By Maria Merola אריאל
No matter how much we study the Holy Scriptures, we will never fully understand it’s meaning, unless we read it in the original language it was first written in. What most people refer to as “The Old Testament,” is called “The TaNaKh,” in Hebrew, which is an acronym for Towrah, Nabiym & Ketubiym” (Law, Prophets & Writings).
We are about to uncover some hidden gems from the Hebrew Tanakh that are invisible to the English reader. Like a nugget of gold that is hidden beneath layers of rock and dirt, the true contents can never be realized, unless we burn away the impurities, leaving behind only the gold that remains.
The Messenger of the Covenant Comes as Refining Fire
3 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and YHWH, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, he shall come, says YHWH of hosts.
2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’soap:
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto YHWH an offering in righteousness.
Who is this “messenger” in the above prophecy in Malachi? The Hebrew word for “messenger” is #H4937, “malak” in the Hebrew Concordance. This is the same Hebrew word used for the English word “angel” in other passages of scripture.
The Messenger of the Covenant Always Reveals Himself By Fire
One of the distinctions made by Yahuwchanon (John) the Baptist is that he came to immerse (baptize) with water unto repentance. However, he said that the one who was to come after him, would baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit & fire:
Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit), and with fire.
1st Keefa (Peter) 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Yahuwshuwa Mashiyach.
Chazown (Revelation) 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye-salve, that you may see.
The Feast of Weeks, aka Shabuwoth/Pentecost is Marked by an Outpouring of Fire
Shemoth (Exodus) 19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because YHWH descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
The first thing that I would like to point out is that the English translators used the word “angel” to translate the word “messenger” in this passage, which is the Hebrew word “malak.”
I am going to illustrate the difference between the English word “angel” (which is derived from the Latin angelos), and the Hebrew word that is often used in the “Old Testament,” which is “malak.” Below is the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance definition for the English word “angel.” As you can see, it can also mean the following: messenger, king, ambassador, prophet.
Whenever most of us English-speaking folk hear the word “angel,” we envision a winged creature dressed in a long, white robe, with a halo above his head. Where do we get this notion from?
5 For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honour.
6 You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.
The Apostle Shaul (Paul) repeated the same concept in 1st Corinthians 15:
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits; afterward they that are Messiah's at his coming.
24 Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to Elohiym, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 For he has put all things under his feet. But when he says all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
Again, Shaul (Paul) repeats the concept in Ephesians & Colossians.
Ephsiym (Ephesians) 1:
20 Which he wrought in Messiah, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.
Qolasiym (Colossians) 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
It is clear from these verses, that our Messiah has always existed in eternity as “The Messenger YaHuWaH,” or in other words “The Word YaHuWaH,” who at one time in history (between 3 B.C. & 30 A.D,) visited us here on earth for 33 years of his mortal life, in the form of human flesh:
How could “The Word” be WITH Elohiym, the Father, and also be Elohiym the Father at the same time?
A spirit has no physical form, nor any visible image! However, the Father has chosen to manifest himself (make himself visible) through his Son, Yahuwshuwa, who is HIS VISIBLE IMAGE!
Yahuwchanon (John) 14:9 Yahuwshuwa said unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? he that has seen me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us the Father?
Yahuwchanon (John) 6:46 Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of Elohiym, he has seen the Father.
Bereshiyth (Genesis) 32:30 And Ya’aqob (Jacob) called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen Elohiym face to face, and my life is preserved.
17 And Manoah said unto the Malak (messenger) YHWH, What is your name, that when your sayings come to pass we may do you honour?
18 And the Malak (messenger) YHWH said unto him, Why ask you thus after my name, seeing it is SECRET?
Incidentally, guess what the name Shimshown (Samson) means?
Malakiy (Malachi) 4:2 prophetically refers to our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa as “THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!”