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Who knows whether He will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him, even a grain offering and a libation for Yahweh your God? Blow a trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room and the bride out of her bridal chamber. Let the priests, Yahweh's ministers, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, "Spare Thy people, O Yahweh, and do not make Your inheritance a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, 'Where is their God?'" (Joel 2:14-17)What is the blessing Yahweh will leave behind Him, the "grain offering and libation"? It is the second Remnant. The second Remnant will be Yahweh's work which is a part of the first resurrection spoken of in Revelation 20 - an unleavened "grain offering and libation" which ascends to heaven (Leviticus 2:11, whereas Christianity is a Pentecost leavened bread which cannot ascend but only be waved - Leviticus 23:15-17). It is this ingathering that will be the intercessors for Christianity, as well as the world - not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). This ingathering will be the "solemn assembly," the gathered people, a sanctified congregation, twelve additional elders, the "children and nursing infants." They will be His priests who cry out for His people.
Before the coming of "the great and terrible day of Yahweh," Elijah will be sent. This great fact has two highly revealing implications since "Elijah" is sent twice. First, from Luke 1:17 and Matthew 11:14 we know that John the Baptist was Elijah. That being the case, based on this and other supporting evidence (to follow), it is therefore a conclusive fact that the days following John were and are "the great and terrible day of Yahweh" - "I am going to send you Elijah the prophet (John being the first) before the coming of the great and terrible day of Yahweh." "But hold on," you object, "the days following John are the days of the church period, and could not be 'the great and terrible day of Yahweh.'" But my friend, that is exactly what they were and are. We cannot go into all the ramifications of what this means and why they are, but it is evident from the Scriptures they are indeed just that.Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of Yahweh. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse (Malachi 4:5-6).
Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of Yahweh. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.Let us connect together the first and last parts of these important closing verses - "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet ... lest I come and smite the land with a curse." The promise of Yahweh to abate His wrath which He has declared, is fulfilled by the establishment and work of "Elijah the prophet." Elijah must come lest Yahweh "come and smite the land with a curse." The coming of Elijah fulfills a very important promise made by Yahweh following His destruction of every living thing on the earth with the flood (with exception to the inhabitants of the ark). We read in Genesis 8:21, after Noah's construction of an altar and his offering of every clean animal and clean bird as a burnt offering (like unto the "grain offering and libation"):
And Yahweh smelled the soothing aroma; and Yahweh said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done."This is a wonderful promise from our awesome and all powerful God. We see here Yahweh's promise to (1) never curse the ground again and (2) never again destroy every living thing. In the beginning Yahweh cursed the ground because of man - "Cursed is the ground because of you" (Genesis 3:17) - but He knows man is continually evil, and has promised that He will "never curse the ground" again "on account of man." Also, for those who believe that Yahweh will destroy every living thing some day, He has specifically promised that He will "never again" do that. Despite what Christians predict, Yahweh has given us these hope filled and very assuring promises. And in Yahweh's last words in the Old Testament, we see His fulfillment as to why a curse will not be carried out - because Yahweh will raise up Elijah, "lest I come and smite the land with a curse." The Hebrew word for "curse" used here in Malachi is the same word used to describe what happened to Jericho where everything was destroyed with fire. In Jericho, everything was under a "ban," which is the same Hebrew word here translated "curse." As promised in Genesis 8:21, Yahweh is saying here in Malachi that He will not bring that kind of Jericho destruction upon the world.
And He will judge between the nations,Amen! Come Lord Yahshua!
And will render decisions for many peoples;
And they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they learn war (Isaiah 2:4).
And He will arise and shepherd ...
Because at that time He will be great
To the ends of the earth
And this One will be peace (Micah 5:4-5).
“Come, let us return to Yahweh.
For He has torn us, but He will heal us;
He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
He will revive us after two days (2,000 years);
He will raise us up on the third day (the Millennium)
That we may live before Him.
So let us know, let us press on to know Yahweh;
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain (the latter rain) watering the earth” (6:1-3).
I will not execute My fierce anger;
I will not destroy Ephraim again (Christianity).
For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst,
And I will not come in wrath (11:9).
I will heal the apostasy,
I will love them freely,
For My anger has turned away from them (14:4).
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