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Friday, January 8 2016
Joel 2: What Happens After The Day Of The LORD?
"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: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit"
History and prophecy are frequently blended in the Holy Scriptures because, throughout all of human history, some people have been called to understanding, by means of the Holy Spirit, for the purpose of serving the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), and others, in their own time, and in the time after the Messiah's return (see What And When Is The Day Of The LORD?). There is no favoritism in being assigned a responsibility.
"20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6 KJV)
So too, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon all of humanity was prophesied by the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the "firstfruits" of salvation who will serve them (see The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day). It's the reason that the apostle Peter quoted the prophet Joel to explain the miraculous event that happened on the first Pentecost after the Messiah's Sacrifice and triumphant return to heaven (see The Passover To Pentecost Connection and What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?).
"2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:1-4 KJV)
The "day of the LORD" (again, see What And When Is The Day Of The LORD?) will be ultimately fulfilled when the LORD returns to reckon with the rebellious and delusional world such as it now exists. Part of His wrath will be to simply allow humanity's lust for war to be set loose from His restraint (i.e. the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the first of which is war; see The Horsemen Of The Apocalypse). Along with everything else, the "locusts" that are described in the Book of Revelation, and here in the Book of Joel, are obviously war helicopters, not insects ("the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array"; see Locusts In History And Prophecy). The purpose will be to cure humanity of its desire for war.
"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 time is surely coming when humanity's tools of death and destruction will be cast off by those who no longer want to be made miserable by them i.e. the famous "swords into plowshares" (see Swords Into Plowshares). Then, repentant humanity will be ready for the cure: "It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh."
"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.
Fact Finder: What will cure humanity's present lust for rebellion against God's Law?
This Day In History, January 8
871: Alfred the Great led a West Saxon army against an invasion of Danelaw Vikings.
1297: In Monaco, Franceschino Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, sneaked into the Genoese-controlled fortress, let in his own soldiers, and established the Grimaldi dynasty.
1499: Louis XII of France, after a papal divorce, married Anne, Duchess of Brittany, to keep the duchy for the crown.
1598: Jews were expelled from Genoa, Italy (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1656: The oldest surviving commercial newspaper began, in Haarlem, Netherlands.
1681: The treaty of Radzin ended 5 years of war between the Turks (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) against Russia and Poland.
1745: England, Austria, Saxony and the Netherlands formed an alliance against Russia.
1746: During the Second Jacobite Rising, Charles Edward Stuart (known as "Bonnie Prince Charlie" or "The Young Pretender") occupied Stirling.
1780: A magnitude 7.7 earthquake killed 80,000 people and caused major damage to the city of Tabriz, Iran.
1806: Cape Colony, South Africa became a British colony.
1815: The battle of New Orleans between U.S. and British forces. It was the last battle of the War of 1812 (1812-1814), although the war was officially over when the battle was fought - a peace treaty had actually been signed in Europe 2 weeks earlier, but the news had not reached the armies of either side until up to a month later in some more remote areas.
1877: Crazy Horse led Sioux warriors in their last battle against the U.S. Cavalry, at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory. Although Sitting Bull is popularly regarded as the native leader at "Custer's Last Stand," Sitting Bull was not present at the battle, which was led by Crazy Horse who proved himself a superior battle commander than the flamboyant George Custer.
1926: Abdul Aziz ibn Saud became the King of the Hejaz, which he announced would from then on be called Saudi Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson).
1941: Robert Baden-Powell died at age 84. The British army officer, hero of the South African (Boer) War of 1899-1902, was founder of the "Boy Scouts" - a movement that spread from its origin in Britain to countries all around the world.
1959: Charles de Gaulle became the first president of France's Fifth Republic. He took office for a second term on this day in 1966.
1964: President Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in the U.S.
1973: The Soviet Luna 21 was launched. The spacecraft landed on the Moon where it deployed the second Soviet lunar rover.
1973: The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate began. The Watergate burglary eventually caused the resignation of Richard Nixon.
1998: A quote from a pro-cloning scientist: "You can't stop science. God made man in His own image. God intended for man to become one with God. ... Cloning and the reprogramming of DNA is the first serious step in becoming one with God."
2004: The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, was christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.