â€œBut 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.â€ (Malachi 4:2)
by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
This is the very last of the numerous Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. After this, there were four centuries of silence from heaven, as far as inspired Scriptures were concerned. Thus this prophecy must have special significance.
The Messiah (â€œChristâ€) is called â€œthe Sun of righteousnessâ€ in contrast to â€œall the proud, yea, and all that do wickedlyâ€ that â€œshall burn as an ovenâ€ when â€œthe day comethâ€ (v. 1)â€”that â€œgreat and dreadful day of the LORDâ€ (v. 5), and it â€œshall burn them up, saith the LORD of hostsâ€ (v. 1).
The â€œSun of righteousnessâ€ clearly refers to the coming Savior, for He will come â€œwith healing in his wings.â€ The sun does not have wings, of course, so many commentators think this word refers to the rays of the sun, with their lifesustaining energy. However, the Hebrew word means â€œwings,â€ and nothing else. It is as though the sun is rising rapidly on great wings, dispelling the worldâ€™s darkness with its light, dispensing healing to its sin-sick soul.
The â€œSun of righteousness,â€ of course, can be none other than God Himself, for â€œthe LORD God is a sun and shieldâ€ who â€œwill give grace and gloryâ€ to â€œthem that walk uprightlyâ€ (Psalm 84:11). It is the Lord Jesus Christ, the â€œlight of the worldâ€ (John 8:12) coming â€œfrom heaven with his mighty angels [his â€˜wingsâ€™?], in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not Godâ€ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8).
But â€œyou that fear my nameâ€ in that day â€œshall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, . . . when I make up my jewelsâ€ (Malachi 3:17). In the last prophecy of the Old Testament, Christ is the rising Sun; in the last prophecy of the New Testament (Revelation 22:16) He is â€œthe bright and morning star.â€ HMM