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Discover Malachi, the Most Mysterious of the Hebrew Prophets

Malachi is the last of the Minor Prophets in the Tanakh (Jewish Bible), placed in that position because Judaism traditionally believes that prophecy ceased with him and will only be renewed in the Messianic age. However, he is also considered by many to be the last prophet before the arrival of Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) and Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
Malachi prophesied in the early fifth century, almost 100 years after the prophets Haggai and Zechariah and during the days of Nehemiah (see Malachi 2:8 and Nehemiah 13:15; Malachi 2:10–16 and Nehemiah 13:23).
At that time, the Jewish people had returned from their captivity in Babylon, the walls of Jerusalem and the Temple were being reconstructed, and along with a new Sanctuary, the reinstitution of Temple worship.
Some scholars believe that Malachi was a priest among the prophets, scribes, and other priests who were led out of exile and back to Judah by Ezra and Nehemiah.
Others believe that he may have been just a common man speaking the Word of God to the Jewish community who returned home to rebuild the Holy Temple. A minority of opinion in the Talmud says Malachi was actually Ezra the scribe or perhaps Mordechai of the Book of Esther.  Some scholars have concluded that the four chapters of Malachi were actually extracted from the Book of Zechariah.
Orthodox circles contend that Malachi was a member of the Anshei Knesset HaGedolah (Men of the Great Assembly) that was founded by Ezra in about 520 BC.  Others in this assembly of Torah sages were Mordechai, Haggai, and Zechariah.  (Chabad; Orthodox Union)
Despite having returned from exile, the people of Malachi’s day were disappointed, disillusioned, and apathetic.
Their apathy can be seen in their half-hearted following of the Torah, and so it only follows that they were experiencing drought and crop failure, and enemies continued to oppose them. The people cried out to God who apparently is not accepting their offerings, explaining that men are divorcing the wives of their youth to marry women from other nations.

