Zephaniah Chapter 3:Christendom’s Last Days, Gog and Magog

Oct 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Psalm 83 and Gog & Magog, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name), Zephaniah

Zephaniah Chapter 3:Christendom’s Last Days, Gog and Magog

Zeph. 3:1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

Zeph. 3:2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.

The pronoun “her” refers to Jerusalem in the type and to the professed people of God, nominal Christendom, mystic Babylon, in the antitype. Verse 1 is a summation, and subsequent verses  provide details: “Woe to her that is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city!” (RSV). She was rebellious because she “obeyed not the voice [the message of God’s prophets]; … received notcorrection [refused instruction]; … trusted not in the LORD; … [and] drew not near to her God.”

In verses 1-7, the natural application is primary.

Zeph. 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

Verse 3 pertains to the civil leaders, likening the princes and the judges to ferocious, voracious, greedy animals that devour the prey in their hunger. As “roaring lions,” the princes use their voices to paralyze the prey, seize it, and eat it. As “evening wolves,” which hunt in packs at night, the judges ravenously devour the prey, even the bones. For verse 3, the Revised Standard has, “Her officials within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning.”

Zeph. 3:4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

Verse 4 pertains to the religious leaders. Judah’s prophets were “light” in the sense that they did not take seriously the predictions and warnings of Scripture but read them superficially.

They did not prepare the people for the trouble that was to come. In other words, they treated the Word of God lightly. Consequently, they abused their very mission of instructing the people. In addition, Judah’s prophets were “treacherous.”

Comment: The word “treacherous” is a reminder of the Epistle to Jude, which warns about teachers in the true Church who are like dangerous hidden shoals underneath the surface of the water. By failing to give proper instruction at the end of the Gospel Age, especially along moral lines, the teachers are causing the shipwreck of themselves and others.

Reply: Yes, they are like a broken reed that, instead of giving support to those who need help, snaps and pierces them in the side. These criticisms apply equally to type and antitype.

Comment: Micah 3:5,11 is pertinent. “Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him…. The heads [civil rulers] thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.” While judgment was imminent for Judah, the priests and the false prophets were saying, “Peace, for everything is fine. No evil can befall us because God is among us.” The very next verse, Micah 3:12, warns that Jerusalem “shall become heaps.” “Jerusalem” in this context means Judah, the two-tribe kingdom, for the ten-tribe kingdom had already been taken into captivity.

Reply: The third chapter of Micah shows the motivation of the civil and religious leaders: money, reward, profit. The princes, the judges, and the prophets twisted the interpretation of God’s Word to suit the circumstance that would profit and/or benefit them. For example, the false prophets spoke peace and nice, smooth things, whereas the Scriptures prophesy warnings and admonitions of dangers to come.

How did Judah’s priests pollute “the sanctuary” and do “violence to the law”? One of the priests’ duties was to give instruction on how to distinguish between the clean and the unclean.Instead of providing guidelines and advice for proper decision making on this subject, they interpreted the Law in a bland and superficial way. Moreover, they accepted bribes and then favored the rich in their decisions.

Comment: A modern-day example of polluting the sanctuary occurs when priests and ministers who commit immoralities are not disciplined scripturally.

Reply: That is true, for they are usually conveniently transferred to another jurisdiction instead of being excommunicated.

Comment: The priests also made innovations in worship and added traditions of men, making null and void the Word of God (Matt. 15:6).

Zeph. 3:5 The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

What is verse 5 stating in effect? Why did Zephaniah say that Jehovah in their midst “will not do iniquity”? The inference is that in all climes and conditions, God has faithful ministers and prophets who instruct those who have an ear to hear. God is faithful and just to make this provision, but who responds? Since the true prophets were in the minority, the people listened to the false prophets. For example, they hearkened to the 450 prophets of Jezebel rather than to Elijah, the one true prophet.

Comment: Zephaniah showed a contrast between the judges who were “evening wolves,” doing their work at night under cover of darkness, and God’s judgment, which comes in the morning light.

Reply: Yes, God brings justice to light every morning; He fails not.

Zeph. 3:6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.

Comment: If the people had stopped and considered, they would have realized that God has manifested justice, judgment, and punishment at different times in history. They should not have been so complacent in their sins.

