Zephaniah prophesied during the reign of Josiah of Judah (640-609 B.C.). Distressed by the shallowness of Judah’s response to the godly king’s reformation, Zephaniah announced that sweeping judgment was about to fall on Jerusalem as well as on pagan nations. Zephaniah, the last of the preexilic prophets, summarized much of the judgment and salvation teaching of the earlier prophets. His emphasis fell on the darkest aspects of the Day of the Lord, within decades to be prefigured by Babylon’s invasion of the Holy Land.
|I.||Judgment of Judah||Zeph. 1:1–2:3|
|II.||Judgment of Gentiles||Zeph. 2:4–15|
|III.||Jerusalem’s Destiny||Zeph. 3|