In this very dramatic chapter we see the message of the Old Testament drawn together in one last prophetic testimony from God. It will not be until the ministry of John the Baptist, nearly 400 years later, that the prophetic testimony will be renewed. In Malachi chapter 4, we see the secret of family reformation and the unmasking of the most important underlying force in family life ? the spiritual revival of hearts.
Fathers should take note of a simple fact from this amazing chapter. These final words of the Old Testament address the issue of the condition of the hearts of fathers toward their children and of children toward their fathers. Additionally, Malachi helps us to answer the question, ?What does the gospel have to do with my family??