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A COMPLETE COMMENTARY CONCERNING "THE BOOK OF MALACHI", WHICH IS THE LAST PROPHETIC EPISTLE IN OUR OLD TESTAMENT.

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PART ONE -  THE FUTURE OF GOD'S HEBREW PEOPLE- AND OF PLANET EARTH

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( 1 ). If the readers desire to have a part in the LORD'S work as soul workers, it would be great for them to begin their own tract ministry by down loading our messages and send or give copies to others. What could be more important for you as an Ambassador for CHRIST than to support the BODY OF CHRIST in this way? The messages are already written, so why not pass them on to others? Read { 2- Corinthians 5:17- 21 }.

( 2 ). It is possible that thousands of souls could be saved to CHRIST through your own personal Ministry. Think of the blessings that would be bestowed upon you for helping someone to get to know the LORD, and all of these souls will be added to the BODY OF CHRIST!

( 3 ). Read again { 2- Corinthians 5:17-21 } which is the commission for you! [ And, we would hope that you will not make any changes in our messages because they have been thoroughly researched as to content! ]

( 4 ). As to the writers belief and doctrine, here we point out . . . ten special reasons why . . .,

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( 5 ). Number - { 1 }: "We are strictly Biblical and our Denomination is the BODY OF CHRIST: { Ephesians 1:20-23; - 2:15-16; 4:4, 12-16; - Romans 12:4-6; - Colossians 2:10, 16-19; - Etc. }!"

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No - { 2 }: "We adhere to no denominational beliefs unless what they teach is taken from the true Word of GOD and taught in the correct context." Read { 2- Timothy 3:14-17 }.

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No - { 3 }: "We believe that we are to be busy proclaiming the truths for this present Age of Grace, in view of the soon coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST." Read { 1- Corinthians 15:51-52 - & - 1 - Thessalonians 4:16-18 }.

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No - { 4 }: "We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Word of GOD. Again please read { 2- Timothy 3:16 }."

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No - { 5 }: "We believe in the past, present, and future, eternal DEITY of The LORD JESUS CHRIST," and that He is the Second Person of the "TRINITARIAN GODHEAD { Titus 2:13; - & - 2 - Corinthians 13:14 }."

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No - { 6 }: "We believe in the total depravity of man", and "everlasting punishment of those who reject JESUS CHRIST as their GOD and their Saviour, { Romans Ch. 3; - John 3:36; - & - Revelation Ch. 20:15 }."

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No - { 7 }: "We believe in 'Redemption by the blood of CHRIST', and "salvation is through and according to GOD'S Grace, not of one's personal works { Titus 3:5; - & - Ephesians 2:8-9 }."

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No - { 8 }: "We believe in Everlasting life and the eternal security of every Christian { John 10:29 }."

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No - { 9 }: "We believe in the personality and everlasting punishment of Satan { Job Ch. 1; - & - Revelation Ch. 20 }."

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No - { 10 }: "We believe in the 'imminent Rapture [ Resurrection,' ] of the BODY OF CHRIST", followed by "the great 7 year Tribulation Period and the literal Millennial Reign of JESUS CHRIST as the future MESSIAH and KING OF KING'S on this very earth { 1- Thessalonians 4:16-18; - 1 - Corinthians 15:50-55; - & - Revelation Ch. 20:1-6 - Etc. }."

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( 6 ). Another thing we might mention, sometimes when writing a message, we may recopy various verses to bring out something that we may have over looked the first time. Plus, we will also paraphrase various verses, and put words in parenthesis in them at different times to give a more comprehensive interpretation of the text.

( 7 ). A good idea would be to read your Bible along with each verse we have quoted. It is also very important for the student to look up all the added Bible texts that we have referred to in the message. This will give the reader much added information!

( 8 ). Another thing we should mention is that when we copy a verse from the Bible we will change much of the spelling from the archaic 16th century King James language which is often a little bewildering to some folks who are not use to that kind of speech - to the modern way of spelling. Such as . . .

( 9 ). "Searcheth to searches, thy to your, standeth to stands, knoweth to knows, maketh to makes, nay to no, bringeth to bring or brings, hath to has or have, saith to says, doeth to does, justifieth to justify, helpeth to help, liveth to lives, ever to always and etc.

( 10 ). None of the above will take away from the true meaning of the original text. Therefore, please bear with us as we teach the message."

