"O ye priests (ministers), this commandment is for you!" HELLO!
Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
 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.
In other words, exactly how do priests "give glory unto His name"...
by saying "Praise the Lord" and "Great is the Lord"? NO!
Here is how our people truly learn
to love the LORD.
Deut. 31:12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:
 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear [i.e. love] the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
All they know about loving God is what they have learned from the traditions of men.
What a lamentation (a sad song) indeed!
Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Romans 10:2 "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge."
And so it is written in Mal. 2:2,
if those who claim to represent God
will not lay to heart His Word
and do as He commands His priests/ministers to do,
and teach His Word instead of following
traditions and teaching fairy tales,
then He has cursed them already... for the curses were written of long ago (Deut. 28:15-68).
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.
In other words, He is going to put a stop to their idolatrous ways of misleading His people and drawing them away from His Word, from the mercy seat where Christ dwells!
To wit, the next phrase in this verse denotes how our
about what they teach and has reference to the refuse (dung)
of the blemished spotted unacceptable sacrifices they bring to Him.
 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
I mean, how much plainer can it
"O ye priests (Christian Ministers), this commandment is for you!" HELLO!
For sure it is graphically portrayed enough as to be self
explanatory... and then... after their "fling" with the Lord,
those idolatrous priests shall be hauled off along with the refuse... even sporting it on their faces as their new make-up!
Let's repeat that part of Mal. 2:3 ...and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts;...
Then shall the priests/ministers know that He meant business in His message to them in this Book of Malachi.
We repeat: Mal. 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.  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.  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.  And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.What is the covenant God made with Levi, the priesthood? You will find it in Num. 25:10-13 and in Deut. 33:8-10. The command of a true priest of God is to teach His people and to pray and to present unblemished "unspotted" sacrifices acceptable to Him.
Here is more on that covenant:Deut. 33:8-10
And of Levi he said...
 They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar.
Life and peace come from hearing and knowing the Word of God. The priests were in charge of imparting His Word, and therefore life and peace, unto the people. But alas! They went astray and caused our people to stumble and fall (vs. 8)! In fact, it is written in the 8th chapter of Ezra concerning the Levite priests that NOT ONE of them went forth with Ezra and Nehemiah to rebuild the temple when Cyrus gave the decree. They all stayed back in good old prosperous Babylon where life was a piece of cake (filled with leaven of course). Ezra actually had to send a Nethinim, a temple worker, back to Babylon to obtain some true Levitical priests to perform the duties in the temple.Mal. 2:5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear [reverence] wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
 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.
Here is what God expects from His messengers and anyone who tells you that you don't need to study God's Word because all you need is to have (emotional) love in your heart, is a liar and speaks the words of men, not God.
Here ye the Word of the LORD:
Now you know the problem and the reason for the great famine in our land in these end times (Amos 8:11-13). The priests (many of our ministers) do not study His Word and they are not knowledgeable of His laws and so they do not speak for Him as His messengers! HOWEVER, you should now know from the introductory to pamphlet Live Link to->> #1807 that that is not the worst of it! The WORST OF IT is that because they have departed out of the way, and iniquity is found in them, they therefore LEAD OUR PEOPLE ASTRAY! 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.
Not enough can be said about this verse which contains the whole cause of the deception of the majority of our people that Christ said WOULD HAPPEN in Mat. 24, Mark 13, & Luke 21! Matthew 24:5 "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." You see, they use the name of Christ, i.e. they claim His authority as one who represents Him, and they abuse the authority of the ROCK of our salvation to teach their non-Biblical traditions and cause our people to stumble at His Word! That is how Christ becomes a "stumbling stone and a rock of offence" as IT IS WRITTEN!Mal. 2:8
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.
The word "confounded" in Greek means to be "shamed" or "disgraced"! If you know and believe in Christ, in the Word of God, then you shall never be ashamed. But if you allow preachers to use Christ's name and they pull you away from the ROCK, His Word, then you shall be ashamed at His coming! (See Mat. 7 where they cry Lord, Lord.)1 Peter 2:6
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.
