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PART TWELVE - THE COMMENTARY CONCERNING THE "BOOK OF MALACHI" AND THE FUTURE OF GOD'S HEBREW PEOPLE

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THE ANGEL OF THE COVENANT

This next verse we repeat . . .

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( 1 ). { No. 3 }: Scripture: " . . . even the Messenger of the Covenant, whom you delight in: behold, he shall come, says the LORD of hosts, { Malachi 3:1 }."

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( 2 ). Commentary . . . The word "messenger" here could just as well be interpreted angel. JESUS CHRIST did act in the capacity of an angel in coming from GOD to Israel to fulfill the Covenant that He Himself as JEHOVAH made with Abraham. We read . . .

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( 3 ). Scripture: "But last of all He sent to them His Son, saying, They will reverence My SON, { Matthew 21:37 }."

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( 4 ). The Above { V. 37 } paraphrased below in Commentary form . . . "Finally last of all 'He [ GOD The FATHER' ] sent to them "His [ Own ] SON: [ GOD The LORD JESUS CHRIST' to them ], saying, 'They will reverence [ respect and give heed' to ] My SON,

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( 5 ). Commentary . . . The "ANGEL of the Covenant" is one of the beautiful names given to the LORD JESUS CHRIST in His relation to Israel, and we saw Him coming as the "ANGEL of the Covenant", and as EMMANUEL, according to what John and Matthew has written. In the Old Testament the name of CHRIST among other names - was named as such. GOD has many names, He as the Great TRINITARIAN is the Great "I AM."

( 6 ). But many times He in the form of an angel - was present as GOD INCARNATE, and appeared as the ANGEL OF THE LORD and called by that name. Naturally this was before MESSIAH'S birth as the "INFANT CHRIST Child." . . .

( 7 ). Read { Exodus 3:1-15 } these verses shows the ANGEL Of the LORD as being GOD the LORD JESUS CHRIST in his incarnation of GOD in CHRIST, etc. All the manifestations of GOD in the Old Testament times - were not the manifestations of GOD the FATHER but of GOD the SON - CHRIST INCARNATE. The whole 18th chapter of Genesis refers to Abraham conversing with the ANGEL of the LORD - CHRIST INCARNATE.

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( 8 ). { V. 1 } Scripture: "And I saw another mighty angel come down from Heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon His head, and His face was as it were the sun, and His feet as pillars of fire . . .

( 9 ). { V. 7 }: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of GOD should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets, { Revelation 10:1, 7, },

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( 10 ). The above { Vs. 1 - and - 7 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

( 11 ). { 1 } Scripture: "And [ 'then ] I saw another mighty angel come down from Heaven, clothed with a cloud': and 'a [ sort of halo like a ] rainbow [ that ] was upon [ or over?' ] His head, and 'His face was [ bright' ] as if it were the sun, and 'His feet [ legs' were ] 'like pillars [ or columns' ] of fire, . . . [ i.e., this pictures mercy in the midst of judgment. No one but MESSIAH the CHRIST Himself could wear covering like this!

( 12 ). { 7 }: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the "mystery of GOD [ I.e., of the truth concerning GOD Himself which will not be revealed until His millennial Kingdom is established on this earth" ] should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets, { Revelation 10:1, 7, }, [ This will not take place until the end of the '70th week - i.e., Tribulation Period' portrayed in Daniel's prophecy. ] Read { Daniel 9:24-27 }.

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( 13 ). { No. 4 }: Scripture: "But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appears? . . . { Malachi 3:2 }." [ And we repeat the following paraphrase ] . . .

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( 14 ). The above { V. 2 }: paraphrased in commentary form . . . "But who can endure the day of MESSIAH'S Return? And who can stand when He appears? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap"... [ refiner's fire purifies', and 'fullers ... i.e., laundry-men's soap cleanses.' ] Read { Revelation 6:12-17 - & - Joel 2:11. }

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( 15 ). Commentary . . . When MESSIAH came the first time the multitude paid Him no respect or honor. They stood and mocked Him; spit upon Him; beat Him with a whip; and danced for joy when He was nailed to the Cross.

( 16 ). But when "The MESSIAH - The KING of KINGS" returns to this earth the second time we read that no one will be standing because they will all be on their knees. . . .

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( 17 ). { V. 9 } Scripture: "Therefore GOD also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name.

( 18 ). { V. 10 }: That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

( 19 ). { V. 11 }: And that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to the glory of GOD the FATHER, { Philippians 2:9- 11 }."

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( 20 ). The above { V. 9-11 } paraphrased below in commentary form ...

( 21 ). { 9 } Scripture: "Therefore [ because JESUS stooped so low in His regard for others ], GOD [ the FATHER ] has highly exalted Him, 'and [ has freely bestowed ] on Him' [ 'the ] name [ JEHOVAH' which means 'CHRIST JESUS the LORD' ] that 'is [ far - far' ] above every [ 'other ] name.' Read { Micah 5:2 - & - Isaiah 9:6-7 }.

