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 YHVH 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.
Malakh is also the name of the magazine that we publish, available on request, which encourages believers to turn back to the Hebraic origins of our faith in Yeshua as the Son of YHVH and the Messiah of Israel. This is so that we can be part of the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel, in fulfilment of the Great Commission. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:6-8 Yeshua’s answer to the question reveals His all-time purpose for mankind – to restore the nation of Israel and have a nation, a kingdom, a capital city and a bride.
Malakh 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 YHVH. 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.
One of the results of our research into the Dead Sea Scrolls has been the realisation of the Priestly calendar that had been regulated by the Zadokite priesthood throughout Biblical history, until the take-over by the Hasmonean dynasty a few hundred years before the birth of Yeshua. A copy of this calendar can be found here. To understand the importance of this calendar and its relevance to our lives please refer to the new edition of Malakh, issue 15, below.
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
The gallery opposite shows the most recent issues of the magazine. Please contact us through the website should you require copies of any of these issues.
Malakh 15 is the latest magazine. It can be viewed online as a flipbook by selecting Malakh Issue 15 below. For a more pleasant experience while reading it is advised to select full screen from the buttons available at the bottom of the screen reader.
We strongly believe it is important to establish the facts as true and accurate biblical truth before putting our studies into print. This is why this edition of Malakh has taken so long to produce. We feel sure its contents are full of interest, and many of our readers may not have come across some of the information presented. We ask that you take your time to read each article carefully. We would also emphasise the importance of doing extra research of your own in order to establish the facts as a true representation of biblical and historical accuracy.
Should questions and/or comments arise after digesting the contents of the magazine we would be happy to hear from you, whether by letter, email or telephone. We enjoy dialogue with our readers and welcome correspondence.
Shalom and best wishes to everyone, especially in these troubled times,
David & Cath