Encouragement for Zerubbabel and Joshua October 17, 520 BC. (This would have been the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles. No doubt many people took the time to go check on the rebuilding of the temple. Those who remembered the old one were surely disappointed, not only by the slow progress, but also by the “lack of splendor.”) Haggai acknowledged the grumbling, spoke words of encouragement. Despite criticisms God was with them; they should go forward in joy and with courage. God told them to “work” so he will supply ability to do it. People were highly encouraged by his assurances.