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Zephaniah 1:7-11 Day of Judgment

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 21, 2014


Zephaniah 1:7-11 Day of Judgment

Zephaniah 1:7-11 NLTse Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign LORD, for the awesome day of the LORD’s judgment is near. The LORD has prepared his people for a great slaughter and has chosen their executioners. (8) “On that day of judgment,” says the LORD, “I will punish the leaders and princes of Judah and all those following pagan customs. (9) Yes, I will punish those who participate in pagan worship ceremonies, and those who fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit. (10) “On that day,” says the LORD, “a cry of alarm will come from the Fish Gate and echo throughout the New Quarter of the city. And a great crash will sound from the hills. (11) Wail in sorrow, all you who live in the market area, for all the merchants and traders will be destroyed.

Once again we see a prophecy about the great judgment. As we well know, when God repeats something, it’s because we missed something. One thought occurred to me while beginning this study. There is a fine line between teaching and preaching. We all cross that line. We all blur the line between leading people to Christ and leading them to us or a church. We can’t put aside all those things the world has filled our heads with. Inside everything we do, we judge. Maybe not as much as others. Maybe not as much as we used to, but we still judge. It’s a part of the curse when Eve decided she wanted to know good from evil. She already knew good. That’s all she knew. But the enemy convinced her there was something mystical about knowing evil. Once she disobeyed God, she knew what evil was. We all cross that line everyday. We all have a serpent nearby whispering promises, telling us better ways to do things. Those serpents want us to make decisions on our own. They want us to rely on ourselves. What we refer to as better judgment. There’s that word again, judgment. We think if we judge for ourselves, determine the course of our own lives, we’re not hurting anyone. Eve didn’t think she was harming anyone. But her husband stayed by her side and fell with her. Her first born son killed her second son. Countless more people suffered because of that one sin – the need to know evil. The curse this entire world faces everyday.

That mystery – spiritualism is another line we cross. Most people cross that line without knowing it. To some it’s easy to see praying to statues of dead people like Mary and the apostles is not right. Some people believe they talk to the apostles that died. Is it okay to judge those people and their beliefs because we have a handful of Bible verses telling us, The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. (Ecclesiastes 9:5 NLTse).

Do you study the context of the chapter before you use a few verses to fire off an answer? When you check the introduction, you’ll see Solomon was telling people, there is not a whole lot of difference between people, living or dead. This, too, I carefully explored: Even though the actions of godly and wise people are in God’s hands, no one knows whether God will show them favor. The same destiny ultimately awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad, ceremonially clean or unclean, religious or irreligious. Good people receive the same treatment as sinners, and people who make promises to God are treated like people who don’t. (Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 NLTse). So why do some people make such a big deal about what they know about dead people? When you look at the chapter, Solomon is trying to make the point, there is little difference between good people and bad people. Solomon pointed out the little we know, then compared it to dead people, who don’t know anything. So why would anyone really want to use that particular verse to try and show people they know more…. It seems a few facts about a particular subject are not as useful as you would think they would be, unless you learn to use them in context. Knowledge is power, but Jesus never intended knowledge or His Word to be used as a weapon.

Spiritualism goes beyond talking to the dead. Spiritualism is the belief in oneself and has spread into every corner of Christianity. Self is what cased Eve to sin. Self is want convinced Cain to kill Able. See the spiritual lessons? Self is what changes teaching to preaching. Self is what makes good people preach evil things about people they have never met. (Go back to Ecclesiastes 9 and read the entire chapter.) Self is what forces this world to place people in groups and judge them. When we look deep, most of what we do is designed to make ourselves feel better in the hopes people will look up to us. We love it when people come to us for advise. It makes us feel important. Was Eve trying to feel important? Did she feel she was on the bottom on the chain of command? Didn’t the love she received from Adam and God make a difference? If all the love in this world could not restrain Eve from sinning, what makes us think we have control of our own thoughts and actions?

Judgment should go no further than the mirror. When we look in the mirror do we see ourselves or Jesus? But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (James 1:22-27 NLTse).

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign LORD, for the awesome day of the LORD’s judgment is near. Why does Zephaniah tell us to stand in silence? Is that a suggestion or command? What can we add to God’s judgment? Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him? Has the LORD ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice? (Isaiah 40:13-14 NLTse). The LORD has prepared his people for a great slaughter and has chosen their executioners.

