The Malachi Dilemma for the Church


Words, words, words, the Internet is full of prophets giving conflicting words. Who is correct? Am I correct? Is it possible where there is conflict there could be a middle ground that makes both right? Sure, there can be a middle ground, but certain conditions have to be met to make these different words meld together as one.

To see if it is possible for conflicting words to actually end up being right on both counts, let us look at what happened in the book of Jonah. Jonah was sent by God to prophesy to the Assyrians in their capital, Nineveh. He said to them, “In forty days, Nineveh shall be overthrown.” That was a powerful prophecy that was going to come to pass. However, what does the Bible say in the very next verse? “So the people of Nineveh believed God and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.”

The king of Nineveh told the people to fast and repent, and the people responded. He said to them, “Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger so that we do not perish.” God did repent from his word that Nineveh would be destroyed in forty days. The people did what he was demanding they do. They repented. So, Nineveh was spared. What they did is what we must do.

The middle ground I spoke of at the beginning is that what warnings God gives us today comes with conditions. If we repent, he will not bring it to pass. If we do not repent, he will fulfill his warnings. I am a messenger sent to you to give you these warnings from God. I can certainly end up being wrong about judgment coming down on us with God’s total fury. I want to be wrong about what I have been saying. However, if God’s people do not listen and look for some middle ground hoping they do not have to give up worldly things that have led them astray, then all that I have been saying will come to pass just as what Jeremiah said would happen in his day.

Is there a move of the church in the United States bringing us back towards God? Certainly there has been some stirring in God’s church because of these last eight frustrating years under President Obama and because of the stirring in the spiritual world that has occurred through Donald Trump of late. But, can we say things have begun to turn around to put God back in charge in this nation? I will have to ask a few questions to see if it could possibly be true.

Has this nation brought to pass any laws that honor God or his word of late? Who is dominating our culture at the present time, the liberal media, the politicians, the entrenched liberal bias that dominates in our universities, or is it the church in the United States that supposedly worships God every Sunday? To answer the first question, all we have to do is look at what transpired this year. Gay marriage became a constitutional right. To answer the second question, we can observe the church has remained strikingly silent while the liberal media and leftist politicians and professors continue to drive the dialog across this country.

Sure, Donald Trump has drawn huge crowds everywhere he goes, but then again, so did Bernie Sanders. By the way, Bernie still lost to Hillary Clinton. Big crowds do not guarantee success at the ballot box, especially when there will be considerable cheating by the Democrats both with people voting more than once and votes being changed at the ballot box. The statistical evidence of that has already been displayed in a previous piece of mine. But, let us turn to what happened in a meeting just this past week between Donald Trump and some religious leaders.

These religious leaders met with Trump to tell him their concerns about what is going on in this nation, especially with what concerns the church, itself. It is certainly good to actually have a presidential candidate that is sympathetic  to the concerns of those in God’s church. However, what is it they want him to do? They were right about a lot of things, but the biggest idol in the room is what they would not give up.

In the book of Malachi God speaks to the Jews and says,

“I have loved you,” says the LORD. “Yet you say, ‘Wherein have you loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” says the LORD: “yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Whereas Edom says, ‘We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places;’ thus says the LORD of 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 has indignation for ever.”

“And your eyes shall see, and you shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel. A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is my honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, Oh priests, that despise my name. And you say, ‘Wherein have we despised your name?’

“You offer polluted bread upon my altar; and you say, ‘Wherein have we polluted you?’ In that you say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now to your governor; will he be pleased with you, or accept your person? says the LORD of hosts.

“And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious to us: this has been by your means: will he regard your persons?” says the LORD of hosts. “Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for naught? neither do you kindle fire on my altar for naught. I have no pleasure in you.” says the LORD of hosts, “Neither will I accept an offering at your hand. For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered to my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen,” says the LORD of hosts.

“But you have profaned it, in that you say, ‘The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.’ You said also, ‘Behold, what a weariness is it!’ and you have snuffed at it,” says the LORD of hosts; “And you brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus you brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand?” says the LORD. But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male, and vows, and sacrifices to the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King”, says the LORD of hosts, “And my name is dreadful among the heathen.” (Malachi 1: 2-14)

God’s church in the United States is referred to as Edom at the beginning of this chapter. Why? Because, God’s religious leaders who met with Trump are saying things like, “We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places.” What is wrong with that? What is wrong is that their heart is not right with God. God asks in the passage, “Where is my fear (honor)? He tells the priests which represent our pastors and priests in this passage: “You offer polluted bread upon my altar.”  God goes on to say, “Cursed be the deceiver which has in his flock a male, and vows, and sacrifices to the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King.”

