Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 13, 2013

Zephaniah

Here’s a judgment that doesn’t look pleasant:
“The great Day of the Lord is near,
near and rapidly approaching.
Listen, the Day of the Lord—
then the warrior’s cry is bitter.
That day is a day of wrath,
a day of trouble and distress,
a day of destruction and desolation,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness,
a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities,
and against the high corner towers.
I will bring distress on mankind,
and they will walk like the blind
because they have sinned against the Lord.
Their blood will be poured out like dust
and their flesh like dung.
Their silver and their gold
will not be able to rescue them
on the day of the Lord’s wrath.
The whole earth will be consumed
by the fire of His jealousy.
For He will make a complete,
yes, a horrifying end
of all the inhabitants of the earth.” Zephaniah 1:14-18

A horrifying end of all earth’s inhabitants!? Yikes!
Yet other scriptures say some will survive:
“For those will be days of tribulation, the kind that hasn’t been from the beginning of the world, which God created, until now and never will be again! Unless the Lord limited those days, no one would survive. But He limited those days because of the elect, whom He chose.” Mark 13:19-20
Why this horrible destruction?
To make the earth ready for the repopulation of all mankind. This is forshadowed in the flood of Noah, when everything on the face of the earth was destroyed – so that Noah and his family and that group of animals not bred with angels could repopulate the whole earth.


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