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

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Past Tense . . . The Crowning Of Joshua The High Priest { Vs. 9-15 }

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( 1 ). { V. 9 } Scripture: "And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

( 2 ). { V. 10 }: Take of them of the captivity, even of Hel'dai, of Tobi'jah and of Jedai'ah, which are come from Babylon, and come you the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephani'ah;

( 3 ). { V. 11 }: Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Jos'edech;

( 4 ). { V. 12 }: And speak to him, saying, Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, Behold, the man whose name is THE BRANCH; and He shall grow up out of His place, and He shall build the Temple of the LORD,

( 5 ). { V. 13 }: Even He shall build the Temple of the LORD; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a Priest upon His throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

( 6 ). { V. 14 }: And the crowns shall be to Tobi'jah, and to Jadai'ah, and to Hen the son of Zephani'ah, for a memorial in the Temple of the LORD.

( 7 ). { V. 15 }: And they that are far off shall come and build in the Temple of the LORD, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your GOD, { Zechariah 6:12-15 }."

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( 8 ). The above { V. 9-15 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 9 ). { V. 9 } Scripture: "And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying . . .,

( 10 ). { 10 }: Accept donations and offerings 'from these [ as are representatives' of 'the ] exiles', from Heldai, from Tobijah, and from Jedaiah; and you come the same day and go to the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah, which has come from Babylon.

( 11 ). { 11 }: Yes, take from them silver and gold, and make crowns and set one upon the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest;

( 12 ). { 12 }: "And say to him, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts ... [ To you Joshua the high priest in Israel, ] behold . . . look at, [ and ] keep in sight' [ 'and ], watch [ diligently for the birth of' ]... 'the Man [ i.e., the CHRIST Child the MESSIAH' ] Whose name is the BRANCH; for He shall grow up in His place, and 'He shall build the [ True Millennial ] Temple of the LORD.' Read { Isaiah 4:2; - Jeremiah 23:5; - 33:15; - & - Zechariiah 3:8 }.

( 13 ). { 13 }: Yes [ you are building "a" temple of the LORD, but ] . . . 'it is He [ the returning MESSIAH Himself Who shall build the [ True Millennial ] Temple of the LORD', 'and He shall bear the honor and glory [ as of the only Begotten of the FATHER' ], 'and [ He as the KING OF KINGS ] shall sit and rule upon His throne.' And 'He shall be a Priest upon His throne, and the counsel of peace' shall be between the 'two [ offices' of ] ... [ 'Priest and KING' ]. Read { John 1:14; - 17:5; - & - Hebrews 2:9. }

( 14 ). { 14 }: And the [ other ] crown 'shall be [ credited' ] to 'Helem [ Heldai' ], and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to the kindness and favor of Josiah the son of Zephaniah, and shall be in the Temple of the LORD for a reminder and a memorial. Read { V. 10; - & - Matthew 10: 41. }

( 15 ). { 15 }: And those who are far off shall come 'and [ help, assist in the ] building of the [ Millennial' ] Temple of MESSIAH, and 'you shall know that the LORD sent me [ Zechariah a prophet of the LORD JEHOVAH' ] to you. And [ your part in this ] shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your GOD, { Zechariah 6:9- 15 }."

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( 16 ). Commentary . . . of { Vs. 9-15 }: . . . The words in this great prophecy has a twofold meaning. The memorable night of the past with it great visions was gone. The first streaks of the morning heralded the coming dawn. Then the Word of JEHOVAH came to the young prophet commanding him to make crowns of silver and gold and crown Joshua, the high priest.

( 17 ). In the past tense, there was no doubt but what was commanded was actually carried out and 'Cheldai [ meaning - 'robust' ], 'Tobiah [ meaning 'GOD'S goodness' ], and 'Jedaiah [ meaning 'GOD knows' ] ..., gave their silver and gold, and crowns were made out of it and placed upon the head of Joshua the high priest.

( 18 ). [ future tense ]: But the action had a much higher meaning. It was a highly typical one. It must have astonished Joshua and the people to hear such a command, for the royal crown did not belong to the high-priest but to the descendant of David. He must have understood that the whole command had a symbolical bearing.

( 19 ). Joshua the high priest - hears it from the Word of the LORD that another person is only typified by himself, "Behold the man Whose name is the BRANCH." It is this BRANCH Who will become a Priest upon the future thrown. This of course, will be our LORD JESUS CHRIST as MESSIAH: the "KING OF KINGS."

