Malachi 4:6 NLT
His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.
Whose preaching is the Bible talking about in Malachi 4:6?
The Lord said there will be a person who will come in the spirit of Elijah just before Jesus comes. This is applicable before the first coming of Jesus 2000 years back and also before the second coming of Jesus that is in the last days we are living in. What does this verse mean? If you study the life of Elijah and John the Baptist, you will see that they did not really have a ministerial reconciliation. This verse is a mandate specifically to the church that is preaching the Word of God before the second coming of Jesus – the commandment is to preach restoration. Are we supposed to follow this in our generation? Absolutely!
We are called to preach to children how to submit and honor their parents and to parents on how to love, celebrate and lead their children. We are called to preach reconciliation. Our message should always be based on the Gospel Jesus preaches and not sway away from it. There are instances of people getting divorced because their spouse does not follow Jesus – that’s not what God has called us to preach. In 2 Corinthians 5:20 we are called to be ambassadors of Jesus and preach a message of reconciliation to God and to each other.
Revival is when the presence of God manifests so tangibly that everybody knows that God is in their city, church and homes. If you are not actively involved in bringing people into a spirit of love and reconciliation when revival comes, the Bible says you will experience the curse.
I want to encourage you to be actively and intentionally working towards reconciling people back to God and to each other. The cross had two wooden planks – a vertical plank and a horizontal plank. The vertical plank signifies the reconciliation between man and God which nobody but Jesus could have made possible, and the horizontal plank signifies our relationship with each other that needs to be restored. This happens through the cross, not by our own power or ability to love and forgive people.
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. This is one commandment; you cannot do one without the other. The more we understand that this is what the Gospel is all about – a message of reconciliation, the more the church will begin to experience a blessing of revival.
Let a generation arise with a fervent passion for the love of God!
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