“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.
“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
by: Gabrielle Watt.
Here we see a promise of the coming Messiah. Verse 1 of this passage mentions 2 messengers. The first is one who would precede and prepare the way for the Messiah. Sound familiar? The second, “the messenger of the covenant,” would be the Lord Himself. When He did come, it would be a time of judgment, division, and refinement. His coming was compared to fire and abrasive chemicals, which does not sound comfortable or pleasant but is necessary to cleanse and purify. Further, there would be a trial. Why do you think sorcerers, adulterers, etc. are specified in verse 5?'