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John MacArthur Although the Bible primarily focuses on the human agents propagating false doctrine, it also deals with the source of false doctrine: Satan and his demons.  Behind all false teachers are invisible demons. No false teacher teaches from his own wisdom; a demon or demons inspire him to teach. False teachers are mouthpieces for Satan.

– John MacArthur

Missing the Messiah

The majority of Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Even though they are God’s chosen people, the Bible tells us that many will miss the Messiah: “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days” (Hosea 3:4–5).

At the dedication of the first temple (2 Chronicles 7:1–3), the glory of the LORD filled the holy building; fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifices. The priests couldn’t even enter into the temple. It must have been an amazing sight, but what happened at the second temple was to be even more glorious.

The prophet Haggai says, “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty” (Haggai 2:6–9).

This prophecy was fulfilled when God in the flesh (Jesus Christ) came to the temple and taught the people, offered Himself as the spotless Lamb on Passover, and offered the first fruits of resurrection when he rose from the dead on the day of the Festival of Firstfruits. He brought peace with God through the forgiveness of sins. There is no other explanation for how the glory of the second temple could have been greater than the glory of the first. Either the Messiah came to the second temple, or He’ll never come. The second temple has been destroyed, but what happened there was more glorious than what took place at the first temple.

Even though many Jewish people are oblivious to their Messiah, they are a light to the Gentiles to bring salvation to the ends of the earth (Isaiah 49:6). Through the offspring of David, billions of people worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Hosea 3:4–5 has already been partially fulfilled, and some day soon it will be fulfilled in its entirety—when the Israelites “will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.”