From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/23:
Today we finish the Return Era 🎉 by hearing from Malachi and Joel AND we will complete the Silent Era 🎉!
Malachi – Malachi addresses 1) marriage, 2) the coming messenger and Messiah, 3) tithing and offerings, and 4) the coming judgment.
1) Malachi calls marriage “The Lord’s holy institution which He loves.” He warns against intermarrying outside of the faith bc this would lead the people away from the Lord. He also says that marriage is to be a lifetime commitment between a man and woman.
2) Malachi speaks of the coming messenger and Messiah. John the Baptist, the messenger, will come and announce the arrival of Jesus Christ, the Messiah (Luke 7:27).
3) Malachi says the people have robbed God by not being generous with their tithing and offerings. The people should give to God willingly and with joy since it is all from the Lord anyway.
4) Malachi concludes by telling the people to “Remember the Law of Moses” bc God’s judgment is coming. The Lord is sending Elijah (a reference to John the Baptist) to call the people to repentance before Jesus comes on the scene. John the Baptist will come in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17) but “they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands” (Matthew 17:12). Jesus will bring the world salvation through His death and resurrection but He will come back a second time to judge the world.
Joel – (Scholars disagree on when Joel prophesied. Some place him earlier in the Story, as a prophet to Judah during the Divided Kingdom Era, but Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible places him here, at the end of the Return Era.)
Joel’s ministry is during a great locusts plague but Joel says that an even more horrific time is coming. “For the day of the Lord is at hand; It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.” Joel tells the people to turn their hearts (not just an outward act) to the Lord, for there they will find hope. “Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.” “Then the Lord will be zealous for His land, and pity His people.” Joel says the Lord will pour out His Spirit on males and females, young and old, slave and free. “ I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…That whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Later in the Story, Peter will quote Joel when the Holy Spirit is poured upon the people and others confuse them as being drunk (Acts 2:14-21). Joel concludes by saying that the Lord will judge all the nations. “But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”
Silent Era – The Silent Era is the period between the Old Testament and the New Testament. During this time, after the preaching of Malachi in the Hebrew canon, as prophesied by Amos (Amos 8:11), the Lord does not speak through prophets or other scripture. This period of time lasts about 400 years. Although the Lord is silent, He is not inactive. During this time, Greek becomes the common language and the Hebrew Scriptures are translated into Greek. In addition, the Roman road system is established. These things are all in place before the arrival of Jesus Christ enabling the Good News to spread further and faster.
And with that said, the Gospel Era starts tomorrow so keep reading! ✝️
(Malachi 2:10-4:6 Joel 1:1-3:21)
Creation Era (Gen 1:1-11:26)✅
Patriarch Era (Gen 11:27-50:26 and Job)✅
Exodus Era (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) ✅
Conquest Era (Joshua) ✅
Judges Era (Judges, Ruth) ✅
Kingdom Era (1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles 1-9, 1 Kings 1-11, various Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) ✅
Divided Kingdom Era (2 Chronicles 10-36, 1 Kings 11-22, 2 Kings, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, and some of Jeremiah) ✅
Captivity Era (the rest of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel) ✅
Return Era (Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi) ✅
Silent Era (Inter-Testament period) ✅
Gospel Era (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) is up next!
Eras to follow:
Church, Missions, and End Times/New Beginnings