Zephaniah 3:9 History or Prophecy?

Zeph 3 9 a

Q. In the book of Zephaniah 3:9 onwards, is God referring to when the Israelites are released from the Persians, and went back to rebuild Jerusalem (Ezra and Nehemiah)? Or is He talking about after Jesus comes?

A. Many scholars believe Zeph 3:9 onwards refer to the Millennium when Jesus comes again, based on:

Zeph 3:8 Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, To assemble kingdoms, To pour out on them My indignation (NASB) The word “indignation” in the OT is the equivalent of “tribulation” in the NT. Zeph is referring to God gathering nations & kingdoms at Megiddo for the battle of Armageddon.
Zeph 3:9 For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech (ESV) Some believe God will reverse the confusion of languages at Babel to give all people a common language.
• Descriptions in v 13, 15 such as no injustice, no lies, the Lord in their midst, never again fear evil etc. have not yet happened.

These do not fit the interpretation referring to history well.

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