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Malachi 3:17 ** “They shall be mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I make them MY Jewels, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

Our Lord will take possession of HIS Jewels and will spare them the final days of tribulation. This is the day which is rapidly coming upon this evil world. The Jewels are those that draw near to our Lord by keeping all His commandments. The Jewels are those that do not rob God (verse 8), but help those in need as the Apostle Paul attested in 1 Corinthians 16:2. After keeping the Sabbath Holy as commanded by our Lord, the Apostle Paul collected tithes on the first day of the week (Sunday) to travel a great distance to Jerusalem to provide aid for the suffering Christian Jews to keep the newborn Church of God alive and well. This church was only recently established by the Messiah, Y’shua (Jesus) before returning to heaven to sit at the right hand of Father God.

Many jewels are made by man such as porcelain which is fired in a kiln reaching 1400 degrees. The jewels of the Lord are his own sons and daughters who show their love by obedience (John 14:21). In Malachi 4:1 the day of the making of the Lord’s Jewels, burning like an oven will make all who do wickedly as stubble. However, the Jewels of God will be spared and unharmed as the wicked burn to stubble.

 A recent example of stubble occurred after a 5 year drought in Oakland in 1991. The firestorm started on the first day of the week at 10:58 AM, October 20 with the stubble of 3300 totally destroyed home. The firestorm lasted 3 days and was not brought under control until October 23, 1991. Approximately 10,000 people displaced with 5,000 homeless. Many injuries occurred and 25 died, everything was lost except a few treasured possessions that survived. These few treasured possessions that survived without damage were a porcelain vase or other ceramic treasure that had passed through the fire with the intense heat of a kiln. No harm will befall the Jewels of God because of a savior (Holy Lamb of God), who laid down HIS life to redeem these Jewels (Psalm 110:5). Verse 4 advises, “You (Messiah Jesus Holy Lamb of God) are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18, Hebrew 5:10)”

It should be noted that the Messiah, Holy Lamb of God from the tribe of Judah replaced the tribe of Levi whose duty was to kill animals whose blood pointed to the salvation plan for God (Deuteronomy 10:8, Numbers 3:6, Hebrews 7:11). Our God is a wonderful miracle worker in HIS saving grace as evidenced by 1 Corinthians 3:1-15. Verse 8 and 9 says, “Now he who plants are he who waters are one (as God is One and there is no other), and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field; you are God’s building (temple).

COMING TRIAL BY FIRE   **Zechariah 13:7-9 ** “Awake, O sword, against MY shepherd, against the Man who is MY companion (Messiah, Christ Jesus)…… Verse 8…And it shall come to pass in all the land,” says the Lord, “That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on MY name, and I will answer them. I will say, “This is MY people; and each one will say, “The Lord is my God.”…………1 Peter 1:4-9 ** To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time…..verse 7… That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation ( soon coming) of Jesus Christ…….. Verse 9 ** Receiving the end of your faith---the salvation of your souls.

Sadly, most of the churches of this age are no longer mouthpieces of our Lord. Even though there are more Bibles than ever, many churches never read the word of God. Most have high paid Ministers, paid music and choirs, entertainment programs and education to teach their way but not God’s way. Most have gone the way of Balaam (Deuteronomy 23:4, Revelation 2:14), whom God would not hearken and are a stumbling block to the children of Israel for their works are with the throne of Satan. Only the Church of God continues and Jesus Christ says in HIS Revelation 3:10, saying, “Because you have kept MY command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”  ** You can do this by asking God to help you keep Sabbath’s & Feasts.

Revelation 3:16-20 is what most of the churches of the world have become (lukewarm). This church of Laodicea is rich but not faithful and a True witness of the beginning of creation of God. Just as in modern times have a false sense of security. The preaching of the Messiah frequently used the signs of the era to explain the true riches of the coming Kingdom of God. History reveals the Romans had established a network of viaducts for piping in water to most of the occupied territories. Since water had to be piped long distances from the northern mountains, the unpurified water would have been not only lukewarm but also foul tasting. Since the Romans did not build piping from nearby Hierapolis which was the Roman hot water bath site, the foul tasting water was not cool refreshing mountain water.  Thereby, the Messiah spit it out. The symbolic meaning was HE also would spit out the church of Laodicea. History documents a major earthquake destroyed Laodicea in 60 AD. It is therefore the church as most of the churches to this day did not repent (verse 19) and did not accept the invitation in verse 20, saying, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears MY voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with ME.”   ** Won’t you please listen and open up? Repent, be baptized, keep the Sabbath, High holy days and live forever!