Book of Malachi Chapters 3-4
Have you ever noticed that the Lord comes right to the point, He does not beat around the bush as some say, I praise the Lord that He does this!
This also a great example for every Pastor.
Right is always right and wrong is always wrong and wrong is sin!
Jas_4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
We cannot fool God and it is a terrible sin just to attempt to fool God.
God proves this to us with all these examples in the Old Testament.
God’s ears are always open to what we say.
God’s eyes are always open to see what we do.
God does not look upon the outside of us to judge us, He simply looks into the heart to see if we are real Christians!
When we think we can tell God what to do, we tread on dangerous ground!
We must understand, God is very strict on our behavior!
*****Mal 3:13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?
Mal 3:14 Ye have 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?
Mal 3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
Starting at verse 13 we can see, that these are the ways we can tell that the course of this world is not following the will of God.
It is obvious today that our own government has taken the stand that anything spoken in the Word of God is evil because it does not fit into their agenda.
This is the battle our President faces, and we all must stand on the Word of God.
It is not vain to serve the Lord the benefits are immense!
Psa 116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Psa 116:9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
Psa 116:10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
Psa 116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.
Psa 116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
We should ask ourselves, how are those so full of pride happy. They are only happy when they are persecuting the people of God!
They tempt God but He is quiet.
They provoke God and God is still silent.
They resist God yet they are still safe.
We should never forget that those that do these things are already sentenced to eternal death so they are not improving their relationship with the Lord at all and why should God say anything when He has already judged them?
God only pays attention to what His children are doing and to what His children are saying because it is God’s children who can put a smile on God’s face, and it is these things that are written in God’s Book of Remembrance.
You see when we speak to one another of our salvation and of the promises of God and that we are only visitors here, because our home is in Heaven and how much we love the Lord, these are the things God wants to hear!
These are the things that are of delight to our God!
*****Mal 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
How precious are God’s people to Him, we are all like precious jewels! We can serve God alone, but we need each and every child of God to serve with us for the Church to do its work!
It is the fear of the Lord that binds, that fear being reverence for our Creator who decided He would save all those who wanted to be with Him and to trust Him.
Every Christian will be saved from the wrath of God.
When we think upon the Lord in the way that He approves, we will be with Him in Glory and this day may not be that far off!
God has promised He will gather all His jewels before He begins to deal again with the children of Israel, and He will gather all those jewels so we will all be together in the New Heaven and the New Jerusalem!
When the children of Israel think upon these same things, then they will return from their backsliding ways to serve the Lord!
*****Mal 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Those who speak and act against the Lord will not be gathered but will suffer through out eternity.
We must be able to discern between evil and the good.
We must be able to discern between the righteous and the wicked.
We must be able to discern between the Christian and those who are lost.
When we see just how evil this world is, we will certainly know that the Word of God speaks the truth, and this will increase our faith!
There is coming a day of “judgment”, and we should feel a relief that we have already been judged!
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
There is a judgment day coming, for those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ!
*****Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
It amazes me that so many who are lost continue to say that a Loving God would never send anyone to Hell, when it is plainly written in the Word of God, so many times!
It also amazes me that so many who preach the Word of God leave these Scriptures out or never preach on these things when it is so plainly written in the Word of God!
What do we know about the Day of Judgment?
It will be a fiery day that burns as hot as the hottest furnaces!
Look what Malachi says.
Remember a true prophet of God must be exact in his prophecies!
We can just imagine a fiery furnace that is so hot, it will burn even those who come close to it.
Dan 3:22 Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Dan 3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
Dan 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Dan 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
We should notice this superhot furnace cannot burn the child of God, but only the proud who reject God, and the wicked who go against the Word of God!
If we cannot love our families enough to try to show them these facts of the Bible, then shame on us!
We need to pray with all our heart to our Father in Heaven that He will send Holy Ghost conviction to all our family, all our friends, and anyone else we know that are lost in this dying world. Time will run out when the patience of God runs out.
There is so much difference for those who love the Lord!
*****Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
There is only one sun in our solar system though there may be many suns in God’s creation.
The vastness of our sun is enormous, and we can feel more than its heat and its powerful light that removes all darkness.
