Old Testament
Lesson 48
The Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to (1) prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, (2) pay an honest tithe and generous offerings, and (3) experience the blessings that come because of the sealing power of the priesthood.

Scripture references for study:  Zechariah 10–14; Malachi
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Historical Background

Who Was Zechariah?

  1. Son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet.
  2. Zechariah was called to minister to the Jews that King Cyrus had allowed to return to Jerusalem from exile.
  3. Date of his mission: about 520-518 B.C.
  4. Contemporary Kings:
  5. Political conditions:
  6. Religious conditions:

Who Was Malachi?

  1. Nothing is known about this prophet. The name Malachi is not used elsewhere in the Old Testament.
  2. Date of his mission: about 460 B.C.
  3. He ministered at a time when Judah was ruled by a governor.
  4. Political conditions:
  5. Religious conditions:

Events Of The Last Days

Prophecies That Have Been Fulfilled In Preparation For The Second Coming

  1. READ MALACHI 3:1. The Lord's messenger to prepare the way for his coming.
  2. READ MALACHI 4:5-6. Elijah to return before the second coming of the Lord.

Prophecies That Are Yet To Be Fulfilled Before The Savior Comes

  1. READ ZECHARIAH 10:6-8. Judah and Joseph to be gathered.
  2. READ ZECHARIAH 12:2-3, 8-9. A great war in Jerusalem - the Lord to intervene.
  3. READ ZECHARIAH 14:8. Living waters to go out from Jerusalem.
  4. Many of the prophecies of the last days include tragedies such as war, natural disasters, and widespread wickedness.

Prophecies That Will Be Fulfilled When The Savior Comes

  1. READ ZECHARIAH 14:3-4. The Savior will stand on the Mount of Olives.
  2. READ ZECHARIAH 12:10 & ZECHARIAH 13:6. The Jews to recognize Jesus.
  3. "And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land."
  4. (Zechariah 13:2)
  5. READ ZECHARIAH 14:5. The righteous to be caught up to meet the Savior.
  6. "And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one."
  7. (Zechariah 14:9)
  8. READ MALACHI 4:1-3. The wicked will be destroyed and the righteous spared.
  9. WHY DO YOU THINK THE LORD HAS REVEALED THESE PROPHECIES ABOUT THE LATTER DAYS, THE SECOND COMING, AND THE MILLENNIUM?
  10. HOW CAN WE PREPARE FOR THE SECOND COMING OF THE SAVIOR?

Malachi: Blessings That Come To Those Who Pay Tithes And Offerings

  1. "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings." (Malachi 3:8)
  2. READ MALACHI 3:10-12. Bring your tithes into the storehouse.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. It is appropriate to end our study of the Old Testament with this lesson. The events of the Old Testament lead up to the time of the Savior's life upon the earth. Like the people of Old Testament times, we also look forward to the coming of the Savior, his return to earth. As we have seen, many of the ancient prophets saw our time and prophesied in great detail about the events that would precede the second coming. We are privileged to live in a time when we can see prophecy fulfilled. If we live righteously, we can aid in the fulfillment of these prophecies.
  2. The study of the Old Testament has not been one of just looking at ancient peoples in their ancient settings. The stories and principles that rang true thousands of years ago, still ring true today. This makes an ongoing study of this marvelous book important in our lives. All of the Standard Works make frequent reference to the Old Testament. We should keep this in mind as we continue in our gospel study.
  3. Record your thoughts on the prophecies of Malachi and Zechariah. Do those prophecies encourage you to prepare yourself as the second coming approaches. In what ways can you better prepare?


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