A people who do not respect the needs of the people and the oppressed and care for genuine worship can not prosper. (Kenneth L. Barker)[1] Kenneth Barker, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, p. 379

In 2016, the Holy Spirit said that “As in the days of Zephaniah so will it be at at the blessed hope!” It was a word that I had not expected or even had on my radar. Outside of a quick read in bible college for Old Testament Survey, I have never really considered the three chapters.

I would never thought I would have studied everything I can about him or write a book about the minor prophet but here I am doing just that. I am an evangelist, not a teacher. I seek to see people come to Jesus, not be another voice of biblical prophecy.

To be quite honest, I am annoyed at all the end times stuff out there and people thinking they are the only source of truth of the things to come. I do not think any of us have a clue on a timeline. Yet, here is a book adding a voice to the end times.

The continuity now becomes eschatology as the overarching category in a theology of history of the Christian life, not Spirit baptism as a pneumatological doctrine depicting charismatic empowerment. ( Frank D. Macchia)[2]Frank D. Macchia, Baptized in the Spirit, p.39

My calling is proclaim the power of God that proves the saving, healing and delivering power of Jesus to a world lost in need of a Savior. The emphasis is on here and now, not the someday and somehow theories on Daniel and Revelation. Yet, the context of pneumatatology needs a firm vision of eschatology.

It is on the foundation of the finished work of the Cross (Christology) and firm believe in the living in the Spirit (Pnuematology) that we must embrace the vision for revival in the nations before the Blessed Hope which is the imminent rapture of the Church!

Days of Zephaniah is prophetic. It is a vision from above for the things of the Spirit in our generation to complete the Great Commission, see the end time harvest, and usher in the rapture of the Church.

We know that revival is our destiny and that it is only thing standing in the way of ending the “Age of the Holy Spirit.” All of history has been pointing to the finale of the globe: the end time harvest.

Days of Zephaniah is missional. John Polhill states that the restoration of the Kingdom involves a worldwide mission.[3]John B. Polhill, Acts, p.85 Luke made an emphasis that Jesus and the believers alike had a three fold mandate: testimony, calling and anointing.

The story of the Church is not the judgement of God poured out in times of tribulation. Our story is in the midst of wars, famines,  and disaster; the gospel is taken to every tongue, tribe and nations with miracles, signs and wonders proving the message.[4]Stanley Horton, Acts, p.41-42

Days of Zephaniah is compassionate. God refers to Himself as the Father of Compassion for a reason.[5]2 Corinthians 1:3-4 In the comfort of the Spirit, we are empower in the Baptism of Pentecost to comfort the broken, the downcast and the hopeless.

Our eschatology must include social engagement to have hands and feet to the cause of Christ in the broken world in which we in.[6]See Ivan Satyavrata, Pentecostals and the poor Any attempt to proclaim a message of trouble ahead apart from the compassion of the Lord is short sighted.

Our present faded efforts to ‘reach the lost’ are pitiable, something like trying to melt a massive iceberg by holding a match to it. (Leonard Ravenhill)[7]Leonard Ravenhill, America is too young to die, p. 52

 

References

References
1 Kenneth Barker, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, p. 379
2 Frank D. Macchia, Baptized in the Spirit, p.39
3 John B. Polhill, Acts, p.85
4 Stanley Horton, Acts, p.41-42
5 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
6 See Ivan Satyavrata, Pentecostals and the poor
7 Leonard Ravenhill, America is too young to die, p. 52