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Before we leave the Old Testament we must read a few words from the very last chapters, which look forward to the coming of the Lord and to John the Baptist who should prepare the way before Him.
BEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful 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 III. 1-4; IV. 4-6.
Author: William L. Worcester 1904
I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me >> John the Baptist
The LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple >> The Lord will manifest in a physical human body
Purifying and refining by fire >> Purifying and cleansing minds and hearts by Divine Love and Truth
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant >> Keeping the Lord's Law and the Ten Commandments is the preparation needed before the coming of the Lord