( 22 ). { 10 }: That at 'the name of [ the LORD ] JESUS' every knee 'should, [ shall, and must' ] bow, in Heaven, and on earth, and under the earth;

( 23 ). { 11 }: And that 'every tongue [ frankly and openly' ] 'should [ will, and must' 'future tense, ] 'confess [ and acknowledge' ] 'that JESUS CHRIST is 'LORD [ the MESSIAH' ], to 'the [ eternal' ] glory of GOD the FATHER, { Philippians 2:9-11 }."

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( 24 ). Commentary . . . Through self-denial and obedience CHRIST won Sovereignty over all people and things { V. 10 } above.

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( 25 ). { No. 5 }: { V. 2 } Scripture: But who may abide the day of His coming?" and who shall stand when He appears? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

( 26 ). { V. 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 offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness, { Malachi 3:2-3}."

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( 27 ). Once again we repeat the paraphrase of these two verses given from Lesson 9 - of this commentary. . . .

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( 28 ). { 2 }: "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap; ... [ A refiner's fire purifies', and 'fullers ... i.e., laundry-men's soap cleanses.' ] Read { Revelation 6:12-17 - Joel 2:11. - & - Zechariah 13:8-9. }

( 29 ). { 3 }: He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the priests, the sons of Levi, and refine them like gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD offerings in righteousness."

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( 30 ). Commentary . . . When MESSIAH comes the second time He is going to come with a refining fire and a huge bar of strong soap.

( 31 ). He is going to root up the tares, the abominable and evil people, and cast them into the fire. And then He is going to soap down this dirty old world and give it a good scrubbing.

( 32 ). MESSIAH is going to close up the beer joints and the bars and the gambling joints. People will not be going to Las-Vegas or Hollywood because MESSIAH the KING of KINGS will wash places like that right off the map.

( 33 ). There will not be any naked women dancing across the TV screens because the KING is going to clean up the entertainment world, 'burn all the dirty filthy pornography books magazines and carnal movies', and He will pluck up from the synagogues and Churches those apostate priests and clergymen who have uttered abominations against the name of the LORD and have taught falsely concerning GOD'S Word.

( 34 ). Yes, you can be very positive that when MESSIAH returns to this earth He will give this old world a complete house cleaning.

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( 35 ). { No - 6 }: . . . Scripture: "Then shall the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years, { Malachi 3:4 }." [ Paraphrased once again from Part 9. ]:

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( 36 ). The above { 4 } paraphrased in commentary form ... "Then will the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasing to the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in ancient years.

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( 37 ). Commentary . . . As we have said in the past, many - many people today practically despise the Jewish people and the nation Israel. Those people seem to forget that JESUS and His family were of Jewish decent. This is not just a condition in our country, but it is world-wide. But we read . . .

( 38 ). In { Romans 11:26 } . . . that when MESSIAH returns the second time He will turn away the ungodliness from 'Jacob [ Israel' ] and everyone is going to seek after the Jews. The Jews in that future day will be the most beloved people in all the world.

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( 39 ). Scripture: "Thus says the LORD of hosts; in those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that the LORD is with you. { Zechariah 8:23 }."

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( 40 ). The above { V. 23 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "Thus says the LORD of hosts; in 'those days [ when MESSIAH is reigning on the earth that will take place after His Second Coming' ] 'ten men [ that are not Jews' ], out of all the languages of the nations, shall take hold of the robe of him who is a Jew, saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that GOD is with you [ and that the Jews are the most beloved people of ALMIGHTY GOD' ],

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( 41 ). { No - 7 }... { V. 5 } Scripture: "And I will come near to you to judgment; and I shall 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, says the LORD of hosts,

( 42 ). { V. 6 }: For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed, { Malachi 3:5-6 }."

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{ 43 }. We again paraphrase these two following verses below that we borrow from part 9 of this message . . .

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[ 1 ]: { 5 }: Then will I draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against 'the sorcerers [ those who use witch craft ] { Exodus 22:18 }' . . .,

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[ 2 ]: 'and against the adulterers: [ those who live in a common law relationships, or commit fornication ] { Exodus 20:14 }' ...,

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[ 3 ]: 'and against false swearers [ liars ] { Leviticus 19:12 }' . . .,

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[ 4 ]: 'and against those that oppress the hireling: [ by not paying them enough wages ... and perhaps holding back wages of those who work for wages while trying to make a honest living on what they earn { Leviticus 19:13 }' ...,

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[ 5 ]: or 'the widow: [ a woman who has lost her husband in death' ] ...,

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[ 6 ]: or 'the fatherless [ usually a child - or children of any age whose father is either dead or absent because of divorce and does not support his children no matter where they may live' ] { Exodus 22:22-24},

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[ 7 ]: 'and those who turn aside the 'stranger [ or temporary resident' ] from 'his right: [ a person or persons that need assistance in some way' ] { Deuteronomy 24:17 }' ...,

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[ 8 ]: 'and those that fail to fear the LORD of hosts: [ in a loving worshipful manner ]."

