Christian soldiers will take their stance against the fiery darts of the Wicked One.
We have come to the 9th
book of the Minor Prophets,
the book of the prophet Zephaniah whose name means "Hidden of Yah".
is particularly important at this late date in the chronological order
for those with "eyes to see and ears to hear" to understand this instructional book of Zephaniah
for it concerns the warning, the "Minatory" as Dr. Bullinger calls it in the Companion Bible on page 1271,
of the 7th Trump which is the time known as the great Day of the LORD.
Let us document as part
of our introductory
the exact timeframe of this book which can be found in verses 14-16 of the first chapter as follows:
Zeph. 1:14 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.
 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
when Satan as the false messiah is cast out of heaven to this earth (Rev.
at the sound of the 6th Trump,
God's elect, the watchmen,
will no longer be warning their brothers and sisters that the enemy is coming.
reason why is obvious,
for he (Satan) will already be here claiming to be the true Messiah.
In other words, the 6th
Trump will have sounded
and now it shall be time to blow the sound of warning (trumpet)
and to fulfill Mark 13:10 and "Proclaim [the gospel] Among All Nations",
the good news of the Kingdom of God,
i.e. that Yeshua Messiah is about to return as King of kings
with a rod of iron and subdue all nations and destroy Babylon the great,
the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.
As it is written, at that
time "some of you" [of God's elect]
will be delivered up to give that witness and testimony before the great Day of the LORD,
the Day of His Wrath, arrives.
It is "the WORK" to come
that shall be accomplished by those among the brotherhood,
even of the church of Smyrna,
when the "devil" has arrived on the scene at the sound of the 6th Trump:
Rev. 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Jesus Christ said concerning those who are delivered up that they should not even pre-meditate what they shall say, for at that time the Holy Spirit shall strengthen them (with fire) and speak through them, giving them words and wisdom, just like the example set forth on that first Pentecost Day following the resurrection when the Holy Spirit (like as a "fire") lighted upon them and spoke through those Galileans in a language that all those present of all the NATIONS clearly heard in their own dialect. Here are the words of Christ concerning those delivered up:
But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
In the picture book which was sealed-up until these last days to be understood by the wise (the spiritually rich in His Word), Shadrach, Meshach, and Abeddnego were given to us as types of those who would be cast into prison (for 10 days to see if they would eat idolatrous "meat") and then delivered up to the king of Babylon, the type of false-christ in these last days. Yet we SEE even in the "face of death" they would not "bow a knee to Baal", neither did they premeditate what they said: And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
No premeditation here, right? "Hey Neb! Take your image and shove it, pal!"Daniel 3:16
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
It is also perhaps fitting that we study this book of Zephaniah at this time for it is the last book in the minor prophets just preceding the Captivity. Zephaniah was a contemporary of Jeremiah and unlike the last two prophets we studied, Nahum and Habakkuk, Zephaniah carries no burden. He prophesied around 518 BC before the reformation of Josiah ended. (Josiah means "Foundation of Yah".)
Again, most of the Book of Zephaniah (1:1-3:8) is what Dr. Bullinger calls Minatory, which is a threatening, like the clouds threaten rain, i.e. to give signs or warning of, like the blowing of a trumpet. In the case of Zephaniah we shall see that the minatory is the warning of 7th Trump. It shall be those "Hidden of Yah", which is what "Zephaniah" means, who shall come and herald the PROCLAMATION to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people before the King of kings and Lord of lords returns! And though it is written that YHVH shall give them a mouth and wisdom at that time, this is what those "Determined Warriors", the bruisers, the ships of Chittim, shall declare upon the waters (See Rev. 17:15 for definition of "waters"):
This is what goes forth in that Proclamation to the nations:Rev. 14:6
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Just as Joel declares in the last chapter of his book, Jesus Christ is coming to the valley of Jeshoshaphat, the "valley of decision", the "valley of Judgment" (Jehoshaphat means "YHVH judges". Daniel means "God is Judge"). In other words, the valley of Jehoshaphat is simply the valley where the Lord (along with His Zadok) judges the nations for the decisions they have made and the way they have treated His children. (Read the 3rd chapter of Joel concerning the blowing of the 7th Trump. Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
And after the troops, the standing "fire" fighters of have declared "WOE", the "Hour of His Judgment is Come" and you had better turn and worship Him that made heaven and earth, THEN the evil rudiments of Babylon the Great shall come tumbling down with a great SHOUT (1 Thes. 4) just as the walls of Jericho fell with a thunderous "shout" at the sound of the 7th Trump!
As the final part to our introductory, let us understand the first verse of Zephaniah, for in it is contained the "hidden manna" of His message to us, which is that the "Hidden of Yah" are His elect, one of those two rays of light that we learned of in Habakkuk, wherein YHVH's strength is hidden.Rev. 14:8
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Speaking of hidden, it seems remarkable that it is so noted by the great scholars and commentators alike, that unlike the other prophets of God, Zephaniah's genealogy is traced back four generations to King Hezekiah! The name Hezekiah is even spelled differently in English (Hizkiah) here in Zeph. 1:1 to help draw our attention to him, i.e. to Hezekiah. The question is "Why?" Let us begin answering that question by first taking note of the name "Hezekiah" in Greek as used in Mat. 1:9:Zeph. 1:1
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.
Sure looks like "Ezekiel", doesn't it? Well, it basically means the same thing. Here is what Hezekiah means in Hebrew:Ezekias = ed-zek-ee'-as, Strong's #1478
Of Hebrew origin [#2396]; Ezekias (that is, Hezekiah), an Israelite:— Ezekias.
We see "Ezeki" (strong, strength) contained (hidden) in the name of "Hezeki-ah". The difference is the "El" and the "Yah", i.e. the relationship of God. Ezekiel means "Whom El Strengthens" while Hezekiah means "Whom Yah Strengthens". Why is this significant or important? It is important in understanding that the work that shall be done in the last days after the king of Babylon has arrived on the scene is that some of those among the sons and daughters shall give the great Proclamation to ALL nations. That witness to the nations which we have been discussing comes after the great teaching, after the great "shepherding" to the sons and daughters of the true house of Israel, i.e. after the sealing of the 144,000 in Revelation 7:1-4 during which time the four winds were held back from blowing upon the earth. Therefore, let us understand the role of Ezekiel (the type of the watchman) to this point, even until the great time of trouble such as never was when the king of Babylon arrives at the sound of the 6th Trump. (That 6th Trump has not sounded at the time of this study so the watchmen must continue steadfast in their current duties.)Hezekiah = chizqŒòyaòh, khiz-kee-yaw' #2396
From H2388 and H3050; strengthenedofJah; Chizkijah, a king of Judah, also the name of two other Israelites:—Hezekiah, Hizkiah, Hizkijah. Compare H3169.