“‘The man who hates and divorces his wife,’ says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘does violence to the one he should protect,’ says the LORD Almighty.  So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.”  (2:16)
Such intermarriage with idol worshipers had become rampant and threatened the future of Israel:
“You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant,”  Malachi says, adding, “Has not the one God made you?  You belong to Him in body and spirit.  And what does the one God seek?  Godly offspring.”  (2:14–15)
While godly unions result in godly offspring who seek and serve the Lord, ungodly partnerships result in ungodly children who defile God’s holy name:
“Judah has been unfaithful.  A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the Lord loves by marrying women who worship a foreign god.”  (2:11)
It seems only natural that a people who have a problem loving and being faithful to their mates would question God’s love for them.  Indeed, Malachi begins his rebukes by recording their doubt:
“‘I have loved you,’ says the Lord.  ‘But you ask, “How have you loved us?”’”(1:2)
The Lord reminds them of how He chose them, protected them, and blessed them as descendants of Abraham through Jacob.
It seems they forgot this supernatural history of their people.  So the Lord sent Malachi to warn them that their forgetfulness and unfaithfulness is even now causing their ruin.
In Malachi’s day, unfaithfulness extended to the priesthood. Instead of protecting the holiness of the ceremonial laws that God had charged the priests to keep, they offered injured, lame, and diseased animals to the Lord as sacrifices and offerings.  (Malachi 1:6–2:9)
This amounted to contempt for God.
“It is you priests who show contempt for my name.  But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’  ‘By offering defiled food on my altar.’”  (1:6–7)
God answers, “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth.”
The priests were to provide correct teaching regarding the ways of God and be living examples of holiness.  In their corruption, the priests were causing “many to stumble at the law.”  (2:8)
Because the priests compromised in their offerings, so did the people; Malachi 3:8–12 reveals that the people became lax in tithing.
“Will a mere mortal rob God?  Yet you rob me.  But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’  ‘In tithes and offerings.  You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”  (Malachi 3:8–10)
This prophecy is still relevant for us today. Faithfulness in tithing will lead to abundant blessing. And if you don’t you rob God!
As partakers of a New Covenant, the priests in the ministry of the Good News are still charged with presenting God’s truth and setting a holy example for the people.  (Romans 15:16) Those priests are of a spiritual bloodline—they are every Believer in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”  (1 Peter 2:9)
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
Malachi highlights the sins that are resulting in oppression from outsiders, drought, famine, and poverty, leading to the stripping away of prosperity and of influence in the region.  This, the prophet warned, called for an outpouring of national repentance, and for the people to humble themselves in prayer.  (1:9)
Through Malachi, God reveals that He will hold back His wrath and restore His blessings if the people will return to Him.  If not, destruction awaits.
But Malachi is not all reproof and judgment. He also offers hope to the nation of Israel, indeed all humanity, by prophesying a coming reign of the Messiah and His millennial kingdom.
In Malachi 3:1, the prophet says that a messenger would prepare the way for the Messiah:
“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before Me.”
Yeshua identified this messenger as Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) when He quoted this verse in Malachi, saying,
“‘What did you go out into the wilderness to see?  A reed swayed by the wind?  If not, what did you go out to see?  A man dressed in fine clothes?  No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces.  Then what did you go out to see?  A prophet?  Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.  This is the one about whom it is written:  “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.”’”  (Luke 7:24–27)
In the final chapter of Malachi, the prophet returns to the theme of the messenger.  In this chapter, we understand that Elijah would be the Messiah’s forerunner.
“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.”  (Malachi 4:5)
Yeshua told His talmidim that Yochanan the Immerser had come in the spirit of Elijah.
“For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until Yochanan.  And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.”  (Matthew 11:13–14)
Here are a few of the ways that Yochanan came like Elijah:
  • He dressed like Elijah (2 Kings 1:8; Matthew 3:4).
  • He spent long periods of his ministry in the wilderness (1 Kings 17:3; 19:3–4; John 1:23).
  • He challenged the king and rebuked him for his wicked wife (1 Kings 18:17; Matthew 14:3).
  • He lived under threat of execution because of the king’s wife (1 Kings 19:2; Matthew 14:3)
  • He led people to repentance of sins (1 Kings 21:27; Matthew 3:2)
  • He prepared the way for the Lord (Malachi 4:5; Mark 1:3; Luke 1:17)
Certainly, Yochanan did preach a message of repentance and reconciliation, just like Elijah. He led the people from disobedience into a state prepared for Messiah, just as the angel prophesied to Yochanan’s father, Zechariah:
“He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.  And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”  (Luke 1:16–17)
While Yochanan prepared the way for Yeshua’s first coming, we can understand that he has also prepared us for the coming return of the Messiah who will “suddenly” reappear and enter into the rebuilt Temple.
“‘I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me.  Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to His temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the LORD Almighty.”  (3:1)
In describing His return as suddenly, Malachi is warning us to be prepared for the Messiah’s coming and to not be caught off guard.
However, it seems that Yeshua will not return until a Temple is prepared for Him, perhaps the Temple that the prophet Ezekiel describes at the end of his prophetic book.
Return to Me and I Will Return to You
Malachi tells us that when our Messiah comes, He will be like “a refiner’s fire,” purifying the servants of God like one purifies silver and gold, so that offerings will once again be made in purity and holiness.  (3:2)
But for others, He will come in judgment:
“‘I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien—because they do not fear Me,’ says the Lord of hosts.”  (3:5)
Nevertheless, Malachi shares the same hope for every person as all of God’s prophets have shared with us: “Return to Me, and I will return to you.”  (3:7)
We can take hold of this promise every day of our lives.  As in the time of Malachi, “the LORD listened and heard” the hearts of those who feared the Lord.  He saw their sincere repentance and turning from sin. As a result, “a scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored His name.”  (3:16)
Let us desire with all of our heart to fear the Lord by honoring His name in our thoughts and deeds, according to His will not our own, without compromise or corruption.
Let us strive to walk in holiness, becoming true sons and daughters, even priests of the Most High God.
For those who choose the path of repentance and holiness, He makes a covenantal promise:
“On the day when I act,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘they will be my treasured possession.  I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares His son who serves Him.’”  (3:17) 
“Tell the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.'”  (Jeremiah 21:8)

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“Always Abounding
in the Work of the Lord”

“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10

This ministry work would be furthered in the hearts of men and blessed to have you assist us in any of the following ways (email at bottom). We are all Christ’s disciples, servants, and friends (John 15). As blood-bought members of Jesus’ body, we are all just regular people – former sinners now saved by His glorious grace – who have His desire inside of us to help others grow in His grace and for lost souls to be saved/rescued before it’s too late (Luke 19:10; Mark 4:19). Each of us know inside that our time is short – we have a very limited window and must act now. Many who read these words desire and have even prayed for something to do for Jesus.

So that we are all on GOD’s page per se, I want to encourage you to read the 4-chapter book of Colossians. Please pray before you begin and as you study these words of our LORD, ask Him to reveal His heart, wisdom, truth, and full-counsel to you. Ask Him to reveal Himself – Jesus Christ – to you. Don’t miss the apostle Paul’s warnings and 1:28 which gives us the PWT principle of preaching, WARNING, and teaching. Here’s a brief help to launch you and your life into a higher orbit with Jesus! – Colossal Colossians!

