by Steve Wagers

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Series: A Journey Through Haggai
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Haggai 2:1-9


On Christmas Eve, in 1895, a young man welcomed his family and friends to his estate, which marked the formal opening of the most ambitious home ever conceived in America. For 6 years, an army of artisans, and architects, had labored to create a country estate that would rival the great manors of Europe, and embody the finest in architecture, landscape planning, and interior design. The results were astonishing.

Boasting 4 acres of floor space, this mansion consisted of 250 rooms, featuring 34 master bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, 3 kitchens, and an indoor swimming pool. It was appointed with a priceless collection of furnishings and art works, and it was equipped with every conceivable amenity, from elevators to refrigerators. The surrounding grounds were impressive as well, encompassing a 125,000 acre span of forests, parks, and gardens.

In addition to being used for entertainment, this masterpiece was also very much a home. It was here that this young man pursued his private interests in art, literature, and horticulture. And, he also started a family. He married a young lady by the name of Edith Dresser, in June of 1898, in Paris. And, the couple came to live at the estate that fall after honeymooning in Europe. As well, their only child, Cornelia, was born, and grew up in this home. This young man was a man by the name of George Vanderbilt. And, his estate is that which is known as the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, one of the world's most exquisite, and famous mansions.

As we come to the beginning of chapter 2 in Haggai's prophecy, we are introduced to the actual building of the temple, God's house. As you remember, here was a people who for 16 years completely neglected the work on the house of God. However, once God had their attention, and awakened them from their state of lethargy, ...

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