From: Sophereth at Kirjath Sepher
To: those that have been waiting and watching…
. Malachi 3. Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. but who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiners fire, and like a fullers soap: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. and I will come near to you to judgement; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against the false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
. hear we have another example of true worship bringing judgement.
. who is the messenger? John the Baptist/the spirit of Elijah.
. when the way is prepared before him, where does the Lord, whom we seek, whom we delight in, come to? suddenly? to his temple.
. what? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Lord? since the day of Pentecost, we are that temple. individually; and when we gather together in his name. individually and corporately.
. judgement comes first to the house of God. beginning with the elders. He is coming to clean up His house. first.
. who does the refiners fire, the fullers soap, refine and purify? who is purged as gold and silver?
. the sons of Levi. the priesthood. Why?
. that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Why?
. so the offering will be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, as in former years.
. so that he will come near to us in judgement.
. so that he will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers, and against the liars, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, the fatherless, and the stranger. against those that fear not the Lord.
. judgement begins at the house of the Lord. first. He is coming to clean up His house. first.
. now. go tell Ahab. Elijah is here.