Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
Note: Malachi 4 describes the arrival of their Messiah. The arrival of the Messiah comes in Daniel’s 70th week. It is called the Day of the Lord (while the Rapture is called the Day of Christ).
Reference Verse Describing The Day of Jesus’ Return:
* Luke 21:2 Now when these things begin to happen, lookup and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
The rival of the Antichrist is Jesus who is returning to destroy the Antichrist who has been ruling in Jerusalem and to set up His kingdom on earth.
The Great Day of God
Malachi 4:1 “For behold, the day is coming (the arrival of the Messiah, the Return of Jesus), burning like an oven (Judgment),
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
- The Proud:
- The same root word as Esau’s stew:
Genesis 25:29-30 [Esau Sells His Birthright] Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.
And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.
Genesis 25:34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Note: the word for “stew” is naziyd H5138 from the primitive root zuwd H2102; to seethe; figuratively, to be insolent:—be proud, deal proudly, presume, (come) presumptuously.
People stew, fret, worry, seethe and boil. And who causes the boiling of their waters?
Satan, the Leviathan Sea Monster:
Job 41:31 He makes the deep boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
Job 41:34 He beholds every high thing; He is king over all the children of pride.”
- The same root word as Esau’s stew:
- On the horizon at the beginning of the tribulation will arise (garner attention) another proud man who will be indwelt by Satan, the sea monster: The “Antichrist” who is the forth beast in the book of Daniel.
- Daniel 7:8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.
- Do not confuse dignity and pride.
- Dignity is using your God-given gifts to improve your own and the lives of others; this is called “the pursuit of happiness” in our Declaration of Independence.
- Pride, on the other hand, is trying to become more than what God made you by trying to impress others.
- The Antichrist will rule during the tribulation, Daniel’s 70th week:
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
- Reference Verse describing this day:
- Psalm 11:6 Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup.
- Psalm 106:18 A fire was kindled in their company; The flame burned up the wicked.
- Luke 16:24 “For I am tormented in this flame.”
- Revelation 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root nor branch.
- Often one scripture can cast two or more meanings, called a double blessing. Such is this phrase. It is both literal, the wicked will be so entirely destroyed there will be neither root nor branch left. In addition: they will be separated from Him who is called “The Branch”:
- Isaiah 11:1 (The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring) There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
- Note: Jesus is a legal descendant of King David, the son of Jesse.
- Isaiah 4:2 [The Renewal of Zion (after the tribulation)] In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have escaped.
- Isaiah 11:10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.”
- Isaiah 53:2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
Malachi 4:2 But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
- Another double blessing: This verse speaks of the literal sun, symbolic of rising on a new day, as well as the Son of Righteousness (Jesus, the Son of God) who will rule (rise) on a new day for men and He will rule in Righteousness.
With healing in His wings;
- Matthew 14:14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
- Matthew 19:2 And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.
- Matthew 21:14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
Malachi 4:3 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.
- “The Day of the Lord” also known as The day of the Lord’s return.
- Note: not to be confused with the Day of the Lord’s wrath which is the seven year tribulation. The Day of the Lord immediately follows the Day of the Lord’s wrath.
- Zechariah 14 (The Day of the Lord) Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then (after that) the Lord (in the Day of the Lord) will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. …
- The Day of the Lord is patterned after the Jewish Feast “The Day of Atonement” or “Yom Kippur”.
- It is interesting to note that every significant event involving God and man God had prophetically set aside in past history to be celebrated by a feast. Jesus died on Passover, He was raised on First Fruit, the tombs of the saints were opened signifying the Wave Offering, and the Spirit was given on Pentecost. All these were done during the Spring Feasts.
- What does that mean for significant events and the Autumn Feasts?
- There are patterns not to be overlooked: The High Holy Days and Sukkot (Tents). The High Holy Days are ten days beginning with the Feast of Trumpets which trumpets are blown, followed by seven days of affliction on the soul, and ending with The Day of Atonement. Then, after four days Sukkot (Tents) is celebrated.
- This pattern fits the Rapture & Resurrection of the dead, a seven year tribulation, the Return of the Lord, and then God dwelling with men.
- To accept this proposition is to also accept a pretribulation rapture.
Malachi 4:4 “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments.
Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
- John the Baptist had the spirit of Elijah.
- Elijah prophesied during the days of King Ahab. The timing is known as the time of “no rain”.
- 1 Kings 17:1 (Elijah Proclaims a Drought) And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”
- Rain waters the earth in the same way the Word of God waters His harvest, the souls of men.
- The literal meaning of faithful (Lit Righteous) Rain (Lit Teacher) is the Messiah, Jesus who comes down to us from heaven. A lack of rain is also known as a time when there is a famine of God’s Word.