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4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
You will not hear this message being preached in the church. This message has waited silently for over two thousand years. This message is now being proclaimed. This is the time of the end. The end of time will soon be here. The Lord is coming. Are you ready? God has promised a great prophet just before the end.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
The words of the Messiah, which indicate the Third Elijah shall come (future tense) and the Second Elijah had come already (past tense). The Saviour knew and understood the prophecy, which says the Third Elijah would restore all things.
10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?Peter also knew the prophecy. The time of the end is a time of restoration of all things. The Sabbath truth has been restored. The truth of all that God has commanded is being restored.
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
End Time Present Truth
There can be no dispute. The message of Malachi 4 is for the last days. The final destruction, by fire, of all the wicked is clearly described as the introduction to this message.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
The Ten Commandments are not the limit of God's law. The statutes and judgments of God are the expansion and details of the commandments. The statutes of God were not done away with at the cross. It is time for the modern children of Israel to return to the observance of all of God's law. The Messiah told us clearly.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
The "Law of Moses" (statutes) was not nailed to the cross. Only the animal sacrifices and the animal sacrificial system were completed with the sacrifice of the Messiah. Notice I did not say "abolished". No part of the Law of God can ever be abolished. Animal sacrifices began with sin as a temporary atonement for sin to point to the perfect sacrifice to come. The animal sacrifices were "completed" and stand forever as a testimony of the purposeful leading of God. The purpose of the animal sacrifices and oblations ceased with the final sacrifice of the Messiah. The final sacrifices for sin will occur when the wicked are sacrificed for their own sin because they did not accept the sacrifice of the Messiah.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Beware of the error of including other laws, commanded by God to Moses for the children of Israel, with the ceasing of the animal sacrifices. Daniel and Hebrews make it clear the animal sacrifices ceased. Don't be deceived and throw out other inconvenient requirements of God on this flimsy excuse.
The First Elijah
Elijah declared the message of God to the children of Israel. His message was one of repentance and reformation. In this quote, adapted for the issues of our time, Baal represents the opinions of men. It does not matter whether they are pastors or church leaders.
21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
We must depend primarily on the Word of God as our source for truth. Do not depend on the pastor or the church leaders for the truth. Heed the warning of God.
5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
The Second Elijah
John the Baptist was the Second Elijah, declaring the message of God, preparing the way for the First Coming of the Messiah.
1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye 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.
The message of the second Elijah, John the Baptist, was also to the children of Israel. It is time to confess we have ignored the law of God and repent. The time for ignorance and excuses is past.
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
John the Baptist made a major impact on the people of his time.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
The Third Elijah
The Third Elijah also declares the message of God, preparing the way for the Second Coming of the Messiah. The message of the Third Elijah is also to the modern children of Israel. It is to those within the church whom have studied and followed the Three Angels' Message. This message leads to the sealing of the 144,000. Those who do not accept the truth are also sealed to judgment.
1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
The final sealing and judgment begins at the church.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
The most significant expansion of the details of the commandments found in the statutes is the yearly Sabbaths described in Leviticus 23. This is not all that is in the statutes and judgments. The 144,000 will acquaint themselves with and achieve perfect obedience through the grace of God by the study and practice of all of the statutes and judgments.
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.Do not accept human traditions. Do not accept false teachings. Learn the truth for yourself.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The time to make your decision for the truth is now. Many seem to be waiting for some sign from heaven before they will commit. Many seem to be waiting for the Sunday law before they get serious about God's message. The words of the Saviour are a warning to us.
11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
There may not be any sign to the church before the sealing of the 144,000. It may be too late for those who are supposed to be watching, waiting, and ready.
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.