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THE RISING SUN WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.

TOPIC: THE RISING SUN WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS

COMPILED/EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“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”
Malachi 4:2 KJV

THE RISING SUN!
“The Sun of righteousness shall arise.” Child of God in the dark, in prison, ungrowing and unhappy, what a promise is here for you! “The Sun of righteousness shall arise.” His rising is to do it all, there is nothing for you to do, no works for you to perform in order to get the needed blessing. The Sun of righteousness shall arise; now, the rising of the sun is one of the most wonderful things in nature, not merely for its grandeur and beauty, but for its sublime display of strength. Who could hold back the horses of the sun? What hand could block the golden wheel of his chariot, or bid him stay his course? The time is come for him to rise, and lo, he delights the world with dawn. Holy Spirit, such is thy power. When it is thy time to work who can stand against thee? As the sun floods the whole earth with his splendour, and no power can hinder his movements, so will the Holy Spirit work, and none can let him. Plead ye then this promise this morning and cry: “O Sun of righteousness, arise upon those that fear thee: come now in all thy majesty and wealth of grace: pour upon us thy light and heat and life, and fill our lives with thy glory.”

THE Jews expected that the coming of the Messiah would exalt every one of the Israelitish race. Their expectations were great, but they were also carnal and sensuous, since they looked for an earthly king, who would make the despised nation victorious over all its enemies, and enrich every man of Abraham’s race. The Scriptures gave them no ground for such universal expectations, but quite the reverse, and in the chapter which is now before us the prophet explains that the coming of Christ would certainly be like the rising of the sun, full of glory and of brightness, but the results would not be the same to all. To those who thought that they were righteous, and despised others, but who were wicked in their conversation, the rising of that sun would bring a burning, withering day. Read the first verse. “The day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble.” They shall not be like plants full of sap that would flourish in the tropical heat, but like stubble, which becomes drier and drier, until it takes fire: “and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord, that it shall leave them neither root nor stock,” for so might it be translated, and then the figure would be congruous throughout. It would scorch up the stubble-field in which there was no life, so intense would be the heat. Now that was the consequence of Christ’s coming. The religion of the Jews at his coming was dry and dead, like stubble. The Pharisee thought that he was righteous because he put on a broad phylactery, and tithed anise, and mint, and cummin, and such trifles; the Sadducee thought much of himself because he was a man of common sense, a thinker, a rationalist; and other sectaries of that period found equally frivolous grounds for glorying. The ministry of Christ dried them right up, and they have ceased to be. We use the name of Pharisee and Sadducee to-day, but there is no person in the world who would like to wear either name.

The coming of the Messiah was to bring to another class a fullness of blessing, and it is of these we have to speak. “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise,” not with scorching, but “with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth,”— ye shall not be dried up, and burnt, and destroyed, but ye shall “grow up as calves of the stall.” You shall obtain great blessings through the presence of your Lord.

HEALING IN HIS WINGS!

“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”
Malachi 4:2 KJV

This outline deals with the message of what is found in the Wings of God. How our lives are in Him and what He can do for us day by day. It is our daily walk with Him. We do not walk alone and He is an ever-present help in the time of need and trouble. He is our Salvation.

Healing in His wings!

The highest pinnacle of the spiritual life is not happy joy in unbroken sunshine, but absolute and undoubting trust in the love of God.

The more we depend on God, the more dependable we find He is.

There is no panic in trust.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

Under His wings is a place where God is our helper and a place of rejoicing!

“Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”
Psalm 63:7

Under His wings is the place of protection.

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
Psalm 91:4

Under His wings is a place where our strength is renewed as we rise to our place He has prepared for us.

