“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.”
Okay, we all know that I am NOT a theologian. I have not studied at a seminary. I know one thing about the End Times. I will ultimately spend eternity in Heaven with my God. I know that much.
I really am intrigued by these verses in Malachi. God will send a messenger to prepare a way for Him. God will come for His people without warning. We do not know the day or the time of His appearing. Then these verses talk about how, on that day, we will be overwhelmed. “Who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when He appears?” Right? How amazing! We’ll be blown away with awe of our awesome God appearing on this day to take us home.
So, then Malachi goes on to talk about judgment. God will be swift in His judgment of those who do not fear Him. BUT, verse 6 says, “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”
Our God does NOT change! What He has been saying since the beginning of time is still true. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is good, merciful, just and faithful. We will be surprised on that day but everything we know about our God will not be new. He has told us what would happen. He just hasn’t told us when. We already know what sin is. We already know that without a personal relationship with Him, He will not know us on that day. He won’t change the rules!
How completely amazing is our God? HE NEVER CHANGES.