( 20 ). The name of the high-priest Joshua is in itself very significant, for the meaning is, "GOD is Salvation, SAVIOUR, and JESUS." Pontius Pilate was fulfilling prophecy when he stood there leading out JESUS of Nazareth before that tumultuous multitude, and when he said "Behold the man ..." whether he knew it or not he was voicing words of the past...

( 21 ). Had the assembled Jews at that time known the Scriptures they would have recognized the phrase from the old Testament given above. But how did He come forth? He wore a crown of thorns upon His loving brow, and the people gazed into the bloodstained face of the LAMB OF GOD now ready to be placed upon the altar and actually slain.

( 22 ). But once again in our future, the words will sound forth, "Behold the MAN." For when He appears at His Second Advent, it will be after He has gathered His Saints, and then He will return as the "SON of Man" in the Heavens, and the sign of the "SON of MAN" will be seen returning in the atmosphere of this earth.

( 23 ). MESSIAH will be crowned again too, but not with a crown of suffering and shame, but with the crown of glory. Thus, He is seen in { Revelation 19:12 } as wearing many crowns. He comes the next time to build His Millennial Temple of MESSIAH, bearing majesty, sitting and ruling upon His thrown.

( 24 ). CHRIST is now, during this Grace Dispensation - the builder of the spiritual Temple, thatt is called "THE ONE NEW MAN, which is the BODY OF CHRIST, { Ephesians 2:15-16 }." [ I.e., it is just as we have before stated of the BODY OF CHRIST many times! . . ., this BODY of SAINTS is in the masculine gender 'NOT' feminine as most ministers teach. ] We are the present spiritual Temple, that is composed of living stones, { Ephesians 2:21 - & - 1- Peter 2:5 }.

( 25 ). And when MESSIAH returns again to this earth, there will be the building of the Millennial Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. As for MESSIAH'S throne, it will no longer be His FATHER'S throne but MESSIAH'S Own throne, upon which He is to be the KING of KINGS and a Priest as well.

( 26 ). The KING of KINGS and the LORD of LORDS will then take possession of His inheritance. The times of overturning are over and He Whose right it is has come. There is a very instructive thought in the fact that the Israelis - the people of the exile, as mentioned above, were to bring the silver and the gold out of which the crowns were to be made. Therefore . . .,

( 27 ). The time will come when the whole exiled Hebrew nation, so long scattered and forgotten by many, through the past dispersion, and who will become the richest nation of the earth, they will bring their silver and gold, their glory and their all, and lay it at the feet of their Great KING.

From The New Testament We Read Again The Following Verse . . .

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( 28 ). ". . . Behold, the Lamb of GOD, which takes away the sin of the world, { John 1:29 }."

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( 29 ). Scripture: "Then came JESUS forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said unto them, 'Behold [ here is ] the Man!' { John 19:5 }."

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( 30 ). Scripture: ". . . Behold, your KING comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass, { Matthew 21:5 }."

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( 31 ). The above { V. 5 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . . "... Behold your King is coming to you, lowly and riding on a donkey, which is a colt, the foal of a 'donkey [ a beast of burden' ]. Read { Isaiah 62:11 - & - Zechariah 9:9 }.

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( 32 ). Scripture: "... behold the place where they laid Him, { Mark 16: 6 }."

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( 33 ). Scripture: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock . . .,

{ Revelation 3:20 }."

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( 34 ). Scripture: "... behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be, Revelation 22:12 }."

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( 35 ). The above { V. 12 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . . "Behold, I will return very soon, and I will bring the wages and My rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own works merit, { Revelation 22:12 }."

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( 36 ). Commentary . . . The prophecies of the Old Testament pointing to the revelation of the MESSIAH - was introduced by the word "BEHOLD." . . .

( 37 ). MESSIAH the CHRIST was introduced in the New Testament in all facets of His manifold glory - as Savior, Prophet, Judge, Priest and King with the same word.

( 38). GOD does not want any man to miss the great truth that JESUS CHRIST is the promised MESSIAH of Israel, the Savior of born again Children of GOD the FATHER of this Dispensation of Grace, and . . . the coming KING of glory.

( 39 ). Even a 'heathenistic, Paganistic, Edomite governor of Jerusalem, Pilate', who called the attention of the world to CHRIST'S incomparable greatness when he declared, "Behold the Man!" The question that GOD is asking you today is . . .

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( 40 ). { No. 1 }: Do you behold Him as the LAMB OF GOD which takes away the sins of the world?

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( 41 ). { No. 2 }: Do you fully understand that CHRIST died for your sins according to the Scriptures?

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( 42 ). { No. 3 }: Do you know CHRIST JESUS as your Savior? . . .

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The Book Of Malachi Continued On . . .

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

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