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Concerning This Commentary Please Read Very Carefully . . . And While Reading Think Deep Because Our Bible Is A Very Deep Book To Comprehend . . .

( 11 ). The reader will also observe that we have placed dividing brackets such as those below - just above and below the various "Bible Texts," and also quotes from other Ministers and Theologians in our messages.

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We read in . . .

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( 12 ). Scripture: "Study to show yourself approved unto GOD, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth, { 2- Timothy 2:15 }."

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( 13 ). The above { V. 15 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . . "Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to GOD 'approved and tested by trial', 'as Christian workman' who have no cause to be ashamed - correctly analyzing and accurately dividing - rightly handling and skilfully teaching - the Word of truth."

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( 14 ). Commentary ... If your children bring home a report card with D's and F's, you parents become very upset. You say - "why, I am ashamed of your grades - and from now on, you are going to turn off your TV, cancel all your outside evening activities, and study your lesson assignments until you bring your grades up to par."

( 15 ). Well, have you ever heard that the LORD JESUS CHRIST might be ashamed of Christians for their ignorance of His Word?

( 16 ). There is only one way that you can learn sound doctrine and how to rightly divide the Bible Dispensationally, and that is through study

of GOD'S Word.

( 17 ). In our study of Malachi, we will be presenting doctrinal teachings on the Gospel of the Kingdom - and GOD'S plan and purpose for Israel. We now turn to the Bible where the prophet says . . .

Beginning With { Chapter 1, Verses 1-14 } . . .

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( 18 ). Scripture: "The burden of the Word of the LORD to Israel By Malachi, { Malachi 1:1 }."

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( 19 ). The above { V. 1 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "The 'burden of the Word of the LORD to 'Israel' By the prophet Malachi . . . [ who was JEHOVAH GOD'S messenger' ], { Malachi 1:1 }."

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( 20 ). Commentary ... Right off we notice that this book is the "Word of the LORD." It is not just the personal thoughts and writings of man, but like all the rest of the Bible, it is the inspired and infallible Word of the living GOD!

( 21 ). In reading your Bible you will eventually come to the story of Jacob who was Abraham's grandson. Jacob, who in his younger life had his name changed from Jacob to Israel by GOD JEHOVAH Himself. Therefore, this is where the Hebrew nation of ISRAEL got its name. Read { Genesis 32:24-32 }.

( 22 ). You will also notice in { Jeremiah 30:7 } that the Tribulation Period, to take place after the Rapture, will concern Jacob's Trouble and is named as such in the verse. 'Jacob's [ Israel's' ] trouble refers to the last seven year period of testing for the Jews, and a Remnant of the Israelis will pass the test and be saved at that time. This Remnant will proceed on into MESSIAH'S Millennial reign with Him as their KING of KING'S. As for many of the prophecies in the Old Testament . . .

( 23 ). The Jews refused to accept most of the books of the minor prophets written either during or after the Babylonian captivity.

( 24 ). Even today the Jews know very little about all these wonderful and glorious promises concerning what is going to happen to their nation and people.

( 25 ). The reason the Jews refused to accept these books was that the language in the original texts contained Chaldean words, the language of Babylon.

( 26 ). So, the Jews felt that the pure Hebrew had been contaminated by a heathen tongue, and they would not accept men like Malachi as prophets of GOD nor would they read their prophecies. But here we are assured that this book is the "Word Of The LORD." We read. . .

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( 27 ). Scripture: "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of GOD spoke as they were moved by the HOLY SPIRIT, { 2- Peter 1:21 },"                                 ==============================

( 28 ). The above { V. 21 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "For no prophecy ever originated 'because 'some [ mere' ] man willed [ it to do so' ] - 'it never came by human impulse' - 'but as [ many men personally called out by JEHOVAH Himself to become His prophets' ] 'to speak from the Word of GOD and as they were borne along moved and impelled' by GOD the HOLY SPIRIT': [ to obey His will in every thing He commanded!" ]

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( 29 ). Commentary ... Notice the words "they were moved" this means they were literally borne along. this gives the understanding of a dual authorship of GOD'S Word- the HOLY SPIRIT guiding and guarding the scribe who was involved in the actual writing process.

( 30 ). This is one of the most important passages of the Scripture in the whole Bible, because it shows us that the Bible is not a man-inspired book. Every word of it came from GOD through some 'forty writers' used by the LORD ..., men who were guided and kept from error in their writings by the HOLY SPIRIT - to write every book in our holy Bible.

