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

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"THE LORD'S TABLE PROFANED"

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( 1 ). { V. 12 } Scripture: "But you have profaned it, in that you say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even His meat, is contemptible.

( 2 ). { V. 13 }: You said also, Behold, what weariness is it! and you have snuffed at it, says the LORD of hosts; and you brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus you brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? says the LORD.

( 3 ). { V. 14 }: But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male, and vows, and sacrifices unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am a GREAT KING, says the LORD of host, and My name is dreadful among the heathen, { Malachi 1:12-14 }."

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( 4 ). The above { Vs. 12-14 } paraphrased below in commentary form. . .

( 5 ). { 12 }: "But you have profaned it [ when by your actions and words' ], in that you say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and 'the fruit [ of it' ], even 'His meat [ GOD'S food' and His seed for the crops ], 'is contemptible [ and may be despised' ].

( 6 ). { 13 }: You say also, 'Behold [ pay strict attention', ] 'what a [ drudgery and ] weariness [ this ] is!' and you have 'snuffed [ Belittled'] at it, says the LORD of hosts. "And you have brought that which was taken by violence, or the lame, or the sick [ in its place" ]. This you bring as an offering! Shall I accept this from your hand? says the LORD GOD JEHOVAH. [ JESUS CHRIST was called JEHOVAH in the Old Testament, actually, He had many different GODLY names ].

( 7 ). { 14 }: But cursed be 'the [ cheating' ] deceiver, who has a male in his flock, and vows to offer it, yet sacrifices to 'the [ Sovereign' ] LORD a blemished or diseased thing: for I am a 'GREAT KING, [ and the . . . KING over all other Kings which I have placed upon their thrones ] says the LORD of host, and My name is terrible among the 'heathenish [ Paganistic Gentiles' ], and 'to be [ reverently ] feared among the nations [ of the world ]." Read { Daniel 2:21, 44; - & - 4:17. }

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( 8 ). Commentary . . . Concerning JEHOVAH in the Old Testament He was an incarnation of CHRIST in GOD and vice-versa. This was illustrated in { Genesis 18:1 } on into chapter nineteen. The word LORD in { Genesis 18:1 } referred to GOD YAHWEH, the other two mentioned in that verse refers to angels mentioned in { Genesis 19:1. } As to the above in Malachi, make no mistake, it is a fearful thing to give less than our best to the LORD. The charge that GOD makes against the Hebrew priesthood could well be made against the great majority of ministers today.

( 9 ). Many ministers have counted their service an unholy thing and have departed from the faith. Let none of us ever be guilty of keeping the best for ourselves and giving what is left to the LORD. When we say this we are not referring to money alone as most Bible teachers teach = but we should give ourselves to CHRIST by teaching His Word to others, { 2- Corinthians 5:18-21 }. We read . . .

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( 10 ). Scripture: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GOD, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto GOD, which is your reasonable service, { Romans 12:1 }."

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( 11 ). The above { V. 1 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . . "I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view 'of [ all' ] the mercies of GOD, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies - presenting all your members and faculties - as a living sacrifice, 'holy [ devoted, consecrated ] and well pleasing to GOD', which is your reasonable [ rational, intelligent ] service and spiritual worship, [ through prayer ]."

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( 12 ). Commentary ... And as for Israel during the previous Mosaic Law Dispensation . . . she was commanded to sacrifice only the best to the LORD, and I am afraid that many Christians in the future will be stammering like those priests mentioned in Malachi when they appear before the judgment seat of CHRIST. Many will be saying . . .

( 13 ). "Wherein did we give polluted offerings, wherein did we not sacrifice to the LORD'S work, and wherein did we rob GOD?

( 14 ). You can be sure that the LORD will show us because we read in these words that Paul wrote to Christians when he said . . .

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( 15 ). Scripture: "Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire: and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is, { 1 Corinthians 3:13 }."

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( 16 ). The above { V. 13 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

"The work of 'each [ one' ] will become [ plainly, 'openly ] known ..., shown for what it is'; for the day [ of MESSIAH'S judgement ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the Christians work each person has done after they had been saved.

