Zep 1:2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth. (Isaiah 6:11).
Zep 1:3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.Sweep away people and animals alike. Reduce the wicked (the lawless ones), to rubble, and wipe out humanity from the face of the earth. "Says the Lord." (Jeremiah 12:4, Hosea 4:3).
Zep 1:4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;I will crush Judah and Jerusalem and destroy every trace of their Baal worship. This word "Chemarims" is "kamar" Strong's H3648 meaning "idolatrous priests." (i.e. those priests who worship and pray to statues and idols). "Even the memory of them will disappear." (II Kings 23:4-5, Hosea 10:5). Baal worship was introduced to the nation of Israel when Ahab, the king of the northern kingdom, married the daughter of the king of the Phoenicians, Jezebel. Their daughter was then married off to the son of the king of Judah, and she brought Baal worship into the southern kingdom.
Zep 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;Those who go to the rooftops and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars. (Astrologers). They claim to follow the Lord, but they worship Malcham (king god, or king idol) = Milcom also known as Moloch or Molech. (I Kings 11:33, Amos 5:26). This was the god of the Ammonites. Molech worship involved the burning of live babies to their bronze god. Molech worship was brought to Jerusalem by Solomon because of the pressures from some of his wives. (I Kings 11:7).
Zep 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.Those who used to worship the Lord but no longer do will be destroyed because they no longer seek guidance or blessings from the Lord. (Psalm 10:4, Psalm 14:2-3, Hosea 7:7).
Zep 1:7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.The day of the Lord's judgment is near. The Lord has prepared His people for a great slaughter and has chosen their executioner. "Day of the Lord," spoken of in, (Ezekiel 13:5, 30:3, Joel 2:1, 3:14, Amos 5:18, 5:20, Obadiah 1:15). Again, the day of God's judgment. This would refer to the upcoming Babylonian invasion, as well as the time of the end in the great tribulation, when God's wrath of judgment is poured out upon the earth.
Zep 1:8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel."On the day of judgment." God will punish the leaders and children, the sons or princes (i.e. the royal house) of Judah. Strange apparel = foreign or those who follow pagan customs.
Zep 1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.Referring to the servants of rulers sent to enter the houses of others and steal. (Plain old robbers).
Zep 1:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills."On that day," says the Lord, "a cry of alarm will come from the fish gate (one of the city gates in Jerusalem), and echo through the second. (the new quarter of city). (II Kings 22:14).
Zep 1:11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.All who live in the market area (merchants and traders), will be destroyed. (James 5:1). "This should bring our attention to when Christ cleared out the house of God of the money changers." (John 2:16).
Zep 1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.Search in the darkest corners to punish those who are hiding in their sins. They think God will not find or do anything to them. (You can't hide anything from God, He sees everything).
Zep 1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.Their property will be plundered and their homes ransacked. They will even build new homes but never get the chance to live in them. They will plant new vineyards but never drink form them. (Amos 5:11, Micah 6:15).
Zep 1:14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.Judgment day is right around the corner. The return of our Lord is near and comes swiftly. Even the strong men (gibbor-warriors-tyrant-giants-valiant man) will cry out. (Joel 2:1, Revelation 6:17, Revelation 6:15-17). Along with all that were deceived that are in shame for what they believed in and taught to others. "Super preachers, phony pastors, and false teachers."
Zep 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,The day of God's wrath being poured out, a day of terrible distress and anguish, a day of ruin and desolation, darkness and gloom. (Joel 2:2, II Peter 3:7, Revelation 6:17). Remember (Revelations Chapter 1 verse 10), this is the Lord's Day, and the wrath of the Lord has come. Who will survive It? There is two tribulations. The tribulation of anti-Christ which comes first and then the tribulation of the real Christ. The first tribulation we stand against the anti-Christ and if you are in Christ, you do not need to worry about the second tribulation, Christ is not coming to harm you.
Zep 1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.The trumpet sounds and down goes the walled cities and the strongest battlements.
Zep 1:17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.Because you have sinned against the Lord, you will grope around like the blind. Your blood will be poured into the dust, and your bodies will lie rotting on the ground.
Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. Your wealth means nothing. Your silver and gold will not save you on that day of the Lord's Judgment. The whole land will be devoured by His fire. There will be a terrifying end of all the evil people that dwell on earth. (Proverbs 11:4, Jeremiah 7:20, Zephaniah 1:2-3). Remember that our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), who warms the hearts of the righteous, but will destroy all those who are evil.