In the Book of Haggai, there is a passage which stands out.
Thus says the Lord of Hosts: 'Now, ask the priests concerning the law, saying,
If one carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and with the edge he touches bread or stew, wine or oil, or any food, will it become holy?' Then the priests answered and said, 'No.' [HOLINESS IS NOT INFECTIOUS]
And Haggai said, if one who is unclean because of a dead body touches any of these, will it be unclean?'So the priests answered and said, 'It shall be unclean.' [UNHOLINESS IS INFECTIOUS]
Then Haggai answered and said, 'So is this people, and so is this nation before Me,' says the Lord, 'and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean.'
The remnant had come from Babylon to build the Temple. Not all the Israelites came from Babylon. Many stayed in Babylon. Only a remnant returned. A narrow and hard road to take. It was much easier to enjoy the comforts of Babylon. Similarly, many today are in Laodicea. A remnant - few in number - have heeded the Master's call - the Laodicean call - in this late hour.
Even amongst those of the remnant there is a MIXTURE. Some have kept the old foundations where there is much of self (Haggai 1:6) and the world; and have simply embraced the vision of the coming move of God. The blessing of God will NOT rest on the mixture. Every work of their hands is unclean and what they offer is unclean.
Repentance is needed. Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand! Different foundations! Uproot the foundations! A separation is needed.
Ezra 4: 1-3 Now when the adversaries of Judah and
Benjamin heard that the descendants of
the captivity were building the temple of the
Lord God of Israel,
they came to Zerubbabel and the heads
of the fathers' houses, and said to them, ''Let
us build with you, for we seek your God as
you do; and we have sacrificed to Him since
the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who
brought us here.''
But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest
of the heads of the fathers' houses of Israel
said to them, ''You may do nothing with us to
build a house for our God; but we alone will
build to the Lord God of Israel, as King
Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us."
Only, once the new foundations are established, will His blessing be present!
Note: This is why the blessing of God has been lacking often. Even the prophetic movement is a mixture.