Ezekiel (Whom God Strengthens) was first told to eat the "roll" and then he was appointed a watchmen unto the house of Israel. Although Ezekiel lived during the captivity of Israel and "acted out" before our eyes every phase and detail of the coming of the king of Babylon to Jerusalem, it was NOT his predetermined commission to witness to the kings and the nations NOR to be delivered up before the king of Babylon. When the king of Babylon did arrive and take captive the children of Judah, we then move to the Book of Daniel which details the work of the church of Smyrna. To wit, the events that take place in Daniel (God is Judge) occur before and the during the reign of king Nebuchadnezzar, the type of the king of Babylon of the last days. That is why Daniel's words were written and sealed-up until the end when the "wise", the spiritually "rich" watchmen whom Yahveh shall strengthen, shall understand.
Here is the documentation of Ezekiel's commission as given to Him by God:
First order of business is to eat and digest the entire Word of God.Ezekiel 3:1
Moreover He said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.
The sons and daughters, who are brothers and sisters (Philadelphia), speak after the manner of "Thus saith the Lord" and "It is written", NOT after the manner of "men" and their traditional denominational teachings. But you see, the watchmen's overall commission during the 5th Trump is to teach their brothers and sisters, not to proclaim (herald) to the nations of the world the gospel of the return of the King of kings, i.e. to those who speak all those languages we witness in Acts 2. The watchmen are sent to the true House of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
If it were God's plan to send them to the nations, the nations would repent as we learned from the great Book of Jonah! Now understand this, for it is really quite simple. We know the Lord of lords and King of kings is coming soon, but only AFTER the king of Babylon (Satan) has come unto Jerusalem at the sound of the 6th Trump. That is why we "watch Jerusalem". At that time some of you spiritually rich Christian soldiers will be strengthened by Yahveh as He speaks through you when you are delivered up and give the PROCLAMATION that the Kingdom of God is come and that Jesus Christ is LORD, NOT that image standing in Jerusalem. Yes, the "hidden of Yah", those Zephaniahs with the seal of God hidden in their foreheads shall come forth to give "witness" and HERALD THE RETURN OF OUR KING! Praise God! For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
Have you ever noticed that precious metals such as gold and silver and precious gems like diamonds and rubies do not lie in abundance out in the open fields for passersby to just reach down and pick up? No, those "riches" are hidden deep in the heart of the earth and IF you desire to have them you must labor and search for them and dig them out! And so it is with the precious riches found in the Word of God that lie at a deeper level beneath the surface. Those riches are reserved for the workman who studies and shows himself approved and who rightly divides the Word of God (2 Tim. 2:15).
To that end, keeping in mind that the main subject of the Book of Zephaniah is the minatory, i.e. the warning, of the 7th Trump, let's get out the picks and shovels and do some digging and see how we may be enriched by this discovery.
The first thing we uncover is that Hezekiah was quite a "gem" himself in the eyes of our Father, for Hezekiah did that which was right in the sight of the LORD.
That is some pretty heavy company to travel with, i.e. to be likened unto the servant whom God said was "a man after mine own heart" (Acts 13:22).2 Kings 18:1
Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.
 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.
 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.
Hezekiah rid the nation of idolatry and even assembled the people before the Lord to keep the Passover after it was too late to keep the Passover on the 14th day of the first month. This he did in the second month and God honored it! Get your shovels out and go dig in 2 Chron. 30:13-26 and see how Hezekiah's purpose was to unite the tribes of the North with the tribes of the South and how he prayed on the behalf of the "unclean" who came to partake of the Passover. Rich, rich! He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
Hezekiah loved the LORD not in words only but in the mighty works he did by sticking to the Word of God and keeping all His commands. He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
The same applies to us today for as it is written in Hebrews 13:8, " Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Here are Christ's own words showing what one does who truly loves Him along with Father's promise to be with those who do! For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.
And so Hezekiah loved the LORD and kept His commandments and the LORD was with him as promised in the writings of Moses!John 14:21
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
What an example Hezekiah was! This servant of God was afraid of NO ONE and the reason is clear, because just like David who had the courage to stand against Goliath, Hezekiah "trusted in the LORD God of Israel" and "took a stand" against the mighty king of Assyria, a type of the false-christ in these last days. You should read all of 2 Kings chapters 18, 19 & 20 concerning the courageous manner in which king Hezekiah stood firm and held his ground in Jerusalem in spite of the fact that all the other cities of Israel had fallen to the king of Assyria because they had transgressed the Word of God and turned to idolatry. In fact the messengers* of the king of Assyria came and told Hezekiah NOT to trust in his God. But God had told him through the prophet Isaiah not to be afraid of the king of Assyria because He would handle it, i.e. cause him to fall. Hezekiah believed the Word of God. Here is what the messengers* spoke to Hezekiah:2 Kings 18:7
And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.
* Note: "Messenger" is what the word "angel" means and we know that when the king of Babylon (Satan as the false-christ) is cast out of heaven to this earth in Rev. 12:7-9 that his angels (messengers) are cast out with him. They shall try to convince God's servants to forsake their God and submit to the king of Assyria, i.e. Satan posing as Christ!
Oh contraire! When the Word of God states how something shall come to pass, THAT is exactly how it shall come to pass even if some supernatural angel appears and tells you otherwise! This is extremely important to our understanding for these last days. Take Heed!2 Kings 19:10
Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
All the gods of the "interfaiths" did not help the nations, did they? Nor shall they today! So when you hear "You had better join their ranks with your Christianity, which is just like all the other religions", pay no attention! That is EXACTLY what you shall hear in these last days from the messengers of the false-christ, even as we hear it NOW from the messengers of the first beast! As a current event update, remember in August of 2000, the week before the Millennium Summit in NYC, 1000 priests and bishops and seers and pastors and preachers and gurus from all the nations stood together and submitted to the beast. It was the largest and most diverse gathering of religious leaders in the history of mankind! Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?
 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Thelasar?
[13 ]Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?
Then witness how the National Cathedral in our nation's capital was used for the first time in history to present an "interfaith" service on Sept. 14, 2001.
Here is what king Hezekiah did and said regarding the "heat" put on him from the "messengers" concerning the MAJORITY, i.e. all the nations round about:
There is ONLY one God, the true God of Israel! ALL others are NO GODS! Have you not read what John says in both his gospel (Jn. 3:36) and his epistles: 2 John 1:9 "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."2 Kings 19:14
And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
You can be sure that is not "Politically Correct" and the PEER pressure (Pol.,Ed., Econ., Rel.) to conform will be tremendous! Watchmen, listen to the beautiful prayer of Hezekiah, "Strengthened of Yah"!
God shall deal personally with those who bring reproach to YHVH, the God of Israel! How DARE someone call a Jihad, a holy war, against this nation! LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.
They are ALL man-made religions! Even the majority of what is called Christianity is really just Churchianity, i.e. "religion" made of men's hands, i.e. out of the traditions of man and not the Word of God. Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands,
 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
Oh dear Christian brothers and sisters, contained is this verse is the "mighty work" that God shall do in these last days through which "All the world, ALL NATIONS, shall come to know that there is ONLY one God, the great "I AM", the God of Israel, the creator of both heaven and earth!" (We just read in the great Book of Habakkuk concerning His great plan for the nations in these last days.) Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.
