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Saturday, February 23 2013

Malachi: Behold, The Day Cometh

Malachi, from the Hebrew name pronounced mawl-aw-kee, meaning servant, or messenger, was a prophet of the LORD (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God to understand that "the LORD God" was Jesus Christ; see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah) in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (see Ezra: The Return Of The Levites To Jerusalem and Nehemiah: The Return Of The Governor), when the people of Judah had returned from their Babylonian exile.

Malachi's prophecies were very similar to the warnings given to the people of Judah before they had been taken into exile, in the time of Jeremiah (see Jeremiah: The Prophet's Conception). They were apparently already falling back to "obeying" the LORD in ways that they chose for themselves. Much of present day "Judaism," which resulted in them not recognizing the Messiah when He came, originated in the time after the return from Babylon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism; also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism). Much of what calls itself Christianity has done the same thing - the reason that they won't immediately recognize the Messiah when He returns, but will instead try to fight Him (see Antichristians and The Coming World Dictator).

The Streets of Jerusalem

"1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible [see Blaspheming The Name Of God]. 1:13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD." (Malachi 1:10-13 KJV)

The prophecy that Malachi was given to deliver, like all of the other prophets, involved much more than a single nation. Much of what Malachi spoke has not come to happen yet, including the ministry of another prophet (referring actually to the "two witnesses" who will serve the LORD in the time just prior to Christ's return - see the Fact Finder question below) who will "prepare the way" for the LORD's Coming by preaching repentance and obedience to God's Law (a prophecy partially fulfilled by John the Baptist; see Ahead Of The Prophet) i.e. "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple."

"3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple [see also Why Did They Face East?], even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. 3:4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts." (Malachi 3:1-5 KJV)

The prophecy quoted above is the warning. Malachi then continued with the result, for those who do not repent and truly obey God's Law.

"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4:1-6 KJV)

Studies For The Book Of Malachi

Repent, For The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand

Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?

The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans

Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity

The Biblical History Of Christian Fasting

The Seals Of Prophecy

The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?

What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?

What Happens After The Messiah Returns?

The Church: Mission Accomplished

Fact Finder: What does Bible prophecy tell us about the LORD's "two witnesses"?
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This Day In History, February 23

303: Prior to its creation of a perverted version of Christianity for itself (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Emperor Diocletian began the persecution of unspecified "Christians" in Rome (see also The Church Of God At Rome).

1455: Johannes Gutenberg printed the first book with the newly-invented process of movable type - the Bible.

1574: The Fifth War of Religion began in France.

1820: The Cato Street Conspiracy, an attempt to assassinate British Cabinet ministers, was foiled with only hours to spare.

1861: After seceding from Mexico in 1836, and then being annexed by the U.S. in 1845, Texas became the 7th state to secede from the U.S. and join the Confederates States of America.

1898: In France, novelist Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

1903: While under U.S. military occupation, the puppet government of Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity." It is today the site of the infamous CIA prison camp.

1919: Benito Mussolini left the Socialists and founded the Fasci del Comattimento (Fascist) party in Italy.

1934: Leopold III became King of Belgium.

1942: A Japanese submarine shelled an oil refinery in Santa Barbara, California, the first Japanese bombs to hit U.S. the continental U.S. during the Second World War.

1944: Russia's Josef Stalin forced 1 million Chechens into exile. He dissolved their republic while accusing them of collaboration with Nazi Germany.

1970: Guyana, formerly British Guiana, became an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.

1987: Ian Shelton, a Canadian astronomer from Winnipeg, discovered the first supernova since Kepler's observation in 1604 while working at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The star, Sanduleak 69 202 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, is estimated to be 160,000 light years away i.e. the image of it that is seen today left 160,000 years ago.

1996: Pope John Paul II issued an updated code for electing popes, introducing modern comforts for cardinals in conclave and reaffirming rules against electronic bugging to safeguard their secrecy.

1998: Osama bin Laden (born in Saudi Arabia) published a fatwa of jihad against all Jews and "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).


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