Zephaniah

Zephaniah

ZEPHANIAH WAS a prophet of God during the reign of King Josiah over Judah, about 630 bc. Through him God warned that He would punish Israel’s neighbours for their false religion, violence and fraud (1:2–3). Judah too would be punished! Impending Judgements First, God would send the Scythians. They would attack the Philistines, Moabites, Ethiopians and Assyrians (2:4–15). Later, God would send the Babylonians against Assyria. Nineveh, its capital, would be overthrown. This was fulfilled in 612 bc. These events involving surrounding nations were to be a warning to Judah. Jerusalem itself would likewise be overthrown by the Babylonians. Some 25 years later the Babylonian attacks on Judah began. Jerusalem was finally overthrown by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 bc and many Jews were taken into captivity. Nevertheless, even in such troubled times, God promised ultimate salvation for the faithful. The Jews were to be punished by God for their rebellion against

Habakkuk

Habakkuk

HABAKKUK WAS a prophet of God at the time the Babylonians were attacking Judah, around 610 bc. The prophet was perplexed: why did God appear to let wicked nations like Babylon prosper—and even be allowed to punish God’s people (1:3)? God’s answer was to show him that despite present appearances He has a plan which will one day triumph and bring blessings for the righteous: “I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you…” (Habakkuk 1:5). Vision Of The Kingdom From the watchtower on the walls of Jerusalem (2:1), the prophet was enabled to see forward across the centuries, to the time when the wicked will cease. Then “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (2:14). Chapter 3 contains a “prayer of Habakkuk” (v. 1), which is in