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( 17 ). Commentary . . . But again in the charge made by GOD against the Old Testament priesthood, we see a direct reference to the latter days after the Rapture has taken place, and after the great tribulation has ended. JESUS will then become the KING of Israel when He ascends the Throne of David. This was the Gospel that CHRIST and the disciples preached to Israel. We read . . .

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( 18 ). Scripture: "And JESUS went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people, { Matthew 4:23 }."

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( 19 ). The above { V. 23 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . . "And JESUS The [ MESSIAH of Israel at His first coming' ]: went about all Galilee, teaching in their 'synagogues [ i.e., the Jewish' Assembly's ], and 'preaching the [ good news' of 'the ] Gospel of the [ Millennial ] Kingdom [ to come' ], and healing all manner of 'sickness [ and infirmity' ] and all manner of disease among 'the [ Hebrew' ] people."

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( 20 ). Commentary . . . The word "synagogues" was referring to the buildings or tents where Jewish worshipers went to hear the word of GOD taught, just as a modern building can be called an assembly hall ..., or a building to worship the LORD in during this Dispensation of Grace. The Jews had in their past been informed that when their MESSIAH would come He would make "the blind to see and the lame to leap as an hart," and JESUS presented evidence that He was the great MESSIAH and KING of KINGS that had been predicted by prophets of the past.

( 21 ). We have repeated the following many times in our messages . . . "The Gospel of the Kingdom concerns the Gospel associated with the one thousand year "perfect Kingdom here on earth" over which JESUS CHRIST as the MESSIAH and KING of KING'S - will reign in Person during that future Millennium, { Revelation 20:4-6 }."

( 22 ). MESSIAH'S Kingdom will begin immediately "after" the short seven year Tribulation "Dispensation. And . . . "the Tribulation will immediately began after the Rapture of the BODY OF CHRIST! ..., [ i.e., the Great Tribulation will be an administration of the future Antichrist and of the future One World Government. ... Which - is also called by men today- "The New World Order that will be controlled" by Antichrist overseen by Satan, and that is being set up as we write this message."

( 23 ). No where in the New Testament is the [ "GOSPEL OF THE MYSTERY OF THE GRACE OF GOD ] preached by the Apostle Paul to the unsaved Gentiles, and Christians alike: called the Gospel of the Kingdom!!!" And, while CHRIST was on this earth preaching and teaching that which concerned the Millennial Kingdom, "never did He ever even one time - mention the - Gospel of the Mystery of the Grace of GOD that we preach today!!!

( 24 ). That which GOD gave Paul to preach is the "GOSPEL OF THE MYSTERY OF THE GRACE OF GOD, which referred in its entirety to this present Grace Dispensation!

( 25 ). The priesthood, scribes and Pharisees of Israel thought they had silenced the message of the Kingdom when Pilate wrote over JESUS CHRIST'S head as He hung on the Cross, "This is the King of the Jews."

( 26 ). No-where is JESUS CHRIST presented to the BODY OF CHRIST of this Age and Dispensation of Grace as King except in His future Second Coming, and we read of this great KING Who would be LORD of Israel and KING of all nations . . ., read on . . .

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( 27 ). { V. 11 } Scripture: "And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. . . .

( 28 ). { V. 16 }: And He has on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORD, { Revelation 19:11, 16 }."

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( 29 ). The above { Vs. 11 - & - 16 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 30 ). { 11 }: "[ The LORD MESSIAH gave me "the Apostle John," a 'precise and true picture of what would take place after the great 7 year Tribulation Period', 'the scene was perfectly illustrated to me.' ... At MESSIAH'S Second Advent ]: I saw Heaven opened, and behold a 'white horse [ appeared!' ]; and 'He [ the returning JESUS CHRIST as the MESSIAH and Bride Groom of the saved Remnant of the Israelites' ]: HIM 'that sat upon [ the white horse,' and He ] was called Faithful [ and trustworthy, loyal, incorruptible, steady ] and True, and in righteousness 'He will judge [ the nations and people of the entire world' ] and make [ i.e., He will make ] war [ in righteousness . . . holiness, justice and uprightness ]. Read { Ezekiel 1:1 }. . . .