Everything appears to be in God’s hands. Who are be to interfere? Who are we to issue a prejudgment decision? Can we stand in as a witness for or against anyone? No! Neither can we condemn them. Take a serious look at Heaven. If you want to get Heaven just to be an eyewitness to condemn people, you need to reconsider that idea.

When Jesus stood trial, and He faced five trials, not a witness was called on His behalf. Jesus’ witnesses were – the scriptures, His life, and God’s Spirit. We have the same witnesses and one more…. Jesus Himself. Now pay attention because this is very serious. It is a matter of eternal life and death. You can only be a witness to things you’ve seen for people you know and met. If you grasp onto the opportunity to answer spiritual questions, rely upon your wisdom on spiritual matters, you are directing people to yourself and robbing them of a relationship with Christ. If they don’t meet Jesus, how can He be a witness for them in the great judgment? Judgment may not be the easiest subject to teach about. As a matter of fact, judging should be avoided at all costs. None of us has earned the right to judge. That is a role reserved for Jesus.

What we need to do is understand how one chapter is linked to the other and teach those skills to others. In this case, we are looking at a prophecy and looking for its recorded fulfillment. In this case, we are not going to find its actual fulfillment because the event, the great judgment has not yet been fulfilled. There is a chapter which adds a great deal more information on the event. I don’t enjoy writing about prophecies that have not been fulfilled. But I am not going to guess at when this prophecy will be fulfilled. Nor am I going to guess at who or what the symbols point to. I believe our roll is to teach people study methods and let them get together with God’s Spirit to study. When the time is right, maybe God will reveal the answer to them. Not only will people be able to look at prophecies on a spiritual level, but all subjects in the Bible.

In this example, the best chapter I could find is Revelation 18. It is a popular chapter. A lot of people have written and preached on a few texts in this chapter. Its time to take a look at the entire chapter and compare it to Zephaniah 1, another prophecy on the great judgment.

Revelation 18:1-19 NLTse (1) After all this I saw another angel come down from heaven with great authority, and the earth grew bright with his splendor. (2) He gave a mighty shout: “Babylon is fallen–that great city is fallen! She has become a home for demons. She is a hideout for every foul spirit, a hideout for every foul vulture and every foul and dreadful animal. (3) For all the nations have fallen because of the wine of her passionate immorality. The kings of the world have committed adultery with her. Because of her desires for extravagant luxury, the merchants of the world have grown rich.” (4) Then I heard another voice calling from heaven, “Come away from her, my people. Do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her. (5) For her sins are piled as high as heaven, and God remembers her evil deeds. (6) Do to her as she has done to others. Double her penalty for all her evil deeds. She brewed a cup of terror for others, so brew twice as much for her. (7) She glorified herself and lived in luxury, so match it now with torment and sorrow. She boasted in her heart, ‘I am queen on my throne. I am no helpless widow, and I have no reason to mourn.’ (8) Therefore, these plagues will overtake her in a single day– death and mourning and famine. She will be completely consumed by fire, for the Lord God who judges her is mighty.” (9) And the kings of the world who committed adultery with her and enjoyed her great luxury will mourn for her as they see the smoke rising from her charred remains. (10) They will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will cry out, “How terrible, how terrible for you, O Babylon, you great city! In a single moment God’s judgment came on you.” (11) The merchants of the world will weep and mourn for her, for there is no one left to buy their goods. (12) She bought great quantities of gold, silver, jewels, and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet cloth; things made of fragrant thyine wood, ivory goods, and objects made of expensive wood; and bronze, iron, and marble. (13) She also bought cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, chariots, and bodies–that is, human slaves. (14) “The fancy things you loved so much are gone,” they cry. “All your luxuries and splendor are gone forever, never to be yours again.” (15) The merchants who became wealthy by selling her these things will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will weep and cry out, (16) “How terrible, how terrible for that great city! She was clothed in finest purple and scarlet linens, decked out with gold and precious stones and pearls! (17) In a single moment all the wealth of the city is gone!” And all the captains of the merchant ships and their passengers and sailors and crews will stand at a distance. (18) They will cry out as they watch the smoke ascend, and they will say, “Where is there another city as great as this?” (19) And they will weep and throw dust on their heads to show their grief. And they will cry out, “How terrible, how terrible for that great city! The shipowners became wealthy by transporting her great wealth on the seas. In a single moment it is all gone.”