( 31 ). So the writer of this book we are about to study, at the very beginning declares that the Words of this Book are not his words, because in his own knowledge and wisdom he could not possibly know the trials and tribulations that would come upon his people and how GOD would deliver them from the Antichrist to come.

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( 32 ). Next we notice that this is the "Word Of The LORD" to Israel. This means, that every word of this prophecy in all four chapters is directed to the nation of Israel only, and to no one else.

( 33 ). There is not a single thing in this entire book of Malachi that is written directly to the BODY OF CHRIST in this present Grace Dispensation. What we mean by this is that, GOD does not have a single thing to say to you Christians in this little prophetic book of Malachi. Malachi is falsely taken out of its true interpretation by many ministers.

( 34 ). The same thing can be said of the little prophetic book of "The Song Of Solomon." It is truly interesting how prophecy can be misinterpreted by ministers of long standing who should know better.

[ "Please read our Message concerning "The Song Of Solomon." ]

( 35 ). Some may ask, "Then: are we not wasting our time studying something that GOD wrote to someone else? Well, we read again . . .

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( 36 ). { V. 16 } Scripture: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

( 37 ). { V. 17 }: That the man of GOD may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works, { 2- Timothy 3:16-17 }."

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( 38 ). The above { Vs. 16-17 } paraphrased below in commentary form:

( 39 ). { 16 }: "Every Scripture is GOD-breathed - given by the LORD'S inspiration - and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, and for training 'in righteousness [ that is, in holy living, in conformity to GOD'S will in thought, purpose and action ]" . . .,

( 40 ). { 17 }: "That the man of GOD may be [ complete and proficient, well-fitted and - thoroughly equipped for every good work."

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( 41 ). Commentary . . . The words "Man of GOD" can refer to a prophet: read { 1- Timothy 6:11; - Acts 4:36; - 13:1; - 15:32; - 19:6 }, compare with { Deuteronomy 33:1; - 2- Kings 4:7; - John 16:12-13; - & - 2- Peter 1:20-27 }.

( 42 ). The above verses proves to all that the Bible came from GOD through the men who wrote it. The LORD superintended these human writers so that, using their individual personalities, they composed and recorded without any error GOD'S Word to man.

( 43 ). Many years later Satan used a few apostate teachers to change Bible verses to meet their own false doctrine and denominational rhetoric. This is one of the main reasons why we have so many different denominational doctrines where apostates have corrupted GOD'S WORD! But thanks to GOD we still have the original texts to go by!

( 44 ). CHRIST attested to the fact that Godly inspiration extends to the very words in the original manuscripts - { Matthew 5:18; - & - John 10:35 }. Inspiration does not involve mechanical dictation but the accurate recording of the LORD'S Words. Inspiration does not extend beyond the original manuscripts, and - through the ancient texts we still possess today - they have been transmitted with high accuracy.

( 45 ). From Malachi's book we can learn why JEHOVAH cast away His Hebrew people for a season, and why the LORD has brought chastisement upon Israel; from the mistakes that Israel made we can understand! And, as we have before stated: "We can also understand how Satan today is likewise subverting the various Christian Denominations, and using many apostate teachers to fool the people.

( 46 ). We can also comprehend why Israel is back in part of their land, and confirm the conviction that MESSIAH is to return very soon, and many other wonderful truths of GOD'S Word.

( 47 ). Above all, from the study of Malachi we can learn how to rightly divide the Word Of Truth Dispensationally . . . "i.e., according to various time periods and the many administrations set forth in Scripture."

( 48 ). Another thing we can learn from { verse 1 } is that Malachi says that this book constitutes a "Burden of the Word of the LORD to Israel." In other words . . .

( 49 ). The prophecies of this book are not prophecies to Israel that are a glory to GOD and they are even a Burden on Malachi to write them down. We might even say of a gruesome or terrible nature, something that we had just as soon not think about. Although, this little Book is very necessary and worthy to study in order to understand and to teach as a prophetic truth to Bible students who really have a desire to learn GOD'S Word.

( 50 ). Where we see the word "burden" in conjunction with prophecy, it always refers to GOD regretfully bringing judgment upon men for their sins. For example, we consider these next verses . . .

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( 51 ). { V. 25 } Scripture: " . . . the LORD laid this burden upon him."

( 52 ). { V. 26 }: "Surely I have seen ... the blood of ... his sons, says the LORD, { 2- Kings 9: 25-26 }."

