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

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WHAT ABOUT THIS DEVOURER,

WHEN DOES IT COME ON THE SCENE?

And we repeat this next verse . . .

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( 1 ). Scripture: "I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of 'your [ Israel's' ] ground, . . . { Malachi 3:11 }."

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( 2 ). Commentary ... [ The devourer ]: refers to any pest that destroys crops. And of course this can also refer to Satan who has always desired to destroy Israel and all of JEHOVAH'S Hebrew people. At a quick glance, in my concordance, I see at least two dozen Scripture references to the fruit of Israel in the last days.

( 3 ). In { Zechariah 8:12 } we read that the vine shall give her fruit. In { Ezekiel 36:30 } we read that GOD "will multiply the fruit of the trees, and the increase of the field," in Israel.

( 4 ). The MESSIAH after He returns back to this earth, He then brings the Jews back from all the world's nations. And, the prophet wrote to the returning Hebrew nation when it is established during MESSIAH'S Millennial reign and said . . .

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( 5 ). Scripture: "They shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them, { Isaiah 65:21 }."

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( 6 ). Commentary . . . Much of this type of blessing has taken place since Israel has once again had a portion of their nation returned to them in 1948.

( 7 ). If you were to travel to Israel today you would see houses and apartments springing up over much of the nation and also in the deserts by the thousands. And their warehouses are bulging with all kinds of fruits and vegetables. We read again . . .

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( 8 ). Scripture: "He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit, { Isaiah 27:6 }."

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( 9 ). The above { V. 6 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "In the days and generation to come, 'Jacob [ Israel' ], shall take root; and Israel shall blossom and send forth shoots, and fill the whole world with fruit."

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( 10 ). Commentary ... Here we have a two-fold meaning in this verse. [ 1 ]: Israel was to fill the whole world with the "fruit of the Word Of GOD [ from the holy Bible ]." And [ 2 ]: You can be sure of this, if all the land of Israel was granted to them as it is promised by JEHOVAH in the Scriptures, think of how much more food the Israelis could produce for the world's nations.

( 11 ). The above verse has literally taken place in part, and "if" the rest of the world including the US would let Israel take care of herself, she could send food, vegetables, and much more commodities to the rest of the nations, but the Jew haters won't leave GOD'S Hebrew Nation alone!

( 12 ). WHY? because Israel has done so good and has become so rich in goods, is one reason, and much of the rest of the nations are jealous of her. Russia alone would like to make Israel a satellite for their own use, because that little nation that is only about 50 miles wide and two hundred miles long could produce all the fruit Russia would need.

( 13 ). So here in Malachi JEHOVAH promises Israel if they heed His Word He will save their fruit, their great orchards and vineyards, from the devourer. Now who is the devourer? This is not difficult to establish. We read of the last empire that will be controlled by mere men with the Antichrist, at it head. . . .

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( 14 ). Scripture: "Thus he said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces, { Daniel 7:23 }."

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( 15 ). The above { V. 23 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "Thus 'he [ the angel' ] said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon [ this ] earth, which shall be 'diverse [ different' ] from 'all [ other' ] kingdoms, and shall 'devour [ engulf' ] the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and 'break it in pieces [ and crush it' ], { Daniel 7:23 }." Next we read...

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( 16 ). Scripture: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour, { 1- Peter 5:8 }."

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( 17 ). The above { V. 8 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "Be well balanced ... temperate, sober minded; be vigilant and cautious at all times, for that enemy of yours, the old devil rooms around 'like a lion roaring [ with fierce hunger' ], seeking someone to seize and devour because of his own covetousness."

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( 18 ). Scripture: "And the temple of GOD was opened in Heaven, and there was seen in His temple the Ark of His testament; and there were lightning's, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail, { Revelation 11:19 }."

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( 19 ). The above { V. 19 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 20 ). "Then the sanctuary of GOD in Heaven was thrown open, and the Ark of GOD'S Covenant was seen inside of GOD'S sanctuary; and there were lightning flashes, 'loud rumblings [ blasts, mutterings' ], peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a terrific hailstorm."

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( 21 ). { V. 1 } Scripture: "And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

( 22 ). { V. 2 }: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

( 23 ). { V. 3 }: And there appeared another wonder in Heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads

( 24 ). { V. 4 }: "And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born, { Revelation 12:1-4 }."

