The Plain Truth About Malachi's Message and That Prophet



an open letter from THE STAFF ... 

HAVE YOU ever heard of a church called, "THE DEVIL'S 
CONGREGATION"? Have you ever seen a sign labeling a building, 
"SATAN'S SYNAGOGUE"? Have you ever heard a radio program called, 
The god of this present evil world who holds sway over 
deceived mankind is not so ignorant as to label his churches with 
their true names! 
But does the Devil have a religion? Does he have churches? 
And if he does not call them by his name, how can you tell where 
they are? What would the doctrines of these churches be -- what 
does the Devil believe -- or at least what does he try to palm 
off on others for them to believe? 
Does the Bible have anything to say about the Devil's 
The only, real source of truth to which we can go to find 
the answers to these questions is God's own Word (John 17:17). 
Many people today consider the concept of a Devil as ignorant and 
mythological. They consider Satan to be a mere CONCEPT held by 
primitive people to explain away the presence of evil in the 
But then THESE SAME PEOPLE also believe God is a mere 
concept -- a myth to explain away the presence of creation and 
Surprisingly enough there is a great deal of information 
concerning Satan the Devil, his religion, his way of thinking, 
his way of doing -- and also the sure prophecy of God of what 
will become of his efforts. And there is more information 
concerning this very real Devil in the last book of the Bible 
than there is in the first. 
Just before Jesus Christ was crucified, referring to Satan 
the Devil, He said, "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for 
the PRINCE OF THIS WORLD cometh, and hath nothing in me" (John 
14:30). Jesus went on to explain to His disciples that if the 
world persecuted Him (which it certainly had), it would persecute 
them also (John 15:19-21). He explained to His disciples that 
they and all those after them would be REJECTED BY the churches 
of this world: "yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you 
will think that he doeth God service" (John 16:2). 
Jesus explained to His followers that they would be a LITTLE 
flock, disparaged and despised by the majority of the peoples of 
the world, downtrodden and persecuted right up until the time of 
HIS RETURN as KING of kings and Lord of lords. BUT HE also 
ENCOURAGED THEM by letting THEM know that they were not to FEAR 
this persecution because it was God's will to GIVE these 
persecuted few HIS Kingdom. "Fear not, LITTLE FLOCK; for it is 
your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 
When His disciples asked Him concerning future events and 
what would happen between their time and the coming of the end of 
the world, Jesus' first and continued warning was about 
individuals who would come claiming to be His representatives, 
using His NAME, but deceiving the world because they were 
actually the servants of Satan the Devil! "And Jesus answered and 
said unto them, Take heed THAT NO MAN DECEIVE YOU. For MANY SHALL 
COME IN MY NAME (using the name of Christ, calling themselves 
Christian), SAYING I am Christ; and SHALL DECEIVE MANY" (Matt. 
24:4-5). He repeated His warning concerning false prophets 
saying, "And MANY false prophets shall rise, and shall DECEIVE 
MANY" (Matt. 24:11). 

