Zephaniah gives a clear warning to the nation of Judah: The day of the LORD is coming and is inevitable, but it would be followed by restoration and blessing for the faithful. Judah would not be the only one to suffer for her years of sin and disobedience—all nations would be judged. Zephaniah did not know when the day of the LORD would take place, only that God’s judgment was imminent. We now know that Zephaniah’s vision of the day of the LORD encompassed several devastating events that would be fulfilled at a future time, such as the Babylonian exile in 586 BC and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, culminating in Christ’s Second Coming and final victory over evil. Even though this coming judgment would be severe, Zephaniah does not leave God’s people without hope. God promises to gather and purify His faithful remnant and that He, Himself, will live among His people.
“For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17, NLT)
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