WHAT DOES MALACHI 3:6 TRULY MEAN?

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WHAT DOES MALACHI 3:6 TRULY MEAN?


I hear different groups of Christians ABUSING this verse in Malachi 3:6 to try and prove their own church denominational man-made doctrines. Let us read this verse out of its context to refresh your memory and I am sure you will remember it after you read it. I will also only quote the first half of the verse because that is the way it is wrongly used by some Christians to support whatever man-made doctrine they want to try and prove by saying that Yahweh will never change his mind.


Malachi 3:6a.


“For I am the LORD, I CHANGE NOT…”


I have heard pastors from almost every church denomination use this verse to try and teach that TITHING is still to be taught and practiced in the New Testament under the New Covenant. Some pastors have used intimidation by saying that if you do not tithe then you are stealing from God. But the New Testament teaches us that God loves a cheerful giver. Do not worry because this study is not on tithing. Rather this study is to learn the true meaning of this verse where Yahweh says that he changes not.

I have also heard this verse quoted OUT of its context among the Sabbath-keeping Christians. And they as well use intimidation and fear to subvert and compel weak Christians to keep the Law of Moses. For you see, by their dogmatically demanding that Yahweh does NOT CHANGE his mind, they instill fear in weak Christians to compel them to keep the Law of Moses. Therefore, to Sabbath-keeping Christians, Malachi 3:6 means that God has NOT CHANGED his mind about his people keeping the Law of Moses. And thus, to THEM, all Christians MUST keep the Law of Moses in order to receive eternal life in the world to come. Their line of reasoning is that if God gave the weekly Sabbath commandment for all eternity and God does NOT CHANGE his mind, then how can it be possible for the weekly Sabbath to have been abolished or nailed to the cross as some Christians teach? Well, it is because this verse has nothing to do with keeping the weekly Sabbath.

Let us now read this verse while being KEPT IN its CONTEXT to see what this verse truly means in the light of the whole word of Almighty God. We will read the whole chapter, but let us take a few verses at a time. I will highlight the pronouns that refer to Yahweh in orange and the pronouns that refer to the Messiah that was prophesied to come in yellow, which all Christians know to be Jesus.


Please read Malachi 3:1-8.


“Behold, I  (Yahweh) will send my messenger, (Speaking of Jesus our Messiah at his first
coming) and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, EVEN the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, he shall come, says the LORD of hosts. (Again, verse 1 is speaking of Jesus being born into the world and then the Holy Spirit coming down from heaven at his baptism to tabernacle or to dwell in Jesus. That is when Jesus was sent out into the world to be God’s messenger. Then the next verse switches to the second coming of Jesus)

2. But who may abide the day of his coming? (Speaking of the second coming of Jesus to execute the WRATH of Yahweh. In other words, who will be able to survive that wrath of the Almighty that his Son will execute?)

and who shall stand when he appears? (This teaches us that some will indeed survive the Wrath of God which is poured out not only to destroy the wicked but also to turn his people Israel back to him through affliction) for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

3. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: (The GOLD is the church which is taken up in the rapture just seconds before the wrath of God is poured out on those left behind who reject Jesus as their savior) and he shall purify the sons of Levi, (Speaking of the children of Israel in a literal manner. And at the same time it is referring to the church in a SYMBOLIC manner. For you see, the faithful believers in Jesus will be purified AT the moment of his coming. And the children of Israel and those left alive of the nations will be saved alive in their mortal bodies to be purified during the 1000 year reign of Jesus) and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. (By being given the gift of righteousness by their FAITH in Jesus their Messiah. The GOLD is symbolic for the church. And the silver is symbolic of the children of Israel. For you see, the children of Israel will go into the kingdom of Heaven one thousand years AFTER the church enters into the kingdom of Heaven)

4. Then shall the offering of Judah AND Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. (I am finding that Judah is a type or figure of the church. And at the same time Judah is united back with the tribes of Israel to become one people of God. So then, both the house of Judah and the house of Israel will come together as one people that will be called Israel during the 1000 year reign of Jesus. And “spiritual” Judah, which is the church, will be caught up to be with Jesus to be given eternal life to rule and reign with Jesus over the mortals to teach them the MEANING of the Sabbaths of Yahweh.)

5. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, says the LORD of hosts.

6. For I am the LORD, I CHANGE NOT; THEREFORE (Or for this very reason that I Yahweh do NOT CHANGE is the ONLY REASON that) you sons of Jacob are NOT COMSUMED. (In my wrath. The sons of Jacob are the FAITHFUL Christians that are NOT appointed to the wrath of God. ALSO, the sons of Jacob are the FAITHFUL children of Israel who will be calling upon the Lord to deliver them from their enemies. In other words, those who afflict themselves with PRAYER during the great tribulation will not be consumed by the wrath of God. The MAIN point that I want you to see is that Yahweh REMEMBERS his PROMISE to Abraham and thus Yahweh will NOT CHANGE from what he has promised to Abraham and to his seed)

7. Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from mine ORDINANCES, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, says the LORD of hosts. But you said, Wherein shall we RETURN? (All the way through this entire passage of scripture it has been talking about the SECOND coming of Jesus. And that is when Yahweh promised to turn back his focus to the children of Israel a SECOND time to recover a REMNANT of Israel pleading with them to return to him. And at first they answer God’s calling them by saying, Wherein shall we return?)

8. Will a man rob (Or more precisely will a man DOUBT) God? Yet you have robbed (Or more precisely Yahweh is warning the children of Israel in his word of PROPHECY saying, you have DOUBTED) me. But you say, Wherein have we robbed (Or more precisely HOW have we DOUBTED) you? In tithes and offerings. (Or have we DOUBTED you in tithes and in offerings?)



Now some of you may be wondering why I say more precisely and then replace the word robbed God with DOUBTED God. The reason that I have done this is because the Hebrew word that is TRANSLATED as rob and as robbed ALSO means DUBIOUS. And one of the meanings of dubious is to DOUBT. Also, this Hebrew word that is translated as robbed means to SPOIL. And the word spoil means to DIMINISH the VALUE of something.

And what the children of Israel have done for the past two thousand years is to DIMINISH the VALUE of God’s so great a salvation. In other words, they have robbed God by not accepting his New Covenant. They have gone about to establish their OWN righteousness by keeping the Law of Moses. They have DOUBTED the SIMPLICITY of  New Covenant BY FAITH in Jesus as the atonement for their sins to REST or to CEASE from their own good works in order to become Yahweh’s workmanship.

Let us temporarily skip down to verse 13 and read Malachi 3:13-18. And then we will come back to verse 9-12. Keep in mind that by Israel REJECTING Jesus as their Messiah they were DOUBTING that he is their true Messiah. And by their NOT believing in Jesus as their savior they are DIMINISHING the VALUE of God’s so great a salvation that he gave to them FIRST. And by diminishing the value of God’s grace and love they have ROBBED God of the joy of HIM being their deliverer.


Please read Malachi 2:13-18.


“13. Your words have been stout against me, says the LORD. (Keep in mind that this is a PROPHECY that will be fulfilled AT the second coming of Jesus. This is Yahweh’s WARNING the children of Israel through his word of PROPHECY. Yahweh will be explaining to them why they had to suffer his WRATH through his Son Jesus) Yet you say, What have we spoken so much against you?

14. You have said, It is VAIN to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ORDINANCE (In the SINGULAR. In other words, they DOUBTED and DIMINISHED God’s so great a salvation BY FAITH in Jesus, when they did not see that they needed to be saved. It made no sense to them. They contended with the Christians saying that we must keep the Law of Moses to be saved the same as us. They contended with Jesus saying that they were never in bondage not understanding that Jesus was speaking of the bondage of sin. They boast in their own righteousness), and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? (In other words, what need have we to have godly sorrow for we are keeping the Law of Moses? Simply put, the children of Israel considered the ordinance of the gospel to serve God by faith to be VAIN to them. They boasted in being children of Abraham. They boasted in their keeping of the law of Moses. They thought the New Covenant to be VAIN. For two thousand years they took the NAME of Yahweh in VAIN. But yet Yahweh remembered his promise to Abraham. Yahweh remembered his promise to Moses and the children of Israel to raise up another prophet who would become their Messiah. And God remembers his promise to turn to them again a SECOND time which we know will be at the end of days beginning with the time of great tribulation.)

