To apply a baseball analogy to the Minor Prophets, we are rounding third and headed for home. Literally. The final three books of the Minor Prophets, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, all deal with the Israelites return to home. This is an entirely new chapter in Israel’s history. The seventy year exile in Babylon is over and the people have returned to Jerusalem and Judah under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah, and Zerubbabel and Joshua. God had moved through the heart and will of one pagan king to attack and destroy Judah. That had been prophesied by Habakkuk and Zephaniah and it happened when Babylon attacked in 586BC and exiled all the people of God. God raised up two prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, men of God’s Word, to call the people to faith and faithfulness, to reorient their priorities. God used Haggai and Zechariah to motivate the people to resume the task. Haggai’s message is a message of challenge and encouragement, of rebuke and reassurance. It covers a period of four months. As a result the temple was finished in four years and dedicated in 516BC. Unlike some of the Minor Prophets we have encountered, this one is precisely dated.