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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Malachi

After the return from captivity, the people began to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple, then ceased their work. Ezra and Nehemiah, as well as the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, spurred them on to resume the work. By Malachi’s time the temple had been rebuilt and sacrifices were again being offered (1:7–10; 3:8–10).  One would think […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Zechariah

In some ways, Zechariah is the most difficult of the minor prophets to understand. The first six chapters record visions that God gave Zechariah. These visions are full of symbolic images, and understanding symbolism properly is challenging.  Yet Zechariah more clearly than any other minor prophet points to the coming Savior. Prophecies of Christ’s coming, […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Haggai

The first nine minor prophets spoke before Judah’s captivity. Their message was God’s judgment on Israel, Judah, and the surrounding nations. The last three minor prophets—Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi—spoke of God’s judgment and blessing on his people after they had returned from captivity. In 536 BC, Cyrus declared that the captives could return; Haggai prophesied […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Zephaniah

“I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord” (Zeph. 1:2). Zephaniah’s message is that Jehovah will utterly consume the wicked, not only in other nations, but also in Judah.  Every minor prophet announced the nearness, the certainty, and the justice of Jehovah’s judgment. But only three others alluded to its […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Habakkuk

Young people, would you rejoice in Jehovah, even if you were poor and hungry? Would you praise him, even if all around you were trouble and grief? Would you bless him, if what he sent you appeared to be evil?  Habakkuk did. We can too, in the Spirit’s power, believing God’s promise that earthly troubles […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Nahum

The book of Nahum is a divine sequel to Jonah. Both Jonah and Nahum prophesied to or about the Ninevites, and Nahum prophesied later than Jonah.  Jonah prophesied sometime before 722 BC, when Samaria fell. During his day the Assyrians were threatening to destroy the northern kingdom of Israel. Nahum prophesied after Samaria’s fall, when […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Micah

We have seen that Hosea and Amos prophesied to the northern kingdom of Judah. Jonah and Obadiah prophesied to or about nations that were not Jews: Jonah to the Ninevites, and Obadiah about the Edomites. Joel had the southern kingdom of Judah in view. So did Micah.  Let’s begin with the structure of Micah’s prophecy. […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Jonah

Jonah. Sent to Nineveh, but fleeing to Tarshish. A great storm. Jonah thrown overboard; the storm stopped. A great fish that swallowed Jonah. Jonah’s beautiful prayer in the fish’s belly. Jonah’s deliverance from the fish.  Jonah sent to Nineveh again. Jonah preaching that Nineveh would be destroyed. The repentance of the Ninevites, and God’s declaration […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Obadiah

What must the believing young person in God’s covenant know about the prophecy of Obadiah?  First, that it was uttered by a man who was Jehovah’s servant (the name “Obadiah” means “servant of Jehovah”), about whom we know nothing more. This prophecy is the shortest book in the Old Testament.  Second, that Obadiah prophesied of […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Amos

As did Hosea and Joel, Amos prophesied that God would judge his people. Amos also specified Israel’s sin: she had despised the poor, freely committed adultery, and despised those who rebuked her with God’s word (2:6–12); she worshiped Jehovah, but not according to his law and not from the heart (4:1, 4, 5); she had […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Joel

Hosea had prophesied that God would judge the kingdom of Israel, the northern ten tribes, by destroying them. Joel’s prophecy is also about God’s judgment. His attention is on the southern kingdom of Judah, out of which Christ would come. The judgment that God would visit on Judah would not destroy Judah, but would save […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Hosea

The book of Hosea is a true story about two faithful husbands (Hosea and God) and two unfaithful wives (Hosea’s wife, Gomer, and the nation of Israel). Chapter 1 records God’s command to Hosea to marry a whore—a woman who let many men use her body sinfully, sexually, and for their pleasure. Hosea did so, […]

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As the twenty-seventh century of His-story opens, the tribes of Israel have settled into their appointed places in the land of Canaan.  They have been delivered from the bondage of Egypt, organized as a nation, and given the promised land.  If this were an ordinary earthly story, we might expect them now to live happily […]

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Prophets of Old and Today; A Comparison

Jimmy Baker, Jerry Falwell, Oral Roberts and Jimmy Swaggart’s recent capture of headlines, threatening to either die or expose something they hadn’t already exposed. National news coverage and editorials written weekly for the last six months. It is time now, I think, for us to comment and compare. The church today is known to the […]

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The Sanctification of the New Man in Christ

“Neither yield ye your members as instruments [weapons] of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments [weapons] of righteousness to God.” Rom. 6:13 It was with pleasure that we accepted the invitation to write a short series of essays on the […]

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Was Naaman the Syrian Saved?

Question: Was Naaman the Syrian captain saved or not? What is your opinion about this? Answer:    Let us get the details of this incident before us. II Kings 5:1-18. Naaman was commander-in-chief of the king’s army. By the dispensation of the Lord’s providence he had gained the victory over the enemy of his people. In […]

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