When does the Messiah come to His Temple?

Mal 3:1  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. 

I was reading this verse thinking about it from what we had been taught and it suddenly occurred to me that when this happened the first time, it was talking about John the Baptist preparing the people for the appearance of the Messiah as the Lamb of God.

We have always been taught that Mr. Armstrong was a type of Elijah the same as John the Baptist, and I concur with that. But when John prepared the way for Christ back then, Christ began by calling the first fruits of the Kingdom and setting up the men who would build the Church. He spent 3.5 years selecting and training the Apostles and disciples.

So what about our time today. Did Mr. Armstrong prepare a people for Christ to meet Him at the Resurrection? Or, could it be that Christ will come to His church to finish the 3.5 years of His ministry with those chosen to be with Him at the Place of Safety?

This is just like what He did with John the Baptist, He comes suddenly to His Temple, His Spiritual Temple now and selects and trains those whom the Father has chosen to be taken to a Place of Safety for 3.5 years.

I know that many of us have felt that He would complete His ministry after He returns to the earth to set up His Kingdom. But wouldn’t that time be, in reality, a different age? Once He actually returns to take the Kingdom back from satan, that is a whole different time frame or reference.

However, if he completes the 3.5 years that were cut off during that 69th week of Daniel during the time of the Place of Safety it would be more true to the prophecy, in my mind.

Dan_9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 Just thought I would share this to see what you thought about it.


Raymond Mills


6 Responses to “When does the Messiah come to His Temple?”

  1. Joe Krill Says:

    Mr. Armstrong was a type of Elijah. There are many modern day teachers who also meet the qualifications and can be called the same. They are all or were lights on a hill in these darkest of times. Some lights just burn brighter and then we have some lights that just reflect the Light of the Son. Many of these lights walk among us. Joe Krill

  2. Art Braidic Says:

    mr. Armstrong was not the Elijah to come. It will be one of the Witnesses.

  3. Raymond Mills Says:

    Hi, Joe, I got your book. Very interesting and helpful. Thanks.

  4. Raymond Mills Says:

    I know what you mean, Art. In many ways and for several reasons I can agree and yet, The prophesied Elijah to come was to prepare a special people(His Temple) for the coming of the Messiah.

    Mr. Armstrong did that more than any other. The two witnesses are witnessing to the world and the Beast power not the people of God. They are not preparing people for Christ’s return they are telling the world what is about to happen regardless of what they do.

    (Rev 11:3) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

    They are Prophets and instruments of Correction like Elijah was BUT the prophesied Elijah to come had a different mission than the two witnesses.

    Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
    Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

    This does not sound like the mission given to the two witnesses at all even if they do come in the power of the Elijah.

    Mar 9:12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
    Mar 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

    It does not appear again to me that the witnesses are here to prepare a people or to even restore all things(doctrines) rather they are to witness against what the Beast Power is doing and warn against taking his mark.

    I personally believe that the transfiguration indicated who the two witnesses will be or in whose power they will be acting. Moses and Elijah but the prophesied Elijah to come must come to get a people ready for Christ and what is coming in the world.

    Given the time setting, I can not see anyone who could have fulfilled that better than Mr. Armstrong. No matter his faults.

    But hey guys that’s just me telling you what the words of the Bible seem to be saying to me at least. You gotta go with your own conscious here.

  5. Art Braidic Says:

    Greetings Raymond, I don’t know if you are closed on this, so if you are, forgive me, and don’t publish it.
    I would ask you to consider that Malachi 3:1 refers to John the Baptist. I think all would agree with that. Regarding your statement that the Elijah to come was to prepare a special people (His temple) for the coming of the Messiah. What verses do you use to validate that? Christ came suddenly to His temple and cast out the money changers thereby establishing Himself as a religious authority.
    Regarding Mr. Armstrong, He did an enormous and honorable work. He brought many people to the true God, and proper worship. However honestly, that ended over 30 years ago, and since then God’s people have been scattered and become doctrinally loose regarding prophesy, dress, closeness in their walk with God and Sabbath observance. That vast majority of God’s people today are split offs from one another and many making claims of who are the greatest. We are fulfilling the verse in which Christ said the servants of God would beat (or attack) each other and eat and drink with the drunken—those drunk on the wine of the whore. We are not prepared for Christ’s return as a whole.
    Consider that the 2 witnesses minister during the tribulation. That is the time of the “famine of the word,” therefore, when it speaks of the gospel being preached as a witness to all nations up to the end, it can only be the two witnesses doing that. During this time, the church will be in one of two places, either safety, dead or prisoners in the tribulation. Those alive will certainly hear the witnesses’ message and many of God’s people will respond and repent, thereby becoming prepared. For example S.S. 5-6:1 shows Christ knocking and the unresponsive church going into tribulation which is not punishment so much as it is to correct them and get them back on track. It turns them around.
    Regarding the 2 witnesses being instruments of correction that is exactly what John the Baptist did and what the witnesses will do. What verse do you use to show that the witnesses that calls down fire, and stops the rain is different from the Elijah to come? I think it is an exact match. For example when it states he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, it is not speaking of physical children. At the end, Christ said they will turn each other in. It is speaking of the early fathers of the faith who kept God’s commandments. That is their message. Preaching as a witness means legal testimony indicting the people for not keeping the Ten Commandments.
    When you read about Elias coming and restoring all things, that was John. Christ said so, and His message was as follows: Mat 3:1-4 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. So, the first Elijah preached repentance. The last Elijah will preach that for 1260 days during the tribulation.
    Of course the witnesses preach not to take the mark of the Beast and they identify Him. John the Baptist also identified the Herod who was a type of the Beast sitting in control of the temple and putting the Pharisees in power instead of the priests. And, of course, he condemned his sinful marriage.
    So, I suggest that Christ will teach the people in safety like He did Paul in preparation for them to be pillars in God’s temple, and for those in tribulation, the testimony of the witnesses and the fulfillment of prophecy will turn them around, get them hot, and prepare them for Christ’s return.
    In this case you state that you don’t see anyone who could have fulfilled the Elijah role better than Mr. Armstrong. I consider him my spiritual father as Paul was to the early church, but I ask you to sincerely consider that we are anything but prepared today. Further, by you taking this stand, you are unconsciously negating the possibility that future events are to come to prepare for Christ’s return. Mr. Armstrong was the leader of the Philadelphia Church era. That was then. Now we are in Laodicea and nearing the building of the temple spoken of in Revelation 11, and 2 Thess. 2:3-4 by Paul. There are 3 ½ years from the revealing of the Beast to Christ’s return. That is when the Elijah to come will prepare a people.

  6. Raymond Mills Says:

    Good morning, Art. I really enjoy our conversations about the Bible and what it teaches. Even if we don’t quite agree, I always come away with a deeper and richer understanding.

    I can’t respond fully now as I am in a darkened hospital room with my wife. But I will expand a bit on my thinking a little later and look forward to your response.

    I would never consider censoring your comments in any way, Art. They are always valuable insights onto the word of God.

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