ImmerseProphets - Page 413

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to lay the foundation of the Lord’s Temple. When you hoped for a twentybushel crop, you harvested only ten. When you expected to draw fifty gal­
lons from the winepress, you found only twenty. I sent blight and mildew
and hail to destroy every­thing you worked so hard to produce. Even so,
you refused to return to me, says the Lord.
“Think about this eigh­teenth day of December, the day when the foun­
dation of the Lord’s Temple was laid. Think carefully. I am giving you
a promise now while the seed is still in the barn. You have not yet har­
vested your grain, and your grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive
trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day onward I will
bless you.”
On that same day, December 18, the Lord sent this second message to
Haggai: “Tell Ze­rub­ba­bel, the governor of Ju­dah, that I am about to shake
the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow royal thrones and destroy the
power of foreign kingdoms. I will overturn their char­i­ots and riders. The
horses will fall, and their riders will kill each other.
“But when this happens, says the Lord of Heaven’s Ar­mies, I will honor
you, Ze­rub­ba­bel son of She­altiel, my servant. I will make you like a signet
ring on my finger, says the Lord, for I have chosen you. I, the Lord of
Heaven’s Ar­mies, have spoken!”

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