Jesus Christ continued HIS warning. HE showed that BECAUSE 
OF THIS DECEPTION the whole world would be thrown into such 
chaotic confusion and war that "except those days should be 
shortened, there should NO FLESH BE SAVED" (Matt. 24:22). Jesus 
Christ predicted what all of us in today's world fear -- the 
Yes, Jesus Christ's warning to HIS disciples of ALL TIMES 
was that HIS Church -- the Church of God -- would always be a 
little flock, a despised congregation -- a persecuted church -- 
not the generally accepted organizations of the masses which 
merely appropriated His name, CALLING themselves "Christian." 
Satan the Devil, originally called Lucifer, was given charge 
of this earth along with a number of other angels (Jude 6). But 
he was not satisfied with the earth as his domain. He rebelled 
against God's way of doing things and tried to take over the 
throne of God in Heaven by violence -- but did not succeed! "How 
art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how 
art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 
For thou hast said in shine heart, I will ascend into heaven 
(notice that it is SATAN'S IDEA to get to heaven), I will exalt 
my throne above the stars of God ... I will ascend above the 
heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High" (Isa. 
This great being, who had been given charge by God to take 
care of the earth, SINNED against his Creator. "Thou wast perfect 
in thy ways from the day that thou west created, TILL INIQUITY 
WAS FOUND IN THEE" (Ezek. 28:15). By his action of rebellion 
against the Kingdom of God, Satan the Devil became the "FATHER" 
of all those who are guilty of sin -- HE was the ORIGINAL sinner! 
(John 8:44.) Jesus Christ gives a personal eyewitness account of 
this particular time of Satan's rebellion when He tells us, "I 
beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven" (Luke 10:18). You 
will notice that by Biblical definition it was Satan who "fell." 
Despite the fact that Satan had rebelled against God's 
Kingdom, HIS government and authority, God allowed him to hold 
the office of rulership over this earth originally given to him. 
In the temptation on the mount Jesus Christ qualified to take 
over this rule from Satan the Devil. By His victory over death He 
is able to take over the rulership of this world at any time. But 
there is a PLAN being worked out here below, and as yet the God 
of heaven HAS NOT INTERVENED to strip Satan's authority from him. 
whom the GOD OF THIS WORLD hath blinded the minds of them which 
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who 
is the image of God, should shine unto them" (II Cor. 4:4). 
Satan does not appear to this world in the clothing that he 
has deceived this world into thinking the Devil would appear in. 
He does not appear with a pitchfork and horns and an evil look on 
his face. 
Just as Jesus Christ prophesied in Matthew 24, Satan claims 
his converts are spiritual Jews -- Christians. But Christ, in a 
series of personal letters to His Church in all of its eras, 
warns about these congregations -- "and I know the blasphemy of 
them which SAY they are Jews (claim to be spiritual Jews, or 
Christians), AND ARE NOT, but are the SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN" (Rev. 
2:9). And again "... the SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN, which SAY they are 
Jews, and are not, but DO LIE!" (Rev. 3:9.) 
Satan looks like a lightbringer to the deceived eyes of a 
deceived world. His ministers look like and sound like what 
deceived people think the ministers of Christ should look and 
sound like -- that's the very meaning of THE WORD DECEPTION! "For 
such are FALSE apostles, DECEITFUL workers, transforming 
themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan 
himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no 
great thing if HIS MINISTERS (Satan the Devil does have 
ministers) also be transformed (apparently changed from what they 
really are) as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be 
according to their works (even though these ministers preach that 
there are no works, they are going to be judged by the Creator 
according to their evil works)" (II Cor. 11:13-15). 
Notice how well Satan has done his job: "And the great 
dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and 
This great 
deceiver has sent out his messengers with soft and oily words to 
soothe this world's inhabitants into thinking that they can do as 
they wish and still escape God's punishment for sin -- death. 
Jesus Christ warned about this when He said, "Enter ye in at the 
strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that 
leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat ... 
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, 
but inwardly they are RAVENING WOLVES" (Matt 7:13-15). 
In order to deceive the WHOLE WORLD, Satan has used every 
means available to him.
There are many areas on this earth where 
deceived and ignorant human beings OPENLY WORSHIP THE DEVIL: 
Other hundreds of millions ignorantly worship pieces of rock and 
wood -- big-bellied Buddhas in the Oriental East and dead men's 
bones in deepest Africa. 
Other individuals who are perhaps a LITTLE more educated, 
Satan has deceived by millions, leading them to believe that 
there is no God at all and that one of his own (Satan's) 
political systems -- Communism -- is the answer to mankind's 
problems. Satan can easily keep these great numbers of people in 
subjection because of long-standing ignorance, and the fact that 
Jesus Christ and His Gospel have never been preached to them. 
Christ's NAME has not even so much as been mentioned to many 
millions of this world's inhabitants! 
But in the areas of the world where the name of Christ has 
been mentioned, where the Bible is circulated, and where from 
time to time people even READ that Bible, Satan is very hard 
pressed and has to be very subtle and clever in using THE NAME OF 
Christ -- even to use the Bible in order to DECEIVE people! 

