We can't imagine the anticipation in the prophet Malachi's mind as he posted his announcement. Little did he know there would be almost 400 years of divine silence. 400 years without prophet, miracle or vision. 400 hundred years before the heavens would sparkle with that divine star and the crisp night air tingle with angelic chorus.
We have the comfortable luxury of looking back, pondering the advent manger at will. The meaning of Christmas is conveniently available for examination. In Malachi's day no picture of Christmas could be called to mind. It was all hidden behind the veil of the future.The light of the world hadn't dawned except in vague promise and vision. The world was dark mixed with glimpses of hope.
And so the Old Testament Scriptures close with the promise of two distant messengers yet to come. The first would prepare the way for the second. And the long, dark silence of heaven would end. The fulfillment of all the Old Testament dreams would come to pass. Divine light would shine as never before.