His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (2024)

His Last Command, Our First Concern

If you have been around this ministry for many years, “His last command, our first concern” will be familiar to you. If you are new to Haggai, or if the phrase is unfamiliar, I would encourage you to reflect on its profound meaning.

Why the reflection? Because it is foundational to the rich history of Haggai International that we plan to celebrate in the coming months. 2019 marks 50 years in the life of this ministry, and as we head into this season of celebration, I want us to look at some of the history of the organization that has transformed millions of lives through a simple, but lasting commandment. It was Jesus’ last command, and today it remains our first concern.

Two key scriptures formed the “why” and the “what” of this ministry. Let’s start with the why.

Matthew 28:18 states:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.

Despite hearing this verse throughout our lives, its message is often overlooked. Dr. Haggai’s vision to begin a ministry to equip leaders to demonstrate and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who haven’t heard was fueled by the true meaning of this verse. What does it inspire you to do?

Mark 16:15-16 reads:

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Acts 1:8 states:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

These are the final recorded words of Jesus before He ascended into Heaven – the very last thing He said to His disciples. Imagine being there in that time and place as one of the disciples, looking into His face and hearing those words. When a risen Jesus, who had conquered death, issued this directive to you, what would be your first priority?

Those disciples made it their first concern; in fact, they made it the sole purpose of the remainder of their lives . . . until they lost them for it. They were transformed by a risen Lord who gave them a vision for the future that ultimately changed the world.

Today, because of you, God is transforming lives for the cause of the Gospel, through the Haggai Leader Experience. Soon, representatives from Asia, Africa, Latin American, and the Middle East will return home to their nations where they, too, will make His last command their first concern. This, in a world where one out of four people live in Gospel poverty.

These leaders join the over 110,000 in 188 nations who have been trained by the Haggai Leader Experience and are actively fulfilling Jesus’ final command.

Thank you for your commitment to these leaders and for supporting our vision to see that the Gospel reaches the ends of the earth.

Dr. Bev Williams
CEO
Haggai International

Published On: June 18th, 2018Categories: News8 Comments on His Last Command, Our First Concern

His Last Command, Our First Concern

If you have been around this ministry for many years, “His last command, our first concern” will be familiar to you. If you are new to Haggai, or if the phrase is unfamiliar, I would encourage you to reflect on its profound meaning.

Why the reflection? Because it is foundational to the rich history of Haggai International that we plan to celebrate in the coming months. 2019 marks 50 years in the life of this ministry, and as we head into this season of celebration, I want us to look at some of the history of the organization that has transformed millions of lives through a simple, but lasting commandment. It was Jesus’ last command, and today it remains our first concern.

Two key scriptures formed the “why” and the “what” of this ministry. Let’s start with the why.

Matthew 28:18 states:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.

Despite hearing this verse throughout our lives, its message is often overlooked. Dr. Haggai’s vision to begin a ministry to equip leaders to demonstrate and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who haven’t heard was fueled by the true meaning of this verse. What does it inspire you to do?

Mark 16:15-16 reads:

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Acts 1:8 states:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

These are the final recorded words of Jesus before He ascended into Heaven – the very last thing He said to His disciples. Imagine being there in that time and place as one of the disciples, looking into His face and hearing those words. When a risen Jesus, who had conquered death, issued this directive to you, what would be your first priority?

Those disciples made it their first concern; in fact, they made it the sole purpose of the remainder of their lives . . . until they lost them for it. They were transformed by a risen Lord who gave them a vision for the future that ultimately changed the world.

Today, because of you, God is transforming lives for the cause of the Gospel, through the Haggai Leader Experience. Soon, representatives from Asia, Africa, Latin American, and the Middle East will return home to their nations where they, too, will make His last command their first concern. This, in a world where one out of four people live in Gospel poverty.

These leaders join the over 110,000 in 188 nations who have been trained by the Haggai Leader Experience and are actively fulfilling Jesus’ final command.

Thank you for your commitment to these leaders and for supporting our vision to see that the Gospel reaches the ends of the earth.

Dr. Bev Williams
CEO
Haggai International

Published On: June 18th, 2018Categories: News8 Comments on His Last Command, Our First Concern

His Last Command, Our First Concern

If you have been around this ministry for many years, “His last command, our first concern” will be familiar to you. If you are new to Haggai, or if the phrase is unfamiliar, I would encourage you to reflect on its profound meaning.

Why the reflection? Because it is foundational to the rich history of Haggai International that we plan to celebrate in the coming months. 2019 marks 50 years in the life of this ministry, and as we head into this season of celebration, I want us to look at some of the history of the organization that has transformed millions of lives through a simple, but lasting commandment. It was Jesus’ last command, and today it remains our first concern.

Two key scriptures formed the “why” and the “what” of this ministry. Let’s start with the why.

Matthew 28:18 states:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.

Despite hearing this verse throughout our lives, its message is often overlooked. Dr. Haggai’s vision to begin a ministry to equip leaders to demonstrate and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who haven’t heard was fueled by the true meaning of this verse. What does it inspire you to do?

Mark 16:15-16 reads:

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Acts 1:8 states:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

These are the final recorded words of Jesus before He ascended into Heaven – the very last thing He said to His disciples. Imagine being there in that time and place as one of the disciples, looking into His face and hearing those words. When a risen Jesus, who had conquered death, issued this directive to you, what would be your first priority?