15. And now WE call the proud happy (In other words, Yahweh and his Son Jesus will say to the proud, arrogant Jews that REJECTED Jesus as their Messiah in this present world to look up and be happy for your deliver has come); yea, they that work wickedness (By REJECTING God’s so great a salvation) are set up (Or they are restored from exile to be built up again); yea, they that TEMPT God (BY keeping the Law of Moses and rejecting his so great a salvation by FAITH in Jesus their Messiah in this present world) are even delivered. (BECAUSE Yahweh CHANGES NOT. Yahweh made a PROMISE to Abraham and Yahweh will NOT CHANGE his mind to break his promise with Abraham. Also, Yahweh PROPHESIED that he would TURN AGAIN a SECOND TIME to recover the REMNANT of Israel)

16. Then (DURING the WRATH of God at the second coming of Jesus) they that feared the LORD (By calling upon the name of Yahweh to be saved alive) spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard IT, (Heard WHAT? What did Yahweh hear? He heard the children of Israel talking about Jesus. Could this be our Messiah? Who else would be fighting against our enemies to deliver us? Has Yahweh answered our prayers?

Now, you may not be able to see this truth by reading the English translation. But a Jew or an Israelite would be reading their HEBREW scriptures. And thus they would see the two UNTRANSLATED Hebrews letters, the Aleph and the Tav. And they will know that the Aleph and the Tav are markers or pointers that point to their Messiah. Please read this verse from the LITERAL translation. “Then they are spoken to fearing ones of Yahweh man א ת associate of him and he is attending Yahweh and he is hearing”

In other words, God will open their eyes when he turns to them a second time to see that the Aleph and the Tav are speaking of their Messiah. And when that talk among themselves about this one coming in the clouds as being the one prophesied to come, then Yahweh will hear them) and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that THOUGHT upon his NAME. (What some Christians have failed to see is that Jesus came in the NAME OF Yahweh. And when God WARNED the children of Israel in the law of Moses to NOT take his NAME in VAIN he meant for them to NOT REJECT his Messiah, his MESSENGER that he would send before himself. But because they will RETURN to Yahweh AT the coming of Jesus by their calling upon his NAME to be saved, then God will lift his WRATH from them and deliver them from the enemies. Please read the study “WHAT DOES TAKING THE NAME OF THE LORD IN VAIN MEAN?)

17. And they (Speaking of the children of Israel) shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in that day (Speaking of the great and notable day of the Lord, the 1000 year reign of Jesus) when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves א ת him. (Again we see the UNTRANSLATED Hebrew letters the Aleph and the Tav א ת which speaks of the Messiah Jesus)

18. Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that serves א ת him NOT.”


In other words, God is calling it WICKEDNESS or LAWLESSNESS or UNRIGHTEOUSNESS for them that do NOT serve and obey the teachings of the Aleph and the Tav א ת that is speaking of the Messiah, Jesus.

So then, even though it SEEMS like these verses are speaking about “robbing God by not giving God tithes and offering”, Malachi 3:9-12 is actually speaking of the world to come. For the CONTEXT is referring to when Israel will NOT be consumed. But rather they shall enter into the Millennium in their MORTAL bodies to be TAUGHT of the Lord.

And one of the things that the children of Israel must do during the Millennium is they must keep the feast of Tabernacles. Not that they are being punished. But rather the children of Israel and those left alive of the nations will be learning the MEANING of WHY the feast days were given to the children of Israel in the first place. Those left alive of the nations will see the blessings of God coming upon the children of Israel and they too will seek after the Lord. And that is what verses 9-12 are referring to, when they are interpreted correctly in the light of the whole chapter of Malachi chapter three.


Let us now read Malachi 3:9-12.


“9. You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, (Or more precisely you have suffered my WRATH because you DOUBTED and DIMINISHED my so great a salvation.) even this whole nation.

10. Bring you א ת all the tithes into the storehouse (Or bring you to Jesus your Messiah all the tithes from year to year to Jerusalem at the feast of Tabernacles. But to the first generation this means for them to bring ALL the treasures of the UNJUST which God prophesied to be laid up for the JUST), that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you (א ת Pronounce in English as “Ath” or “et”, the Aleph and the Tav) the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (This verse is speaking of Yahweh pouring out the promise of his Holy Spirit through the hands of Jesus upon the children of Israel that will overflow upon them as the latter rain like on the day of Pentecost, which was the early rain of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.)

