by Jerry Watts

What Time Is It?
Jerry Watts
Haggai 1:1-11; Romans 13:11-14

(READ Haggai) In 1969 a rock album entitled ''The Chicago Transit Authority'' was released with huge success. One of the songs on that album was entitled ''Does anybody really know what time it is.'' Candidly, that song is considered a rock classic these days. The words to the chorus are ''Does anybody really know what time it is, does anybody really care? If so, I can't imagine why. We've all got time enough to cry.'' Interestingly, the second chorus changes the word 'cry' to 'fly' while the third chorus change this word to 'die.' That is the truth. We will die.

Today, I ask question; ''What time is it?'' Everybody has their own answer, but there is only one answer which interests me, that is, God's answer. After reading our text, let's take a deep breath and a sincere look into the story in God's word.

The stars of our story would be the Children of Israel. Their history is marked with all types of behavior. They were captives in Egypt and were led out by Moses under the mighty hand of Jehovah God. God parted the Red Sea and led them to the edge of the land He promised them where their stab at the Baptist Democratic process proved to be disastrous. After wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, burying over 1.2 million adults (including Moses), and demonstrating a propensity for abandoning God at every opportunity; God led them back to the promised land, across the Jordan river, and gave them victory to possess the land. Even after God has blessed them immensely, they repeatedly disobeyed and turned from God. Yet God still had a heart for them.

Now fast forward through the Kingships of Saul, David, and Solomon, and once again, this stubborn, stiff-necked people, defied God until His patience ran out. When you belong to God, He will treat you like His own (2 Chronicles 36)

The first year of King Cyrus (Persia) would be approximately 539BC which is the year that God told this pagan King, ...

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