This is the forth and last collection of books in the Old Testament. Prophecy means speaking the mind of God. Some prophecies predict the future. Others are special messages of instruction or warning from God. The prophets were called by God to give these predictions, messages and warnings to kings, other leaders and the people. Except for Lamentations, each of these books is named for one of the well-known Hebrew prophets.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi
The Major Prophets and Minor Prophets are terms used in regard to the Old Testament portion of the Bible to distinguish the generally longer books of prophecy from the shorter ones. The Major Prophets come first in the Bible and include Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The Minor Prophets include Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
To give an idea of the size difference between these sections of Scripture, the five books of the Major Prophets include 183 chapters. The 12 books of the Minor Prophets include 67 chapters. The longest book of the Major Prophets, Isaiah, includes 66 chapters, while the shortest book in the Minor Prophets, Obadiah, includes just one.
When we study the prophets we find they all pretty much have the same basic ingredients:
(1) warning of impending judgment because of the nations’ sinfulness;
(2) a description of the sin;
(3) a description of the coming judgment;
(4) a call for repentance; and
(5) a promise of future deliverance.
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