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“I will sweep, yes, sweep everything
off of the face of the earth,”
says Yahweh. Bible

“sweep everything off of the face of the earth.” This statement is a hyperbole designed to catch our attention and emphasize to us the tremendous destruction that will occur on earth during the Great Tribulation, the horrendous period of time that is portrayed in the Book of Revelation. For more on the prophecies of the Great Tribulation, see commentary on Isaiah 13:9. Many of the statements fit well with the destruction of Judah by Babylon, and thus many scholars think that is the destruction coming that Zephaniah is referring to, but there is much in what God says that does not fit the Babylonian destruction but does fit with the Great Tribulation and Armageddon. Thus, the destruction of Judah by Babylon is at best a partial fulfillment of Zephaniah’s prophecy.


Commentary for: Zephaniah 1:2