Reply: That thought is true in a broad sense. For instance, a situation like Sodom and Gomorrah was crying for retribution, and that judgment was made manifest on the pages of history. However, chronology and history play a part here. Zephaniah preached in the days of King Josiah, which was about 50 years before the destruction of Jerusalem in 606 BC.

But notice that verse 6 is stated in the past tense and hence refers to the judgment that had already occurred on the ten tribes at the hands of the king of Assyria. They were taken away earlier, and the cities were left without inhabitant. Now God was saying to the two tribes through the Prophet Zephaniah, “I have judged your kinsmen, and look what happened to them. Their cities were destroyed, their houses were rifled, and they are in captivity. Can’t you learn from their example? I, the same God of Israel, brought that judgment.”

If Judah would learn the lesson, their dwellings would not be cut off like those of the ten tribes.

But Judah ignored the lesson and “rose early, and corrupted all their doings” (verse 7). Those of the two tribes went on about their daily procedures, continuing in habitual wrong habits and practices, as though nothing had happened.

Q: How does the spiritual lesson fit in here?

A: These verses do not apply to Christendom. We first have to understand the natural picture, and then later we can glean spiritual lessons from the part that applies to mystic Babylon. For example, in the fifty-first chapter of Jeremiah, a half or a third of a verse may be spiritual based on a “thus saith the LORD” elsewhere. But here in verse 6, God destroyed the cities so that no inhabitants remained, and that destruction occurred before God gave this warning to Judah, whereas spiritual Babylon’s destruction will occur after God’s warning to Christendom.

Comment: An important principle to learn is that God’s punishment and justice will come for disobedience.

Reply: That statement will be especially true in the near future when Christendom does things that are a reminder of the Dark Ages. At that time, those who are wise-hearted will see the superficiality, the veneer, and the atrocious deeds of Christendom—that the system is like a whitewashed wall. The future persecution of true Christians will be a revealing repeat of past history, manifesting the injustices of Papacy and also those of Protestantism. From this standpoint, the “her” of verse 1 would be primarily the mother system, Roman Catholicism, although the daughters will share in that judgment to a certain extent.

However, in verse 6, Zephaniah was saying to Judah, “You have not learned the lesson of what happened to the ten tribes.” In contrast, the spiritual fulfillment is still future and will occur when Papacy and Protestantism begin to commit the same misdeeds that were done in the Dark Ages. The vast majority of the people living today know very little about past history.

Zeph. 3:7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

“I [God] said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their [Judah’s] dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them.” God had dealt with Judah in the past, instructing them with judgments, and He would bring a few more. In other words, between Zephaniah’s message in the days of King Josiah and the destruction of Jerusalem in 606 BC, God rendered certain judgments. For instance, Judah’s King Jehoahaz was taken captive to Egypt, and King Jehoiachin was taken to Babylon. In addition, some of the elite Israelites, such as Daniel and the three Hebrew children, were taken captive to Babylon prior to 606 BC. These judgments were further evidences that Judah should have received instruction, but instead the two tribes persisted in wrongdoing, rising early and corrupting all their doings. The Pastor used the term “the irrepressible conflict,” meaning that the judgment piled up and up until finally God’s fury reached the boiling point and spilled over. Judah was not heeding what was happening.

Zeph. 3:8 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.

Zeph. 3:9 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.

Invariably, we use verses 8 and 9 in witnessing to show in what manner the earth will be destroyed; that is, a people will remain here on earth after the great Time of Trouble, and God will turn to them “a pure language, [so] that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.”

Rather than review what is so familiar to all of us, we will go into some other points. What other Scriptures does verse 8 call to mind that dovetail with this prophecy of Zephaniah?

1. God’s “determination … to gather the nations” reminds us of Ezekiel 38:1-9,18 with regard to Gog and Magog’s coming down to Israel in association with a number of other peoples. At that time, God’s fury will come up into His face.

2. God’s assembling the kingdoms to pour upon them His indignation, even all His fierce anger, sounds like Revelation 16:14,16, where the kings of the whole earth will be gathered together to Armageddon, “to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”

3. In Joel 3:2, God says He will “gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat.

4. Zechariah 14:2 states that God “will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle.”

Comment: Zephaniah spoke of wolves and lions as animals of prey, picturing the greedy civil element. In contrast, God states, “Wait ye upon me … until the day that I rise up to the prey.”

Q: Will God’s rising up to the prey be contemporaneous with Michael’s standing up (Dan. 12:1)?

