Guided by Prophecy

Guided by Prophecy

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Determined to prevent the Jews from rebuilding the temple, the governor appealed to Artaxerxes, king of Persia. As a result, the work stopped. Nothing happened until God spoke through two prophets.

Haggai declared that the people were not building because they focused on their own needs. They were weak and afraid. He said it was time to act and begin the work (Haggai 1:1-15).

The second prophet, Zechariah, reminded them that God was “exceedingly jealous for Zion.” He was with them, but they needed to act and not be timid: “Let your hands be strong … that the temple might be built” (Zechariah 8:1, 9).

Hearing these prophets, the Jews began rebuilding the temple. At first, the authorities were angry. The governor appealed to the new Persian king, Darius. But he not only confirmed that the Jews had his approval to rebuild the temple, but he also ordered that the Persian Empire pay for the entire effort.

All of this was possible because brave prophets were willing to speak words they received from God.

Today, some seek to silence God’s people to prevent the spread of the Gospel. It takes courage to step out in faith, trust God, and declare we believe His Word regardless of what others say. But God rewards this kind of faith. Make sure you trust God and His Word. Don’t be afraid, but stand boldly. Seek first His Kingdom. Be ready to step out in faith.