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#13 The Book of Malachi (13 of 14)
WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE
1. On 4 occasions, Malachi uses the word "behold."
Each time it is used to introduce Divine proclamations
(2:3, 3:1, 4:1, 4:5). The word calls attention to
something unique and is used to calls special
attention to what is about to be proclaimed. It is a
flashing light that says to watch out, pay careful
attention to what is being declared.
2. That which Malachi wants us to pay special
attention to is the great truth that the LORD IS
COMING! Malachi is saying, "Give me your complete
attention. There is something I want you pay special
attention to and be particularly aware of and that is
the LORD COMETH!"
3. John Knox at one point had to flee Edinburgh for
fear of his life. His life was in danger if he stayed.
Hundreds of believers were being hanged and burned at
the stake. Knox hid for a short period of time but
decided to return to Edinburgh. As he was nearing the
city, a farmer in the field recognized him. He began
running ahead shouting, "John Knox is coming! John
Knox is coming!" Word began to spread like wildfire so
that when Knox arrived hundreds greeted him.
4. The great motivation and challenge of our day is
"'JESUS IS COMING! JESUS IS COMING!" If there is
anything that this generation should pay careful
attention to and be to be particularly aware of is
that the Lord is coming. The theme of all Malachi's
preaching has been a challenge to get ready for the
Lord's return. God's "Behold" has never been clearer,
or more urgent to heed than now. The Lord cometh, and
we need to be ready as never before for His coming.
5. Malachi describes what that coming will be like for
both the sinner and the saint. Malachi says, "For,
behold, the day cometh." The emphasis is on the word
"day." He is not speaking of a 24-hour period. He is
speaking of an event that begins with the rapture of
the Church and co ...
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