A: Both events will occur about the same time. Michael’s standing up pertains to the deliverance of the Holy Remnant from Jacob’s Trouble. At that time, God will go forth and fight against the nations and for His people as He previously fought in the day of battle (Zech. 14:3). Judgment will be visited on those who are not in heart kinship with the Lord at that time.

Depending on context, the word “then” can mean either “subsequently” or “contemporaneous with.” In verse 9, “then” has the thought of subsequently, afterwards, or following what was said in verse 8. After God gathers the nations to pour upon them His fierce anger, He will turn to the people a pure language so that they may call upon His name and serve Him with one consent.

Q: Is the thought of a “pure language” twofold? (1) There will be united worship with a pure religion whereby the people can all call upon God and serve Him with one consent. (2) There will be one language. Just as languages were confounded at Babel, so the condition will be reversed in the Kingdom (Gen. 11:5-9).

A: Yes, the language barrier will be removed so that the people can have unified thought. A common language goes a long way toward speaking with understanding. Therefore, the concept of one language seems to be implied in verse 9. In addition, the language will be “pure,” that is, without hypocrisy or error, for truth will be revealed on all subjects.

What is the thought of all calling upon the name of Jehovah and serving Him “with one consent”? In the Hebrew, the word “consent” is “shoulder.” To serve God with one shoulder means that all nations—a variety of people with different cultures—will pull together in unison.

The picture is of a yoke, or a wooden bar that is attached, so that all are pulling in unison. For example, if individuals want to remove a tree from the ground, someone will say, “Get ready.

One, two, three.” On the count of three, everyone pulls in unison. For the people to have unison in worship, there will have to be one language, proper understanding, unison of effort, and cooperation. The government will be upon Jesus’ “shoulder” in the Kingdom; that is, he will assume the responsibility of government in the next age (Isa. 9:6).

Zeph. 3:10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

The “rivers of Ethiopia” are the Blue Nile and the White Nile. To find the source of the Nile River, one has to travel perhaps 1,500 or 1,800 miles. Hence “beyond the rivers of Ethiopia” is like saying “from the ends of the earth” or “from every corner of the earth.”

Q: What constituted “Ethiopia” back there?

A: Ethiopia was larger at that time, for it in

cluded Egypt, Nubia, Abyssinia to a certain extent, and present-day Ethiopia.

The “daughter of my dispersed” would be the scattered Holy Remnant in other parts of the earth. In other words, all Jews who survive Jacob’s Trouble will be handpicked—wherever they live in the world. The selectivity of survivors of the Gog and Magog invasion will include not only Jews in Israel proper but also Jews elsewhere who have been marked to become part of the nucleus of the Kingdom.

The “suppliants” are probably Gentiles who will ship the surviving Jews in their lands back to Israel. We are inclined to think that verse 10 should be rendered a little differently. Correctly translated, it should read, “From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, my suppliants shall bring mine offering, even the daughter of my dispersed.” For instance, Isaiah 66:20 mentions that the Gentiles will bring the Jews back to their homeland in all types of conveyances. “And they [the Gentiles] shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.” The Gentiles will make the offering, showing that they are now in sympathy with the new government. The blindness will be removed from both Jews and Gentiles in that day. In addition, other Scriptures show that the Gentiles will bring gifts and will help in the restructuring and in the building of Israel’s walls (Isa. 60:10).

Zeph. 3:11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

Verse 11 should start with a question: “In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me?” The answer is yes. “For then I will purge out [remove] those who are proud because my Kingdom is holy” (paraphrase). Those who remain will be the Holy Remnant—those who are in harmony with the “holy mountain.” Those with pride and wrongdoing will be removed in a weeding-out process. The “shame” of the Holy Remnant will be so noticeable that it will go a long way toward converting Gentiles when they witness the changed, contrite Jew (Ezek. 39:26).

Zeph. 3:12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.

The “afflicted and poor people” will be the Holy Remnant—a humble, contrite, repentant, purged Jewish element (Isa. 4:3,4). Although the information on the Holy Remnant is scattered in the Old Testament, a little here and a little there, it is plentiful with numerous references.

