"An Exhortation to Repentance"
This Bible Study is written by Roger
Christopherson, and made available with written
permission by http://www.theseason.org
Zephaniah 2:1 "Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, o nation not desired;"
God is telling this one world system to get themselves in order, and together, and get ready to do battle. The new world order will never have itself in order, and together, because they are looking the other direction while millions are murdered to advance their causes around the world. When you understand the origin of the United Nations, it's agencies, and it's founders, you will see it is based on Satanic goals. When you see and understand this, it is easy to see why they do and say the lies and deceptions they promote.
Zephaniah 2:2 "Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you."
This is God's warning to them, and all those who take part in their religious and political order. God is telling them that the fire is coming. He is comparing everything they have and do to "the chaff", that light fluffy stuff that blows in the wind, and when the fire hits it, puff, it's gone. Their entire system will give a flash, and it will be gone.
Zephaniah 2:3 "Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: I may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger."
This is the best advise anyone can give you; "seek ye the Lord". The meek of the earth are the humble before God. This is a sign of strength, not weakness. To "wrought his judgment", is to do His work, and follow His instructions from His Word. When we do this, and the day of the Lord comes, we are hid from God's anger poured upon the earth.
Remember what "Zephaniah" meant? "Hidden of Jehovah". God's instructions are given to us in Psalm 27:1-5; it is a guide for our living, and when we follow it, we have nothing to fear.
Zephaniah 2:4 "For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up."
"Ashkelon" is the migratory people of the latter days. They have no roots in any land, and roam from country to country with no loyalty to anyone or anything. These are the people of the United Nations, and their different agencies and foundations. They are the "One Worldism" crowd. They are of Satan, their father, and for that reason would destroy and deceive nations, through their false treaties and hidden government. God hates them, and all of "Ashkelon" will be a desolation.
It will be at "the noon day", the sleep and rest time, when they least expect it, that these "Kenites", the hidden hands of the new world order, meet their destruction.
Zephaniah 2:5 "Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the Lord is against you; O canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant."
The "Cherethites" are the "executioners", those people of the four hidden dynasties that carry out the orders of the owners [Kenites]. Friend, these Cherethites are working full time today, and are right on schedule. They deal in commerce and trade, then enslave people and destroy nations, through their financial and industrial manipulation of agreements. They kill, lie and deceive, all for the sake of controlling people, and their deadline is for the sake of power accumulation.
The real deception today is that the political head of this beast is the forerunner, to prepare the world for the religious system that will follow. the week will be pruned out, and the rest are to be the servants of their new king. That king is their father, Satan, through Eve in the Garden of Eden, which bare the offspring , "Cain" . These Kenites are the offspring of Satan through their father Cane, and that is the "Parable of the Fig Tree", that Jesus Christ told us to learn in Matthew 24:32-35.
"Canaan" used here in the Hebrew text, is Jerusalem, and it is from Jerusalem that Satan, the Antichrist will rule over his one world religious system.
Zephaniah 2:6 "And the sea coast shall be dwellings and [pastures with] cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks."
God is going to make all things right.
Zephaniah 2:7 "And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening; for the Lord their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity."
Remember "Ashkelon", the migratory ones? Well God is saying He is going to take what they have, and made, and give it to his own people, with respect to their lands. God will release all the bonds that every one of His people have held over them.
Zephaniah 2:8 "I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border."
Moab and Ammon are both of the seed of Abraham, and kin to the Israelites. God is against them because they have moved against the borders of the nation of Israel [Jews}, and the "House of Israel", the Christian nations. They moved against them because they did not know God's word.
Zephaniah 2:9 "Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding [a possession] of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them."
God is swearing by His own name that their destruction will be as complete as the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The "remnant" is God's elect, and God will give them over to be as slaves to His elect. That is God's wages to the "remnant for being true to God's Word.
Zephaniah 2:10 "This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts."
Because Ammon and Moab rejected and belittled the "remnant" for preaching His word, and have boosted of themselves in pride, God will reject them.
Zephaniah 2:11 "The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen [nations]."
Everything that Satan has or controls, will be starved to death, and be destroyed. Why? This is the "day of the Lord", and on that day Satan will go to the pit awaiting his final judgment in the lake of fire. At the end of the Millennium age he will be released a short season to deceive some that are tested. While in the pit, Satan will have no power over anyone.
Notice the turnaround the moment Satan is removed, and all men are in their spiritual bodies. "Men shall worship Him" [Jesus Christ] for doing this. Every person on the face of the earth will bow a knee to Jesus Christ and worship His, their King of Kings.
Zephaniah 2:12 "Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword."
This includes all me. God's sword is His Word [Revelation 1:16], and it cuts away all untruth.
Zephaniah 2:13 "And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness."
"The north" again refers to the Antichrist, and to the office that he will hold. "Nineveh" was the capitol of Assyria, and in this text it is in reference to the capitol city of the final day. Antichrist's capitol is called Babylon [or his one world religious system] coming from Jerusalem.
Zephaniah 2:14 "And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds; for he shall uncover the cedar work."
When Jesus Christ returns to earth, He is going to so shake this world system that their capitals, and holy places are going to fall apart. When they crumble, they will never again come back together. All the fancy work of their idols and temples are going to lose their identity, and the religious order will be dead and gone forever.
Then in that special place, Jerusalem, Jesus Christ will set up His kingdom and that kingdom shall rule the earth, and all souls. It is a time of peace, and something to look forward to.
Zephaniah 2:15 "This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.
Revelation 18:7 is another witness to this verse; "How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow."
The Christian world, just as the entire world will say this. all except the elect of God. Why? Because she has already participated in the wedding with the false christ, been in his system, and taken his name and number. The system is the Babylonian Mystery Religion, and shee is the mother of Harlots.
To "wag his hand" is a Hebrew idiom which is an expression of great disgust [derision]. Consider all those Christians that will say at Jesus Christ's return; "But Lord I healed in your name, and even taught your rapture doctrine, and cast out demons in your name. How could I have known the first christ to come was Satan?"
Now we can see how Christ will feel, when he sees you and all the others, calling themselves Christians, and standing in their state of whoredom before Him. Even the sight of them will bring out his anger, for it is written that He sill say; "depart from me, I know you not."
The entire world except God's elect, and those God has sealed in their mind the truths and warnings of His Word, will become part of the Antichrist's religious system. This chapter two has shown us exactly what God plans to do with those who become part of that system. It is time to study, and know the signs of these times, and know what our Lord has for us, so we can be included in Zephaniah; "the ones Jehovah hides".
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