By His grace, our whole goal is simply to magnify and elevate and uphold Jesus Christ and no mere man or ministry (Colossians 1:18; 2:18-19). He alone is worthy and He “must increase” but we “must decrease.” (John 3:30) Read 2 Corinthians 1:9; 3:5; 4:5.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Let’s abound in the work of the Lord together beloved. Read 1 Corinthians 3:6-9.

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– Most prolific, prevalent opportunity: Disciples of Jesus who will push out/publish links with teaser lines on social media. This will create feeding, edification, rebuke, exhortation, encouragement, and binding and sealing divine truth among Christ’s remnant disciples who will in turn begin communicating His Word (Isaiah 8:16). Peruse, be edified by, and publish pages on the ministry site. It’s a large resource covering dozens of important biblical topics. If you have social media accounts, please join us in pushing out the Scripture-rich resources on https://whatshotn.me/  – articles, outlines, study guides, books, etc.

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Money. This ministry work is about Christ alone and offers the opportunity for us all to “lay up” treasure with our LORD, in His safe keeping (Matthew 6:19-24). Setting up a recurring gift is extremely vital to the operation of this work. Please realize that no organization or even one rich person bothers to support this work. One person gave $5.00 once and that, to a degree, is what determines how many people we can reach (printing soul-winning Gospel tracts, giving away books to help Christians grow in Christ, etc.).

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Financial gifts to help the ministry operate at optimal fruitfulness (John 15:16)

  • Monthly Sponsorship’s (E-Mail).
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– Again: Ministry via replies and postings on Facebook and other social media sites. Getting God’s Word out via social media platforms.

Now because money is so important in this world, it is very difficult to develop the right mindset about it. This is when the practice of tithing a specific percent, even though it is no longer required, can be a very helpful way to develop the right attitude about money. By making ourselves give away some specific percent, we remind ourselves that all our money is God’s in the first place.


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So far for this donation drive to provide food for the hungry and homeless, We have received nothing to put into the food bank, many have seen it and have done nothing, what a sad day this truly is looking at them and not being able to give them food for their belly, that is one of the few commands Jesus gave us to do! the ones who turn their backs on the hungry their Christianity is in question! How can I say that? I didn’t Jesus did! Remember His message about the sheep and the goats?

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All love offerings are so very appreciated. We are not supported by any organization but rather dependent upon the love offerings of individuals who love the LORD Jesus and want to help further His eternal kingdom in the hearts of men. Your donation(s) will greatly assist in keeping us on post and in greater fruitfulness for our KING’s glory!!!! 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 

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Minister Bill DeDual

Minister Bill DeDual

(A work in progress!)

In my younger years I found myself in the shoes of the Hungry and Homeless, Starving almost to death, getting food out of garbage cans, pushing aside the rats to steal their food.
Sleeping anywhere I could lay my head, winters were the worst, cold and miserable, constantly hearing “I’ll pray for you!” instead of here’s a warm shower, a blanket to keep you warm and a hot meal!
Oh yes I also heard “Get a job you bum!” when there was no way for me to get one the circumstances I was in kept me from obtaining one.

But The Lord had different plans for me other than dying at that horrific point of my life, I now pastor a church and have a presence online.

The Lord has laid it upon my heart to help the people whom I once was, but I need help to do this.
Lord willing I’ll be opening a food shelter in the Rockford area, handing out Food, Bibles and preaching the Word of God to them, but like I said I need your help to do this, so far I have been doing what I do as a love offering receiving no money, but this is a little bigger and I can’t do it alone.
Since the Lord laid it on my heart to do, He also sees the ones who are willing to help me and the ones who don’t.
What are you willing to do for Him today?

I was getting rich at one point in my life when I was younger that’s all that mattered to me at that time, But then I met Jesus and saw His face! I asked Him to forgive me of all that I did wrong and I gave my life to Him and to do whatever to get all my sin out of my life! I also learned to be careful how I asked Him, because what started was a whirlwind of things happening people cut out of my life lost my business, house etc. However now I praise God that He loved me so much to care about what I was doing and making me into what He wanted me to be and do, now here I am, Praising His name in what He has laid on my heart! Am I poor now? Yes! But I am in His will Not mine! Hallelujah!! Glory to the Highest!!

