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

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"The [ Sixth ] Prophecy Concerning JESUS CHRIST And His Law Is Found In { V. 6 }"

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( 1 ). Scripture: "The law of truth was in His mouth . . . { Malachi 2:6 }." [ The fulfillment is given . . .

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( 2 ). Scripture: "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by JESUS CHRIST, { John 1:17 }." [ Also . . .

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( 3 ). The above { V. 17 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "While the Old Mosaic LAW was written Personally by GOD and forwarded on to Moses, that he should issue it as commandments and ordinances to the Israelite nation." On the other hand: "Grace . . . according to the Scriptures was unearned followed by TRUTH also unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing . . ., and the TRUTH of GOD'S Word commenced through GOD the LORD JESUS CHRIST. { John 1: 17 }."... Read also, { Exodus 20:1 - 7 - Titus 2:13}.

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( 4 ). Scripture: "Pilate therefore said to Him, Are you a king then? JESUS answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth, Every one that is of the truth hears my voice, { John 18:37 }."

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( 5 ). The above { V. 37 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . . "Pilate phrased a question and said to JESUS in a derogatory manner,' "Then You are a KING?" JESUS answered, 'You said it! [ You speak correctly,] for I am a KING. ... Certainly I am a KING!' This is why I was born into a physical human body made of flesh, blood and bone, and for this reason 'I have come down into this world from Heaven. So that I should bear witness to the TRUTH. 'Everyone who is of the TRUTH and whoever is a friend of the TRUTH, and whoever belongs to the TRUTH hears and abides according to the words of My voice', { John 18:37 }."

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( 6 ). [ No - 7 ]: The seventh prophecy is also found in { V. 6. } . . .

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( 7 ). Scripture: ". . . iniquity was not found in [ MESSIAH'S ] lips . . . { Malachi 2:6 }."

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( 8 ). Commentary . . . Even when in - the most terrible time of testing a man has ever been called upon to endure, we read . . .

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( 9 ). Scripture: "He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before the shearer, so opened He not His mouth, { Acts 8: 32 }."

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( 10 ). The above { V. 32 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "Philip, in the book of Acts read from { Isaiah 53: 7-8 }", and "The place of the text which he read was this . . ., "He: [ the soon to be crucified MESSIAH ] was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so therefore, [ The LORD JESUS did ]: not even open His mouth [ to speak one word ], { Acts 8:32 }."

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( 11 ). [ No - 8 ]: Commentary . . . { V. 6 } also contains another prophecy concerning CHRIST as we read . . .

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( 12 ). Scripture: "He walked with me in peace and equity, { Malachi 2: 6 }." [ The fulfillment is given . . .

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( 13 ). { V. 5 } Scripture: "Let this mind be in you. which 'was [ past tense' ] also in CHRIST JESUS:

( 14 ). { V. 6 }: Who, being in the form of GOD, thought it not robbery to be equal with GOD, { Philippians 2:5-6 }."

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( 15 ). [ N0 - 9 ]: Commentary . . . And of course He was then: is now, and always will be our Great GOD! ... For the 9th prophecy concerning CHRIST we again read . . .

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( 16 ). Scripture: "And did turn many away from iniquity, { Malachi 2:6 }." [ And for the fulfillment we read . . .

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( 17 ). { V. 11 } Scripture: "For the Grace of GOD that brings salvation has appeared to all men [ both in the past and will in the future ]. ...

( 18 ). { V. 12 }: Teaching us that, denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. [ And today we should be . . .

( 19 ). { V. 13 }: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great GOD and our Saviour JESUS CHRIST.

( 20 ). { V. 14 }: Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

( 21 ). { V. 15 }: These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you, { Titus 2:11- 15 }."

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( 22 ). The above { Vs. 11-15 } paraphrased below in commentary form...

( 23 ). { 11 }: "For the Grace of GOD . . . His unmerited favor and blessing has come forward that brings salvation, thus MESSIAH has 'appeared [ i.e., a reference to the incarnation of MESSIAH'S, first appearing' ] to all men . . . For their deliverance from sin and eternal salvation for all mankind. . . .

