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Read Malachi 4

There’s A Great Day Coming

If one were to use the Scriptures to sum up the general message of Malachi 4, it might be these words from the pen of Paul: “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22). There are grand blessings available to those who walk in His paths, but destruction for those who refuse His grace and mercy.

We sing a song titled, “There’s a Great Day Coming,” written by Will L. Thompson. The lyrics speak of a “great day” in which “the saints and the sinners shall be parted right and left.” For “them that love the Lord” it will be a “bright day.” But it will be a “sad day” for others.

Paul wrote about that “sad day” for sinners: “And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

For “those who love the Lord,” though, the goodness of the Almighty will also be on full display. There were still some “who fear My name,” and for them “the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2).

Both the wicked and the righteous receive the same message; their wickedness or righteousness is based on their response to that message. How will you respond? If those under the old covenant were expected to “remember the Law of Moses,” should we under the new covenant not be expected to do the same with the law of Christ?

“For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him?” (Hebrews 2:2-3).

A Study of Malachi and the Inter-Testamental Period: Malachi 4


4:1 – “There’s a Great Day Coming”
“Sad day” – warning to the proud and wicked (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Matthew 3:12; 25:41; 2 Peter 3:7)

4:2-3 – “Bright day” for the faithful
Wickedness or righteousness is based on one’s response to the same message
“The Sun of Righteousness” is a Messianic prophecy
“Healing in His wings” (cf. Isaiah 53:5; Mark 2:17)

4:4 – Remember the Law of Moses
Blessings of the Word: keep one undefiled, upright, and upheld (Psalm 119:1,7,116)
Provides divine direction (Psalm 119:105)
Served as a shadow or type of the better covenant to come

4:5-6 – The promise of Elijah
Not in person (John 1:21), but in spirit (Matthew 17:11-13)
John’s purpose: “reconciliation of those present at his coming with the covenant faith of their fathers” (Clinton R. Gill)
Between Malachi and John – approximately 400 years – there were no other inspired prophets

Review and thought questions

1. What imagery is used to describe the eternal punishment of the wicked in the Scriptures?

2. What is said of the faithful?

3. How do we know Malachi is not referring to Elijah the Tishbite in 4:5?

4. What was the purpose of Elijah/John according to 3:1 and 4:6?