A Father’s Day Prophecy and Freestylin’ Dads

The very last written OT promise to the nation of Israel is found in the book of Malachi. It is followed by roughly 400 years of prophetic silence, until a carpenter’s son shows up on the scene to turn the world upside down. It’s kind of a “Father’s Day” prophecy for us today.

It says:

“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.  He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction” (Malachi 4:5-6)

In the NT, we learn John the Baptist came as a fulfillment of this prophecy (Luke 1:17). But there are also compelling reasons to believe there is a final “end times” Elijah that will be the complete fulfillment of this prophecy (Revelation 11:3-12).

Regardless, this prophecy hits at the root of the matter with an axe hammer. Our current  cultural issues (or you could say “curse”) with absent parenting, abandonment, and child abuse all stem from the same fount: It’s a heart issue. All sins are.

Whether by overt acts of abuse, subversive attitudes of disappointment, or neglectful abandonment. Apart from a turning of heart, all father’s are susceptible to these sins.

Children are not entirely innocent. This promise would apply to rebellious younger children, neglectful older children and children embittered by what they perceived as a rough childhood. Malachi states children must have a turning of the heart too towards their parents, regardless of the parents past sins toward them.

If we want to see a revival in this nation, we must start with a reviving of families. It will start with broken families being broken and repentant before one another.

I long for the day when God fully restores broken families. I long for the day when boys with beards see freedom not in the context of abandoning their family, but only in the freedom found in Christ and abandoning their sinful proclivity to not “man up”. True freedom that breaks every curse, and makes them the fathers, husbands, and children that can revive a nation.

Do it in my family, Lord, start with me first and my two little boys, Josiah and Gideon.

Bryan Daniels

Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

14 thoughts on “A Father’s Day Prophecy and Freestylin’ Dads”

  1. I’m a widow, so my sons’ Dad isn’t here. But my 16 year old and I just watched “It’s a Dad’s Life” together. We’re still smilin’ Happy Father’s Day to ALL father’s! (Here or gone.) Bryan, your sons are indeed blessed by your love for them! Families DO need healing…from the young to the old. We are all broken in some way…we all need the Lord’s touch, His healing.

  2. Reblogged this on Sara's Musings and commented:
    A great Father’s Day message worthy of great consideration for fathers and families all across America, especially in light of all of socio-economic upheaval and fractured family relationships that have produced a “lost generation” of young people today. May God grant us mercy and may we turn to Him in repentance and for help at this extraordinarily critical time in our nation’s history. Happy Father’s Day to all, and thanks, Bryan, for writing this blog post. ~Sara’s Musings @ WordPress.com

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  4. Thank you for posting this. I have struggled for many years because of sexual abuse from my dad when I was quite young. I thought I had forgiven him but I realized while reading this that I was still harboring anger because I had missed having the kind of daddy that so many other girls had. And then I realized I had that DADDY already in my life, my Abba Father. I repented of my unforgiveness and look forward to however many more years God will allow my dad to stay on earth (he’s 85 this year). Again, many thanks and blessings. God definitely used you in my life today!

    1. Anna thank you so much for sharing your story and testimony. It really blesses me and I thank God that He has revealed Himself as the one real eternal Father to you. I pray for continual healing in your relationship with your earthly father too. Your willingness to comment on such a personal level has both blessed and challenged me. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. Such an important truth, Bryan. In our generation, these abberations in family relationships seem to have become the cultural norm. People seem almost willing to acceplt them. Very frightening. Keep challenging those “norms.”

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