‘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 2:9 (NKJV)
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Versions of the Bible:
Haggai 2:9 (The Message) — 9 “ ‘This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.’ Decree of GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies.”
Haggai 2:9 (NIV84) — 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”
Haggai 2:9 (NLT) — 9 The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
The desire of the Lord is continually manifest his glory in his people. He delights to manifest His presence in our lives. But one may ask, what is it that the glory of God? Scripture teaches us that God’s glory is His divine presence manifested in a real and genuine way. It is when God decides to reveal himself in all His richness, splendor, honor and beauty. Nothing compares to the glory of God! Something powerful happens when the glory of God floods our lives!
It is for this reason that Haggai challenged the people to rebuild the house of the Lord. The prophet Haggai recognized that the primary purpose for the temple should be rebuilt was for the glory of God dwell in their midst. The promise of God was very clear, “The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory” (NLT). The beauty of temple, would be that the real presence of God would dwell in their midst. Without His presence the temple would only be a building! His presence is what would make the difference.
Today this is the most important reason why we built His house, all we want is that His presence dwells in our midst! Without His glory in our midst there will be no results, fruit, or success in what we do. As much as we may try to build and accomplish, at the end we will fail. It’s only His presence in our midst that brings provision and blessing to our lives. It is for this reason that we must begin to rebuild our lives, family and ministry. As we do this, the Lord will ensure that His future glory on us will be greater than the first; our future will be more glorious than our past!
Psalm 85:9 (NKJV) — 9 Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.
Ezra 3:12 (NKJV) — 12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy,
Haggai 2:3 (NKJV) — 3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?
Ezekiel 43:5 (NKJV) — 5 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
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