THE LAMENT of Habakkuk and his vision of supernatural war are the focus of this week’s study.
The prophet, who wrote in the second half of the 7th century B.C. (probably 640-615 B.C.), was shown the destruction coming to the kingdom of Judah from Babylon. But he was also given a vision of God’s victories over chaos — Tiamat, represented by the sea (the god Yamm in Canaanite religion) — and the rebel from Eden, along with a promise of “trouble to come upon the people who invade us.”
THE LAST king of Judah, Zedekiah, was obviously more afraid of his countrymen than he was of Nebuchadnezzar — or God, for that matter.
This week’s study covers the last couple years of the kingdom of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar lost patience and destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple altogether. Zedekiah appears to have been sympathetic to Jeremiah, but he was intimidated by nationalist Judeans into continuing their rebellion against Babylon against the warnings of God through His prophet, Jeremiah.
For reference, here is the timeline of the events we’ve been discussing in our last few studies:
TIMES WILL be hard during the seven-year period called the Great Tribulation. You don’t want to be here for it.
This week, we discuss the two witnesses, the dragon and the rumble in the parking lot of heaven, and the beast that emerges from the sea in Revelation 13. The identity of the Beast has been the subject of speculation for two millennia, so we’re not going to solve it here. The takeaway from the study of this book is that God has an endgame strategy and it will succeed. Please — be on the winning side.