( 31 ). { 16 }: And He has on His 'vesture [ garment, robe' ] and on His thigh [ He has ] a 'name [ a title' ] written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Read also { Deuteronomy 10:17 - & - Daniel 2:47 }. And we read . . .

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UNFAITHFULNESS, { 2:1-9 }.

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( 32 ). { V. 1 } Scripture: "And now, 0 you priests, this commandment is for you,

( 33 ). { V. 2 }: If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto My name, says the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.

( 34 ). { V. 3 }: Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.

( 35 ). { V. 4 }: And you shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that My covenant might be with Levi, says the LORD of hosts.

( 36 ). { V. 5 }: My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear where-with he feared Me, and was afraid before My name.

( 37 ). { V. 6 }: The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with Me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

( 38 ). { V. 7 }: For the Priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

( 39 ). { V. 8 }: But you are departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble at the law; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts.

( 40 ). { V. 9 }: Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as you have not kept My ways, but have been partial in the law, { Malachi 2:1 - 9 }."

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( 41 ). The above { Vs. 1-9 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 42 ). { 1 }: "And now, 0 you 'priests [ of Israel' ], this commandment is for you,

( 43 ). { 2 }: If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it 'to [ your very ] heart [ mind and intellect' ], to give glory to 'My [ Holy' ] name, 'says [ JEHOVAH' ] the 'LORD [ GOD' ] 'of hosts' [ 'then ], I will [ positively' ] send 'a [ fearsome and dreadful' ] curse upon you, and 'I will curse your blessings [ i.e., dry up the supply from which the priests received their portions of meat grain, and etc.' ]: Yes, 'I have [ actually' ] cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart [ and obey My will ].

( 44 ). { 3 }: 'Behold [ take notice' ], I will corrupt [ and rebuke ] your 'seed [ grain to prevent due harvest' ], [ and instead of shoulder, cheeks and stomach from the festival offerings, I will give you the dung ] and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; 'and [ you' ] shall be taken away with it.

( 45 ). { 4 }: And you shall recognize and understand that I have sent this [ new decree to you priests, to be 'My [ new ] 'commandment [ covenant' ] 'with Levi [ the priestly tribe' ], says the LORD of hosts. [ When speaking of JESUS CHRIST as the MESSIAH, He came the first time in the fulfillment of the Levit Covenant ]. We read . . .

( 46 ). { 5 }: 'My covenant [ on My part' ] 'with Levi [ which was at the beginning an-arrangement with Levi the priest and his descendants in setting up the priesthood', and this ] was to 'give him [ and them' ] life and peace; because [ on his part ] of the reverent and worshipful fear with which the priests 'would revere Me [ their LORD GOD' ]: and stand in awe of My Holy name.

( 47 ). { 6 }: The law of truth was in Levi's mouth, and unrighteousness was NOT found in his speech; he walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and turned many away from iniquity.

( 48 ). { 7 }: For the Priest's lips 'should [ always guard' and ] 'keep [ pure' the ] 'knowledge [ of My law, My ordinances and commandments' ], 'and [ the people' ] 'should seek [ inquire for and require ... instruction' concerning ] the [ 'Mosaic ] Law' at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

( 49 ). { 8 }: But you [ wicked priests ] have turned aside out of the way; you have caused many to stumble 'by your instruction [ in and according to the Law, Ordinances and My commandments' ]; you have 'corrupted the covenant of Levi [ with Me' ], says the 'LORD [ GOD, JEHOVAH' ] of hosts.

( 50 ). { 9 }: Therefore have I also made you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept My ways, but have instead shown favouritism to persons in your administration of 'the Law [ of ALMIGHTY GOD Himself' ]. { Malachi 2:1- 9 }."

