Day 275. Zephaniah 1-3
1 The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
Josiah was kind from 641 to 610 BC. So, we know when Zephaniah was prophesying. Cushi means "Ethiopian", exactly why he claims to be the son of an ethiopian, I don't know. Hizkiah is actually Hezekiah, the 14th king of Judah, he reigned from 715 to 686. So, Zephaniah was actually royal, as is often the case, God chooses a prophet who not only speaks noble, but also has the capability of talking to the king as a peer.
2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
God's about to go all "Old-testament" on the world.
3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.
On day 6, God created man, right before that, He made beasts. On day 5, He made birds and fishes. He's going to undo the things he's done in the order that he made them. Why? If you put together one of those desks (or tables, or bookshelves) in the box from walmart, it comes with instructions. First put board A into board B, then use screw C to hold it together... at the end, you put those little stickers that look like wood grain over the spots where the screws are. If you are going to disassemble it, you can't take the screws out without taking the stickers off. Of course, if you are just going to throw it in the dumpster, you don't necessarily have to take it apart in order. You would only want to do that if you are going to put it back together again.
4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;
5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;
6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
King Josiah enacted a whole lot of religious reforms. He had to, Judah was a horrible pit of idol worship, false gods, and all around iniquity. Most people believe Zephaniah was written before all the reforms that Josiah did.
Here you see people worshiped Baal, (chemarims are bad priests, probably levites who rejected God, and worshiped Baal), Malcham is another name for Moloch. He had a lot of work to do.
7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.
"Day of the LORD" is used 23 times in the KJV1611. It's only used 5 times in the New Testament. Day of the LORD is not going to be a good day. Think... rapture without the fun part of going up to heaven. World War 3 where everyone dies is about as close as you can probably picture. If you've seen the movie 2012, there won't be big boats, you will die, everyone will die.
8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD's sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.
At this point, there was a lot of trade from Anterior Asia. Those people brought with them various items, including clothing that wasn't an accepted form of dress. If you look at images of old Hebrew prophets (and even Jesus) they are in robes. The people from Anterior Asia (the Scythians) actually wore... wait for it...
Trousers have no place (had no place) in Israel during this time period.
12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.
God is going to punish everyone.
14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
Either the "great day of the LORD" was the Babylonian Captivity, or it's something that hasn't happened yet. If it was the Babylonian Captivity then it was near... otherwise, near can mean all kinds of things.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
This is not good news for all those commercials that you see on Fox News now. It seems that at every commercial break there's at least one commercial for gold. Including the one featuring Mark Spitz, Lear Capital. Oh look, Rush Limbaugh is a spokesman.
During the time of the LORD, gold and silver will be worthless (even though according to commercials, it's never been worth nothing).
That truly will be a day that will suck.
2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD's anger come upon you.
3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.
There's still time to repent. He's going to do it, but at least you can die being fully repentant.
6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
Not everyone one is going to die, just most everyone. Before, there were vast cities on the sea coast (like New York City), but after the day of the LORD, there will be so many people killed, that those places that were great cities are only going to be populated by a few people.
Have you seen any of the "Life After People" shows? It'll be kind of like that, except there will still be a couple of people left over.
7 And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.
Have you started preparing for the day of the LORD? Do you have a fallout shelter? Do you know where you are going to go? Don't go to Texas, they are in the middle of a drought. Don't go to the northeast, there's hurricanes... Iowa is a pretty good place to go.
God (through Zephaniah) then list some people he's going to destroy.
12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.
Odd, Zephaniah (in 1:1) claims to be part Ethiopian, and yet still, they are gonna be destroyed too.
15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.
There's a lot of cities like that. They are all going to be destroyed.
1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
She, normally that's Babylon. Although, it could be Jerusalem.
4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
Having a sanctuary, that's probably Jerusalem.
8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
God's going to be angry.
12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
The meek shall inherit the earth. Remember, Zephaniah was from the royal family. So, he didn't go around talking to poor people, he went to the rich, the famous, the princes, and the kings. He didn't tell the poor that they were going to inherit, he went to the rich and said they were going to lose. The Babylonians didn't take all the poor people away, they took the princes and kings away by rings through their noses. The people left behind were the ones that they didn't care about. The poor, the weak... the ones who still believed in God.
13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
This is sort of opposite of the modern prosperity gospel. Instead of praying to get rich, the people would get land and stuff because all the rich would be taken away and killed.
20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.
Eventually, God will let the rich back.
So what have we learned today?
1. The day of the LORD is coming, soon... ish.
2. God hates it when there are other religions.
3. The meek will inherit... but when the rich come back, they will just take their houses back from the poor. Hey, it's just like the settlements in Israel right now.
Judges 9:21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.
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