Zeph. 3:13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Verse 13 is a further description of the Holy Remnant. When Jews returned from the Babylonian captivity, they were meeker and more docile, and under the encouragement of Zerubbabel and Haggai the prophet, they did rebuild the Temple. However, as time went on, they reverted back to their old ways and nature. Therefore, verse 13 is speaking of a faithful holy “remnant” yet future. To a certain extent, verse 12 covers the Jews who came back from Babylonian captivity, but verses 12 and 13 are really zeroing in on the end of the Gospel Age.

The Holy Remnant “shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth.” When the Kingdom is inaugurated, “they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”

Q: Are Gentiles included in these verses?

A: Yes. Zephaniah spoke about the filthy, polluted nation of Israel and how God would mete out judgment for cleansing and have a Holy Remnant. But the picture embraces the Gentiles as well, showing that their behavior will also change. Of course they will be selected in broad terms and will not be handpicked like the Holy Remnant.

Comment: Verses 8 and 9 are a worldwide picture. Then verse 10 starts to zero in on the Holy Remnant and their conversion, or reformation, when God delivers them.

Reply: Yes. The conversion of the Holy Remnant will occur quickly, whereas the cleansing of the Gentiles will take the entire Kingdom Age. The general advice to Gentiles prior to the great Time of Trouble will be like that of John the Baptist—they are to pay their debts, be satisfied with their wages, do violence to no man, etc.

Comment: Verse 9 will cover a long period of time. A “pure language” will be given to the people for the purpose of calling on the name of Jehovah and serving Him with one consent.

However, not every Gentile survivor of the Time of Trouble will necessarily be so submissive. Then, starting with verse 10, the subject switches to the purged, contrite element, the Holy Remnant, who will serve God.

Reply: Yes. It will take time for the Gentiles to learn this universal language. The generation who survive the Time of Trouble, both Jews and Gentiles, will be instructed. Many Gentiles will say to the Jews, “We have heard that God is with you. We will go up to the mountain of the LORD so that He will teach us of His ways” (paraphrase of Isa. 2:3 and Zech. 8:23).

Zephaniah strongly castigated Israel: “You are filthy! You are corrupt from the top of your head to the tip of your toes—your princes, your prophets, your priests, and your judges!” His hearers would have felt he was using tough and insulting talk, likening them to ravening wolves. In referring to their condition, the prophet spoke truth boldly. Most of his hearers were angry, but the right-hearted element hearkened and looked inward. Thus Zephaniah gave a carte blanche condemnation of the people, yet among them were some with a proper heart condition. While his message was helpful in his day in regard to encouraging the people to go back to Israel and build the Temple, he was actually addressing individuals in our day. The main thrust will be fulfilled when God assembles all nations in the near future. While some of these verses had a partial application back there in the prophet’s day, the primary emphasis is on the end of the Gospel Age.

Zeph. 3:14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Zeph. 3:15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

Jehovah will be credited with the deliverance of the Holy Remnant, even though He will act through The Christ. The Saviors who come up on Mount Zion are the channel for bringing this blessing under the headship of Christ, yet the blessing will be attributed to God (Obadiah 21).

The King of Israel will fight for and reign over His people. In speaking of the reign, Revelation 11:15 joins Jehovah with Christ. “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord [Jehovah], and of his [Jehovah’s] Christ [Head and body]; and he [Jehovah] shall reign for ever and ever.” God “hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man [Jesus] whom he hath ordained; whereof he [God] hath given assurance unto all men, in that he [God] hath raised him [Jesus] from the dead” (Acts 17:31). Jehovah will be the King, and Jesus will be a subservient King. The reign will be God’s, but He will purposely leave hands off and let Christ do the reigning on His behalf so that the people can be judged. Otherwise, when people sinned, they would go into Second Death right away. At the end of the Millennium, Jehovah will be the sole King, for Jesus will hand the Kingdom over to the Father, who will then be all in all (1 Cor. 15:28).

Zeph. 3:16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.

Comment: The word “slack” is “faint” in the King James margin. Thus verse 16 goes back a little in time, that is, prior to the deliverance of the Holy Remnant from Jacob’s Trouble.

Reply: Yes, verse 16 is the encouraging message that will be given to the Holy Remnant to help them in view of what God is about to do. The Jewish survivors of Jacob’s Trouble will be those who lift holy hands and hearts to Jehovah. The message at the end of the age must tell of the coming holocaust and then encourage the Jews to seek Jehovah.

