Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgements.
The word ‘Mal’akh’ is a Hebrew word meaning ‘Messenger’. In the book of Malachi YHWH says He is going to send His messenger to prepare the way before Him. Yeshua told a parable about five wise and five foolish virgins who were waiting for the Bridegroom to come. Only five of the virgins who were waiting for the marriage were admitted to the celebrations, because half of them were totally unprepared. Yeshua said: Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching.... And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Luke 12: 37 - 40
When Yeshua comes we need to be able to recognise Him as the Messiah of Israel: the One that gave Israel His instructions so we can learn to live the way He requires, and be prepared to welcome Him. Yeshua was from the tribe of Judah and His disciples were all Hebrew. The Bible was written by men who understood what it meant to worship the God of Israel, which included understanding who He is from a Hebraic perspective: the Heavenly Bridegroom who entered into a marriage contract with Israel at Sinai.
Mal’akh as a platform for on-going biblical understanding
As believers we all understand that the Almighty has a plan and purpose, and He is working to bring that purpose to fulfilment. We recognise that our hearts must be open and receptive to the things He will teach us and that none of us has a monopoly on Biblical Truth, and also that none of us understand the whole counsel of YHWH. On a daily basis the holy Spirit will challenge us to change when He shows us where our lives do not conform to His purpose:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.. Romans 12:1 & 2
For several years we have been aware of the existence of the Dead Sea Scrolls and as more Biblical scholars have been examining their content we are finding that we cannot ignore the things that are coming to light. We have been challenged to make changes in our lives and to adjust our understanding of the content of the Biblical Canon in view of the existence of the extra-biblical books that have been literally unearthed over the last 70 or so years. As more sound teaching comes to light concerning the content of these extra biblical books, that fully confirm and very often amplify portions of the 66 books of the Christian Bible, we have had to seriously consider the facts and ask ourselves whether it affects the Body of Messiah in our day. We have reached the conclusion that this is something that the holy Spirit is restoring to His people, and we feel the need to begin to share some of the things that have been challenging us, changing us and affecting the way we live our lives and relate to others.
We hope you will come on this journey with us. We begin by laying out the foundation of what the Dead Sea Scrolls are, what they contain, and what this means to us as believers in the 21st Century. Please try to make time to visit our audio page and listen to Rachel Elior's examination of the Dead Sea Scrolls in which she discusses the ways they have been understood in ancient and in modern times, offering an overview of the provenance of the scrolls and her assessment of their significance in both ancient Judaism and modern scholarship. We hope to build on this over the coming months, adding more excellent teaching from the different sources we are studying, in order to share some of the things that are challenging us and lighting us up.
The Malakh Magazine
We are delighted to announce that Malakh 14 is now ready for viewing on line, or for those of us that like to sit down with a cup of tea to read through the magazine, it is already in print and you are more than welcome to have your own copy - just drop us a line or an email and request one through the post.
In this latest edition one of the issues we have dealt with is the serious malfunction of offense within the Body of Messiah. We can cause offense by the way we speak to people even if what we say is the truth, and we can also take offense, which creates even greater difficulties in the functioning of the Body of Messiah. As we grow in maturity these are things that should be dropping away from our lives. We hope that the articles within this latest edition will trigger a positive response to grow in maturity, and that the magazine will bring us a step nearer fulfilling the primary instruction to love both YHWH and our neighbour with all our heart, and flow together in love.
We are witnessing a movement of the Holy Spirit in the UK as the Almighty regathers Israel in these islands, and a growing awareness of this work in the hearts of UK believers. We hope that this can be reflected in the pages of the Malakh magazine and that it will continue to help believers in their journey back to the Almighty's Word and His Instructions for Life.
Please enjoy browsing the website and be encouraged in your walk with the Messiah of Israel.