Zephaniah: The Prophet of Judgment Day
70 yrs. of suffering, sorrow, & slavery.
Dark & threatening clouds were gathering over the nation.
The two corrupt reigns of Manasseh & Amon had caused the people to forget God.
(But God had not forgotten them)
Idolatry was a way of worship & life.
THE PROPHET (1:1)
Zephaniah - “Jehovah Hides”
Zephaniah was the great-great-grandson of Hezekiah.
Zephaniah was a resident of
Zephaniah was contemporary with Jeremiah, Nahum, & possibly Habakkuk.
Zephaniah was a faithful, fiery, & forceful preacher.
Zephaniah's work was done in
On the Political Scene:
Josiah has become king of ungodly
And Josiah's reforms did not really convert the people.
Therefore, judgment was coming.
PROCLAMATION OF JUDGMENT – READ 1:2-13
God pronounces judgment on the world (2-3).
God pronounces judgment on Judah & Jerusalem
God names those who will be punished.
Idolaters - Baal & Chemarims (4).
Worshipers of stars, sun & moon (5a).
Alien sinners (6b).
Corrupt merchants (11).
Practical atheists (12).
THE PICTURE OF JUDGMENT - READ 1:14-18
God's judgment was near (14)
God's judgment brings everyone to their knees.
God's judgment day is described in different way (15-16).
God's judgment day cannot be halted by money (18).
THE PLEA FOR REPENTANCE – READ 2:1-3
God wants His people to repent
Seek the LORD (Jehovah).
THE POLLUTED CITY (
Received not correction
Trusted not in God.
Drew not near to God.
God names the unfit leaders (3-4).
God names His position – READ 5-7
He is just and sinless.
He has the power to judge the loftiest nations.
He expects respect & obedience (7).
THE PROMISES – READ 3:9-20
[MANY ARE DUAL PROPHECIES]
The promise of conversion.
God promises purity of language (9)
God promises unity of peoples (10)
God promises forgiveness for penitent people (11)
God promises a remnant will remain (12-13)
.The promise of restoration.
God promises the remnant a day of rejoicing.
When He allows them to return to
.Fearfully, another day of the Lord is coming!
Therefore, we need to repent & be ready
Thankfully, a remnant will be saved.
Let us be ready!