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( 25 ). The above { Vs. 1-4 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 26 ). { 1 }: "And a great 'sign [ wonder - warning of future events in eschatology -- of ominous significance when this woman ] appeared in Heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and with a crown-like garland [ such as a wreath or string of flowers, or as a crown that a Queen would wear: ] of twelve stars on her head.'

( 27 ). { 2 }: She was pregnant and she cried out in her birth pangs, in the anguish of her delivery.

( 28 ). { 3 }: Then another 'ominous sign [ wonder' ] was seen in Heaven. 'Behold [ take notice' ], a huge-fiery-red 'dragon [ Satan' ], with seven heads and ten horns, and seven kingly 'crowns [ diadems' ] upon his heads. Read { Daniel 7:7 }.

( 29 ). { 4 }: "And the [ 'old ] dragon [ Satan' whose tail swept across the sky and dragged down a third part of the stars: [ wicked angels ] and flung them down to the earth. The fact is, at the beginning of sin, one third of GOD'S angels deserted GOD and followed Satan in his rebellion against the TRIUNE GOD. Angles at times are referred to as stars, I really believe that the star of Bethlehem referred to an angelic being. No real star like our sun which is a star, could come that close to this earth without destroying all life upon it! ] Read { Matthew 2:9. } ... And the dragon stationed himself before 'the woman [ Israel' ] who was to be delivered of the 'Man Child, [ CHRIST' ] so that he [ Satan ] might 'devour [ destroy' ] her Child as soon as she brought Him forth. { Revelation 12:1-4 }." . . . Read { Daniel 8:10 } as a similarity.

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( 30 ). Commentary ... Concerning the woman Israel in the above { V. 1 }, why shouldn't she be wearing a crown? after all she will at the return of MESSIAH become His Bride. And He will return as the KING OF KINGS, and the LORD of LORD'S ... Therefore, His Bride will be pictured as a Queen to Him at that time.

( 31 ). The first three and a half years of the Tribulation is to be a terrible troublesome time. And the later half of the seven year Tribulation will be much, much more troublesome than the first. The seventh trumpet judgment will bring the Tribulation Period right to its end. But now we are led back to the Eleventh Chapter.

( 32 ). Verse nineteen above belongs properly to the twelfth chapter. The Ark of GOD contains - the Covenant JEHOVAH made with Israel. This is now to be remembered, and connected with it, are the manifestations of coming wrath for those who oppress the LORD'S Hebrew people.

( 33 ). Who now is it that is represented by the sun clothed woman in { V. 1 } above? The Roman Church system have made out of her to be the virgin Mary. This writer wholeheartedly disagrees, and all of the world's best theologians also disagree with that kind of rhetoric.

( 34 ). Many expositors claim it is the present BODY OF CHRIST which is represented by this woman, and the man-child represents, according to their view, a class of over comers who will escape the tribulation. This is a favored interpretation of some of the "Holiness people."

( 35 ). In light of the scope of this Book of Revelation the woman cannot possibly have anything to do with the present BODY OF CHRIST!

( 36 ). We do not need to seek long for the true meaning of the woman seen by the Apostle John. And we repeat that She represents the nation Israel. Everything in the symbolical statements bears this out, especially "the crown with the twelve stars { Genesis 37:9" }.

( 37 ). Satan desired to destroy this "woman Israel" and the "Child JESUS" at the very first when "she Israel" brought Him forth. And, Satan tried to have JESUS destroyed even before His birth, and this was the reason they had no room for Mary to have her Child in the inn. And thus, He was born in a stable. Satan wanted CHRIST destroyed right up till the time of His death. Read { Luke 2:7 }.

( 38 ). Therefore Israel, who in the last days, will become the BRIDE OF THE MESSIAH. And she has now come forth clothed with the glory of the sun-that is, of CHRIST Himself as He will presently appear in supreme power as Son of Righteousness, { Malachi 4:2 }. For the sun is the ruler of the day. This future Bride will have made herself ready for her Bridegroom, the returning KING OF KING'S. Read { Revelation 19: 7 }.

( 39 ). As a consequence, her glory of old, before the day dawn, the reflected light of her typical system, is like the moon under her feet. Upon her head are twelve stars which speaks naturally of her twelve tribes.

( 40 ). It is Israel, and what she is in the purpose of GOD. And the Child the nation brought forth was the MESSIAH CHRIST. Even so Paul writes of Israel . . .,

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( 41 ). Scripture: ". . . of Whom as concerning the flesh CHRIST came. Who is over all, GOD blessed forever, Amen, { Romans 9:5 }."

