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Biblical prophesy following the exile of the Hebrews from BabylonThe Minor Post Exilic Prophets Before the Babylonian exile Biblical prophesy reached its highestpoint Prophets such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel changed and molded thescope of Israelite religion Their writings were intelligentinsightful well developed and contained a great spiritual meaning Following the Babylonian exile however prophesy took a depressingdownward turn There are many post exilic prophets yet their writingsare usually short mostly irrelevant repetitive and for the mostpart anonymous Though this is the case for many of these prophets their workscannot be overlooked Haggai and Zechariah were leaders in the culticreform of the Israelite people Malachai calmed their fears andassured them of Gods love Still other prophets told of a newMessianic time when the word of the Lord would be held in its formerglory These were the most important works as post exilic Israelneeded not only protection but spiritual guidance to sustain theirsociety The prophet Haggai was in integral figure in uniting the Israelitepeople Upon return to their homeland the Israelites found most of theinfrastructure in a state of disrepair with the people uncaring fortheir moral and social responsibilities to say nothing for theirreligious practices OVC Even the temple of the Lord had beendestroyed Haggai emphasized the return to a more cultic society Through Haggai God explained the plight of the Israelite people as inHaggai 16 You have sown much but harvested little you eat butthere is not enough to be satisfied you put on clothing but no one iswarm enoughWhy Because of My house which lies desolate while eachof you runs to his own house Haggai 19 The word of Haggai isaccepted as the word of God and the temple is rebuilt in less than fouryears I am with you said the Lordin Haggai 113 when the templewas finally built EIB The prophesy of Haggai did not end with the building of the Lordstemple He offered a message
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