Again, you can and should read 2 Kings 18-20 for yourself. You have your own shovel, don't you? There is much "hidden manna" here to be found in verses 20-34 of chapter 19 concerning these last days if you have eyes to see and ears to hear. Nevertheless, God did hear Hezekiah's prayer and it came to pass the Angel of Lord took care of things. God can handle it! Have NO FEAR!
In 2 Kings chapter 20 we uncover so much hidden wealth of knowledge and spiritual insight that we cannot possibly carry it all in this study of Zephaniah. However, before the deliverance we just read of in the previous verse (2 Kings 19:35), Hezekiah became deathly ill and God sent Isaiah to tell him to get his house in order, he's going home, i.e. he is going to die! Here is what Hezekiah did:2 Kings 19:35
And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
This is such a touching account of this servant of God lying on his death bed. Here is what happened next:2 Kings 20:2
Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,
 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
God healed Hezekiah's burning inflammation and he recovered, i.e. was now "Strengthened by YHVH"! Hezekiah then sought an understanding and a sign from the Father through His prophet Isaiah concerning his miraculous healing.2 Kings 20:4
And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold,I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
Isaiah asked Hezekiah if it was his "desire" that the shadow of the sundial to go forward 10 degrees or go back 10 degrees.2 Kings 20:9
And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
What are these ten degrees which had gone down in the dial of Ahaz, Hezekiah's father? This refers the 15 Psalms, 120-134. If you are fortunate enough to have a Companion Bible you will find a detailed outline and explanation of these Psalms which are called the "Songs of Degrees", in appendix 67. Here is what Dr. Bullinger writes in appendix 67 concerning these "degrees": And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down [forward] ten degrees: nay, but let the shadowreturn backward ten degrees.
 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.
Again, it is not expedient within the scope of this study to uncover all the riches concerning what Father would have us know about Hezekiah, "strengthened of Yah", for they are far too plentiful indeed. However, the watchman of these last days should pay close attention to what we have learned so far and also to these Songs of Degrees. You now know where to dig so get to work!The only "degrees" of which we read in the Bible are "the degrees" on the sundial of Ahaz, by which the shadow of the sun went backward in the days of his son Hezekiah, as a sign from Jehovah that he should recover from his sickness, while Jerusalem was surrounded by the armies of the king of Assyria, and Hezekiah was under sentence of death from the King of Terrors (see 2Kings 20:8-11, and the Structure of the chapters in Isa. 36-39). Scripture knows of no other steps or "degrees" that can be connected with the shadow of the sun. (Companion Bible, appendix 67, pg. 97)
Next we shall burrow into the great Book of Zephaniah and discover what happens at the sound of the 7th Trump!
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, andReligious 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 theelements 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. over Satan. 1 Cor. 15:54 "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, andthis 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."
He also said in Zeph. 1:3 that He will consume the "stumblingblocks" along with the wicked. That simply means He will totally ruin their idols, those idols which have ruined them. You see, there will be NO IDOLS in the Millennium.
This is the "smashing", the stretching out of His hand, that occurs when Luke 21:6 comes to pass and the temple offalse religion is pulverized. Here is what Christ told His servants concerning the buildings of the temple which some marveled at: 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;
Jesus Christ marked that temple to be destroyed and so it shall be. We can also read of it Rev. 11:Luke 21:6
As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
The note in your Companion Bible will explain that the measuring of this "reed" is a measuring for destruction!Rev. 11:1
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
The two "rays of light" shall be "Strengthened of Yah", by His POWER, HIS FIRE, HIS WORD, and they shall teach and proclaim His truth! And so they do, and so they shall! But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
The two olive trees (see Zech. 4), the two witnesses, and those two churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia shall have His power! He has given them His Power and they shall use it! (Luke 10:19) These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
The FIRE of His truth, the Holy Spirit of God which proceeds out of their mouth, i.e. the Consuming Fire speaking through them, shall do the CONSUMING! Let's repeat Zeph. 1:4: And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
All one needs to know is that Baal is the false-christ and his angelic host and all the "black robed" priests (Chemarims) are going to be destroyed and cut off, forever!Zeph. 1:4 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;
Note: A "black robed" priest is not limited to scribes and Pharisees. Anyone who does NOT teach His truth has no "light" shining forth from his or her garments. The color black, as we were taught in elementary school, is the ABSENCE OF LIGHT. If one teaches the "traditions of men" that person wears a spiritual black robe!
Those who follow after the fire breathing dragon, Malcham, who is the false fire god Molek, i.e. the false-christ the false king (malak), and those who worship after Satan's angelic host of heaven when they are cast out with him to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9), shall also receive of the cup of the Wrath of God. 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;
"Come out of her my people!" Come out of Babylon (confusion) and stop believing the traditions of men! Learn who Molek is and how the children were "passed through the fire"!
 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
Jesus Christ always spoke
in parables to the multitudes but it was only His
who came to Him afterwards and sought answers and explanations concerning the "hidden manna",
the deeper spiritual truth of His Word.
The next verse documents the timeframe being discussed by the prophet Zephaniah, "Hidden of Yah".
Zeph. 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.
The sacrifice are those
talked about earlier in Zephaniah
who shall be "consumed" by the FIRE of His Fierce Wrath.
They shall be separated
from His sanctified ones,
His children who love and serve Him, for He has not appointed then unto wrath,
"but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thes. 5:9)".
 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.
Note: Clothing is used symbolically to denote one's spiritual condition. For instance, fine white linen is symbolic of purity and chastity and is therefore the dress of a virgin bride.
Rev. 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Zeph. 1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.
In fact, judgment begins at the house of God, i.e. in the pulpit (1 Pet. 4:17).
Woe to those pastors and preachers in spiritual "black robes" who feed themselves!
Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
The answer is, "Yes they should!"
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
We have learned in Zephaniah that when Jesus Christ returns at the sound of the 7th Trump He will stretch out His hand upon Jerusalem and utterly "smash" that seat of the temple of the false messiah which has become the "gathering place of the crowd", i.e. the "rendezvous" of Satan's crowd, and as Zeph. 1:4 states, He shall "cut off the remnant of Baal (the false-christ)". This "Battle of Armageddon" as it is called will be "speedy" (vs. 18), i.e. very, very brief, and there shall be much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth by those idolatrous ones who serve Satan.
By the way, "Armageddon" in Hebrew is a compound word from "har" and "megiddon" which means "hills of rendezvous".Luke 13:28
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
har - Strong's #2022And so it is that the spurious messiah and His cronies (his locust army) shall gather on the temple mounts in Jerusalem where there shall be a GREAT crashing, even a great "crushing", when the LORD returns to that place!
A shortened form of H2042; a mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively):—hill (country), mount (-ain), X promotion.
megiddon - Strong's #4023
From H1413; rendezvous; Megiddon or Megiddo, a place in Palestine:— Megiddo, Megiddon.
This SHALL "come to pass" in "that day", the great day of the Lord, when the scripture "comes to pass" concerning the temple in Jerusalem in Luke 21:6" ...behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." In other words, when Yeshua returns as King of kings and Lord of lords there will crying (weeping) from the outer "fish" gate, and howling (wailing) from the inner city gate, and a great "crashing" on the hills on which the upper city and the temple were founded, Zion and Moriah respectively, when Jesus Christ returns (Zech. 14:4) and He destroys (sheber - #7767) that temple. That's right! It's been declared here by the prophet Zephaniah all these many, many centuries!Zeph. 1:10
And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.