The English is much too kind in translating the word "offence". In Greek it is "skandalon" from which we get the word "skandal" which is exactly what it is, a scandal, when one uses the name of Christ but does not speak His Words!, i.e. teach the Bible, book by book, chapter by chapter, and verse by verse. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
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.
Here is an example given by Christ Himself of the seriousness of using His name to offend ("skandalize") His children.
The disciples of Christ, yes those major NT disciples, came to Him and asked Him who was the greatest, meaning who is the most important in the kingdom of heaven, i.e. in the family of God. As always, when His disciples (are you one?) come to Him, seeking Him, asking of Him in order to hear His voice and learn the truth from His lips (His Word) and to receive their answers from Him, from the very Word of God, He never disappoints them. Open the book and try it! In this case, He simplifies His answer by use of an analogy.Matthew 18:1
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Here is what He did:
Got the picture? Jesus called and then set a little child in the midst of the family of God, i.e. in the midst of these elders shall we say! And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them,
Now, the subject Christ brought to their attention was "conversion"! He said that unless a person who is converted becomes as a little child on a spiritual level, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. In other words, when a person is truly converted, perhaps "hitting bottom" in his or her life, and comes to Christ humbling himself before Him and accepting Him as His Lord and Savior, he becomes as vulnerable as a little child. In other words, he or she becomes one who must now trust and rely on his or her family elders for "spiritual dependentspiritual protection" and for "spiritual food" and for "spiritual clothing", etc., just as a little child is dependant for its physical needs. And said,Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
So who is the most important in the family of God? The new babes in Christ! The newly converted and humbled little spiritual children... they are the greatest in the kingdom of God, the most important ones! That's the simple analogy and it makes perfect sense, like all of God's Word. To wit, let me ask you a question: "Who is most important in your family... you or your children?" If someone comes into your house to do harm to your family, who is foremost on your mind and whom do you seek to protect first, yourself or your children? If you only have enough food for one, or one coat when it is cold... who would get it, you or your child? Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
If you receive (take under your care) a newly converted and humbled babe in Christ, who is now the most important one in the family of God, and you receive that one in His name, i.e. giving glory to Him after the manner of the covenant of Levi (surely you understand by now), then you receive them, take them, to Christ. BUT... And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
offend = óêáíäáëßæùskandalizoôskan-dal-id'-zo Strong's #4624To “scandalize”; from G4625; to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure):—(make to) offend.
 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
*Betray, to give or hand over to another (as a torch in a torch race, one’s son to a tutor, a purchase to a buyer, etc.) then to deliver up, surrender; to give a city or person, etc. into another’s hand. (Dr. Bullinger’s Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament.)Matthew 24:10
And then shall many be offended [skandalizo], and shall betray* one another, and shall hate one another.
Have you heard what the Word of the Lord has commanded you, O ye priests (ministers)? Come out of Babylon now and get busy being His messenger by speaking His Words unto His people and turn their hearts back to Him, else you perish!Mal. 2:1
And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
2:8) is written for our admonition
upon whom the ends of the world are come (1 Cor. 10:11),
which means this final generation.
The subject of today's burden (warning message) from the LORD to Israel and to her priests through His messenger Malachi ["My Messenger"] is all about their "treachery" which simply means their "unfaithfulness".
We learned earlier how the priests and ministers had forsaken the LORD their God by being "unfaithful to the covenant of Levi" whereby they were to be knowledgeable of and teach and instruct His people in His Word and to walk in His ways.
The important thing for us to know is the fact that their "departing out of the way" whereby they "caused many to stumble" at His Word (Mal. 2:8) is written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come (1 Cor. 10:11), which means this final generation.
In other words, their actions in forsaking His Word and leading His people astray before the first advent were a type of how it is and how it shall be in these last days just prior to Christ's second advent.
Let us take the time to do some due diligence and examine the definition of the word "treacherously" which we will find used numerous times throughout the remainder of this second chapter:
treacherously = ãâ‡a˜ baògad baw-gad' Strong's H898
A primitive root; to cover (with a garment); figuratively to act covertly; by implication to pillage:—deal deceitfully (treacherously, unfaithfully), offend, transgress (-or), (depart), treacherous (dealer, -ly, man), unfaithful (-ly, man), X very.