John 14:1
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
1Peter 2:24

Natural disease may be instrumentally healed by men, but even then the honour is to be given to God who giveth virtue unto medicine, and bestoweth power unto the human frame to cast off disease. But as for spiritual sicknesses, these remain with the great Physician alone; he claims it as his prerogative, “I kill and I make alive, I wound and I heal;” and one of the Lord’s choice titles is Jehovah Rophi, the Lord that healeth thee. “I will heal thee of thy wounds,” is a promise which could not come from the lip of man, but only from the mouth of the eternal God.
On this account the psalmist cried unto the Lord, “O Lord, heal me, for my bones are sore vexed,” and again, “Heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.” For this also, the godly praise the name of the Lord, saying, “He healeth all our diseases.” He who made man can heal man; he who was at first the creator of our nature can new create it. What a transcendent comfort it is that in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we have Deity Incarnate! “In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” My soul, whatever thy disease may be, this great Physician can heal thee. If he be God, there can be no limit to his infinite power; if he be truly divine, there can be no boundary to the majesty of his might. Come then with the blind eye of thine understanding, come with the limping foot of thine energy, come with the maimed hand of thy faith, come just as thou art, for he who is God can certainly heal thee. None shall say unto the healing flood of his love, “Hitherto canst thou go and no further.” The utmost length of human sickness can be reached by this great Physician. Have thou confidence, O poor doubting heart! have thou unstaggering confidence in the Divine Healer. Although our Lord Jesus healed as Divine, remember that he also possessed power to heal because of his being human. Is it not written, “The chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed”? He used no other remedy in healing our sin-sickness but that of taking our sicknesses and infirmities upon himself. This is the one great cure-all. Blessed be the Son of God that the medicine, bitter as it is, is not for us to drink, but was all drained by himself. He took the terrible cup in Gethsemane, and drank it dry on our account. The sharp but healing cuts of the lancet are not made in our bodies, but he bore them in his own flesh. When the ploughers made deep furrows, those furrows were not upon the sinner’s shoulders, but upon the shoulders of the sinner’s Substitute. Didst ever hear, O Earth, of such a Physician as this? who heals by suffering himself, whose pains, and sorrows, and griefs, and pangs, and torments, and anguish, and death are the only medicine by which he removes the woes of men! Blessed Son of God, if I trust thee, seeing that thou art Divine, how will I love thee! how will I cling to thee, seeing thou art human! With what gratitude will I look up to thy cross and view thee, while those blessed founts of health are streaming crimson floods, and while thy heart, the source of all spiritual sanity, is pouring forth a heavenly torrent, efficacious to wash the sinner from all his sicknesses! Come hither, all ye sin-sick ones, and behold the glorious Son of God, made in the likeness of human flesh, breathing out his life upon the cross! Come hither, ye that mourn for sin, ye who are palsied and diseased with iniquity! here is power, power still present in the dying Saviour to heal you, whatsoever your diseases may be. He healed all that had need of healing while he sojourned here, and the costly balm of his atonement has lost none of its power.
The power which dwelt in Christ to heal, coming from him as divine and human, was applicable, most eminently, to the removal of the guilt of sin. Reading this chapter through, one pauses with joy over that twentyfourth verse, “The Son of Man hath power upon earth to forgive sin.” Here, then, is one of the great Physician’s mightiest arts: he has power to forgive sin. While here he lived below, before the ransom had been paid, before the blood had been literally sprinkled on the mercy-seat, he had power to forgives in. Hath he not power to do it now that he hath died? Brethren, what power must dwell in him who to the utmost farthing has faithfully discharged the debts of his people! He has indeed power, seeing that he has finished transgression and made an end of sin. If ye doubt it, see him rising from the dead! behold him in ascending splendour raised to the right hand of God! hear him pleading before the Eternal Father, pointing to his wounds, urging the merit of his sacred passion! What power to forgive is here! “He hath ascended on high, and received gifts for men.” “He is exalted on high to give repentance and remission of sins.” At this moment, sinner, Christ has power to pardon, power to pardon thee, and millions such as thou art. He has nothing more to do to win thy pardon; all the atoning work is done. He can, in answer to thy tears, forgive thy sins to-day, and make thee know it. He can breathe into thy soul at this very moment a peace with God which passeth all understanding, which shall spring from perfect remission of thy manifold iniquities.