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( 44 ). { 6 }: For I am the LORD, 'I do not: [ nor - will I positively ever' ] change; that is the reason why 'you sons of Jacob [ Israelites' have never been consumed - done away with, been destroyed 'as some of the other races have been destroyed in the past.' ] The fact is, 'you Israelis will never fail to exist through-out all eternity ..., [ I.e., the LORD is speaking of you Hebrews that will follow the MESSIAH as your KING' ], { Malachi 3:1-6 }."

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( 45 ). Commentary . . . This seventh and last promise concerning the LORD'S return looks forward beyond the judgment of the Great White Throne to the New Heaven and the New Earth, and we read . . .

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( 46 ). Scripture: "But the fearful, and unbelievers, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death, { Revelation 21: 8 }."

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( 47 ). The above { V. 8 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

"But as for the cowards" and the "unbelievers [ in GOD and His Word" ], and the contemptible and the whoremongers, and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive; and as for the unbelieving and faithless; and as for the "depraved and defiled with abominations [ i.e., those who crave living in sin" ]; and as for murderers and the "lewd [ those who delight in lust or lechery" ] and "adulterers [ and fornicators", ] and those who "practice magic arts [ sorcerers ... and those who practice witch craft,"] and the "idolaters [ i.e., those who give supreme devotion to any kind of idol's, or to any one or anything other than GOD" ] and "ALL liars [ those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed", all of these" ] shall have their part in the eternal lake that blazes with the "fire and [ sulfuric ] brimstone." ...

[ "This will become ] the second death, { Revelation 21:8 }."... Read { Isaiah 30:33 }. Read also { Revelation 9:17-18; - 14:10; - & - 19:20 }.

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( 48 ). Commentary . . . i.e., Brimstone refers to burning sulfur which when burned is said to be ten times hotter than ordinary fire. Imagine spending eternity in the "Lake of fire," and you yourself having your whole body burning forever because you have refused to receive Christ as your Saviour while you had -had the chance to do so when you were still alive on this earth! [ Something to really think about isn't it? ] The word sorcerer in the Greek is 'pharmakeus' and means 'enchanter' with which the word drugs come from. And also refers to the drug provider, or drug witches, read { Revelation 22:15 }.

( 49 ). We hear in the first six verses of { Malachi 3 } seven wonderful and glorious things that MESSIAH will do for the world when He returns the second time.

( 50 ). But before MESSIAH will return, one specific thing is going to have to happen, and we read about this in the next verse . . .

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( 51 ). Scripture: "Even from the days of your fathers you have turned aside [ and refuse to obey ] My ordinances and have not kept them. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, says the LORD of hosts. 'But you say [ how' ] shall we return? { Malachi 3:7 }."

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( 52 ). Commentary ... In this Scripture the LORD JESUS CHRIST from the great Tribulation setting says, "Return to Me, and I will return to you."

( 53 ). We are to understand this promise literally. Before MESSIAH will return, Israel will have to ask GOD to send Him back. JESUS told Israel, and we repeat this next text . . .

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( 54 ). { V. 38 } Scripture: "Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

( 55 ). { V. 39 }: For I say to you, you shall not see Me henceforth, till you shall say, Blessed is He that comes in the name of the LORD, { Matthew 23: 38-39 }."

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( 56 ). The above { Vs. 38-39 } Paraphrased below in commentary form:

( 57 ). { 38 }: "Behold, your 'house [ the Temple and the city of Jerusalem' is forsaken and ] is left unto you 'desolate [ abandoned and kept destitute of GOD'S help' ]. [ Israel's temple was destroyed in A. D. 70. ] Read { 1- Kings 9:7 - & - Jeremiah 22:5. }

( 58 ). { 39 }: For I declare to you, you will not see Me again until 'you [ as a saved Hebrew Remnant' ] will say, Blessed ... [ magnified in worship, adored and exalted ] . . . will He be Who returns [ at His Second Advent as the MESSIAH, and KING OF KING'S and LORD OF LORD'S! [ Read { Psalm 118:26; - Zechariah 12:10; - John 19:37 - & - Revelation 1:7. } ============

( 59 ). Commentary . . . This will be fulfilled at the end of the Tribulation Period. Israel has been a desolate land since A.D. 70 in many ways, but she will become, during MESSIAH'S Millennial reign - the leading nation of the world and the most productive.

