Then Malachi leaped the centuries and saw the time when men shall be rewarded. A remnant of Israel, the ''hidden treasure'' of Matthew 13, will experience the fulfillment of Jehovah's words: ''And they shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him'' (Malachi 3:17).
Chapter 4 of Malachi speaks of that day of judgment when the proud and the wicked shall be like stubble. But to those who fear His name, the appearing of Christ will be the ''Sun of righteousness'' (v.2), arising with healing in His wings.
Thus the Old Testament canon is brought to a close. In every book, the person and work of the Lord Jesus is reflected, pointing forward to His incarnation, His perfect life, His sacrificial death for our sins, His victorious resurrection, and His glorious return to defeat Satan, to purge the world of evil, and to establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace. We have seen the One of whom it is written, ''It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell'' (Colossians 1:19).