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Pamphlet #4371

Malachi 3:8  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9  Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it

This passage does not say what your preacher would have you believe it says!

Read chapter one. (verse 6 - Sins of the preachers) and chapter two. (preachers to be disciplined)

Malachi 1:6  A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
7  Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
8  And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.
9  And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
10  Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
11  For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
12  But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
13  Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
14  But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

Malachi 2:1  And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
2  If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
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.
4  And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
5  My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
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.
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.
8  But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
9  Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
10  Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?
11  Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.
12  The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.
13  And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
14  Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
15  And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
16  For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
17  Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Yes, Malachi is to the preachers, not the congregation, as they would have us believe with guilt!

It is preachers who are to bring the tithes into the storehouse.

Malachi 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.

Malachi 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
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.

See below

My Hi-lite: Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

How many times have you heard a preacher or minister
teach the entire Book of Malachi chapter by chapter and verse by verse in context as it is written?

Not many for sure!
Probably none!

Now how many times have you heard some minister or preacher quote Mal. 3:8
through his or her "unbridled lips" to the congregation
in order to lay "guilt" upon THEM for not giving money,
or enough money, to God (meaning to them as His representatives)?

First of all, one who does just a little homework
will discover that this verse is NOT talking about the QUANTITY of tithes and offerings given by the parishioners of the church at all!

It is talking about FRAUD, i.e. what was done by the minister or preacher with the tithes and offerings!

God is simply asking what He got out of the deal!

To wit, the word "robbed" is a RARE word
and is used only three times in the scriptures,
two of them being here in vss. 8 and 9!

It means to "defraud"!

Here is Strong's definition:

robbed = qaba€kaw-bah' Strong's #H6906
A primitive root; to cover, that is, (figuratively) defraud:—rob, spoil.
Malachi 3:9  Ye are cursed with a curse:for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
You see, the priests/preachers themselves have defrauded God with the tithes and offerings.

The command of a true priest/preacher is to keep knowledge on his lips
and to teach His people His laws and His ordinances (His Word)
and present unblemished "unspotted" sacrifices acceptable to Him.

"Blind and lame" sacrifices will not be accepted!

Question: "When the priests/preachers do their job
and God's Word flows like a river throughout the land and the people HEAR HIS VOICE,
what is the result?"

Blessings galore!

Deut. 28:1-2 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: [2] And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
When we do not "LISTEN TO HIS VOICE" what happens? We are "cursed with a curse", even the curse(s) of Deut. 28:15-68!
Deut. 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
There is no need to guess or wonder why curses and pestilences have come upon our land?

You can simply thank the preachers for the latter day famine (Amos 8:11-13),
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD,
that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread,
          nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

for defrauding God by accepting the tithes and offerings from the people
and then teaching the traditions of men like "fly away" theories and stories of "apples and snakes"
and for teaching our people to keep the pagan sex goddess Ishtar's day
complete with all her fertility symbols of eggs and quick-like-a-bunny rabbits!

At the same time avoiding any controversial topics that are actually found in the scripture; they being afraid of offending a contributor to the church coffers.


and as a result this whole nation is going to "fall" in the great apostasy
because they have no knowledge of His Word.

What is the purpose of bringing the tithes into the storehouse? For one thing, the main thing, is so that the truth, the meat of His Word, is TAUGHT according to the covenant of Levi so that the "blind" see and the "lame" walk and they become acceptable unto Him! You see, only Jesus Christ, the Word of God, can heal the blind and cause the lame to walk again! Haven't you read? You priests... STOP defrauding God and start showing the orphaned children the path back home to their Father! They are NOT your children, they are His!

[10] Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
If you teach the truth of His Word and turn the hearts of His children back to Him, to His Word, and teach them to walk in His ways, you just cannot imagine the blessings that He will pour out! And they aren't just financial for they include peace and freedom both of the nation and of the mind. For example:
[11] And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
The "devour" is "the eater" which is the locust that consumes the vineyard and the fruit thereof! In other words, God will completely rid the land of the kenites and He will "set thee on high above all the nations (Deut. 28:1)"! Because you see, right now the "stranger", the kenites, have taken control of the four horns, the four powers, the four hidden dynasties of politics, religion, education and economics!

Deut. 28:43-44 "The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. [44] He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail."

And so it is we suffer this curse but it would not be so if those who received the tithes would feed His people the MEAT from His Word that they come to know Him and love Him and walk in His ways. Then we would receive all the blessings of Deut. 28:1-14!

[12]And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
But alas! So very many have come in His name in these last days and have defrauded, even "betrayed" Christ, the one whom they claim they serve, and have deceived many of His children with their iniquitous words!
[13] Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?
Again, the priests and preachers think that what they do is good in the sight of the LORD! It is written... they "weary our Father with their words by calling evil good in the sight of the LORD (Mal. 2:17)". It is NOT GOOD! What they do is FRAUDULENT!

They cry "Lord, Lord" and say "Jesus is Lord, Praise the Lord" and then they teach the traditions of men and at best bring forth the milk of salvation and baptism, that which belongs to babes in Christ!

But from that point on they provide NO MEAT whereby our people can grow and become STRONG in the Lord and learn to discern between good and evil, the ability of which babies lack! Paul speaks of this in the great Book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 5:11-14
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. [12] For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. [13] For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. [14] But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
It seems fitting that the generation of the fig tree would be called "Baby Boomers" for they indeed have remained "babes" according to Heb. 5! Their preachers speak with unbridled tongues the traditions of men which are "contrary to the Word of God". Therefore they speak AGAINST HIM but they themselves are so blind they know it not!
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?
They claim it is vain, i.e. that there is no need or added value to study God's Word in depth and go to all that effort! All you need, they say, is to believe (All together now... say "I believe") and to have love in your heart for everyone and go to church every week and oh... don't rob God by failing to put your tithes and offerings in the basket we pass before your nose!

Those crooked fraudulent liars! And they call that GOOD in the sight of the LORD? Woe!

Would you want to be one of them when the God of Judgment comes to His temple?

[15] And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
To be "set up" means they sit in the high places. This is just like it was when Christ came at the first advent and He told the disciples that the scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' seat (Mat. 23:2), meaning they are in charge of the temple. Today, the many false prophets sit the high places of worship and they are in charge of His temple, His many membered body! Unfortunately, they serve themselves and thus keep the dry bones dry instead of breathing His Spirit, His Word, into them that they might come alive and live!

Fortunately, God has promised a "seed" in these last days who would love Him and come and serve Him, sons and daughters who would "understand the visions of the prophets" and would speak them, teach them, to their brothers and sisters of the true house of Israel (Acts 2:17-18).

[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.
God hears the words and the prayers of His elect, those who fear (love) the LORD (John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments.", John 14:23 "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." They are not cursed with the curse and they have nothing to worry about when the God of Judgment comes, for they are His children indeed whom He shall spare from His wrath because He is not angry with them!
[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.

[18] Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Do you know how to tell the difference between a righteous man of God who is one of His messengers and a wicked man who claims to be His messenger? Hint: You cannot tell by what nice people they are! Think about it and be wise enough to understand that when you give your tithes and offerings in support of those who "defraud" God and serve Him not, you are saying that what they do is GOOD in His sight and you have become a partaker of their evil deeds (2 Jn. 1:11)! In that case, get ready to take some "heat" from your Father!

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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