We are living in a time when the spiritual leaders of our day, when the preachers and priest of our day have gone their own ways and the fear of Yehovah is not upon them. They preach the doctrines of men instead of the Gospel of Jesus. They welcome in the masses to be entertained instead of to be converted and transformed. They offer up nothing to God but empty words, which is a great stench in His nostrils.
In the book of Malachi, we see a great rebuke to the Priest of Israel and a great warning their blessing will soon be turned into curses. They call Him father, yet their actions show a different view. They refuse to honor Him and to fear Him. Like the lukewarm Church of today, the intent of their heart was evil, though they thought it was good.
“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?” Malachi 1:6 KJV
God then pronounces a judgment upon the Priest, if they refuse to listen to His voice and give honor to His name. This should come as a great warning to those who dare to call themselves preachers in America today.
Dear American Pastors, your country is covered in darkness, your seats are filled with carnal minds. There is no presence of God among you, only empty emotions created by your production. You entertain your flock, meanwhile, their souls are lost. You do not give honor to the God of the Bible, but to a God of your own imagination. You lead your flocks off a cliff and into the pits of hell. Judgment is at the door of this nation, nay, judgment has arrived and it begins in the house of the LORD.
“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.” Malachi 2:1-3 KJV
Those who truly love God, the true remnant of the Messiah, must come out from the church of Babylon and the doctrines of men and devils. However, this is not to say we shouldn’t gather, I believe quite the opposite. We must seek out Bible-believing, spirit-filled churches and then lift them up with our support. We must be a great and bright light in this time of horrible darkness. We may be tempted to separate ourselves from everyone and everything, but that would be a great mistake. This is a season when the faithful are needed the most. As the days of Messiah approach, we must become all the more active and the true body of Christ must come together like never before.
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV
The Prophets Portion – Week 6 – Malachi 1-2:7
The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
2 I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob,
3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lordof hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever.
5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The Lord will be magnified from the border of Israel.
6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible.
8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.
9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the Lord of hosts.
10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
11 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.
12 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.
13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord.
14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.
2 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
2 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.
3 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.
4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.
5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
6 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.
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.