The prophets get a bum rap in modern Christianity. There aren’t many stories, there are obscure prophecies about foreign places and lots of repetition. It’s too bad these things keep us from their message.
*Reading the prophets, to me, completely undermines Covenant/Reformed theology (read: amillennialism), the idea that the Church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. please. Give me a break. The prophecies about Israel’s doom and future restoration are not fulfilled by white guys in Iowa going to church. Israel gets a Kingdom.
*The many Messianic prophecies that have already been fulfilled have been fulfilled literally. Odds are the prophecies concerning His Second Coming will be just as literally fulfilled. If not, you have to do some ‘splainin as to why His first coming fulfilled things so literally.
*When you finish reading Malachi, it just feels like something else should be coming. You can’t end on that. It ends with hope but also evil foreboding. It seems to demand another part, a further message, some more info.
*When Jesus arrives it fits perfectly, the OT prophets set you up for Christ. One of the last verses in Malachi talks about Elijah coming before Messiah. NT starts with Christ and John the Baptist coming first. It’s the next step you expect.
*The prophets were despised and rejected, completely ignored. False prophets had a lot more followers. They kept people happy and people just want to be happy. But God’s guys have a depressing message no one wants to hear. But they don’t stop and guess who’s right?
I love it.