In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus Christ -Yeshua] was in the beginning with God.


The Book of Zephaniah is the ninth of the twelve books of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. The name Zephaniah comes from the Hebrew word Tsephanyah meaning, “God hides”. Zephaniah was one of the last prophets to Judah before the nation fell into Babylonian captivity. He ministered from c. 640-625 BC. The prophecies of Nahum, Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Ezekiel and Daniel overlapped in an era from c. 663-536 BC.

God was preparing to bring judgment on Judah for her grievous sins. He patiently called Judah to repentance but His call was rejected. Zephaniah prophesied that not only would Judah be judged but also the surrounding Gentle nations. He also extended the prophecy to the distant future when Judah and the whole world will be judged. Zephaniah described that day as the great day of the Lord. The devastation will be complete because of man’s rejection of God. As God is righteous in wrath, He is also righteous in mercy. Zephaniah prophesied the day of restoration when a remnant of Israel will be cleansed, redeemed and restored unto Him for eternity.

Today, God is returning His people back to their land of Israel. This prophecy is being fulfilled according to God’s Word through the prophets. We are now living in the last days as evident by the world’s opposition to Israel. At the end of the tribulation, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, will return the second time to judge the Gentile nations for rejecting God and attempting to destroy Israel. He will save a remnant of Israel and reign from the thrown of David in Jerusalem. There will be righteousness that brings forth peace and prosperity for 1,000 years.

Zephaniah 1-2: Call to repentance; judgments on Jerusalem, Judah and the Gentile nations

Zephaniah 3: The promise of salvation: the conversion and restoration of Israel