“Before Yahweh’s intense accountability”
The technical phrase, “Yahweh’s Yome,” is common in several prophetic communications to speak of the culmination of Providence, God involved in nations and individual lives, reaching a time of accountability for God’s intentions, commands, promises, and rewards.
We know Jesus arrived to hold Israel accountable, so John called them to repentance to join the previous generations with the existing one. This phrase tells us something about the Elijah leadership of John and any other kingdom leader announcing a change of era or the time of season-ending harvest.
This technical phrase tells us that the previous verses were snapshots of God’s summary judgment or culminating. Yome means era, not 24-hour day, in this phrase. The culmination of a period of time begun by the Father calling to His anticipated harvest is a season change.
When times the Father has set near their culmination, an Elijah leadership dynamic will announce a mercy season in preparation for accountability.
“You did not recognize the time of your oversight visit,” Jesus says of Israel. So when Israel rejected John, they rejected Jesus.
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Such culmination exhibit increased heavenly activity on Earth. Hence, angels, demons, prophetic leadership, preparatory leadership, and restoration of original intentions become dominant themes for the Remnants.
Elijah leaders arrive in the spirit and power of Elijah. Remnants respond in repentance to Elijah leaders. The Remnants are ready for the new era to the extent they do. Elijah leaders produce repentance between fathers and inheritors, so the present ge4neration joins in the synergy of the ages at a time when that generation is judged by how well they have produced a harvest with what they inherited.
Prophetic leadership accurately anticipates what is coming next and prepares the Lord a people who are ready to respond when the new season arrives.
The fathers to which Malachi refers are not alive. The fathers are mostly those leaders already in the cloud of witnesses.
Hebrew culture does not reference grandfather or great grandfather because it sees ancestry as part of the open generations. (I explain this in my book, Generations.)
The repenting hearts are alive, of course. Both fathers and inheritors repent to join the generation to the inheritance. Do not think that the repenting of inheritors solely applies to living fathers, nor is the rejection of fathers anything less than the rejection of the only connection with that spiritual inheritance.
Turning the Heart = Repentance
The word translated “turning the hearts” means “repentance,” and we should prefer this translation, even demand it. We should think nothing other than “fathers and inheritors repenting to one another from the heart because Elijah leaders produce this outcome.”
Repentance should be the operative or working definition of fathering relationships. Fathering is transformative, and transformation is all about change. The needed change occurs in both fathers and inheritors.
Repentance means “I change to be changed.” Repentance as the outcome of Elijah leaders opens the flood gates of grace flow into the generations for restoration of lost inheritance and the transformation of the present generation to expand that inheritance. This grace flow reaches the inheritance through the fathering relationship. The grace flow breaks the limitations of the curse and irrigates the inheritance with life-giving grace for total restoration.
The result is not something good. On the contrary, the complete restoration of everything lost during previous failures is the result. The outcome is that the inheritance becomes what it would have been had there never been a breach of fathering.
Ask yourself what the kingdom of God would look like if fully restored to what it should be at this moment in history. That is what restoration of fathering produces in a generation joined to the fathers.
Before the Reckoning, a Wrecking
Malachi promises this will happen before the day of accountability. Malachi sees a generation approved by God, not cursed by limitation. God wrecks the curse before He reckons the harvest. The reckoning then says, “A faithful generation has arrived. I bless it with expansion.”
In other words, God says, “I will not expand what is not normal. I will not expand what produces something other than what I want. I will cut off what produces no fruit. I will expand what can produce the maturity of what I planted this Vine to bring to harvest.”