Greater will be the future glory of this house than the former, says the LORD of hosts;
And in this place I will give you peace,
says the LORD of hosts! (Haggai 2:9)
People have been saying, “This new temple is not as good as the former one.” It was an observation deriving from humility. For those who have worked on the second temple, the temple built by Solomon looked far more superior than what they can produce with their efforts. But God consoles them with the thought that He Himself will make His new temple more glorious than the first, even if it meant that He would have to create a second time.
The prophecy of Haggai points to another Temple that God will create. And it will not be a Temple made of stones quarried from the mountains. It will be made of living stones just as Peter writes about it. The new Temple will be the Body of Christ.
Glorify Your Name, O Lord. Gather up your people and lead them through the gates of your Kingdom. Let those who form your Temple be built up into the Dwelling from which your Glory will shine forth.