Haggai Sounds the Warning
in the Second Year of Returning
“I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms,
and I will destroy the strength
of the kingdoms of the heathen; . . .
and the horses and their riders shall come down,
every one by the sword of his brother.”
|ll of Haggai’s prophecies are dated [Haggai 1:1, 15; 2:1, 10, 20], all are dated in “the second Year of” Returning (Darius), and all point toward events which are to follow shortly. Note how all-inclusive Haggai is in his global predictions!|
| The most solemn of Haggai’s revelations is Yehuveh’s preview of the certain destruction of all nations: “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 will come.” “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.” Then He follows these solemn forewarnings with the solid assurance to His people “In that day, saith Yehuveh of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, My servant,” the symbolic name for all who are fleeing [zerub] from confusion and corruption [babel], “and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith Yehuveh of hosts.” Haggai 2:6-7, 21-23. Compare other such prophecies: Isaiah 60:12; Ezekiel 21:27; Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45; 7:26-27; 8:25; Micah 5:8, 15; Zephaniah 3:8; Zechariah 10:11; 12:2-5; 14:3; Revelation 11:15.
Destruction will come, it must come, but there is a bright future beyond the evil time! Yehuveh has told us these things that we might be confident through the troubled times, resting in absolute certainty that we are His and He will care for us!
Much of this final destruction will be “every one by the sword of his brother.” As resources decrease and men become desperate, even family ties will disolve into panic and terror. Yehuveh states: “I will call for a sword . . . throughout all My mountains: . . . every man’s sword shall be against his brother.” “I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.” Yehuveh has employed this form of warfare against His enemies since the earliest times. Gideon overcame a vast army with a few men when “the three hundred blew the trumpets, and Yehuveh set every man’s sword against his fellow.” Likewise Jehoshaphat encouraged Israel to merely trust and sing, and “when they began to sing and to praise, Yehuveh set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir; . . . and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.” Ezekiel 38:21; Isaiah 19:2; Judges 7:22; 2 Chronicles 20:22-23.
Originally Written: 23 September 2009
Latest Update: 23 September 2009
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