You will even find this expression used in the analogy of Ezekiel 16:8 explaining how God "took to wife" the city of Jerusalem, choosing that location as His favorite location on earth and soon to be headquarters of the universe.
Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.
In other words it is what we call CHEATING ON YOUR VOWS, which is to be DECEITFUL and UNFAITHFUL in your covenant!
When you do that, when you cheat on you marriage vows, you become an adulterer and play the role of an harlot and a whore!
Take some time and read all of Ezekiel 16 which is very graphic and portrays the emotions of our Father concerning whoredom, which is symbolic of idolatry!
Then read the great Book of Hosea (which means "salvation") and learn about Israel's "treachery" when she and her sister Judah went whoring after strange gods.
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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?  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.
See pamphlet Live Link to->> #1577
The two houses of Israel, Judah with Benjamin (House of Judah) and the 10 northern tribes (House of Israel), are separate "sticks" (Ezek. 37) at this time, i.e. they are two separate branches! And Ezek. 37 declares that they SHALL NOT be joined back together UNTIL Christ returns! So how is it that when Christian ministers speak of Israel they speak only of Jews? Go figure.
Remember again to whom this Book of Malachi, My Messenger, is written... even to true Israel today, i.e. the Christian nations of our present world. So the question is, if we are all of one earthly family and God is our heavenly Father and the Creator of us all, then how is that we are so unfaithful one to another? How is it that "many shall be offended (skandalizo) and shall betray one another" (Mat. 24:10)? It is because of the polluting and profaning ("chalal" = to break one's word) the covenant of our fathers, even His Word?Mal. 2:10
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?
ISRAEL from the Entering of Promised Land and History and Happenings while there under Judges, Priests and Kings and the Captivity of:
First. The northern kingdom, "House of Israel", along with many from the southern kingdom, "House of Judah" were taken by Assyria in 745-721 BC, well over eight hundred thousand Israelite men 2 Samuel 24:1 - 9 and their families from ten different tribes (2 Kings 17, 18, and 19). In 2 Kings 19:32-34 we learn that only Jerusalem was spared. Vast numbers of these Israelites, soon after the power of the Assyrians was broken, began several migrations, with the main two groups moving west under the Black Sea, and north through the Dariel pass of the Caucasus mountains into the steppes of south Russia.
A large group also moved east. These were called Sakka (Saka) and Iskuza by the Medes and Persians. The Japanese name Sakai is but a step away from Saka. There are many strange customs of unknown origin in Japan that can only be explained by recognizing that some from the east Jordan tribes of Manasseh, Reuben and Gad, Manasseh being pre-eminant, made their way to that far eastern Island, while their cousins headed west to populate northwest Europe and the far western island of Britain and later on into the Americas.
Some of these migrations were undertaken all the way into the 17th century when, in the final migration, some from the tribe of Manasseh sailed the north Atlantic to Plymouth to fulfill Isaiah 49:20, which was prophesied to the hegemony of the House of Israel, some from the tribe of Ephraim (England).
You see, the crux of the whole Lost Tribe subject is that the names we want to look for to trace the Israelites are not the names that historical accounts and archaeological finds give those same folks.
To more confuse the issue, large groups of Israelites called themselves by different names. Some of them called themselves the House of Isaac, which is pronounced e-sahk with the emphasis on the last syllable. How natural for the Persians to call them the Sakka (Sacae in Greek), while the Assyrians called others, the House of Omri, after the sixth king of Israel. This name sounded like Khumri, and was variously pronounced Ghumri, Gimri, Gimira, Gammer, all of which turned into the Greek Kimmeroii, our English word Cimmerians.
The Israelites weren't lost, their name got lost. That fact coupled with the erroneous search for the Jews' fulfillment of the Old Testament prophesies has held the Lost Tribes teaching in virtual obscurity these millenia since 500 BC
and Second. from the southern kingdom, "House of Judah" one hundred and thirty five years later, in 586 B.C, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon carried more than one half million Israelite men 2 Samuel 24:1 - 9 and their families from the other two tribes, of Benjamin and Judah (the Jews), away to Babylon. 2 Kings 25:1 - 21.
