Draining the Swamp: It’s Not What You Think














Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament prophetic book of Zephaniah, and more specifically, is found in the third and final chapter of the book. One of the realities I find most intriguing about the prophetic word and ministry of Zephaniah is that he was a prophet who prophesied the word of the Lord at the same time as Jeremiah did. If you read the opening verses of both the prophetic book of Jeremiah, as well as the prophetic book of Zephaniah, you will undoubtedly and quickly discover that both prophets prophesied during the days and reign of Josiah king of Judah. Consider if you will the opening verse of Zephaniah—“The word of the Lord which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah” (Zephaniah 1:1). Now consider the opening three verses of the prophetic book of Jeremiah—“The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month” (Jeremiah 1:1-3). What is so incredibly intriguing concerning the prophetic ministry of Jeremiah, is not merely that he prophesied during the days and reign of Josiah king of Judah, but Scripture also describes three additional time periods in which this particular prophet prophesied. IN the third verse of the first chapter of the prophetic book of Jeremiah we discover that he not only prophesied during the days of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, but he also prophesied during and unto the eleventh year of ZEdekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah. Finally, within the third verse we discover that Jeremiah continued to prophesy unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month. Please don’t miss the significance and importance of this, for Jeremiah not only prophesied during days and a time of peace, reformation, awakening, revival, and the like, but Jeremiah would also prophesy during days and a time of rebellion, wickedness, apostasy, whoredom, harlotry, idolatry, immorality, and the like. It’s actually quite interesting to consider when Jeremiah began prophesying according to the word of the Lord, and when that ministry and assignment came to a close. Jeremiah began prophesying during the days of the final righteous king of Judah—during days of the repairing of the Temple, during the days of the rediscovery of the Law of the Lord, during the days of the single greatest Passover ever to be celebrated in the history and land of Israel, and during the days of the most intense and thorough cleansing of the land to ever have been seen within the history of Israel. With that being said, as surely as Jeremiah prophesied during such days of reformation, revival, awakening and renewal, he also prophesied during days and times of tremendous apostasy, whoredom and harlotry before the Lord.

 In order to truly understand the days in which the prophets Zephaniah and Jeremiah prophesied, it’s necessary to understand the days that surrounded the reign of Josiah king of Judah. Within the first seven verses of the twenty-second chapter of the Old Testament book of Second Kings we discover and encounter the start and begin of Josiah’s reign, and the path this final righteous king of Judah set out upon from a very young age. Beginning with the first verse of the twenty-second chapter we find and read these words—“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jeddah, the daughter of Adrian of Bobcats. And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the day of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left. And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the Lord, saying, Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people: and let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the Lord, to repair the breaches of the house, unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully” (2 Kings 22:1-7). The first thing we learn about Josiah king of Judah was that he not only did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but he also walked in all the way of David his father. What’s more, is that while walking in the way of David his father, he turned not aside to the right hand or to the left. In all reality, Josiah was a man and a king of a single purpose and a single focus, and his heart was not divided before the Lord within the earth. Josiah was a righteous king who set his heart and mind to faithfully follow and walk in obedience the words and command of the Lord. This is actually quite remarkable for two reasons—the first being that he was the son of Amon king of Judah who not only did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh did, but he also walked in all the way that his father walked in and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them. Moreover, Amon forsook the Lord God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the Lord. When considering the righteousness of Josiah, it is so absolutely remarkable—especially when you consider that he was the son of an evil and wicked king who reigned upon the throne of David in Jerusalem. Furthermore, Scripture describes Josiah as doing that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walking in the ways of David his father, yet I can’t help but wonder how this was so. If his father was an evil and wicked king who reigned upon the throne of David in Jerusalem, and if the law of the Lord wasn’t found until he sought to repair the house of the Lord. What was it that caused Josiah to seek the God of his father David so fervently and passionately, and what was it that caused him to do what was right in the sight of the Lord? How did the son of an evil and wicked king of Judah become one who does that which was right in the sight of the Lord, walk in all the ways of David his father, and be of such a single mind and purpose that he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left?

