THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS
" 'And I will shake all nations, and they
shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,' says the
Lord of hosts" (Haggai 2:7, NKJV).
Like golden threads woven into a crimson tapestry, Christ is displayed in Scripture as the
"Desire of All Nations." No title of Jesus so accurately portrays His
While this messianic prophecy pointed primarily to the first advent of Christ, its broader
meaning reaches to all times. Its ultimate fulfillment is the final restoration of all
things and the establishment of the universal kingdom of glory. Of this John writes:
"The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and
he will reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 11: 15, NIV).
Across the centuries, Christ has remained the indisputable "Desire of all
Nations." Though rejected, despised, and crucified by His chosen people; though
sometimes betrayed and denied by those who profess His name, He still remains the
"Desire of All Nations."
The most powerful proof of Christ's universal appeal is the ever expanding community of
believers that constitutes the universal church. Elect from every tribe and race, from
every clime and place, millions proclaim Him the "Desire of All Nations." The
church, scattered among all nations, fervently awaits the appearing of the "Desire of
All Nations." The apostle Paul wrote of those longing for this long-awaited event as
"looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our
Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).
And Ellen G. White adds: "Everywhere men are unsatisfied. They long for something to
supply the need of the soul. Only One can meet that want. The need of the world, 'The
Desire of All Nations,' is Christ. The divine grace which He alone can impart, is as
living water, purifying, refreshing, and invigorating the soul.'--The Desire of Ages, p.
My Prayer Today: Lord, may the "Desire of All Nations" inspire me today
with new hope. Amen.