Prophetic words were spoken to Zerubbabel (Governor of Judah) and Jeshua (High Priest and Zerubbabel’s right hand man), through the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. These words from God are powerful and apply to our lives today.
Notice that the prophet Haggai gave 8 prophecies, and Zechariah gave 8 prophecies. The number 8 in the Hebrew speaks of “new beginnings”.
Prophecies Spoken Through Haggai
1. Blessings from God will come when you set your priorities in order.
In the Old Testament, when the people’s priorities were out of order, it resulted in a famine in the land. In our day, when our priorities are out of order it may result in a spiritual or financial famine.
Famine is broken when priorities are set in order.
Building God’s House is #1, before building your own house. Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
In Haggai, Chapter 1, verses 2-11, the people had encountered so much opposition and years of delay in finishing the temple foundation, that they had fallen into a spiritual slumber. They thought that the timing for rebuilding God’s temple was somewhere out in the distant future. But God said that the time is NOW.
The Lord was grieved that they spent 17 years adorning their own houses, yet His House (Temple) was lying in ruins. Most of their energies were spent on personal goals. It’s not that God didn’t want them having nice homes, just as long as He comes first.
Having priorities out of their proper place, resulted in God allowing a drought to come upon the land—a famine of food, wine, oil and fruit.
Famine of Food
A famine of food represents a spiritual famine of spiritual bread or manna, the Word of God. It also represents a natural famine resulting in financial lack.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: You will be fed the meat of the Word of God until you are full and want no more. The Lord will increase you financially as you obey His commands to tithe and give offerings, and to seek His kingdom first.
Famine of Wine
A famine of wine speaks of no joy or gladness. New Wine in the Bible is also symbolic of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: Your joy and gladness will be restored. Jesus wants to baptize you afresh, or for the first time, in His Holy Spirit. Rivers of living water will flow from your innermost being.
Famine of Oil
A famine of oil speaks of a lack for the anointing, God’s Presence being distant somewhat.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: The Shekinah glory shall visit you. His glory shall be upon you and in you.
Famine of Fruit
A famine of fruit speaks of a lack of flourishing; lack of productivity; barrenness in different areas of our lives (maybe even physical barrenness).
God’s Promise if you put Him first: Barrenness is removed and fruitfulness comes in Jesus’ Name.
Haggai said that they had sown much, yet reaped little.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: Things are turning around. Great harvest is coming from seeds planted long ago. The harvester is overtaking the plowman.
It was as if they earned wages, only to put into pockets that had holes.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: No more financial loss, debts, things breaking down, continual expenditures draining your pocket; there shall be increase and prosperity. God said He would rebuke the devourer for your sake.
2. The Lord is with you … be strong … do not fear (Haggai 1:13; 2:4-5).
When the Lord calls us to do something, we can be assured that He is by our side, with us. We don’t have to be afraid because His Presence is there.
3. “I will fill this temple with Glory” … “The Glory of the latter temple shall be greater than that of the former, saith the Lord” (Haggai 2:7, 9).
God will fill our lives with His Glory, and His Glory seen in us will be a witness to others. Our latter end will be greater than all the former years. This promise applies also to our life, ministry, church, and to many marriages. “The latter end shall be more glorious than the former.”
And of course, this prophetic word is speaking of the literal Temple in Jerusalem being the Desire of All Nations (Haggai 2:7). The Glory and Splendor of the latter Temple will be greater than that of the former.
4. In this place, I will give peace, says the LORD of Hosts (Haggai 2:9).
God brings peace to our lives where there was once strife, confusion, sadness or anxiety. There is perfect peace in His Presence, and His paths are the paths of peace (Proverbs 3:17).
5. “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the LORD of Hosts” (Haggai 2:8).
Abundant supply. No lack. God owns it all. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He promised to provide for all our needs. Plus, He gives us the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him. He wants to bless us and cause us to prosper. He wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others and to His kingdom (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
6. Holiness – “Be ye holy, for I am Holy, says the LORD” (Haggai 2:10-19, Leviticus 11:44-45, 1 Peter 1:16).
A lack of holiness resulted in unfruitfulness and a blockage of blessings of God in Judah’s lives. A return to holiness brought the full blessings of God. A lack of holiness, and disobedience to God’s commands, results in barrenness in our souls.
Haggai asks the priests this question: “If one of you is carrying a holy sacrifice in his robes and happens to brush against some bread or wine or meat, will it too become holy?”
“No,” the priests replied. “Holiness does not pass to other things that way.”
Then Haggai asked, “But if someone touches a dead person, and so becomes ceremonially impure, and then brushes against something, does it become contaminated?”
And the priests answered, “Yes.”
Haggai then made his meaning clear and spoke the word of the Lord.
“You people are contaminating your sacrifices by living with selfish attitudes and evil hearts—and not only your sacrifices, but everything else that you did as a ‘service’ to me. And so everything you did went wrong. But all is different now because you have begun to build the Temple.
Before, when you expected a twenty-bushel crop, there were only ten. When you came to draw fifty gallons from the olive press, there were only twenty. I rewarded all your labor with rust and mildew and hail. Yet, even so, you refused to return to me, says the Lord.”
Holiness in spirit, soul and body shall result in blessing blockers being removed.
7. From this day I will bless you (Haggai 2:18-19).
But now note this: From today, this 24th day of the month, as the foundation of the Lord’s Temple is finished, and from this day onward, I will bless you. Notice, I am giving you this promise now before you have even begun to rebuild the Temple structure, and before you have harvested your grain, and before the grapes, the figs, the pomegranates, and olives have produced their next crops.
8. God will raise up spiritual Zerubbabels, who will lead God’s people out of Babylon (captivity, bondage, addictions, confusion and sin) into healing and freedom.
The Lord will give His Zerubbabels authority in the Spirit, for they are His signet ring, whom He has chosen (Haggai 2:23). The signet ring placed upon the finger speaks of authority to carry out God’s business.