Thursday, September 22, 2016

THE GLORY OF THE LATTER HOUSE

The devil knows what is written in God’s Word and he is determined to hinder the great harvest he knows is coming. He has unleashed a furious attack on the church, using every weapon he can to remove the peace of God’s people.
The gloom and fear hovering over every nation has left people feeling helpless. In America, courts have made laws that glory in perversions, all against the will of the people. The result is hopelessness and stress, weakening the spirit, and even causing physical sickness.
DOWNGRADING SIN
In God’s house, sin has been downgraded and hell discarded. Entire denominations are splitting apart over gay marriage. Meanwhile, evangelicals — those who are the supposed torchbearers of God’s Word — are placing their energies in movements that are not Christ-centered.
The Israelites in Haggai’s day were discouraged over the new temple they were building. Their work seemed so insignificant compared to the magnificence of the former temple. As they reflected on all God’s past glories, they wept with despair at the modest house before them. Haggai asked the people, “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? And how do ye see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?” (Haggai 2:3).
DO NOT COMPARE
Beloved, the same question applies today. You may recall great revivals of the past, where the Spirit fell powerfully and multitudes were being saved. Tell me, do you see the life of the church today as nothing compared to those past times?
I tell you, the word God gave Haggai for his church is meant for us today: “My spirit remaineth among you. . . . The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace” (2:5, 9).