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Let's Get Started with Day Three.
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SURVEY / SPECIAL FEATURES
For the most part, the book is a serious warning about the approaching day of God's judgment on all evil and rebellion against Him. Zephaniah saw a future worldwide judgment coming because of the sins of all humanity (Zephaniah 1:2; 3:8). But he especially focused on the judgment coming on Judah for her offenses against God (Zephaniah 1:4-18; 3:10-7). Zephaniah urged the people to humble themselves and repent - to change their attitude toward God, admit their sin, turn from their own way and begin following God's plans - before his prophecy of doom came upon them (Zephaniah 2:1-3). This national repentance happened in part during King Josiah's reforms and the revival that followed (627-609B.C.).
Zephaniah also prophesied about the coming judgment on five foreign nations: Philistia, Ammon, Moab, Cush and Assyria (Zephaniah 2:4-15). After addressing the sins of Jerusalem once again (Zephaniah 3:1-7), the prophet predicted a time when God would rescue, regather and restore His people. Then they would rejoice as true worshipers of the Almighty God, and God would literally be among them as a victorious warrior (Zephaniah 3:9-20).
Five major features characterize the book of Zephaniah.
1. Zephaniah is the only prophet to give an extended list of his ancestry (family line), going back four generations to King Hezekiah.
2. It has the most detailed revelation in the Old Testament about the future "day of the LORD."
3. It is an example showing that God's people need to be confronted by His warnings of judgment as well as comforted by His promises of salvation.
4. It contains a wee-developed teaching about the faithful remnant (the portion of Israel that would be scattered but would endure throughout history and remain loyal to God); this remnant would be restored when the Lord came to bring final judgment (Zephaniah 3:9-20).
5. Zephaniah's revelation about the coming day of God's judgment for the wicked and the great day of salvation for His people is a major contribution to the New Testament revelation about the end times.
NEW TESTAMENT FULFILLMENT
Jesus may have pointed back to Zephaniah twice (Zephaniah 1:2-3; Matthew 13:40-42), (Zephaniah 1:15; Matthew 24:29). Both references are related to His second coming (not the "rapture" of the church, but His literal return to earth following the tribulation. New Testament writers understood Zephaniah's message about the "day of the LORD" as a description of the end-time events beginning with the great tribulation and concluding with Jesus' return to judge the living and the dead (compare Zephaniah 1:14 with Revelation 6:17; 3:8 with Revelation 16:1) The new Testament refers often to Christ's second coming and the day of judgment as simply "the Day" (1 Corinthians 3:13; 2 Timothy 1:12, 18; 4:8).
Closing prayer for our bible study
We love studying the bible,
We thank You for speaking to us through Your Word,
We also thank You for Your continued revelation that You have given us this far, Thank you for allowing us to have this bible study,
Through it we have really gained and our inner eyes have been opened,
We praise You forever,
Be with us always until we meet again.
In Jesus Name,
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