|Malachi 4 |
1 "For behold, the day comes that shall burn like an oven, and all the proud, yes, and all who do wickedly, will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But to you who fear my name, the Sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in his wings, and you shall go forth and leap and skip like calves released from the stall.
3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I do this, says the LORD of hosts.
4 Remember the law of Moses, my servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.
6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, or else I will come and strike the earth with a curse."1
1 he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, or else I will come and strike the earth with a curse. So, until a man has been purified, the fathers don't really love their children, and the children don't really love their fathers; otherwise it would not be necessary for the Lord to make it happen. Filial love is evidently of critical importance; consider the following from a book the Bible, originally in the King James Bible, but still in the Catholic Bibles, The Wisdom of Sirach, Chapter 3:
Listen to a father's reproof, children, and act accordingly so that you may be safe.
For the Lord has glorified father over children, and he has confirmed a mother's judgment over sons.
He who honors father will atone for sins, and like one who lays up treasure is he who glorifies his mother.
He who honors father will be gladdened by children, and in the day of his prayer he will be heard.
He who glorifies father will prolong his days, and he who listens to the Lord will give rest to his mother.
Among those who begot him, he will act as a slave to master.
By deed and word honor your father so that a blessing from him might come upon you.
For a father's blessing supports children's houses, but a mother's curse uproots foundations.
Do not glorify yourself by your father's disgrace, for you have no glory in a father's disgrace.
For a person's repute comes from his father's honor, and a mother of ill repute is a reproach to children.
Child, support your father in old aged, and do not grieve him during his life.
But if he fails in comprehension, excuse him, and do not dishonor him in the fullness of your strength.
For charity for a father will not be forgotten and will be credited to you against sins.
In a day of affliction it will be remembered of you; as fair weather upon frost, so will your sins be dissolved.
Like a blasphemer is the one who neglects a father, and cursed by the Lord is the one who angers his mother.
Human love is a selfish love, full of expectation of returned affection, a reward, gratitude, etc; human love is a selfish love. When man deteriorates so far into selfishness that the Lord finds he is unable to turn the hearts of sons and fathers to each other, then he will come and waste the earth with a curse. We stand on the threshold of this new age.
We know from Malachi 4:5, that before this destruction takes place, the whole world will hear the voice of the Lord, from his prophet Elijah; like John the Baptist was Elijah, the messenger of the new covenant of Light [Jesus] to all nations. Elijah will be one or more persons of this generation with the spirit of that ancient prophet, who will warn the world of coming disaster, and who will show the power of the Lord in a convincing manner, to validate their warnings. Those who ignore the warnings will certainly be destroyed. Those few who repent, to change their ways, and seek the Lord, will be spared; but few will be left. Thus the Lord's righteousness will spread over the entire earth: For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. Isa 61:11. For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Hab 2:14.