Sermons on Books of Prophecy

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.

(Note: Description used with permission from www.gotquestions.org)

Isaiah

On Being Thankful

Isaiah 12: 1-6: Israel’s Praise to the Lord 12 In that day you will say: “I will praise you, Lord.  Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away  and you have comforted me. 2Surely God is my salvation;  I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;  he has become my salvation.  […]

Isaiah

A Lawful Life

Isaiah 58:1-9 (ESV) True Fasting 58 “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.  2 Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of […]

Isaiah

An Everlasting Covenant

Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11 (NIV) The Year of the Lord’s Favor 61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim […]

Isaiah

The Foundations of the Earth

Isaiah 40:21-31 (NIV) 21 Do you not know?     Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?     Have you not understood since the earth was founded? 22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,     and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,     and spreads them […]