Here is the transcript of Zac Poonen’s teaching on Zephaniah and Haggai which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
Let’s turn now to the book of Zephaniah, CHAPTER 1. Zephaniah prophesied soon after Nahum before the Babylonians became the great world power, and just before Jeremiah’s time. It’s possible that Jeremiah was there towards the end of Zephaniah’s time of prophecy. He was the prophet just before Jeremiah, and he also speaks about the destruction of Assyria and the rise of Babylon, but his main theme is the severity of God and the goodness of God.
There is a verse in Romans 11 which says, “Behold, the goodness and the severity of God.” And we can see that verse demonstrated in the whole book of Zephaniah. First of all, he demonstrates the severity of God, His strictness against sin, and then he demonstrates the goodness of God to that remnant.
As you’ve been listening to these MINOR PROPHETS, you’ve probably seen that there are certain themes that recur in all these prophets: pride, exploiting poor people, love of money among the leaders, and not being deceived by external manifestations of revival.
Chastening by God, God using heathen people to chasten His people. The need for faith to wait in patience, the answer does not come immediately, but God will definitely judge; the anger of God against sin, the certainty of judgment, and the remnant. All these prophets speak about a remnant. All these prophets speak about a time of decline in the midst of God’s people there will be a few.