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Ezra, Haggai, James


Haggai: The Prophet of the Restoration

Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia. Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them. Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

Ezra 4.24f

The Prophet Haggai appears in two and only two books of the entire Bible - Ezra and the book that bears his name. This means that the name "Haggai" forms a Spoke 15 Keylink:

keySpoke 15 KeyLink: The Prophet Haggai
Ezra (Spoke 15, Cycle 1)chainHaggai (Spoke 15, Cycle 2)

The fact that Haggai forms a KeyLink means that the cc for the distribution attains its maximum value of +1:

The verse that introduces the Prophet Haggai also uses the Samekh KeyWord (Saad), which means support, sustain, uphold, or help. It is translated as "helping" in the verse above. God used it in the great alphabetic Psalm 119:

  • AV PS 119:117 Hold thou me up (sa'ad), and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

This is another obvious example of how God used the meaning of Samekh in His design of the order of the Canon.

Rebuilding the Lord's House is one of the great themes that unites the pair of books Ezra-Nehemiah with the pair Haggai-Zecharaiah. These four books are geometrically integrated on Spokes 15 and 16 of the Wheel. They share many common themes, and they all describe events that occured in the second year of Darius. But the divine integration is such that the KeyLinks differentiate between Spoke 15 and Spoke 16, so there are numerous KeyLinks between Ezra and Haggai on the one hand, and Nehemiah and Zechariah on the other hand. The prime example of this is the Prophet Haggai who appears only on Spoke 15, as discussed above.

Another KeyLink uniting Ezra with Haggai is found by searching all seven Bible versions for all verses containing the set ("House of the Lord", Zerubbabel) [Verify] . This search yields exactly two verses:

Ezra 3.8fHaggai 1.14
Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the LORD. Then spake Haggai the LORDíS messenger in the LORDíS message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD. And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.

We have the KeyLink:

keyKeyLink: Zerrubbel and the House of the Lord
Ezra (Spoke 15, Cycle 1)chainHaggai (Spoke 15, Cycle 2)

Another KeyLink is found by searching for all verses containing Zerubbabel within one verse of the phrase "people of the land." This KeyLink is found in all seven versions used for comparison in this study.

Ezra 4:3fHaggai 2:4
But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, 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? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts:

We have the KeyLink:

keyKeyLink: Zerrubbel and the People of the Land
Ezra (Spoke 15, Cycle 1)chainHaggai (Spoke 15, Cycle 2)

Note that in Ezra 4.3 the people of the land weakened the hands of the the people of Judah, which is the negative image of the great theme of Spoke 15, support and help. Note also that in Haggai 2:4, the Lord asks the question:

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 2:4 (Spoke 15, Cycle 2)

This corresponds to the event recorded in Ezra 3.12f:

But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

Searching the entire Bible for all occurrences of the set (first, house, eyes) [Verify] yields exactly two verses, both of which are quoted above. We have another KeyLink:

keyKeyLink: The Former Glory of the Lord's House
Ezra (Spoke 15, Cycle 1)chainHaggai (Spoke 15, Cycle 2)




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