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( 51 ). Commentary ... GOD continues His pronouncement of a curse against the priesthood of Israel. And the wrath of GOD, moved from the priests pollution of the sacrifice, to their failure to observe the covenant with Levi. This also made clear that Levi's seed would be the keepers of the tabernacle and the Temple, the ministers of the LORD . . ., and from the ministers of the priests that were selected.

( 52 ). It was often the priesthood who became corrupted and then led the nation into "idolatry [ i.e., idle worship." ] In the second chapter of Malachi where the Scripture refers to Levi, it is actually referring to the LORD JESUS CHRIST in typology. Let us number all these glorious prophecies that were fulfilled in CHRIST JESUS.

( 53 ). [ No - 1 ] - above { V. 4 } states: "I have sent this commandment unto you, that covenant might be with Levi." [ JESUS CHRIST came as the fulfillment of the Levite Covenant." ] We read in Hebrews . . .

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( 54 ). { V. 14 } Scripture: "For it is evident that our LORD sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

( 55 ). { V. 15 }: And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there arises another priest,

( 56 ). { V. 16 }: Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment but after the power of an ENDLESS life.

( 57 ). { V. 17 }: For he testifies, You are a Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec, { Hebrews 7:14-17 }."

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( 58 ). The above { V. 14-17 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 59 ). { 14 }: "For it is obvious that our LORD spring from the tribe of Judah, and Moses mentioned nothing about the priesthood in connection with that tribe.

( 60 ). { 15 }: And this becomes more plainly evident when another priest arises Who bears the likeness of Melchisedec. . . . Read { Psalm 110:4. } [ Like Melchisedec, CHRIST combines the offices of priest and KING. ] Read { Zechariah 6:9-13 }, Incidentally, "Melchisedec, means: KING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS." ]

( 61 ). { 16 }: Who has been constituted a Priest, not on the bases of a bodily legal requirement: an externally imposed command concerning HIS ancestry . . . but on the basis of the power of an ENDLESS and INDESTRUCTIBLE Life.

( 62 ). { 17 }: For it is witnessed of JEHOVAH, "You are [ the CHRIST and or the MESSIAH which will be a high ] Priest forever after the order [ and rank ] of Melchisedec", { Hebrews 7:24-17 }." Read also { Psalm 110:4 } again. And read: { Hebrews 5:10; - 7:11, 15, - & - 21. }

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( 63 ). Commentary ... A Priest forever after the order of Melchisedec, There is no way our LORD could have been a Levitical priest because He was born of the tribe of Judah { Hebrews 7:14 }, and neither of the tribe of Levi. Thus He was associated with another order of priests, that of Melchisedec.

( 64 ). Both CHRIST and MELCHISEDEC are seen as men { Hebrews 7: 4 - & - 1 - Timothy 2:5 }; both were recognised as King-Priests { Genesis 14:18 - & - Zechariah 6:12-13 }; both were appointed directly by the TRIUNE GOD { Hebrews 7: 21 }; both were called "KING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS" and KING OF PEACE" { Isaiah 11:5-9 - & - Hebrews 7:2. }.

( 65 ). "The crowning of Joshua portrayed in { Zechariah 6:12-13 } foreshadowed the crowning MESSIAH, Who at His Second Advent will build His Own Millennial Temple and unite the offices of King and Priest in One Person.

( 66 ). [ No - 2 ]: "JESUS CHRIST came to offer to Israel the fulfillment of the Covenants made to the fathers of Israel. We read . . .

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( 67 ). Scripture: "Now I say that JESUS CHRIST was a minister of the 'circumcision [ Israel' ] for the truth of GOD, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers, { Romans 15: 8 }."

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( 68 ). The above { V. 8 } paraphrased in commentary form ... "For I tell you that CHRIST, the MESSIAH, became a servant and a minister to the 'Circumcision [ Jews' ] in order to show GOD'S truthfulness and honesty by 'confirming [ verifying ] the promises [ originally given ] to the fathers [ of the Hebrews' ]

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( 69 ). Commentary ... As we have before stated, at times we will repeat a verse or just a part of a verse to make the subject clearer. Up to the time that JESUS was nailed to the Cross He was a minister to Israel to offer them the fulfillment of the Millennial Kingdom promises, but at the Cross - as mentioned by Paul in the following verse . . .

