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Malachi 2

Malachi 2 

Malachi 2:1 And now, this commandment is for you, O ye priests. 

This is especially for the leaders and elders of the Ekklesia today, yet we are ALL called to train to become priests of the priesthood of Melchizedek. Therefore this message is to all of the New Covenant Called Out.

2:2 If ye will not hearken, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto My name [In BOTH word and deed, for the words are meaningless without the deeds {total faithful obedience and zeal to live by every word of God} to back them up; even as faith without works is dead.], saith the LORD of hosts, then will I send the curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I curse them [already], because ye do not lay it to heart.

Because we are zealous for our idols of men and have no zeal to live by every Word of God and we do not zealously live by every Word of God we are under a curse.

Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

3:17  Because thou sayest, I am [spiritually] rich, and increased with goods [we think we know it all and will not listen to God’s Word], and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind [willfully blind to truth], and naked [naked of godly righteousness] 

3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold [knowledge of God] tried in the fire [when we are afflicted in the fire of correction], that thou mayest be [become spiritually rich] rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed [with godly righteousness], and that the shame of thy nakedness [sincerely repent that our sins might be covered by Christ]  do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve [we must open our eyes to truth and accept truth rejecting all error], that thou mayest see [spiritual things].

3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Malachi 2:3 Behold, I will rebuke the seed [prevent your increase] for your hurt, and will spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your sacrifices; and ye shall be taken away unto it [into captivity, you shall be rejected and spued out for your laxity and lukewarmness Rev 3].

What does it mean to have dung on our faces? It is worse than having someone spit in our face: it is a shame and a disgrace to us. It is the strongest possible rebuke that a person can give to another without resorting to violence. Indeed we would resist such a rebuke with violence if it came from a man. When it comes from God it is a stunning rebuke.

God Almighty regards our lax, complacent, careless service; desiring our own ways and following our idols of men, and exalting men and their organizations above his Word; AS SO  MUCH EXCREMENT!

2:4 Know then that I have sent this commandment unto you, that My covenant might be with Levi [a covenant of a priesthood with Levi and his descendants,  because he loved and respected God], saith the LORD of hosts.

2:5 My covenant was with him [and a New Covenant was later made with the Called Out; to the reward of Eternal Life and Peace] of life and peace, and I gave them [the covenant and commandments] to him, and of fear, and he feared [RESPECTED ME] Me, and was afraid [RESPECTED and OBEYED God] of My name.

2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found in his lips; he walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and did turn many away from iniquity 

Despite ONE mistake Levi was zealous for God and God’s ways; setting a godly example and teaching righteousness.

The priests are now brought into the message.

2:7 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

The spiritually Called Out of the New Covenant are also commanded to teach all men to live by every Word of God (Mat 28).

2:8 But ye are turned aside out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble [compromise with and break God’s Word] in the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi [the New Covenant of Melchisedec as well], saith the LORD of hosts.

2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept My ways, but have had respect of persons in the law.

Because we exalt idols of men, false traditions and organizations above the Word of God; obeying them instead of God’s Word and respecting them above God and his commandments; we shall be contemptible in the eyes of God and man; if we do not quickly and sincerely repent.

2:10 Have we not all one father [God the Father]? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, profaning the covenant of our fathers?

Why the infighting and power politics? Why the abuse of brethren? Why the splitting, division and confusion?

2:11 Judah [spiritual Judah/Israel, as well as physical Judah / Israel] hath dealt treacherously [against their (and we against our New Covenant Husband)  Husband the Eternal], and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which He loveth, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

Spiritual New Covenant Judah / Israel has also left off from our love and zeal for the Husband of our baptismal commitment to follow idols of men; exalting them and their false ways above the Word of God! 

Yes, we have exalted the organizations of men above the God of our New Covenant of espousal to marriage; we do what those men say and are no longer faithful to every word that comes out of the mouth of the Living God!  We believe the LIE that following men contrary to the Word of God is following God and so are led astray “Just support the church, just do what we say and you are being loyal to Christ.”

Turn from this abominable LIE and repent quickly lest a jealous God [Mighty Husband] cast you into great affliction!

This is NOT just in mainstream professing Christianity; Oh no; it is all religions who reject Jesus Christ as the ONLY Mediator between the Father and man: Who reject Jesus Christ as the ONLY Husband of the espoused bride of the faithful!

There is NO Mediator between man and the Father except Jesus Christ!  We are NEVER to make an idol out of an elder or leader to follow them contrary to the Word of God!  By exalting their word above God’s Word, such wicked men are exalting themselves above God himself! 

NO man has the authority to sit in judgment of God’s Word to decide for himself and others what to bind and loose and what is right and wrong as Eve and Adam did in the garden!  Such men are son’s of wickedness and damnation!  and all who follow them are rushing to their own destruction!

2 Timothy 2:5   For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

NO ONE can intercede for you with God the Father!  NO ONE!   

We are to love and live by every Word of God the Father  and Jesus Christ who is the High Priest of the New Covenant and the ONLY mediator between God the Father and man.

