Zephaniah, Revelation 16

Zephaniah 1:1

The word of the Lord which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

Zephaniah was a contemporary of Jeremiah and warned the people of the Southern Kingdom of Judah of the impending judgment and future hope of the nation. He repeatedly warned the people:“The Day of the Lord is at hand!” He used this expression more than any other prophet.

Zephaniah 1:12
“And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, ‘The Lord will not do good, Nor will He do evil. ’

People are kidding themselves if they think that God will not bring His judgement upon a nation that rebels against the Lord.

Zephaniah 1:17
“I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the Lord; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse.”

Judgment will come upon people for one reason and one reason only, ‘because the have sinned against the Lord’.

Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord’s anger.

What is the answer to escaping any sort of judgment or wrath from God? Seek the Lord! When we seek the Lord, we find Him. He promises that this will happen. In seeking the Lord, one will always find Jesus.

Zephaniah 3:9
“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him with one accord.

God’s desire is that people would come to Him and if they are walking in rebellion that they would return to Him. I don’t think we realize how much He loves us and how much He desires us to come to know Him. How wonderful it is to none that the creator of the heavens and the earth loves us in this way.

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

This is my favorite verse out of Zephaniah, it is the one I think about the most. To think that the Lord rejoices over us with singing is a delightful picture. I love knowing http at when a person gives their lives to Jesus that there is great rejoicing going on. Jesus said, Luke 15:10, “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Revelation 16:1
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.”

The loud voice from the temple which John heard is no doubt God who would be the only one who could command such a thing. As we get into the seven bowls of judgment we see that they could be confused with the trumpets. One interpretation has been that the bowls are enhancements to the seven trumpets as to some extent they seem to correspond numerically with them. However, when you look at them carefully you see that there is a much greater intensity in both the type and the amount of destruction thereby seeming to render them different from one another.

Revelation 16:11
They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

It is hard to fathom that a heart can be so hard that through all of this a person would not repent of their deeds.

Revelation 16:13-14
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

How horrific this must have been for John to see. Praise the Lord that we will escape all of the horror of the Great Tribulation period because of Jesus. May He be glorified in every area of our lives.

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