What the light reveals, the blood cleanses. (1
We shall find five times the expression "the
day of the Lord" in this book. As you know,
this refers to a day after the believers are
caught up to be with the Lord. Then the
punishments from God shall fall on this earth,
particularly on Israel.
A terrible pestilence of flies, locusts and
caterpillars, which seem to have eaten everything
in sight. The land of Israel is left empty. This
has two purposes ... (1) To awaken the people to
realize they had turned away from the Lord Who
loved them, and (2) to remind them that a much
more awful day of punishment would come on their
land. Though almost 2,800 years have gone by
since Joel wrote this book, "the day of the
Lord" hasn't come yet. But let's not think
that it's not close. The pestilence wasn't just a
piece of bad luck, as people say. God had a
message for those people, (and He has a message
for us, when He allows a great sorrow to come to
Joel 1:15 This is the first reference to that
awful "day". Judah had been living
carelessly, paying little or no attention to God's
pleadings with them. Now God reminds them of the
coming of "the day of the Lord".
We may not be able to touch His garment, but we
can touch His heart!
Joel 2:1-14 Turn back to the book of Numbers
chapter 10, you will see that there were two
reasons for blowing the silver trumpets. In verse
9 it was to sound an alarm to the camp. Here in
Joel the alarm is to be sounded! There was danger.
The enemy was coming. Joel warns the people. Are
we getting the warning? Today God is warning us.
We should realize that we are living in very
dangerous days. Satan is attacking the believers
by deceiving us rather than by frightening us.
Joel 2:15-17 Back in Numbers 10, verse 7 you read
of the other blowing of the silver trumpets - to
call the people together. Here, they were to
purify themselves, the priests were to weep
because of the badness of their behaviour.
Today the Lord is saying the same to all true
believers. To separate from all the mixture and
confusion around, and to be gathered to the name
of the Lord Jesus alone. Christ is the one
gathering centre, and He is not divided. 1
Corinthians 1:13. Satan is the one who is
separating believers from each other.
Joel 2:18-27 What the Lord promised if the two
trumpets were obeyed. Do you want to please the
Lord? Then are you doing these two things? He
will surely make you happy if you do. Notice how
much the Lord wants to make His people happy.
Joel 2:28-32 Turn to Acts 2:14 to 21 where Peter
repeats these words. They were partly carried out
on the day of Pentecost. They will completely
come to pass when the Lord comes in His glory at
the day of the Lord.
None are so proud and contented as they that know
This beautiful chapter is a view into the
glorious future when Israel shall be the centre
of the whole earth, and the Lord Jesus shall be
the King. But always remember that believers in
the Lord Jesus are not going to be here on earth
at that time. Our future is to be with the Lord.
Joel 3:9-17 Refer to the time of tribulation. A
small part of the two tribes, Judah and Benjamin
will believe that Jesus will come back as King.
They are called "the remnant". They
shall suffer terribly, and these verses describe
those dreadful days. (The other ten tribes are
still scattered and unknown at that time).
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