( 60 ). As we have before stated: "JESUS CHRIST gave Peter the keys to the Millennial Kingdom", and the message or Gospel that Peter preached to Israel was predicated upon the return of JESUS CHRIST as the MESSIAH.

( 61 ). Therefore, at the future time during the Tribulation Period when the Jews will be suffering persecution ..., the LORD makes very clear that if they had repented of wanting their MESSIAH crucified in their past, and would now cry for GOD to send Him back to this earth it would actually take place. Concerning the Apostles, and certain astonishment of the Jewish people about a miracle the Apostles had performed before their very eyes ...,

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( 62 ). { V. 12 } Scripture: "And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, you men of Israel, why marvel you at this? or why look you so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

( 63 ). { V. 13 }: The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the GOD of our fathers, has glorified His SON JESUS; whom you delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.

( 64 ). { V. 14 }: But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

( 65 ). { V. 15 }: And killed the Prince of life, Whom GOD has raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

( 66 ). { V. 19 }: Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the LORD;

( 67 ). { V. 20 }: And He shall send JESUS CHRIST, which before was preached to you:

( 68 ). { V. 21 }: Whom the Heaven must receive until the time of restitution of all things, which GOD has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began, { Acts 3:12-15; - & - 19-21 }."

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( 69 ). The above { Vs. 12-15 - & - 19-21 } paraphrased below in commentary form. . . .

( 70 ). { 12 }: And Peter seeing it answered the people, You men, Israelites, why are you so surprised and wondering at this? Why do you keep staring at us, as though by our [ own individual ] power or [ active ] piety we have made [ this lame man able ] to walk?

( 71 ). { 13 }: The GOD of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the GOD of our forefathers, Has glorified His SERVANT and SON JESUS CHRIST. . . doing 'Him this honor . . . [ He Whom was your own MESSIAH' and ] Whom you indeed delivered up, and rejected, and disowned Him in the presence of Pilate, when Pilate had already determined to let Him go. Read { Exodus 3:6 - & - Isaiah 52:13 }.

( 72 ). { 14 }: But you denied and rejected and disowned the Pure and Holy [ SON OF GOD ], the JUST and BLAMELESS ONE, and you demanded [ instead . . . the pardon of ] a murderer to be granted freedom and return 'to you [ instead of your own LORD and KING' ].

( 73 ). { 15 }: But 'you [ Israelis' ] killed the 'very Source . . . [ the PRINCE OF PEACE', ] the Author ... of life, Whom 'GOD [ the FATHER and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT ] raised up from the dead. And to this 'we [ and ALMIGHTY GOD Himself' ] are the witnesses. . . .

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( 74 ). [ Vs. 19-21 ] below is a repeat of the same paraphrase previously given in this message. All paraphrases are given so that the Bible student may have a better comprehension of GOD'S Word. ] . . .

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( 75 ). { 19 }: 'So repent [ I say' to you Jewish people ] ... by "changing your mind and purpose, [ Primarily speaking to the Jews to repent during the Tribulation Period, and prepare themselves for His literal return to come." He states ]: "turn around and return [ to the LORD" ], 'that your sins may be erased [ and blotted out, and wiped clean' ], that the times of refreshing ... [ as it would be "when recovering from the effects of heat, or of reviving with fresh air . . ., of that which ] will come from the presence of the LORD";

( 76 ). { 20 }: And that He [ the TRIUNE GOD' ] may 'send [ to you' who 'will become the saved Remnant of the Israelis during the Tribulation Period': ] 'the CHRIST, your MESSIAH [ to set up His Millennial Kingdom government' ], 'Which before was prophesied, preached, designated and thus appointed [ and promised to ... and: ] for you',

( 77 ). { 21 }: Whom the Heaven 'must receive [ and retain' ] until the time of the complete restoration of all the things, which GOD has spoken by the mouth of all His 'holy prophets' [ i.e., The root word for holy is "sanctified ... set apart" ] 'since the world began [ i.e., and from the most ancient time in the memory of man ]. { Acts 3:12-15; - & - 19-21 }." [ This 'refreshing and the restitution of all things refers to the Millennial Kingdom Dispensation to come ], { Acts 3:12-15; - & - 19-21 }."

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( 78 ). Commentary . . . This was the heart of Peters message to Israel: to repent of the cause and of the sin of the killing of your MESSIAH; and cry out for GOD to send JESUS the MESSIAH back so that the "times of refreshing . . ., i.e., the Millennial Kingdom promises, can begin."

( 79 ). This repentances of Israel did not come during the ministry of the Jerusalem Church; therefore, the Temple was destroyed and the Jews scattered into all the world's nations as a new Dispensation of pure Grace was shortly to be inaugurated.

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This Commentary Of Malachi To Be Continued On

PART THIRTEEN OF THE "BOOK OF MALACHI"

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