Who is Malachi?
(messenger of Jehovah), the last of the prophets, and called "the seal" because his prophecies form the closing book of the canon of the O.T. Of his personal life nothing is known but what can be gleaned from his book. He flourished after the Captivity, later than Haggai and Zechariah, at a time when the temple was completed, and was probably a contemporary of Nehemiah, b.c. 433. His prophecies are at once denunciatory of prevailing vices, and consolatory by the Messianic promise. Showing how vain were the murmurings of the people against the Lord, he reproves them for their neglect of his service, censures intermarriage with foreign wives, etc., and warns them that judgment will be established over them. He closes with a prophecy of the coming of Messiah, and foretells that Elijah will return as a forerunner of Messiah - a prediction which found its striking fulfilment by the mission of John the Baptist. Mal 4:6; Luke 1:17; Matt 11:14; Matt 17:12.