How Malachi's Prophecy Reveals The True Church Today. Part III
SECTION III: Understanding The Formation Of The True Christian Church
If you’ve carefully read the Section I of this historic-prophetic article of the early Christianity and how it relates to the parts of the prophecy of Malachi considered so far, and how Christianity was infiltrated, and thus deviated from the Christianity Jesus had in mind.
You will by now agree with me that by the beginning of the 16th Centuries, there arose a great need to cleanse the so-called ‘temple’ of God. In other word, those who worship on the bases of Jesus’ shed blood.
Let's consider farther and finally, how Malachi prophecy identifies the only one true Christian Church today among thousand denominations claiming to be Christians.
During the 16th centuries, the so-called ‘only church’, the Roman Catholic Church which claimed to be a true Christian church has made it punishable by death for anyone who challenges its authority. Yes there was a great need then for the Lord to cleanse his temple. But the cleansing has to be at the appointed time for the judgment to begin with the house of God. However, the cleansing must start before the coming of the “great and fear-inspiring day of Yahweh” comes (before the second coming of Christ) just as Jesus cleansed the Jerusalem temple before the judgment came upon it in 70 C.E. (Malachi 4:1, 5)
In the first century, there were no question of doubt about who the true Christians are, but by mainly the 4th-16th Centuries, Christian churches have gone off course, so the question arises; who actually are the true Christian wheat spoken of by Jesus that were overshadowed by the imitation Christian weed?
The answer will become so evident at the fulfillment of the ending part of Malachi 3:2.
“For he will be like the fire of a refiner and the lye of laundrymen” (Malachi 3:2b
Remember, in the initial literal fulfillment of this part of the prophecy, Jesus cleansed the literal temple in Jerusalem, the place of God’s worship twice (thorough cleansing) of those hypocritical religious leaders who claimed to represent God but have allowed the house of God to be turned into a business place and a caves of rubbers. He chased them all away, thus cleansing it.
But that foreshadowed the spiritual cleansing that was to come. Jesus, who knew what was to happened, foretold that the temple which the Jews viewed as holy and those who worshiped on the bases of that temple instead of on his shed blood will be destroyed; “a stone will not be left upon a stone” he said, “without being thrown down”. Math. 24:2.
This prophecy did more than predict a city’s fall but shows that the Jews and the literal temple will cease from being God’s holy nation. Thus in 70 C.E, the Roman’s soldiers under the Celsius Gallus came against Jerusalem and its temple and destroyed it completely till date. Thus the house of God, the temple was no longer in God’s favor but as discoursed earlier God, through Christ choose a new (spiritual) nation making up of the Jews who accepted Christ and the Gentiles.
This new nation worships in a spiritual temple that by now (16th-19th Centuries) needed to be scrutinized and refined finally, due to the apostasy that have engross it
Dabbling In Falsehood, War, Crusade, Inquisition, Politics-Unchristian Ways
After centuries of dabbling in falsehood, war, crusade, inquisition, and politics, the time finally came for the Lord Yahweh through the messenger of the covenant, to examine again those claiming to be his followers, Christians have they actually followed the Christ?
Those claiming to represent the apostles (papacy) have they really followed the example set by the apostles? And all who are under the great influence of this church, who claims Christians, have they really followed closely the footsteps of Christ? What about all those morning and feeling bad and questing for spiritual truth within the church, could they perhaps be the overshadowed Christian wheat?
It seems so but they were not exactly, though Jesus used these men within the church to ignite this refining fire that later saw the melting and separation of the wheat and the weed.
First the wheat must be separated, and then the Lord will sit and refine the ‘sons of Levi’ for God’s use. The reason is that until then, the true Christian wheat has mixed for so long with the imitation Christian. There is no doubt the sons of Levi may have some certain fruits that are from the weed that must be removed. Pagan doctrines, practices, and celebrations must be shone. There must be a going back to the first century Christian’s way. But will the ‘sons of Levite’ be willing and humble to be refined?
Before we answer that question, let us go ahead a little to finish how the separation between the weeds and the wheat occurred.
“And he must sit as a refiner and a cleanser”. (Mala. 3:2c)
Toward the middle of the 16th centuries of our Common Era, many men among the so-called ‘one church’ (the Roman Catholic Church) began to recognized that the church have gone off course. Within and outside came a loud cry to reform the church which by then has committed so much horrible things in the name of Christ.
The wars, crusades, torture, beheading, inquisition and unchristian doctrines all were used by the church to keep people under her control, no wonder many where shocked, and so was the Lord.