Maktesh means "mortar" which is the stuff one builds up walls with, i.e. to hold the bricks together. The "merchant people" have built walls with whitewash and mortar to hide that which they do deceitfully behind those walls. That is why we use the term "Hidden Dynasties", such as "The Hidden Dynasty of the Economy*". However, one thing you can count on with certitude, for it is written in the Word of God, those walls of Babylon the Great are coming down with a great shout at the SOUND BLAST of the 7th Trump, just like the walls of Jericho came "crashing" down with a shout. And just as Zephaniah said in vs. 11, the merchants shall be cut down, i.e. cut off! You can read the same thing as a second witness in Rev. 18.Zeph. 1:11
Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.
Yes, there shall be much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth at that day!Rev. 18:10-11
Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
There will be no place to run and hide! Those who are "hardened" by the years of wealth and ease (settled on their lees) who have built up their "secure" walls with their "mortar" and who say that God has no power, shall be found and EXPOSED, i.e. their walls are coming down! This "garbage" that we hear from Marxists and Nietzsche-ites and all sorts of past and present communists, atheists, and arrogant liberals who say that men (especially the wealthy and incumbent) and the state have all power and control over men shall be CONSUMED! Satan and his cronies have always contended, right from the garden of Eden, that "they are gods, knowing good and evil", and that they are in charge of the affairs of men to determine right and wrong, good and evil, and that they alone provide for themselves! In other words, they deny God and believe (say in their hearts) that God has no power and influence, i.e. "The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil"! I guess they will just have to find out the hard way. THUMP! Then they shall know that there truly is a God, one who has ALL POWER and CONTROL over the affairs of men, and "they ain't Him"!Zeph. 1:12
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.
Their wealth and their great "systems" shall all come "crashing" to naught in one hour! And they can build and rebuild and plant and replant, but they shall not dwell in their idolatrous houses nor enjoy the fruits of their labor because the Great Day of the Lord is coming and then it's all over! Get out your handkerchiefs and prepare to weep and howl! Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen! Get ready! That Great Day of His Wrath is Coming when He pours out that last and 7th vial! 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.
Note: "Mighty man" is "gibbor" in Hebrew which means "giant", even "powerful warrior", "tyrant", "champion". No problem, do not fear nor take anxious thought. The little shepherd lad, David, showed us how easy it is to handle big powerful mighty men of renown! Trust in the Lord thy God and the power of His might! A little stone of truth from the Pentateuch, the brook of living water (His Word) can topple a mighty man! Then you can take his "own sword" and cut his head off, spiritually speaking of course!
God shall take vengeance on His adversaries and His wrath is reserved for His enemies...Zeph. 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
...not for those who love and serve Him and walk in His light of truth. They are rewarded with salvation and eternal life.Nahum 1:2
God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
Again, just as we saw "Joshua", the type of savior who led our people "across the river" and into the promised land, when Yeshua, our Lord and Savior, gives the signal and the 7th and final trumpet blows, then with a "shout" shall the fenced cities, the walls made by men's mortar, and the high towers come "crashing" down. Babylon the Great is coming down!1 Thes. 5:5
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1 Thes. 5:9
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Be wise and be forewarned now, that men's strongholds, their gods (idols) of money and scientific knowledge and systems and governments shall be turned against them like the plagues of Egypt and "neither their silver nor their gold" shall be able to save them. No, they won't be able to buy their way out this time! You might even say "It's all over but the shouting, now!" for the history of tomorrow has already been written, and you are reading it!Zephaniah 1:16
A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
Though they are too blind to see past the flesh and their own devices and into the reality of Christ and His realm, the infinite justice of Almighty God shall prevail "with a mighty hand" and THEN they shall know that He is God and there is NONE OTHER. THEN EVERY KNEE, including all those "Thumped by the Trump", shall bow to the name of Jesus Christ (Rom. 14:1, Philip. 2:10). And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
When that "Consuming Fire" (Heb. 12:29) comes upon the land it shall be a speedy "good riddance" to Babylon the Great and all the evil elements she is comprised of. 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.
What a great and victorious day that will be for those who love and serve God!
What a dark day of weeping and wailing
and gnashing of teeth it will be for those who don't!
Even though they go to church they shall still "faint for thirst"
Make no mistake about it!
The great day of the Lord shall come upon all "the inhabitants of Jerusalem (Zeph. 1:4)", and "the remnant of Baal (the spurious messiah)", and "those that swear by Malcham, the false king of kings (Zeph. 1:5)", and "them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him (Zeph. 1:6)."
In other words, all those who worship Satan, the false messiah, the abomination of desolation, when he appears at the sound of the 6th Trump and sits in the temple claiming that he is Jesus Christ (2 Thes. 2:4), shall feel the cup of our Father's wrath at the sound of the 7th Trump, lest they repent and turn to Him before that great day Jesus Christ returns!
How about you?
Do you study your Father's Word to show yourself approved (2 Tim 2:15)?
In other words, do you enquire of Him through His Word or do you listen to and follow after the traditions of men?
You see, there are many, many Christians who go to church and do good works for their fellow man and who believe the words of their friendly pastors and ministers who tell them that Jesus Christ will return (at any moment) and take them up in the clouds in a "Rapture of the Church".
Then to compound their error of teaching that the 7th Trump occurs before (or at the same time) as the 6th Trump, they tell folks they do not need to seek His Word and study the book of the "unveiling" (Revelation) nor try to understand it.
This they rationalize with their false teaching that we will gather back to Christ and will not be here when the events of the Book of Revelation take place.
Shame on them!
Shame on both the pastors who teach contrary to God's Word and shame on those who listen to them without checking them out in the Word of God.
The apostle Paul made it ever so clear in 2 Thes. 2 that we SHALL NOT gather back to Christ until the son of perdition comes and sits in the temple of God deceiving the whole world through his signs and miracles into believing he is God, the true Messiah.
Haven't you read it?
2 Thes. 2:1
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him,
 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Read right here in the Word of God exactly how it shall be!
 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
That day shall NOT COME until the son of perdition is revealed which is when Michael, the one who holds him back at this time, steps aside and casts Satan and his angels to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9, Dan. 12:1).
And what will Satan do when he arrives?
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
The problem is that he is the false messiah, that beautiful cherub (Ezek. 28:14), Satan, posing as Jesus Christ.
The sad truth of the matter is that the majority of Christians will believe he in fact IS Christ and they will bow before him.
That is what the great apostasy is, the great falling away, and it shall happen in one day's time!
Therefore be very careful when listening to pastors and preachers, all of them, including this one.
That does not mean you need to be afraid of listening to them, just check out what they teach with the Word of God.
Never forget that "false teachers" are the number one warning Jesus Christ gave us concerning these last days.
It is well recorded in Mat. 24, Mk. 13, & Luke 21:
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Many shall come saying Jesus is Christ and then turn right around and deceive you!
