Malachi's Picture of the Coming Revival:
He suddenly comes to His temple as a Refiner's fire
Many focus on tithing when considering Malachi. However, this is not the central prophetic emphasis of Malachi.
The emphasis is the sudden coming of Jesus as the Refiner and as a swift Judge. The areas central to judgment are (1) a lack of reverence(2)impure* worship - mixture of 'in the flesh' and 'in the Spirit'(3) worldliness. This is a necessary prerequisite for the coming worldwide revival. Consider the article (/s) under Praise and Worship for greater clarity concerning this.
* " Opening the windows of heaven " and "pouring out for you such blessing that there will not be enough room to receive it " is related to the offering. In the context of chapter 1, to rob God was to bring something other than "a pure offering". In the New Testament, this is primarily a type of the worship we offer and is much broader than tithing alone! It primarily means that we are not to do anything in the flesh as the flesh profits nothing. Unfortunately, the church as a whole has majored on the minors and minored on the majors.
"Most of what is called worship in the Charismatic movement is not worship at all...... it is soulish...... Much of the music that we have in church today appeals to the soul, stimulates the soul, It is very much the same kind of music as is used in the world to stimulate the soul........ Having lived five years in Africa, I am aware that certain repetitive themes and rhythms can deaden your sensitivity. If you sit under that long enough, especially when it is very loud, you lose the capacity to discern. And in Africa those rhythms are used to call up demons."
Quotation from Derek Prince to his coworkers - " Protection from Deception" - March 1996
"In the Charismatic move, Christians have brought the brass of the world into the temple of the Lord as a substitute for pure gold. What they have is a mixture; it is not pure. Therefore, I can only bless My people so far, because they have substituted brass for gold. They’ve brought the CLAPPING and DANCING of the world into the temple."
Quotation from a visitation of Jesus to Kenneth Hagin in the book "Plans, Purposes and Pursuits."
A glimpse into the Coming Revival:
Malachi 4: 2-3 But to you who fear my name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings,
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles
of your feet
On the day that I do this,"
Says the Lord of hosts.
In Malachi 4:1 "the day is coming, burning like an oven", we see the conditions that precede the coming outpouring of His Spirit. We are in an oven. The heat is turned up. Is this not what is happening today, especially in the US as economic conditions worsen?
Healing will be central in the coming outpouring. The miraculous will be the hallmark of the coming Tsunami. It will come from those who have grown fat like stall-fed calves in the wilderness [Malachi 4: 1-3].