Prophet Pearls #6 – Toldot (Malachi 1:1-2:7)

In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Toldot (Malachi 1:1-2:7), if context is key, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson have opened the door. We learn the exact historical context of Malachi’s message, a specific event at Sinai to which he referred, and the current events on the Temple Mount that prove the Prophet’s words to be as relevant as ever. Gordon tracks down a lost root to clarify the job description of a “messenger” and sets the record straight on “Levites,” “priests” and “cohanim.”  Regarding Malachi’s prophecy, “my name is great among the nations,” Gordon tells of Icelanders and Filipinos who have gathered themselves with Yehovah and encourages listeners to be ready to do likewise.

"For from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting,
my name is great among the nations..." (Malachi 1:11)

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The image above comes from an altarpiece in a church in Ketilsvellir, Iceland from 1768. The altarpiece serves as a living illustration of the verse: "For from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting, my name is great among the nations..." Malachi 1:11. The altarpiece depicts the Tetragrammaton, the name of God יְהוָֹה "Yehovah," written with full Hebrew consonants and vowels. God's name is set inside a triangle representing the three Hebrew verbs that together form His name: Hayah ("He that was"), Hoveh ("He that is"), and Yihyeh ("He that will be" or "He that is to come"). The rays of light coming from the name represent the divine "glory." Image used by permission of the National Museum of Iceland.

24 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #6 – Toldot (Malachi 1:1-2:7)

  1. I’m doing Keto too!! It’s the best way of eating I have ever tried. 5 weeks in, I feel like a superhero on it. Not hungry and sometimes I only eat once a day, what???? Fat is amazing. Trying to get my husband on board but he likes his sugar haha. He eats my Keto meals and then has ice cream after. lol

  2. Hi Nehemia
    Just finished listening to the prophet pearls on Malachi. Thank you for the wonderful teaching, it truly does renew the mind.
    Was wondering, could these gentiles refered to in 1:11 be also those of the lost tribes of Isreal esp if you apply it to today. Those who have completely lost their identity through centuries of assimilation into these nations? Yehovah always knows where His people eventhough His people have lost their identity. Bcos He knows when to stir the spririt within them to awaken them up from their slumber.

  3. Shalom, I’m a Filipino listener of your program since Torah pearls, and I’m glad you’re visiting our country. Our congregation is in Metro Manila though. But still thank you for feeling blessed and inspired by Yehovah’s word by visiting our country.

  4. How could Ezekiel be describing a 3rd Temple? Doesn’t YHVH say that the lion will lay down with the lamb and nothing will harm on all my holy mountain? How then could we slaughter that lamb?
    Ezekiel is prophesying during the Babylonian captivity, 25years into it with presumably 45 years to go. Had Ezekiel been shown a new pattern or blueprint for a new temple to build, why wouldn’t they have built it 45 years later? Where in all of Ezekiel is the instruction to build what is shown? I see the instructions to SHOW the vision of the temple to the people so they will repent. Even the last part of the instruction is to “keep the form.” If that form was to be built, then in their minds, how would they know NOT to build it when they went back to Jerusalem, and instead build the blueprint according to the 2nd temple?

    Eek 43:10 Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.

    11 And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.

  5. Informative – Mal. 2:7-8 -9 God’s Law is the constitution of the Kingdom of God. The priests of Orthodox Christianity have treated the Law of God as a thing to be adapted to human conditions and perceived ‘needs’. This partiality in the Law hides behind the smokescreen of ‘mercy’ – the rest of the chapter deals with the sin of adultery and divorce which is rampant in our nations and is not dealt with the way Yeshua dealt with it in Mark 101-12.

  6. Nehemia – friend Ken Westby of the ‘One God Seminars’ has been very ill for sometime – Noel Rude has filled in for him but it does not look good for Ken at this time -prayers and thank you.

  7. Nehemiah would you consider Numbers 25:1-13 as a second witness to Malachi 2:5 regarding the Covenant of Peace with Levi?

    “And Yehovah spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my Covenant of Peace: and it shall be unto him, and to his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.

  8. Nehemia it is far worse then that, because for 1 they are saying they want no part in the sacrifices for sin, and thus want no part in the covenant.


