That's right! All it took was 30 short years and things had fallen back in the "pits"!
The Book of Malachi is the last book of the 12 Minor Prophets, which are called minor only because they are shorter in length than the other longer (major) prophetic books like Isaiah and Jeremiah.
Malachi is also chronologically the last book in the Old Testament just as Revelation is chronologically the last book in the New Testament.
To that end, we find a great similarity between the two in that they both begin with "messages" from the LORD to the House of Israel and to the seven churches respectively.
As with all of the Books in the Minor Prophets, much can be learned in the opening few verses concerning the overall purpose and what it is our Father would have us know from the book.
Here is the first verse of Malachi:
The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
This burden, or warning, is not the word of Malachi but rather the word of the LORD to Israel, but spoken through Malachi, whose name appropriately means "My Messenger".
You see, that is how it works!
His Word from on high, from heaven, is spoken through His servants, His messengers, often translated angels.
Here is Strong's definition of "Malak" which is the base of "Malaki":
malak = CSìÀîÇmalaòkmal-awk' H4397
From an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher):— ambassador, angel, king, messenger.
angel = Tããåëïòaggelosang'-el-os G32
From PããÝëëùaggelloô (probably derived from G71; compare G34; to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an "angel"; by implication a pastor:— angel, messenger.
Here's a quick preview:
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.
Unfortunately, we shall also learn much and read much about those who claim to be His messengers but have gone astray and led their entire congregations astray because they do not study His Word but rather teach corruption through the idolatrous traditions of men.
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.
All it took was 30 short years and things had fallen back in the "pits"!
This great Book of Malachi describes the idolatrous condition of the nation at that time, which would have been about 374 BC, or 400 years (a time of probation) before the coming of Messiah at His first advent.
In fact, when Christ came at His first advent He told His disciples that the scribes and Pharisees (the kenites) sat in the seat of Moses, meaning they sat in authority in the temple.
If you recall from the 8th chapter of Ezra when they came forth to rebuild the temple, Ezra stopped and took count and discovered that there was not even one Levitical Priest, a true priest of God, to perform the duties in the temple.
So he sent some "Nethinims", temple servants, back to Babylon to get some.
The point is that all the priests "stayed back in Babylon", just as they do spiritually today.
In other words, the priests today do not come out of Babylon, which means "the lon (land) of confusion", the state of spiritual confusion and idolatry!
And yes, many do not like to hear it said, but they teach the religion of Babylon which has infested and corrupted Christianity and become tradition in most of the churches of our land. So they roll "Ishtar's" fertility eggs and put forth her quick-like-a-bunny rabbits and call it cute and they go and face the sun as it rises (Ezk. 8:16).
Do you know anything about Easter?
The word is not even in ANY of the manuscripts of the New Testament!
You need to check it out because the idolatry and the false sacrifice of Christianity only starts there and goes downhill from there.
..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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