“Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what He commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.” (Zephaniah 2:3)
“I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth. … Near is the great day of the Lord … a day of wrath.” (Zephaniah 1:2, 14–15)
“The whole earth will be consumed, for He will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth.” (Zephaniah 1:18)
“I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out My wrath on them — all my fierce anger. The whole earth will be consumed by My jealous anger.” (3:8)
- In Zephaniah 2:13, he predicts the fall of Ninevah. That was fulfilled in 612 BC. So, his ministry took place before that date.
In 621–2 BC, Josiah found the scrolls of the Law (2 Chronicles 34:8–18). Because Zephaniah seems to quote from the Law (compare 1:13 with Deuteronomy 28:30, 39), he likely prophesied after the finding of the scroll and was a partner in Josiah’s reforms that helped bring the people back to the Lord.
“I will destroy those who used to worship Me but now no longer do. They no longer ask for the Lord’s guidance or seek My blessings.” (Zephaniah 1:6, NLT)