The book of Malachi is widely accepted as being the “last” book of the Hebraic scriptures. What do I mean by “Hebraic scriptures?” The term refers to the fact that what most people refer to as the “Old Testament” was written primarily in Hebrew. Whether that be Hebrew as it is known today, or the old “picture language” of Ancient Hebrew, where each of the letters were simple pictures that depicted some deeper meaning in addition to the plain letter quality. I use this term because “Old Testament” gives strong negative implications that the first two-thirds of the Bible – in which God gave His expectations of His Bride – are somehow separate and distinct from the remaining one-third which tells us about Messiah’s sojourn here on Earth. I disagree with this notion, since, as I have mentioned previously, I firmly believe that God’s expectations for His bride, which are laid out in the Torah, are still relevant for modern day believers in Messiah (See the books of James and 1 John, in any translation, for why I believe this). So, to believe that the entirety of Scripture is in unison and talking about the same thing – the Messiah – from Genesis 1:1 to the end of Revelations, and then to refer to one part as being “old” and the other as “new” completely contradicts this thinking. For this same reason, I refer to the “new testament” as the Apostolic Scriptures (you can probably deduce why on your own).
Now, if the entirety of scripture is one unit, in unison in its mission and message, from the first page to the last, then it is safe to say without risk of heresy that you can rip out that page in the middle of your Bible that separate Malachi 4:6 and Matthew 1:1, you know the one that is mostly blank except for the large print in the middle in a majestic typeface that reads “New Testament.” That page was not added in by any of the original authors, nor God Himself. That was added in by modern day translators of the Bible, who, in my opinion, completely misunderstand the mission and message of Messiah while He was on Earth. The editors of these different translations completely miss the point in certain instances, and skew it in others, and I believe it is accurate to say that they do not truly know Yeshua as they may claim, at least not if we accept the words of 1 John 2:6 to be accurate and inspired by God. If we don’t accept John’s words as such, then we should remove them from the Scriptures.
So, then, how is it that somewhere between the last words of the book of Malachi, and the birth of Yeshua in Matthew 1 (which I think – I’m not certain tho – was 100-200 or so years) that God changed His mind? Why would God, who is never changing, and adamant about certain things in the Torah being “eternal decrees” suddenly, without explanation, change His mind about it all? It is fallacy to believe that God spoke in no uncertain terms through the Prophet Malachi that Israel was to “Remember the Torah,” if within just a relatively short time, the Torah would be “done away with” as some believe. In addition to this, there is the issue of the Prophet Elijah being sent to Israel “Before the great and awesome day of YHVH,” (Mal 4:5). Did that ever happen? If we look in the book of John, we see that it was prophesied over John before he was even born that he would be filled with the spirit of Elijah.
Luke 1:17 (ESV)
…and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”
This prophecy given to Zechariah by the angel of YHVH when he was presenting an offering in the temple lines up directly to the passage in Malachi 4:
Malachi 4:4-6 (ESV)
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. 5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
If we are careful to understand this, even in its plain meaning, we see that Elijah will be sent to the people of Israel in order to turn their hearts back to God and prepare them for deliverance. It follows, then, that if that prophecy came to fruition, then the warning which was given along side it to “Remember the law” would also still stand before and after it manifested. Otherwise how were the people to be prepared, as it mentioned in Luke 1:17? We cannot accept the promise of redemption without the warning that is given if the command is not met. This is not to say that Yeshua would not have come if Israel had not heeded the command of God. However, if they did not heed the command and remember the Torah, their hearts would not be ready to receive Him or his deliverance. In much the same way, unless we familiarize ourselves with Gods Torah, not just in an academic sense, but in our hearts, we cannot consider ourselves prepared or equipped to receive His redemption.
So why do we as christians assume that we are no longer to remember the Torah? Many may make the point that Malachi’s prophecy is addressed to Israel. Are we not grafted into the root of Israel in Messiah? Were we not unified in Messiah when He broke down the wall of hostility that existed between Jew and Gentile? If so, then why do we so readily dismiss what God calls abominations as being “suggestions” or “guidelines” that can be ignored with little or no consequence? Why do we try to rationalize away certain things given by God to make Israel (to whom we are grafted in) different from the rest of the world by saying that “God only told them that because they didn’t have _______?” That is not a sound argument. If it were, then why didn’t the nations who didn’t partake in the Torah’s instructions regarding food have any negative side effects? It’s just to feeble of an excuse to be considered.
We should always carefully and respectfully study the Scriptures. We should take into consideration that God is unchanging and His statutes are eternal when we run into either an idea or a Scripture that seems to contradict any other part of Scripture. Never accept what anyone tells you simply because they’re trustworthy or in a position of assumed authority. Test everything against Scripture, and ask God to help you have an open heart, and open mind. Always be willing to challenge your faith, and be willing to be wrong when it comes to things that we believe to be true. We are fallible, imperfect beings. We should never be so bold as to accept something as truth if it goes against what our almighty King says, no matter how convincing the argument.