The prophet Haggai gave the Jews a message stating that the curse on their land and people would remain and the only way to avoid this was to start rebuilding God’s temple. It took them over 18 years to start the rebuilding process. Their hearts had grown cold and they didn’t see the need to have the temple because they had been without it so long. Haggai enforced with them the immediate need to get that temple rebuilt so they could come in relationship with him again. In the end Haggai gave a personal message to Zerubbabel telling him that since the temple had been rebuilt, the blessing of God was on the land and the people again.