The rest of "Judah", the majority of them, went north over the Caucasus Mountains with the other tribes from the "House of Israel" and to this very day most of true Judah and Israel do not know who they are. Though they basically comprise the Christian nations of the world, in their ignorance they call themselves gentiles.
 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.
Even so, both houses have "dealt treacherously"! Though they do it in ignorance (for they lack the knowledge of His Word), most Christian's have been unfaithful to the One to whom they claim to be betrothed. In other words, they profess to be Christ's, to belong only to Him, yet they have committed an abomination by whoring after the abominable one, i.e. by embracing the religion of the false messiah partaking of his unholy covenant... Mystery Babylon the Great, mother of harlots! And so it is they "marry the daughter", the harlot, the religion even of someone else, a strange god indeed, the false messiah!
Our brothers and sisters do stumble at His Word because of the "mystery of iniquity" (2 Thes. 2) which is the "musterion", the deceptive indoctrination into religious rites, of "iniquity" which is the traditions of men, i.e. lawlessness because they are contrary to His Word. Since this religion (disguised as Christianity) of iniquity is already at work it shall cause God's people to stumble and fall in the great falling away (the apostasy) when Satan comes to this earth claiming to be God. In other words, they shall be "taken" by the false messiah who appears first because they will believe he is Jesus Christ, their bridegroom who has come for them. They shall be as the first one "taken" in the field, wed out of season, seduced by the false-christ, Satan. "Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!", Christ said in Matthew 24:19. He was speaking not about the flesh but about those who will have been spiritually seduced (taken) and spiritually impregnated (in their minds) by the false messiah who appears first. Therefore, take heed to your spirit and stay in His Word, trusting and believing in that Word, else you will be ensnared and stumble and fall with both houses when the abomination of desolation comes to Jerusalem because you cannot tell one rock from the other. "Their rock is not as our Rock! (Deut. 32:31)."
Again, they stumble and fall and are taken (wed) to the "abomination of desolation", the abominable one (the false-christ) spoken of by Daniel the prophet, who shall come and stand in the holy place claiming to be God. This is the "abomination committed in Israel and in Jerusalem" we just read of in Mal. 2:11. Israel is to be the virgin bride of Christ (2 Cor. 11:2) but most Christians will have been found "unfaithful" having dealt treacherously! It is a fact, for it is written, that not all those who claim to be Christian are going to "be His" when He returns. Why not? They will have already attended the wrong wedding, the first one, to Satan!Isaiah 8:14
And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
The word "ready" comes from the old noun "heteos" which means "fitness"! These Christians who were "ready" were still faithful virgins who had not dealt treacherously, i.e. had not been unfaithful to the bridegroom by jumping in bed with false-christ at the first wedding!Matthew 25:10
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Christ did not know them for they never spent any time with Him (in His Word) and therefore they did not know Him! What then shall happen to those who "commit the abomination" in Israel? Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
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.
And those treacherous priests (calling themselves Christian ministers), the false prophets Christ warned of us who bring those blind and lame and blemished spotted sacrifices to the LORD of hosts, shall also be cut off. Here are some details of that "cutting off":
Those virgins who remain faithful to the covenant, to His Word, shall enter the kingdom. Those Christians (unfortunately the majority) who have strayed from Him (His Word) and have been "unfaithful", i.e. dealt treacherously, shall NOT enter the kingdom during the first resurrection to eternal life.Matthew 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Were all those things listed above contained in the covenant God made with Levi, or was it to keep knowledge upon their lips and teach His laws and commands, His Holy Word, and to educate His people that they might come to KNOW HIM through His Word and glorify His name (even His authority)? Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
I know it offends some, but we make no apology for teaching His Word as it is written. You see, you will never find a preacher stand up and say, "Hey, I'm a false prophet... one of those MANY Christ spoke of!" No, of course not! The vast majority think that what they do is GOOD and pleasing to Him and what God wants them to do! And you know... false prophets are such nice friendly people and many are even well meaning, but that is NO EXCUSE for one who comes in His name to "deal treacherously" and not know His Word and speak with His voice! Shame on them for teaching iniquity instead of His Word for they shall lead many of God's children to fall and worship before the false-christ!
 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Not every one that claims they are a Christian shall enter into the kingdom of heaven:...
