The four canonical gospels

There are four canonical gospels that have been ascribed to various individuals.  The Gospel of Matthew, from around 70-100 CE, was attributed to Matthew, the apostle.  The Gospel of Mark, from around 60-70 CE, was attributed to a companion of Peter called Mark.  The Gospel of Luke, from around 80-90 CE, was considered to be a traveling companion of Paul.  The Gospel of John, from the later 90-100 CE, was attributed to the apostle of Jesus named John.

The messenger to prepare the way (Mal 3:1-3:1)

“‘See!

I am sending

My messenger

To prepare the way

Before me.

Yahweh,

Whom you seek,

Will suddenly come

To his temple.

The messenger of the covenant,

In whom you delight,

Indeed,

He is coming.’

Says Yahweh of hosts.”

The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 11, applied this text along with Isaiah, chapter 40, to John the Baptist.  Just as Yahweh was sending his messenger to prepare his way, so too John the Baptist would prepare the way for Jesus the Christ.  Yahweh was sending his messenger to prepare his way for his re-entrance into his Temple.  Yahweh would suddenly come, because the messenger of the delightful covenant had prepared things for him.