( 24 ). { 12 }: Teaching us that, denying 'ungodliness [ i.e., irreverence. overpowering attractions for the secular world. = sensibly, seriously' ], and worldly lusts, and passionate desires, we should live discreet temperate, with self-controlled lifestyles, and we should live soberly, upright, 'devout [ spiritually-whole' ] righteously, and godly, in this present 'world [ Age' ].

( 25 ). { 13 }: [ And we should constantly be ] Awaiting and looking 'for [ the fulfillment, and the realization of our ] 'blessed hope [ in glory - i.e., at the Rapture' ], even the glorious appearing of our "Great GOD and our Saviour JESUS CHRIST." ... Read again the above { V. 13 } also read { Colossians 1:27; - Ephesians 4:4; - 1- John 3:2; - 2- Peter 1:1; - Philippians 3:20; - 1:6; - Hebrews 9:28; - 1- Thessalonians 4:16-18; - & - 1- Corinthians 15:51-52 }."

( 26 ). { 14 }: [ He JESUS CHRIST ] Who gave Himself for us, that He might 'redeem us [ by purchasing our freedom' ] 'from all iniquity [ i.e., and releasing us from the bondage of sin ], and purify unto Himself a 'peculiar [ protected' ] 'people [ i.e., a people of His Own, ... a people who are eager and enthusiastic about living a life that is good and filled with beneficial deeds, a people for His Own possession,' and 'who are ], zealous of good works.' Read also { Ephesians 1:7 } and also what else JEHOVAH has to say about His people Israel in ... { Psalms 130:8; - Ezekiel 37:23; - & - Deuteronomy 14:2, etc. }

( 27 ). { 15 }: Tell [ them all ] these things. Urge, [ advise, encourage, warn ] and rebuke with full authority. Let no one despise or disregard or think little of you - conduct yourself and your teaching so as to command respect, { Titus 2:11- 15 }."

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( 28 ). Commentary . . . All those prophecies in the past concerning the chief high priest of GOD were fulfilled in JESUS CHRIST Who came as an eternal high priest to both Jew, and to those whom would later be saved from out of the heathenish Gentle nations.

( 29 ). In his second chapter, Malachi speaks of the fulfillment of these prophecies in the past tense because the setting is Tribulation, and after the Temple has been rebuilt during the future Tribulation Period, and GOD looks back to the Cross where His Only Begotten SON was crucified. Then . . .

( 30 ). He will say [ future tense ] to the priesthood of Israel when He returns at His Second Advent . . . "That of all people - especially those of the priesthood should have recognized the High Priest of GOD the first time when He came as their MESSIAH." - "And yes, 'even now during their present time of tribulation [ future tense' ]: while the Antichrist will still be persecuting them" . . . "They will still be continuing in their sins of offering polluted sacrifices and offerings which could never take away sin.

( 31 ). Today, we are well aware that Israelis who have lived in many of the world's nations are continually returning back to the land of Israel according to the plan and purpose of GOD. And, we are comforted by the blessed assurance that the High Priest of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, is going to come back to them and take away their ungodliness. We read . . .
 

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( 32 ). { V. 25 } Scripture: "For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

( 33 ). { V. 26 }: And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the DELIVERER, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.

( 34 ). { V. 27 }: For this is My Covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins, { Romans 11:25-27 }."

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( 35 ). The above { Vs. 25-27 } paraphrased below in commentary form:

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( 36 ). { 25 } "For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, 'until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. [ I.e., after the Gentiles have ended all their power over Israel and yes, even many of the people who had been heathen Gentiles will also have been saved out from the Tribulation Period' by receiving the LORD as their Saviour ].

( 37 ). { 26 }: And so 'all Israel [ i.e., those of the saved Remnant that are left alive after the Great Tribulation has ended' ] shall be saved [ at the beginning of MESSIAH'S Millennial reign ]: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the DELIVERER, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Read { Isaiah 59:20-21 }.

