Study Guide

The Twelve Minor Prophets Zephaniah Chapters 1 & 2

Zephaniah Chapters 1 & 2

Wipeout

  • The prophecy opens with a bang, not a whimper. God is going to destroy everything on earth.
  • It’s going to be even worse than the flood, because this time even the fish will be destroyed.
  • He’ll utterly destroy Judah because of their unfaithfulness.
  • Zephaniah describes the coming day of the Lord as a day of sacrifice, with Judah as the offering on the altar.
  • God will go house to house in Jerusalem, ferreting out everyone and destroying the untroubled wealthy, who will now be extremely troubled.
  • Here are a few of the things that will be involved: wrath, distress and anguish, ruin and devastation, darkness and gloom, clouds and thick darkness.
  • It will be a “terrible end” (1:18) for everyone on earth.
  • That said, God just might leave a righteous remnant to take over the places whose residents he has wiped out, so behave yourselves, kids, and you just might get lucky.
  • The prophet lists all the nations about to be desolate: Gaza, Ashkelon, Ekron, Canaan, Moab. All these traditional enemies of Judah will be conquered by the remnants of Judah left after God gets finished with them.
  • That’s what they get for jeering at God’s people.
  • The Cus***es and Assyrians won’t be spared, either. Their cities will be destroyed and all that will be left are birds and animals living in the abandoned homes.

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