Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote in his book, Malachi’s Message about a certain “book of remembrance” which would serve like as a means to escape the Great Tribulation so to speak.
It is a book of remembrance because they remembered what they were taught! That is why God spares them from the Great Tribulation (Malachi 3:17; Matthew 24:21-22; Revelation 3:10) and gives them a headquarters position in His Kingdom forever (Revelation 3:12).
The Laodiceans fail to escape because they forget—and turn to a lukewarm message. God remembers the Philadelphian group because they remembered Him.
“Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not” (Malachi 3:18). If we are going to be able to discern between those who serve God and those who serve Him not, it will be because we remember what we were taught. Without that precious God-inspired knowledge, Satan will deceive us! That is a very serious statement – but it’s biblically based. This is really more than a “book of remembrance.” It’s a message from Christ to those who remember past instructions. It’s a wonderful message of encouragement. God calls things what they are! It all revolves around remembering—by Philadelphians and by God. Much of our remembering revolves around an “Elijah” and the things God taught us through him. Then God remembers the Philadelphians, and He protects and rewards them in the future. (ibid. pp. 1-2)
Read that again for emphasis! “This is really more than a “book of remembrance.” It’s a MESSAGE FROM CHRIST to those who remember past instructions. It’s a wonderful message of encouragement. God calls things what they are! It all revolves around remembering—by Philadelphians and by God.”
And since we, being humans are really prone to forget, Christ’s message right now has been written before Him as a BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE in the LAST END. This is what you are reading right now!
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” (Mal. 3:16)
To understand what this “book of remembrance” really is all about, let us first consider for a moment the word “thought.” From Strong’s Concordance it is H2803 (châshab):
A primitive root; properly to plait or interpenetrate, that is, (literally) to weave or (generally) to fabricate; figuratively to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense); hence (from the mental effort) to think, regard, value: – make account of, conceive, consider, cunning, devise, esteem, imagine, impute, invent, mean, purpose, reckon (-ing be made), regard, think.
Before, we used to think that the phrase “that thought upon his name” in verse 16 of Malachi chapter 3 is meant to have a positive tone only. But when we look deeply into it, the primary meaning has a negative implication (“usually in a malicious sense”), although there are two possibilities for the definitions of the original Hebrew for the word “thought”, i.e., one is positive and the other is negative, therefore, the positive definition is for the righteous and the other for the wicked. But for this particular instance and for clear understanding, let us focus on the primary aspect of the meaning from the dictionary:
- Contrive or plot – to formulate clever or deceitful schemes
- Conceive – to form an idea or concept of something in your mind; invent or devise something: to think up something such as a plan
- Cunning – crafty and deceitful: clever or artful in a way that is intended to deceive
- Impute – attribute bad action to somebody: attribute bad quality to somebody
- Mean – unkind or malicious; bad-tempered: behaving in an angry, often violent way
This BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE is written before God specifically for two types of people inside God’s Church:
- For those who genuinely FEAR GOD (Jer. 17:7).
- And also for those MINISTERS who do the following IN THE NAME OF GOD, or using God’s government!
- who plots deceitful schemes;
- who is crafty and deceitful;
- who attributes bad action to somebody;
- who is unkind or malicious;
- who is bad-tempered and behaving in an angry, often violent way…
So the phrase “that thought upon his name” is primarily directed to those who represent God’s name and those who administer His government – either done through good and righteous intention or through wicked and deceitful schemes (Isa. 29:13, 15-16). It is also directed to those who FEAR the POWER OF THEIR MINISTERS (Jer. 17:1, 5). We should not point our fingers to any other “Laodicean” groups because they don’t have God’s government to begin with. So this prophecy has to be referring to the Philadelphia Church of God and none else. Could this be specifically referring to the 25 men in the INNER COURT? (Ezek. 8:16)
This BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE will make God’s people to repent towards God and be able to discern the righteous from the wicked.
“And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”(Mal. 3:17-18. Read also Haggai 2:8 – “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.”)
Notice carefully, that while this “book of remembrance” is being written, “in that day,” it is also the specific time when God is making up His jewels. And this will be God’s basis for Him to spare those who truly fear Him – to protect them from the Great Tribulation.
God is talking about His jewels, that is, the true Philadelphians not just by being a member of the Philadelphia Church of God, but by adhering to those past instructions and remembering what has been taught to them by the end-time Elijah and That Prophet.
This could also be the specific fulfillment of the prophecy in Ezekiel 9 for those “that cry and sigh for all the abominations that be done in the midst” of Jerusalem – PCG HQ. With the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE already written before God, He shall now begin to separate His true Philadelphians from those Laodiceans inside the Philadelphia Church of God, even those that will return to the fold from the outside who were exiled during the Ezekiel 4 siege.
Here is what one commentary wrote regarding the Book of Remembrance:
This instruction is intended for the church at the time of the end, to encourage those who are genuinely trying to be faithful to God yet who feel frustrated and doubtful because of what they see going on around them. (Forerunner Commentary)
This BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE is also written to remind and point us back to Malachi’s Message (the little book) which is now more than ever very much applicable to the Philadelphia Church of God more than any other Laodicean Churches in this SECOND 1,150 days fulfillment!
As God has used the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 to warn us of the 1,150 days! There is yet a dual fulfillment of the 1,150 days that God has prepared for a SECOND time for His people. We ought to become sober and repent toward God, and not toward men! We ought to use God’s grace to totally conquer sin! We ought to serve God with real reverence and godly fear!
THESE MARCH 11 EVENTS ARE LIKE FLASHING RED LIGHT FOR THIS CHURCH! They are a warning… God is warning you in these events! He’s warning me! We must get our minds on this message, or we’re going no place spiritually. (Philadelphia News, May 2011, p. 1)
Now God has been warning us even more through the multiple heaven and earth shaking events that has happened during 2013 even in Oklahoma where God’s Headquarters is located. This is more than a flashing red light for God’s Church. This is a beacon by which God Himself has set up so we can clearly see. (In Gen. 1:14, the word “sign” is also “beacon” in Strong’s)
God is speaking! And we ought to listen intently “or we’re going no place spiritually.”
“See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.” (Heb. 12:25-26)
Verse 25 mean that we ought to listen to what God is telling us. He has a warning message. The word, “speaketh” here is in the present active tense in the Greek. It is a warning against failing to heed to His prophecies through Christ coming in the flesh. The warning that God is “speaking” from heaven is a warning against the failure to listen that will eventually lead to unbelief. As Mr. Flurry always says, that God speaks through new revelation. Will you refuse God? But you also have to test the spirits whether they are of God. (1 John 4:1). We need to remember that God’s prophecy is not subject to any private interpretation (2 Pet. 1:20-21). The Apostle Peter knew that we need to be constantly reminded because we are prone to forget:
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:” (2 Pet. 3:1-2)
The Apostle Peter wrote his epistles to stir up our minds by way of REMEMBRANCE. We are warned also NOT to listen to any other voices (2 Pet. 2:1):
“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” (Deut 18:20-22)
If you want to know more, you may also read:
Or you may download a free copy of the book: