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Zephaniah prophesied and wrote to warn the nation of Judah and the city of Jerusalem about God's approaching judgment. He called this judgment period "the great day of the LORD" (Zephaniah 1:14). This great day is motioned throughout Scripture and has both short-term and long-term applications as it relates to God's judgment on His people and all nations. The immediate application during Zephaniah's time was that God's rebellious people in Judah would be punished for their wickedness, as would the ungodly nations that he lists by name. The future application of the prophecy relates to the final judgment of the church (Christ's followers) and the rest of the world at the end of history. Zephaniah also wrote to encourage God's people in Judah that He would one day restore them (to their homeland, to their relationship with Him and to their place of honor). At that time, Judah would sing the praises of their God, who would be living among them.
When the phrase "the day of the LORD" appears in the Bible, it usually is not referring to a single day or event but to a period of time. When the phrase is used in relation to the end times, that period begins immediately following the rapture of the church, when Christ's followers will be taken suddenly form the world to escape the end-time judgments on the world. The period of those judgments - referred to as the "great tribulation" - is included in "the Day". This time reaches its climax when Christ returns to earth to defeat the antichrist ad all of God's enemies and to establish His own reign of peace for the last thousand years of history (Revelation 19-20). For God's enemies, "the day of the LORD" means terrible destruction and judgment, but for God's faithful people it means rescue and reward.
A reference to the "day of the LORD" can be traced back to Amos 5:18, where it refers to a time when God will intervene (divinely act in situations on earth) in world events to deliver judgment or blessing - depending on people's relationship with God.
This is also true in the New Testament, which refers to a time of judgment on God's enemies (Romans 2:5; 2 Peter 2:9), but also to "the day of redemption," or salvation, for His followers (Ephesians 4:30).
Other phrases that refer to the same general period of time are "the day of God" (2 Peter 3:12).
Other phrases that refer to the same general period of time are "the day of God" (2 Peter 3:12)
or of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:8; Philippians 1:6),
the "last day" (John 6:39),
the "great Day" (Jude 1:6)
or simply "the day" ( 2 Thessalonians 1:10).
The final "day of the LORD" is the climax of history. Though several signs will come before this time, Christ's return and the judgment that follows will still surprise people when that day comes, like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:43-44; Luke 12:39-40; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 3:3; 16:14-15).
Let's end today with a closing prayer
My dear loving Father,
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for leading us through the bible study that we have just had, thank you for the Holy Spirit that has lead us to the truth that is in Jesus Christ, heavenly Father, we want to ask you that you fill us with the knowledge of truth and give us the wisdom and understanding that you have promised. may the truth in Jesus be revealed in us so that we can be fruitful in all that we do.
Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer.
In Jesus' Name,
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