The Cry of the Heathen


As I read the poem “The Cry of the Heathen”, I wondered as to what the Cry is for. The Cry as you can read in the poem is an yearning for the Desire of every nation to come, lest they die. The Desire of every nation is the promised One of God as expressed through His prophet Haggai. Who is the Desire of every nation? The prophet Haggai records that the LORD of hosts will shake the nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and God will fill his temple with glory (Haggai 2:7). When the Desire of all nations comes, God will fill his house (temple) with glory. When Jesus entered into the temple at Jerusalem, he cleansed it and restored it to be the house of prayer. Following that, interestingly, the Bible records that the blind and the lame came to Him at the temple and He healed them (Matthew 21:13-14). Jesus does the same when he comes into our lives (for we are the temple of God). He cleanses us, and restores us to have communion (prayer dialog) with God and those who could not see (blind) or were unable to walk in the Spirit (lame) are healed to see Him, Jesus Christ, the Desire of all nations and walk in newness of life.

Sudden, before my inward, open vision,
Millions of faces crowded up to view;
Sad eyes that said, “For us is no provision;
Give us your Saviour, too
.”

Give us,” they cry, “your cup of consolation.
Never to our outstretching hands ’tis passed;
We long for the Desire of every nation,
And, O, we die so fast.”

Now to those of us who know Jesus Christ, the Desire of all nations, are we responding to the Cry of the Heathen; a Cry that is calling for our Savior, so they don’t die (spiritually without knowing Jesus Christ)?

Haggai 2:7 (KJV)
7And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

Jesus in the OT :: Haggai


The book of Haggai gives us a glimpse of who Jesus is in the Old Testament (O.T).

Haggai is probably an abbreviated form of Haggiah which means “Festival of Yahweh”. THe backdrop in this books is that the temple of God is not complete because people’s personal affairs have interfered with God’s business.

The prophet Haggai brings God’s message to first bring priority to the House of God over their personal pursuits. God describes his House as being laid waste (Haggai 1:4,9) and warns through Haggai, that if the people don’t start focusing on God’s house over their own, the fruit of their labor would be futile akin to putting wages in a bags (pockets) with holes in them ( Haggai 1:6).

But as we seek to see Jesus in the book of Haggai, the key verses that surfaces are Haggai 2:7 & 9 which reads
7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

Desire of all nations will come (refers to the coming of Jesus Christ – Matthew 1:21) and I will fill this house with glory (Jesus in the temple cleansing it to reveal the glory of God – Matthew 21:12);
The glory of this latter house will be greater than the former, saith the Lord of hosts and In this place will I give peace (the Prince of peace – Isaiah 9:6 & 7) saith the Lord.

In Haggai, Jesus is the desire of all nations. He is not only the cleanser of the temple (our bodies are the temple of the Holy God – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) to restore God’s glory, but He is the in fact the very glory of God within the temple (our bodies that are jars of clay – 2 Cor 4:7). He is the Prince of Peace.