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What the light reveals, the blood cleanses. (1 John 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 us).

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 least.


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).


by Norman Berry - 1911-2001
Published by Mario Persona

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