God’s Vision and Heart

Sunday, April 23, 2016, the year of Our Lord

Pastor Carolyn Sissom 

A fresh, young voice cut through the selfish unbelief of a tired remnant, “Consider your ways!”  God’s message came literally, “by the hand of” Haggai, the prophet of Jehovah.  “the Word of the Lord” began to flow through His servant like a mighty river.

 Over 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the voice of this young prophet pierces the ironclad allegiance of a people determined to preserve their lukewarm life style.  The living word is postured and focused to revive the original vision of the God of Abraham and David.

 He is called “the prophet” five times in this book.  This word in Hebrew means “an inspired man; to speak or sing by inspiration.”  Its earliest use describes someone who became God’s mouthpiece under the influence of the Divine Spirit.  A prophet is one who “sees” into the invisible realm and/or “hears”;  and then speaks for God to men. 

Haggai addresses Zerubbabel, the heir apparent of David; and Joshua, the son of the high priest, a holy minister, a descendant of righteous Zadok.  Together Zerubbabel and Joshua prefigure the Lord Jesus Christ, the true King-Priest, who by His resurrection raised up the true temple, His Body (Jn. 2: 19-22).  These two men also signal the first fruits remnant to be “kings and priests,” foreshadowing the New Testament priesthood after the order of Melchisedec.  


Haggai prophecy has to do with unshakeable peace – unbreakable relationships, unbroken covenants, and undivided hearts,


Jesus is the source of unwavering peace.  Haggai speaks to our generation concerning the restoration of God’s house and the glorious One who lives there.  Zion, the Kingdom of God, will never be moved.  It is the habitation of God, the place of unshakeable peace and unbroken covenant.


Haggai encouraged the remnant in their distress.  He predicts that the New Testament temple would exceed Solomon’s in magnificence; the silver and gold belonged to Jehovah.


Haggai jogs the remnant’s memory, recounting the panoramic description of God’s delivering power from the tyranny of Pharaoh.  Remember the Passover.


Almost a millennium had passed since the establishment of the Mosaic Covenant.  Generations had come and gone, but Jehovah’s Word remained unchanged. 


Deut. 6:23: “And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in…”


Moses brought them out.  Joshua brought them in.  God calls His people out by the hand of a shepherd that He might bring them in by the word of a soldier.


Our heart must be reassured that His spirit is still in covenant with us and with what He has called us to do.  Every true leader must fearlessly declare these things by precept and life style if God’s people are to have hope.  Haggai was faithful to his generation.


Hag. 2:5:  According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My spirit remains among you; do not fear.”


The word Passover was brought into Pharaoh’s court by the king-priest ministry of Moses and Aaron, and then confirmed by signs, wonders, and miracles.  Its essence was, “Let My people go.”  Passover is a vast subject related in threes:


  1. The Passover of Salvation (Ex. 12).
  2. The Passover of Conquest (Josh 5).
  3. The Passover of Kingdom (Lk. 22)


Our walk began with the blood of the Lamb (Jn. 1:29).  Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us.  His precious blood has brought the forgiveness of sins (1 Cor. 5:7-8; 1 Pet. 1: 18-19).  This experience marks the “beginning of months” for the believer (Ex. 12: 1-3).  Subsequently, we received the power of God in our Pentecostal baptism (Acts 1:8).  The heavenlies, like Canaan, opened to us in the Passover conquest (Josh. 5).  Our hearts were circumcised and the reproach of the world rolled away at Gilgal; our diet changed from manna to corn (Heb. 6: 1-2) and we encountered a new dimension of spiritual warfare.  The Captain of our salvation has come to bring down every wall (Eph. 2:14).  Ultimately, God’s people will pass over into another age.  A nation will be born in a day, and the wealth of the nations will come into the Church.  Sin and Satan will be cut off completely, and men will be freed from the bondage of futility and corruption.  God’s people are gloriously delivered (Rom 8: 14-23).


Let My people go…”  This is the heart-cry of the Father for the glorious Church.  God’s heart and vision is a vast company of sons, the many-membered Body of Christ.  The Body is His permanent abode, each member released by the living Word and a global shaking to make full proof of his ministry. 


The day of shaking is upon us all.  The one true God who brought His people out of Egypt is with us to complete His predetermined purpose.  The earth will have its Jubilee; its captives rescued from futility’s prison house.  All creation is ready for release, standing on tiptoe waiting for the sons of God to come into their own.  Every thing is shifting into a higher gear.  This global eruption will prove and declare the quality of every man’s work.  Every ceiled house must pass through the Refiner’s fire.  Casual tremors, indicators of greater shakings, have begun.


The apostle Peter predicted a universal convulsion in the last chapter of his second epistle, divulging three worlds:


  1. The world that was (2 Pet. 3:6)
  2. The world kept in store until now (2 Pet. 3:7)
  3. The world wherein dwells righteousness. (2 Pet. 3:18)


The Greek word for “world” is kosmos and means “an order, system or arrangement of things.”  The cosmos is a mindset, a mentality, a way of thinking with its consequent life style.  The first world was Noah’s cosmos.  God destroyed that order (not the earth) with water (2 Pet. 3:6).  In spiritual realities, God consumed our old man; the world that then was, in the waters of baptism.  The second world exists from that time until now, reserved unto fire.  His Word or Voice in the mouth of His prophets. 


The elements that melt with fervent heat are the beggarly elements, the rudimentary concepts and principles of man-made tradition (2 Pet. 3:7).  The third world is the immovable Kingdom of God, whose government and peace is marked by endless increase.


