An Alphabetical Analysis
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one more glance at the empty barn, and the fruitless trees, the prophet adds
the words 'from this day will I bless you'.
The fourth and final prophecy of Haggai reverts to the central theme of
the second prophecy, namely:
'Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the
earth, and the sea, and the dry land' (2:6).
Here the wording is changed, but the theme is the same:
'Speak unto Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the
heavens and the earth' (2:21).
This shaking overthrows the throne of the kingdoms of the nations, for
when the day of Israel's glory dawns, the time of the Gentiles will have been
The prophecy concludes with the symbol of a 'signet' and looks back to
the judgment that fell upon Coniah (Jer. 22:24).  Here, however, is
assurance, for the Lord says, 'I will make thee as a signet: for I have
chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts' (2:23).
(1) -- A New Earth
'We are now walking on a terrestrial surface, not more compact,
perhaps, than the one we shall hereafter walk upon, and are now wearing
terrestrial bodies, not firmer and more solid, perhaps, than those we shall
hereafter wear.  It is not by working any change upon them that
we could realize, to any extent, our future heaven.  The spirituality of our
future state lies not in the kind of substance which is to compose its
framework, but in the character of those who people it.  There will be a firm
earth, as we have at present and a heaven stretched over it, as we have at
present; and it is not by the absence of these, but by the absence of sin,
that the abodes of immortality may be characterized'. -- Dr. Chalmers.
(2) -- A Promised Home
'It will exist as a real city, the glorious home and capital of a
glorified humanity.  There are many things in the description that have their
most natural (their normal) application to such an abode, as is evident upon
the bare perusal.  (1) A material dwelling place is as necessary for
resurrected saints as was Eden for Adam, or Canaan for Israel.  (2) It should
occasion no surprise if the same loving care that will raise and glorify the
body should prepare a fitting and glorious abode for it.  (3) It should be
regarded as no strange thing if He Who prepares for the body should grant us
an inspiring, though general, description of its future abode.  (4) On the
contrary, the giving of such a description would be but in accordance with
Jehovah's dealing with Israel before leading them into Canaan, and in
continuance of the information given by the prophets concerning the
Palingenesia*, and especially by the apostle Paul (Rom. 8:20,21)'. -- E. R.
Craven, D.D.
Palingenesia = regeneration; see Titus 3:5.