A Father’s Day Prophecy and Freestylin’ Dads

A great Father’s Day message (see reblogged post below) worthy of much consideration for fathers and families all across America, especially in light of all of the socio-economic upheaval and fractured family relationships that have produced a “lost generation” of young people today. May God grant us mercy and may we turn to Him in repentance and for His help at this extraordinarily critical time in our nation’s history. Happy Father’s Day to all, and thanks, Bryan Daniels, for writing a very insightful blog post for this Father’s Day 2012.

Chief of the least

The very last written OT promise to the nation of Israel is found in the book of Malachi. It is followed by roughly 400 years of prophetic silence, until a carpenter’s son shows up on the scene to turn the world upside down. It’s kind of a “Father’s Day” prophecy for us today.

It says:

“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.  He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction” (Malachi 4:5-6)

In the NT, we learn John the Baptist came as a fulfillment of this prophecy (Luke 1:17). But there are also compelling reasons to believe there is a final “end times” Elijah that will be the complete fulfillment of this prophecy (Revelation 11:3-12).

Regardless, this…

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