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Overview of
The MAJOR
PROPHETS
The next five books of the Old Testament comprise The Major Prophets.  The difference
between the
Major Prophets and the Minor Prophets is not one of significance, but of length.   
All of the
Minor Prophets could be placed within the Book of Jeremiah, with room left over.

Isaiah prophesied to the nation of Judah during the reigns of Uzziah, Ahaz and Hezekiah.  
Isaiah prophesied of: 1) the sins of Judah, calling them to repent; 2) Babylon; 3) Phillistia; 4)
Moab; 5) Damascus; 6) Dumah; 8) Arabia; 9) Tyre; 10) the future of Judah; 11) the Babylonian
bondage and its end; 12) the coming Messiah.  Isaiah is sometimes called the "Messianic
Prophet" because of his many prophesies concerning the Christ.

Jeremiah prophesied to the kingdom of Judah beginning in the reign of Josiah through the fall
of Jerusalem.  
Jeremiah addresses: 1) the sins of the people, showing the coming
destruction at the hand of the Babylonians;  2) the labors and trials of Jeremiah; 3) the
restoration of Jerusalem; 4) the coming Messiah; 5) the coming of a new covenant; and, 6)
God's dealings with the nations round about Judah.  
Jeremiah is sometimes called the
"Weeping Prophet" because of his great feelings for Judah and Jerusalem.

Lamentations record's Jeremiah's weeping over the fall of Jerusalem.  Beginning with the
state of Jerusalem before its destruction,
Lamentations goes on to describe the suffering of
the prophet and the people as a result of the overthrow of the nation, and the city of Jerusalem.  
Lamentations is in the Hagiographa of the Hebrew Bible.

Ezekiel prophesied in Babylon beginning in the fifth year of the captivity of Jehoiakin, before the
destruction of Jerusalem, until after the destruction of the capital of Judah, his prophesy being
mainly directed to the nation of Judah.  Ezekiel prophesies of: 1) the impending doom of the
city of Jerusalem; 2) Ammon; 3) Moab; 4) Edom; 5) Philistia; 6) Tyre; 7) Sidon; 8) Egypt; and, 9)
the restoration of the children of Israel to Canaan.  
Ezekiel because of the figurative language
in his prophesies, is considered one of the most difficult books of the Old Testament to
understand.

Daniel prophesied during the bondage under Babylon and Medo-Persia, under the reigns of
Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius and Cyrus.  
Daniel records: 1) the life of Daniel as he
serves under the Babylonians and Medes and Persians; 2) Daniel's interpretation of dreams
under these leaders; 3) the actions of Daniel's three friends -- Hananniah (Shadrach), Mishael
(Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego); 3) the visions of the coming world empires; 4) the visions
of the time and work of the Messiah; and, 5) other visions.  
Daniel is in the Hagiographa of the
Hebrew Bible.