Zephaniah on the fate of the nations: lost and found
“Therefore wait for me,” declares YHWH, “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed. For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of YHWH and serve him with one accord.”
(Zephaniah 3:8–9 ESV)
How should we understand biblical talk of God consuming people in his fiery wrath? Here Zephaniah offers some interesting fuel for the flames of debate. The nations that are consumed seem to end up worshiping God.