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Saturday, February 6 2016

Zephaniah 1: The Word Of The LORD Which Came Unto Zephaniah

"The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah"

The English-language rendering "Zephaniah" is from the Hebrew name pronounced tsef-awn-yaw. It means secret of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).

Zephaniah was a true prophet of the LORD (see Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?) to the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) in the years prior to Judah's self-inflicted fall to Babylon (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?).

Heaven While Zephaniah is generally not as well-known as another prophet of that same time, Jeremiah (see Jeremiah: The Prophet's Conception), the prophecies of Zephaniah are just as "major" as any other because the words that all of the true prophets of the LORD spoke were those of the LORD - from Whom there is nothing "minor" (i.e. some classify the prophets into "major" and "minor," usually based on the length of their books).

The English-language (keep in mind that English was a Germanic language that originated in Europe centuries after the Holy Scriptures were written in the Middle East) word "prophet" itself originated from a Greek word which meant to tell before i.e. pro means before and phemi means to tell (the English word fame is based on that same Greek word, phemi).

The Hebrew word of the Old Testament that is translated as "prophet" is pronounced naw-bee. It means an inspired speaker, as in an in-spirit-ed speaker. The key to knowing whether a prophet is of the LORD, or not, is to recognize what spirit the prophet is inspired by - the Holy Spirit of God, or the spirit of Satan.

The Greek term of the New Testament that is translated as "prophet" is pronounced prof-ay-tace. It also means an inspired speaker.

As was the mandate of all true prophets, "The word of the LORD" came unto Zephaniah so that he had the responsibility to deliver it to those for whom it was intended. True prophets are neither self-appointed or self-sent.

"1:1 The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

1:2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. 1:3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.

1:4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham; 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him. 1:7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. 1:8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel. 1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.

1:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills. 1:11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off. 1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil. 1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

1:14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 1:17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land." (Zephaniah 1:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: Zephaniah warned of "The great day of the LORD" (verse 14, above). What is the "day of the LORD"?
See What And When Is The Day Of The LORD? and What Happens After The Day Of The LORD?; also The Last Trump In The Day Of The LORD

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This Day In History, February 6

1215: Japanese emperor Hojo Tokimasa died.

1515: Aldus Manutius, Italian editor and printer, died. He printed the first "paperbacks" and invented italics.

1626: Huguenot rebels and the French signed the Peace of La Rochelle.

1685: Charles II, king of Great Britain and Ireland, died. James II became the new king.

1695: Ahmed II, Ottoman sultan from 1691-1695, died at age 53. His reign was marked by the continuing war with "The Holy League" of Austria, Poland and Venice (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire; see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation, The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South, Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1778: The U.S. and France signed treaties that would permit, "without French interference," the U.S. to invade English areas of Canada (which happened during the War of 1812-1814 - the only attempted invasion of Canada in Canadian history) and Bermuda, while France would attempt to take the British West Indies.

France supported the breakaway of the New England colonies for their own military and political reasons. France had no interest what-so-ever in anyone's "freedom" - as so many have been misled into believing with historical-revisionism propaganda. When a minority of the New England colonists rebelled, France hypocritically maintained an oppressive grip on its own French colonies in Louisiana and what is today eastern Canada. Their sole intent was to break England's military connection to the colonies that England created in New England so that France could invade and take them over for itself. The plan was not carried out only because Napoleon Bonaparte's imperial wars in Europe squandered the French army.

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1804: Joseph Priestley, English cleric, chemist, one of the discoverers of oxygen, died.

1806: British naval forces defeated the French at the Battle of San Domingo in the Caribbean.

1840: New Zealand became a British colony with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

1899: The Treaty of Paris was ratified by the U.S. Senate by one vote, ending the "Spanish-American" War. Spain ceded Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines to the U.S. for $20 million.

1922: Cardinal Achille Ratti was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XV as Pius XI.

1923: Edward Barnard died at age 66. He is considered to be the leading observational astronomer of his time; he discovered 16 comets and Jupiter's fifth moon, discovered "Barnard's Star" and published a catalog of dark nebula.

1933: The Nazi government of Adolf Hitler began news censorship in Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1934: Massive riots in Paris; the government of Edouard Daladier resigned.

1936: Adolf Hitler opened the Winter Olympics in Berlin (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).

1952: King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland died at age 57. He was succeeded by his 26 year old daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

1958: An airplane carrying the Manchester United soccer team from the European Cup Match crashed on takeoff in Munich. 23 people were killed, including 8 members of the team and 8 journalists.

1964: France and Britain agreed on the joint construction of an English Channel tunnel.

2001: Ariel Sharon defeated Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Israel's election.


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