We know that there is only one Mediator between God and man and He is the Lord of all God’s creation and our sun is just a spec in the path of the Son of God!
You see if we have that reverent fear of God, and a certain fear of His enormous power, then when we cry out to God for His mercy and His “GRACE”, He will hear us.
Remember “GRACE” is God’s Riches At Christ Expense!
What does the phrase, calves in a stall mean?
Psa 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Psa 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Psa 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
Psa 92:15 To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
What do calves in a stall mean? They just eat grain and drink water and have no worries of what is happening outside the barn.
*****Mal 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
We can tread down the wicked because having “faith” in the promises of God, then our “faith” can overcome the world.
1Jn_4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
When God burns all the wicked and evil, they will be only ashes under the soles of our feet!
When we by faith overcome the world, when we suppress our corrupt appetites and passions, and when the God of peace bruises Satan under their feet, then we can indeed tread down the wicked.
We will walk with the Lord after we have returned with Him, as He spreads His wrath all around this world!
1Th_4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus “will God bring with him”.
There is only one way to be part of this group and this is to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior before the death of your body on this earth. Those who will return with Christ Jesus are all those whose name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!
Rev_21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Now most people do not want to hear about “judgment” but God’s judgment is just as true as God’s salvation! plan!
In fact most people do not consider themselves to be a part of God’s judgment, but God has already judged each of us!
Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Once I was saved, I was still a sinner, but I am no longer a servant of sin, I serve Jesus Christ!
God has made another promise to the Jews.
*****Mal 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
What did the prophet Malachi teach these Jews to do until it was time for the Messiah to come, which would happen after the Prophet Elijah returned!
It was easy. Remember the law of Moses and do them!
What is the truth for the Christian? We do not give it much thought, but all the doctrine of God can be found in the first 11 chapters of the Book of Genesis. By adding all the 5 books of Moses, it would just as good for us to follow those.
I know the Laws of Moses were given to the Jews but besides the Law of the Sabbath that we do not observe, As we serve the Day of the Lord, which is Sunday, the remaining laws are good guidelines for everyone!
We should understand that if the Pentateuch fails then all the New Testament will fail!
The writings of the Apostle Paul are based upon the Laws of Moses.
Gal_3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal_3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
The Lord Jesus referred to the Laws of Moses many times.
If we reject Moses, then we must reject the Lord Jesus Christ!
Deu 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
Luk 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
As far as the Church is concerned there is the great possibility that the Church will be in Heaven before the return of Elijah.
The return of Elijah is a sign for the Jews!
Elijah will come to reconcile the families of the world after the rapture of the Church.
This prophecy is not linked to chapter 3:1 which speaks of John the Baptist preparing the way for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Prophecy of the return of Elijah is true because he will be one of the two witnesses who will come before the Lord returns.
The other I believe to be Enoch.
Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
If this man is not Elijah, he will be in the power and might of Elijah.
Men like Elijah and John the Baptist would be hard to miss, because they possess what most Christians lack today, “BACKBONES”. They know what job they had to do and came to do those jobs loudly.
To be a forerunner of the Lord Jesus Christ they must be perfectly fearless in this wicked world!
What is the job of this Elijah? To turn the heart of the fathers to the children. In today’s world there are so many families who are without fathers and many of the rest are too occupied with getting an income.
Many children do not know what to do and they fall in the clutches of Satan who will in the end, will destroy them!
If these things do not go as the Lord demands, He will come with a curse.
Now we can accept what the Lord says is true, or we can go on doing as we do now!
God has already told us what He is going to do, and He will not waver until it is done, and He will be King Jesus for 1000 years.
The one thing is certain. There will not be as many as could have been in Heaven!
Isa 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
We should understand, at the close of Malachi there at least 400 years where Judah and Benjamin were back in Judah and Jerusalem most always under the rule of a foreign power even though they tried their best to remain free.
Many were still dispersed throughout the Persian Empire including the other 10 tribes as the Old Testament closes out and God did not speak to His people for those 400 years.
Part of the prophecy of Daniel was fulfilled then the Lord came the first time and the remaining to be fulfilled when the Lord returns for the second time!
Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
God will do just exactly what He says, when He is ready to do it!