This is the last prophecy in the Old Testament regarding the Messiah. Also the last prophetic book prior to his first Advent. After Malachi finished his ministry to captive Israel, God was silent for roughly 400 years. The chosen nation, being passed around from conquering empire to the next. Paganism slowly permeating its fragile tent. There was no rest, no peace, no freedom, no comforting words from God, not even a rebuke. And no hope.