A part of my personal testimony!
Some believe that once a person becomes saved that it is impossible for that person to do wrong again, Becoming saved doesn’t take away our free will, because we still have free will to choose. Some think Jesus then takes away our ability to choose, which isn’t true, not saying we should do wrong because we’re forgiven, we shouldn’t, but if we do mistakenly do wrong, that means we can go to the Father and ask forgiveness and we have it, Only because Jesus already paid our debt with His blood. Paul explains that part when he says what a despicable person he is.
That said, many people don’t understand the two parables, 1) Prodigal son. 2) Jesus leaving the 99 sheep to find the one.
Both of which happened to me.
I personally know what those two mean, I accepted Jesus sometime in my early 20’s and lived my life for God for little while, but I personally didn’t have an experience with God, you know what I mean, He wasn’t real to me. It’s not at all that I didn’t believe because I did and I believed that Jesus died for my sins, I believed everything the Bible told me. I had head knowledge, Not heart knowledge, Huge difference!
OK so years go by and I started drinking, didn’t really like drugs so I didn’t get into that, and then I started to get a dream, I was going along a highway, it was night, and when I started to come up on a curve that went to the left, I saw a big white cross on the right side, the cross was lit, glowing with a white light, every once in awhile I would have the same dream, it didn’t change, then they became more frequent, I started having them once a day.
Then finally I said out loud “What does this mean?” a small voice said “I am real!” Now remember this is years later, yes I accepted Jesus with the sinners prayer I even got baptized back then, you know the whole nine yards. and I tried to do right things for about 3-4 years, but it wasn’t real. But now He’s speaking to me, He didn’t do that before, Years later He’s telling me He wants me back! Wow!
That’s when I started receiving Heart knowledge, (again years later) and He started to do things in my life that showed me He is real. Not because I’m special, but because He’s merciful. I said to Him OK Lord take away everything that you don’t like in my life, (Oh my Gosh, consider the cost before you ask Him that!) He will give it to you! First thing I stopped drinking to show Him I was serious, He accepted that gesture, I re-dedicated my life to Him, I got re-baptized, and then things started happening in my life like a whirlwind! EVERYTHING WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM ME! except my daughter He allowed me to keep her, except before He did, she contracted a rare disease that was Killing her.
Now while she was in the hospital, I prayed God take me instead, you know I was begging for her life and trying to trade God for her life. after about three weeks of praying, crying, trading, begging, a still small voice came to me again saying, “Is she mine or yours. Do I have the right to take her or not?” I stopped and thought about that for long while.
Then I started crying very hard, because I realized she was His to take, which would mean she was going to Die!
I then started praying hard knowing that as Abraham was to offer up Issac to God, I had to offer up my daughter to God, very hard thing to do, but I did it, I told Him if He wants to take her, she is His, If He doesn’t want to take her then I am only a steward of her.
A couple of weeks later my daughter and I was in the hospital room and she was having the process done on her like everyday to just keep her alive, and a still small voice spoke to me while the process was happening saying “She is healed” I said “what?” and the voice said again “she is healed, she will start to get better now” I jumped up in excitement yelling she’s healed, she’s going to get better now!
The nurse that was doing the process on my daughter said “No, that’s impossible” I said I was just told she is going to get better by God and that’s what matters, and from that point my daughter started to get better!
She went from dying and needing a process to keep her alive for four weeks to complete recovery in two weeks! That’s the power of God!
This testimony is true and can be shared, and I personally know what those two parables mean!
Praise God for His Wonders!
God Bless! 🙂 

Relationship has always been the foundation of righteousness. The Father/son relationship in Scripture is not some cute analogy – it is the very substance of what it means to be the redeemed of the Lord!

Ordination Credentials:
Established in 2009

My Ordination Credentials are, I am an Ordained Minister through Saint Luke Evangelical Christian Ministries, and am also a member of The First International Church Of The Web which  is a Christ-centered, Non-denominational, Web-based church.

My calling is Pastor and Teacher

Also I Pastor a physical church, House of the Nazarene, a Non- Denominational Church Organization, at my home.

Minister Bill D.
Will you help me? We will try to encourage you and hopefully, Lord Willing many more will join and will see what God does. Please pray for this to be successful and let’s keep in contact with what you might learn or even questions you may have along the way. Even hard ones! God Bless.
All Christians have, in profession at least, received Jesus Christ the Lord, consented to him, and taken him for theirs. We cannot be built up in Christ, or grow in him, unless we are first rooted in him, or founded upon him. Being established in the faith, we must abound therein, and improve in it more and more. God justly withdraws this benefit from those who do not receive it with thanksgiving; and gratitude for his mercies is justly required by God.
There is a philosophy which rightly exercises our reasonable faculties; a study of the works of God, which leads us to the knowledge of God, and confirms our faith in him. But there is a philosophy which is vain and deceitful.

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