Pamphlet 1817 Malachi kc 5-2
Here is a question:
"Do you know where the God of Judgment will begin His judgment when He comes?"
The answer is in the temple, in the house of God!
As Christ told His disciples, He is coming to destroy the temple built up by Satan with those "stones worn smooth over a long period of time (Rev. 13:18)".
And you know what?
Preparations for His return are already underway!
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
John the Baptist, who we shall discuss in our last study, came as a forerunner and in the spirit of Elijah.
 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' sope:
(Mark 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.)
The question is: "Who shall be able to withstand the scrub-down?"
1 Peter 4:17
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
Again, they are the priests and the preachers and the pastors, etc.
He is going to put His fire to them and spiritually purge them in like manner as silver and gold are purified.
You see, the same exact "fire" which consumes and turns to ashes both straw and stubble actually purifies the precious metals of gold and silver by causing the "slag" to surface that it may be skimmed off!
The point is, after the cleansing, after the purification, there shall be no idolatrous priests/preachers and therefore NO MORE unacceptable sacrifices shall be presented to Him.
What a glorious and happy time that will be!
 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
Do you remember why?
The people they present to Him are "blind" and "lame", etc!
In other words, they do not have "eyes to see" because they are kept in the dark through man's vain traditions and they walk not in His ways because the preachers have profaned His Word and drawn the people away.
Therefore their offering is UNFIT and UNACCEPTABLE to Him and God is defrauded!
Note (to those who have eyes to see): The "former" years in verse 4 refers to the "ancient" years, even the years before the overthrow in that first earth age before Satan profaned the sanctuary (Ezek. 28).
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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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