Since Satan feels that HE has been unjustly judged by God, 
he wants the people of this world to feel that they are unjustly 
judged by God also. So he has his ministers tell them that they 
do not need to obey God -- that the "harsh cruel God of the Old 
Testament" has now been superseded by the new, loving and kind 
God of the New Testament. Yet God's Word says, "They (Satan's 
ministers) PROMISE THEM (their converts) FREEDOM, but they 
themselves are SLAVES OF CORRUPTION; for whatever overcomes a 
man, to that he is enslaved" (II Peter 2:19. RSV). Satan deceives 
people into thinking that they can continue to do as they please 
and get away with it. 
Did you know the Devil believes in God? "Thou believes" that 
there is one God; thou doest well: THE DEVILS ALSO BELIEVE, AND 
TREMBLE" (James 2:19). Isn't that amazing? The Devil himself is 
not even as deceived as some of those whom he has blinded into 
thinking that there is no God! 
We can plainly see from this scripture that believing in God 
is not enough. SATAN HIMSELF BELIEVES IN GOD. Using the name of 
Christ is not enough either, because Jesus Christ Himself 
prophesied that many would USE His name, but that they would be 
false prophets -- servants of the Devil! 

The Devil has many doctrines (I Tim. 4:1-4), but his CHIEF 
-- because he IS A REBEL! His is a system of confusion. He has 
caused this so-called Christian world to be so CONFUSED that 
there are over 400 different interpretations of what Christianity 
is supposed to be. Obviously all cannot be GOD'S Christianity. 
It may come as a surprise to you that Satan the Devil is not 
opposed to quoting Scripture. He even had the gall to quote 
Scripture to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Author of 
"Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and 
setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If 
thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: FOR IT IS WRITTEN He 
shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands 
they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot 
against a stone" (Matt. 4:5-6; Luke 4:9-11). 
Satan is EAGER TO quote Scripture -- but TWISTS and TURNS it 
in order to apply it in the way. Let's notice the first example 
in the Bible of how Satan twists the Word of God, showing how 