 If you continue reading the twenty-second chapter of the Old Testament book of Second Kings, you will find even more recorded concerning Josiah king of Judah. “And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord. And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king’s saying, Go ye, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearken end unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us” (2 Kings 22:8-13). This particular reality is one that actually intrigues and captivates me, for when you read the response of Huldah, the prophetess who responded to Josiah’s inquiry, you will find that the Lord was still preparing and planning on bringing judgment, calamity, destruction and devastation upon the land of Judah. The Lord spoke and declared through Huldah the wrath of the Lord would be kindled against the land of Judah, and would not be quenched. This is actually quite significant, for not only was Josiah the final righteous king to reign upon the throne of David prior to the days of apostasy, and ultimately captivity, but there were also two distinct witnesses that were raised up alongside this final righteous king. What I find to be so absolutely wonderful and powerful about the days of Josiah, is that while they were days leading up to and preparing for judgment and wrath, the Lord not only had sitting upon the throne a righteous king, but the Lord also raised up two prophetic voices who would proclaim the word of the Lord side by side with the reign of a righteous king. Consider that reality for a minute—the reality that the government and reign that was over Judah and Jerusalem was a righteous one, and alongside that righteous government, there were also two prophetic voices proclaiming the word of the Lord. What’s more, is that not only was there the visible and audible witness of the prophets Jeremiah and Zephaniah, but there was also the witness of the book of the law of the Lord that had been brought forth side by side. How absolutely incredible were those days prior to judgment and wrath, for there was not only the manifestation of the word of the Lord, but there was also the manifestation of the word of God as well. Both the witness of the word of the Lord, as well as the witness of the word of God ran parallel and side by side to the government and reign of a righteous king who did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. How absolutely magnificent and wonderful those days must have been, for righteousness flowed forth from the throne of David in Jerusalem, and that righteousness was met and accompanied by the word of the Lord, and the word of God. What a powerful witness it is within a nation when righteousness flows forth from the government, and the righteousness that flows forth from the government is accompanied by the word of the Lord and the word of God.

 When you come to the fourteenth verse of this passage of Scripture you will find the response of Huldah the prophetess when those whom Josiah had sent unto her had come unto her—“So HIlkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Herhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her. And she said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhbitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read: because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched. But to the king of Judah which sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard; because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou headrest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord. Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the vil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again” (2 Kings 22:14-20). What we read of Huldah the prophetess is also in and of itself a wonderful and powerful testimony, for not only was the book of the law of the Lord discovered in the house of the Lord, but there were also essentially three prophetic witnesses that were present during those days and at that time. There was the initial prophetic voice of Huldah which Josiah sought in response to hearing the words written in the book of the law of the Lord, and there was the dual prophetic witness of the word of the Lord through the prophetic ministries of Jeremiah and Zephaniah. Josiah was initially confronted with the words which were written in the book of the law of the Lord, and this confrontation was followed with an encounter with the prophetic word of the Lord through Huldah the prophetess. First came the witness of the book of the law of the Lord, which was immediately followed by the witness and confirmation of the word of the Lord through the prophetess Huldah. Both of these would be followed up by two distinct prophetic witnesses and prophetic voices—namely Jeremiah and Zephaniah. I absolutely love the days of Josiah king of Judah, for not only was there present during those days the witness of the word of God [the book of the law of the Lord], but there was also the witness of the word of the Lord [the prophetic ministries of Jeremiah and Zephaniah]. How absolutely great and glorious those days must have been—not only for Jeremiah and Zephaniah, not only for those in Josiah’s court, but for all the inhabitants of Jerusalem and Judah. There is something truly remarkable about righteousness flowing from the throne, and the dual witness of the word of God and the word of the Lord being manifested within the land.

 When you come to the twenty-third chapter of the same Old Testament book of Second Kings, you will discover how Josiah wasn’t content to hoard the words which were written in the book of the law of the Lord. Beginning with the first verse of this chapter you will discover Josiah’s response after those whom he had sent had returned from Huldah the prophetess, and after they had relayed unto him all the words which she had spoken unto them. “And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord. And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to k eep His commandments and His testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant” (2 Kings 23:1-4). AND ALL THE PEOPLE STOOD TO THE COVENANT! Mark and make note of Josiah’s response in the opening three verses of this chapter, for within this set of verses you will not only notice that Josiah brought the book of the law of the Lord before the people, but he also read the words in their hearing. WHEN THE KING READS THE WORD OF GOD BEFORE THE PEOPLE! WHEN THE KING BRINGS THE WORD OF GOD TO THE PEOPLE OF THE NATION! Pause for a moment and consider what it would be like if that individual who sat behind the desk in the Oval Office read aloud before and in the hearing of the millions of Americans that exist within this nation the words written and recorded in the Word of God. Consider what would happen if during the next State of the Union Address, the President of the United States read directly from the word of God, and not only read from the word of God, but also called the people of this nation back into a place of covenant relationship with the Lord of hosts. If there is one thing we learn about Josiah, it’s that he firmly believed that covenant and obedience began with he himself rather than the people. If you read these three verses, you will find that after the king read aloud all the words of the book of the law of the Lord, he made a covenant with the Lord—undoubtedly a covenant between himself and the Lord. What’s more, is that the covenant the king entered into with the Lord was one of walking after the Lord, of keeping His commandments, of keeping His commandments and His testimonies, and of walking in His statutes with all his heart. Even more than this, is that you will read that this covenant would also be presented before and unto the people, ,as the king would call the people of Jerusalem and Judah to the same level of commitment, faithfulness and obedience before and unto the Lord. This covenant was one that would require all their heart and all their soul, and would call them to perform the words of the covenant which were written in the book of the law of the Lord. WHEN THE KING CALLS THE PEOPLE TO COVENANT! It’s one thing for the prophets of the Lord to call the people of the nation and kingdom into covenant with the Lord—it’s something else altogether when the king who sits upon the throne of David in Jerusalem is the one calling them into covenant with the Lord.

