Prophecies of Holy Week

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Zechariah 9-14 Zechariah may not be a very familiar book to us, but it was to the writers of the New Testament. There are many references to Zechariah in the book of Revelation. Of even greater significance is that in the narratives of what happened to Jesus during the last week of his life on earth, the Gospel writers cite Zechariah more than any other prophet. It begins with Palm Sunday. Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a …

Beginning of a Great Future

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Zechariah 1-8 Haggai and Zechariah work together to get back to the important task of building the temple. Haggai prods them by telling them that their lack of prosperity has been due to not putting first things first. Zechariah uses a different approach. He inspires them by sharing with them visions God has given him of the glorious future of the project in which they are involved. Today also, we need to be motivated to serve God with …

Get Your Priorities Straight

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Haggai Those who returned from the exile were the cream of the crop. Those more interested in continuing their successful businesses stayed in Babylon. Those who returned did so because they had a spiritual vision, to rebuild the temple of the Lord. But soon they were faced with problems which caused them to give up on completing the building of the temple. So they settled down and built themselves houses which were increasingly luxurious. Haggai and Zechariah were …

Facing the Judgment Day

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Zephaniah Zephaniah also speaks about the day of the Lord, which anticipates the day of judgment that falls upon a nation within history and the final judgment day. Zephaniah emphasizes the nearness of that day. “The day of the LORD is at hand” (1:7) and “The great day of the LORD is near” (v. 14). We do not know when the final judgment will come. But there is a judgment at death which will come to each of …

Lord, Why?

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Habakkuk Habakkuk was deeply disturbed. There was so much evil in his land of Judah, and God didn’t seem to be doing anything about it. Do you know the feeling? “Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you look idly at wrong?” (1:3 ESV). God’s answer is that he is preparing to do something. He will soon send the Babylonians to punish Judah. “For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty …

Results of Temporary Repentance

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Nahum Nahum’s message is that God will destroy Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, because of its sin. One hundred fifty years earlier, Jonah brought a similar message. As a result the Ninevites repented and were spared. But it didn’t last long. Threatened by the preaching of Jonah, they said they would serve Jonah’s God, but they soon forgot. About 60 years later, they did what Jonah had been afraid they would do: they took Israel into captivity. They …