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Wednesday, February 13 2013
Joel: The Day Of The LORD
Joel, from the Hebrew name pronounced yo-ale, meaning the LORD is God, was a prophet of the LORD in the time of the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah). It was a dire warning for Judah (i.e. the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi) to repent of their corruption, but as we shall see, the prophecies that were given to Joel to deliver transcended any single nation of that ancient time. Most of Joel's prophecies involve the future Day of the LORD (see the studies list below) and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth after the Messiah's return.
First, the immediate warning to Judah (that they ignored):
"1:1 The word of the LORD [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?] that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. 1:2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? 1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. 1:4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
The warning was of repentance, not of final judgment.
"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 [see also How To Pray]" (Joel 1:13-14 KJV)
The ancient Kingdom was Judah was destroyed because they refused to repent. The devastation described by Joel however was much more than insects eating up their crops. The "locusts" that the LORD is going to allow humanity to turn loose on itself in the end time are flying war machines that are familiar to people living today i.e. "Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble."
"2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, 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.
The LORD doesn't need man-made weapons of any sort. Much of the end-time wrath of the LORD will simply take the form of allowing humanity to devastate itself with the tools of fear and hate in their arsenals, with the destruction of most of the war hardware in the process. The result will be to break the arrogance of Satan's world, so that humanity will then be ready for peace: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh ... And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered."
"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. 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." (Joel 2:28-32 KJV)
Studies For The Book Of Joel
Fact Finder: How are locusts used prophetically to portray flying war machines?
This Day In History, February 13
1462: The Treaty of Westminster was completed between Edward IV of England and the Scottish Lord of the Isles.
1542: Catherine Howard, the 5th wife of Henry VIII, was beheaded for alleged adultery.
1575: Henry III of France was crowned at Rheims.
1633: Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition. In 1992, the Vatican acknowledged that the excommunicated Italian astronomer had been right in saying that the earth orbits around the sun, not vice versa as the Church of Rome had earlier taught - a mistake that the leaders of the Church of Rome might not have made if they had based their beliefs on the Word of God e.g. see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible.
1668: Spain recognized the independence of Portugal under the Treaty of Lisbon.
1689: William of Orange and his wife Mary, daughter of the deposed James II, were declared joint sovereigns of Great Britain and Ireland.
1689: The British Parliament adopted the Bill of Rights.
1759: At a session of the Nova Scotia legislature in Canada, the first vote by secret ballot in the British Empire was held.
1788: In Britain, the trial of Warren Hastings began. Governor-general of India, he was charged with "high crimes and misdemeanors" in a case which took 7 years to complete.
1793: Britain, Prussia, Austria, Holland, Spain and Sardinia formed an alliance against France.
1858: Sir Richard Burton and Captain John Speke became the first (known) Europeans to discover Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.
1895: The Lumiere brothers were granted a patent in France for their machine "to film and view chronophotographic proofs" - one of the earliest projectors.
1909: The "Young Turk" revolution gathered added momentum when the Grand Vizier (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) was overthrown in Constantinople.
1927: Brooks Adams died at age 79. The U.S. historian (and grandson of President John Quincy Adams) developed the theory that "by its nature and substance, U.S. democracy was foreordained to degradation and decay."
1945: The Royal Air Force Bomber Command devastated the German city of Dresden with night missions by 873 heavy British and Canadian bombers. The attacks were followed by 521 American heavy bombers flying daylight missions.
1955: Israel took possession of 4 of the Dead Sea scrolls (listen to our Sermon The Dead Sea Scrolls).
1960: France became the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons.
1961: A supposed 500,000-year-old rock, discovered near Olancha, California, was found to have a modern-day spark plug encased within it. It became known as the Coso Artifact.
1974: Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, was deported from the Soviet Union and deprived of Soviet citizenship.
1984: Konstantin Chernenko succeeded Yuri Andropov as General Secretary of the then-declining Communist Party of the Soviet Union (the Soviet Union itself was by then soon to cease to exist).
1990: An agreement was reached to reunite Germany (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).