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Our loving Father wants us to hear His message and warning from His messenger in this Book of Malachi before it is too late.
Having just read some of the details of the crying out "Lord, Lord" and the mourning in Mat. 7, this verse 13 is easily understood. The point is, do not offer blemished (spotted) sacrifices to God. It is written... He will not accept them? Those unfaithful, unfit, unprepared virgins (symbolic for Christians waiting to be wed to Christ) are NOT acceptable to Him. WHY? Look at the sacrifices they brought to Him. Look at all those things they did in His name that their preachers told them would be pleasing to God. Their preachers LIED to them! You see, the priests spoke iniquity through their lips (i.e. the traditions of men) to the ears of our brothers and sisters... dealing "treacherously" with them indeed! And they did it in His name, as those claiming to have the authority to be His messenger. And the people listened and believed those lies and swallowed that bad fruit hook, line, and sinker, even sharing it with their loved ones thereby betraying them, i.e. delivering them up to the same spiritual death!Mal. 2:13
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.
Why? You ask why won't He regard your offering and accept it? Because the Word of God is witness to the fact that you have all dealt treacherously! You are all unfaithful, a bunch of adulterers (symbolic of idolatry) and have left your first love, the wife of your youth. Have you not read the history of our forefathers who "dealt treacherously", committing adultery and breaking their covenant as His wife! God cut them off! He divorced them! It is written! 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.
They went and married the daughter of a strange god.Jeremiah 3:8
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Note: If you understand this then you will know that Christ was divorced (Jer. 3:8) and upon His death Israel became free to re-marry, to enter into a New Covenant with whomsoever she will. The question is: "Which Christ will you marry, the first one who comes, i.e. the false messiah who comes at the sound of the 6th Trump, or will you remain a virgin and wait upon the Lord who comes at the sound of the 7th Trump?"
Consider now the following:
The whole point to this verse is that God is FAITHFUL to His promises, to His covenant, and to those to whom He made it! You can count on it so do not depart from it! Understand the plan of God and the beautiful heritage of His people and "take heed" that you do not "deal treacherously", unfaithfully, against His people Israel with whom He made His covenant! They are not gentiles even though there is nothing wrong at all with being a gentile, and one's race has nothing to do with salvation or accepting Jesus Christ and becoming a Christian. Salvation is open to all! God loves all of His children of all the races He created and it is His desire that non should perish but that all come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). In fact, even a kenite (descendant of Cain) can turn to Him and receive salvation and henceforth be no longer a son of Cain but a partaker of the covenant.Mal. 2:15
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.
If you do some research you will discover that this verse is considered by some "higher critics" to be a difficult and corrupt passage. That would actually make sense since the minds of the higher critics are themselves corrupt. (A is a"higher critic" "high minded one of self importance" who makes his living off of God's Word, not by teaching it according to the covenant of Levi, but by sowing the seeds of discord and doubt as to the accuracy of the scriptures and the authenticity of their authors.)
However, this verse (Mal. 2:15) is not corrupt nor difficult to understand if one simply knows the plan of God, the understanding of which comes by studying His Word to learn from Him. "Did not He make one" in the above refers to the fact that God gave Adam one wife and declared that they two should become one (Gen. 2:24)! He could have given Adam more than one wife because He had the residue of the spirit, even the remnant waiting to be born from above. But the plan was that through these two, from umbilical cord to umbilical cord, the godly seed, even the Messiah, would be born. And even though Satan seduced Eve and tried to corrupt that seed, and later his son Cain would try to destroy that seed by murdering Abel, God was faithful in raising up Seth to bring forth His people.
"And wherefore one?" in the above verse refers to Abraham to whom God made His covenant to bring forth that godly seed and whose seed He would "multiply as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore" (Genesis 22:17). And it would be through his seed that "all the nations of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen. 26:24). Can God's Word fail? God forbid! Even though Abraham sought to bring forth the godly seed after his own manner by taking Sara's handmaid, Hagar, God fulfilled His covenant, His promise, and Isaac was brought forth. Many today are descendents of 'Saacs Sons, i.e. Saxons.
"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?"
