Malachi 4 King James Version (KJV) 4 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.
ESV - 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
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Just as 2 Peter 3:10, Malachi 4 paints a very vivid picture of the Day of the Lord and the destruction that awaits the wicked: they will burn and turn into stubble, turn into ashes, and nothing will be left of them, neither root nor branch – the root symbolizes Satan while the branches represents the fallen angels and the lost. The Sun of righteousness is Jesus (Ps 84:11; Isaiah 60:19,20) who will bring healing in his wings - meaning that the Garden of Eden will be restored, and all will be made once again very good (Gen 1:31; Rev 22:2). In the New Jerusalem will be no more death, pain, tears, sorrow, sickness, tragedy, disappointment, hunger, or thirst (Rev 21:4; Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 65:23; Rev 7:16).
According to Malachi, Malachi 4:2, three symbols are mentioned. ESV-- "But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.. The 3 words emphasized are Sun, a symbol of God (Ps. 84:11; Mal. 4:2) Healing-- Christ came as a physician, to heal the diseases of men; he healed the bodily diseases of the Jews, and he heals the soul diseases of his people, their sins; which healing he has procured by his blood and stripes: pardon of sin by the blood of Christ is meant by healing, which is universal, infallible, and free, (Psalms 103:3) (Isaiah 33:24) (Isaiah 53:5) (Hosea 14:4) -- John Gill's Exposition of the Bible Wings, a symbol of Dawn (Ps. 139:9; Mal. 4:2) --Warren W. Wiersbe, Index of Biblical Images
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