.Malachi

Outline
Introduction - 1:2
-  Characters and their conflict
Problem - 1:6b
-  Corrupt religion
Resolution - 3:1
-  Judgment
Appeal to be faithful - 3:7
-  To give glory to God, material blessings
-  To fear Him, no arrogance
Rewards - 3:16
-  For the righteous
-  For the wicked
Conclusion - 4:4
-  Obedience, the end-time issue, Moses
-  The final call to repentance, Elijah

What Malachi teaches about the preadvent judgment
o This judgment is only for those who claim to be followers of the true God 1:2-6.
o The Lord begins it when many do not expect Him to. 3:1.
o He prepares us for success in judgment by character cleansing. 3:3.
o The wicked reject the idea of being mournful 3:14 of soul searching humility Lev. 16:29.
o The Lord comes in judgment before coming in glory. 3:17; 4:1; Lev. 23.
o In this judgment, He comes "near" to investigate before issuing rewards or punishment. 3:5.
o Behavior judged may be summarized as giving God glory and fearing Him. 1:6; 3:16.
o Calls are made as the judgment begins and as it ends. 3:7, 4:5
o Those first prepared for the judgment will give the final call. 3:16; 4:5, 6.
o God's law is the standard for judgment 3:7; 4:4. He does not change 3:6.

..Dual fulfillment
Text
First advent
Second advent
Messenger to prepare the way John the Baptist The Elijah movement, Rev. 14:6-12
Messenger of the covenant Jesus Christ as lamb Jesus Christ as shepherd, Rev. 19:15 (Gr. poimaino: to "rule" or " shepherd.")
His temple In Jerusalem In heaven
Preparation for coming Cleansing of temple in Jerusalem Cleansing, vindication, of temple in heaven, Dan. 8:14, Heb. 9:23
Suddenness surprise Jews expected temporal kingdom of glory but Jesus came not to condemn, John 3:17. Religion leaders expect more grace, doubt judgment, teach that kingdom of glory is later, Matt. 24:48
Judgment verdict Ends Jewish national probation Ends human probation
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