I located Revelation 18 by searching the word punish, one of the repeated key words in Zephaniah 1:7-11. Of course that search turned up a number of interesting texts. But none of those chapters contain the connections Revelation 18 contains. Zephaniah told us, “On that day of judgment,” says the LORD, “I will punish the leaders and princes of Judah and all those following pagan customs.” Revelation 18 used Babylon as a symbol but also tells us, all the nations have fallen because of the wine of her passionate immorality. The kings of the world have committed adultery with her. Zephaniah used Judah as a symbol. Revelation expanded on that symbol. Zephaniah pointed to the leaders and princes inside Jerusalem’s walls in his time. Revelation 18 points to the spiritual meaning outside those physical walls. The rich and powerful were gathered inside Jerusalem’s walls. They were carried off to Babylon for a reason. They were supposed to tell Babylon and the world about the coming Messiah and about God and His love for the world. Nebuchadnezzar was shown God’s power and wisdom a number of times. When Nebuchadnezzar saw God’s power he made proclamations for all the world to worship God. Therefore, I make this decree: If any people, whatever their race or nation or language, speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they will be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. There is no other god who can rescue like this!” (Daniel 3:29 NLTse). Commanding people to worship God was not what He had in mind. God wanted people to worship Him because they knew Him on a personal level in prayer and deeds.

The Jews failed to tell people in Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar’s world empire about God. They made the same mistake that brought Babylon’s army to their gates. They kept God to themselves because they didn’t know God nor His plan of salvation. Revelation looks at that same problem on a worldly view. The scene moved from Judah and its leaders to all the kings of the world and added another important key word, riches. Worldly riches is a main theme throughout Revelation 18. It’s not hard to see the lust for wealth is a major deception Babylon used to attract the merchants of the world and command their loyalty. They all fell for one of the temptations Jesus overcame in the wilderness when He faced Satan.

Those two chapters also shared the key words sorrow, weep, and cry. Zephaniah told us, “Wail in sorrow, all you who live in the market area, for all the merchants and traders will be destroyed.” Revelation 18 added, “The merchants of the world will weep and mourn for her, for there is no one left to buy their goods.” One prophecy tells us the merchants and traders will be destroyed. The other tells us no one left to buy their goods. We don’t see how complete the destruction will be until we go back and read the introduction to Zephaniah 1. “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” says the LORD. “I will sweep away people and animals alike. I will sweep away the birds of the sky and the fish in the sea. I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble, and I will wipe humanity from the face of the earth,” says the LORD. Which brings us to another important Bible Study rule. We have to compare introductions to the chapters being studied.

Zephaniah 1:1-6 NLTse The LORD gave this message to Zephaniah when Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah. Zephaniah was the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah. (2) “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” says the LORD. (3) “I will sweep away people and animals alike. I will sweep away the birds of the sky and the fish in the sea. I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble, and I will wipe humanity from the face of the earth,” says the LORD. (4) “I will crush Judah and Jerusalem with my fist and destroy every last trace of their Baal worship. I will put an end to all the idolatrous priests, so that even the memory of them will disappear. (5) For they go up to their roofs and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the LORD, but then they worship Molech, too. (6) And I will destroy those who used to worship me but now no longer do. They no longer ask for the LORD’s guidance or seek my blessings.”

In review. When a prophecy is found and studied, highlight the key words. Those are words the author repeats. Those words can be the same, similar, or related. Looking at Zephaniah 1:7-11, we see the words judgment and punish are repeated. When we see that, we see the main theme in the prophecy. The words slaughter, crash, and destroyed are similar words. Wail and sorrow are related words. Follow this sequence of highlighting words for the prophecy along with the introduction and summation for the chapter it is recorded in.

Once the main theme in the prophecy, introduction, and summation is seen after highlighting and studying the key words, it is time to use the most repeated key word in the prophecy to search for a parallel chapter. Don’t expect to find the right parallel chapter in the first attempt. Some times it requires a few searches. Cross check the introductions and summations to make certain they follow the same theme. They will show the same theme by sharing key words which may be the same, similar, or related. Once a parallel chapter is located, highlight the key words in the recorded fulfillment, introduction, and summation. The next step is to compare verses in each chapter comparing first the prophecy and its recorded fulfillment. Next compare introductions from each chapter followed by summations. This is an easy process to follow. Once you have a little practice, you’ll see how entire chapters flow together to teach a lesson on levels much deeper than you’ve never imagined. Don’t forget to expect to see contrasts between the chapters. Some times the greatest lessons are revealed in contrasts. In this example the introduction for Zephaniah 1 is compared to the recorded fulfillment in Revelation 18.

