How timely in view of my just-published post referring to Malachi! Richard, it’s fascinating that this prophet is the common denominator in our blogging today, and it’s long held a deep, personal relevance.
“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the lord. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse” (Mal4:5,6NAS; Mal3:23-24 in Catholic editions)
So ends the Old Testament. From one perspective that prophecy was certainly referring to John the Baptist, for such was his annunciation:
But the angel said to him, “do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor…
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