Zephaniah prophesied in Judah in the days of King Josiah.
Zephaniah prophesied about worldwide devastation during "The Day of The
Lord"--the time of the Great Tribulation as later confirmed by the book
of Revelation. Although all living creatures will be judged,
the judgment for Judah and Jerusalem is particularly severe because of
their idolatry. They have turned away from God, both the
unsaved and the backsliders. They were an affluent society, and they
acted like they believed that God was dead--the mantra of many in the
United States during the 1960s. Their prosperity would end,
and their day of judgment would indeed come. The reality of man's
judgment for his sin was fearful, and there would be no
Then Zephaniah pronounces judgment upon all the nations of the
earth. He calls on them to plead to God for mercy.
Israel has not been true to her God, and Israel's enemies have been true to
their idols. Special judgment is revealed for the nations of
Ethiopia and Assyria, and the city of Jerusalem. This time of
judgment is that which the Revelation calls Armageddon, after which the
earth will witness the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Zephaniah then foresees the removal of judgment, and the earthly reign
of Jesus Christ during the millennium. As Israel enters the
earthly kingdom of Christ, her attitude changes and her fear
disappears. The prior judgments are now realized as
discipline--a purification process that results in great blessings.