The God who created Adam is the same One who created Abraham to whom He gave the promise of the covenant that His seed would be blessed (unconditionally) and would become as numerous as the stars of heaven!
God's Word is true and sure and He did bring forth that godly seed and His children Israel just as He said He would.
Therefore, this nation has only one Father, only ONE GOD, and it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!
The message is: TAKE HEED TO YOUR SPIRIT!
Don't you deal treacherously with His people, the wife of His youth, Israel.
And do not let some preacher with
iniquity on his or her lips
cause you to leave your husband and break His covenant
and follow after another god, even the false-christ, Satan,
the false bridegroom who shall come and take to wife most pro-claiming Christians!
Mal. 2:15 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.
 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.
Remember, He himself divorced His first wife who went whoring after other gods! (See Jer. 3:8)
So the message is: Take heed to your spirit, my friend, that you deal not treacherously, that you do not become unfaithful!
Have we not already read?
Because if you do take to wife the daughter of a strange god, He will cut you off!
You can count on it!
 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?
His children of the covenant are being "dealt with treacherously"!
Many, even most, are being "skandalized" (offended) by a bunch of Biblically unknowledgeable, self serving hirelings, who claim to represent Jesus Christ as His messengers!
Don't you DARE call what they do "good" in the sight of the LORD.
The first warning He gave us concerning these last days
that MANY would come in His name and deceive MANY (Mat. 24, Mark 13, Luke 21)!
What they do with their traditions of men is evil, iniquitous, and it is NOT good in the sight of the LORD and He does not delight in them.
They are unfit and they are unacceptable to Him!
He is wearied and He is disgusted and He soon will put an end to it!
Yes, the God of Judgment is soon
coming to this earth
and that judgment will begin in the pulpits of this land!
Christ did say that the "skandal" of Christianity, call
would come as a result of the many false prophets,
but "Woe unto him that has offended (skandalized) and causes His children to stumble and fall!"
Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
Does He delay His coming (2 Pet. 3:4)?
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
In other words, He allows plenty of time for His people to "Take Heed" and turn to Him and remain faithful.
The great Book of Malachi is His final message to the "messengers" and to "His people", the final burden (warning message) just before the second advent (His Return)!
It parallels the final message from Christ in Revelation chapters 2 & 3 to the messengers of the 7 churches and to His people!
"Where is the God of Judgment?"
Make no mistake about it... He's coming!
We will find out about it next.
"If there is a loving God, a just God, why does He allow bad and evil things to happen to people?"
This is not a question just asked
by the atheist and the non-believer but by many Christians as well.
Many Christian ministers who claim to be God's messengers.
Many people who carry the responsibility of speaking for Him as His spokesman (ministers), declare that they have no idea why God allows evil things to happen to people.
That is an embarrassment and shameful indeed for it shows their true lack of their understanding of God's Word and what the love which comes from free will is all about and what His plan of salvation is for His children!
Of course this is just part of the scoffers' unbelief because they know not the Word of God wherein true wisdom and knowledge dwell!
You see, our Father is completely fair and just and so don't worry...
NO ONE who commits evil is going to go unrewarded, i.e. unpunished, as may "seem" to be the case to man's way of thinking!
The God of Judgment IS COMING and as it is written concerning that day, it will be "a day of vengeance of our God" when He will execute justice in all the earth and comfort all those who mourn (Isa. 61:2)!
Don't these preachers know that?
Earlier we were left with the question asked by the false teachers of our people, "Where is the God of Judgment?"
Since Peter also addresses this in his second epistle, let's go there and see what he has to say regarding this matter.
2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
scoffers = dìðáßêôçò empaikteôs emp-aheek-tace' Strong's G1703
From G1702; a derider, that is, (by implication) a false teacher:—mocker, scoffer.
 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
How can you give evidence and support to the promise of His coming, i.e. to the fact that Jesus Christ is going to return and bring judgment upon the earth?
OK, how about the FACT that He did it once before, just as His Word declares... or haven't you read that part?
That's right, God's Word declares that He brought about judgment and destroyed the first earth age, the age when the dinosaurs once roamed the earth.
And you know what else?
The fossil records and all the upheavals in the layers of the earth's crust document that cataclysmic event as a witness sure and true.
