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Valley of Jehoshaphat
by Wayne Blank
Jehoshaphat is found a number of times in Bible History as the name of four or five people, ranging from a king of Judah (1 Kings 15:24, see also Kings of Israel and Judah) to a recorder for King David (2 Samuel 8:16). Jehoshaphat is also a valley that is mentioned specifically by that name only twice in the Bible, in Prophecy, in the third chapter of Joel, as the place of The Lord's end-time judgment upon the enemies of Judah, and Israel.
Valley of Jehoshaphat
The Bible's only specific references to the Valley of Jehoshaphat are found together in the prophecies of the Book of Joel. It describes a time of war and captivity for the people of Judah, a time of troubles that will be overcome by the arrival of the Messiah:
"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for My people and for My heritage Israel [see also Physical and Spiritual Israel], whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted My land" (Joel 3:1-2 KJV)
"Valley of Jehoshaphat" came to be used for the valley between the city of Jerusalem and The Mount Of Olives (shown in the photo). That hill will be "ground zero" for The Return Of Jesus Christ - "His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives" (see also Sodom and Egypt). Other prophecies describe the same one-time-only events and "signs in the heavens" that are also described in references to the Valley of Jehoshaphat in Joel e.g.
"For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city."
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