 The fourth verse of this same chapter begins one of the most powerful demonstrations within the inheritance of the people of God ever to be accomplished by any individual. I can’t help but notice that the actions we begin reading of within verse four weren’t committed by a prophet or priest of the Lord, but by a king who reigned upon the throne of David in Jerusalem. It was Elijah who confronted the prophets of Baal atop Mount Carmel as fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stone, and the water flowing within the trench round about the altar. It was Josiah, however, that sought to bring cleansing and healing within and upon the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Read the following words very carefully—“And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el. And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places rounda bout Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the book Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove. And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense from Geba to Beer-Sheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city. Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren. And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which. Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron. And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men. Moreover the altar that was at Beth-el, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the Grover. And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el. And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria. And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the Lord to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el. And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men’s bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem” (2 Kings 23:4-20).

 MANASSEH! SOLOMON! JEROBOAM! I have to admit that when I read these words—despite the fact that I have read them multiple times before—I saw something I had never seen before. I have written concerning the campaign of cleansing Josiah launched within the land of Judah, as well as within the land of Israel. I have written concerning the great days of reformation, revival and awakening that took place during the days and reign of Josiah. I have found it absolutely amazing how one man could make it his sole aim, his sole ambition, his sole desire to cleanse both the land, as well as the house of the Lord of all the idolatry and immorality that was found within. With that being said, there is something else within this particular set of verses that warrants consideration—namely, the reigns of three kings, and the great wickedness they brought within and upon the land. IN the twelfth verse of this chapter we read how Josiah beat down, and broke down the altars which. Manasseh had made in the two courts of the Lord. Josiah beat and broke down these various altars, and then cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron. In essence, Josiah king of Judah undid and rose up against that which a previous king of Judah had committed within the land. Josiah king of Judah—in the midst of his campaign for cleansing and reformation—completely undid that which Manasseh king of Judah had done just generations before. What’s more, is that Josiah didn’t merely undo that which Manasseh king of Judah did, but he also undid that which Solomon son of David did as well. “And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination fo the children of Ammon, did the king devil” (2 Kings 23:13). UNDOING THE IDOLATRY OF PREVIOUS GENERATIONS! UNDOING THE WICKEDNESS OF PREVIOUS GENERATIONS! I am absolutely and utterly captivated by the fact that Josiah didn’t merely launch a campaign against that which was being committed within his own days and generation, but Josiah also launched a campaign against that which was set up and committed within previous generations. After Josiah had destroyed and broke down that which Manasseh had committed and set up within the land, he moved on to destroy that which Solomon had committed and set up outside Jerusalem directly adjacent the mountain of the house of the Lord. Josiah didn’t stop there, for there was another generation Josiah launched a campaign against, for Josiah would launch a campaign against the generation and days of Jeroboam son of Nebat. “Moreover the altar that was at Beth-el, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the Grover” (2 Kings 23:;15). In all reality, during his campaign within the land, Josiah targeted the abominations of three different generations, and the wickedness committed by three different kings. One might even argue that there was a fourth generation and a fourth king that is found within this mix, for we read in the twelfth verse of “the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz.” (2 Kings 23:12).

