Not by Might and Not by Power but by My Spirit

by tillerofthesoil

MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIAN

Thus said YHWH of Armies, saying, “This people have said, ‘The time has not come, the time for rebuilding the house of YHWH.’” And the word of YHWH came through Haggai the prophet, saying: “Is this the time for you to sit in your paneled houses when this house is in ruins?” (Haggai 1:2–4).

“Rabbi Yoḥanan: The blessed Holy One said, ‘I will not enter the heavenly Jerusalem until I can enter the earthly Jerusalem.’ Is there then a heavenly Jerusalem? Yes, as is written, Jerusalem built like a town that is joined fast together (Psalms 122:3)” (BT Ta’anit 5a).

Not by might and not by power but by My spirit, said YHWH of Armies (Zechariah 4:6).

The lawless sons of your people shall be raised up to fulfill the vision, but they shall stumble (Daniel 11:14).

Enhance Zion with Your favor, build the walls of Jerusalem (Psalms 51:20). Enhance Zion with Your favor—informing us as follows: Why enhance? It seems that she already has goodness, and now, enhance that goodness. Certainly so! For ever since the day that the blessed Holy One engaged in building the Temple above until now, that goodness of favor has not settled upon that edifice, and so it has not been completed. However, when favor above rouses, with goodness will He tend and kindle the lights of that edifice and that creation, so that even the angels above will be unable to gaze at the Temple or at the structure. Then the whole work will be completed. Build the walls of Jerusalem.

Now, since the day that the blessed Holy One engaged in building the Temple until now, has He not built them? If He has not built the walls of Jerusalem, then certainly not the Temple! However, all actions of the blessed Holy One differ from the actions of human beings. When human beings built the Temple, they first constructed the walls of the city and finally the Temple—walls of the city first to protect them, then building the Temple. Not so with the blessed Holy One; rather, He builds the Temple first, and finally, when He lowers it and sets it in place, then He will build the walls of Jerusalem, the walls of the city. Thus, Enhance Zion with Your favor, first; and then, build the walls of Jerusalem” (Zohar 2:108b).

On that day I will raise up the fallen shelter of David and I will stop up its breaches and its ruins will I raise and rebuild it as in days of yore, so that they take hold of the remnant of Edom and all the nations on which My name has been called, said YHWH, who does this (Amos 9:11).