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Messianic Prophecies: Comes to His Temple
Malachi 3:1 - "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, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts.

Jesus Came to the Temple in Jerusalem Matt 21:12-13 "Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, "It is written, `MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER'; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN." Key Points: - Yahweh Himself will suddenly come to His temple (as a thief, unexpectedly). - The word suddenly gives the imagery of catching up to and overtaking His forerunner. - When it says "His temple" it corresponds with when Jesus said "My house." - Says "The LORD of Hosts" is the Hebrew name for God - Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of the armies of heaven will accomplish this. - The Trinity is clearly seen in this passage. - "My messenger" is the forerunner John the Baptist who will prepare the way for the greater Messenger, Yahweh Himself who is Jesus. - The other verse where the messenger prepares the way for the Messiah is Isaiah 40:3. - To "prepare the way" speaks of clearing away any impediments lying in the road (Delitzsch). - By needing a messenger to come and prepare the way implies that the nation of Israel in its present moral condition was not ready to receive the Lord. - The covenant was first established with Abraham, that "in him (seed) all the nations of the earth will be blessed." - "Behold, He is coming" was a wake up call by the last O.T. Jewish prophet to be expecting Messiah. - The Lord (Adon or sovereign Master) "Whom you seek" speaks of a longing for His return and His right of redemption as Adon. - The Messenger "in whom you delight" is the altogether lovely One, the desire of all nations (Hag 2:7). - His coming is certain and He will not tarry, all eyes should be set on that.

Malachi 3:1 Bible Prophecy about the Messiah Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Will Enter the Temple with Authority The Messiah Will Suddenly Come to His Temple. Mal 3:1 "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, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. Matt 21:12-13 "Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, "It is written, `MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER'; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN."

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