Summary: To show that the Church is a Glorious Church in the Last Days because we have been purchased and washed by the blood of JESUS 2,000 years ago.
Do you qualify for the the description of the Church? Of course not. We don't deserve it but the Church is purchased and washed by the blood of JESUS.
Acts 20:28 (Amplified Bible)
20:28 Take care and be on guard for yourselves and the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you bishops and guardians, to shepherd (tend and feed and guide) the church of the Lord or of God which He obtained for Himself [buying it and saving it for Himself] with His own blood.
Revelation 7:14 (Amplified Bible)
7:14 I replied, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they who have come out of the great tribulation (persecution), and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that the Church is a Glorious Church in the Last Days because we have been purchased and washed by the blood of JESUS 2,000 years ago.
Zephaniah 3:13 (Amplified Bible)
3:13 What is left of Israel shall not do iniquity or speak lies, neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, for they shall feed and lie down and none shall make them afraid.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for Your blood have purchased and washed me. Thank You for Your blood, LORD JESUS.
Description of the Church - The Church in the Last Days
A. Author: Zephaniah is evidently a direct descendant of King Hezekiah—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
B. Date written: Probably shortly before 628 b.c.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
C. Purpose: To motivate GOD's people to repent and return to GOD
D. To whom written: Judah and surrounding nations
E. Main Theme: The Searching Judgements of GOD
F. Key words: Judgement (The Day of the LORD) and Hope
G. Key verse:
Zephaniah 1:12 (Amplified Bible)
1:12 And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish the men who [like old wine] are thickening and settling on their lees, who say in their hearts, The Lord will not do good, nor will He do evil.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
Remnant of Israel refers or symbolizes the Church of the Last Days.
Galatians 6:16 (Amplified Bible)
6:16 Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule [who discipline themselves and regulate their lives by this principle], even upon the [true] Israel of God!
Romans 11:4-7 (Amplified Bible)
11:4 But what is God’s reply to him? I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal!
11:5 So too at the present time there is a remnant (a small believing minority), selected (chosen) by grace (by God’s unmerited favor and graciousness).
11:6 But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless].
11:7 What then [shall we conclude]? Israel failed to obtain what it sought [God’s favor by obedience to the Law]. Only the elect (those chosen few) obtained it, while the rest of them became callously indifferent (blinded, hardened, and made insensible to it).
Isaiah 10:20-22 (Amplified Bible)
10:20 And it shall be in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more lean upon him who smote them, but will lean upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
10:21 A remnant will return [Shear-jashub, name of Isaiah’s son], a remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
10:22 For though your population, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of it will return [and survive]. The [fully completed] destruction is decreed (decided upon and brought to an issue); it overflows with justice and righteousness [the infliction of just punishment].
Romans 9:27-28 (Amplified Bible)
9:27 And Isaiah calls out (solemnly cries aloud) over Israel: Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, only the remnant (a small part of them) will be saved [from perdition, condemnation, judgment]!
9:28 For the Lord will execute His sentence upon the earth [He will conclude and close His account with men completely and without delay], rigorously cutting it short in His justice.
Isaiah 6:13 (Amplified Bible)
6:13 And though a tenth [of the people] remain in the land, it will be for their destruction [eaten up and burned] like a terebinth tree or like an oak whose stump and substance remain when they are felled or have cast their leaves. The holy seed [the elect remnant] is the stump and substance [of Israel].
Remnant or "sheeryth" in Hebrew meaning: