We have now come to the final three verses which close the Minor Prophets and the great Book of Malachi (My Messenger) and look... behold... we have both Moses and Elijah mentioned (in verses 4 and 5 respectively)! These two men represent "the law" and "the prophets" both of which give their testimony to both "the glory" of the first and "the glory" of the second advent of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. Note: I did not say they were the two witnesses spoken of in Rev. 11, but that they both prophesied and give witness and testimony to the glory of the great and marvelous works of His coming. Matthew 11:13 "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John."
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Pamphlet 1824 Malachi kc 6-4
Elijah the prophet, not Elijah the the Tishbite, shall be sent unto His messenger's in the last days just BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD!
Malachi 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
To that end, you may recall that it was Moses and Elijah who "appeared in glory" to certain of the disciples, Peter, John and James, on the Mount of Transfiguration where they spoke "of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem", which was His FIRST advent and "the reason" He came at the first advent. Luke 9:30-31"And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:  Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem."
Following the "vision" they saw of Moses and Elijah and in understanding that this was His first advent and not the "restoration of the kingdom", the disciples asked Jesus the following question concerning the scribes:
Of course the scribes didn't "get it" concerning the first advent. They still await messiah as king... and their messiah, their rock, shall soon come and not disappoint them.Matthew 17:10-13
And his disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
Elijah the prophet shall come first, before the great and dreadful day of the LORD, and as we shall see in the last two verses, he shall "turn the hearts of the children back to their fathers" and (come with me now) restore all things, as in restore the temple (Rev. 7:1-4) (prepare a people) that it may be made manifest on that great day! Had the people received Christ and not rejected the kingdom at His first advent, then the kingdom would have been "restored then" and so John the Baptist would have been accounted as Elijah who would come in the last days just before the restoration! Matthew 11:14 "And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come." And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
John the Baptist was not Elijah (he said so himself in Jn. 1:21) but rather he came in the spirit of "Elijah the prophet" and was a forerunner of "His messengers" who would come in the spirit of Elijah in the last days. If you have studied the Minor Prophets (like Zechariah) and have you been paying close attention to this Book of Malachi, translated the Book of "My Messenger", then you will understand what is written concerning the ministry of John the Baptist: But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
The disciples then "got it" concerning John the Baptist!Luke 1:17
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
And so it is in these last days, as it has been written and declared in His Word these thousands of years, Elijah the prophet shall be sent unto His messenger's in the last days just BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD!Matthew 17:13
Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist.
BEHOLD! Pay real close attention now! To whom is He speaking? To whom shall He send Elijah the prophet, not Elijah the Tishbite, i.e. the person of Elijah (see note in Companion Bible on pg. 1301). He shall send Elijah the prophet to you, you who are alive in the final generation, the generation alive in the flesh just BEFORE the great and dreadful day of the LORD! Certainly you can "see" that this is NOT speaking of John the Baptist and the first advent for he did NOT precede the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And what shall be the result of His "sending you Elijah the prophet"?Malachi 4:5
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
What is the "curse" He shall smite the earth with? It is the smiting of the king of Babylon, the curse of Satan, the false messiah whom He shall send at the sound of 6th Trump (Rev. 12:7-9). You see, even before that cursed one comes as His rod of chastisement, there shall be a "reuniting" of many of the lost children of the House of Israel with the true heritage of their forefathers (many even listed in Rev. 7) leading them "back home" (spiritually) to their heavenly Father. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Notice also that the word "father(s)" is plural because at the same time the hearts of the children of disobedience shall be turned to their father, antichrist claiming to be Jesus, the false father, the false rock!
And so it is written that there shall come a "seed" in the final generation (Ps. 22:30-31), who are the sons and daughters of the promise, upon whom our Father shall pour out His Spirit whereby they are able to "see" (understand) the visions of the prophets (Acts 2) and they shall teach the law and the prophets (His Word) to their brothers and sisters in love, speaking after the manner of the covenant of Levi, "Thus saith the Lord" and "It is written"! And through the power of His might, through the light of truth of the Word of God, many blind shall "see" and many lame shall learn to walk in His ways and many "lost children" of the House of Israel shall be freed from their captivity and find their way back home to the house of their fathers, even to the House of their loving Father, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who shall welcome them with open arms!
The question is so often asked concerning the coming of Elijah in these last days. Knowing what he shall do when he comes (vs. 6) should be sufficient to answer that question to those with eyes to see and ears to hear.
What shall we say then in conclusion to the great Book of Malachi besides "Get your house in order, for behold, the day cometh"?
That's easy: "Thank you Father for your love and for your Word. In Yeshua's precious name."
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to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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