For thus said the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea…
Here was a distinct prophecy of the Saviour's coming, and it can be appropriately referred to Him alone. That such a Divine personage was looked for by the Jews is seen. in the uniform testimony of their prophets. He was the "desire of all nations," because He only could bestow those precious blessings which the world needed. Without Christ human nature was guilty, polluted, wretched, lost. He was to be the regenerator of that nature; the author of its deliverance, its happiness, and its eternal rest. The Lord Jesus was, emphatically, "The desire of all nations," because all nations shall one day be made happy in Him. His blessed reign is to be that of righteous. ness and peace, and the song of universal joy which shall swell forth at last in harmony with harps of gold, will be, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ." For four thousand years the accom plishment of the prophecy had been looked for, and at last, in the fulness of time, the long-expected Messiah came. He appeared —
1. At the very period marked out for His birth.
2. In the very manner which had been foretold.
3. He came for the performance of the very work which had been before marked out for Him. Certain remarkable events should distinguish the Messiahs coming.
(1) All nations were to be shaken.
(2) The Jewish temple should be filled with His glory.In several important particulars the second temple was far inferior to the first. It was not in riches, nor in outward splendour that the superiority of the second temple would consist, but in the personal presence of the Divine Redeemer. He was the infallible oracle, making known God's will: the perfect sacrifice for sin, faintly shadowed forth by the mercy-seat of the ark; the true fire, to rekindle the expiring flame in the perishing soul. In that second temple the Prince of Peace appeared, making peace between God and man, and pro claiming the Gospel of peace, whose provisions of mercy are freely offered to all.
(John N. Norton, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;