1:15–2:13 This section is written in the prophetic present tense. Events still future are pictured as if already present, and events even more distantly future are portrayed as occurring at the same time with those happening much earlier. This vivid prophecy of judgment is a poetic “vision” (1:1; cf. Num. 12:6–8), and is not a precise and detailed historical account of events that took place later, in 612 b.c.