( 38 ). { 27 }: For 'this [ will be' ] My Covenant . . . My agreement with My covenant people Israel, when I shall take away their sins at the time of My Millennial reign upon the earth, { Romans 11:25-27 }." Read and study also the following two verses . . .

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( 39 ). { V. 31 } Scripture: "Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will make a 'new covenant [ i.e., an everlasting agreement' and 'a DIVINE promise ]: with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah':

( 40 ). { V. 32 }: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them, 'says the LORD [ JEHOVAH GOD' ] . . .

( 41 ). { V. 33 }: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, says the LORD, "I WILL"! put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their GOD, and they shall be My people.

( 42 ). { V. 34 }: And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin 'NO MORE,' { Jeremiah 31:31-34 }."

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( 43 ). Commentary . . . Concerning the principal O.T. passage on the new covenant . . . read { Isaiah 59:20-21; - Jeremiah 32:37-40; - Ezekiel 16:60-63; - & - 37 }. "The New Covenant will be made in the future with the whole nation of Israel - read { Jeremiah 31:31 }; it will be unlike the Mosaic Covenant in that it will be unconditional { Jeremiah 31:32 }; its provisions will include . . .

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No - [ 1 ]: a change of the heart,

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No - [ 2 ]: fellowship with MESSIAH GOD,

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No - [ 3 ]: knowledge of the LORD, and . . .

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No - [ 4 ]: forgiveness of sins. All of this will be fulfilled for Israel when MESSIAH returns { Romans 11:26-27 }."

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( 44 ). { V. 6 } Scripture: "But now has He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how - much also He is the Mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

( 45 ). { V. 7 }: For if that first covenant had been faultless, there should no place have been sought for the second.

( 46 ). { V. 8 }: For finding fault with them, He says, Behold, the days come, says the LORD, when 'I WILL' make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

( 47 ). { V. 9 }: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in My covenant, and I regarded them not says the LORD.

( 48 ). { V. 10 }: For this is the covenant that 'I WILL' make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD; 'I WILL' put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and 'I WILL' be to them a GOD, and they 'shall be to Me a people.

( 49 ). { V. 11 }: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, know the LORD: for all shall know ME, from the least to the greatest.

( 50 ). { V. 12 }: For 'I WILL' be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities 'WILL I' remember NO MORE.

( 51 ). { V. 13 }: In that he says, a new covenant, He has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away, { Hebrews 8:6-13 }."

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( 52 ). The above { Vs. 6-13 } paraphrased below in commentary form. . .

( 53 ). { 6 }: "But as it 'now is, [ future tense' ] He [ MESSIAH ] has acquired a [ much more excellent priestly ] ministry which is much superior and 'more excellent [ than the old Mosaic ] covenant' . . . 'this [ new' ] agreement ... of which the LORD is the 'Mediator: [ the Worker, and Agent' ] 'is [ far' ] superior and more excellent; because it is enacted and 'rests upon more important [ sublimer, higher and nobler ] promises [ for GOD'S beloved people Israel' ].

( 54 ). { 7 }: For if that first covenant 'had been faultless [ and without defect' ], there would have been no reason for another . . . 'or second [ future covenant, or even an attempt to institute another one of far superior quality.' ]

( 55 ). { 8 }: However, [ 'it is that ] MESSIAH finds fault with them [ showing forth the old covenants inadequacy' ], when He says, 'Behold [ take notice' ], the days will come says the LORD, 'when [ after I return at My second Advent back to this earth' ] 'I WILL' make and ratify a new Covenant or agreement with the "house of Israel [ referring to the northern part of Israel's land and of her Hebrew people:", ] and "with the house of Judah [ referring to the southern part of the land of Israel and her Hebrew people." ... All of this will make all the land promised to Abraham and his posterity into one complete Sovereign Nation! according to the original Abrahamic Covenant in its future fulfillment. ]

( 56 ). { 9 }: The new covenant will not be like the old Mosaic covenant that I made with the elder fathers of Israel on the day when I grasped them by the hand to help and relieve them and to lead them out from the land of Egypt, the sad fact is, they did not abide in My ancient [ "Covenant ] agreement" with them, and so I withdrew My favor and disregarded them, says the LORD JEHOVAH [ past tense ].