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( 42 ). Commentary . . . Remember Mary only gave birth to CHRIST'S fleshly body! then GOD entered into that little body. CHRIST the Second Person of the GODHEAD had already lived throughout the eternity of the past. Here in Revelation, the identity of the Child is established beyond controversy by the fact that the Child is caught up to GOD the FATHER and His thrown, and He as the MESSIAH is destined "to rule all nations with a rod of iron." Read { Psalm 2:8-9; - & - Revelation 2:27 }.

( 43 ). The great red dragon, the enemy of the woman and the Child, is Satan. Seven crowns are symbolical of Satan's authority as the "god of this world during this present Grace age" and the ten horns symbolical of his power. Read again { 2- Corinthians 4:4 }.

( 44 ). These historical facts are seen first through this vision. But this is done for the one purpose of bringing into view what is yet in store for Israel in that future end time. MESSIAH, after His crucifixion, ascended upon high, took His place at the right hand of GOD The FATHER, and is yet waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. And, a short few years after His ascension to the FATHER- this Christian Age of Grace was to begin, [ past tense. ] . . .

( 45 ). This Grace Dispensation was never recorded as a historical event in the past Hebrew age, or in this vision - or otherwise at all. He Who came from Israel and Who was rejected - by His Own Hebrew people, is nevertheless Israel's MESSIAH, and the only Hope for Israel is . . .

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( 46 ). No - { 1 }: That only in MESSIAH the CHRIST, and through Him Alone, can the promises made to this great Woman Israel be fulfilled.

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( 47 ). No - { 2 }: That the fulfillment of these promises is to be preceded by great sorrows and tribulation for her, and . . .

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( 48 ). No - { 3 }: That these future travail pains which will come upon Israel during the Great Tribulation, when she goes through that horrible testing period. This must take place before MESSIAH, Whom Israel once disowned, will appear to fulfil the everlasting Abrahamic Covenant.

( 49 ). No - { 4 }: This world since its very inception and the creation of man has been a six thousand year testing period for all of humanity!...

( 50 ). No - { 5 }: First, it was Adam and Eve that were tested, they were tested to see if they would obey JEHOVAH GOD when He told them not to eat of the tree of good and evil. They failed the test and all mankind has suffered since that hour of their decision!

( 51 ). No - { 6 }: Then Cain, Adam's son, was tested, he failed the test when he murdered his brother Able!

( 52 ). No - { 7 }: Humanity was tested before the great Flood of Noah's day. They failed the test! And, look what took place at that time when all were drowned except eight human souls that were preserved by JEHOVAH: on the boat that He had told Noah to build for that purpose.

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( 53 ). No - { 8 }: Well over three thousand years ago Israel was tested and failed the test. Therefore, she had to travel through the wilderness for a period of forty years with Moses leading her before she could enter into her promised land. She had failed the test in every way. . . .

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( 54 ). No - { 9 }: Again, a few hundred years later she failed another test! and was taken into the land of Babylon for another seventy years before she was again aloud to enter her promised land to be tested all over again. ...

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( 55 ). No - { 10 }: Several hundred years later, her MESSIAH appeared to Israel as the promised KING to offer her a thousand year earthly kingdom of literal peace and safety if she would only accept Him as her long ago promised MESSIAH.

( 56). Israel drastically failed the test! and instead of accepting Him she called for His death on the Roman Cross. Since then, she has spent another two thousand years away from her promised land in exile.

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( 57). No - { 11 }: Two thousand years ago in that very period when Israel's was exiled, was the beginning of this present . . . "Dispensation of the Mystery of the Grace of GOD - Age."

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( 58 ). No - { 12 } . . . At the very beginning of this Grace Dispensation mankind has gone through a two thousand year period of testing. Tested to see if man would accept Israel's MESSIAH as his own Saviour and LORD OF LORDS, and as the HEAD of the BODY OF CHRIST. Millions have past the test, but billions have failed the test!

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( 59 ). No - { 13 }: Those who have past the test will spend eternity in Heavenly places with their Saviour CHRIST as the HEAD of His BODY of Saints.

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( 60 ). No - { 14 }: Those Gentile's, and Jew's alike, who have failed the test down through this past Grace period and have died, will spend all eternity in the lake of fire, for their rejection of Him Who wanted them and died for them, to only be rejected by them. They failed the test!

