What are the people of God to do when few in number vs. the sceptical masses? Malachi records such a time. Those who feared the Lord, spoke together often and thought upon His name. These are God's people, He hears, remembers and spares them.
Why do the wicked prosper and the good suffer? When will God make things right? This was the question of people in Malachi's day. Experiencing very difficult days, watching their culture going downhill - God offered them answers.
In this video, Dr. Congdon shows that Malachi's God-inspired answers to these questions are very appropriate for our days. Significantly, we can see a parallel between the failure of Israel and the modern church of today. Two paths are offered to religious people. One leads to failure and the other to reward.
Highlighted are the blessings Israel had from God, the failures of Israel toward God, and the result of their failure to prepare for Christ's coming to the earth.
Malachi's warning to Israel was very appropriate for true believers living in those days and even more so, for we who are living in these last times.
The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. Israel Beloved of God 2"I have loved you," says the Lord. "Yet you say, 'In what way have You loved us?' Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" Says the Lord."Yet Jacob I have loved; 3 But Esau I have hated,And laid waste his mountains and his heritage
For the jackals of the wilderness." 4Even though Edom has said,"We have been impoverished,But we will return and build the desolate places,"Thus says the Lord of hosts:"They may build, but I will throw down;They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness,And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever. 5Your eyes shall see, And you shall say,'The Lord is magnified beyond the border of Israel.' Polluted Offerings 6"A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master,Where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hostsTo you priests who despise My name.Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?'7"You offer defiled food on My altar,But say,'In what way have we defiled You?'By saying,'The table of the Lord is contemptible.'8And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice,Is it not evil?And when you offer the lame and sick,Is it not evil?Offer it then to your governor!Would he be pleased with you?Would he accept you favorably?"Says the Lord of hosts.9"But now entreat God's favor,That He may be gracious to us.While this is being done by your hands,Will He accept you favorably?"Says the Lord of hosts.10"Who is there even among you who would shut the doors,So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain?I have no pleasure in you,"Says the Lord of hosts,"Nor will I accept an offering from your ha
From James chapter two, verses five through
eleven, Kevin Pulliam explores the biblical warning
against partiality, of excluding from fellowship others
who we may not find impressive or desireable by
Encouragement is given to rather to love all in
the church equally.
Part 2 - Before the 400-Year Silence
This lesson considers the state of the priesthood and the people in the days just before the 400-year silence begins.
The 400-year time period was between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Jesus Christ.
Prior to His silence, God accused the priesthood and people of wearying Him with their false accusations against Him.
This study explains the meaning behind God's statement "I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau" in Malachi 1.
Clearly, God's purpose was chastisement of Israel and not its destruction.
This sermon was preached on September 10, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Pastor Zachary Groff preached this sermon entitled "Jesus, John, & the Kingdom of Heaven" on Matthew 11:7-19. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
Part 1 - The Inter-Testament Period begins with the book of Malachi. This video/audio answers two major biblical questions.
The first answers the puzzle as to why Daniel's 70-Week (490 years) Prophecy is divided into three periods of history? Why is the first division (49 years) never explained, while the second (434 years) and third (7 years) divisions are well defined?
The second answers why this was God's last message to His beloved nation or Israel, before a 400-years silence between the book of Malachi and the birth of the Lord.
"For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible." (Malachi 1:11-12)