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( 53 ). The above { V. 25 } paraphrased in commentary form: "... the LORD laid 'this burden upon him - [ i.e., spoke this prophecy against him." Reading on . . .

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( 54 ). Scripture: "The burden of Babylon which Isaiah . . . did see,

{ Isaiah 13:1 }."

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( 55 ). The above { V. 1 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "The mournful prediction - a burden to be lifted up concerning 'Babylon, [ i.e., Iraq' ], which the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz 'saw [ with prophetic insight' ], { Isaiah 13:1 }." [ And then we read in this same chapter . . .

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( 56 ). Scripture: "Behold the day of the LORD comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it, { Isaiah 13:9 }."

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( 57 ). The above { V. 9 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "Behold the Day of the LORD - [ the great Tribulation Period ]- is coming! It is just around the corner. It will be very fierce, with the extreme wrath and raging anger of GOD ALMIGHTY to make the land of Israel and even the whole earth a desolation. The returning MESSIAH will destroy out of the world all of its evil sinners, { Isaiah 13:9 }." Read also { Isaiah 2:10-22; - & - Revelation 19:11 - 21 }.

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( 58 ). Commentary . . . So we see that the prophecy JEHOVAH gave to Malachi was very simular to what GOD laid on the back of other prophets before him, and many of those predictions were grievous burdens, and this is born out by this prophet in the following . . .

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( 59 ). Scripture: "Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and 'the LORD [ The MESSIAH' ], Whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His Temple, even the messenger of the covenant, Whom you delight in: 'behold [ take notice' ], he shall come, says the LORD of hosts, { Malachi 3:1 }." [ And in this next verse the Text states . . .

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( 60 ). Scripture: "For, 'behold [ i.e., take notice' ]: the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble ... { Malachi 4:1 }."

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( 61 ). Commentary . . . More will be said about these verses. The last thing we take note of in { V. 1 } is this identification of the author, Malachi. The name Malachi in the Hebrew means "My messenger."

( 62 ). Much of the book does concern the messenger whom GOD will send back to precede the LORD'S return. This messenger is identified in chapter four as Elijah. Now little is known about Malachi.

( 63 ). He is mentioned in no other book of the Bible, and while Josephus mentions Nehemiah and others who returned from Babylon to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and the Temple, the Jewish historian makes no mention of a man by the name Malachi.

( 64 ). Some have offered the opinion that, because of the meaning of Malachi's name in the Hebrew and the fact that his name is absent from Jewish history, that Malachi was a member of the angelic host like Gabrielle or Michael.

( 65 ). The prophecy of Malachi does have an end time setting and his message is much the same as that of the angel recorded in { Revelation 14:6-7 }: and, of the prophecy given by the two angels in { Acts 1:9-11 }.

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( 66 ). { V. 6 } Scripture: "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of Heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

( 67 ). { V. 7 }: Saying with a loud voice, Fear GOD, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship 'Him [ Whom is GOD- CHRIST JESUS': ] that made Heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters, { Revelation 14:6-7 }." Read also { Titus 2:13 }.

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( 68 ). Commentary ... While it is an interesting possibility that Malachi may have been an angel, there is no Scripture to substantiate this conclusion. Personally although some believe this, this writer does not! . . . Paul said that the prophecies came as "MEN WROTE" according to the leading of "GOD the HOLY SPIRIT."

( 69 ). There is also some controversy as to the date of the writing of this prophecy in Malachi. Ussher gives 397 B.C. as the date; Moorehead mentions 430 B.C. as the most likely date; and Fausset gives 420 B.C. or before.

( 70 ). It is evident from the context that the Remnant of Israel which had returned from Babylon had rebuilt the wall to the city, completed the rebuilding of the Temple, and Temple worship services had been in progress for some time before Malachi by the dictates of JEHOVAH wrote the little prophetic Book.

( 71 ). Therefore, it would seem to me that the date given by Ussher of 397 B.C. would be nearer the actual time of the writing of the prophecy.

( 72 ). Before we continue, let us take note once again that "in verse one of chapter one," we learn the identification of the writer of the Book as the LORD; the identification of the one to whom it is addressed as Israel, and the identification of the earthly recorder or scribe as Malachi the prophet. Reading next . . .

Continued . . . Be Sure And Read . . .

PART TWO OF THIS COMMENTARY CONCERNING THE "BOOK OF MALACHI"

 

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