( 57 ). { 10 }: For this 'WILL' be the new covenant that 'I WILL' make with the house of Israel after 'those [ great Tribulation ] days [ have ran their course' ], says the LORD; 'I WILL' indelibly imprint My laws upon their minds, even upon their innermost thoughts and intellect, and 'I WILL' engrave them upon their hearts, and 'I WILL' be their GOD, their MESSIAH and their KING OF KINGS, and they shall be My beloved people forever. [ The 'LORD WILL' do this through His Grace.' ... Read { Matthew 1:21; - & - Romans 3:22-25 }.

( 58 ). { 11 }: And it 'WILL' nevermore be necessary for every one to teach his neighbour and his fellow citizen or every one his brother, saying, 'Know . . . [ that is', ] perceive, have knowledge of and get acquainted by experience with the - LORD; for 'all WILL' know Me, from the smallest to the greatest - YES: all humanity shall know Me! As for Israel . . .

( 59 ). { 12 }: 'I WILL' be merciful and gracious toward their sins and 'I WILL' remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more throughout eternity! . . . Read { Jeremiah 31:31-34 }. Naturally The LORD is speaking of those whom will be in a saved condition, not of those who have rejected Him and have received the mark of the beast!

( 60 ). { 13 }: When GOD speaks of a 'new [ Covenant or agreement with the Israelis' ]: He makes the first one obsolete ... And what is obsolete ... i.e., out of use and annulled because of age - it is then to be dispensed with altogether, { Hebrews 8:6-13 }."

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( 61 ). Commentary . . . What better proof of a future New Covenant that will be instituted at MESSIAH'S Second Advent. It is spoken of both in the Old Testament and in the New, and practically in the same words!

( 62 ). The Covenant CHRIST mediates is naturally a much better covenant, and the Covenant He as the 'MESSIAH WILL enact WILL' be on much better promises. This future New Covenant is contrasted with that first Covenant { V. 7 }; i.e., the Mosaic Law { Exodus 19:5 }.

( 63 ). CHRIST'S blood is the basis of the New Covenant { Matthew 26:28 } and it will yet have an aspect of its fulfillment in relation to Israel and Judah in the Millennial reign of MESSIAH as predicted in Jeremiah's prophecy mentioned above.

( 64 ). Until this present Dispensation of Grace closes with the disappearance of the BODY OF CHRIST from this earth - { 1- Thessalonians 4:16-18; - 1- Corinthians 15:51-52 - & - 2 - Thessalonians 2:3 }, there is but one Gospel for both Jews and Gentile, and this Gospel is, "CHRIST died for our sins according to the Scriptures."

( 65 ). The Bible says there is no other Name under Heaven whereby you must be saved - and what a wonderful and glorious Saviour we have in JESUS CHRIST.

( 66 ). If you do not know Him, We pray that you will believe on His Name and receive Him as your LORD and REDEEMER. We will continue and read again repeating these next 3 verses . . .

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( 67 ). { V. 7 } Scripture: "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.

( 68 ). { 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.

( 69 ). { 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 2:7-9 }."

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( 70 ). Commentary . . . The essence of GOD'S charge against the priesthood of Israel is that they had lost the way in the law. We do not know what the Temple that Israel will build during the Tribulation Period will exactly look like in its entirety, but positively this is going to take place.

( 71 ). We also know that Israel must rebuild the Tribulation Temple, reinstitute the priesthood and resume temple worship and the offering of sacrifices. { Isaiah Ch. 66 } declares that a Temple will be rebuilt before the MESSIAH returns.

( 72 ). Malachi says the LORD will suddenly come to His Temple in that great and dreadful Tribulation Day of the LORD.

( 73 ). Paul in { 2- Thessalonians 2:4 } says the Antichrist will sit in the Temple; JESUS CHRIST in { Matthew 24:15 } says the Antichrist will defile the Temple; and { Revelation 11:1-2 } provides a limited view of the Tribulation Temple.

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Continued . . . Be Sure And Read . . .

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

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