Saturday, August 16, 2008

29 The Book of Joel (Summarized)


The destruction of Judah and the soon-coming Day of Judgement 1-3


  1. BG | SAB | Judah has experienced destruction not seen before, and should be told about to all later generations. Locusts (likely a metaphor for an army) have devoured everything. A powerful nation has invaded and stripped the land. The Day of the Lord is near. The Temple offerings have been withheld, and drought has ravished all food sources. The priests should mourn and the elders should fast and cry out to God.

  2. BG | SAB | The Day of the Lord is close; a day of gloom, clouds, and darkness. A powerful and large army, like never was before or ever will be, will completely consume everything in its path. Other nations will be afraid of this army. Nothing will be able to withstand this massive, mighty army which God will lead. Repent, because God may have pity. Let the Israelites mourn, fast, and cry out to God for mercy. Then God will take pity, give them abundant food, and will never make them subject to scorn again. God will drive away and destroy the northern army. God will restore the land's vegetation and provide abundant rainfall and harvests. God will repay the Israelites for the years that His locusts ate everything. Then they will know that God is their God. Afterward, God will send His spirit to all of the Israelites. The young and old, men and women, will have prophetic dreams and visions. God will show wonders in the sky and on earth; blood, fire, and smoke. The sun will darken and the moon will turn blood red before the Day of the Lord. Everyone who calls on God's name will be saved on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem. Those whom God calls will survive.

  3. BG | SAB | At that time Judah and Jerusalem will be restored. God will gather and judge all nations for scattering the Israelites and taking their land, and selling their children. God will take revenge on Tyre, Sidon, and Philistia for plundering Judah and selling the Israelites as slaves to the Greeks. God will bring the people of Judah back, and have the people of Tyre, Sidon, and Philistia sold to them as slaves, who will then be sold again to the Sabeans. Let all of the nations prepare for war and gather in the Valley of Jehoshaphat to be judged by God. They are abundant in wickedness. The Day of God is near in the Valley of Decision. The sun, moon, and stars will no longer shine. God will rage from Zion, but will protect the Israelites. Then the Israelites will know that God dwells in Zion, God's holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy. Jerusalem will never again be invaded by foreigners. The Israelites will produce abundant wine and milk, and the land will be well watered. Water will flow from God's house to the Valley of Acacias. Egypt and Edom will be desolate wastelands to repay the wrongs done to Judah. Judah will be inhabited for all future generations. Judah's guilt will be pardoned.

Hosea | Joel | Amos

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