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Brother V 01-25-2011 07:14 PM

Day 265. Joel 1-3
Joel 1-3

Joel 1

1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

Who is Joel? Joel was the second of the twelve minor prophets (after Hosea). Joel's exact time isn't known. But he's been dated from anywhere in the 9th century to the 5th century. He was from Judah, so he's from the southern kingdom.

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.

Joel starts out talking about a great plague of locusts that is coming. Is he referring to an actual plague of locusts or are the locusts something else that will completely strip the land of things?

7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

Those locusts are going to clean house.

11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

Could these events have happened around 450 BC, during the Iron Age Cold Epoch? Or perhaps, did he remember the events from the 450's and then ascribe similarities to when the Persians came?

One of my favorite baptist ministers of all time was the Reverend Elijah Craig. He was famous for his use of corn and barley. During other Cold Epoch's certain rules were put into effect to regulate the usage of wheat and barley, could the book of Joel actually prophesy the Reinheitsgebot?

15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

God's going to destroy things, that's what he does real good. Ever since the first six days of creation, the rest of the time, he's been destructin.

18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.

Everything's going to starve.

Joel 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;

In chapter 2 Joel is talking about the coming Persians and Cyrus. Have you seen the movie 300? The Persians in that movie are the same ones that took over Judea.

4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

Of course, the people in Judah didn't really put up much of a fight. They pissed their pants and were taken into captivity.

5 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, as a strong people set in battle array.

This is JUDEA!!! Here, we surrender.

8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

Is this in reference to the Immortals?

10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

And we shall wet ourselves.

13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

We can't defend ourselves, maybe God will come back and do it for us?

17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

Then God will come and save them.

21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

God is going to save them, but not right away.

25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

There's a flashback to chapter 1. In addition to the things that destroyed the land in chapter 1, Joel combines the army that destroys it in chapter 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.

This verse is either prophetic, or added after. It's odd that the word remnant is used. We'll go with prophecy. Remnant is used quite often when talking about the people that come back. Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Nehemiah and Ezra all used it.

Joel 3

1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

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.

Joel 3 is an apocalyptic book. It also discusses the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the (possible) coming of the LORD.

9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

Hey, we're gonna have a war, and YOU are invited!

11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.

It's gonna be fun.

13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

The harvest is of heathens.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Praise Jesus!

17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

God's coming back. He misses his mountain. Of course, it's sometime in the future.

19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

You'll note that Persia and Babylon aren't mentioned as becoming desolate for the violence against Judah. That's because those nations only did what God wanted against Judah. The Egyptians and Edomites did it on their own.

So what have we learned?

1. There was a great famine, possibly caused by the Iron Age Cold Epoch.

2. Persia is coming.

3. God's going to have his revenge.


Dutch Girl 01-25-2011 11:46 PM

Re: Day 265. Joel 1-3
Wouldn't you rather have sex than waste time on writing 265 of these?

Godsgrace 01-25-2011 11:52 PM

Re: Day 265. Joel 1-3
Excellent insights, brother, thanks for the teaching...

Brother V 01-26-2011 02:24 PM

Re: Day 265. Joel 1-3

Originally Posted by Dutch Girl (Post 682400)
Wouldn't you rather have sex than waste time on writing 265 of these?

Did you just proposition me?

I'm a man of God!!!

Fortunately for you, I'm also single.


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