"Now the SERPENT was more subtil than any beast of the field 
which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman (Eve), 
Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the 
garden?" (Gen. 3:1.) Notice how he begins by asking a CLEVER and 
SUBTLE question, stressing the NEGATIVE side, trying to put God 
in a BAD LIGHT. 
"And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the 
fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree 
which is in the midst of the garden, GOD HATH SAID (this is GOD'S 
Word quoted from Genesis 2:17), Ye shall not eat of it, neither 
shall ye touch it, LEST YE DIE" (Gen 3:2-3.). Eve knew God had 
very plainly said that if she ate of the fruit of this tree she 
would die -- a very simple statement that God makes all the way 
through His Bible, explaining that if a man commits sin, DEATH IS 
the automatic penalty (Rom. 6:23). When God SAYS death, He MEANS 
D-E-A-T-H, NOT ETERNAL LIFE in hellfire! 
"And the SERPENT said unto the woman, YE SHALL NOT SURELY 
DIE." (Gen 3.4.) 
In effect Satan was saying: "I know that God SAID 'thou 
shalt surely die' -- but He didn't really MEAN that you would 
die. What God meant when He said 'thou SHALT surely die' was 
'thou shalt NOT surely die."' 
To this day Satan's ministers preach this same doctrine of 
The only way that Satan is able to deceive people is to make 
them believe that God does NOT mean what He says. He offers to 
mankind what the carnal mind WANTS instead of what God knows is 
best for man. Then in order to give it a "Godly" and "Christian" 
flavor he quotes a few scriptures OUT OF CONTEXT, explaining that 
God doesn't mean what He says after all. 
The pitiful thing about it is that mankind has GULLIBLY 
SWALLOWED the doctrines of Satan the Devil. Since creation, 
mankind has been hoodwinked into believing the Devil, despite the 
fact that he says EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE of what God says!
When God 
first told man "THOU SHALT SURELY DIE!" (Gen. 2:17), Satan said, 
The Devil has counterfeited much of God's Truth in order to 
deceive mankind into thinking HIS way is God's way. Satan has 
appropriated the TITLES of the servants of God and called his 
chief leader an apostle, when actually God labels this individual 
as a FALSE apostle and prophet. And Satan has used, and WILL 
Since Jesus Christ performed miracles, and since He 
prophesied that certain signs (miracles) would follow His 
believers (Mark 16:15-18), Satan the Devil has also COUNTERFEITED 
MIRACLES! This need be no surprise to the true Christian because 
Jesus Christ forewarned that this would happen! He said: "For 
there shall arise FALSE Christs, and FALSE prophets, and shall 
SHEW GREAT SIGNS AND WONDERS; insomuch that, if it were possible, 
they shall deceive the very elect" (Matt. 24:24). The only ones 
who will not be deceived by the great miracles that Satan the 
Devil will perform through his false prophet will be those whom 
God is calling out of this world NOW -- the "very elect"! 
The Apostle Paul warns us about the individual whom Satan is 
going to use in this end time to deceive the world. He warns: 
"Even him, whose coming is after the WORKINGS OF SATAN with ALL 
UNRIGHTEOUSNESS in them that perish (are perishing -- correct 
Greek rendering)" (II Thes. 2:9-10). 
Satan knows that he now has just a short time before being 
deposed by Christ (Rev. 12:12). Therefore he is hard at work 
laying the groundwork for the greatest deceptions and miracles 
that mankind has ever seen in order to deceive the whole world! 
Let's read II Thes. 2:9-10 again in the Moffatt Translation: "... 
One whose arrival is due to Satan's activity, with the full 
power, the miracles and portents of falsehood, and with the full 
deceitfulness of evil for those who are doomed to perish, since 
they refuse to love the truth that would save them." 
Such outstanding REAL miracles will be performed through 
Satan's agents that the whole world will reel and gasp in 
open-mouthed wonder. These miracles would cause ANYONE to believe 
(except the very elect, Matt. 24:24). 
The term "lying wonder" does not refer to the fact that the 
wonder itself is a lie. The miracle is REAL ENOUGH, but the 
miracle CAUSES THOSE WHO SEE IT TO BELIEVE A LIE -- that is, the 
miracle causes them to believe that the agent Satan the Devil 
uses is the agent of God! 
Almighty God specifically warns us about one particularly 
OUTSTANDING MIRACLE that Satan's great false prophet will 
perform. "And he doeth GREAT WONDERS, SO that he MAKETH FIRE COME 
DOWN FROM HEAVEN on the earth in the sight of men, and DECEIVETH 
them that dwell on the earth BY THE MEANS of those miracles" 
(Rev. 13:13-14). This is THE FALSE PROPHET -- the final leader of 
Satan's religious movement who will even defy the Living Christ 
at His return. All of this will occur in YOUR VERY LIFETIME! 
But how are YOU going to KNOW what is counterfeit and what 
is the Truth? 
Will you be DECEIVED? We just read THAT ALL THEM THAT DWELL 
ON THE EARTH are going to be DECEIVED by these miracles. 
Or will you REMEMBER what you have learned in the 
Correspondence Course, and the articles that you have read in THE 
PLAIN TRUTH, warning you of these very things to come? 

