Sunday, January 25, 2009

Malachi's Prophecy of Christ's Perpetual Sacrifice - Mal 1:11

"For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts." - MAL 1:11

In this prophecy, God reveals that He is going to discontinue the system of Old Covenant sacrifices and perfect it with a new sacrifice. Catholic author John Salza points out four important features about His new sacrifice:

-The sacrifice will be offered "from the rising to the setting of the sun.".
-The sacrifice will be offered " in every place."
-The sacrifice will be offered "among the nations."
-The sacrifice will be a single (minchah) sacrifice.

I think its important to note that Malachi 1:11 uses the Hebrew word minchah, for offering, which is singular. Thus, Malachi is referring to a single sacrifice! And, it will be offered "from the rising to the setting of the sun" and "in every place."

What is Malachi referring to? A single perfect sacrifice occurring on earth from the rising to the setting of the sun? Yes! Malachi is referring to the worldwide sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The early Church Fathers were unanimous in their recognition of this universal sacrifice. It is the pure sacrifice of Christ that is sacramentally offered among the nations, around the clock and in every place, in Catholic Churches throughout the world! Therefore, we can say that Malachi's prophecy has been fulfilled by the continual, sacramental re-presentation of Christ's pure offering in the Holy Mass, or Malachi is a false prophet.

[1] The Biblical Basis for the Eucharist. John Salza. Our Sunday Vistor.

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