Malachi announces that God is sending “my messenger to prepare the way before me” (3:1).
All four New Testament Gospels interpret the “messenger to prepare the way before me” as referring to John the Baptizer was the forerunner of Jesus the Messiah, preaching a gospel of repentance and preparing the way of the Lord More. Mark quotes Malachi 3:1 at the beginning of his Gospel as an announcement of John’s ministry (Mark 1:2), though he attributes this to Isaiah, son of Amoz, who prophesied in Jerusalem, is included among the prophets of the eighth century B.C.E. (along with Amos, Hosea, and Micah)--preachers who boldly proclaimed God's word of judgment against the economic, social, and religious disorders of their time. More. In A tax collector who became one of Jesus' 12 disciples More 11:10 and The "beloved physician" and companion of Paul More 7:27, Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More himself quotes Malachi 3:1 to describe John.