—Malachi 4:1-4 (NASB)
We called them “short-timers” in the Army. We hated them unless, of course, we were one ourselves. It expresses the general rule that once a person received orders permanently reassigning them to a new location, that they increasingly became useless in their present duties. The closer their date of departure loomed, the more disinterested they became in continuing to do the best job possible. They let things slide because they knew they would soon be gone and someone else would be stuck cleaning up the mess. Unfortunately it does not work that way for the final generation before Christ’s Second Coming; there is no allowance for “short-timers” when it comes to obedience to God’s Word.