Zephaniah 1:1-6 NLTse The LORD gave this message to Zephaniah when Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah. Zephaniah was the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah. (2) “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” says the LORD. (3) “I will sweep away people and animals alike. I will sweep away the birds of the sky and the fish in the sea. I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble, and I will wipe humanity from the face of the earth,” says the LORD. (4) “I will crush Judah and Jerusalem with my fist and destroy every last trace of their Baal worship. I will put an end to all the idolatrous priests, so that even the memory of them will disappear. (5) For they go up to their roofs and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the LORD, but then they worship Molech, too. (6) And I will destroy those who used to worship me but now no longer do. They no longer ask for the LORD’s guidance or seek my blessings.”

The last thing we want to do in a study like this is to jump around from texts to texts trying to identify symbols. That’s the way the world studies the Bible. Usually they try to find a text or two to identify a symbol with a preconceived idea. That is only out done by the world’s desire to interpret the Bible based on what they’ve learned. The only advice I can give on overcoming that temptation is to look at what you’ve learn. What was the source? Was the interpretation based on the world or the Bible? Were chapters compared to prove context?

When we look at Babylon we know Judah was taken away as captives to Babylon. In Revelation 18 an angel comes down from Heaven and says, “Babylon is fallen–that great city is fallen! She has become a home for demons. She is a hideout for every foul spirit, a hideout for every foul vulture and every foul and dreadful animal.Now we have a contrast to consider. In Zephaniah Jerusalem is about to be taken to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom is made stronger. The LORD gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. So Nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah’s royal family and other noble families, who had been brought to Babylon as captives. (Daniel 1:2-3 NLTse). In Revelation 18 Babylon falls. What happened and why?

Jerusalem’s physical judgment is a symbol pointing to a greater judgment. Judah was scattered to learn a lesson and teach it to the world. Nebuchadnezzar learned that lesson, but only for a while. Another lesson to pay attention to. One kind act does not save you.

We don’t have to look all over the Bible to see what Babylon represents because some of those details will are covered in the introduction in Zephaniah 1. “I will crush Judah and Jerusalem with my fist and destroy every last trace of their Baal worship. I will put an end to all the idolatrous priests, so that even the memory of them will disappear. For they go up to their roofs and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the LORD, but then they worship Molech, too. Those Jews were worshiping idols and false God’s long before they were carried away to Babylon. When we compare that to information in Revelation 18 showing a long list of riches those merchants were marketing, we can see a clear picture of what Babylon offered – anything and everything besides God. We can see how much they loved those riches based on how often John repeated details showing how they mourned and cried over Babylon’s fall. That tells us not only how Babylon lured people into false worship, how attached they are to those riches, but one more detail. Those people would not be crying unless they suffered financial losses themselves. Does this point to a world economic melt down? It may and it may not. We are not sure of the timing. Without doubt, everyone in the world will loose all their wealth and riches when Jesus returns. But will the judgment in Revelation point to Jesus’ return? “How terrible, how terrible for you, O Babylon, you great city! In a single moment God’s judgment came on you.” Does Revelation point to Babylon’s judgment or the world? Once again we have a choice. We can skip around the Bible looking for answers, or we can compare the summaries of those two chapters to see what details they reveal.

Zephaniah 1:12-18 NLTse (12) “I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners to punish those who sit complacent in their sins. They think the LORD will do nothing to them, either good or bad. (13) So their property will be plundered, their homes will be ransacked. They will build new homes but never live in them. They will plant vineyards but never drink wine from them. (14) “That terrible day of the LORD is near. Swiftly it comes– a day of bitter tears, a day when even strong men will cry out. (15) It will be a day when the LORD’s anger is poured out– a day of terrible distress and anguish, a day of ruin and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, (16) a day of trumpet calls and battle cries. Down go the walled cities and the strongest battlements! (17) “Because you have sinned against the LORD, I will make you grope around like the blind. Your blood will be poured into the dust, and your bodies will lie rotting on the ground.” (18) Your silver and gold will not save you on that day of the LORD’s anger. For the whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy. He will make a terrifying end of all the people on earth.

