Hello John and Doves,
The three books Zechariah, Malachi, and Haggai were written after the Babylonian captivity (70 Years of Captivity) when the Jewish people returned to Judah. All three were written at about the same time, and all have prophetic information about End Times.
These are the last three books written by the prophets, recording the words of the Lord, that are in the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh. All books compliment each other and need be read together to give a fuller and more complete understanding of these prophecies.
The prophet Haggai is "the messenger of Lord" Haggai 1:13. It is believed that Haggai also wrote the book of Malachi because in Hebrew Malachi means 'My Messenger". Haggai was a prophet during the Persian King Darius' reign; he wrote the book of Haggi in late summer of 520 BCE.
In the book of Haggai, four times the Lord refers to the time period of the 'twenty-fourth day of the ninth month'.
In the article "Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights, Warnings, & Blessings, the author writes: So what about Kislev 24, the first night of Hanukkah? It seems to have a three-fold meaning. First, in the time of Haggai and Zechariah, it was the day marked for the promise that the redemption would ultimately come about, not by power, nor by might, but by the Spirit of Yehovah - and "in its time." Second, subsequently through history, this day seems to be one upon which key events take place...And finally, it might well turn out that on some Kislev 24 in the future, the day will serve as a "countdown marker" for the soon unfolding of the mysterious 1260 days, 1290 days, 1335 days, 490 days and 2300 evening/mornings (1150 days) of Daniel's visions, which are intrinsically connected to the other prophetic books of Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Jeremiah, Revelation." (see article link below)
The author goes on and writes about the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month in relation to the Maccabbes/their freeing the Temple from King Antiochus and to British forces liberating Jerusalem from the Turkish/Muslim rule.
Haggai gives a warning to the Jewish people and to the people of all the world to "give careful thought to your ways." You have fallen short. Haggai 1:4-7: "Know therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, "Consider your ways!" You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. Thus says the Lord of hosts, "Think carefully about your ways!"
Because the Jewish people and the people of all the world have not repented and returned to the Lord, the Lord gave yet another warning to Haggai. Haggai 2:20: "For the second time that day, the twenty-fourth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to Haggai...."I am about to shake the heavens and the earth: I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations. I will overturn chariots and their riders; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother."
Years ago I came across a book by Grant Jeffrey. He made a compelling comparison between Haggai's prophecy and the prophecy of Ezekiel concerning the Gog War. Grant believes the Lord could be giving us the day of the Gog War. (I recently came across Ron Reese's 5Doves letter; he writes about Grant Jeffrey's thoughts on this and WWIII. See article link below.)
Will some future twenty-fourth day of the ninth month (the Eve of Hanukkah) be the day of the fulfillment of more Bible prophecies?
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights, Warnings & Blessings
Ron Reese's 5Doves letter 13 Nov 2012.
God-s Day of Destiny--Is it in December of 2012???http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/nov2012/ronr1113.htm