The Berean Expositor
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NAHUM.-Nahum, like Jonah, is devoted to the burden of Nineveh, and therefore does not pursue
the theme of Israel's fall and restoration.
HABAKKUK.-Habakkuk sets before us the individual, the just who lives by faith, waiting for the
promises of the Lord.
ZEPHANIAH.-Zephaniah returns to the theme of Israel's restoration, which can be expressed in the
closing verses of the last chapter:
"Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee.  . .. I will set them for a praise and fame in every land where
they have been put to shame. And at that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make
you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord"
(Zeph. 3: 19, 20).
HAGGAI.-Haggai addresses his message to the remnant that returned from captivity, and its whole
setting is prophetic of the great return at the end of the age. This typical foreshadowing is expressed as
"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts ; and in this place will I
give peace, saith the Lord of hosts" (Haggai 2: 9).
ZECHARIAH.-It is proverbial with students that Zechariah is the prophet of the restoration, e.g.:
"Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls" (Zech. 2: 4).
"I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem" (Zech. 8: 3).
"It shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the nations, o house of Judah, and house of Israel, so will I
save you, and ye shall be a blessing" (Zech. 8: 13).
These are specimens only of the continual statement of this glorious theme.
MALACHL-Malachi rebukes Israel for their rebellion and despising of the Lord, prophesying the
coming of the Messiah and the restoration of Judah and Jerusalem:
"The Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple . . . . behold He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
. . . Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in
former years" (Mal. 3: 1-4).
"All nations shall call you blessed; for ye shall be a delightsome land" (Mal. 3: 12).
The prophecy ends upon the promise of the sending of the prophet Elijah, and the repentance of the
We believe the evidence is too clear to be denied that the burden of the prophets who spoke
concerning either Judah or Israel is their ultimate restoration. Let us keep this glorious goal in mind
while we follow the footsteps of erring Israel and redemptive love, from Egypt's slavery, Sinai's law and
Babylon's captivity to that day when they shall look upon Him Whom they pierced.