11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, says the LORD of hosts.

12. And all nations shall call you blessed: for you shall be a delightsome land, says the LORD of hosts.”


I understand that this interpretation or understanding of Malachi may be new to you. And some of you may have some doubts. So please bear with me to hear the whole matter and you will see that Malachi chapter 3 is speaking of the coming of the Messiah to deliver the children of Israel. All you need to do is to continue reading the next chapter. I will quote Malachi 4:1-6 for you. And I will place this following symbol >> where the two untranslated Hebrew letters, the Aleph and the Tav, are not translated into in the English translation. So when you see this symbol >> א ת then replace it with Jesus the Messiah. Or more precisely, THINK of the Aleph and the Tav as speaking of Jesus in that verse as a PROPHECY of the yet coming Messiah, Jesus.


Malachi 4:1-6.


“For, behold, the DAY COMES, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. (This is a continuation of Malachi chapter 3, which is speaking of the second coming of Jesus. And that is when all those left behind after the rapture of the church will bring up all the treasures of the unjust that God prophesied to be laid up for the just. And at the very beginning of the Millennium the mortals will bring up ALL of their treasures. And then from year to year they will bring up to Jerusalem the TITHE of all their increase)

2. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

3. And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says the LORD of hosts.

4. Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, WITH the statutes and judgments. (Do you remember that in the Law of Moses and the prophets that I prophesied that this day would come?)

5. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

6. And he shall TURN the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, (This verse is teaching us about Jesus and the now glorified saints teaching the children of Israel the MEANING of the feast days of Yahweh DURING the Millennium) lest I (Yahweh) come and smite the earth with a curse.”


Jesus will execute the wrath of God before the 1000 years begins and Yahweh will pour out the final part of his wrath after the Millennium has ended. For you see, Satan will be let out of his prison in the bottomless pit after the 1000 years has ended. And he will deceive the nations one final time to make WAR again with God’s chosen people. And all of this is PROPHESIED in the scriptures. But some of it is hidden in the UNTRANSLATED Hebrew letters the Alep and the Tav, א ת.

So I want you to read some verses where the children of Israel and those left alive of the nations will keep the feast of Tabernacles and be TAUGHT of the Lord to understand the MEANING of WHY God gave the feast days to the children of Israel. Again, I will quote the English and when you see this symbol >>א ת then replace it with the name of Jesus the Messiah. I will give the link to the literal translation by clicking of the verse reference.


Please read  Ezra 3:4.


“They kept also >> א ת  the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;”


The literal translation means that they are doing or they are observing >> א ת which means their Messiah to tabernacle in them as they were taught in their custom to do IN the DAY OF HIM. In other words, the children of Israel will believe that Jesus is their Messiah IN the DAY OF HIM. And that DAY is speaking of the 1000 year long day of the Lord when Jesus shall rule as the Lord of the SABBATH of Yahweh while Yahweh takes his seventh day rest. Remember the one day with Yahweh is as a 1000 years. And during the Millennium Jesus will be ruling FOR Yahweh while his Father takes a day off so to speak.

Now let us read Zechariah 14:16-21 which is also prophesying of the world to come when Jesus will be the Lord of the Sabbath day of rest for Yahweh. Again when you see the symbol >> א ת then replace it with Jesus the Messiah.


Zechariah 14:16-21.


“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep (Or more precisely to CELEBRATE >>א ת the feast of tabernacles. (The REASON that the feast of tabernacles was given to the children of Israel was for a SCHOOLMASTER to lead them to their Messiah. The feast of tabernacles was a shadow pointing to be filled with the Holy Spirit which is God tabernacling IN the believer that celebrates Jesus as their savior)

17. And it shall be, that whoso will NOT come up of all the >>א ת families of the earth  unto Jerusalem to WORSHIP the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. (This literally means OUTPOURING which to me speaks of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to TABERNACLE in those of the nations. In other words, anyone who does NOT come up to worship Jesus as their savior will NOT receive the OUTPOURING of the Holy Spirit. And whosoever does NOT have the Spirit of Jesus Christ is NONE of his)