We are to repent of all sin; and sin is the breaking of any of the commandments of God (1 John 3:4).  After which we may be reconciled to God the Father and approach him directly in the name of our sacrifice and High Priest; the ONLY Mediator: Jesus Christ.

For Christ himself commanded us to pray directly to the Father in his name; we are not to pray to any so called intercessor that they may approach the Father on our behalf; we are to pray directly to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ:  We are not to blindly follow any man who LIES claiming that he can bind or loose God’s Word; we are to love God and live by EVERY WORD of God!

Matthew 6:9   After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.  6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

John 16:23   And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Malachi 2:12 May the LORD cut off to the man [may God destroy (cut off) out of the assembly, every person who follows idols of men] that doeth this, him that calleth and him that answereth out of the tents of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.

This is a profound curse that any person who does not repent of exalting organizations and institutions and men, and doing what they say above God’s Word; will be cut off for among God’s people.

Those who buy food and drink on Sabbath; saying “the church permits this” are obeying idols of men and will be cut off from God’s people for this double sin: first of polluting the Sabbath, and second for obeying someone other than your espoused Husband.

May the Eternal “CUT OFF” anyone who allows ANYTHING to come between him and his God.

2:13 And this further ye do: ye cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with sighing, insomuch that He regardeth not the offering any more, neither receiveth it with good will at your hand.

The wicked elders and leaders who make themselves idols of the brethren, fill the people with sorrows by their false teachings leading them in to all manner of sins.  Especially by allowing divorce and remarriage at will.

2:14 Yet ye say: ‘Wherefore?’ Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously, though she is thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

Many of you husbands have abused your wives [and some wives have abused their husbands]. This is not just about adultery; it is about our marriage covenant to love, cherish and care for our wives. If a man bully and abuse his wife, he is breaking the covenant that he made with her before  God. When you stood before witnesses and declared that you would love, cherish, protect and provide for this wife; you made a covenant with her witnessed by the attendees and by Almighty God!

God hates bullying! He hates the rampant abuse!

The Nicolaitane bullying and dominating of the people by leaders and elders, and the same conduct of husbands and wives; is despised and hated by Almighty God.

The most common way for a wife to abuse her husband is by not cooperating with and not supporting him; There are even wives who run up staggering debts against their husbands instructions!

This is an appalling evil for it amounts to tearing down her own house, instead of keeping her promise before God to be a help to her husband, and to build their house up together. Drunkenness, bullying and other abuses are rampant in the Ekklesia and must STOP IMMEDIATELY! 

Such wickedness has its roots in the example and teachings of many elders themselves.

2:15 And not one hath done so who had exuberance of spirit!

[Those that do such things are not enthusiastic, zealous or exuberant to live by every Word of God!  No they break his commandments to be faithful to one’s promises and covenants. He who is not faithful to his covenant of marriage now, will not be faithful to a spiritual marriage Covenant with Christ for eternity. To such people the world revolves around them. Everything is about them and about their advantage, it is pure selfishness and not about the loving and faithful service that God requires.

Those who are zealous and exuberant, loving to live by every Word of  God; have not done this sin!  Those who truly love God and his commandments understand his ways and are NOT bullies!

Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

God wants us to produce godly children, and to do that requires godly parents to instruct the children in godliness; and the godly parents setting a godly example.  If the parents live abusing one another and  in constant strife; how does that teach godliness to the children?   

Today the Ekklesia is full of abuse and the sin of divorce and remarriage;  and the root of these sins is our spiritual adultery against the espoused Husband of our baptismal commitment; for if we lived a godly life in faithfully living by every word of God  we would love one another according to godly love. 

Malachi 2:15 . . . For what seeketh the one? a seed given of God. A godly increase and blessing. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

Divorce is the hiding of a sinful unrepentant nature by one or both sides; it is hiding our violence against godly love; an admission that we cannot live in godly love and peace; and it is the breaking of our vows made in the presence of God.

2:16 For I hate putting away, saith the LORD, the God of Israel, and him that covereth his garment with violence, saith the LORD of hosts; therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

God hates intimidation, coercion, bullying and abuse; both between husbands and wives and between elders and brethren and in any human relationship. Such a relationship is NOT about love and peace, but of violence, fear, suffering and sorrow.

Brethren; God hates divorce; and that is especially true of our separating ourselves from God by following idols of men and refusing to live by every Word of God as we committed to do at baptism. 

2:17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say: ‘Wherein have we wearied Him?’ In that 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 justice?’

We have wearied the Eternal by saying that we are a righteous people when we are full of sin. When we say that God will forgive, and then we feel free to be lax and soft on sin. We make a mockery of his Word and waste his time with our many words of prayers.  When we abuse others and break his law we are a weariness and a vexation of spirit to him if we say “sorry” and then continue in sin.

We pour out our words to him and then feel justified in abusing our flock, our brothers, or our wives and children. We speak great prideful  words, calling ourselves God’s people, while we do wicked deeds and believe that God will accept and bless us, overlooking our blemishes of sin and the ugliness of our deeds.

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.

7:22  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?

7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

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