Timeline of the Minor Prophets

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What is commonly known as the "minor prophets" is a collection of writings in the Old Testament from twelve different men inspired by God. The longest of these books are Hosea and Zechariah, with each having fourteen (14) chapters. The shortest prophetic book in this series is Obadiah, with only one chapter, followed by Haggai, which has only two.

The Minor Prophets, in alphabetical order, are Amos, Habakkuk, Haggai, Hosea, Joel, Jonah, Malachi, Micah, Nahum, Obadiah, Zechariah, and Zephaniah. Their books are considered minor since each is much shorter than the writings of Isaiah (sixty-six chapters), Jeremiah (fifty-two chapters), and Ezekiel (forty-eight chapters). If all of their writings were combined into a single book, it would be only two-thirds of the size of Isaiah.

The Book of Daniel, although it contains important prophecies from Daniel’s time to the end of the age and Christ’s return, is not included as part of the writings of the minor prophets. This is because Daniel wrote in Babylon during the Jews' 70-year exile.

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Please note that in the below Minor Prophets timeline that all dates are B.C. The text underneath each prophet is a brief description of the themes of their prophecies and to whom they are addressed or affect.

798 - Jonah
Jonah as type of Jesus Christ and mercy to repentant. Against Nineveh, with implications to all people. Cruelty of Assyrians.

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796 - Amos
Day of the Lord. Against Israel, Judah, Benjamin and all nations. Oppression of the poor, sexual immorality, wanton luxury and corrupt laws.

796 to 719 - Hosea
Salvation. Against Israel (Ten Tribes of Israel). Adultery, drunkenness, idolatry, licentiousness.

740 to 711 - Micah
The Eternal is a just Judge. Against Samaria, Jerusalem and All Nations. Lack of justice and oppression.

711 - Nahum
Judgment on Nineveh and comfort to Israel. Against Assyrians, primarily city of Nineveh. Cruelty of Assyrians, overstepped boundaries.

626 - Habakkuk
God embraces Judah through destroying the Chaldeans. Against Babylon with implications for all people. Aggression, plunder, greed, graft, idolatry and inhumanity.

626 - Zephaniah
God's indignation, Israel repents then God saves them. Against Judah, and ALL people, concerning the Day of the Lord. Spiritual fornication.

596 to 586 - Joel
Day of the Lord. Against Israel and all people. Adultery, drunkenness, idolatry, licentiousness.

590 - Obadiah
Day of the Lord, Edom's Destruction, Israel's restoration. Against Edom. Edom had continual violence toward Jacob.

520 - Haggai
The restoration Temple points to the Church. Concerning Zerubbabel, Joshua and the returned remnant. Neglect in building God's House, procrastination.

520 to 518 - Zechariah
The coming of God's Kingdom preceded by building of Temple. Concerning Zerubbabel, Joshua and the returned remnant. Joshua's filthy garments, lack of judgment, mercy and peace.

c. 400 - Malachi
Be prepared for the Messenger that is to come. Concerning Israel and 'Israel of God' today (the church). Priests neglect duties, people chided for divorce, adultery, criticizing, robbing God of tithes.

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