    May you be BLESSED on your birthday Nehemia which must have passed by now, mine is today according to pope gregory, 18 Kislev according to Hallel not too sure when it will be according to the calendar with moon sightings.
    Anyway YAHWEH ALONE KNOWS. May you and Kieth and his son and his family be BLESSED IN YAHSHUA. Our prayers go with you Kieth for travelling mercy and by this time you are probably on your way back, but may you be truly BLESSED.
    Kieth you have done a Hebrew course and i have been wanting to do one, but find the cost of the ones that are offered in Israel a bit too high for me. Where did you do yours, if i may ask?
    Just one last question to both and more specifically to Nehemiah what would be the best to study the SCRIPTURAL or the modern Hebrew? There is concern that should the SCRIPTURAL Hebrew be learnt speaking the modern Hebrew would be a problem, or will it not matter much. Should you have any suggestions please could you send it to this e-mail address.
    By the way just in case you are not aware of it the sister that mentioned the reading in Isaiah 9 and related it to the comments made by the government concerning we will return and we will rebuild with reference to the twin towers is found in a series of teachings that YAHSHUA LAID ON THE HEART of a BLESSED BROTHER by the name of Jonathan Khan. He has referred to them/ these events as being Harbengers, the spelling is more than likely incorrect but the attempt at the word or the brothers name should get you close to the search should you be interested, or anyone else for that matter, the teaching is TRULY BLESSED. This current year of Shemitah/seventh year of release has also been mentioned more recently with reference to the twin towers too and once again TRULY BLESSED.
    Anyway as always may you and your families be TRULY BLESSED IN YAHSHUA, SHALOM.


  10. Hope to hear from you and Keith on Malachi 4. Any Christian will tell you it’s a messianic prophecy. I read it 100 times and I don’t see how it can be treated as such. Sun of righteousness… I would love to hear feedback from both of you on it.

  11. Nehemia, could you please share a word study with all of us about v1:5 The LORD be magnified beyond the border of Israel. Not being Hebrew literate, it seems very close to the “honor” of v6 and applying to Edom/Gentiles in v4. In fact does it not say that when the tearing down in v4 is seen by Israel that HE will be magnified?

    Bless you for what you share.


  12. Something that I’ve noticed is that Esav and the priests, both despised something. Esav despised being first born, and the priest despised the Name YHVH.
    So, the point is that the priest in the time of Malakhi were more like Esav, who was hunter, than like Yaakov, being ‘ish tam yoshev ochalim’.

    YHVH immakhem! p.s. Happy Birtday 🙂

  13. hi.. nehemia ,if possible can you tell us what this Hebrew isralite ,African American claiming that they are the true jews ,and not those over there in Israel,also because of dueteronomy 28:68,please can you shed some light on this shalom IRAH IN FLORIDA

  14. Hello Nehemia! I’m struggling with the celebration of birthdays. Is the custom pagan like Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween etc. Baking cakes to the queen of heaven Jer 7:18. The B-day pointy hat also witches’ hat. Making a wish and blowing out candles and the smoke rises mimics the sacrifices, incenses smoke…prayers rising to Yehovah? Dt. 2 we are not to learn the way of the heathen. I have lots of grandchildren and host and attend their birthdays, but if this is a stench in His nostrils I do not want to do that. Another thought I have is, we are not to keep man’s calendar but Yehovah’s, so how does that work? Please give your thoughts. Wedding anniversaries I don’t have a problem with especially since Reggie and I married the day before the 1st day of Sukkot and that’s is when we remember it each year–we just did # 4. We are still newlyweds 🙂

    • For what it’s worth I don’t see what’s wrong with celebrating the day Y’hovah launched you onto your earthly journey, nor do I think it’s wrong to have a cake and a special meal. Not all pointy hats are necessarily witches hats, but if you’re not comfortable with it, fine. We are to keep Y’hovah’s calendar to keep our appointments with Him though and this is where a lot of Christian teachers come up with weird ideas about the end of the world because they don’t even know Y’hovah’s calendar exists. I don’t personally believe the solar calendar, the solstices or equinoxes are evil because they are scientific facts of existence and Y’hovah created all these things in the first place! I’m perfectly fine with the solar calendar to plan business meetings, book hotels or schedule rehearsals because in our modern world we have to plan things months, or even years in advance and the solar calendar makes this possible. Y’hovah’s calendar is far less “user friendly” to the marketplace, but the marketplace is not what it’s for. It’s purpose is to allow Y’hovah to speak to His people intimately and to provide the information that is for them and not for the world at large, such as His appointed times and things of prophetic significance. We do have to be on guard against syncretism in our practice, but neither must we fall prey to fanatical religious spirits which are, I believe, the root of spiritual chaos.

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