They come in His name, i.e. as Christian ministers, MANY of them, even the MAJORITY of them, and they all say that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that's about it!
Salvation and baptism is all many of them ever talk about!
The rest is church, church, church!
And I'm not knocking church, it is just that very few teach our Father's Word chapter by chapter and verse by verse and therefore they TURN NOT the hearts of the people back to their Father, i.e. to His Word, to follow after and walk in His ways.
Therefore our people are and remain Biblically illiterate and suffer the consequences of idolatry and liberalism as a result of their lack of the knowledge of His Word.
You "see", if one does not study God's Word then that individual IGNORES HIM because they ignore His voice, His word!
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
The prophet Amos gives us the exact details of what that famine is:
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
We hear a lot of words about
the Lord from many preachers, but we hear
very few of His actual words taught from the Bible(the
whole book is His Word).
Both the Old and the New Testaments!
And because of the drought, the dearth of Living Water, i.e. His Word, this once fruitful place has been turned into a spiritual death valley filled with spiritually "dry bones" (Ezek. 37)!
It is the job and duty of the "watchman", of whom Ezekiel was a type, to prophesy (i.e. teach the prophets) to those "dry bones" who have been starved by the priests and pastors of churchianity, and thus breath "life" back into those dry bones.
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
That is because the woes and labor pangs shall continue in strength and intensity in these last days and many folks shall be dismayed and run to and fro, from sea to shining sea (i.e. people from all over the land), seeking answers, seeking the word of the LORD.
Yes, they shall even fill many churches to capacity and shall be led to pray and sing songs of praise but alas, they still shall NOT find His Word!
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
Our brothers and sisters need to be shown where the "Green Pastures" are, where the "Living Water" flows, where the "Bread of Life" can be found!
Someone needs to love them enough to lead them directly to Jesus Christ, to the Word of God, and teach them with understanding that they may learn to receive and eat their "Daily Bread" from Him and live.
Just going to church once a week and performing a few rituals and hearing one or two verses read from the Bible, will surely cause one to spiritually "dry up" and be blown away like chaff when "the winds blow, and beat upon your house (Mat. 7:25)"!
That brings us to the second chapter of the Book of Zephaniah, the book concerning the time of the final warning, the blowing of the trumpet that the Day of the LORD is near and it SHALL come. It is written in Mat. 24, Mk. 13, Luke 21, that some of God's elect shall be delivered up and give testimony before kings and rulers and that the gospel shall be "published" (better translated proclaimed, heralded) among ALL nations. (I guess they are still here doing His work and not off "raptured" somewhere, right?) It is also written that those who are delivered up are not to premeditate nor take anxious thought about what they shall say because at that time the Holy Spirit will speak through them.
However, we do know that it is our Father's desire that His people come out of Babylon (confusion) of these end times so that they do not have to experience the 7th vial, the fury of His cup of wrath when it is poured out upon the ungodly (Rev. 18:4 ...Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues). And it is written that many shall come out of her, out of that great tribulation, when they see God's elect delivered up and give their testimony when His "fire", the Holy Spirit of God, proceeds from their mouths.
Salvation is open to all nations and kindreds and people and tongues!Rev. 7:9
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Never underestimate the value of the "seed planting" that you do today!Rev. 7:14
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Soon there will be NO MORE famine and drought when Jesus Christ returns with His saints and He ushers in the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. There shall forever be plenty of green pastures and the river of living waters shall flow forth from beneath the threshold of His throne as it is written in Ezekiel 47:1 and Rev. 22:1. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
Would you believe that the lush green pastures and the living fountains of waters are available RIGHT NOW for any and all who will come to Him and seek Him through His Word. That's right! Jesus Christ promises He will feed anyone who hungers and thirsts after righteousness, i.e. His Word. Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Remember, our Father is longsuffering toward His children (2 Pet. 3:9) and not desirous that any should perish and so it is as we read in Rev. 18:4 that the call for both individual and national repentance shall go forth with the final warning from God's elect that the One World Political/Economic/Religious system, i.e. Babylon the great, the mother of harlots with whom all the kings of the earth have committed fornication, is coming down when Jesus Christ returns. We read of that call to repentance right here in Zephaniah:
Jesus Christ is returning expecting to marry a virgin bride. However, the majority of Christians will have been spiritually seduced and shall be "wed" to the spurious messiah believing in their ignorance that he is Jesus Christ, their bridegroom. How happy do you suppose Christ will be when He returns and finds His wife to be with child, having been spiritually impregnated by the imposter, the false messiah? That is what Christ meant when He said in Mark 13:17 "But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!" He was not talking about physical, natural motherhood, but about the spiritual seduction of Satan posing as Christ!Zeph 2:1
Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
Therefore, they shall be forewarned that they had better get their act together and "seek the LORD" before that 7th and final trump sounds.
Turn and seek the LORD now before the "decree", i.e. the heralding that the great Day of the Lord is coming, comes to pass and all those remaining "dry bones" are blown away like chaff. You see, when Jesus Christ comes at the sound of the 7th Trump and pours out His cup of wrath, the door to the great wedding feast shall be shut and none shall enter in at that time. 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.
Remember the name "Zephaniah" means "Hidden of Yah"? To be "hid" in the day of the LORD's anger is simply to be spared from His wrath which as we have already learned (Nah. 1:2) is reserved for His enemies, not His children who love and serve Him. We also already learned that the gods of money and gold and silver cannot save a soul from His fierce anger and there is no place to hide from His candles, i.e. the Light. But even more importantly, do you remember what we learned from king Hezekiah, "Strengthened of Yah", who called a gathering, an assembly of our people to come and keep the Passover in the second month, even after it was past the time to keep it in the first month? IF our people turn to their loving Father, He will stop the clock, turn back the "shadow", and open His arms and protect His children as an eagle fluttereth over her young (Deut. 32:11). The choice is all yours from this day forward! 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.
His Word is His Voice, the voice of the true Shepherd, not some man in some church! You "see", one must "know His voice" before He can even be obedient, right (Jn. 10:4)?Deut. 4:29
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
He is merciful indeed and His promises are sure and He loves His children very much! (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He sware unto them.
Next we will learn that the strongholds
of the "migratory ones", the kentites, shall be forsaken and made
a complete and utter desolation at the sound of the 7th Trump!
Zephaniah means "Hidden
and it will be those hidden ones of YHVH
who are filled with His Spirit who shall give the proclamation of Mat. 24:14 and Mark 13:10
when they are brought before rulers and kings for His sake:
Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
And the gospel must first be published [proclaimed] among all nations.
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
The fact is, the great
prophet Zephaniah declared God's judgment,
His "woe", upon those strongholds of the "migratory ones"
literally thousands of years ago.
although there were historical fulfillments of the prophecies,
they were given to serve as types and ensamples
so that we "upon whom the ends of the world are come" could visually see,
i.e. get a picture in our mind's eye, of how things would be in these last days.
Paul explained it to us very clearly.
