Date: 07/01/2016 Issue Number: 336
After giving us the message from God that we will be blessed if we “bring the whole tithe into the storehouse,” the prophet records the popular objection that he faced in his day. Malachi 3:13-15 says,
13 “Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against Thee?’ 14 “You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of…
Date: 06/01/2016 Issue Number: 335
What is the divine purpose in refining and purifying the so-called “sons of Levi” in Malachi 3:3? The prophet tells us the reason: “so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness.”
Why is this so important? The next verse tells us:
4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord, as in the days of old and as in former years.
Apart from priestly integrity (and real faith), their offerings carry no weight with God. Offerings are valued according to t…
Date: 05/01/2016 Issue Number: 334
Malachi links the third and fourth messengers in a special relationship. The third prepares the way for the fourth. The fourth is the Messiah Himself and the mediator of the New Covenant.
The last part of Mal. 3:1 says, “the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold He is coming.” Both the people and the priests were desirous of the Messiah’s coming. The thought was delightful, but only because they did not truly understand His mission. The prophet then foretells the mission of both …
Date: 04/01/2016 Issue Number: 333
Two Wrong Views of the Law
After criticizing the priests for their partiality and their unjust marriage policies, the prophet says in Mal. 2:17,
17 You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them,” or “Where is the God of Justice?”
The prophet implies that the priests did not agree with his assessment. Instead, they argued with him and with Go…
Date: 03/01/2016 Issue Number: 332
The second “messenger” in the book of Malachi is the model priest who adheres to the covenant, walks uprightly, and preserves the knowledge of God so that he may teach it to the people.
One major criticism that God had for the priests in the days of Malachi was that they were showing partiality in their judgments, their thinking, and their attitudes toward others. In so doing, they had “turned aside from the way” (2:8) and had caused many to stumble by their instruction/teaching.
Date: 02/01/2016 Issue Number: 331
In Malachi 1:13 God complains about the priests’ attitude toward the sacrifices, saying,
13 “You also say, ‘My, how tiresome it is!’ And you disdainfully sniff at it [i.e., “pooh-pooh it”],” says the Lord of hosts, “and you bring what was taken by robbery, and what is lame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I receive that from your hand?” says the Lord.
Not only were people bringing sacrificial animals that were lame or sick, but also what they had…
Date: 01/01/2016 Issue Number: 330
In the first four verses of Malachi, God expresses His love for “Jacob” while hating “Esau-Edom.” Though Edom’s desire was to inherit the promises of God, the decision of God was made before these twin sons were even born.
The Law of the Stubborn Son
The sovereign decision of God, however, appeared to contradict the provision in the law which forbade preferring a younger son over the older (Deut. 21:15-17). Replacing a first-born son could be done only when there was legal cause&md…
Date: 12/01/2015 Issue Number: 329
Malachi is the last prophet of the Old Testament. He lived after Judah’s exile and is one of the post-exilic prophets, along with Haggai and Zechariah.
Malachi’s prophecy shows us the conditions in the nation of Judea leading up to the coming of Christ. In that sense, this prophecy told the people of his day what issues were going to be a problem in the next few centuries. God wanted the people to know what to pray about, so that they would have understanding during the 400 so-called “silent year…
Date: 11/01/2015 Issue Number: 328
There have been many classic controversies in the history of the Church, most of which were “settled” by Church Councils. These Councils, however, were made up of bishops who were largely carnally minded religious men and did not truly reflect the humility and love that had been seen in Jesus. For this reason, these Councils were more similar to the Jewish Sanhedrin and based upon human understanding, rather than to the biblical Council of the Lord, which functions by revelation.
The fourth century, be…
Date: 10/01/2015 Issue Number: 327
Daniel 12:11, 12 says,
11 And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days.
The time cycles given in these verses are a mystery to most people. As I said earlier, John has nothing to say about these two cycles, focusing only upon the 1260 days (Rev. 12:6). This is the equivalent of “a time and times and half a time” in Rev. 12:14. John expresses it a…
Date: 09/01/2015 Issue Number: 326
In early August ten of us met in the high mountains of Colorado to pray, to discern, and to appeal to the Divine Court to bless the earth in fulfillment of His New Covenant promises.
I wrote a full report of this court case in my weblogs after returning to Minnesota, and it is too lengthy to repeat the details of that court case here. However, God gave us some deeper revelations during that time in order to better equip us to do the work that we were required to do. One of the most important revelations was about …
Date: 08/01/2015 Issue Number: 325
One of the notable themes in the book of Isaiah is his prophecy about the remnant returning. Isaiah 10:20-23 says,
20 Now it will come about in that day that the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. 21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. 22 For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, only a remnant within them will return; a destruct…