“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:6-9
I think most would agree: the world is going crazy. To me, it’s crazier than the 60s in the U.S.—and that same tumult, confusion, and disarray all around the world. If you’re paying attention, you will recognize the spirit of Antichrist at work. There is an open, aggressive hostility toward the faith, toward Christ, toward the Bible, and toward God’s view of life and reality.
Prophecy for Today
With these things in mind, I want to consider this passage from Haggai. It is both historic and prophetic. Historically, Haggai was encouraging the people of Israel about the rebuilding of their temple. Haggai was also prophesying about the coming Messiah who would restore the temple to an even greater glory. But it is also a prophecy for us today. It speaks specifically about the shaking of the nations. And although we have yet to see the complete fulfillment of this prophecy, because contextually, it’s about the future and the Second Coming of Christ, right now it’s definitely true that the nations are being shaken. We see this shaking in these worldwide catastrophic events—earthquakes, hurricanes, floodings, fires, terrorism, wars, as well as social distortion and unrest. First responders, relief organizations, even governments are being stretched thin everywhere to meet the needs of the people in crisis.
The Desire of All Nations
But this is what God says He will do. He will shake the nations, and because of this shaking, the people will come to the “Desire of All Nations,” whom we know is the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Lives are being truly shaken to the core, and this is moving many of them toward the Lord, even if they don’t recognize it.
Recall the massacre in Las Vegas. One of the stories I heard coming out of that horrific event was about a 21-year-old who was shot yet survived. His testimony was simple: he came to Las Vegas as an atheist but now, after almost losing his life, has changed his mind and is seeking to know God. This illustrates the point—as people’s lives are shaken, they begin to ask questions and wonder about things they wouldn’t necessarily consider when life is comfortable and easy.
Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing
Not only is our world being shaken, our nation is racially, politically, and socially polarized. But the church here and across the globe cannot be caught up in that mess. In contrast, the church needs to be a place where people can find peace—peace with God and peace with one another. Notice again what the passage says about the temple, “‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace.’” The church is to be a place where people can find peace, where people can find consolation and hope and comfort. But people must know they are welcome. Yet if we get caught up in the feuding and debating over this, that, and the other thing, we are inevitably closing the doors to half of the population. We have to be so careful and keep the main thing, the main thing. And the main thing is Jesus and His Gospel of God’s saving grace.