Make a Donation
About The Author
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan
|Get Daily Bible Study on Facebook||Get Daily Bible Study on Twitter Follow @WayneBlank|
Saturday, February 23 2013
Malachi: Behold, The Day Cometh
Malachi, from the Hebrew name pronounced mawl-aw-kee, meaning servant, or messenger, was a prophet of the LORD (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God to understand that "the LORD God" was Jesus Christ; see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah) in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (see Ezra: The Return Of The Levites To Jerusalem and Nehemiah: The Return Of The Governor), when the people of Judah had returned from their Babylonian exile.
Malachi's prophecies were very similar to the warnings given to the people of Judah before they had been taken into exile, in the time of Jeremiah (see Jeremiah: The Prophet's Conception). They were apparently already falling back to "obeying" the LORD in ways that they chose for themselves. Much of present day "Judaism," which resulted in them not recognizing the Messiah when He came, originated in the time after the return from Babylon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism; also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism). Much of what calls itself Christianity has done the same thing - the reason that they won't immediately recognize the Messiah when He returns, but will instead try to fight Him (see Antichristians and The Coming World Dictator).
"1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
The prophecy that Malachi was given to deliver, like all of the other prophets, involved much more than a single nation. Much of what Malachi spoke has not come to happen yet, including the ministry of another prophet (referring actually to the "two witnesses" who will serve the LORD in the time just prior to Christ's return - see the Fact Finder question below) who will "prepare the way" for the LORD's Coming by preaching repentance and obedience to God's Law (a prophecy partially fulfilled by John the Baptist; see Ahead Of The Prophet) i.e. "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple."
"3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple [see also Why Did They Face East?], even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
The prophecy quoted above is the warning. Malachi then continued with the result, for those who do not repent and truly obey God's Law.
"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
Studies For The Book Of Malachi
Fact Finder: What does Bible prophecy tell us about the LORD's "two witnesses"?
This Day In History, February 23
303: Prior to its creation of a perverted version of Christianity for itself (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Emperor Diocletian began the persecution of unspecified "Christians" in Rome (see also The Church Of God At Rome).
1455: Johannes Gutenberg printed the first book with the newly-invented process of movable type - the Bible.
1574: The Fifth War of Religion began in France.
1820: The Cato Street Conspiracy, an attempt to assassinate British Cabinet ministers, was foiled with only hours to spare.
1861: After seceding from Mexico in 1836, and then being annexed by the U.S. in 1845, Texas became the 7th state to secede from the U.S. and join the Confederates States of America.
1898: In France, novelist Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
1903: While under U.S. military occupation, the puppet government of Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity." It is today the site of the infamous CIA prison camp.
1919: Benito Mussolini left the Socialists and founded the Fasci del Comattimento (Fascist) party in Italy.
1934: Leopold III became King of Belgium.
1942: A Japanese submarine shelled an oil refinery in Santa Barbara, California, the first Japanese bombs to hit U.S. the continental U.S. during the Second World War.
1944: Russia's Josef Stalin forced 1 million Chechens into exile. He dissolved their republic while accusing them of collaboration with Nazi Germany.
1970: Guyana, formerly British Guiana, became an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.
1987: Ian Shelton, a Canadian astronomer from Winnipeg, discovered the first supernova since Kepler's observation in 1604 while working at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The star, Sanduleak 69 202 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, is estimated to be 160,000 light years away i.e. the image of it that is seen today left 160,000 years ago.
1996: Pope John Paul II issued an updated code for electing popes, introducing modern comforts for cardinals in conclave and reaffirming rules against electronic bugging to safeguard their secrecy.
1998: Osama bin Laden (born in Saudi Arabia) published a fatwa of jihad against all Jews and "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).