Jesus Christ not only prophesied through John in the book of 
Revelation that this will come to pass in your lifetime, but He 
also left a record of just such a thing having happened in the 
In the first chapter of Job, we find Satan talking to God. 
God brought up the subject of Job. He asked Satan if he didn't 
think that Job was quite a righteous man, and Satan answered God 
by saying that he was not righteous for nothing, that God has 
blessed him with everything. So God ALLOWED Satan to take 
everything away from Job. Now let's notice exactly what happened. 
As Satan began to destroy all of the things that Job 
possessed, he allowed one servant to escape from each devastation 
that he wrought. That servant would come and report to Job the 
horrible things that had happened. 
Now when one of these servants saw a great BALL OF FIRE 
COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN and consuming the sheep, he 
AUTOMATICALLY ASSUMED that only God could cause such a great 
miracle and so his report to Job was, "The FIRE OF GOD is fallen 
from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and 
consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee" (Job 
Satan is the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2). He 
is still in the office of control over this world and its affairs 
insofar as God allows him to exercise that control. You will 
remember when Moses was calling the children of Israel out of 
Egypt under the direct supervision of God that the Egyptian 
sorcerers, the servants of the Devil of that day were able TO 
PERFORM GREAT MIRACLES by the power that Satan gave them. 
Deuteronomy 13 explains this very plainly to any who would 
question this: "If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer 
of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder (prophesies 
something to come to pass, or performs some great miracle,) and 
the sign or the wonder COME TO PASS, whereof he quake unto thee, 
saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, 
THAT PROPHET, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God 
proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all 
your heart and with all your SOUL. YE SHALL WALK AFTER THE LORD 
13:1-4). Isaiah backs this up by saying, "TO THE LAW AND TO THE 
TESTIMONY: if they speak not according to this word, it is 
because there is NO LIGHT IN THEM" (Isa. 8:20). 
God warns all through His Bible from Genesis to Revelation 
that there have been, that there are and that there are going to 
be, lying, false, miracle-performing prophets deceiving mankind. 
But God gives us the KEY by which we can recognize the true 
servants of God! 
"Beloved, BELIEVE NOT every spirit, but TRY THE SPIRITS 
whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out 
into the world" (I John 4:1). God's plain warning to you is not 
to be gullible. Don't ASSUME somebody is right because he has a 
pious face -- because he has a soft and smooth voice, or because 
he dresses differently from you! 
Don't assume somebody is God's messenger even if he brings 
fire down from heaven! Don't assume somebody is God's messenger 
-- and Satan the Devil's tool -- because he says, "The Bible 
Satan the Devil and all his henchmen have been quoting the 
Bible since time immemorial. They are still quoting it out of 
context and adding on Satan's favorite expression that God does 
not really mean what He says -- and then adding THEIR OWN 
interpretation, THEIR OWN TRADITION, the commandments of men that 
have been inspired by Satan. 
"Hereby KNOW ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that 
confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And 
every spirit that confesseth NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the 
flesh is NOT OF GOD"! (I John 4:2-3.) This is the ONE doctrine 
This is the one doctrine that Satan the Devil will NOT ALLOW 
ANY OF HIS MINISTERS TO PREACH! This is the ONE doctrine that THE 
WORLD TOMORROW program, THE PLAIN TRUTH magazine and this 

THIS IS THE DOCTRINE: that Jesus Christ -- the SAME 
yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8) -- lived a perfect life 
of obedience IN THE FLESH, proving it can be done and setting us 
an example that we should strive to do likewise (I John 2:6) by 
the power of the Holy, Spirit of God which we can receive IN OUR 
FLESHLY MINDS. In reality it is Jesus Christ Himself, through His 
Spirit, living in the COLLECTIVE Body of Christ -- the Church of 
God! (Gal. 2:20.)
Jesus Christ, living in those who are TRUE 
Christians, will live exactly as He lived when He was in the 
flesh 1900 years ago -- keeping the SAME LAWS, observing the SAME 
DAYS, living the SAME LIFE apart from the world around Him.
DOCTRINE is denied by those false prophets -- the instruments of 
Satan the Devil -- those who belong to the Devil's religion! 

Don't just read this open letter and forget about it. Apply 
and obey the injunction that Jesus Christ gives to you through 
His servant John to "try the spirits" (I John 4:1). FIND OUT, 
Do as the Bereans did in Paul's day when he was explaining 
to them the truths of the Gospel of God (Acts 17:11). Receive 
this understanding with all readiness of mind, but CHECK EVERY 
LAST SCRIPTURE and find out if it's according to God's Word -- 
and do the same thing with any OTHER religious instruction you 
If you have been deceived, don't continue to be deceived. 

Those who continue to de deceived and remain deceived until the 
return of Jesus Christ are going to suffer the plagues He pours 
out on the servants of Satan -- both religious and political! 
YOU KNOW that this confused world standing on the brink of 
nuclear cosmocide cannot be God's world. It is a world turned 
over to Satan the Devil. But Almighty God is RETURNING SOON to 
restore order, to set up HIS KINGDOM, to bring PEACE and 
happiness and safety and TRUTH to this poor Satan-deceived world! 
Elijah, the servant of God, faced a similar situation in the 
world of his day. "And Elijah came unto all the people and said, 
HIM: BUT IF BAAL, THEN FOLLOW HIM. And the people answered him 
not a word" (I Kings 18:21).