The last prophet to speak to God’s people in the Old Testament is Malachi. They have returned from the Babylonian captivity to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple, to be restored as God’s people. You would think they would need to hear more of God’s words, but this is their last message before Jesus the Messiah comes 450 years later. Malachi’s word of the Lord reenforces God’s word to His people over the last 1000 years, I will send My anointed One, My Servant, to bring salvation. Both the first and second coming of Christ are mentioned. He reminds God’s people of the covenant and their failure to fulfill the covenant because of their sinful lifestyles and idolatry. Thus they are warned of judgment.