18. And if the family of Egypt go NOT up, and come NOT, that have NO RAIN(Or have NOT believed in or worshiped Jesus as their Messiah to receive the PROMISE of the OUTPOURING of the Holy Spirit); there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD >>א ת will smite the heathen that come NOT up to keep(Or to CELEBRATE) >>א ת  the feast of tabernacles. (To have the Holy Spirit tabernacle IN them)

19. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come NOT up to keep (Or to CELEBRATE) >>א ת the feast of tabernacles. (To be saved so that they could have the Holy Spirit dwell or tabernacle IN them)

20. In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots (Or the VESSELS) in the LORD'S house shall be like the bowls (Holy Sanctified vessels) before the altar.

21. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah (Speaking of every one of the children of Israel being saved and filled with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit) shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: (Or all those of the nations who believe on Jesus as their savior to come up to Jerusalem to be TAUGHT of the ways of the Lord by the children of Israel shall be RIPENED to the HARVEST) and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite (Or and NOT they shall be and enemy of Yahweh anymore for they shall be) in the house of the LORD of hosts.”


The Hebrew word translated as “seethe” also means to GROW and to be brought to RIPENESS, as in, to be brought to ripeness by the SUN. Remember in Malachi 4:2 that the SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS will RISE upon them will HEALING in his wings and they shall GROW UP or MATURE like calves in a stall? Again, this interpretation or understanding may be new to you but the same Hebrew word that is translated as “seethe” in the King James Version also is used in Joel 3:13 that speaks of the HARVEST being RIPE and READY to be harvested at the second coming of Jesus.


Please read Joel 3:13.


Put you in the sickle, for the harvest is RIPE (Or the harvest of the RIGHTEOUS is READY): come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.”


Can you not see that the feast of tabernacles is SYMBOLIC for God DWELLING in the BELIEVER in his Son Jesus as the Christ who suffered and died on the cross for our sins? Yes, I know that it appears like everyone in the mortal bodies will be keeping the feast day of tabernacles in the same manners as the Jews kept the feast of tabernacles in the Old Testament under the law of Moses.

But what I am seeing is that this feast day will be FULFILLED during the 1000 years reign of Jesus. And what I mean by this is that when each person BELIEVES in Jesus as their Messiah they will receive the OUTPOURING of the Holy Spirit. And just like it is in this present age not everyone is saved at the exact same time. But as a person yields their self to be TAUGHT of the Lord then they will become saved one by one from year to year AS they COME to be TAUGHT of the Lord. And just like it is now, Christians can be FILLED again and again with the Holy Spirit. The more we, as Christians in this present world, CELEBRATE Jesus the more we are filled with the Holy Spirit. And I believe that it will be the same way in the world to come for the children of Israel and those of the nations who choose to follow Jesus along with Israel during the 1000 year reign of Jesus.

Now, it MAY be that the children of Israel and those left alive of the nations will keep the feast days, the new moons and the weekly Sabbaths during the 1000 year reign of Jesus. But that does not mean that Christians must keep the Law of Moses in this present world. Nor does it mean that we, as Christians, will keep the feast days in the world to come. For you see, we know and understand the MEANING OF the feast days and all the Sabbath days and the dietary laws of Moses as being SHADOWS pointing to Jesus. We understand that the Law of Moses was added only UNTIL the Messiah came. And once any Jew becomes a Christian then the Law of Moses has fulfilled its purpose of being a SCHOOLMASTER to lead them to Jesus.


Thanks for reading. And may God bless you and keep you in the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ as you continue to seek the truth of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.


Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.



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NOTES:
  For further study on the feast of Tabernacles.
Things associated with the feast of Tabernacles: palm branches, rejoicing, BLESSING from Yahweh, offering of the tithe, window of heaven opened, OUTPOURING of BLESSING from Yahweh, I will pour out my Spirit upon them in that day. IF those left alive of the nations do NOT come to receive >> as their Messiah then they will NOT receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And if they CONTINUE to not come up to receive the TABERNACLING of the Holy Spirit they will be destroyed on the day of judgment. Once the feast is kept BY receiving the tabernacling of the Holy Spirit, then it will be fulfilled in them as it is in us in this present world. And this will continue from generation to generation during the Millennium until all who will be saved are saved.