The Bible says in Zephaniah 1:14-17, 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.
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. Because these verses
are both a history of what happened to
Jesus might come today to rapture the church. Jesus Himself taught
this. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35-44, Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father
only. But as the days of Noe were, so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that
were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in
marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the
ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the
field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall
be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had
known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not
have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also
ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
It says in First Corinthians 15:51-52, Behold,
I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed, In a moment, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound,
and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. In the very last verse of the Bible Jesus is speaking and
it says in Revelation 22:20, He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The Bible says in Zephaniah 1:18, 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.
It seems strange that people want money so badly, as much money as they can
get, and yet there are so many important things that money cannot buy. Money
cannot buy love. Money cannot buy happiness. Money cannot buy peace. Money
cannot buy forgiveness of sins. And the Bible points out in verse 18 that money
will not be able to deliver the people of the world in the day of the LORD's wrath.
The Bible says in Zephaniah 2:1-3, Gather yourselves together,
yea, gather together, O nation not desired; 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. 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.
These verses show the graciousness and mercy of God. The Lord is still offering
these people the chance to turn to Him for forgiveness. Even though God has
already arranged the judgment, and even though the judgment is a very short
time away, still God will forgive them if they would only seek Him. That is the
power of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Anyone can be forgiven at any
time: even at the twelfth hour. As the clock ticks away, when there is just one
tick remaining, you can still turn to the Lord and be saved. Notice
that verse three is addressed to the meek. To be meek means to be
surrendered and submissive to the Lord. A strong human will is what keeps many
people from Christ. In order to truly seek the Lord, you must be meek. In other
words you must surrender to the Lord Jesus.
Zephaniah 2:3 tells those who seek the Lord to also seek
righteousness. That means to seek to do the right thing. Seeking to do the
right thing is always a part of genuine repentance. There is no such thing as
asking for forgiveness without also wanting to start doing what is right.
Because God is holy and righteous and good, the way to walk with God is to do
the right thing: always do the right thing. Bob Jones
Senior said, Do right until the starts fall. Whenever you come upon any
situation in life, simply ask this question: what is the right thing to do?
Even if you are going to lose materially or any other way, simply ask this
question, What is the right thing to do?
The Bible says in Zephaniah 2:4-7, For Gaza shall be forsaken,
and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out
Zephaniah 2:4 also mentions the land of the Philistines. The word
The Bible says in Zephaniah 2:8-10, 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. 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. One of the things to notice about
these verses is that God is extremely displeased with what the other nations
said about the Jewish people. The other nations did not do anything: they
simply reproached and reviled the Jewish people. The Jewish people are Gods
people. God loves them because of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and God has a
future planned for them. Anyone who even speaks against the Jews has set their
own destiny in motion: it ends in destruction and perpetual desolation.
You had better not hate the Jewish people and you had better not speak against
them. All of this hatred for the Jewish people will end in one way and one way
only: destruction for the haters.
The Bible says in Zephaniah 2:11-14, 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. Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and
will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness. 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. These verses are another reminder
of one of the reasons that Gods judgment must come and will come upon the
nations of the earth: false religion. We were born to serve the Lord. We were
born to know the Lord, to love Him, and to turn away from false religion. We
come to know the Lord through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When nations turn
away from the truth, and when whole peoples turn away from the truth, there can
be only one ultimate result: judgment. No one shall escape the judgment. That
is why it says in verse 13, And he will
stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make
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