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( 61 ). No - { 15 }: Once again Israel has returned to her testing ground. She will have her last chance to pass the test. This chance will take place only after the present BODY OF CHRIST has been brought to completion, and the last person in it has made it a whole - BODY in all its entirety and completeness. And then, will begin the time of Israel's worst night-mare, and last test!

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( 62 ). No - { 16 }: And thus, Her last testing period will take place just before MESSIAH will be revealed from Heaven as her DELIVERER and KING. . . . It will be during that last 7 year period of her being tested.

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( 63 ). No - { 17 }: And, the old red Dragon will do his very greatest and the most awful work during that period of tribulation and testing to completely destroy her once and for all as he has tried to do so many times in her past.

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( 64 ). No - { 18 }: Therefore, among the faithful Jewish people at that future day, a work of immense hatred against all the faithful Jews will be poured upon the seed of this great woman to annihilate every single one of her posterity. BUT, a small Remnant of them will have past the test and be preserved. Read { Zechariah 13:8-9; - Ezekiel 5:12-13; - & - Malachi 3:1-3 }. . . . The result of that small Remnant of Israelis passing the test, MESSIAH returns as He promised!

( 65 ). Commentary . . . The devourer referred to in { Revelation 12:4 } above and by { Malachi 3:11 } above, who will overrun Israel and devour the fruitful plains of Israel, can be no other person other than the future One World Ruler - the Antichrist portrayed in- { Revelation Ch. 13 etc. } - when he goes forth in great wrath with alll the power of the Devil behind him overseeing the full outcome. BUT they and the false prophet of that Dispensation will all three fail!

( 66 ). And as we look upon Israel today who is able to, if left alone - to rule their own lands, they could fill the earth with fruit. Therefore, because things is as they are, we are well aware that the appearance of the Antichrist is right this hour, very close at hand!

( 67 ). Concerning yourself your family, and other loved ones . . . those whom are not saved will go into the Tribulation and will be called upon the take the mark of the beast.

( 68 ). JESUS has promised that all Christians, all who belong to Him, will be taken out of the world to escape that great day of judgment. We invite you to believe that JESUS CHRIST is the SON of GOD Who was judged in your place on the Cross.

( 69 ). If you will then receive Him as your LORD and Saviour, you will be saved from death unto life, and the Scriptures promise that where JESUS is, that is where you will be also. Read { Ephesians 2:6; - & - Matthew 19:28 }.

( 70 ). Every Child of GOD is in CHRIST and He is in us. As we have mentioned many times. This means that as CHRIST is sitting at the right hand of the FATHER, and as we are in Him, this also means that all Christians are on CHRIST'S throne with Him - [ spiritually speaking, ] - at this present time! And we continue . . . JEHOVAH says to Israel . . .

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( 71 ). { V. 13 } Scripture: "Your words have been stout against Me, says the LORD. Yet you say, What have we spoken so much against You?

( 72 ). { V. 14 }: You had 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?

( 73 ). { V. 15 }: And now we call the proud happy; they that work wickedness are set up; yes, they that tempt GOD are even delivered, { Malachi 3:13-15 }."

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( 74 ). The above { V. 13-15 } paraphrased below in commentary form. . .

( 75 ). { 13 }: "Your words have been 'stout [ Arrogant or obstinate' and strong and hard ]against Me, says the LORD. Yet you say, What have we spoken so much against You?

( 76 ). { 14 }: You had said, It is 'vain [ useless' ] to serve GOD; and 'what profit is it if we Jews keep his ordinance [ and commandments' ] and walk gloomily and as if in mourning 'apparel [ clothing' ] before the LORD of hosts? [ i.e., some wrongly maintained that if material prosperity did not result, there was no point in serving the LORD ].

( 77 ). { 15 }: And now we consider the proud and arrogant happy and favored; [ thus, 'why is it that ] evil [ sinners ] are exalted and [ yet ] prosper?' [ 'and as you can see ]: when [ those same evil Jewish sinners ] test GOD - they escape unpunished, { Malachi 3:13-15 }."

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( 78 ). Commentary . . . GOD'S appraisal of the nation Israel at the end of the age continues, with CHRIST saying . . . "I look upon you Israel and see a proud and boastful people glorying in your own strength rather then giving glory to Me.

