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The Prophets: Joel
Joel, from the Hebrew name pronounced yo-ale, meaning the LORD is God, was a prophet in the time of The Southern Kingdom of Judah. It was a warning for them to repent of their corruption, but as we shall see, the prophecies that were given to Joel to deliver transcended a single nation in that ancient time. Joel's prophecies were more about the future than the past.
"1:13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD. 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come." (Joel 1:13-15 KJV)
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh"
Joel's warning to Judah was moreover a warning to all of humanity, particularly to the generation at the time of Christ's return when war will threaten the survival of humanity - war that will be stopped by Christ.
"2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion [see Zionism], and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
Along with the removal of man's tools of war, Joel described how humans will be freed of their desire for war, by means of the Holy Spirit.
"2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
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