Revelation 18:20-24 NLTse (20) Rejoice over her fate, O heaven and people of God and apostles and prophets! For at last God has judged her for your sakes. (21) Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a huge millstone. He threw it into the ocean and shouted, “Just like this, the great city Babylon will be thrown down with violence and will never be found again. (22) The sound of harps, singers, flutes, and trumpets will never be heard in you again. No craftsmen and no trades will ever be found in you again. The sound of the mill will never be heard in you again. (23) The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The happy voices of brides and grooms will never be heard in you again. For your merchants were the greatest in the world, and you deceived the nations with your sorceries. (24) In your streets flowed the blood of the prophets and of God’s holy people and the blood of people slaughtered all over the world.”

The introduction to Zephaniah 1 explained how complete the devastation will be. The summation reinforced that theme. “I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners to punish those who sit complacent in their sins. Your silver and gold will not save you on that day of the LORD’s anger. For the whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy. He will make a terrifying end of all the people on earth.” This is a good example of an introduction and summary to a chapter and how they introduce and summarize the same theme. Everything between relates to the same theme. This is why it’s important to match the prophecy and its fulfillment using entire chapters. Common sense will tell you, the prophecy and its recorded fulfillment have to cover the same exact theme. To properly identify the fulfillment of a prophecy, not only must the prophecy and its fulfillment cover the same theme, the two chapters they are found in must follow the same theme. This is what is know as context.

Zephaniah 1 covered some major possessions, properly, homes, and vineyards. The introduction in Revelation 18 covers a list of details describing the goods and possessions people will loose. Of course a summary is just what it infers. The author may not repeat details from the previous verses in the chapter, but will record a short summary. In this case Revelation 18 added to that list of possessions with details we consider the simple pleasures of life. The sound of harps, singers, flutes, trumpets, mill stones, craftsmen and trades will ever be found again. The happy voices of brides and grooms will never be heard in you again. The way John added to the list of what will be lost showed how complete those losses will be.

One more detail appears at the very end of both summaries. “Because you have sinned against the LORD, I will make you grope around like the blind. Your blood will be poured into the dust, and your bodies will lie rotting on the ground.” Your silver and gold will not save you on that day of the LORD’s anger. For the whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy. He will make a terrifying end of all the people on earth. For your merchants were the greatest in the world, and you deceived the nations with your sorceries. In your streets flowed the blood of the prophets and of God’s holy people and the blood of people slaughtered all over the world.”

Notice how the summation flowed together adding greater detail? There is never any reason to guess at any prophecy. God completed His Bible with every prophecy we need to know and the answer for each is recorded in His Word. Only God could do such a thing. God’s Word is the best evidence we have of His existence next to His creation. Combined with the evidence of His love, what is holding this world back? Both Zephaniah and Revelation tell us power, wealth, glory, and riches are deceptions people fall for as well as lust over. The promise of worldly riches are too much for some people. They accept short term goals and luxuries because the lack faith in the eternal promises of God. One of the main reasons is, because they’ve never been shown what God offers. To much time and energy is wasted teaching useless doctrines, or prophecies based on what the world wants to hear.

The process of studying the Bible is an easy one. Everything has already been written. It’s only a matter of giving each word the attention it deserves. Approaching God’s Word is like approaching God Himself. It requires a great deal of respect. No one would think of approaching a King to tell Him what they think His letters and commands say. Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign LORD, for the awesome day of the LORD’s judgment is near.

Highlight key words in the prophecy after they’ve been divided into prophecy, introduction, and summation. Study those key words. It is best to put the study away and pray about it for a time. Use key words to search for related texts. You’ll see how some of the related texts add a few details, even when the introduction and summaries do not seem to fit the chapter with the prophecy. Some times they are difficult to understand or explain. Look for one like in this example where the chapters blend and sing together. Look at the fulfillment of the prophecy along with the introduction and summation of the chapter it is found in. This is not a complete set of the rules of context, but enough to get you started. This is also an easy study to share. Once again, don’t get stuck on the symbols. Specific details about those symbols will be explained by the two chapters when they are studied together. Be happy with what God’s Spirit shows you and always give thanks.

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