Heb. 12: 25-28:See that you do not refuse Him that speaks.  For if they escaped not who refused Him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven; whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also Heaven.  And this word, yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain”


We who are in the Kingdom of God will live in unshakeable peace in the time of global shaking.  Throughout the nation and the world, everything is being shaken.

Hag. 2: 6-9 is rehearsed in Heb. 12: 25-29.  God is sifting out every thing without solid foundations.  This shaking of heaven and earth signifies or makes clear the removing of those things that can be shaken.


The word for “voice” in Hebrews 12:26 is phone.  It means “noise, sound, voice.”  A “voice” that men can hear and see.


 Heb. 12:29:  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear; for our God is a consuming fire.”


This global shift is a moving experience---from earth to heaven, from joy to sorrow, from darkness to light, from death to life.  We are jarred out of the temporal into the eternal, out of the passing into the permanent, out of the appearance (sight) realm into faith.  Things that cannot be moved will “remain” or “abide” stay (in a given place, state, relation, or expectancy).”


  Hag. 2: 6:  For thus says the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land…”


Global shaking has begun.  Out-of-control climate changes, floods, hurricanes, droughts, fires, earthquakes, and volcanoes are the travail of natural creation, the birth-pangs of a new day.  God will fill the earth with Himself.


  Send Your Voice, Lord!


God will shake the nations as He did Egypt with the rod of Moses.  The Father’s ultimate intention, the mystery of His will captures the essence of the high priestly prayer of John 17 and the apostolic aim of Ephesians 4…the unity of the spirit is to become the unity of the faith.


4:13: “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”


Unity cannot be created.  It can only be kept.  All unity flows from the union between the Father and the Son.  It is based upon the seven absolutes of Ephesians 4: 4-6:

  1. One Body
  2. One Spirit
  3. One hope of your calling.
  4. One Lord
  5. One Faith
  6. One Baptism
  7. One God and Father of all.


This shaking of the heavens and earth will resurrect His army and release all things into one!


Haggai’s shaking recalls the Exodus.  The humbling of proud Egypt by the ten plagues and the destruction of Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea are described as a shaking.  The Song of Moses contains a sevenfold description of being shaken. 


This quake begins in the “heavens,” then echoes in the “earth.”  From heaven to earth, from spiritual to natural from God to man---this is the pattern. 


The overturning of all nations is defined in Haggai 2:22 as the complete overthrow and destruction of the throne and strength of all heathen kingdoms.  God rocks the heavens, the earth, the sea, and, finally, the “dry land” or “desert”.  The Bible clearly defines the “dry land” to be rebellion and wickedness. 


Hab. 2:7: I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts.


Following Haggai’s era, Jehovah-Tsebaoth shook Persia, Greece and Rome.  In recent years, He has shaken the Communist nations, the Arab nations, and our own.  This shaking of all nations has a singular result: “The Desire of nations shall come!” 


The “Desire of all nations” is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior.  This also includes His Body in union with Him (His Bride)---together with Christ in the fullness of His Body, “they shall come.” 


God’s desire is for Christ to be fully formed in His people (Gal. 4:19).


Haggai 2:9 denotes His elect out of all nations, whom He calls, justifies and glorifies.  Christ in and among all of us in the hope of glory.


The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former says the Lord of hosts, and in this place will I give peace, says the Lord of hosts.”


The Lord of hosts, Jehovah-Tsebaoth, the “Lord of the armies” of heaven and earth.  He is so named 14 times by Haggai, 53 times by Zechariah, and 24 times by Malachi.  This divine name appears over 300 times, mostly in the prophetic books.  These “heavenly armies” were symbolized by the golden cherubim that covered the Ark of the Covenant between which the “Lord of hosts” was enthroned (1 Sam. 4:4).


Father God asks, “Where is My house? Where is My army?  Where is your desire for My vision and heart?’


There are two new Testament words for “temple”.


  1. Heiron – the physical temple in Jerusalem
  2. Naos – the spiritual temple, Jesus and His Church


Naos, the spiritual building, the real temple, pertains to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Body, the Church.  The Naos of God is the “inner sanctuary”.


  First Naos pertains to the temple of God in Christ Jesus, the One who came from the heart or bosom of the Father (Mark 14:58; Jn. 2: 19-21).


Col. 2:9: “In him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”


Second, Naos refers to the temple of God, the Church.  This is found sixteen times in the Book of Revelation.  This is the house, the people, the spiritual family that Father God desires to assemble, restore and fill with His glory and unending peace. Naos, the “inner sanctuary,” is the true temple, the Most Holy Place, the spirit of man—his heart.


Haggai constantly challenges us to be involved with a work that contains God’s desire.  The first step in that direction is to understand that the finished temple is an undivided heart completely devoted to the Lord. 


The shaking of Haggai 2:7 is the birth-pangs of the womb of the morning.  These deliverers, an overcoming man child company of sons, shall be caught up to the place of God’s authority.


Our timeless God already sees all of us from first to last, as having come!  The book of Revelation, the unveiling of the slain Lamb presents His brethren as one new Man---“He that overcomes


I will continue on this study of Haggai in the weeks to come.  It is my persuasion we are in that time of God’s shaking heaven and earth.  Let us rejoice and be glad.  Let us seek the Lord together to be part of the powerful army of the “Lord of armies of Heaven and earth.” 


Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries Church


Scripture from K.J.V.  I entered into the labors of Kelly Varner, Unshakeable Peace.  Comments and conclusions are my own and not meant to reflect the views of Rev. Varner ( 1949-2009).

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