“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘This people says, “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt.”’ Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, ‘Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?’ Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Consider your ways.’”
It was approximately 520 BC. Eighteen years earlier, in 538 BC, King Cyrus had allowed the Jewish people to return home to Jerusalem from their captivity in Babylon, in order to rebuild the temple of the Lord. The people had returned. However, the temple of the Lord remained desolate, unattended, while everyone was, as God’s word declared, dwelling “in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate.”
This is the condition in much of the body of Christ in this day, regarding God’s call to the temple of the Lord and our priesthood to Him. The blessed truth of Jesus Christ, our resurrected Savior, Who is currently our indwelling “Lord” and “priest forever” (Psalm 110: 1&4), has been trampled over, in favor of many being preoccupied with their own houses, paneled with their own distinctions, differences, desires, and proclamations, all while “this house lies desolate.”
This great declared truth, to the body of Christ, that we are all, everyone one of us, born again into one holy priesthood to our God (1st Peter 2:5-9, Revelation 1:5-6, 5: 9-10) is being entirely neglected and therefore rejected. Just look and listen to what many Christians are emphasizing instead of this blessed truth these days. False teachings abound, false prophecies abound, never ending cultural wars with the very people Christ has died for and called us to minister the Gospel to, fights within the body of Christ on a host of religious issues, and, all the while – “this house lies desolate.”
Brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, kingdom of priests to our God, it is time for “the house of the Lord to be rebuilt.” It is time to swap out and repent of falsehood. It is time to mourn over the fallow, shallow, separated condition of and the weak, pitiful, fractured testimony coming forth from the collective body of Christ in this present day. It is time to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
It is time for us to live in the absolute crystal clear pure truth of Christ our Lord and High Priest forever over His New Covenant. Let us bring our priesthood to life so we may TRULY exalt Christ our Lord and priest forever. Resist the call to panel the houses of separation. Instead panel the temple of God within you. Every single time that you minister as a priest before your King and High Priest, you are paneling or adorning the temple of God within you.
Yes let us consider our ways. And then let us forsake our ways for His way! Beloved of God, minister as a humble and joyful priest in God’s presence today and everyday! It is well past the time for us to emphasize the complete biblically revealed present fullness of Jesus Christ to His Own church, and to this entire world. It is our Lord’s clear-as-a-bell will that we live in this day as His Own holy and dedicated “royal priesthood” (1st Peter 2:9).
May your own priesthood to God expand continually in a never ending further unfolding of the blessed privilege and call we have been graced with, through Jesus Christ, “to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father – to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1: 6). Hallelujah!