Before the final three and a half years, Israel is to set up a temple of God on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and begin the daily sacrifice, which is an oblation or offering to God as in the days of old. This must happen because the final three and a half years begins when the daily sacrifice is stopped by forces of the enemy and the abomination of desolation takes place.
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.Daniel 12:11-12
The temple should be a tabernacle rather than a building.
And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation…Exodus 33:7
And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.2 Samuel 6:17
The reason is Amos 9:11.
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of oldAmos 9:11
The temple and the daily offering will surely rile up Islamists and Satanists everywhere. Nevertheless, these are things that the nation of Israel must do at some point in order to begin to return to God.
In Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers, there are details of several types of offerings. There is a sin offering, a burnt offering, a peace offering, a meat offering, a drink offering, an offering for ignorance, an offering for jealousy, a heave offering, a wave offering, and so on. There are even particular offerings during the special feasts and holy convocations.
I do not know which offerings specifically Israel is to do, when and in what order, except that at some point in these last days there is to be a “daily sacrifice”.
I presume the messenger of God that is to prepare the way for Israel in Malachi 3:1 is Elijah the Tishbite, a prophet of God in the Old Testament that was taken to heaven in his day.
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.Malachi 3:1
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORDMalachi 4:5
Elijah will be one of the two witnesses (ref. Revelation 11:1-12). The other of the two witnesses will be John of Patmos (ref. Revelation 10:11), a prophet of God in the New Testament that was never actually executed by Rome.
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.Revelation 10:11
In Revelation 11, John is asked to rise and measure the temple of God, and the altar.
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.Revelation 11:1-2
Once the temple is ready, God will come to his temple as a Spirit.
… and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.Malachi 3:1
And then, God himself will “purify the sons of Levi” so that offerings of the nation of Israel will be righteous and pleasant.
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.Malachi 3:2-4
The offerings must be exactly as they are described in the Torah, precisely as God had explained them to Moses.
It should be noticed that when the sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, performed some other ritual which God commanded them not, a thing that involved a censer and fire, what the Bible describes as “strange fire”, the two died as a result (ref. Leviticus 10:1-2, Numbers 3:4, Numbers 26:61).
Now, I should say, there is a small chance that the messenger described in Malachi 3:1 is actually me, the servant of Isaiah 49, meaning I am to say something and help out even before the two witnesses arrive.
And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.Isaiah 49:5
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.Isaiah 49:6
There are two reasons for this.
First, there are two witnesses, so if they are the messengers, Malachi 3:1 should actually read messengers and they, rather than messenger and he.
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me…Malachi 3:1
Next, in Malachi 4, for some reason, there is a passage about the saints, the 144000, which is my remit.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.Malachi 4:1-3
Notice “calves” bring to mind both the saints and the offerings.
So, if Malachi 3:1 is meant to be me, then I should point out here and now that in Malachi 3, God calls Israel to return to him. Israel must genuinely turn to God, especially now that the time of Jacob’s trouble has begun – Hamas, ISIS, the UN’s ICJ, etc.
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts…Malachi 3:6-7
The same point is made in Deuteronomy 4 by Moses himself.
When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice [listen especially to the two witnesses]; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.Deuteronomy 4:30-31
According to Malachi 3:10, one of the ways that Israel can return to God is to prep for what is around the corner, the coming siege of the Antichrist. The nation of Israel as a whole, or else Israelis individually, or even both, should begin to stockpile food in the areas of Judah and Jerusalem: that is to say, bring meat “into the storehouse”.
… Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.Malachi 3:7-11
No doubt, some Israelis will dismiss the idea that in time to come the northern half of Israel will be overrun by an enemy.
But those with faith (ref. Ephesians 2:8) in Bible prophecy, and those that do good works (ref. James 2:14-18) for God, such as stockpiling for Judah and Jerusalem in these last days along the lines of Malachi 3:7-11, are in effect servants of God.
Concerning servants of God in the land of Israel, notice Malachi 3 ends with the following:
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. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.Malachi 3:17-18
On the matter of Israel returning to God in these last days, there is also Leviticus 26 to consider.
If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.Leviticus 26:40-42
Maybe, something such as a proper “sin offering”, or a blood sacrifice that is “a purification for sin”, would amount to the confession that Israel is to make per Leviticus 26. To sin is to transgress the law of God (ref. 1 John 3:4).
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.1 John 3:4
The offerings must be the correct ones, at the correct time, and precisely as God had explained them to Moses, if they are to work. The priests must be of the tribe of Levi, and they must wear the correct vesture. The details are in the Old Testament. I got the picture for this post from The Israel Bible. It may or may not be correct.
At any rate, Elijah and John will come to Israel some day soon, and they will explain more.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.Malachi 4:4-6