About what the pastors and priests who met with Donald Trump were concerned among other things was they wanted him to abolish the Lyndon Johnson law which threatened churches with losing their tax exempt status if they expressed their political views. Why do they want this law removed from the books? Obviously they want the right to speak out. But, wait a minute. Do they not still have that right? Is it not a fact that they only lose their tax exempt status if they do speak out? What has been preventing them from speaking out all these decades while prayer was removed from our schools, abortion became legal, and now gay marriage becoming a right? Nothing really, only their biggest idol, money. “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” (1 Timothy 6: 10)

This is why the church is portrayed as Edom in the book of Malachi. The church is not offering God an acceptable offering at the altar.

God goes on to say in the book of Malachi:

If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, says 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 you do not lay it to heart.

But you are departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble at the law; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts. Therefore, have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as you have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

Have we not all one father? has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and has married the daughter of a strange god.

The LORD will cut off the man that does this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offers an offering to the LORD of hosts. And this have you done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regards not the offering any more, or receives it with good will at your hand. (Malachi 2: 2, 8-13)

God said if he is not honored then he has already cursed our blessings. We see that is true today in the United States. In Deuteronomy 28, there is a list of the blessings and curses upon the nations that honor God and those nations who do not honor him. One blessing is to be a lender and not a borrower. We used to lend to many nations; now we are a debtor nation. China for one is holding a lot of our debt. Another blessing is that forces fighting against us will flee before us seven ways. However, when our blessings are cursed, we flee seven ways before our enemies. We fled from Vietnam. We fled from Somalia. We fled from Iraq. We never finish a war anymore. The last time this nation actually had a resolve to win a war was during WWII.

We are cursed with riots and murders of policemen occurring in our streets. We are cursed with terrorist attacks in our homeland. We are cursed with large unemployment and families making less money than they were making eight years ago. We are cursed with a national debt that will destroy our financial system in the not distant future. We are living on borrowed time.

The love of money and mammon in the church is what prevents God from saving this nation. We have to repent for this nation to be saved. There is no other option before God. God says his people and especially the religious leaders have been partial in the law. We respect his commandments here and there but only when it is convenient.

God goes on to say in Malachi:

“You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, ‘Wherein have we wearied him?’ When you say, ‘Everyone that does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them; or, ‘Where is the God of judgment?’ (Malachi 2: 17)

That last sentence is something we are constantly hearing from prophets on the Internet. They say, “God is going to make Donald Trump president.” That last statement is saying, “Good is coming our way. There is no judgment coming.” That is what the prophets of Jeremiah were saying in his day. Who do you think turned out to be right?

Our only choice is to repent and call on God. We need to act to save this nation. The first thing we can do is to actually begin fasting with prayer. By fasting we are actually humbling ourselves before God and honoring him. That is a first step we must take immediately. If we do not, I do not expect that the presidential election will ever occur, and then we will be under God’s full judgment. Once he begins his judgment, he will not listen to our cries, because in Malachi 2: 13 he said:

The LORD will cut off the man that does this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offers an offering to the LORD of hosts. And this have you done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he (the LORD) regards not the offering any more, or receives it with good will at your hand. (Malachi 2: 16)

 

 

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2 Comments on “The Malachi Dilemma for the Church”

  1. joan basom Says:

    in your opinion, is the church responding or are we just barking down a rat hole..Many churches (mine included) don’t seem to be addressing these issues and its kind of scary. they preach the Word on personal levels, but not the urgency of the hour we are living.


    • I can only speak to what I am seeing. I am told there is some movement out there, but I am not seeing it. I see church people all the time, and they all seem oblivious to what is coming. They go about their lives like usual. That is what got us into this mess from the beginning. When we should have been involved to stop what has come to pass in this nation, the people who make up the church just sat around and hoped at best someone else would rise up against this godless onslaught. That is what you are seeing in your church.
      All we can do is act now for those who will act. If only 10 righteous had been found in Sodom, God would not have destroyed those cities. I cannot say how many need to act, but it has to be enough to spark a change in direction in this country. It has to spark nation-wide repentance. If only those who have the most influence would rise up and lead a nation-wide reaction to what has transpired in this nation. In Judah, the king called for fasting and prayer to save the kingdom. We do not have a king, but we do have those who have substantial influence. Unfortunately for now, all of them seem to be asleep. I see some calling for preparing for the collapse of our nation. We should be trying to save the nation instead. Your actions determine where is your faith.


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