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Saturday, January 9 2016
Joel 3: Where Is The Valley Of Decision?
"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near ... The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake"
The true prophets of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), of long ago, were made aware of how the Messiah will return and restore Paradise on Earth (see The First And Last Nation). Unfortunately, for them, as we read in prophecy, most humans will not accept the LORD's claim to what has always been His world - so they will attempt to fight Him with all of their powerless-against-the-LORD toys of war. Since Jerusalem will be "ground zero" for the Messiah's return, it is there that the final showdown will occur.
The event as seen by the prophet Zechariah (see also Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives) and the apostle / prophet John in the Book of Revelation (see also Revelation: Thy Kingdom Come):
"17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Revelation 17:14-15 KJV)
The prophet Daniel was also given to see and record it. Note carefully that the Messiah's return will be like a "mountain" above all nations (see also Daniel 2: Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Of The World To Come).
"2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:31-35 KJV)
It will be from then that the nations will look up to the LORD and will obey His Law (see also When The World Is Going To Reject The Way Of Satan). Notice again the "mountain" from which everywhere else on Earth will be a relative valley: "The mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it" (see also What And When Is The Day Of The LORD? and What Happens After The Day Of The LORD?).
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)
The "valley of decision" will extend everywhere beyond the mere valleys around Jerusalem when the final battle is fought and won by the LORD. That's why and how all of humanity, everywhere, as stated in the prophecies above, will be Judged: "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision."
"3:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 3:2 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, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
Fact Finder: What else is recorded in the Holy Scriptures about the Mountain of the LORD?
This Day In History, January 9
475: Byzantine Emperor Zeno fled his capital at Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was the inventor of the Church of Rome and its "Sun Day" worship; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad); one of his generals, Basiliscus, then seized control of the empire.
681: King Erwig of the Visigoths (the "western Goths," a Germanic people) convened a council in which he proclaimed measures against Jews in Spain.
1127: In China, the Northern Song dynasty ended when military forces of the Jin dynasty captured the capital city of Bianjing and Emperor Qinzong.
1324: Italian explorer Marco Polo died.
1349: The Jewish people of Basel, Switzerland, were arrested and burned to death because the other people of the city accused them of being the cause of the ongoing Black Death plague. The Jews were not only not the source of the plague, but were actually healthier and much less infectious than the general population because they observed the Biblical laws of diet and hygiene (see Leviticus 11: What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean? and Leviticus 13: Bacteria).
1431: The trial of Joan of Arc began in Rouen, France.
1522: Adrian of Utrecht was elected as the first and only Dutch pope. He was the last non-Italian pope until the Polish-born Pope John Paul II over 450 years later (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1719: Philip V of Spain declared war on France.
1760: The Battle of Barari Ghat, one of a series of Afghan victories over the Marathas in their war to gain control of the decaying Mughal Empire. It gave the British time to consolidate their power in Bengal.
1792: The Treaty of Jassy ended the Russo-Turkish War; the Russian frontier was extended and the Ottomans (a centuries-long ruling dynasty of Turkey; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) also gained territory.
1793: Jean-Pierre Blanchard of France made the first balloon flight over North America.
1799: Prime Minister William Pitt legislated a two shillings per pound income tax to finance Britain's involvement the Napoleonic Wars.
1806: British naval hero Horatio Nelson was buried at St. Paul's Cathedral in London after a state funeral. He led the British fleet against the French at Trafalgar in October 1805 where he was mortally wounded.
1816: At the Hebburn Colliery, Sir Humphry Davy began implementing his miners safety lamp that was designed to reduce mine explosions caused by lamp flames.
1839: The French Academy of Sciences introduced the Daguerreotype photography method to the public.
1858: Anson Jones, the fourth and the last President of the Republic of Texas, committed suicide after Sam Houston was elected, rather than him, to represent Texas in Washington.
1873: Napoleon III, Emperor of France, nephew of Napoleon I, died.
1905: "Bloody Sunday," a massacre of peaceful demonstrators that marked the beginning of the Russian Revolution of 1905.
1908: Count Zeppelin announced his plans to build an airship that could carry 100 passengers.
1915: Pancho Villa signed a treaty with the U.S., halting border conflicts between the U.S. and Mexico. By the end of the conflicts, Mexico lost the territories of what is today California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, plus parts of Colorado and New Mexico. As well, Texas broke away from Mexico, but later joined the U.S.
1923: Don Juan de la Cierva, Spanish flier and inventor, made the first successful flight of an autogyro, forerunner of the helicopter.
1957: Anthony Eden resigned as British Prime Minister just months after the Suez Canal crisis.
1960: Construction began on Egypt's Aswan High Dam.
1964: 22 Panamanian students were shot dead during riots which began after U.S. residents of the Panama Canal zone prevented the Panamanians from raising the Panamanian flag in their country.
1972: Fire destroyed the liner Queen Elizabeth as it lay in waters off Hong Kong.
1980: In Saudi Arabia, 63 Muslim extremists were beheaded for their part in the siege of the Great Mosque in Mecca in November 1979.
1982: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck eastern Canada.
1992: Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina declared a Serbian republic.
2005: Mahmoud Abbas replaced Yasser Arafat as President of the "Palestinian National Authority."