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“WHAT DID THE PROPHETS SEE …” SERIES
ANSWER: 1. THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON” (Zeph 3:8) and the following
2. 1,000 YEAR REIGN OF CHRIST ON EARTH” (Zeph 3:9, 20)
Zephaniah prophecy (639 -606 BC) is in the days of King Josiah (Zeph 1:1), who brought about great reform over 31 years (2Chron 34), which came after the long and wicked reign of Manasseh which lasted 55 years.
Under Josiah the 15th king of the Southern tribes, there was a temporary revival (see 2 Kings chapter 22)
Zephaniah was a great influence on king Josiah and he prophesied just a few years before the Babylonian captivity.
2. GOD’S WRATH FOR THE NATIONS (Zeph 2:4-16; 3:8) - Moab, Ammon, Ethiopia
3. THE COMING OF
4. GOD GATHERING JUDAH BACK AGAIN (Zeph 3:20)
The coming day of wrath for Jerusalem and Judah
He leaves them in no doubt as to what God will do – utterly wipe out everything off the land, man and beast (Zeph 1:2); cut off Baal (Zeph 1:4); punish the princes (Zeph 1:8); destroy houses and goods (Zeph 1:13).
The great day of the Lord is at hand (Zeph 1:7, 10, 14, 15, 16)
The coming day of wrath for all nations
For the Philistines in Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Ekron (Zeph 2:4-5); Moab and Ammon (Zeph 2:8) (these were the ungodly offspring of Lot with his daughters); the Ethiopians and Assyria (Zeph 2:12-13).
A pure language will return
He meant they would return to God and his ways (Zeph 3:9); the poor will be left and those that trust the Lord God (Zeph 3:12); there will be great joy and singing and there will be no more evil (Zeph 3:14-15); God will turn back their captivity (Zeph 3:20).