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This scripture in Malachi 4:5-6 refers to John the Baptist, not Jesus. Luke 1:17 "And he [John the Baptist] will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous–to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Matthew 11:14 "And if you are ...


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The significance of the sons of Levi was that they were the priestly tribe of Israel, and had special duties in the temple, offering sacrifices and leading worship. The priests had to be purified in order to perform their duties, as is referred to in the verses surrounding v. 3. In performing their duties, the sons of Levi facilitated the purification of the ...


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Mark quotes this passage in the first two verses of his book and it is clear that the 'beginning of the gospel' is the ministry of John. Mark also quotes from Isaiah in confirmation of this. Thus if the 'messenger of preparation' - spoken of by Malachi - is John the Baptist, then the 'Messenger of the Covenant' (which Malachi says is the Lord himself) is ...


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The short answer is: No, reincarnation is not affirmed in the Bible. Here is the long answer, extracted from my article, "The Bible, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Reincarnation": What does the Bible say about reincarnation? The word “reincarnation” does not appear in the Bible. However, there are several places in the Bible where the idea of ...


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There's an interesting comment on the link between those last verses of the prophet Malachi (written some 400 years before Jesus was born) and the words of Jesus you quote (written circa A.D. 50 to 70) in the New International Study Bible 1987 edition. It says regarding Malachi 4:6 the following. "According to Lk 1:17 John the Baptist sought to ...


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In order to answer your question it is necessary that we understand some things not so evident in Malachi itself. The Old testament is basically a synopsis of God's will in opposition to man's fragility and Satan's deviousness. The New Testament is on the other hand God's solution to the enigma. In the Old Testament man consistently demonstrates his ...


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New Testament and Tithing While the New Testament is explicit and clear in establishing that much of the Old Testament law was no longer required after Christ's sacrifice was completed, it is, as has been mentioned, completely silent on the matter of tithing. So, while we can be sure that we need not follow the Law of Moses any more or circumcise or male ...


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Tithing was a requirement to the Hebrew Nation by the Law of Moses. Jesus fulfilled the Law: Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. What we call the Old Testament at that time consisted of the law and the Prophets. So in effect Jesus is telling them and us that since Man was ...


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The New Testament is silent on the topic of Tithing. This left us with our own interpretation of the Old Testament laws regarding Tithe. Most of the Pentecostal and Evangelical denominations make it an obligation to Tithe while the Catholic church doesn't collect Tithes. If we study the life of the first century Christians, they did not pay Tithes but ...


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Actually I don't see the need to try and eliminate various interpretations. How about using some "reasoning" skills/logic to figure out what the Bible says are the messengers. Isaiah 40:3, "A voice is calling , Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God." Mark 1:1-4, "The beginning ...


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Well you have asked two different questions here. 1) who are the two messengers? 2) is the True Lord and the messenger of the covenant the same entity? The verse in Malachi 3:1 mentions 3 different beings. There is the 1st messenger who clears up the way which in the first century was John the Baptizer who prepared the Jewish people for the coming of the ...


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Rick Watts, a New Testament Professor at Regent College, wrote this article in response to a reader's question raising the same issue. It turns out the discrepancy was already noted as far back as in the 4th century A.D. by St. Jerome, the famous Latin Vulgate translator! It looks like the earliest manuscripts left "in Isaiah" intact while later ...


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Are there any known Catholic authors who have tried to interpret the papal reigns of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis as being a single reign in order to make both of them fit into St Malachy's Gloria oliviae of his Prophecy of the Popes? The answer is YES. The papal reigns of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis was understood as a single reign, it is ...


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You ask "How do Unitarians refute the assertion that הָאָדוֹן (ha-adon) refers to Yahveh (God) in Mal. 3:1?" The question seems to hold the hidden assumption that Unitarians need to refute the Trinitarian position in order to be a valid belief. It also seems to hold the hidden assumption that Unitarians generally don't think that הָאָדוֹן (ha-adon) ...


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To answer your question one needs not go further than the New Testament itself as the Protestants sought to allow the New Testament to interpret the old. The incense is prayer and the offering is a personal sacrifice of the self, which is a constant teaching of the Old Testament prophets. As for the priesthood who offers, all are priests through the ...


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Unlike in Catholicism, there is no unified and singular Protestant body of doctrine, so a “Protestant answer” to your question cannot be given. I can, however, provide an answer given by the popular Protestant theologian, scholar, and commentator Matthew Henry who in his commentary of Malachi 1, says: In these verses, they are charged with ingratitude, in ...


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So which is it? If it's figurative, do we know what the fire represents? If it's literal, do we know what will cause the fire? The answer is both, but the burning refers neither to fire caused by man nor any natural processes. Coming of Christ When Jesus comes again, He will come in power and great glory. See Matt 24:30, Mark 13:26, Luke 21:27, D&...


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