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Saturday, February 27 2016

Malachi 3: The Way Of The Messenger

"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, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts"

The Messiah declared John the Baptist to be the greatest prophet of the LORD of all time. The statement was made before the Messiah's own prophetic ministry began (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets).

"7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." (Luke 7:28 KJV)

John the Baptist was also one of the greatest prophesied prophets. Examples from Isaiah (see also What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?) and Malachi (see also Who Is Headed For Hell Fire?):

John the Baptist

"40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." (Isaiah 40:3-5 KJV)

"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, 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." (Malachi 3:1-3 KJV)

As plainly stated in the historic record, those prophecies were fulfilled by John the Baptist at the time of the Messiah's first coming.

"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Matthew 3:1-3 KJV)

"11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 11:8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 11:9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee." (Matthew 11:7-10 KJV)

The Messiah of course has two comings - first, as a Sacrifice, and then His return to rule. Notice how parts of the prophecy apply specifically to the return e.g. "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" (verse 5 below). That will be the warning of the LORD's "two witnesses" whose ministry will occur in the 42 months immediately before the Messiah's return to Judge and to rule (see The Battle Of The End-Time Prophets).

"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, 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.

3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.

But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?

In tithes and offerings. 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

3:13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD.

Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

3:14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? 3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not." (Malachi 3:1-18 KJV)

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This Day In History, February 27

380: The Edict of Thessalonica. Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II (see also Who Were Valentine And Cupid?) proclaimed that all Roman citizens were to convert to the Roman perversion of Christianity (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

Halley's Comet 425: Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II founded the Imperial University of Constantinople.

837: The 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

907: Khitan tribal chief Abaoji became Emperor Taizu of China (see also The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog).

1189: Richard the Lion-Hearted ascended the throne.

1526: In Germany, Saxony and Hesse formed the League of Gotha, a league of Protestant princes (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1531: German Protestants established the League of Schmalkalden to resist the authority of the Emperor (although doctrinally, there is no difference between the Church of Rome and her "Protestant" daughters; see Antichristians).

1560: The Treaty of Berwick was signed by England and Scotland.

1594: Henry IV was crowned King of France.

1670: Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I.

1803: The Great Fire of Bombay.

1861: The "Warsaw Massacre" occurred when Russian troops fired on a crowd demonstrating against Russian rule.

1881: The Boers defeated the British at the Battle of Majuba Hill, South Africa.

1900: The British Labour Party is founded.

1900: Canadian forces under Lord Kitchener led the final attack of The Battle of Paardeberg, the last battle of the South African Boer War.

1933: The Reichstag Fire. The Nazis claimed the burning of the German Parliament building was a "conspiracy" by "terrorists" and used it as an opportunity to outlaw their political opponents. A Dutchman, Marius van der Lubbe, who was later executed for starting the fire, is regarded by many historians to have been either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was posthumously pardoned in 2008 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

Reichstag

1942: The Battle of the Java Sea began; a U.S., British, Dutch and Australian naval force under command of Dutch admiral Karel Doorman fought the Japanese. Doorman was killed when the Dutch cruiser De Ruyter was sunk.

1948: The Communists forcefully took over the government of Czechoslovakia from President Eduard Benes.

1949: Chaim Weizmann became the first President of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

1967: Revered CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite editorialized against the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam), changing from his previous neutral stance.

1973: Native Americans began an occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a siege that lasted until May.

1974: A new constitution was approved in Sweden which reduced the status of the king to a figurehead.

1991: During the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq, Kuwaiti troops re-entered Kuwait city.





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