Study the books of Zephaniah and Haggai in the Bible when you use this printable outline to discover historical events, timelines and themes.
THE BOOK OF ZEPHANIAH
Zephaniah is more of the same we’ve been seeing over the past several books. God is telling his people that they need to repent or judgement is coming. So why are so many of these same prophecies accounted for in the Bible?
For starters, they are to different people, during different times. Some overlap as these prophets address different audiences, but the point you don’t want to miss is that God has been warning them to turn from evil for centuries.
Their punishment of exile for 70 years may seem harsh at first, but when we study what they’ve been doing, and how long they’ve been doing it, you start to understand where God’s coming from.
Zephaniah is a descendant of the good King Hezekiah, so he comes from a family of believers. He knows God is not bluffing and urges the people to change. In addition, he also calls out their enemies and tells them destruction is coming to them as well.
The difference however, is that even in God’s judgement on all the nations committing evil acts, he promises eventual restoration for the Jews after exile.
THE BOOK OF HAGGAI
Around 30 years after Zephaniah’s message, the exile begins as Judah is overthrown by the Babylonians. Their capital city of Jerusalem, along with Solomon’s grand temple for God, is completely destroyed. In 538 BC, the Jews are allowed to return to their homeland and two years later begin rebuilding the temple.
However, they soon get their priorities mixed up again and start focusing on making their homes fancier and bigger than before. This puts the temple work on hold and in 520 BC, the prophet Haggai calls them out on it. He tells them that the Lord is angry with their greed and reminds them of what they just went through and how God rescued them again.
Fortunately, the people respond favorably and begin the rebuild until it’s finished in 516 BC.
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