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In the Book of Haggai, we see the prophet, evangelist and apostle.

The prophet

Haggai 1: 2-6
Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying:
'This people says, 'The time has not come,
the time that the Lord's house should be built.''

Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in
your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in
ruins?'

Now therefore, thus says the Lord of
hosts: "Consider your ways!

You have sown much, and bring in
little;
You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with
drink;
You clothe yourselves, but no one is
warm;
And he who earns wages,
Earns wages to put into a bag with
holes."

The prophet speaks of the restoration of the prophetic movement that has arisen during the past few years. Unfortunately, there has been a mixture in the prophetic movement.

The prophet is concerned with God's times and seasons. Many call themselves prophets. However, the true prophets will always rebuke that which is of the flesh and own effort. The true prophet will NOT proclaim that all roads are acceptable in this hour. On the contrary, he will proclaim that the way is narrow and the foundations different from the mainstream; charismatics included. The true prophet points the way and directs, 'Go up into the mountains and bring wood and build the temple...' He also goes a little further, 'Stay and linger in the mountains that you bring solid wood...'

The evangelist

Haggai 2:7 1:6
I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations (Jesus)...

You have sown much, and bring in
little...

The end-time move of God brings in the final harvest of the church age. Evangelists will have a key role in this hour. However, those raised up by the Lord over the past decades will bring in much. Those who have not been obedient to the Laodicean call of the Spirit will have sown much, and bring in little.

Notice that in Haggai 2, verse 6 (evangelist) and verse 8 (apostle) are found in the context of the coming glory. Verse 7 and verse 9 speak of the coming glory. Often the apostle will do the work of an evangelist and also bring the prophetic word.

Desire of All Nations

In both Jewish and Christian tradition, the phrase “the desire of all nations” (Hag. 2:7) has been generally interpreted as a messianic title of Christ.
Wiersbe, W. W. (1997). Be heroic. "Personal and group study guide included"--P. 4 of cover. An Old Testament study (74). Colorado Springs, Colo.: Chariot Victor Pub.

Charles Wesley followed this interpretation when he wrote in his Christmas hymn “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” —
Come, Desire of nations, come!
Fix in us Thy humble home …
Wiersbe, W. W. (1997). Be heroic. "Personal and group study guide included"--P. 4 of cover. An Old Testament study (74). Colorado Springs, Colo.: Chariot Victor Pub.

The apostle

Haggai 2:8
'The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,'
says the Lord of hosts.

The final restoration at the end of the age is the restoration of the apostolic movement. Many today claim to be apostles. However, I speak of those whom the Lord has raised up and their central purpose is to take the church from where they are today into the coming glory of God.

True apostles will clearly distinguish between the gold - fine pure gold - and the brass. They will be instrumental in leading the way in the coming move of God.

'Be brave', Do not fear! (Verse 4-5)

Some called may 'fear' as the time draws near as they are weak in themselves - poor in spirit. However, as the enemy comes in like a flood in the great shaking, the Spirit of the Lord will cause those called and prepared to BECOME bold through His Presence in the coming season. They will rise up as evangelists and apostles in the coming hour.

The Prophet Zechariah, who ministered with Haggai, also emphasized the importance of trusting the Holy Spirit for the enablement needed to do God’s will: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 4:6). A.W. Tozer once said, “If God were to take the Holy Spirit out of this world, much of what we’re doing in our churches would go right on, and nobody would know the difference.” What an indictment!

Wiersbe, W. W. (1997). Be heroic. "Personal and group study guide included"--P. 4 of cover. An Old Testament study (73). Colorado Springs, Colo.: Chariot Victor Pub.


The work (Verse 4)

The work is to 'Go up to the mountains and bring wood...'. The mountains speaks of the exalted place in Him - the secret place - and the wood is the revelation coming from His Presence. This revelation births the coming apostolic movement. Dead works, works of the flesh and church works done in our own strength does not find a place here. They are left at the foot of the cross.

“To work is to pray,” said St. Augustine.