Examples Of Inquisitions By The Church
The first crusade (holy war) (1096-99) by the church resulted in the recapture of territories including Jerusalem. According to historian H.G Wells regarding the crusader’s recapture of Jerusalem says; “the slaughter was terrible; the blood of the conquered ran down the streets, until men splash in blood as they rode. At nightfall, sobbing for success of joy; the crusaders came to the Sepulchre from their trading of the winepress, and put their blood-stained hands together in prayer”.
The second crusade (1147-49) was initiated because of the loss of country of Edessa to Syrian Muslim in 1144; it ended when the Muslim successfully turned back the so-called “Christian infidels”.
There were 3rd,
7th and even the 8th of such crusade of so-called ‘holy war’ by the weed-like Christians within themselves (Roman Catholic and the Protestant churches) and outside.
As the harvest time drew more nearer, men who have been sighing for all the iniquities of the church were moved to speak out. Men like Martin Luther, William Tyndale, John Wesley, Jan Hus (James Hus) and so many others began to express the need of reforming the church. The church have become too corrupt; committing simony, sales of indulgence and have also prohibited the translation of the bible into other modern languages but Latin. Any who dare do otherwise was executed by hanging, guillotine and burning alive.
The act of terming person a heretic (heresy) was the one method used by the Roman Catholic Church (the church that emerged after the apostasy foretold had already begun in full. That is, after the true Christianity have been corrupted) to shot-up the month of any who dare challenged her authority in both doctrine and otherwise. The so-called popes will engage in adultery but no one dare raise a voice. They invented the teachings of purgatory and Limbo in order to sale indulgences. Many where burnt alive.
All these did not go unnotice
Protestant Reformers Refused To Be Refined By The Lord
All those not satisfy with the church and it papacy seek for a reform. Could this be the refinement the prophet Malachi spoke about? To the contrary!
The encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics called the Christendom reformers; “an organized falsehood”. How? Of course there were loud cries within and outside, to reform the church because many have recognized that the church though claiming to represent Christ, has gone off course.
However, the reformers of Protestantism failed on their promise. They promised doctrinal reform but failed to do so. In fact, it was church policy not the untruthfulness of a doctrine that often raised the ire of reformers. To say the worst, Protestantism continued to retain Catholicism’s Pagan-tainted teachings. While crying reform! Reform! Protestant reformers failed t o reform a system of corrupt weed-like church. Instead, the Protestants “carried over authority patterns from medieval Catholicism” says Martin Marty, and “simply broke away from Roman Catholic to form protestant versions.
Till date, when it comes to doctrines and system of religious practices of the two established versions of Christendom, you will observe that there are still not much difference between Catholicism and Protestantism.
As noted earlier, the purpose of the refinement of Malachi’s prophecy is to produce a group of Christians who will be different completely in all directions from the majority of all others claiming to be Christ followers, who will then be cleansed for God’s use.
Thus the so-called reformation of the Protestants is not the refinement of Malachi’s prophecy, because the reformers themselves refused to be refined and to be cleansed. Instead, they followed the ways, doctrines, and practices of the Catholics-war, crusades, politics, pagan celebrations, false biblical doctrines and hatred among themselves and to others. No wonder they couldn’t qualify to be cleansed by the Lord.
The Purpose of The Refinement
The purpose of the refinement of Malachi’s prophecy is to produce a group of Christian who will be different completely in all directions from the majority of all others who claimed to be Christ followers, who will then be cleansed for God’s use.
Why Jehovah's Witnesses Are The True Church
The reformation only succeeded in producing different versions or denominations of Churches which have sprang and spread to millions around the world today, with their roots in Catholicism and at the same time claiming to represent Christ. From the reformation or the Protestants came more biblical falsehood, free thinkers, evolutionist, politicians, philosophers, and more deviation from the true Christianity.
However, as the 19thCenturies is coming to an end, and as the 20th centuries begins, there arose a few serious minded people, who on their own (having no affiliate to any of the churches) carefully examined the bible and compare it teachings with the teachings and doctrines thought by the so-called churches (Catholicism and Protestantism) then they recognized that Satan has corrupted the Church.
These serious bible students set the stage for the fulfillment of the remaining prophecy of prophet Malachi.
