“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.”
– Zephaniah 3:9
Here’s a Bible prophecy no one ever talks about.
One day, the entire world will speak Hebrew.
That’s what I believe the prophet Zephaniah meant when he explained that God would turn the people to a pure language so they could serve Him with one consent.
I can’t imagine what else he would mean. Can you?
I love prophecies like this. Too many people are focused on what I call the “gloom-and-doom side” of Bible prophecy. I’ve been speaking at prophecy conferences for many years that seem to focus almost exclusively on war, violence, tribulation, Satanic plots and who the Antichrist will be.
Prophecy books are almost universally about a seven-year period of global torment and suffering – or “the rapture,” about which the Bible actually says very little.
I’m not very concerned about the possibility of living through seven years of Tribulation. After all, I like to say, we just lived through eight years of it, and we’re still kicking.
For the last two years, I’ve become obsessed with the bigger picture – what happens when Messiah comes, again.
In a nutshell, what happens is a complete restoration of the world in a Garden-of-Eden-style paradise on Earth.
Isn’t that Good News?
I wonder why believers don’t dwell on it? Why do we just try to scare people out of going to hell, rather than tell them about the upside – a world of peace, harmony, justice, righteousness and prosperity?
That’s what the Coming Kingdom of Heaven on Earth is all about.
Maybe you think you’re going to heaven up in the sky. Honestly, that’s a tough case to make through the Bible. Because every prophet talked about this Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, ruled and reigned from Jerusalem by the Messiah, the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Man was made for Earth. And God promises to restore Earth. The Bible says this restored earth will exist for a thousand years before He creates a new heaven and a new Earth.
And it makes sense that there would be one universal language, because that’s the way it was on Earth before the Tower of Babel.
Remember, God confused and divided the people with languages because of their sin of pride, their desire to display their own mortal achievements without acknowledging the Creator above.
It makes sense that a complete restoration of the Earth the way God intended it to be before the fall would mean a return to one pure language. I strongly suspect when a Jew rules the world, that’s the language He will choose.
In fact, more people are already speaking Hebrew than ever before on Planet Earth. Think about that. One generation ago, the language was considered all but dead. And now it has been resurrected as the official language of Israel, where more than half the Jews of the world reside. Just as the nation of Israel was reborn, so was its original language. It’s just one of many miracles associated with Israel in the end of the age.
People all over the world are studying Hebrew, too – Christians and Jews alike. After all, it is the original language of the Bible.
I suspect, you won’t have to study Hebrew in the Coming Kingdom. I’m pretty sure God is going to gift everyone with the language, just as abruptly as He confused the language during the time of Babel.
And you know, can you imagine the humiliation of those U.N. nations either not understanding what everyone else on Earth is saying, or, worse yet, being forced to speak HEBREW?!