1 Cor. 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Let us now read of the demise of the strongholds of the enemies of our people:
A little research into history reveals that these four cities were all strongholds of the Philistines, the migratory ones. Here are their meanings taken from Strong's concordance:Zeph 2:4
For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noonday, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
Gaza = strong, fortifiedThe word "desolation" means not only "devastation" but figuratively "astonishment" and the word "noonday" means "double light"! Take the time to study the incredible Book of Habakkuk and understand the "what", "why", and "how" of the "wonderful (astonishing) works" of our Father in these last days and learn of His hidden power through His "two rays of light". That deeper level of understanding will enable you to better comprehend the fulfillment of this verse. (Live Link)To-Habakkuk
Ashkelon = weighing place, mart
Ashdod = oppressor, robber
Ekron = torn up by the roots; emigration
There is also a figure of speech (in all languages) called a paronomasia where similar sounding or rhyming words are used to make cute little sayings which add poetic emphasis to the oft times profound message being communicated. An example in English is our saying "No Pain, No Gain". In addition to their play of similar sounds, paronomasias make sense and they're fun to say. (See appendix 6 in the Companion Bible.)
We find two paronomasias in Zephaniah 2:4 which actually begins with one and ends with one. The first is gaza gazubuh which emphasizes that Gaza "the strong" is as good as "gone", i.e. forsaken, refuse, for it shall be destroyed! The last paronomasia is 'ekron te'aker which emphasizes that the "emigrants", i.e. the migratory ones (kenites), shall be plucked up by their roots! This should perk up the ears of those who are familiar with the Parable of the Tares in Matthew 13 where it is written that Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, shall take care of rooting up the tares, the kenites! We are to leave them alone for now! Here are Christ's words from the parable of the tares in Mat. 13:27-30, the clear and simple explanation of which is given in vs. 37-42: (Live Link)To-"The Parable of the Tares" (Live Link)To-"Two Sowers of seed; both the good and the bad"
All the strength and strongholds of His enemies shall be utterly destroyed and 'Ekron te'aker, the "migratory ones" (tares) shall be "rooted up" (gathered) by Jesus Christ and His host!Matthew 13:27
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?Matthew 13:38 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;Matthew 13:39 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
The enemy that sowed them is the devil;
 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.Matthew 13:39-41
...the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
The sea coast refers to the merchant and trafficking towns like Zidon and her daughter city of Tyre which were controlled by the "migratory ones", i.e. the robbers and oppressors, that nation of murderers "which killed the prophets (Matthew 23:31)" and whose offspring would later bring about the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior. (Cherethites = executioners).
He shall free His people and restore them to His fold!
Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.
God will visit His people and redeem His people and turn the dwelling places of the wicked into lush green pastures. In other words He shall consume all the evil elements (rudiments) by His "fire" (2 Pet. 3:10-12), the power of the Holy Spirit, and His children shall henceforth feed on truth and thus be set free from their captivity! And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
He shall free His people and restore them to His fold! 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.
God's judgment, His wrath, shall be upon all those who "join with the enemy", who aid and abet the terrorists of His children, and who come against and reproach His people! You see, it is through His wrath that they shall come to KNOW that He IS the LORD, the great "I AM"! Ezekiel also records the chastisement of Moab and Ammon.Zeph 2:8
I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.
Moab was also Lot's son and therefore Ammon's brother. The Moabites are also to be chastised for their hostilities to Israel and their evil doings, even their participation in the Molech worship of passing their children through the fire, a great abomination in the sight of the Lord.Ezekiel 25:8
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen;
The region of Moab was richer than that of Ammon and is so called the "glory of the country". Yet check out the names of their cities, the "prides of Moab": Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim,
If you continue reading in this 25th chapter of Ezekiel the next thing you will read about is Edom, which means "red", for it is the land of Esau (Russia), Jacob's brother. It is written in chapters 38 and 39 of Ezekiel that the chief prince of Meshech (leader of Rosh, i.e. Russia) shall lead a multinational force (Gog) against this nation, true Israel. However, God Himself shall "strike the bow from his left hand (Ezek. 39:3)" and turn his own weapons upon him. Let us read about this, for it is at the sound of the 7th Trump when Jesus Christ returns that this shall take place. (The warning of the 7th Trump is the subject of Zephaniah.)Beth-jashimoth = "House of desolations", as in the abomination of desolation.
Baal-meon = "Baal's habitation". The sign at the entrance to the city probably read: "Welcome to Baal-meon, Home of the pagan god, Baal".
Kiriathaim = "Double City". Double minded is more like it, trying to decide which god to worship. Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations.
 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
This is the time of the pouring out of His cup of wrath.Ezekiel 38:18
And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.
For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
This should sound familiar to you. We read about this in the first chapter of Zephaniah. Again, this happens on the Great Day of Lord when the 7th Trump sounds and that 7th Vial is poured out. So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
Let's continue in Ezekiel:Zeph. 1:3
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.
Picture what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah and you will "see" the power of His fury!Ezekiel 38:21
And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.
 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
You see, it is for their good because the LORD loves all His children that He performs His "wondrous works"! They SHALL come to KNOW that He alone is LORD! Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Our Father is not "mean spirited" but rather completely fair and just seeing to it that everyone reaps what they have sown, i.e. that they all get exactly what is coming to them!Zeph 2:9
Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts.
What a great day that will be!It is written that every knee shall bow to the King of kings and Lord of lords! All the gods of gold and silver and power and pride, i.e. ALL idols shall be destroyed, kaput, gone! The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship Him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.
His sword is His Word (Rev. 1:16), His Truth, His Fire, which shall ALSO slay ALL idolaters of whom Cushi (meaning "blackness", like those dressed in black robes) is put forth as a type! Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.
Assyria, the type of Babylon the great of these end times, shall be utterly destroyed when "He stretches out His hand"! Woe! "Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen! (Rev. 18:2). Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, also a type of that great city Babylon, that harlot with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, shall be dried up and blown away in the wind of His fury! Rev. 18:21 "...Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all." And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.
In other words, as the last two verses in this chapter explain, the whole filthy corrupt One World System, the New World Order, is coming down and it shall be replaced with the Kingdom of Righteousness!
Do not make this difficult to understand. God is going lay bare, make desolate, Babylon the Great and the "upper lintels" and "windows" of her temples and palaces shall become resting places. To "uncover the cedar work" is another figure of speech meaning to "expose" it all, i.e. to the weather. And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work.
That great city, that great harlot who thought she was the "cat's meow" and who sat married to the false messiah SHALL become a DESOLATION, a resting place from henceforth! We can read the same account in the Book of Revelation concerning the great whore, the woman, which is that great city, even Jerusalem. 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.
As Zephaniah said, she rejoiced and lived carelessly (meaning securely) and considered herself to be the "I AM", a great Queen in need of no one, a Queen who shall see no "sorrow"!Rev. 17:18
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Sorry Queenie! Boy are you going to get it!Rev. 18:7
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Strong is the Lord God! That is an understatement if ever there was one! There is no power in heaven or on earth that withstand Him who has ALL POWER! Col. 1:16-17 "For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:  And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist."Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
POOF!And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
Get your act together! The hour is coming! Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! forin one hour is thy judgment come.
Don't you just love it?
