1. The context of  Malachi’s prophecy in Malachi 3

I need to write a bit about the context of  Malachi’s prophecy, which the Father says is  Messianic in order for the Mystery of the Communion to be fully understood.  Malachi opens the prophecy by speaking about the Messenger or Ambassador who would prepare (panah /H6437) the way of the Lord. The usage of panah shows that the Messenger (mal’ak/H4397) John the Baptist,  would turn back the people to  God or to repent of  their sins, cause Israel to look to God.

The suddenness of Messiah’s appearance to His earthly Temple reminds me of Apostle Paul’s prophecy of another future appearance when the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5: 2):

Behold, I will send my messenger (mal’ak/H4397), and he shall prepare (panah /H6437) the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger (mal’ak/H4397) of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts – Malachi 3: 1.

Malachi further prophesied that John would come in the Spirit of Elijah or behaving like Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD – Malachi 4: 5.

Prophet Isaiah also prophesied about the Messenger who would prepare the way of the Lord. Isaiah used also used panah to mean prepare or repent as well as yashar (H3474), a verb that indicated that the one crying in the wilderness would command Israel to please God, to walk uprightly and to do good. 

Yashar  is added for emphasis and its usage in scripture shows that Israel was in a deplorable spiritual and moral decline at the time of the Messiah’s appearance.

Prophet John fufilled his calling of the Messiah’s forerunner during the time of his ministry. This is why Jesus said that there was no one greater in the Kingdom of Heaven than John the Baptist::

 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare/panah H6437 ye the way of the LORD, make straight (yashar/H3474)  in the desert a highway for our God  (Isaiah 40: 3).

 

2. Prophet Malachi revealed that Messiah would suddenly appear even while John His Ambassador preached repentance to the nation of Israel

Prophet Malachi warned Israel that the Lord, the Messenger of the Covenant, would suddenly appear in His temple during the ministry of His Ambassador:

… the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger (mal’ak/H4397) of the covenant (bĕriyth/H1285), whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts – Malachi 3: 1.

The Prophet referred to Lord Jesus as the Messenger of the Covenant. There are direct references in scripture to Covenants (Leagues or Confederacies) that God made with humans.  Was the Prophet referring to the Covenant that God made with Abraham to be their God and that they would be His people? Is the Prophet referring to the Covenant made with Moses in Sinai? Is God speaking about the New Covenant of salvation through the Blood of Jesus?

To my mind, exclusiveness lies at the core of any covenant that  God made with humans in scripture. In the Covenants, He exclusively Promises to be the God of those who will exclusively serve Him. However, Israel continued to break this covenant with God.

 

3. Prophet Malachi warned that the nation would not be able to abide the Day of  Messiah’s coming because He would be indignant at the corruption of the Temple

Prophet Malachi warned that Israel would not be able to abide (kuwl/H3557) the day of Messiah’s coming, because He would appear in the temple with Spirit of Cleansing. Abide (kuwl/H3557) in the scriptures is used to mean nourish, feed, contain, sustain.

Aided with the benefit of hindsight, I believe that the Prophet referred to the indignation (Jeremiah 10: 10) of the Messiah as He dealt with the spiritual condition of the religious leaders. Messiah would pour out the Word of God that had been shut up in His bones since childhood and would reprove them (Jeremiah 20: 9). He could not hold in His indignation as He witnessed the deplorable situation (Jeremiah 6: 11). Messiah was so holy that the earthly temple could neither receive nor contain His righteousness. The standard was too low for the Lord.

Messiah had come to restore, to nourish, to feed the people with spiritual food.  Instead, however, He met a nation and religious system in which the people practiced sorcery, adultery, false swearers and oppressors. Elders in the church should follow Messiah’s response to  sin in the church. I concluded that Prophet Malachi revealed  that hatred and anger for the exposure of their hypocrisy lay at the root of Jesus’ crucifixion. Rather than repenting, the leaders hatred rose daily to fever pitch:

But who may abide  H3557(kuwl) the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s (tsaraph /H6884) fire, and like fullers’ (kabac/H3526)  soap – Malachi 3: 2

But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain H3557 thee; how much less this house that I have builded? – 1 Kings 8: 27.

… the brasen altar that was before the LORD was too little to receive H3557 the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings. – 1 Kings 8: 64

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold H3557 no water – Jeremiah 2: 13

Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: H3557 I will pour it out upon the children abroad…  – Jeremiah 6: 11

But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide H3557 his indignation – Jeremiah 10: 10

… for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide H3557 it?- Joel 2: 11

 

4. What is the Day of His Coming?

Prophet Malachi said that Israel would not be able to abide the Day (yowm /H3117) of the Lord’s Coming.  I believe that  The Day of His Coming referred to the three-year period of His Ministry. It therefore began when John introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God and ended when He ascended to heaven.

Since the word day (yowm) occurs thousands of times in scripture, I searched blueletterbible.org for The Day of  the Lord   and discovered that Malachi further prophesied that the time of the Lord’s ministry would be a great and dreadful day… (Malachi 4: 5). It would be dreadful because the scriptures reveal that He was acerbic and sharp in the rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees. He spared no one from His wrath.

The Day of the Lord is one of  His visitation and must be interpreted in each context in which it is given. In Malachi 3, the Day of the Lord referred to His appearance in the earth in human form to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom and to save the people from their sins.

These are common themes in scriptures about the Day of the Lord:

  • the proud will be humiliated  – Isaiah 2: 12/
  • destruction  – Isaiah 13: 6; Joel 1: 15
  • wrath, fierce anger, desolation of the land and destruction of sinners – Isaiah 13: 9
  • a time in which the Lord executes vengeance against His adversaries, as in the destruction of Pharaoh. In that day, the reward of the heathen will return on their heads – Jeremiah 46: 10; Obadiah 1: 15;
  • the Lord fights against His enemies – Ezekiel 13: 5
  • time of the heathen or destruction of those who rage against God – Ezekiel 30: 3
  • Solar and lunar eclipses – Joel 2: 31
  • a time of decision – Joel 3: 14
  • a day of darkness over the earth, like the darkness in Egypt and the three-hour period of darkness over Israel at the time of time of the crucifixion of the Lord –  Amos 5: 18 & 20.
  • bitter crying of the mighty men of the earth – Zephaniah 1: 14
  • a day when the people of God will divide the spoils of battle, like Jehoshaphat and the nation did after God killed the armies that came against them. In other words, His people will inherit the wealth of the heathen by Divine Transfer – Zechariah 14: 1
  • the day when the earth shall be judged – 1 Corinthians 5: 5
  • judgement of the earth in which the “elements of the earth will melt with fervent heat.” This speaks of the era in which we live. Glaciers are melting and the earth is experiencing climatic disruptions due to Global Warming – 2 Peter 3: 10

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The Heavens Shall Melt With Fervent Heat

Blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection. Happy Easter.

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