“And he will sit as a refiner and cleanser of silver and will cleanse the sons of Levi; and he will clarify (refine) them like gold and like silver, and they will certainly become to Jehovah people presenting a gift offering in righteousness. And the gift offering of Judah and of Jerusalem (both the spiritual Israel and the great multitudes) will actually be pleasing to Jehovah, as in the days of long ago, as in the days of antiquity” (Mala. 3:3, 4; Rev. 7:1-8, 9-17)
It was not long, this few serious-minded people began a bible study group, accepted what they were studying from the bible, and began to separate themselves from the Churches. They recognized the need to teach others the truth they have found in the bible, contrary to what the churches were teaching. They showed great humility by abandoning doctrines, celebrations and teachings they have always known, were born into it, and thought by their parents and the church as truth. Yes, they were teachable; they were ready to change, to be refined and cleansed, what other kind of people could the Lord be looking for!
Just as the Lord raised that question in Malachi 3:2;
“but who will endure the day of his coming (to refine and cleansed) and who will be able to stand (approved) when he appears”?
Yes, this bible students have shown great willingness, quest and readiness to do the Lord’s work, finally the Lord and the messenger of the covenant came to examine those who worship in the spiritual temple (on the bases of Christ name) and saw this bible students standing, qualified and ready to take the truth they have found from the bible to the ends of the earth, and then the Lord approved them for the works that laid ahead.
Before his death, Jesus gave his disciples a work but which was soon to be diverted by the false Christian weeds when he said; “and this good news of the kingdom will be preached to all inhabited earth as a witness to all the nation and then the end will come” (Math. 24:14)
And shortly before his ascension he again commanded them; “you will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distance part of the earth (Act 1:8)
Of course, the immediate disciples whom Jesus gave this work of witnessing are made up of the members of the spiritual Israel who already are Witnesses of Jehovah ( Isai. 43:10-12)
Also this work, began by Jesus himself and continued by the Christians in early part of the first century was soon submerged, clouded, and deluged with unchristian attitudes, doctrines and practices which scared people away from Christianity. Materialism and political conquest later became the number one interest of the weed-like Christians, of which time have done nothing to change.
How even, could the Anglo-Pagan-Christianity accomplish this task after allowing the church be Paganized?
But all that did changed as soon as the harvest time which began in early 20th centuries downed. What about these sincere bible students, did they face any challenges during this early age? Yes, Even as the prophecy had stated; “And he will sit as a refiner and cleanser of silver and will cleanse the sons of Levi; and he will clarify (refine) them like gold and like silver, and they will certainly become to Jehovah people presenting a gift offering in righteousness” (3:3a)
As stated before, because the “sons of Levi” (the anointed priestly true Christians) had long been overshadowed by the weeds, they of coursed have some tainted pagan customs and teachings they needed to abandon. Also will they survive and prove faithful to their Lord when they meet severe trials and persecutions? Throughout the world wars of 1914 and 1946, these bible students stood firm. While all other churches were fighting and killing one another in the war, these sincere students of the bible were willing to die than join the war or stop preaching the kingdom good news. In fact, they have been called the "most persecuted religion denomination of the 20th Centuries".
Truly, by remaining faithful and focused despite various temptations, trials, persecutions, and challenges both within, they came out victorious for the Lord. Despite many of them were executed by top political leaders during the world wars, they have not tired out in fear. Though they once had some unfulfilled expectations on some bible prophecies, they never quilted but remained humble and willing to adjust their understanding of the scriptures as the Lord Yahweh continued to shed light on his divine purposes. Though they are hated around the world today by all people, they remains focused.
Today they've now launched a witnessing campaign to teach the world the good news of the kingdom, this preaching have continued and spread around the world in its scope, intensity, and popularity down till today. They have continued remaining separate from the world and from the mainstream churches of Anglo-Pagan-Christianity. Of course as i had said earlier, they have returned to the Christianity established by the lord Jesus, and because many who claim Christians today have never tasted the true Christianity of the lord Jesus, they even term them "unchristian".
Thus they have certainly become to Jehovah people presenting a gift offering in righteousness and their (both the spiritual Israel and the great multitudes) gift offering have actually become pleasing to Jehovah, as in the days of long ago, as in the days of antiquity’ (Mala. 3:3, 4)
Can you now recognize them through the consideration of this fulfilled prophecy of Malachi?
The following questions and the information bellow will now leave you on a stage where you will be able to draw your own conclusion from all what you’ve considered through the examination of this prophecy. Being honest to yourself is vital at this point, because at the end of this article two things must be involved-you either identify and try to find and associate with that true Christian congregation today or you fail to identify it, thus continue wallowing in Anglo-Pagan Christianity till the "great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah comes".
On the bases of what we just considered, Which Of These Christian Group Found Worldwide Meets All The Requirements?
By Their Fruits You Will Identify them
True Christianity inspires in its members an unbreakable bond of love and unity that is not affected by national boundries (John 13:35) neither had they or do they engage in war, to kill one another.