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( 70 ). Scripture: "And that the Gentiles might glorify GOD for His mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to you among the Gentiles, and sing unto Your name, { Romans 15:9 }."

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( 71 ). The above { V. 9 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 72 ). "And [ also in order ] that the [ 'Paganistic ] Gentiles' might glorify GOD 'for [ uncovenanted ] mercy to them [ by offering them salvation by their accepting the LORD JESUS as their Saviour' ] as it is written, Therefore I will praise 'You [ LORD' ] among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your Name, { Romans 15:9 }." Read { Psalm 18:49; - 117: 1; - Deuteronomy 32:43; - & - Isaiah 11:10. } All from the Greek version of the Old Testament. ... [ The third prophecy ..., and we repeat the first part of this next verse . . .

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( 73 ). [ N0 - 3 ]: The third prophecy is found in verse 5, Scripture: "My covenant was with him of life and peace, { Malachi 2:5 }."

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( 74 ). Scripture: "... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly, { John 10:10 }." [ The Covenant of peace was also fulfilled in CHRIST as we read on again . . .

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( 75 ). Scripture: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you, { John 14:27 }." The fourth prophecy is also found in

V. 5 } above and we repeat it again . . .

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( 76 ). [ No - 4 ]: "And I give them to him for the fear wherewith he feared Me, and was afraid before My name, { Malachi 2:5 }." [ The fear is referring to 'reverence of JESUS CHRIST toward the FATHER' as is described . . .

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( 77 ). { V. 7 } Scripture: "Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared;

( 78 ). { V. 8 }: Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered, { Hebrews 5:7-8."

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( 79 ). The above { V. 7-8 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 80 ). { 7 }: Who in the days of 'His flesh [ CHRIST JESUS' - referring back to { Hebrews 5: 5 }: offered up definite, special petitions [ for that which He not only wanted but needed at that time ], and supplications, with strong crying and tears, [ referring to occasions like those of { John 12: 27 } and the experience He suffered in 'Gethsemane . . . { Matthew 26:36- 44' } JESUS cried out ] to 'Him: [ the Heavenly FATHER' ] 'Who was [ always ] able to save [ and protect JESUS out from death - while He was in His fleshly body', and ], 'His [ prayers were heard because of His Own GODLY presence, nature and reverence toward the FATHER GOD' ... His Godly fear that He suffered through ], 'His Piety [ that is, in that He shrank from the horrors of separation from the bright presence of GOD the FATHER' ].

( 81 ). { 8 }: Though He was GOD THE SON of The FATHER in His flesh, 'He learned [ active, special' ] obedience through all those ungodly circumstances that He suffered." Read also { Titus 2:13-14; - & - 1 - John 3:1-2. }

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( 82 ). [ No - 5 ]: Commentary ... The fifth prophecy concerns those that GOD gave Him Who feared His name, and we read from the high priestly prayer of JESUS . . .

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( 83 ). Scripture: "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name: those that You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition that the Scriptures might be fulfilled, { John 17:12 }."

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( 84 ). The above { V. 12 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "While I [ JESUS CHRIST ] was 'with them [ those Jews that had become Believers' ] 'in the world: [ at the time of CHRIST'S ministry when He was still in the flesh before His crucifixions' ], 'I kept [ and preserved' ] them 'in Your name: [ Heavenly FATHER' . . . 'in knowledge and worship of You' ] 'those that You gave Me I [ guarded and ] have kept, [ i.e., have protected' ] 'and none [ not even one ] of them is lost [ or has perished to Satan' ], 'but [ or except' ] 'the son of perdition [ Judas Iscariot'; the one who is now doomed to destruction, and is destined to be lost forever ] ... that the Scriptures might be fulfilled, { John 17:12 }." Read { Psalm 41:9 - & - John 6:70. }

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Continued . . . Be Sure And Read . . .

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

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