ZEPHANIAH 3
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9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Yahweh, to serve him with one consent.

An universal jubilee will celebrate the admiration of mankind and their devotion to the King of all the earth. The world will no more resound with wars' alarms for a thousand years; and among the highest there will be glory to God, on the earth there will be peace and good-will among men (Luke 2:14) The mission of the Lord's Christ will have been gloriously fulfilled.

He will have raised up the tribes of Jacob, restored the preserved of Israel, and been the salvation of Yahweh to the ends of the earth (Isaiah 49:6). In his days there will be abundance of peace; for the nations will beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into scythes, and practise war no more.

"At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem" as the metropolis of the world; "neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil "heart " (Jer. 3:17).

The things they delight in will then be an abomination to them; for 

"the Gentiles shall come unto the Lord from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things in which there is no profit" (Jer. 16:19). 

When enlightened by the Lord this will be their judgment of the "names and denominations," pagan, mohammedan, papal, and protestant, which now as a covering veil spread over all nations (Isaiah 25:7), darken their understandings, and alienate them from the life of God.

But when the King of Israel and his Saints shall rule the world, all these superstitions will be for ever abolished, and mankind will be of one faith and practice. They will speak one religious language, and serve Yahweh with unanimity; for, says he,

"Then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord with one consent " (Zeph. 3:9).

This must, indeed, be the Lord's doings, for who among men has the wisdom, knowledge, and power to bring the nations to speak intelligibly on religious subjects, and to be of one religion! The sword only can prepare the way for this. Mankind must be made to

"lick the dust like a serpent,"

before they will consent to change their creeds for eternal truth. Judgment will bring them to reason, and they will say at length,

"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem" (Isaiah 2:3). 

Under such teaching as this the work will be accomplished.

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As to Israel, the Lord will have gotten them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame; and have made them a name and a praise among all the people of the earth (Zeph. 3:19,20).

"All nations shall call them blessed, for they shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts" (Mal. 3:12).

Elpis Israel 3.6.



For then will I turn to the people(s) (plur.) a pure language (lip) - Hb barar = pure, purge These two ideas show that this pure language or lip is associated with purification and purging, in the day of great purging. Language is impure when it is of the flesh, when it is carnal, or polluted by sin, idolatry or blasphemy, false doctrine of Apostasy, lies and things of no profit (Eph.414, Jer.16;19)

This is the present situation throughout the earth, a polluted tongue, language, lip, communications, words, all corrupt, of the Diabolos (Jhn 8.44)

This was the case with the one language of Gen.11, established at Babel. Yahweh confounded the tongues and gave the earth a babel of different impure tongues or confusion. So that they could not readily unite as one, as the humanists of today are trying to do with their One World Socialism.

Yahweh will confound, and smash all this at Christ's return, and put in its place the pure language of the Truth and of the Jews language (Hebrew )(1s.36.11, ls.19.18).

"There is that speaketh like the piercings a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip of Truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment."

Hebrew, not English, Latin or Greek, will be the official tongue or language of communication of the Hebrew monarchy under Christ.

Bro Richard Lister -

The Apocalyptic Messenger, Jan 2016

thomas.lister1@btinternet.com



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

The visit of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon throws light upon a very interesting incident that occurred in Apostolic times. Solomon solved all her questions, and it is very probable gave her a copy of "the Law and Testimony," by which a knowledge of the God of Israel was carried into her own land. This circumstance proved highly beneficial in after-times.

The country of the Queen here named is generally supposed to have been Meroe, in Ethiopia, a district abounding in gold and spices, and accustomed, it appears from Acts viii. 27, to be governed by women.

"And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert."

"And he arose and went and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, Queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning; and sitting in his chariot, read Esaias the prophet."

The coming of the eunuch to Jerusalem to worship was predicted by the prophet Zephaniah.

"From beyond the river of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering."

The eunuch filled an office under Candace, similar to that now held by Lord Aberdeen under Victoria; he was prime minister, or what we now call First Lord of the Treasury. Philip preached unto him the Evangelium von Jesu, (Gospel of Jesus,) and by him a knowledge of the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, were carried into his native land, and promulgated to his country.

"Not many wise men after the flesh,‭ ‬not many mighty,‭ ‬not many noble are called.‭"

But there have always been some,‭ ‬and the eunuch is of the number.

Herald of the kingdom and age to come, Dec 1854