Malachi was a prophet (holy
man). The Book of Malachi is the last book in the Bible's Old Testament.
Malachi said that God
accused the people. They were doing many wrong things. They did not give the
best gifts to God (Malachi 1:6-14). The priests did not teach well (Malachi
2:1-9). The men divorced their wives without a proper reason (Malachi 2:13-16).
But God himself would come
to his temple (the house of God) (Malachi 3:1-5). But before this, God would
send his special servant. This servant would teach the correct way to serve
God. Then, the people would be ready for God's arrival. This was good news for
the people who respected God. But this was terrible news for the people who
refused to obey God (Malachi 4).
Malachi's book was written
after all the other books in the Old Testament. 400 years later, Jesus came.
But before Jesus began his work, a special servant of God taught near the river
This servant of God was called John the Baptist. John taught the people that
they must confess their evil deeds to God. He taught that they must prepare
themselves for the arrival of the Christ. (The 'Christ' means God's king. Many
Old Testament prophets taught that the Christ would save us from the punishment
for our evil deeds.)