“And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien— because they do not fear Me,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:5).
Of the 55 verses in the book of Malachi, 47 are direct declarations by the God of Israel. The people had gone so far in their condition that the direct words of God did not impress them. The nation was full of corrupt priests, sinful practices, hypocrisy, unfaithfulness, illegal divorces, mixed marriages, and false worship. Finally, all their arrogance-tired God: ‘You have wearied the Lord with your words” (Malachi2:17). He kept four hundred years of silence, without sending prophets to warn His people. How great must have been His sorrow because of the permanent rejection of His people, for Him to keep silent for so long! Have you ever wondered if God is keeping silent because of your pride, arrogance, or spiritual apathy?
The faithful remnant will not be left uncared for Just like it wasn’t uncared for when a message came: ‘Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me” (Malachi 3:1), God said to Malachi about the work of John the Baptist, who would introduce the Messiah. The Son of God, Jesus Christ Himself would come to put an end to Israel’s period of grace as the chosen people.
God showed His displeasure against those who practiced magic, witchcraft, and adultery, and against those who swore falsely by the name of God or exhorted their employees, widows, orphans, and foreigners. This condemnation still applies today! God is not deaf to injustice: “Every unjust act toward a fellow being is a violation of the golden rule. Every wrong done to the children of God is done to Christ Himself in the person of His saints. Every attempt to take advantage of the ignorance, weakness, or misfortune of another is registered as fraud in the ledger of heaven.”—Prophets and Kings, ch. 34, p. 651.
Just as the small remnant in the Old Testament remained faithful without a prophetic voice for four hundred years, the last group of the faithful on earth will live without a Mediator. “Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. When this work shallhave been accomplished, the followers of Christ will be ready for His appearing. “—The Great Controversy, ch. 25, p. 423.
May your faith not falter while you are being purified!