Those disciples made it their first concern; in fact, they made it the sole purpose of the remainder of their lives . . . until they lost them for it. They were transformed by a risen Lord who gave them a vision for the future that ultimately changed the world.

Today, because of you, God is transforming lives for the cause of the Gospel, through the Haggai Leader Experience. Soon, representatives from Asia, Africa, Latin American, and the Middle East will return home to their nations where they, too, will make His last command their first concern. This, in a world where one out of four people live in Gospel poverty.

These leaders join the over 110,000 in 188 nations who have been trained by the Haggai Leader Experience and are actively fulfilling Jesus’ final command.

Thank you for your commitment to these leaders and for supporting our vision to see that the Gospel reaches the ends of the earth.

Dr. Bev Williams
CEO
Haggai International

Published On: June 18th, 2018Categories: News8 Comments on His Last Command, Our First Concern

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    James D Murphy PhD.June 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Dr. Upton.
    My name is James D Murphy. for 21 years I attended the Haggai Inst. sessions, first in Singapore and then in
    Maui, Hawaii USA. From 1984 to 2007 I lectured on the subject ‘The Use of Audio Visuals in Evangelism. One of my early films was of Dr Haggai preaching in the North of Ireland. (Belfast, the King’s Hall Crusade.)

    Today, I live in Canada, WATERLOO, 7800 7 WESTHILL DRIVE. Ontario N2T 0C4.

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    Samir Stephan KujurMay 23, 2021 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Dr. Bev Upton Williams,

    Thank you for revealing and emphasizing on the final tasks that are assigned to us by our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah…

    Praise the Lord!

  3. […] Christians, Jesus’ last wish should be our first concern.Mark 16:15-16 reads:And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole […]

  4. His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (3)

    Evangelist Samantha ,August 19, 2022 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Dear Dr.Bev Upton Williams ,
    Glory to the Living God.Jesus is alive in you , thank you Holy Spirit for revealing to us Dr.Haggai’s Vision “His last command , our First concern ”
    Matthew 28:18-20 is our great commission, empowered by the Holy spirit , Acts 1:8,.
    we are KINGDOM BUILDERS .
    The Heart Beat of God is NONE SHOULD PERISH , JOHN 3:16 .Heavenly father , I pray n ask in Jesus name that you TRANSFORM Our lives , RENEW our mind , for the cause of the Gospel of Christ Jesus .amen .

  5. His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (4)

    Fred MutungaJune 1, 2023 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Praise the Lord,
    My name is Fred Mutunga from Nairobi Kenya,I heard God’s voice this morning instructing me to make His Last Command my first concern and priority and amazingly Holy spirit led me to your website!!..I would like to join and be part of this ministry because this is where I’ve been directed to be .
    Please give me more details on how to be a part of this ministry.
    God bless you 🙏

    • His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (5)

      Haggai InternationalJune 19, 2023 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Greetings Fred, please visit https://www.haggai-international.org/apply-for-training/ for more information.

  6. His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (6)

    Apostle Ronnie WindvogelMay 9, 2024 at 3:11 am - Reply

    I am interested to attend the training.

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    James D Murphy PhD.June 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Dr. Upton.
    My name is James D Murphy. for 21 years I attended the Haggai Inst. sessions, first in Singapore and then in
    Maui, Hawaii USA. From 1984 to 2007 I lectured on the subject ‘The Use of Audio Visuals in Evangelism. One of my early films was of Dr Haggai preaching in the North of Ireland. (Belfast, the King’s Hall Crusade.)

    Today, I live in Canada, WATERLOO, 7800 7 WESTHILL DRIVE. Ontario N2T 0C4.

  2. His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (9)

    Samir Stephan KujurMay 23, 2021 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Dr. Bev Upton Williams,

    Thank you for revealing and emphasizing on the final tasks that are assigned to us by our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah…

    Praise the Lord!

  3. […] Christians, Jesus’ last wish should be our first concern.Mark 16:15-16 reads:And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole […]

  4. His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (10)

    Evangelist Samantha ,August 19, 2022 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Dear Dr.Bev Upton Williams ,
    Glory to the Living God.Jesus is alive in you , thank you Holy Spirit for revealing to us Dr.Haggai’s Vision “His last command , our First concern ”
    Matthew 28:18-20 is our great commission, empowered by the Holy spirit , Acts 1:8,.
    we are KINGDOM BUILDERS .
    The Heart Beat of God is NONE SHOULD PERISH , JOHN 3:16 .Heavenly father , I pray n ask in Jesus name that you TRANSFORM Our lives , RENEW our mind , for the cause of the Gospel of Christ Jesus .amen .

  5. His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (11)

    Fred MutungaJune 1, 2023 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Praise the Lord,
    My name is Fred Mutunga from Nairobi Kenya,I heard God’s voice this morning instructing me to make His Last Command my first concern and priority and amazingly Holy spirit led me to your website!!..I would like to join and be part of this ministry because this is where I’ve been directed to be .
    Please give me more details on how to be a part of this ministry.
    God bless you 🙏

    • His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (12)

      Haggai InternationalJune 19, 2023 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Greetings Fred, please visit https://www.haggai-international.org/apply-for-training/ for more information.

  6. His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (13)

    Apostle Ronnie WindvogelMay 9, 2024 at 3:11 am - Reply

    I am interested to attend the training.

    • His Last Command, Our First Concern - Haggai International (14)

      Haggai InternationalMay 9, 2024 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Please visit https://www.haggai-international.org/hle for more information on the Haggai Leader Experience.

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