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Malachi is the last prophet before the 400-some year silence between the Old and New Testaments. That means there were 400 years without a prophet (that we know of) on the earth. 400 years for the gospel to be changed from its original purity. Just imagine how well the Church would run if our last prophet had been alive in 1623 and we were simply relying on written sources that only our local church leaders had access to. (Source) With the outside influences of other cultures (Judea was ruled by the Persians, Greeks, Egyptians, Syrians, and then the Romans), there was rampant sin and misunderstanding of God’s law by the time we get to the New Testament.
Without new revelation from living prophets the people began to honor and follow three different groups of people that the Savior would frequently condemn: scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees.
3. SADDUCEES: Around the same time there was a group made up of the higher class called Sadducees. The Sadducees were mostly wealthy individuals who were not nearly as popular as the Pharisees but did have more religious and legal power. (Source) The Sadducees controlled two of the most important parts of Jewish life and culture: the temple and the Sanhedrin. Though Israel was under Roman rule at the time of Christ, the Sanhedrin was the Israelites’ governing body that ruled in matters both legal and religious. The leader of the Sanhedrin was the high priest who had power comparable to a king. And that high priest was almost always a member of the Sadducees. (Source)
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