Fasle Christianity does not inspire love in its members but allows national boundaries to divide them. Like Cain, its members have always engaged and kill their members in wars (1 John 3:10-12)
They keep free from engaing in politics of the government of this world, instead looks to the They keep free from engaing in politics of the government of this world, instead looks to the creator to solve world problems by means of his kingdom government in immitation of Christ (John 18:36. Math. 6:9, 10.) but they obey the government when it demands does not conflit with God's.
False Christians follows the example of Nimrod at the tower of babel, it merges itself with politics of this world, it members handdles political offices, trust in political gods, thus bringing themselves under the ruler of this world Satan (1 John 5:19) and thus have not followed Christ
True Christians do not exult anyone as their spiritual religion leader. They obey the bible and do not have clergy class-father, pastor, reverend, pope, but recognized God as father and Christ as their leader (Mathew 23:1-12) while all are brothers
False Christianity, despite knowing what the bible says on this, not only ignore it but continued to make the word of God invalid by undue honor and titles given to their so-callled spiritual leaders in deffiant to Christ command (Mark 7:7, 8)
True Christians based their teachings in the bible. They avoid pagan celebrations, holidays, traditions and practices that has no bases on the scripture but descended from the pagan-Romans, Babylonian, Greeks (2Tim 3:16. 1Cor 4:6)
Note: Some have argue that some servants of God in Old Testament were rulers and involved themselves in government, thus a reason why politics is not a sin for Christians. Let me ask you; whom are you his immitator or follower, Daniel, king Saul, David or Christ? God viewed it as a sin and a rejection of his own rulership, when the Jews requested for a King like other nations (1 Samuel 8:6-9) and Samuel called it "evil thing" (1 Sam. 12:17) Becuase starting from Adam and Eve, humans had already rejected rulership of God, God had allowed them for a reason. At a time before the destruction of Jerusalem, God stoped chosing human kings as he purposed to make Christ the everlasting king under his kingdom (Ezik. 21:25-7) That is why Christ refused to involved in political government so does his immitators
False Christians allowed the pagans to influenced them. Thus they allow celebrations, teachings, holidays and traditions that are not found in the bible. They have continued to practice and celebrate them till date. While Jeus always says "it is written" (Mathe.4:4, 7, 10) but theres is not written.
They worship one God and Makes his name known worldwide in immitation of Christ (Math 4:10. Ps 83:18) Thus they sing no pledge or anthem in worship to any country
False Christian worships three Gods. they allowed the Egyptian, Syrian and Babylonian idea of trian gods to cloud their doctrine of the nature of God by equating God and Christ, while christ said otherwise (John 14:28) worst yet, they worship the flag or their individual nation by pledging
They accept Christ as God's means of salvation, thus they do not strive to bring salvation to themselves by engaging in this world's political government ( Act 4:12)
False Christian, while showing a form of Godly devotion by saying they accepts Christ, they denial him by their works, teachings and meddling in politic, trying to bring salvation with their own hands (2Tim 3:5)
They preached God's kingdom as mankinds only hope in immitation of Christ. All are preahers and thus are fulfilling both prohecy of Mathew 24:14 and Acts 1:8. They are united worldwide in accomplishing this amazing prophecy.
False Christian neither understood nor preach from house to house about the kingdom. Instead, they adopt their clergies who continued to ticle their ears with false prophecies, mirracles and prosperity, while involving themselves in political government, they see no need to madke the preaching of the kingdom their focus. (2Tim 4:3, 4)
On the bases of the prophecies Considered
Which Christian group today based all their teachings on God's word, and thus have been cleansed from celebrations and teachings that have no biblical bases, like the so-called Christmas, Easter, New year, and hellfire borrowed from the Greeks?
Which group today have not descended from the Roman Catholic church and thus, have been cleansed of all the false teachings that are from the Pagan Romans and Greeks, false teaching like the Trinity which Constantine a roman emperor sanctioned and established, the cross which originated from pagan?
Which group today stay clear off political government of this world and do not vote for them, but advocate and preach the kingdom worldwide as mankind only hope?
Which group are united worldwide in all the earth and are not divided along teachings, boundaries or color?
Which group avoid the given of religious titles and have no clergy class, but are all ministers of the kingdom?
Which group worships the only one God and teach people his name?
Which group avoid the use of images and icon including the cross in worship or in decorating their place of worship or house?
Now all the evidence is before you, I hereby leave you to give an honest answer to yourself, when you have identify that only one true christian congregation today, do not hesitate to take action before the "great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah comes".