So the Lord has promised to spare us from what, and when? The Lord will spare us when His day of judgment comes. Chapter4, verse Malachi 4:1 :
For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all of the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly, shall be the stubble: and the day that cometh shall come shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch ( Malachi 4:1 ).
The great day of God"s judgment that is coming, but those who fear the Lord, those who think upon His name, those who talk of the Lord, they will be His, His jewels, written in His book of remembrance, spared from the day of judgment that is coming to destroy the wicked.
Now wickedness is contrasted with the lack of the fear of the Lord, or is associated with a lack of the fear of the Lord, and is contrasted with those that fear the Lord. So in verse Malachi 4:2 :
But unto you that fear my name [or reverence my name] shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall ( Malachi 4:2 ).
So the glorious promise of the coming of Jesus Christ: the Sun of righteousness with healing in His wings to establish God"s glorious kingdom upon the earth.
And you will 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. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all of Israel, with statutes and judgments. And behold, I will send Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD: 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 ( Malachi 4:3-6 ).
So the promise of the coming again of Elijah before the great and noble day of the Lord. That causes me to be convinced that in Revelation, chapter11, as God sends His two witnesses to witness for a period of time here upon the earth while the antichrist is in power, that one of the two witnesses will indeed be Elijah. "Behold I will send Elijah."
Now John the Baptist was not Elijah. They came out and said, "Are you Elijah?" "Nope." "Who are you?" "I"m the voice of one in the wilderness crying, "Make straight the way of the Lord."" But Jesus said of John the Baptist, "Of all of the women born of men, there"s not been a greater prophet arise than John. And yet, he who was least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And this, if you"re able to take it, is Elijah, of whom the scripture spake" ( Matthew 11:11, Matthew 11:14 ). A partial fulfillment when Zechariah"s father was accosted by Gabriel the angel and told that his wife Elizabeth in her old age was to have a son. He said, "And he shall go forth in the spirit and in the power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the children unto their fathers" ( Luke 1:17 ). Coming in the spirit and the power of Elijah, a type of the actual coming of Elijah before the second coming of the Lord.
Now it is my own personal deep conviction that somewhere on the earth today Elijah is alive. I think we"re that close to the coming of the Lord. Of course, who and where he might be, I don"t know. But I do, I am personally convinced that he"s alive somewhere in the world today. I"ve had some people come and tell me that they were Elijah. I directed them back to Metro. But I do believe that he is alive somewhere today, along with the other witness.
I think that God is winding things up, and I think that we"re just on the border of seeing the culmination of things. Things are happening in Israel. Israel is still prepared to invade Lebanon. They are waiting patiently for a provocation from the PLO that they can use as an excuse. They are presently, have mobilized40,000 troops on the Lebanese border, the army reserve is on an alert, standby basis right now. They"re just waiting for the provocation of the PLO to move on into Lebanon. The Syrians have dug in in Lebanon expecting their attack, and it, no doubt, will be a very fierce battle. I believe that it will bring Russia"s involvement into the Middle East, and of course, that could surely bring to pass the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38:1-23; Ezekiel 39:1-29.
So we"re living in exciting days. A lot of attention is on the Falklands, but that"s not where it"s gonna happen. The real excitement will take place over in the area of Israel. That"s where you need to keep watching.
Shall we stand.
May the Lord bless and keep you in the love of Jesus Christ. May you feed this week upon the Word. May the Lord just open up your hearts to the understanding of His truth, and cause you to grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May He give you just a beautiful, blessed week, walking in fellowship with Him. In Jesus" name. "
Copyright © 2014, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, Ca.
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Malachi 4". "Chuck Smith Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/
the Second Week after Epiphany