“For thus saith 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; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:6,7
This text is from a book of the Bible that is not well known to many Christians. Yet the subject of the text is the Lord Jesus Christ! The Son of God, the Saviour of His people – the Desire of all nations! In this text we have a wonderful prophecy about Him.
Every time I read these words, and meditate on them, they thrill my heart. They fill me with awe, and wonder, and praise to my Lord and Saviour. And may they do the same for the reader.
Christ Jesus is the Desire of all nations! But this is not a prophecy about His second coming. It is a prophecy about His first coming into the world, which occurred over 2000 years ago now. Haggai, who prophesied over five hundred years before Jesus was born, foretold of His coming. He declared that it would most certainly come to pass: “the Desire of all nations shall come”! It was something absolutely certain, even though it was not to take place for another five centuries. And it was certain, because it was God who gave these words to Haggai. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:21). God is the great I AM. He knows the end from the beginning. With Him there is no past, present, or future. And before the world even began, in the everlasting Covenant of Grace made between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, it was settled that God the Son would, in the fulness of time, in the divinely appointed time, come into this world, “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim. 3:16), “made of a woman” (Gal. 4:4), and redeem His chosen people! And therefore God the Holy Spirit moved this man of God, Haggai, to give forth this prophecy: “the Desire of all nations shall come”. It was a thing utterly certain. It was fixed. God had spoken!
But before we look at the prophecy of the Desire of all nations, the context is very important. Verse 6 says, “Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land”. It is important to understand when this would occur, for then we can know when this prophecy regarding the Desire of all nations was to be fulfilled.
And we are not left to guess, or speculate. The Lord Himself gives us the very time of this fulfilment, for in Heb.12:27-29 this prophecy of Haggai is quoted, and an exposition is given:
“Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 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.”