Joel Another Minor

Joel starts out with an ear catching proclamation in chapter 1 verse 2-3, “Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation”. What is being said in Joel is not to be forgotten and you will soon find out why. Though this book of the Bible is only three chapters long it holds information that will appear again later on in the scriptures. If you mention the book of Revelation to someone you are almost guaranteed that they know at least of that book, and possibly what it contains (at least a rough idea). Mention the book of Joel and you may have a 50/50 chance of them knowing of the existence of it. Some of the smallest books in the Bible contain very important information or hidden treasures.

First thing we need to remember is that we can’t think of what is being said in Joel as something that has taken place already and is not for us today. That is why I believe the introduction of verses 2 and 3 are so important. It is for us to remember and keep in mind throughout the generations and is this warning for us today? Just as then, today, God’s people have drifted away from His commandments and from His way. So many have went after other god’s, even those that say they serve the LORD. Just as God’s people back then went after other god’s, though they knew of God, but chose to do as they pleased and not what would please God. Chapter 1 verses 14-15, “Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come”. We claim that this is a nation blessed by God and yet we ignore the fact that if it is then blessed by God, will not God punish a nation of His people if they turn from Him and reject Him? God has blessed His people throughout time and made them prosper. We need to remember that He also chastise them as well when they turn from Him. Joel is a book of warning for His people and if they error in their ways and have realized that they have turned from Him they need to gather together, fast, cry unto God and repent if they are to lessen the punishment.

In chapter 2 verses 1, 12, and 13 “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…Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 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.”, God is continually calling for His people to cry out to Him with TRULY repentant hearts, not with false forgiveness and repentance, but with true mournful repentance for the sins they have committed against Him. Just as then it will be again for the coming generations that a time of true crying to the LORD will come and we will seek for what is mentioned in Joel 2:14-17 “Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 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?” Instead of waiting for that exact time to come let us start now in crying out to the LORD to spare us from the judgment to come unto a nation that has turned from its God.

Now onto another note that can be found in Joel are the similarities between Joel and Revelation. Starting in Joel 2:2-11 it speaks of these things that are in an appearance of horses/horsemen, which I believe are the same that are mentioned in Revelation 9:1-11. Joel was prophesying of the last days and not just of his time. As for the question about Abaddon and the army of locust in Revelation being Satan and his army, we see in verse 11 of Joel chapter 2 who has sent forth the command for them to go forth. Though God punishes those on the earth He always pours out His spirit as in Joel 2:28, 29 unto those of His that are faithful and through prophesies and visions His people will know what to do.

Joel 3:13 speaks of the reaping that is mentioned also in Revelation 14:15-20, but also Joel verse 9-12 and 14-16 is speaking of the well-known battle of Armageddon. Way before Revelation was given to John; Joel was given a glimpse of what the future would hold for the end times. He was also shown New Jerusalem in verses 17 and 18 where only God’s people would dwell and that His blessings once more would flow out to the rest of the Earth.iHi