"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once
more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I
will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come,
and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty. 'The
silver is mine and the gold is mine,' declares the LORD Almighty.
'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of
the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will
grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty." Haggai 2:6-9 (NIV)
In the near fulfillment of this
declaration from Haggai's prophecy, the LORD promised to restore
His house rebuilt by the remnant delivered from Babylon to a "glory...
greater than the glory of the former house."
In this context, the LORD would "shake... the treasures
of all nations... the silver... and the gold"
(ESV translation) and use
them to enhance the beauty of the temple.
But there seems to be a covenantal echo in this prophecy that
speaks of a treasured person -- "the desired of all
nations (who) will come." It is He through whom the LORD "will
fill this house with glory," likely a
metaphorical reference to the Messiah who will inhabit His
people, the living Temple, in which "place (He) will grant peace."
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through
whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we
now stand. And we* rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.