Valley of Jehoshaphat
Jehoshaphat, from the Hebrew pronounced yeh-haw-shaw-fawt, is a combination of two other Hebrew words, yeh-ho-vaw, from which comes the English Jehovah (see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD) and shaw-fat, meaning to judge. Jehoshaphat means The Lord judges.
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)
"Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of The Lord is near in the valley of decision."
"The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but The Lord will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel."
"So shall ye know that I am The Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of The Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim." (Joel 3:11-18 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."
"Then shall The Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle. And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and The Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee [see also "To Meet The Lord In The Air"]"
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to The Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light."
"And it shall be in that day, that Living Waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be." (Zechariah 14:2-8 KJV)
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