The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 365
The Forerunner of the Messiah will prepare the hearts of the people to receive Him.
Old Testament Prediction:
It is important to include the prophecy from Malachi 5:2, as well as this 365th prophecy from Malachi 4:6.
Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.
Malachi 4:6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 1:16-17 “And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
If the heart is not prepared, it cannot receive the message. This was the basis for God in sending John the Baptist—before the arrival of the Messiah. John’s message is one that is needed in the church today and has been missing for some time—Repent!
Today, the social gospel that is being preached in churches—removes much of the necessity for repentance. Instead, many of those who are presented with the good news of Jesus Christ are not told that sincere repentance and a turning away from a lifestyle of sin is an absolute requirement for salvation. As a result of this missing part of the gospel, many do not last in their relationship with Jesus.
People who come forward to receive Jesus as their Savior at many churches are not brought to a deep sense of sorrow for their sins and the realization of how much it cost the Lord to forgive them. The horror of sin is not communicated, so conviction to cease from sin is not realized. The fact of God’s hatred for sin and His wrath against it is seen in how great the requirement was to remove those sins—the death of the Son of God. The greatness of God’s love is seen in the reality that Jesus—as God, was willing to give His life for the whole world, in order to have a just basis to forgive our sins. Once sin is committed, there is a penalty that must be paid. The penalty prescribed by the Bible is death and eternal separation from God. The Lord was not willing that any of us should see His wrath and punishment for our own sins, therefore, He sent His Son to take the punishment for us.
John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah. Jesus said that if we could receive it, John is Elijah. John’s message daily at the Jordan River was “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!”
This is a message that needs to be preached in churches around the world today.
In our personal life, we should remember that all of our sins have been forgiven. There should be no condemnation that we place upon ourselves or allow others to heap upon us. Jesus’ cleansing of all our sins is complete and perfect. Not one sin remains on our record; we have been made righteous by His precious Blood. Every day that we live, we will continue to sin. All those sins are also covered under the blood of Jesus Christ. All that is required when we sin daily is that we come to the Lord in sorrow for what we have done each day and confess those sins to Him. When we do, we have the confidence that those transgressions are cleansed, and we have our fellowship with God restored.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
When a person comes the first time to Jesus Christ, confesses all his sins, and asks Jesus to cleanse him of those sins—He does. When the prayer of repentance is sincere, the penitent are “Born Again” and Salvation occurs. It is not necessary to continue to be saved again and again. Only one heartfelt surrender of the old life and a complete turning to a new life in Jesus Christ is necessary.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Of equal importance after salvation has occurred is a daily confession of sins that we continue to commit. When a Christian sins, it breaks their fellowship with God. In order to continue in fellowship with the Lord, we are required to confess those sins that we engage in. The Bible speaks of this continual confession of daily sin as “walking in the light.” A failure to confess our day-to-day sins is to “walk in darkness.” The person who continues to “walk in darkness” cannot experience fellowship with the Lord. The idea here is that daily confession of sin keeps us in the place of fellowship with God. Refusal to acknowledge sins each day breaks our fellowship with God and makes Him a liar concerning what He has said about sin.
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
John writes to encourage the follower of Jesus to not sin. Once people have experienced the forgiveness of their sins and understand what the cost was for Jesus to make their forgiveness possible, they should cease from their old lifestyle. However, no one can ever completely cease from sinning altogether as long as they live in their body. At the moment of salvation, the Lord redeems our soul and spirit, but our body is left as it is. The body will not be redeemed until the Rapture takes place. When Jesus returns for all those who love Him and eagerly await His return, He will transform our “lowly bodies” into glorious bodies apart from sin.
Philippians 3:20-21 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
All of us sin everyday. With this in mind, John says, “These things I write to you, so that you may not sin.” However, when you do, “we have Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
If we will simply confess our sins each day, He will be faithful and just to forgive those sins—faithful to forgive, just to place them under the sacrifice Jesus has already completed for us. Jesus has fully paid for all our sins—once and for all. This daily confession allows us to continue in unbroken fellowship with God.
1 John 1:5-10 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
This final prophecy from Malachi 4:6 is a fitting way to finish—chronicling the birth, life, death, and resurrection of the most amazing person who has ever lived. Jesus is the Messiah; He is the Savior of the world. His identity is certain: Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies of the Old Testament regarding the Messiah.
It is my sincere hope that this publication has brought you into a greater awareness of the magnificence of Jesus. If you have come to know Him as your Savior/Messiah as a result of this book, or if you have had your existing relationship with Jesus increased in depth of love and appreciation for what Jesus has done for you, would you please let me know? I would love to hear from you. You can write me a short message at firstname.lastname@example.org
May the Lord continue to bless your life, as you seek Him with all of your heart, and determine to make Jesus known to this world that needs Him so desperately.