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Pamphlet 1807 Malachi kc 3=1

Ezekiel 28:12 is a description of Satan!
So do not be trapped into believing that he walks around in long-handled red underwear sporting horns and carrying a pitchfork.

The great Book of Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament and written by the hand of one whose name appropriately means "My Messenger", describes the idolatrous spiritual condition of our people just prior to the first advent, even as a type of how it shall be in these last days just before Jesus Christ's second advent.

And although the people themselves are not absolved from all responsibility, even as they shall be reproved in the second half of this second chapter, the priests, the preachers and pastors, must be held to the higher degree of accountability in that they are the leaders who guide and shepherd God's people and who are therefore entrusted with great responsibility.

To that end, there is an old proverbial saying which states that "A fish smells from its head down!", which simply means as the head goes, i.e. as the leader goes, so go the people who follow after him... and people especially follow after those in whom they trust and believe.

Therefore if a priest departs from the Word of God and follows after the traditions of men he will cause those who believe and trust in him to likewise be drawn away from God, i.e. to be drawn away from the Word of God.

The fact is, we are here dwelling in these lowly flesh bodies and walking under the sun for precisely that very reason.

You see, there was once a great prince and high priest who walked up and down in our midst and who our people dearly loved and trusted and admired for his brightness, for indeed he was a bright morning-star (Isa. 14:12).

His name was "Lucifer" which means "bright morning-star"!

We can learn in great detail what this "wise and beautiful" one did in that first age, the "world that then was (2 Pet. 3:6)", from the Book of Ezekiel where he is referred to as the king of Tyrus in the 28th chapter.

Note: The first age refers to the time when you and I and all our fellow beings dwelt in our spirit bodies right here on earth between the time we were created which was before the foundation of the world and the distruction of that first earth age after satan sinned and lead one third of us astray - To follow him instead of our creator God.

Let's read some excerpts from that chapter:
Ezekiel 28:12-15
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
THAT is a description of Satan!

So do not be trapped into believing that he walks around in long-handled red underwear sporting horns and carrying a pitchfork.

[13] Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
These stones are the exact same stones worn by the Levite Priests on their breastplates representing the 12 tribes of Israel.

Yep, Satan wore them because he was a high priest in the garden of God in the first earth age.

He was also present in Eden, the Garden of God, in this flesh age as that beautiful angelic creature (a handsome man not a snake...) who seduced mother Eve in the fig grove.

[14] Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
It was the "mercy seat" of God that Satan was to cover.

In other words, he was to protect the truth and justice which emanated from that mercy seat.

God appointed him (as in anointed him) to that entrusting position which was high in the mountain (symbolic of government) of God.

As it is written, he walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire who are God's children, Israel.

[15] Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Uh oh! Iniquity was found in him!

Do you KNOW what that iniquity was (iniquity is "evel" in Hebrew pronounced "eh'-vel")?

It was unrighteousness, a departure from the truth!

Let's see what happened next:

Ezekiel 28:16-19
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence [i.e. corruption], and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Knowing the meaning of this word "sinned" as it is used here will help us to fully understand the importance and significance of what we shall read in today's study of Malachi.

Here it is:

Sinned = ˜chatakhaw-taw'  Strong's #2398
A primitive root; properly to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causatively) leadastray, condemn:—bear the blame, cleanse, commit [sin], by fault, harm he hath done, loss, miss, (make) offend (-er), offer for sin, purge, purify (self), make reconciliation, (cause, make) sin (-ful, -ness), trespassive.
The great "sin" that Lucifer, the high trustworthy priest and prince of our people, committed because of his iniquity was to LEAD GOD'S PEOPLE ASTRAY and Revelation 12:4 documents that he led fully ONE THIRD of them astray!

God does not like those who cause His children to err.

This is serious business "O ye Priests/preachers"!

Here's what happened to this once great self-exalted star who fell and took many with him:

[17] Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
As it is written, during the Millennium people will "behold" him and... "They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms (Isa. 14:16)."
[18] Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
Make no mistake about it, Satan has been sentenced to die, to totally and completely perish (be turned to ashes) in the lake of fire at the end of the Millennium!

That is why he is even called the "son of perdition", because he is the son who will perish.

[19] All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
Satan, the ultimate spiritual terrorist, will soon have his day as antichrist when Michael stands up and casts him out of heaven to this earth along with his host of angels (Rev. 12:7-9).

But for Satan, there is no turning back nor space given for repentance.

He has already been judged and sentenced to die.

Well, that background ought to be enough to set the tone and let one know the seriousness of the consequences allotted to priests who lead God's children away from the mercy seat where Christ dwells, i.e. away from His Word from whence truth and justice flow.

Hear now what the Creator of the Universe and the Father of our souls has to say to those who are supposed to be His messengers.

Mal. 2:1
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. (See our next study to learn what that commandment to our preachers/ministers is.)

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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