The Prophet Haggai
Haggai (520-516 B.C.) "haggay" (festal).
In 520 B.C. eighteen years after the Jews had returned from exile
in Babylon, Haggai urged them to forget their own interests and
finish rebuilding the temple.
The Jews, under the leadership of Zerubbabel, started to rebuild
the Temple but somehow they became discouraged and quit. They
were more concerned with their paneled houses than the Temple
which laid desolate.
The Lord said through Haggai that they were not being blessed and
the recent drought and misfortunes were directly related to their
laziness in the things of God.
Haggai, along with the prophet Zechariah, urged them on. Within 4
years it was completed. They became courageous in the work and
the Lord told them to mark this day and to watch from now on
because they were obeying and His blessings were going to come.