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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.

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.

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.

4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

6 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.

Commentary for Malachi 4

The judgements on the wicked, and the happiness of the righteous. (1-3) Regard to be had to the law; John the Baptist promised as the forerunner of Messiah. (4-6)1-3 Here is a reference to the first and to the second coming of Christ: God has fixed the day of both. Those who do wickedly, who do not fear God's anger, shall feel it. It is certainly to be applied to the day of judgment, when Christ shall be revealed in flaming fire; to execute judgment on the proud, and all that do wickedly. In both, Christ is a rejoicing Light to those who serve him faithfully. By the Sun of Righteousness we understand Jesus Christ. Through him believers are justified and sanctified, and so are brought to see light. His influences render the sinner holy, joyful, and fruitful. It is applicable to the graces and comforts of the Holy Spirit, brought into the souls of men. Christ gave the Spirit to those who are his, to shine in their hearts, and to be a Comforter to them, a Sun and a Shield. That day which to the wicked will burn as an oven, will to the righteous be bright as the morning; it is what they wait for, more than those that wait for the morning. Christ came as the Sun, to bring, not only light to a dark world, but health to a distempered world. Souls shall increase in knowledge and spiritual strength. Their growth is as that of calves of the stall, not as the flower of the field, which is slender and weak, and soon withers. The saints' triumphs are all owing to God's victories; it is not they that do this, but God who does it for them.

Behold another day is coming, far more dreadful to all that work wickedness than any which is gone before. How great then the happiness of the believer, when he goes from the darkness and misery of this world, to rejoice in the Lord for evermore!

4-6 Here is a solemn conclusion, not only of this prophecy, but of the Old Testament. Conscience bids us remember the law. Though we have not prophets, yet, as long as we have Bibles, we may keep up our communion with God. Let others boast in their proud reasoning, and call it enlightening, but let us keep near to that sacred word, through which this Sun of Righteousness shines upon the souls of his people. They must keep up a believing expectation of the gospel of Christ, and must look for the beginning of it. John the Baptist preached repentance and reformation, as Elijah had done. The turning of souls to God and their duty, is the best preparation of them for the great and dreadful day of the Lord. John shall preach a doctrine that shall reach men's hearts, and work a change in them. Thus he shall prepare the way for the kingdom of heaven. The Jewish nation, by wickedness, laid themselves open to the curse. God was ready to bring ruin upon them; but he will once more try whether they will repent and return; therefore he sent John the Baptist to preach repentance to them. Let the believer wait with patience for his release, and cheerfully expect the great day, when Christ shall come the second time to complete our salvation. But those must expect to be smitten with a sword, with a curse, who turn not to Him that smites them with a rod. None can expect to escape the curse of God's broken law, nor to enjoy the happiness of his chosen and redeemed people, unless their hearts are turned from sin and the world, to Christ and holiness. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. Amen.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Malachi 4

  • Tommie
    I believe this passage is speaking of the Elijah as the fiery preacher John the Baptist. How many of us Christians would call people vipers? However, we need to remember that John the Baptist had the Holy Spirit in him while he was in the womb! Wow!!
  • M Hall
    Comparing the different Bible versions, it is interesting to see which one is Inspired and which ones aren't, I.e "..in his wings..." vs "..in its wings...". Just like that, one word or sometimes, a letter at a time, is that wicked one constantly "as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" Be vigilant and always test the spirits.
  • Bruce
    Elijah has already come. He was John The Baptist: Matthew 17:11-13. And they done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him. Mark 9:11-13.
  • A disciple
    "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:" As John the Baptist went before the face of the Lord, when He came as the Lamb of God; so will Elijah and Enoch be sent to preach to Israel just before the Second Coming of Christ. It will be the Time of Jacob's Trouble, but he shall be saved out of it! That is the Day which God has spoken of!
  • Lane
    Hello Saints,

    John, GOD's will is to be obedient to his word, have the conduct, and mind of LORD JESUS. If we behave like the lost, then their is no hope. The Jewish people are awaken, and I have faith that they to will all come around.
  • Teresa Roper
    This is a future event of the end, and it is happening before our eyes. You notice the fathers being a lower case f. Our Father is always a higher case F. The evil will be burnt with fervent heat, reduced to ashes under the soles of the feet of the righteous who love the Lord.
  • Bruce
    John G:Jesus came as the Son! Matthew16:16. John the Baptist came as Elijah.Matthew17:10-13. They both came to do the will Father.
    Irene-John:Will of the Father.Matthew7:21,26:39. Our mind 1Corinthians 2:16. Salvation 1Timothy 2:4. The will of the father is no Mystery. True believers are to study, be in prayer, reach the lost! Helping whosoever. John6:44,1 John1:9, Matthew3:11,ll Corinthians5:17
  • Anne
    I am reminded of Eccl. 12:13 "The end of the matter, all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, with every thing whether good or evil". (ESV)

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Which great prophet did Malachi predict would be sent to herald the coming of the Lord?
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