So all things do NOT continue as they were from the beginning... from Genesis 1:1!
Open your eyes to the Word of God and come out of darkness!
 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Note: The heavens weren't destroyed in Noah's flood!
 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
Here is a record of that overthrow, written in the Book of Jeremiah all this time!
My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trump, the alarm of war.
It is plainly evident that it pained Him greatly and hurt Him deeply to have to destroy the beautiful home He had created (Gen. 1:1) for His children to inhabit (Isa. 45:18).
 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.
All the dwellings (the inhabitable places) were wiped out and the heavens did yield its water canopy and the earth was reduced to the state of utter waste and desolation as described in Gen. 1:2.
 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?
 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children [sottish = stupid], and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
You see, it was by no accident nor without just cause that it happened, for the Word also declares His reason which we just read in Jer. 4:22.
His children angered Him by following after the ways of the wicked one, Satan, and so He poured out His fierce wrath (Jer. 4:26) upon the earth and it became "tohu va bohu" in Hebrew, "without form and void", which means a total waste and desolation!
And as it is written, there was "no light" for "darkness" covered the face of the deep waters, and so we see what transpired from the time of the beautiful creation in Gen. 1:1 to the waste and desolation it became in Gen. 1:2.
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void [tohu va bohu]; and the heavens, and they had no light.
Note: Their was light during Noah's flood!
And the earth was without form, and void [tohu va bohu]; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
You see, it is also written that God did NOT create the world "tohu", in a state of desolation.
He created it as a dwelling place to be inhabited by His sons, His children.
But following the rebellion of Satan when that iniquitous one drew 1/3 of the "stars of heaven" (God's children) away (Rev. 12:4) from the mercy seat of truth and justice, He, GOD, chose to DESTROY that earth age and implement His marvelous plan of salvation in this flesh age.
Here is your documentation that He did not create the earth in the condition of Gen. 1:2:
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain [tohu], He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
Then too, further details of that rebellion of Satan and how it all came about can be understood by reading Ezekiel 28.
Let's repeat 2 Pet. 3:6 where Peter speaks of the destruction of the first earth age:
2 Pet. 3:6
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
Don't be a fool!
He did it once before, as it is written in His Word, and He will do it again, as it is also written in His Word!
 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Again, don't be foolish!
The same Word of God that declared His judgment in the first earth age has declared the day of His judgment in THIS PRESENT ONE!
How is it one can be ignorant concerning BOTH?
Where is the God of Judgment?
He's coming... and He shall appear suddenly to those who dwell in ignorance, which is darkness indeed!
The "elements", which are the "evil rudiments", and all the works of evil in all the earth shall be consumed by His fire, which is His truth, even the Holy Spirit! To wit, God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29).2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
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to 1776AD = 2520 years - Check it out!
Coincidence? Not a chance! God's plan and His timetable are perfect.
it is written in the Book of Leviticus
that God made a covenant with His people at Mt. Sinai in the wilderness
and the conditions of the covenant were these:
Leviticus 26:3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
Leviticus 26:14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;
God stated that if they "would not hearken unto Him"
that He would chastise them for "seven times"
and would scatter them among the nations.
"time" is a solar year of 360 days,
just as the "time, times, and half a time" of Dan. 12:7
is the same as
1260 days in Revelation.
we learn from the great prophet Ezekiel in chapter 4, vs. 6,
that when the subject is Israel's punishment,
then a day is given to represent one year.
So "seven times" would be 7 x 360 years (not days, in this case) or 2520 years.
Here is the prophecy announcing that period of chastisement:
Leviticus 26:28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.
Leviticus 26:33 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.
Missing Links Discovered In Assyrian Tablets E. Raymond Capt 256 pages
When you add 2520 years to this date, you arrive at July 4th, 1776.
Not a chance!
God's plan and His timetable are perfect.
have often said that the Industrial Revolution could not,
and did not, occur until the American Revolution had occurred.
2520 years had to expire and begin the time when true Israel
would no longer be the "tail", but would become the "head" of nations,
which is to say the superpower of superpowers.
Birthright and the Sceptre
Birthright Withheld 2,520 Years #7059And #7065
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