"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." (Zeph. 1:14)
The apostle John gives us a "picture" of that Great Day
when the King of kings and Lord of lords returns
and subdues all nations and establishes His righteous world rulership on earth, i.e. the Kingdom of God!
Rev. 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.
Such will precipitate the fury of God's wrath to be poured out at the sound of the 7th Trump.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
It is important to note that the
subject being discussed here in Rev. 19 is the coming of Jesus Christ
to judge and subdue (make war) and to rule all nations henceforth "with a rod of iron" (vs. 15).
To that end, ALL the kings of the
earth shall submit their crowns to the King of kings (He shall wear
who in turn shall give those crowns to the saints of the most high who shall enforce His Word among the nations...
He knows who!
Perhaps your name is on one of those crowns!
Rev. 5:10 "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev. 19:8 "And to her was granted
that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."
 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And He hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
To rule with a "rod of iron" simply means that His
Word will be "strictly adhered to" during the Millennium,
i.e. communism, socialism, and liberalism will not be allowed to flourish.
As it written, the announcement
of this change of government SHALL BE "proclaimed to all nations"
before that Great Day by God's elect when they are delivered up, those "Hidden of Yah" (Zephaniah).
Joel gives us some more details of that proclamation that shall go forth to the nations of the coming kingdom, of "He who shall come to judge and make war":
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
We just read that the nations shall
be gathered in the Valley of Jehoshaphat,
that Valley of Decision, and they SHALL HEAR the "Decisions of the Judge"!
And though as we also just read "their wickedness is great",
and therefore many leaders shall not heed the warning,
nevertheless before that gathering in the valley of decision the good news that the Kingdom of God is coming,
i.e. the gospel of the kingdom (coming), shall be proclaimed (heralded as a trumpet)
"in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come (Matthew 24:14)".
Yes, Jesus Christ will usher in
that glorious time we call the Millennium
when justice shall be executed and His truth shall flow as a river of living water unto all nations.
However, it is also written that
on that glorious day He returns there be a great cleansing,
a tremendous thumping, as His feet touch down upon the Mount of Olives and it splits asunder (Zech. 14:4).
Remember, Jesus Christ told His
disciples as He departed from the temple in Jerusalem
that when He returns "there shall not be left one stone upon another,
that shall not be thrown down (Luke 21:6)".
That is because that great city
of Jerusalem shall have become the seat of the abomination of desolation,
the one who has come claiming he is the messiah and claiming that the "city" belongs to him.
The truth of the matter is, as the
capital of Babylon the Great it shall have "become the habitation of devils,
and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird (Rev. 18:2)".
Woe to that great city!
Therefore that city shall be given the final warning, the final witness, the final "woe" as recorded here in Zephaniah.
It shall even be in the street
(open square) of that polluted city that the two
witnesses shall lie three days
prior to the return of the King of kings.
Rev. 11:8 "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom [idolatry, spiritual perversion] and Egypt [oppression, spiritual captivity], where also our Lord was crucified [i.e. Jerusalem]."
And now the proclamation to Jerusalem, that filthy and polluted (Sodom), oppressing (Egypt) city!
Zeph. 3:1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
is made even more sad by the fact
that our Father personally and affectionately chose this location as His favorite spot in all the earth
and it shall yet become the headquarters of the universe for all eternity (Rev. 3:12, 21:2).
To that end, it would
serve one well to read the 16th chapter of Ezekiel
before completing this final chapter in Zephaniah
to understand the tenderness of how our Father took Jerusalem,
a city who had an unclean birth, and cared for her and then took her to wife as His own. (Live Link)to-Ezekiel chapter 16
now just look at her!
She is filthy (spiritually) and unholy and polluted,
and she is poised and ready to receive the false messiah,
the false cornerstone of the temple (Satan standing in the holy place),
an abomination indeed!
Note: If you follow the current events in the Middle East you know that there have been two attempts recently by the Temple Mount Faithful to lay a "cornerstone" on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for a third temple. Watch, watchmen!
 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
Oh how our Father wished she would!
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
her "judges" are like wolves,
who are most ravenous at evening after being foodless all day,
who so thoroughly consume their prey
they do not even leave a few bones to chew on the next day!
is the picture of the spiritual desolation ultimately caused by the leaven,
the doctrine, of the scribes and Pharisees!
"Then Jesus said unto
Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
Like father, like son!
is what Christ said to scribes and Pharisees:
John 8:41 "Ye do the deeds of your father...  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
father, the devil,
both polluted the sanctuary and did violence (better translated "corruption")
to the law of God in the first age and there is nothing new under the sun,
i.e. in this earth age!
Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence [corruption], and thou hast sinned [chata = "drawn away" God's children]: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
will find in Ezek. 28:13 that Satan ALSO wore those stones
for they are all listed there as "his covering", i.e. something he wore!
right, Satan was once a high priest among our people
and he walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire!
is soon coming to walk up and down and stand in the midst of those stones,
even the temple of God, once again!
 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
other words, Satan has been sentenced by God to PERISH,
to be totally consumed,
to be turned to ashes whereby he shall cease to exist (see next verse).
That is why he is called
the "son of perdition",
the son who will perish!
same fate (perishing, not frying forever)
awaits all the incorrigibly wicked,
i.e. those who believe not Christ, at their judgment at the end of the Millennium.
Of course the alternative to perishing is to believe the Son of God and receive eternal life.
3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
just like the son of perdition
you shall be consumed in the lake of fire and "never shalt thou be any more"!
 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
The great day of the LORD is near, it is near
Our Father is completely just and fair!
is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).
Therefore understand that if He did not bring the wicked and the unjust to judgment,
He Himself would commit iniquity.
This He will not do!
Zephaniah 3:5 The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring His judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.
 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.
 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.
Well, after the final
proclamation goes forth from the two witnesses
they will not be able to say, "Gee, I didn't know.
Talk to my attorney!"
See you in the Valley of Jehoshaphat!
Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey [enemy]: 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.
so it does,
for the Plan of God is being worked out here on this earth
as His children walk "under the sun", i.e. in temporary flesh bodies,
wherein the "fruits of their spirit" are manifested (made known, brought forth) in the flesh
and cast upon others which in the case of the wicked
may inflict great pain and cause suffering and even death,
yet without destroying the soul.
you see, when Jesus Christ returns
and "utterly consumes all things from off the land (Zeph. 1:2)", i.e. ends this flesh age,
He will at the same time destroy Babylon the Great
and end the confusion of the Tower of Babel
and turn the people to a pure language.
 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
This happens during the Millennium which begins on the Great Day of the Lord's return.
And you know what....?
"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." (Zeph. 1:14)
though they may be well intentioned and are basically good people,
they have failed to see His great purpose
in the lessons and the "tribulations" of this "temporary" flesh age
because they have failed to study His Word line by line
in place of teaching the vain (empty) traditions of men
which provide no meat for understanding.
therefore do not really know the "Love" of God
which involves even severe chastisement at times,
for the GOOD of His children because He loves them.
