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No Scriptures Four Hundred Years

We don't seem to have any Scriptures written between Malachi and Matthew. Does that mean that God was silent for hundreds of years or was he still speaking to people but didn't inspire anyone to write?

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 ---john on 6/14/07
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First of all, we(christians) are led by the Spirit.
We can study scripture all our lives and not know anything. The reason of so much confusion in the Church. Some would rather sit and study instead of being on there knees before God seeking HIS wisdom in prayer and fasting.
---duane on 8/13/10


Friendly Blogger, when someone says that the Holy Bible is not enough, and "other" writings both canon which is accepted inspired scripture and noncanon which is known noninspired writings need read, then that person remains to be saved. The redeemed of the Lord know full well that the Holy Bible is more than sufficient to save the soul, and we also know that noncanon writings of unsaved clay are not from God but from man and even from antiGod and antiChrist. Historical writings of man are not equal to scriptures spoken and dictated from God himself to man, not even close, just as news casters on television can liberally say whatsoever they desire rather than the precise truth, so is unsaved man with his fictional words and writings.
---Eloy on 8/12/10


Log on to some world history sight on the Internet and see what was going on in the world between 400 BCE and 100 CE. A lot was going on. Alexander the Great had conquered the Known world then came the Romans Palestine was occupied by both the Greeks and the Romans.

The Maccabean revolt was in full swing, there was writing but much of it was historical or political about the only canon text coming out during that period was Daniel.

Go to one of the Israeli Dead Sea Scrolls sights they have a list of what documents that were found, both canon and non canon and there is more non canon documents then any thing else. You have to study more them just the Bible to be able to understand the Bible.
---Friendly_Blogger on 8/11/10


"Couldn't Eastern Orthodox vs. Russian Orthodox vs. Ukrainian Orthodox etc. be considered denominational differences? " (StrongAxe)

It can, if only if, these different Eastern Orthodox jurisdictions hold to different dogmas, but as I said before in another blog, the difference in these jurisdictions are mere local customs/traditions. For example, the Russians generally kiss the Holy Chalice after partaking of the Divine Eucharist (Holy Communion) while other Eastern Orthodox Christians typically do not do this.

There is "room" for these type of differences in Orthodoxy. But the Apostolic Faith remains the same in the jurisdictions you mention.

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 8/11/10


It was more like 483 years, because Malachi wrote at the time of Nehemiah, after the temple of Ierusalem was rebuilt. And this was precisely 3,711 years 6 months and 10 days after Adam was created. And there is 483 years from decree to rebuild Ierusalem to the coming of Messiah on the night of December 25, 5 B.C.(69 weeks= 69 x 7 years, Dn. 9:25).

You may also note that Iaakob was 130 years old when he goes into Egypt (Gn.46:1-7, 47:6-11). And Israel lodged in Egypt for 430 years, and there were no known published scriptures during this 430 years either, then they Exodus (Ex.12:40,41, Gal.3:17) from Egypt. Then there were 480 years from Israel's Exodus to the 1st building of the Temple, in Salomon's 4th year of his reign (I Kg.6:1).
---Eloy on 8/11/10




\\You're in denial. Anytime a denominational church has ANY conection to the government, has a building to support, has their own rituals, traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible then it is a worldly denominational "church."\\

The very fact you post this shows that you indeed DO have your own interpretation of the Bible, so you are really part of a denominational church.

And therefore, are in denial.
---Cluny on 8/10/10


A good number of books of the Bible were written during the last 400 years after Malachi, among them, Daniel, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and probably Ruth. Not to mention 1 and 2 Maccabees...
---ger.toshav on 8/10/10


Cluny: "Orthodoxy is the only PRE-denominational Church."

You're in denial. Anytime a denominational church has ANY conection to the government, has a building to support, has their own rituals, traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible then it is a worldly denominational "church."
---Steveng on 8/10/10


I agree with Cluny, the Lord was not silent during this time Perhaps certain men were not listening. Seems like this man was:

Luke 2:25-26 "And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ"
---Mark_Eaton on 8/10/10


Cluny:

Couldn't Eastern Orthodox vs. Russian Orthodox vs. Ukrainian Orthodox etc. be considered denominational differences? And even more so, Orthodox vs. Catholic?
---StrongAxe on 8/10/10




Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds,
---micha9344 on 8/9/10


Where did you get that idea, John?

We Eastern Orthodox Christians INDEED have books in the OT between Malachi and Matthew.

It's just that Protestants took them out of the Bible.

**Denominational churches are a creation of Satan, dividing the true church into their own little cults.
**

That's why I'm not a member of a denominational church.

Orthodoxy is the only PRE-denominational Church.
---Cluny on 8/10/10


Right off hand, I have read that God was silent for a number of years. Not everything About God was recorded. This I know. Perhaps I should take the Bible history quiz again.
---catherine on 8/10/10


Many prophets are alive and well today, but no one is listening. They are not accepted into any denominational church because they do not conform to denominaion churches each having their own rituals, traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible. Denominational churches are a creation of Satan, dividing the true church into their own little cults.

