, September 11th 3BC.
See here for further details on the biblical and other evidence for the conception at 24th 9th month … Heryon is the Hebrew word for gestation and its numerical value is 271.
So Christmas is NOT about the birth of Jesus!
It is, however, close to the Feast of Dedication – which in Hebrew is known as Hanukkah.
Two of the three main events of the Christmas story happen at Hanukkah
It is, what I call the ‘bookends’ of the Christmas story that happen at this season of the year. Namely, the story of the Angel Gabriel announcing the overshadowing of Mary by the Holy Spirit on 24th of the ninth month and secondly, the visit of the Magi to a toddler in a house two years later.
Yeshua’s conception 24th 9th month 4BC
Yeshua’s birth 1st 7th month 3BC
Magi arrive to Yeshua as a toddler 24th 9th month 2BC
Main point of this message
This Christmastime when so many are celebrating pagan festivals, Saturnalia, Tummuz and other longest night festivals and the Jews are celebrating the story of the Maccabees and the rededecation of the temple after it was desecrated; what do we do that is true and is line with our new covenant faith?
Firstly, know that you are a living stone in a more glorious latter day temple and that the chief cornerstone, Yeshua, arrived in the womb of his mother at this time of year. (Evening 22nd December 2019)
Secondly, the Wiseman arrived two years later to Yeshua as a 15 month old in a house Matthew 2:11. Again equivalent to evening 22nd December 2019.
Enjoy the holidays with your family, share these truths and don’t feel guilty.
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