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prophets'. We have, therefore, twelve Prophets which we can place in
chronological order, thus:
Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah and Micah. These prophets ministered while
the kings of Judah and of Israel reigned concurrently. To this group, the
undated prophet Nahum probably belongs.
Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Daniel and Ezekiel prophesied between the carrying
away captive of Israel, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the end of the
kings of Judah.
To this group, the undated prophets Habakkuk, Joel and Obadiah probably
belong. Daniel and Ezekiel continued after the destruction of Jerusalem and
are the prophets of the 'Servitude'.
Finally Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi bring prophecy to a close and
ministered during and after the restoration brought about under Ezra and
We propose giving an examination of some of these prophets* -- but the
very nature of the subject makes any attempt at detail impossible. We shall
seek the main trend of each prophet and build up, as we do so, sixteen links
in the chain of prophecy, which bind together the historic founding of the
kingdom of Israel under David, the vicissitudes of apostasy, failure and
partial restoration that follow, and the birth and ministry of John the
Baptist who in turn foreshadowed the coming of Elijah with which Old
Testament prophecy ends (Mal. 3:1; 4:5,6).
See articles under the name of each prophet, e.g. Hosea.
When Paul was dealing with the apparent failure of God's purpose to
Israel, he referred in the first place to the word spoken to Elijah
concerning the seven thousand who had been 'reserved' (kataleipo, a word
which gives us kataleimma, 'remnant', in Rom. 9:27, and leimma, 'remnant', in
Rom. 11:5) unto Himself, a reservation which was repeated in the apostle's
'Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to
the election of grace' (Rom. 11:5),
and this persisting remnant assures us that at long last 'all Israel' shall
be saved (Rom. 11:26). We must, however, read the inspired comment on what
constitutes 'all Israel' in Romans 9:6 -8.
The apostle refers to the testimony of Isaiah (Rom. 9:27) when he
'Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
a remnant shall be saved ... and as Esaias said before, Except the Lord
of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made
like unto Gomorrha' (Rom. 9:27 -29).
It is important to notice that where Isaiah himself says 'a very small
remnant' (Isa. 1:9 Authorized Version), Paul says 'a seed'. This follows the