Friday, December 13, 2019

Prophecy 9: Malachi 3:1

Daily Thoughts – December 13th

Prophecy 9: Malachi 3:1
"See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty." - Malachi 3:1

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the modern-day relevance of this verse? Up to this point we have looked at prophecies of the coming Messiah, but in this verse Malachi is telling us of Gods' Messenger, who will, in turn, make the way of the Lord. John the Baptist was questioned as being Elijah and even the Messiah by some. But Malachi makes it very clear, John the Baptist was "sent" by God for a very distinct purpose. A purpose of incredible honor, dignity and high calling. To prepare the way for the coming of the Lord.

Have you been asked to do the same? As we wait upon the Lord for His return one day, are we not challenged to prepare the way? We have heard of the virgins preparing for the bridegroom by keeping oil in their lamps, for the Lord could come at any moment. Do you have the urgency in your heart that John the Baptist had in his? Why was he so intent on preaching and convicting the wicked of that day? Could it be that as God's messenger he wanted nothing more than for every man, woman, and child to come to an understanding of the mercy and grace of the Holy Father?

You see I believe that this prophecy is more true today than it was in the year 625 BC. Read it slowly as it pertains to today's world....

"...I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me." - as the church of Jesus Christ, we are the messenger of the Lord. We are not here to bring forth the "fluffy - feel-good Christianity" but I propose we are sent by the Holy Spirit to speak the truth and prepare the world for His return. Just as John the Baptist preached the truth of righteousness in those days to the wicked in an attempt that they might turn from their ways, we should be focused on the same. Do not look upon the wicked with tolerance and acceptance, but speak out the truth of the Lord.

"...suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come..." - we know that Jesus Christ will return like a thief in the night, and man will not know the time, or day. We are asked to be ready so we will be found righteous on that day.

My friend this prophecy from Malachi (also referenced in Isaiah 40:3) was fulfilled in the man of John the Baptist. Sent by God to the land of Judah to preach in the wilderness of the coming Son of God. We can look back over time and see the events unfold, but we can also use this as a prophetic message for you and me today. Let this prophecy rest well in your heart as you wait upon the Lord's return - be busy doing the work of the Lord.

- Rich

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