We’re told the period of time between Malachi and Matthew was about 300 years. We learned during this time false teaching was given by false teachers. The priestly leaders became corrupt and brought about their requirements for salvation. The Law of God (Ten Commandments) became tainted. There was no prophet to give guidance. In essence, the Church of God became as a ship toss by a raging sea headed nowhere until John the Baptist came and prepared the way of the Lord.
This is history, religious history but surprising so it is also present, our religious present! Christ stated,
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love (Ten Commandments). Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Rev 2:4-5 (KJV)
It didn’t take long after John and Christ appeared on the scene to bring about a correction to the ship lost at sea. Again, man would become the catalyst of a corrupt religion, bringing false teachers and religious leaders into their encampment to give them satisfying messages to make their way not difficult, adhering to tradition. Christ made it very clear, “Remember from where you were and see now where you are! You have fallen and the only way to get up is to “repent”. And when you have repented, do what you have done before which was given you by Me. Otherwise, I will get rid of you!” But the question, today, how can one repent and do the first works when there is no history or knowledge of such in our present situation? You see, many of us were born into religious beliefs and churches which are wrong, so how does one “go back”? If there is no understanding of sin, then what is the need for “repentance”?
Many are no longer reading the Bible, the Word of God, for our time. Christ said when He left He would send the Holy Spirit, which would “guide us into all truth”, but that “truth” was His Word, that which He has/had spoken, and we have it today in paper/digital form, and yet many do not read. And, if there is no reading, there is no Holy Spirit to bring about anything to cause us to repent because our first works do not exist therefore our latter works are corrupt and we think we’re headed toward salvation!
The question is asked, “Have you read anything, anything at all, in your Bible today?” For those of you on the other side of the world, your day is coming to an end. Has it been filled with sporting events, socializing, and any other thing which you value, even your family, above that which is more important, God’s Word? For those of us whose day is beginning, what will you do not to be found in the same criticism as those whose day is passing away into history?
John the Baptist was sent to make way for the Word to come. Are there any “John the Baptists” today which are doing the same? Malachi seemed to think so,
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:” Mal 4:5 (KJV)
The Word of God is going out, again, to prepare God’s Church before it is too late. John makes it very clear,
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the (Ten) commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14:12 (KJV)
The last message to go out to Christ’s Church, is the very same which began Christ’s Church. Do it before it is too late. This is the first works, and this should bring about repentance.
January 26, 2015