The Day of the Lord
The Day of the Lord is coming. It has come many times, before. Zephaniah warned of such a day, which was fulfilled in the Babylonian Captivity.
Zephaniah was the first of four prophets — Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Nahum and Habakkuk — who preached to Judah alone, following the downfall of the northern kingdom of Israel. Zephaniah prophesied in the days of Josiah, king of Judah.
Seeking to turn Judah from wickedness, God, through Zephaniah, warns of judgment at the hands of the Babylonians in Zephaniah 1:14-16:
The great day of the LORD is near; It is near and hastens quickly.
The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out.
That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness,
A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers.
Zephaniah’s book of prophecy ends on a hopeful note. Judgment is coming, but blessings will follow for those who heed the warning to repent. It was a message that would later comfort the remnant taken away into Babylonian captivity. It was a message that had an initial fulfillment following their restoration under Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah.
The message of the apostles is not different today…The “day of the Lord” (of which Zephaniah’s “day” was a type) is coming. In Acts 3:19-21 we read:
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
Be converted through obedience and you, too, can “look beyond” the coming judgment for
the blessings to follow! The Day of the Lord is coming.
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