But the last two prohets who are soon to appear shall bring torment upon the earth and all the dwell within.
---Steveng on 8/9/10


No prophets for 400 years.
They did not need a prophets, the last three prophets had outline and stated whatgod wanted before his first and second coming.

Just like today, we have the word of God the UNCHANGING word of God, atthis point in time we only need to OBEY and HAVE FAITH.

when things change he WILl send a prophets.
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
---francis on 8/8/10


Mk13:23-36-for false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were]possible even the elect.


But take [ye] heed, behold, I have foretold you ALL things.
---char on 8/6/10


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There are various possible explanations. One is that the O.T. was finished, and God decided to wait a period before fulfilling it. Just like we are waiting a long period before seeing the total fulfulment of Revelations (meaning the revealing of the Antichrist and Armageddon). God had his reasons. Also possibly some books written after Malachi were rejected from the Canon.
---frances008 on 5/21/08


I think we'll have to wait until we get to heaven to find out what God was up to during those silent years. I'm sure he was still striving with stubborn Israel, but as far as speaking to the people through prophets...who knows? The MAJORITY of Christians DO NOT accept the apocrypha, otherwise it would be included in the canon. God lead in the creation of the canonized Bible...the apocrypha is made of fallible historical books, not inspired by God, as were the books of the Bible.
---Todd1 on 5/21/08


On the other hand, John speaks of the things that the Christ did that all the books in the world could not contain. He also heard something in the Revelation that he was told not to write. There is only one thing in the Word that is written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God and that is His living epistles. No man can write those. God writes with His tongue (His tongue the pen of a ready writer) and if He was silent, then nothing was being written.
---Linda on 5/20/08


That's arguable, because the majority of Christians accept the Apocrypha as being Scripture.

Yes, that's right. I said, "Majority." Protestants and especially pop-evangelicals are NOT the totatality of Christians.
---Jack on 6/14/07


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Paul and the Pharisees believed in the Resurrection of the body, whether or not they believed in Christ. This doctrine is fully developed in Maccabbees, but if you go back to Malachi and before, this doctrine is not readily apparent. If God was silent, how did the Maccabbean martyrs, reported again by Paul in Hebrews 11, know about the future resurrection of their own bodies?
---lorra8574 on 6/14/07


The Canon of the New Testament that all Protestants know and love, was defined at the same time and place as the 46 book OT canon - during two local councils in the late 300's AD. The 46 book OT and 27 book NT canon remained unchanged from that point onward. Now either God inspired the full Christian canon, or NONE of it. If you reject 46 book canon then you have no basis to support the 27 book NT canon and basically you have no reliable bible. Was God sleeping during those councils or not?
---lorra8574 on 6/14/07


400 years?? There's been no scripture written for 2,000 years!
---1st_cliff on 6/14/07


I personally believe God was silent during those years. Perhaps it was a time of making people hunger to hear from Him so some would be more open to Christ when He came?
---maryj9396 on 6/14/07


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God did not send any OT style prophets like Elijah for a time and the scriptures describe the waiting for such a prophet. But Jesus also said that the Law and the Prophets lasted until John the Baptist which confirms the prophecy in Zechariah 13:1-5. Prophecy in general, i.e. inspiration for scripture, did not vanish and God was NOT silent. God's teachings were revealed with increasing intensity until the birth of Christ, until there was an enormous frensy.
---lorra8574 on 6/14/07


The Septuagint, the Jewish Ethiopian canon (prior to the 20th century) contained more OT books than either the Jews or Catholics. The Dead Sea Scrolls also contain a larger collection of scripture - all three sets are nearly identical in content and yet in three different languages. Their common link is that all three were set before the fall of Jerusalem and were subsequently isolated from each other and mainstream Judaism after that point.
---lorra8574 on 6/14/07


I personally believe He was silent, just as there is silence in heaven in Revelation right before the trumpets. Malachi told of one who would come in the spirit of Elijah and turn the hearts of the fathers to the sons and the hearts of the sons to the fathers. He spoke of the great and notable day of the Lord. Four hundred years later, John the Baptist shows up proclaiming (blowing the trumpet, sounding a clear sounding word), "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world."
---Linda on 6/14/07


A trumpet in the OT sounded the alarm (an alarm is what wakes people up) to come to the assembly. John the Baptist heralded a gathering to a sacrifice (the Lamb). "Gather together unto Me all ye that have a covenant with Me by sacrifice." If we will gather at that place, an assembling will take place. No other way.
---Linda on 6/14/07


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We are to feed on that death until He appears. "For as oft as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death until He come." The bread is His broken body and the cup is His blood and both have to do with His death. Those who will partake of that will be here when He comes. "We shall not all sleep...."
---Linda on 6/14/07


We are to feed on that death until He appears. "For as oft as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death until He come." The bread is His broken body and the cup is His blood and both have to do with His death. Those who will partake of that will be here when He comes. "We shall not all sleep...."
---Linda on 6/14/07


By the way, I am not saying that the literal bread and wine become the actual broken body and blood. I am saying that His body is food indeed and His blood is drink indeed and we should esteem that more than our necessary food.
---Linda on 6/14/07


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