Wrath and blessing seem like two words that don’t belong in the same sentence. But are they two themes that can coexist in the same book of the Bible? They can and do in the Old Testament book of Zephaniah.
Through the prophet Zephaniah, the Lord begins with a warning for Judah, “I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth” (1:2), and He concludes with a reference to the future Millennial Kingdom, “At that time I will bring you in … and restore your fortunes before your eyes” (3:20).
Wrath and blessing are like prophetic bookends in Zephaniah. What the prophet says between the bookends is a worthwhile study and should make us wonder what becomes of sin between now and the end of the age.