When Jesus visited Believers in America (after He systematically destroyed the wicked), He commanded them to write the words that The Father commanded Him to give them—the words of the prophet Malachi. This tells us they are significant to have, and coming from The Father, peculiar indeed, for The Father prepares the way for the Son, and the Son for The Father:
1 And it came to pass that he commanded them that they should write the words which the Father had given unto Malachi, which he should tell unto them. And it came to pass that after they were written he expounded them. (3 Nephi 24)
1 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had told these things he expounded them unto the multitude; and he did expound all things unto them, both great and small.
2 And he saith: These scriptures, which ye had not with you, the Father commanded that I should give unto you; for it was wisdom in him that they should be given unto future generations.
3 And he did expound all things, even from the beginning until the time that he should come in his glory. (3 Nephi 26)
This last part is a crucial point to understand—that this prophecy talks about Jesus’ coming “in glory,” and what life will be like then—THAT’S what The Father wants us to know about AND look forward to:
1 For behold, the day cometh that shall burn [a] as an oven; and all the proud [b], yea, and all that do wickedly [c], 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 [d]. (3 Nephi 25 / Malachi 4)
a) Burn: Our God IS a purifying fire, there is no way around that. If His presence on earth increases, a purifying effect will take place within everyone, especially the wicked. Does anyone like the feeling of being burned? Of course not and when it comes to the soul, we have all heard the expression “having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” That expression comes in the following verse:
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (1 Timothy 4)
As we see, Paul lists some things that can dirty a person’s conscience like following false doctrine or just outright lying. A conscience becomes uncomfortable or seared because that’s God inside saying He doesn’t agree with whatever it is we are attempting to embrace.
b) Proud: A, for sure culprit of a compromised conscience, is pride—it always has and always will be the first offense to God and the compromise of a person’s conscience. There is literally an entity called Leviathan that accompanies pride, and it may rightly be termed the Spirit of Pride. He allows other spirits or entities to piggyback on him and enter one’s house or personal temple and that is one way to defile your “temple of God”:
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3)
c) Do wickedly: To the question “Why do people do wicked things?” The answer is pride, i.e. “the proud do wickedly.” How do you stem the tide of wickedness? By stemming the tide of pride.
d) Neither root nor branch: The change that is coming will alter our earth and earth life forever—it will never go back to how it was. Once that glory comes down, it will stay here and increase until Jesus steps foot on the Mount of Olives which means once it comes, there will be no place for wickedness, both it root or source which is pride and its branch or extension which are its production will come to an end.
Now that’s what will happen to the wicked and proud in heart, but what about everyone else? That’s the point of this post which reads:
2 But unto you that fear my name, shall the Son of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth and grow up as calves in the stall [e].
3 And ye shall tread down the wicked [f]; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of Hosts. (3 Nephi 25 / Malachi 4)
e) Go forth as calves in the stall. This is better understood by the wording in modern translations:
But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. (NLT)
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. (NIV)
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. (NASB)
For the righteous to live amidst so much pride and wicked acts has been a highly oppressive and dark environment. When it is gone, having been cut-off at the root and its’ wicked fruit and branches been removed, the oppressive dark environment will be gone and Joy will be restored:
“Earth as it is in heaven” (Mat. 6:10), Joy like little children, “for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Mat. 19:14)
f) Tread down the wicked. This may also be better understood with a modern translation:
“Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty (NIV)
The difference is, the KJV implies the righteous will tread the wicked down, but the NIV establishes the wicked will already be down and the righteous could easily “walk on them” (figuratively speaking) without the slightest resistance; the tables will finally be turned for the righteous—forever.
The Book of Mormon offers further insight into the prophecy of Malachi, observe what is in bold:
15 For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that they must be burned. (1 Nephi 22)
1 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. (3 Nephi 25 / Malachi 4)
This clarifies the point that it will be God’s glory that banishes Satan. But it goes on to say why and explains the timing of when it will come (all movement and civilizations collapse):
16 For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous.
17 Wherefore, he will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire. (1 Nephi 22)
The theme the “righteous will be preserved” extends into subsequent verses:
19 For behold, the righteous shall not perish; (1 Nephi 22)
22 And the righteous need not fear, (1 Nephi 22)
Then it comes full circle to “the righteous being led up as calves of the stall”:
24 And the time cometh speedily that the righteous MUST be led up as calves of the stall, and the Holy One of Israel must reign in dominion, and might, and power, and great glory. (1 Nephi 22)
The keyword here is “must” which means God will be putting the righteous before the wicked and standing for them not standing on the sidelines.