Verse 1 – “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” says the LORD of hosts. “That will leave them neither root nor branch.
This picture of a fire that burns like an oven is God’s judgment. Every doer of wickedness shall be turned into stubble. “Leave them neither root nor branch” – they shall have no hope of ever shooting up again to life.
Verse 2 – But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed-calves.
There is a huge contrast between the proud and wicked and those who fear the LORD, in scripture. Rightly so, when a person lives their entire life unto themselves, with no fear or thought of God All Mighty, why in the world would they want to spend an eternity with a loving God? However, those who are committed; gave their heart to Christ; have looked forward to spending all eternity with Christ, will do so.
Verse 3 – You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the LORD of hosts.
Verse 4 – “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I command him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
These laws, given to Moses at Horeb (Mount Sinai), were the foundation of the nation’s civil, moral, and ceremonial life. We still must obey these moral laws because they apply to all generations.
Verse 5 – Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
Verse 6 – And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
Look at verse 5 first – Some people think that it says, “One like Elijah,” and meaning John the Baptist crying out to repent before Christ shows up. But the verse doesn’t say that. It says, “I will send you Elijah, before the great and dreadful day of the LORD.” Proof – Revelation 11:3 – “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophecy one-thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
This time equals three and one-half years. Who are the two men in the Bible who didn’t see death? Enoch and Elijah were taken by God, so they will come again and stand in the city of Jerusalem and the Jews eyes shall be opened to whom their Messiah is.
Malachi closes his message by pointing to that great final day of judgment. For those who belong to Christ, it will be a joyous day and be ushered into all entering in God’s presence. To those who lived their lives ignoring God and not committing to Him, they will be turned into stubble. The choice is ours while we still live and breathe. Make the right choice.
This concludes the Old Testament. I started this in 2012 and it has been five years of studying and learning the character of God and the signs pointing to the coming Messiah. I hope everyone enjoyed this as much as I did. Don’t stop now, we are about to start in the New Testament with the knowledge of the Old. God bless each and every one that loves the Word of God.