( 79 ). GOD says to the Hebrew nation, you use stout, or determined words, you are so sure of yourselves, and you deny the GOD of Israel in saying, that all these good things that have been accomplished in your land, has been done by your own strength. Israel in surprise says, "But LORD, what have we spoken so much either about - or against You?

( 80 ). And this is the attitude of the great majority of the Jews today - seeing no profit in the faith of their fathers and their humble sufferings and prayers during the past two thousand years of their history.

( 81). They conclude that things did not begin to happen until they themselves took up arms and made those things come to pass in and by - their own strength.

( 82). But GOD says, "These proud people will be made to realize that the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob "IS THEIR STRENGTH, and many will call upon Him for deliverance in that future Tribulation day of trouble." Read again { Jeremiah 30:7 }. We continue to read . . .

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( 83 ). { V. 16 } Scripture: "Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD harkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD and that thought upon His name.

( 84 ). { V. 17 }: And they shall be Mine, says the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up 'My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.

( 85 ). { V. 18 }: Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves GOD and him that serves Him not, { Malachi 3:16-18 }."

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( 86 ). The above { Vs 16-18 } paraphrased below in commentary form:

( 87 ). { 16 } Scripture: "Then those who feared the LORD JEHOVAH spoke often to each other: and the LORD listened, and heard every thing they said, and a book of remembrance was then written before the LORD about all of those whom reverenced and worshipfully feared the LORD, and did a great deal of thinking about the LORD'S Holy Name. [ Not all of them had defected, and GOD had remembered those that were faithful to Him. And, about the eternal forever saved Hebrew Remnant. ] . . .

( 88 ). { 17 }: And they shall be Mine, says the LORD of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare My people as 'My jewels [ and as My elect Hebrew Bride in Her Queenly state. She forever more - will be to Me as a special valued treasure, and My protected Possession.' ]; And I will forever spare Her [ of any future heart-ache ], as a man spares his own son that serves him.

( 89 ). { 18 }: 'Then shall you return [ future tense' ], and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves GOD and him that does not serve Him, { Malachi 3:16-18 }."

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( 90 ). Commentary ... And, another prophetic statement of that which concerns Israel as GOD'S future Bride - when JEHOVAH Himself says . . .,

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( 91 ). { V. 19 } Scripture: "And 'I WILL' betroth you unto 'ME FOR- EVER;' yes, 'I WILL' betroth you unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies.

( 92 ). { V. 2o }: 'I WILL' even betroth you unto Me in faithfulness: and you shall know the LORD.

( 93 ). { V. 21 }: And it shall come to pass in that day, 'I WILL' hear, says the LORD, 'I WILL' hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;

( 94 ). { V. 22 }: And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil, and they shall hear Jezreel.

( 95 ). { V. 23 }: And 'I WILL' sow her unto Me in the earth; and 'I WILL' have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and 'I WILL' say to them which were not My people, You are My people; and they shall say, YOU are my GOD, { Hosea 2:19-23 }."

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( 96 ). The above { Vs. 19-23 }: paraphrased below in commentary form:

( 97 ). { 19 } Scripture: "And 'I WILL' - 'betroth you unto 'ME [ i.e., take you as My eternal Bride' which shall be thus-so ]: FOR-EVER;' yes, 'I WILL' betroth you unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in 'loving kindness [ and steadfast love' ], and in mercies.'

( 98 ). { 2o }: 'I WILL' even 'betroth you unto Me [ by taking you as My eternal Bride and wife' 'which shall be thus-so ]: in faithfulness': and 'you shall know: [ recognize, be acquainted with, appreciate, give heed to and cherish' Me as ] the LORD [ your MESSIAH ].

( 99 ). { 21 }: And [ in that new millennial day, ]: it shall come to pass, that 'I WILL' [ wholeheartedly ] hear and respond, says the LORD; 'I WILL' respond to the heavens [ which ask for rain - to pour upon the earth ], 'and they Shall respond to the earth [ which begs for the moisture it needs' ];

( 100 ). { 22 }: 'And [ therefore', ] 'the earth shall respond to the grain, and the wine, and the oil [ which beseech it to bring the rain forth' ], and 'these shall respond to Jezreel [ i.e., restored Israel, who prays for a wholesome supply of such as is needed' ].