Zephaniah warned of trouble coming on the nation of Israel because of their sinful condition, but he also gave instruction about the Holy Remnant. Both elements are needed in the message to be given in the near future. It can be spoken authoritatively to the Holy Remnant that if they are honest in their thinking and set their heart in prayer and in the worship of Jehovah, they will be spared. It will be said to them, “Do not be afraid, for the trouble will not come nigh thee.”

Zeph. 3:17 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.

“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save [the holy and the meek].” To the contrary, those who have perversely wrought judgment will not be spared. The top echelon of the nation, in their various categories, is corrupt and must change. Both back in Zephaniah’s day and today, the leadership in Israel is corrupt, yet we cannot judge the hearts of individuals. The Scriptures assure us that the present leadership will be ousted and replaced in the Kingdom by the Ancient Worthies.

The fact that Israel has not repented as a nation shows that the people’s heart condition as a whole is wrong and that they are not fit for the coming redemption. The people have not donned sackcloth, put ashes on their heads, cried, beat their breasts, and prayed unitedly to Jehovah. Nevertheless, in the midst of the nation is a right-hearted element, the Holy Remnant, who have not yet been in a position to make their voice heard. Accordingly, the Gentile perspective is currently on the nominal whole rather than on the afflicted few. When the Holy Remnant is brought to the fore, the Gentiles will see a completely different element. Many Gentiles are offended with the Jew because they think in a negative fashion in regard to business dealings, but God knows who He is choosing for the Holy Remnant. The rulership of earth today consists of the great, the mighty, the rich, and the educated, for the “poor people” who are in a more proper heart condition are bypassed (Zeph. 3:12). A wonderful time is coming, and the Lord knows what He is doing. There will be great rejoicing when the Kingdom is inaugurated in Jerusalem.

“He [Jehovah] will joy over thee with singing.” Although God’s voice will not be heard down here on earth, this verse proves that the Heavenly Father sings. The Bride class and the heavenly host will hear His magnificent voice.

Jehovah “will rest in his love, he will joy over thee.” Inwardly, God will rest (“be silent”—KJV margin) in His love for the Holy Remnant. Outwardly, He will joy over them with singing; He will manifest His joy. In other words, what is inside—the thrill and the joy—must have an outlet.

Zeph. 3:18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

“I will gather them that are sorrowful … to whom the reproach of it [the filthy, polluted nation, as mentioned in the beginning of the chapter] was a burden.” The individuals who comprise the Holy Remnant will take the message to heart and feel it personally as Daniel did. Various races of mankind have certain bad national traits or habits. For example, the Apostle Paul called the Cretans “liars,” not meaning that literally 100 percent of the people were liars but a goodly proportion (Titus 1:12). We see undesirable characteristics in other races as well. Only in the Kingdom will such traits be corrected—and even then, only in those individuals who hearken to the Lord’s instruction. The situation is beyond human redemption.

The point in verse 18 is that the humble class Zephaniah was speaking about—the Holy Remnant—see that the Gentiles hate the Jews. However, the hatred is due not to their own actions but to what the majority of Jews are doing. The reproach of Zephaniah’s message at the end of the present age will deeply affect the Holy Remnant. Prior to their full acceptance, they will be “sorrowful” and will cry and wail. The “solemn assembly” suggests the Third Temple with appointed feasts and observances.

Zeph. 3:19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

Verse 19 suggests that part of the Holy Remnant will be in other nations.

Zeph. 3:20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

Verse 20 refers to the second regathering, that is, to the regathering of Jews back to Israel after Jacob’s Trouble.

Comment: Verse 20 is a fulfillment of Deuteronomy 26:18,19, “And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.”

Reply: Yes, chapter 26 is very remarkable. At that time, “it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zech. 8:23). The Gentiles will realize the Holy Remnant are a changed people.

Comment: Verse 20 is good in the Revised Standard: “At that time I [Jehovah] will bring you home, at the time when I gather you together; yea, I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes.”

The “captivity” to be turned back needs a little explanation. A regathering work that is quite numerous is going on now, before Jacob’s Trouble, but another regathering will take place after Jacob’s Trouble, as described by Zephaniah. Thus there are two regatherings back to the homeland. A failure to distinguish between the two can cause a lack of definition with some prophecies. God will reverse the Jews’ captivity and bring back to Israel that segment of the Holy Remnant which is saved in other lands.

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