GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday September 19, 2019
Pastor Rick Bettez
Do not trust in Religion.
Mal 3:1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts.
The Lord Jesus Christ arrival in the temple exposes the corruption that religion can bring and in doing this it was a precursor to a greater destruction of man-made systems coming at the 2nd Advent. Mal 3 – has multi layers of prophecy & truth for the time it was written, running through the 1st Advent and highlighting the 2nd Advent.
Whether it is 420 B.C. or the year of our Lord 2019, until man-made religion is revealed to be the devil’s playground and those who support it wake up to this fact, we will continue in a downward spiral concerning Christianity in the nation.
Mankind never takes into account one thing when they develop plans of world peace and saving the whole planet, they never address the one issue always standing in their way…the OLD SIN NATURE!
2Cor 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Jhn 12:31“Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
Jhn 14:30 “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me
Mal 3:2 – For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.
The fuller was a job title for those who cleansed garments, and refiner’s fire was a blazing furnace, it was how weapons were forged and precious stones cleaned & purified.Mal 3:3 “He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness
Levitical priests in Malachi’s day were depending upon their birth line, they were born into the tribe of Levi and the family of Aaron. Yet the message became clear that the second birth and divine bloodline (Christ) is what sets us apart.
There are two times when the sons of Levi are going to be purified. One is in 420 B.C. as a result of Malachi and the Levitical priesthood will function again. Meaning Bible Doctrine will flourish again, the other is at the 2nd Advent.
Mal 3:5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts.
1Cor 10:20 No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
2Th 2:1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together (episynagōgē) to Him,
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2Th 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
God the Holy Spirit working within the CA Bels means the divine presence is enough to withhold an all out domination from satanic forces. Fallen angels are already hard at work…all the time!
Our human frailties were factored into God’s plan in eternity past, He is not surprised or angered by our weakness. He does want us to learn to grow and stand up strong with His power & word as our weapons to battle doubt, fear or negative emotions when they rise to overtake us.
Jer 3:22 Return, O faithless sons,
I will heal your faithlessness.” “Behold,
we come to You; For You are the LORD our God.
Heb 11:6 and without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Jhn 5:40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.
John the Baptist wanted assurance that Jesus was the Messiah he had believed in and though John had proven to be a positive Bel he was being held by cosmic forces in a grim place. This situation was designed by Satan to destroy and discourage a great man of God and yet that curse was turned into a blessing for all of eternity.
John the Baptist will be a celebrity in the heavens forever!
Isa 29:15 Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD, and whose deeds are done in a dark place,
And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?”
Isa 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!