Monday, 20 June 2016

Malachi 1:11 Fulfilled

11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my nameshall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

This was likely fulfilled while the Old Covenant still stood - not in future.
The Bible provides the history.

Remember the King of Babylon made a decree that every people, 
nation and language were forbidden to speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Remember that the king had fallen on his face and worshipped Daniel and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours to him. The king made Daniel ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief of the governors over all the wise men.

The king conceded that Daniel's God is a God of gods, a Lord of kings.

Nebuchadnezzar wrote to all people, nations and languages that dwell upon the whole earth, telling them about the greatness of God and the things he'd seen Him do.

He praised and extolled the King of heaven.

King Belshazzar similarly learned to honour the true God.

He even went further than the previous king. He wrote to all people, nations, languages that dwell in all the earth, enforcing a decree that in every part of his kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.

Then in Esther it describes how far-reaching the kingdoms were. It extended from Ethiopia to India. 127 provinces! In every place the Jews were allowed to slay their enemies on a certain day. And it says many of the people of the lands became Jews, in the days of king Ahasueres.

Then in Acts 2, it says many non-Jewish proselytes from many nations and languages had gathered in Jerusalem for the feast of tabernacles. The prophets had already foreseen that peoples of many nations would observe the Feast. It happened. This was prophecy-fulfilled.

But in the New Covenant, observing Feasts and offering sacrifices, animals, grain and incense is no longer the required expression of worship. The true worshipers now worship in spirit and in truth.

What happened under the Old Covenant was just a shadow of the true, spiritual form of worship with which we now worship God in all nations, and rejoice in Christ Jesus. 

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