Now mark what will be the result of his rising. As soon as ever this sun is up and Christ begins to shine upon his people, they enjoy a clear light. They were in the dark before, but they are in the light now.

When the Sun of righteousness arises upon a Christian, and shines full upon him, he does not see islands a hundred miles away, but he sees the golden gates of the celestial city, and the King in his beauty, and the land that is very far off; for the presence of Christ clears the atmosphere, and enables us to see the invisible. Unto you that fear his name may the Sun of righteousness arise and give you just such clearness and light.
But according to the text, the Sun of righteousness, when it rises on those that fear the Lord, gives them healing. There is healing in its wings. By the wings of the sun are meant the beams that shoot up from it into the air, or seem to slant down from it when it is aloft in the sky. There is really healing to men’s bodies in the sun.

which would not be so needful a promise if they were not sick. A Christian may be bowed down with grievous spiritual maladies. His pulse may beat slowly, his heart may become feeble; he may be alive, and that may be about all; lethargy may seize him, palsy may make him tremble despondently, he may have wandered from his God. Alas! even an ague fit may be upon him, in which he shakes with unbelief from head to foot. It may be his eyes have become so blinded that he cannot see afar off; and his ears may be dull of hearing, and he may be like the fools in the psalm, whose souls abhorred all manner of meat. He may have put away from him the comforts of the promise, and he may be brought very low; yet he shall not die, but live, and proclaim the works of the Lord, for the soul sickness of a saint is not unto death. He shall be recovered from it, and he shall sing of the Lord whose name is “Jehovah Rophi, the Lord that healeth thee.” Oh, child of God, if thou art in a sick and sorrowing state, cry mightily unto thy Lord, and the Sun of righteousness shall arise upon thee with healing in his wings.
Note again, that the children of God, according to our text, may be in a condition of bondage, for it is said that when the Sun of righteousness arises “they shall go forth as calves of the stall.” Understand the figure. The calf in the stall is shut up, tied up with a halter at night, but when the sun rises the calf goes forth to the pasture; the young bullock is set free. So the child of God may be in bondage. The recollection of past sins and present unbelief may halter him up and keep him in the stall, but when the Lord reveals himself he is set free. Even true children of God may sometimes have to cry like Paul that they are sold under sin; they may forget the blood of redemption for a season, and think themselves still to be slaves, and yet be the true children of God. Hence the beauty of the promise that they shall go forth.

Maybe you’re suffering with a disease you’ve had a long time, a chronic disease. Maybe you have a disease that the doctors said you will have to live with, but that’s according to medical science, not to Jesus who came with healing in His wings. He brings that delivering greatness, that power; and when He lands, the miracle is yours. When He lands you can be made whole all over like He made me.

Moving ahead more into the new testament (which comes next after this prophecy in Malachi), Jesus Christ our Lord God is born, and has grown up and started his ministry of truth. He is the leader of the Jews, the founder of Christianity.
There is a garment that is known as the “Tallit”. The dictionary defines it as: “a shawllike garment of wool, silk, or the like, with fringes, or zizith, at the four corners…” It’s known to many Christians in modern times as the “prayer shawl”. It is a very important thing to the Jewish people (as well as many Christians). It was given to the people by God through Moses. The corners of the shawl are also known as “wings”.
“And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” (Luke 8:43-48).
This woman touched the “border of his garment”. It is believed that she touched the “wings” of his Tallit, in faith that if he was the Messiah as spoken of by the prophet Malachi, he would then have “healing in his wings”. Surely her faith and understanding of the prophecy was so powerful, that it even amazed Jesus! “Who touched me?” he says! He says he felt “virtue” go out of him into who touched him. The word “virtue” is defined as “moral excellence; goodness; righteousness” and “effective force; power or potency”. Jesus says: “Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace”.
Jesus truly is the fulfillment of all prophecies about the Messiah. And now, in our present day, the prophecies that he gave us about the end times are being fulfilled as truth. Praise God for repentance and the most important step in life: SALVATION, because the door is closing soon!

SHALOM!

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