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Zephaniah Prophesies About the Day of the Lord

“With a child for its king, the nation of Judah does not yet have the governmental leadership it needs for spiritual renewal.  Spiritual leadership must come from older men; therefore one of the young king’s distant relatives is called into God’s service as a prophet.  Zephaniah’s mission and message is the same as that of the prophets before him — bringing judgment against immorality, injustice, and pagan idolatry — and yet his central theme is the coming of ‘the day of the Lord’ and God’s terrible judgment against the unrighteous.”

Read:  Zephaniah chapters 1, 2 & 3

Josiah’s Reforms

“Within just a few years, at the youthful age of 16, Josiah begins to bring about sweeping reforms against idolatry and other pagan practices.  Later rediscovery of a copy of the Law of Moses will lead to a great spiritual revival and further religious reforms.”

Read:  2 Chronicles 34:3-7

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Fall of Israel

“Despite prophetic warnings, Israel still rejects God, and the end is at hand for the northern tribes.  Last-minute desperation will lead to an alliance with Egypt in an effort to stave off Assyria, bu the cause is hopeless.  After a three-year siege, Samaria will fall and many of the people of Israel will be led captive to Assyria.”

Read:  2 Kings 17:3-41, 18:9-12

“In Judah, meanwhile, Hezekiah holds his own against Assyria and wages a successful campaign against the ever-present Philistines.”

Read:  2 Kings 18:7-8

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Early Beginnings of Captivity

“It will be several more years before total collapse of Israel takes place, but the record indicates that even now, during Pekah’s reign, many of the people of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh are taken captive by Tiglath-Pileser (King Pul).”

Read: 2 Kings 15:29, 1 Chronicles 5:23-26

War Between Syria, Israel, and Judah

“This shocking turn of events causes both Israel and Syria to fear the Assyrians.  They draw together in an unusual alliance and even call upon Judah to join them.  When Judah refuses to become involved, Syria and Israel turn against Judah in an effort to force her support.”

Read: 2 Kings 15:30-31 & 36-38, 2 Kings 17:1-2, 2 Chronicles 27:7 & 9, 2 Kings 16:1-4, 2 Chronicles 28:1-4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Prophecies of Micah

“As Amos went to the people of the north, so the prophet Micah comes to the people of Judah, and the message is the same: God does not appreciate empty worship from those whose lives are morally and ethically bankrupt.  He desires righteous thoughts and deeds, and not just a show of traditional formal worship.”

Read: Micah 1 & 2

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Prophecies of Isaiah

“Perhaps the greatest evangelistic prophet ever known to God’s people begins an active ministry which will last some 40 years.  Isaiah will do for Judah what Joel, Hosea, and Amos have done for Israel.  Throughout his prophecies Isaiah repeatedly refers to the final day of the Lord, when all people will face judgment like that being brought against Israel and Judah.  Isaiah also looks forward to the coming of the Messiah and Savior, who will redeem all mankind from their sins.  For this reason, much of what Isaiah has to say will be as meaning ful to future generations as it is to those who live in Judah at this time.”

Read: Isaiah 1:1-26, 2:6-18, 3:8-26, 4:1, 32:9-11 & 5:1-25

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“It is not at all surprising that Amos is rebuked by Amaziah, the high priest, for it is, after all, the selfish religious establishment which has led the people into this institutionalized and meaningless form of religion.”

Read: Amos 7:10-17

“The wickedness against which Amos speaks is also seen in the political chaos which comes following Jeroboam’s death.”

Read: 2 Kings 14:28-29, 2 Kings 15:8-18

Era of Uzziah and Jotham in Judah

“King Uzziah, also known as Azariah, has reigned over Judah with great success.  But his good fortune is about to go to his head, and he will suffer serious illness for his presumptuousness.  Uzziah’s illness will necessitate a co-regent to run the day-to-day affairs of state.  Uzziah’s son Jotham is a good leader, but he is not the religious man needed by this materialistic, immoral, unjust, and complacent people.”

Read: 2 Kings 15:5, 2 Chronicles 26:16-21

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

 

The Prophecies of Amos

“God calls a lowly shepherd to prophesy against several nations, but principally against Israel.  Amos comes to Israel at a time when Jeroboam’s great military successes have brought unparalleled prosperity, and with it selfishness, greed, and immorality.  Although he comes to the center of calf worship at Bethel, he does not attack idolatry as such.  He concentrates instead on rebuking both Israel and Judah for the meaninglessness of their worship, whatever its form.  He calls for consistency in one’s religious exercises and daily ethical conduct, and cries out against a people who honor deity with their many sacrifices yet refuse justice and mercy to the oppressed and needy.”

Read: Amos 1, 2, 3 & 4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Prophecy of Joel

“It is apparently during the very early years of Joash’s reign as a child-king that a great disaster befalls Judah.  Although the people have previously experienced threats from invading armies, they are evidently not prepared for the army of locusts which swarms over Judah, completely devastating crops and food supplies.  The prophet Joel vividly describes another invasion which is to come.

Joel warns a spiritually ambivalent Judah that anything less than total devotion to the one true God will result in punishment.

He further warns that the day of the Lord is coming, when God will bring all mankind to an ultimate accounting for their lives and deeds.

Joel urges the people to pray, to fast, and to repent in order to stay God’s judgment.”

Read: Joel 1, 2 & 3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Miracles and Massacres

“God works so hard to get his people’s attention!  Even when man is at his worst, God does not forsake him.  In fact, it is frequently during times of spiritual crises that God shows his power most dramatically.  Surely this is true for both Judah and Israel during the reigns of Jehoshaphat and Jehoram in the south and Joram in the north, for God brings wonder after wonder upon his people.

Yet through all of this God is largely ignored by his people.  Yet through all of this God is largely ignored by his people.  So it is that punishment comes — the eradication of sin is seen as a terrifying force.  The consequences are certain, even if sometimes delayed.  And the same principle is true for the Edomites, against whom God will bring Obadiah to prophesy.”

Read: 2 Kings 8:16-22, 2 Chronicles 21, 2 Kings 3:6-27, 1 Kings 22:45 & 50, 2 Chronicles 20:34

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Two Kingdoms in Contrast

“A quarter of a century has passed since the once-powerful nation of Israel divided into two kingdoms.  Judah, blessed with two good leaders in Asa and his son Jehoshaphat, will remain largely faithful to God.  Both men will bring about reforms in Judah and reinstate appreciation for the law.

In Israel, by contrast, none of the next seven kings will bring moral enlightenment to an idolatrous nation, and civil war will continue to divide God’s people.  It is a sober reminder that God’s people will, through the ages, face division and strife when they forsake their God.”

Read: 1 Kings 15:8-34, 2 Chronicles 14, 1 Kings 14:19-20, 2 Chronicles 13:20, 2 Chronicles 15, 2 Chronicles 16, 1 Kings 16, 1 Kings 22:41-44 & 46-47, 2 Chronicles 17

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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