Within this particular passage we not only find the account of a campaign against the evil and wickedness within that present generation, but we also find a campaign against the idolatry and immorality and iniquity of previous generations—that which was introduced and brought forth within the land from the thrones of Samaria and Jerusalem. If there is one prayer I pray for our current President of the United States, it’s that he would not only rise up against the corruption and wickedness that is present within this generation, but also that he would rise up against the idolatry, the immorality, the iniquity that was introduced to this nation, and even legalized. Could you imagine if our current President began to launch campaigns against previous presidencies that have existed within this nation, and against that which those presidencies advocated, introduced and legalized in the midst of them? We have already seen the current President of the United States target one of the cornerstones of Obama’s presidency—namely, Obamacare. There is a part of me that can’t help but wonder if Trump wasn’t raised up—despite all the opposition that is against him—to launch a solid campaign, and perhaps even multiple campaigns against previous presidencies that have led this nation and country down a dark and dangerous path of immorality, idolatry and iniquity. What if President Trump was raised up and appointed—much like Josiah was—to launch a campaign against the idolatry, the immorality and the iniquity of previous generations, in order that this present generation might experience a degree and measure of reformation and revival? It’s worth noting that Josiah’s actions did not avert that which had been decreed for and against the nation and land of Judah, for the wrath and judgment of the Lord would still be manifested within and upon it. Perhaps the single greatest thing I love about Josiah’s actions in these two chapters is that he engaged in those actions knowing full well that the judgment and wrath of the Lord would still come. Josiah undoubtedly knew that anything he had done and would do within the land would have absolutely no bearing on the generations of his sons, for it would be during their days that judgment and wrath would come. This is evident from the opening three verses of the prophetic book of Jeremiah, for Jeremiah would prophesy during the days and generations of those sons, and would witness the destruction of Jerusalem, as well as the captivity of the people of God. Josiah’s actions were done knowing full well that while he himself would not live to see the judgment and wrath that would be poured out upon that generation, his sons would. Is it possible that Josiah launched his campaign—not only for his own generation, as he sought to bring reformation and cleansing to the land, but also for the generations that were to come? Is it possible that Josiah not only sought to make a difference within his generation, but within the generation of his sons? If the judgment and wrath of the Lord within their generation could not be averted, Josiah would make it his single greatest drive and ambition to changed the landscape of the heritage of the people of God. Josiah launched his campaign against the idolatry and iniquity that had been present within the inheritance of God’s people ever since the days of Solomon—despite the fact that he knew and understood the wrath of the Lord had been kindled. The more I consider this reality, the more I am convinced this is what is so desperately needed within this generation, for we as the saints of God are called to essentially “drain the swamp,” but not the political swamp, but the swamp and cesspool of idolatry, immorality, iniquity, whoredom, harlotry, wickedness and rebellion that has been present within this nation for several generations.

When you consider the words which the prophet Zephaniah proclaimed, you must understand that Josiah launched his campaign against the immorality, idolatry and iniquity—despite knowing the wrath and judgment of the Lord would be manifested within the days and generation of his sons. Zephaniah—as well as Jeremiah—prophesied the word of the Lord during days when a righteous king reigned from the throne of David in Jerusalem, and during days when the idolatrous and immoral swamp was being drained by that very same king. Zephaniah and Jeremiah were raised up to decry and bemoan the wickedness that had been so prevalent within that generation—and not just that generation, but previous generations. You will recall that almost immediately after Jeremiah’s encounter with the Lord, he began prophesying concerning apostasy, whoredom, adultery, harlotry, backsliding and the like. Consider the words which Zephaniah prophesied beginning with the first verse of the third chapter—“Woe to hear that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God. Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the Lord” (Zephaniah 3:1-4). Consider also the words which Zephaniah prophesied beginning with the first verse of the second chapter—“Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desire; before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you” (Zephaniah 2:1-2). BEFORE THE DECREE BRING FORTH! BEFORE THE DAY PASS AS THE CHAFF! BEFORE THE FIERCE ANGER OF THE LORD COME UPON YOU! BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD’S ANGER COME UPON YOU! The prophet Zephaniah and Jeremiah were called to warn their generation, as well as that generation of sons and daughters that would rise up from among them concerning that which was to come. What’s. more, is that both prophets invited that generation, as well as the generation of sons and daughters to seek and serve the Lord before the day of His fierce anger come upon them suddenly and like a thief. I leave you with the words which are recorded in the third verse of the second chapter—“Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger” (Zephaniah 2:3). SEEK THE LORD! SEEK RIGHTEOUSNESS! SEEK MEEKNESS! The prophetic word that is found within this passage is a tremendous and powerful call to seek the Lord—to seek righteousness and meekness—in days of peace before the fierce anger of the Lord rises up within the earth, and even within this nation. The question you must ask yourself is whether or not you are willing to seek the Lord. You must be willing to answer whether or not you are willing to seek righteousness and seek meekness, and in and by doing so, you may be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger. OH that we would rise up as a people that is described in the ninth verse of the third chapter—“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” (Zephaniah 3:9).

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