As it is written in 2
Pet. 3:9, it is His desire that NONE should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.
that many people know about the fear (reverence,
i.e. love) of God
is the sugar sweet "little baby Jesus" stuff they are taught,
the "just have love in your heart and be sweet as pie to everyone".
are taught the "precepts of men" and church traditions
and so their "hearts", i.e. their minds, have been removed from Him,
from the Word of God.
they say "Lord, Lord" and "Praise the Lord",
they are ignorant of the knowledge of His Word!
Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.
right, the night comes first,
"And the evening and the morning were the first day".
it seems that most men must first go through a storm
before they can appreciate the beautiful sunshine.
that which "seems" grievous, even chastisement,
even the chastisement of the great spiritual tribulation of the king of Babylon,
shall yield fruit...nay...the peaceable fruit of righteousness...unto them
which bore the chastisement.
AFTERWARD many shall learn their lessons and shape up!
THAT is a GOOD THING.
That is love:
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.
The plan is written!
The end has been declared from the beginning!
Here then is the great
prophet Zephaniah's (Hidden of Yah)
declaration of the good news for Mt. Zion and the city of Jerusalem,
the future seat of the eternal Kingdom of God.
There will be a cleansing in Jerusalem and upon Mt. Zion (Luke 21:6). God will clear out, take away out of the midst of her, the arrogant and the proud, i.e. there will no longer be pride or haughtiness including that abominable one and his cronies standing on God's holy mountain claiming that city is his! Hit the road, jack! The saints are movin' in!Zeph. 3:11
In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
The afflicted ones, God's elect who are delivered up (Mark 13:9-12), shall be blessed indeed, for they shall be established on Mt. Zion. Matthew 5:10 "Blessed are they which are persecuted (afflicted) for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." In other words, the haughty and the proud will be destroyed and cast out of that bloody city and replaced with God's elect, even those who were delivered up and withstood the spiritual onslaught and great affliction. They are the humble, which is what "poor in spirit" means. They are those who grieved, as in lamented, over the sins of the great city! They are those strong Christian soldiers who even now stand up in the face of men, yet are meek before their God in whose POWER they are made strong! I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
Yes, the afflicted and the poor, those who "trust in the name of the LORD", shall He leave in the midst of Mt. Zion when He sets up His kingdom.
And they shall reign in that kingdom as kings and priests of the Most High throughout the Millennium: Rev. 5:10 "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (See also Rev. 20:6.)Matthew 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
They that mourn for truth and justice to prevail shall be comforted when the King of kings comes and pours out His wrath and executes His justice in all the earth, ridding that seething cauldron, that city of transgression, of all the arrogant and haughty and proud! Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Jesus Christ came at His first advent as the Lamb of God to shed His blood and pay the price on the cross and open up salvation to ALL nations and peoples and kindreds and tongues. However, He is coming at His second advent as the mighty King of kings and Lord of lords to subdue all nations and execute justice (avenge righteousness) in the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3). Both His advents are recorded in Isaiah 61:2, the first half of which Christ read in the temple (Luke 4:17-20) before He closed the book and sat down, for it alone applied to the first advent. The second half of the verse which applies to His second advent shall be fulfilled when He returns on that Great Day of the LORD! Isaiah 61:2 "To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn."
Wow, that is quite an inheritance, isn't it? Romans 8:17 "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
The remnant are God's elect who even now "feed and lie down" in His green pastures (His Word), afraid of nothing and no one! How so? They trust in the Lord their God!Zeph. 3:13
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.
The victory is ours! And as it is written, it shall be a time of great rejoicing when the King of kings returns! The city of our God shall be cleansed and filled with the righteousness of the saints! Sing, rejoice, O daughter of Zion!Psalm 23:1
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.
 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
God's elect who know that the end as been declared from the beginning rejoice with all their heart even now!Zeph. 3:14
Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
The false king, that "Malcham" we read about in chapter one, even Satan as the false-christ, shall be cast out when all the "stones" of that idolatrous temple are destroyed on that Great Day when the true King of kings, the King of Israel, even Jesus Christ, returns! You shall NO MORE, from hence forth, see evil in that great city! The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, He hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
By the way, do you know where Malcham will be cast? As it is written in Rev. 20:2, Michael shall bind him and place him in the pit during the Millennium and as it is written in Isa. 14, people will walk by and "look upon him narrowly", i.e. look down upon him, and marvel and say "Is this the man who deceived the nations?"
The false king, that "Malcham" we read about in chapter one, even Satan as the spurious messiah, shall be cast out when all the "stones" of that idolatrous temple are destroyed on that Great Day when the true King of kings, the King of Israel, even Jesus Christ, returns! You shall NO MORE, from hence forth, see evil in that great city!Isaiah 14:15
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?
By the way, do you know where Malcham will be cast? As it is written in Rev. 20:2, Michael shall bind him and place him in the pit during the Millennium and as it is written in Isa. 14, people will walk by and "look upon him narrowly", i.e. look down upon him, and marvel and say "Is this the man who deceived the nations?"
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?
Micah 5:9 "Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off." There shall be nothing to fear because the Mighty King shall be in our midst (next verse)!That's right! He is NOT a god! He never was! (Cue the false-christ, Satan's, theme song, "The Great Pretender".)
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
Almighty God, the Savior of His people, will rejoice over His children and over the city He so loves. Yes, the LORD God loves to sing! Have you not read that the psalmist David was a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22)?The LORD thy God in the midst of theeis mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in his love, He will joy over thee with singing.
At the sound of the 7th Trump He will gather them that are "sorrowful for the solemn assembly", which would better be translated "afflicted for (because of, during) the appointed time", i.e. who suffered the reproach, bore the burden during that season, that final season of the generation of the fig tree! I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
"That time" is the subject of this Book of Zephaniah, even that Great Day of the return of the Prince of Peace, the Savior, and the Redeemer of His people who were driven out and scattered among the nations and orphaned and widowed and made lame (halteth)! It shall come to pass through the "wondrous works of God", even after the manner of plagues of Egypt (see Habakkuk), that ALL nations shall come to know that He ALONE is the LORD God, the great "I AM", and there is NONE OTHER! And that holy nation of His people Israel, whom He shall gather upon Mt. Zion, shall once again become a shining light unto ALL the world.Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
What is really exciting about all this is that you and yours of this generation of the fig tree shall witness His glorious return and SEE the restoration of the Kingdom of God upon this earth. As it is written in the next verse, He shall turn back the captivity of our people and He shall do it right "Before Your Eyes"!
Yes, the Great Day of the Lord draws nearer and nearer. What a glorious day that will be for His children who love and serve Him for they shall be "Hidden of Yah", hidden under His wings of protection as the great eagle fluttereth over her young (Deut. 32:11)! In other words, God's wrath will not be poured out on His children who love and serve Him for He is not angry with them. But what a shameful day, a day of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, it will be for His enemies and yes, even for ALL those who follow after the false king, Malcham! 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.
Where will you be on that great day? The choice is yours! Do not be deceived by Malcham when he arrives at the sound of the 6th Trump. Wait upon the Lord, trust in Him, stay in His Word, eat only from His Green Pasture (His Word) and you shall NEVER be ashamed!Zeph. 1:14
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.
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
 And ye shall know that I AM in the midst of Israel, and that I AM the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
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