Coming To Rule

If Jesus were suddenly to appear on the earth today, what would be the reaction of most people? It appears from the scriptures of the Bible that many would oppose Him and seek to kill Him, just as they did the first time He came. This is perplexing, knowing what we know about Jesus righteousness; why anyone would not want Him to take the place of rulership for this world, is unclear. The answer is the same today as it was during the time when Jesus presented Himself to the rulers of Israel.

Jesus said that the reason that people do not receive Him is because they love their sin and they do not want to summit their lives to Him.[1] There are millions of people on the earth today who would be very angry and adamantly oppose Jesus, should He appear and seek to rule over all the governments of men. Those who have chosen to live for themselves and take as much from this life as possible, would not want Jesus to interfere with their plans. Governments which exist to extort great sums of money from people so that their leaders can live lavish-lives of power and prestige, would fight to prevent Jesus from assuming authority.

Haggai writes that when the Messiah returns to earth, He will shake heaven and earth one final time; during the last days…

Old Testament Prediction:

Haggai 2:6-7a For thus says the LORD of hosts: “Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land. 7 and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,” says the LORD of hosts.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Hebrews 12:25-29 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

To Rock Our World

The Key to Haggai’s prophecy is the term the “Desire of All Nations,” seen here in Capitals because the translators understood that this verse or title was speaking of the Messiah. The Messiah states that He will fill this latter temple with His glory. At no time did the Lord fill the temple of Zerubbabel or Herod’s Temple with His glory. He will not fill the Tribulation Temple with His glory. The Glory that the Messiah is speaking of, which will fill the “latter temple,” will occur during the existence of the fourth, Millennial Temple; that will be built at the beginning of the thousand-year reign of Jesus as the Messiah.

When Paul wrote Hebrews 12:25-29 above, he references this prophecy from Haggai 2:6-9. One more time, the Messiah will shake the heavens and the earth. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken; in the last days. All this, in preparation for the one thousand-year reign of Jesus over a worldwide kingdom of Righteousness. This new kingdom that Jesus will establish “cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28). It will last forever, with the Lord as the ruler of the universe and all those who love Him as co-rulers over all the cities and nations of the earth.

This prophecy from Haggai 2:6-9 is the only verse by this prophet that is directly quoted in the New Testament. Commentators have struggled for many years over the text, “Desire of Nations.” The most reliable translation omits nations and leaves us with the words, The Desired will come. This is the most accurate translation of the Hebrew hemdat (Desired) and bau (will come).[2]

Certainly, the Desire of all Nations will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to earth to begin His one thousand-year reign. At the time that Haggai wrote these words, it was not the desire of the whole world to receive the Messiah. Certainly, most of the world had no knowledge of the Messiah of Israel and therefore could not desire Him.

When Jesus begins His new kingdom of righteousness, those who are allowed to enter and enjoy the wonderful government of the Lord, will feel a great sense of gratefulness. The people who inhabit this planet will see the earth as it was intended when the Lord first created it—perfect and without the presence of sin, sickness, or death. When Jesus rules over this perfect kingdom, the term Desire of Nations will be fulfilled. For all those who live under Jesus’ great love and care will desire Him and earnestly seek Him for their every need.

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The Millennial kingdom of the Messiah predicted.
Amos 9:11-12 “On that day I will raise up The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom, And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” Says the LORD who does this thing.

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world…”

Isaiah uses the term: In that day, 44 times; in describing the Millennium when the Messiah will reign over His kingdom. Many of the remaining Old Testament prophecies from this point, which are fulfilled by Jesus, are about the Millennial reign of the Messiah.

Amos uses a similar term: On that day. Both prophets are referring to the same event; The coming Millennial kingdom of the Messiah.

When Pilate asks Jesus if He is a “king,” He confirms that He is, but states that His kingdom is not a part of this present world (John 18:36). Jesus is a King, and He will rule over a future worldwide kingdom that will never end. He did not, however, come to establish this kingdom during His first appearance on earth. Jesus came the first time to offer His life for the sins of the world. At His second appearance, He will subdue all governments and rule over an absolute kingdom of righteousness.

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When the Messiah returns to earth the second time as King, the knowledge and glory of the Lord will cover the earth.

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Hebrews 8:10-11 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.”

When Every Person Will Know God

Today, there are still millions of people who have never heard the Good News about Jesus Christ. Despite the availability of television and radio broadcasts, as well as millions of missionaries over the centuries who have delivered the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the earth, there remains millions who do not know anything about Jesus’ death and resurrection.

When Jesus returns for the second time to establish His Kingdom, every person on the planet will know Him and see His Glory. We don’t know how He will accomplish this, although there is a small hint in the New Testament.

Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

When Jesus touches down on the earth at the Mount of Olives, everyone on the earth will somehow see His arrival at the same time. Prior to the advent of satellite television and the internet, many of us who study Bible prophecy, wondered how this scripture could be fulfilled.

It is likely that the news agencies will be ready when Jesus returns at the Mount of Olives, with television cameras waiting for the precise moment He arrives. People all over the earth will know at that moment that the words of the New Testament about Jesus’ death and resurrection and His promise to return, are all true. We know from the prophecies of Jesus return to earth that 1260 days after the abomination of desolation described by Jesus and Daniel, that Jesus will physically return to the Mount of Olives. See the chapter: Coming With His Church.

Several months of the year, I live on a small island in the Philippines, just seven by ten miles. There are, living near me, some of the poorest people whom I have ever known in my life. In spite of their dire poverty, nearly every small bamboo and grass hut has some kind of a television, within. When I came to Manila the first time in 2006, as I visited some of the poorest areas around the city, there were many people gathered around small televisions that were set out on the street. They were watching a boxing match from the United States that featured their national hero, Manny Pacquaio. It is reasonable that everyone on the earth could witness the arrival of Jesus as He comes to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

When Jesus ascended back to heaven, it was from the Mount of Olives. The angels who stood near-by the disciples told them that Jesus would return “in like manner.”

Acts 1:10-12 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem…

The return of Jesus to earth will be an event that is seen all over the earth. As the Lord begins to set up and organize His new kingdom, word will travel fast about this amazing King and His Glorious presence. All people—everywhere will know Him and see His Glory.

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The Messiah will come and dwell in the midst of His people during the Millennial kingdom.

Zechariah 2:10-13 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

Revelation 21:24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.

Zechariah 12:10 above: “I am coming and I will dwell in your midst.” This must be a specific reference to the Christian church in which God will continually dwell by the power of His Spirit, as He had done since the Holy Spirit was first given in the second chapter of Acts.

Zechariah 12:11: “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day.” This most certainly belongs to the Christian church. No nation or people ever became converts to the Jewish religion, but whole nations have embraced the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Zechariah 12:12. “The LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land.” This is a promise of the final restoration of the Jews, that they will be God’s portion in their own land.

Zechariah 12:13. “Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD.” Let all the nations of the world be astonished at this. God will arise and deliver this ancient people and bring them into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

Jesus will fulfill this prophecy of Haggai 2:6-7 as He returns to earth at the end of the seven year Tribulation to become the Desire of all nations.


[1] 1.(Jesus Speaking) This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. John 3:19-20
2.The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. John 7:7
3.But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:40
[2] “Desired”, Strong’s Hebrew #2532, “hemdat,” and “will come,” Strong’s Hebrew #935, “bau.”