Once again my inbox contains a number of questions about Egypt, just like it did when former Pres. Hosni Mubarak was ousted in Feb. 2011 and a year later when Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was elected President.
Layman who point to a proof text that they feel proves their stance is a correct one, reveal that they take the latest bible teacher, or what their denomination teaches and do not study the Word of God to prove the point by scripture in context.
The Greek word for persecute is “diōkō” and in the context of the verse above it means: to pursue in a hostile manner; in any way whatever to harass, trouble, molest one, to persecute; to be mistreated, suffer persecution on account of something.
Zephaniah is speaking of what I believe, we call the Great Tribulation that John also wrote of in Revelation. We have been leading up this time of God’s wrath for a long time.
The time is drawing down. The start of the coming 7 years of Tribulation of Daniel’s 70th week could be in the imminent future.