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We welcome you to worship and learn with us at Bet Shalom Messianic Congregation.

We gather together weekly for Hebraic worship, Biblical teaching from the Hebrew perspective, Messianic Dance and caring fellowship.

We look forward to seeing you!
Rabbi Amnon & Rebbetzin Lynette Shor

SATURDAY SHABBAT SERVICES

Messianic Lifestyle Class - 2 PM
In the Oneg Hall
Shabbat Service - 4 PM
In the Sanctuary
Oneg after Shabbat Service
In the Oneg Hall

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MT OLIVE CHURCH
101 W Clinton Avenue
Fresno CA 93705

between Palm and Fruit Avenues
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Bet Shalom Messianic Congregation
5132 N Palm Avenue PMB 101
Fresno, CA 93704

PHONE:
559-288-0330
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betshalom@betshalomfresno.org

THE GREATER GLORY

OF THE SECOND TEMPLE

In his second of four messages, the prophet Haggai assured the people that the very modest temple they were building would enjoy a greater glory and importance than the splendid Temple of Solomon which preceded it:

“Speak now to Z’rubavel the son of Sh’alti’el, governor of Y’hudah, and to Y’hoshua the son of Y’hotzadak, the cohen hagadol, and to the rest of the people; say this to them: ‘”Who among you is left that saw this house in its former glory? And how does it look to you now? It seems like nothing to you, doesn’t it? Nevertheless, Z’rubavel, take courage now,” says ADONAI; “and take courage, Y’hoshua the son of Y’hotzadak, the cohen hagadol; and take courage, all you people of the land,” says ADONAI; “and get to work! For I am with you,” says ADONAI-Tzva’ot. “This is in keeping with the word that I promised in a covenant with you when you came out of Egypt, and my Spirit remains with you, so don’t be afraid!”

For this is what ADONAI-Tzva’ot says: “It won’t be long before one more time I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land; and I will shake all the nations, so that the treasures of all the nations will flow in; and I will fill this house with glory,” says ADONAI-Tzva’ot. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,” says ADONAI-Tzva’ot. “The glory of this new house will surpass that of the old,” says ADONAI-Tzva’ot, “and in this place I will grant shalom,” says ADONAI-Tzva’ot.'” (Hagai [Haggai] 2:2-9).

Malachi the prophet, a contemporary of Haggai, predicted that the Messiah of Israel would come into this very temple bringing it honor and glory beyond the wealth that can be measured in gold or silver. We understand that Malachi’s prophecy has a double fulfillment, the first of which took place when Yeshua led by his forerunner Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) came to this temple:

“Look! I am sending my messenger to clear the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple. Yes, the messenger of the covenant, in whom you take such delight – look! Here he comes,” says ADONAI-Tzva’ot. But who can endure the day when he comes? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire, like the soapmaker’s lye. He will sit, testing and purifying the silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold and silver, so that they can bring offerings to ADONAI uprightly. Then the offering of Y’hudah and Yerushalayim will be pleasing to ADONAI, as it was in the days of old, as in years gone by. (Mal’akhi [Malachi] 3:1–4)

The temple was completed four years later, on 3 Adar in 515 B.C. God was pleased with the newly built Second Temple in spite of its modest size and beauty. Once again He again took up His abode with His people.