shall NOT have put on "immortality" when Christ returns
and so throughout the Millennium they are referred to as "the dead".
Zephaniah means "Hidden of Yah" and we learned in our study of the great Book of Habakkuk that God's "Power" is hidden in His elect, those "two rays of light" which shine forth His truth, His Word, continuing to light that path which leads to freedom and life while the deadly filthy smoke from the pit of the beast continues to spew forth lies and deception ever darkening the "air" and "sun".
It will be those two rays of light, those two candlesticks, those two churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna, who shall blow the Trumpets, i.e. who shall speak His voice, His Words, giving warning to His people and soon giving a warning as a witness to ALL the nations of this world before the great day of His wrath comes and His GLORIOUS POWER is Uncovered, Unhidden, and Unleashed upon the ungodly.
We know that it is not a pleasant thing for our Father to have to bring about so great a tribulation, so great a cup of wrath upon this world.
We read in Jeremiah 4:19-27 how it "pained His heart" in that first earth age when He poured out His fierce anger (vs. 26) and destroyed the "world that then was" (2 Pet. 3:6).
Jeremiah 4:19 "My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trump, the alarm of war."
We also know that our loving Father is "longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Pet. 3:9) and IF at any time His people will repent and turn to Him He will and He is able to even "turn back the shadow" of time, extending the period of "light", in order to allow for a greater harvest.
This is one of the great lessons we learn from the reformation in the days of righteous king Hezekiah.
Oh how our Father loves His children and desires their love.
Nevertheless, there shall come a time when 7th Trump shall sound and the King of kings and Lord of lords shall return to this earth with all "Power and Glory" to utterly destroy and consume Babylon the Great and subdue all nations.
At that day, every knee shall bow before the name of Jesus Christ.
The warning of that Great Day is what this Book of Zephaniah is all about, the summary of which is given in the Book of Revelation.
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Rev. 1:20 "... The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches."
The voice in Rev. 18:2 is "strong" because it is strengthened by YHVH and by His great power!
This verse is speaking of that warning and witness of those servants "Hidden of Yah", those "rays of light" through whom the power of the Holy Spirit (like unto fire) shall speak after the manner of the example given in Acts chapter 2.
They shall declare to the EARTH, bring the light of truth to ALL nations, the fact that Babylon the Great is as good as HIStory and that filthy One World Political, Economic, Educational, and Religious System is COMING DOWN HARD!
And God's servants will have all the supporting evidence and documentation contained in the next verse.
And during the time of that great warning declaring that Jesus Christ is soon to return and put an end to Babylon the great, i.e. before the great day of His wrath, the other voice (as a trumpet) from heaven, through His servants who have been diligently working in the field, will be as follows: For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
And so it is that the Zephaniah's, the "Hidden of Yah", God's elect, shall come forth when our patient Father is ready to consummate this flesh age and they shall declare His Power and Glory and His mighty works to the whole earth.
Here is what our Father has declared He will do at the sound of the 7th Trump when He ends this flesh age.
I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
Do you know how they will be consumed?
Spiritually by FIRE!
His FIRE, for He is a consuming fire!
Hebrews 12:29 "For our God is a consuming fire."
Here is how Peter describes that consumption of all that is wicked and evil.
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Look up the word "elements" in your Strong's Concordance.
It should be translated "rudiments" or "principles".
In other words, Peter is simply saying that the evil rudiments, ALL the earthly systems, ALL the WORKS of wickedness of Babylon the Great and the false messiah shall be CONSUMED from off the earth.
Corruption, iniquity, false religion and all forms of liberalism shall NO MORE be allowed!
I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.
Again, although the flesh age does end and all the people on earth put off this tabernacle of the flesh body* one way or the other when Jesus Christ returns, the real "consuming" He WILL do is of that "spiritual fire" which is what the verses following verse 3 DETAIL for us.
*Note: For further documentation that ALL those who are alive and remain in the flesh when Christ returns shall be changed from a corruptible body to an incorruptible body (i.e. the flesh age ends), read 1 Cor. 15:51-54. You see, there are two "raisings"! One applies to the body, the other to the soul. In other words, everyone puts on the spiritual "body" when Christ returns because the flesh age ENDS at that time. However, you must put on BOTH the spiritual body AND put on immortality, i.e. receive eternal life, to have the victory over "Death", i.e. Satan. 1 Cor. 15:54 "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."
Many shall NOT have put on "immortality" and so throughout the Millennium they are referred to as "the dead". Why? They have NO VICTORY over Death, i.e. they are still liable to die in the lake of fire at the end of the Millennium if they do not learn to discern between the holy and the profane and discipline themselves in the Word of God. That is what they shall be taught by God's elect during those 1000 years (Ezekiel 44:23-24 "And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.  And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths."
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