Just recently, Iranian Quds forces launched a barrage of missiles across the Syrian border and aimed at Israel. In under an hour, the Israeli Air Force began responding with a blistering barrage of airstrikes up and down northern Syria in and around Damascus and other areas. In fact, Syria in general and Damascus, in particular, has been in the news quite heavily in recent months. Lots of military action going on there.
The authors of the Major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel) were described or referred to by a number of terms due to the nature of their ministry and calling. They were called prophets, seers, watchmen, men of God, messengers, and servants of the Lord.
First, they functioned as preachers who expounded and interpreted the Mosaic law to the nation.
Second, they functioned as predictors who announced coming judgment, deliverance, and events relating to the Messiah and His kingdom.
Finally, they functioned as watchmen over the people of Israel. Ezekiel stood as a watchman on the walls of Zion ready to trumpet a warning against religious apostasy.
In the Hebrew canon the Prophets are divided into the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings) and the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel,) and the Twelve, or Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi).
We will be talking about the six books called the former prophets in this lesson.