In our study, we will look at jealousy which is the dark side of love. We have all heard that God is love but we do not often hear that He is also a jealous God and He is jealous because of that love for His people.
"The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah:" NIV translation
We are introduced to the prophet Zephaniah and see that he was from a royal family (Hezekiah was the 14th king of Judah).
He is the only known Old Testament prophet of royalty. This fact is a reminder that God will usually use the lesser things (and people) of this world but He can use the rich and famous as well.
"'I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,' declares the Lord. 'I will sweep away both men and animals; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. The wicked will have only heaps of rubble when I cut off man from the face of the earth,' declares the Lord." NIV translation
The prophet wastes no time in sharing the fact that God is going to completely judge the earth and everything that is on it. The fact that nothing will escape is demonstrated by the fact that even the fish of the sea will be judged. The Jews would have been aware of the judgment of God as they would have known the story of Noah and the flood but this judgment is different in that it is total (Creatures in the sea were not judged with the flood). This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled but we get details of what is to come in the book of Revelation.