The Book of Zephaniah is the prophecies of Zephaniah, a man who introduces himself as a part of the royal lineage and descendant of Hezekiah. He prophesied in Jerusalem during the reign of Josiah, the King of Judah from 640-609 BC.
The book focuses on the impending judgment of God and the restoration of God’s people. In fact, it mentions the day of the Lord more than any other book in the Old Testament. The message of this book is applied to todays Christians as a reminder of the judgment of God and is a call to godly living. We are by nature a sinful people but the Book of Zephaniah reminds us that our God is one of restoration. It is in Christ that we find our hope and salvation and our lives should reflect that.
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 - 1:7
Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger - 2:3
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God - 3:2
Therefore, wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent - 3:8-9
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing - 3:17