( 101 ). { 23 }: 'And [ the LORD states': ] 'I WILL' sow 'HER for MYSELF' anew as My land on this earth; and 'I WILL' have pity, mercy and love for 'HER' 'who had not obtained mercy [ from the world's nations, for the last two thousand years. ] And 'I WILL' say to them of Israel which were not My people, 'You are [ from henceforth' ] My [ 'beloved ] people [ and My beloved wife forever-more' ]; and My [ beloved ] shall say: 'YOU are my [ beloved, and my ] GOD', { Hosea 2:19-23 }." [ And now read what the Apostle says about Israel ] . . .,

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( 102 ). { V. 9 } Scripture: "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should shew forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

( 103 ). Which in times past were not a people, but are now the people of GOD: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy, { 1- Peter 2:9-10 }."

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( 104 ). The above { Vs. 9-10 }: paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 105 ). { 9 }: "You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a brand-new reborn, dedicated Hebrew nation, [ 'GOD'S ] Own purchased, special and protected people', that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfection's of MESSIAH Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. [ Be sure and read { Exodus 23:22. }

... [ And also, read that which pertains to Israel as a future nation of priests during the millennial Reign of MESSIAH the KING { Isaiah 61: 6 }.

( 106 ). { 10 }: Once you Israelis were not a people at all, but now you are MESSIAH'S chosen people and nation. Once you were unpitied, but now you are pitied and have received mercy, { 1- Peter 2:9-10 }."

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( 107 ). Commentary: Concerning the word "lovingkindness" in {Hosea 2:19-23 } above, . . . the Hebrew word for it is "hesed," used about 250 times in the O.T. It means 'loyal, steadfast, or faithful-love - and stresses the idea of a belonging togetherness of those involved in the love relationship. Here it refers to GOD'S faithful love for His people Israel whom had been unfaithful to Him in their past. . . .

( 108 ). Read also { Hosea 4:1; - 6:4, 6; - 10:12; - 12:6; - Joel 2:13; - Jonah 2:8; - Micah 6:8; 7:18, 20; - & - Zechariah 7:9 }. In the Old Testament - Communion, deliverance, ennoblement, enlightenment, guidance, forgiveness, hope, praise, and preservation are all based on GOD'S 'HESED.'

( 109 ). Now apart from those in Israel who does "NOT" rely upon GOD, but put their trust instead in Israel's own genius, and military power other than the LORD . . ., it should be understood that there definitely - will be a Jewish Remnant who will always reverently fear the LORD. And this saved Remnant, shall consult with one another about the meaning of those things that are coming to pass. Read { Ezekiel 6:8 }.

( 110 ). They will begin to wonder if perhaps these are not the signs spoken by the prophets that will herald the coming of MESSIAH, and GOD says of those who fear His Name, that He will write in a book of remembrance and preserve them. This event looks beyond the battle of { Ezekiel Chs. 38-39 } to the sealing of the 144,000 Jewish witnesses.

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Here is something else to ponder . . .

( 111 ). Commentary . . . Israel is heir of the land according to the eternal Covenants, and is the heir of the world { Romans 4:13 }. But we of the BODY OF CHRIST is heir of the universe { 1- Corinthians 3:21- 23 } and joint heirs with CHRIST JESUS { Romans 8:16-18 }. . . .

( 112 ). CHRIST, will raise up His Temple in 3 days { John 2:19 }. A double meaning, referring to His own physical body, and later the BODY OF CHRIST in its entirety at the Rapture. Which takes place in the third one thousand year day, after His birth! And, we are living in the beginning of that third thousand year day after CHRIST'S birth at this very time, so keep looking up with great expectation for the Rapture to take place!: { 1- Thessalonians 4:16-18 }. We Christians are classified as more than one thing. We are also the "TEMPLE OF GOD!" Read { 1- Corinthians 6:19-29 }.

( 113 ). To understand what the basis of the Second Coming of MESSIAH is, we should also understand the theological foundations of anti-Semitism. Satan knows that once JESUS returns, his own career is over. But he also knows there will be no Second Coming until the Jewish people ask the MESSIAH to return.

( 114 ). Therefore, if Satan could ever succeed in destroying the Jews once and for all before they have a chance to plead for JESUS to return, there would be no Second Coming and his career would then be eternally safe.

( 115 ). That is why through-out the centuries and through-out Jewish history Satan has had this perpetual war against the Jews = seeking to destroy them at every opportunity. That explains the unique activities of Satan during the future Tribulation Period. And now We read . . .

Malachi Completed On...

Part Sixteen Of This Commentary Concerning The "Book Of Malachi" And The Future Of GOD'S Hebrew PEOPLE

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