The second chapter takes us at once to the end of the times of the Gentiles, when the day of the Lord is to be enacted. Clearly then up to this time this cannot yet have been, for the captivity of His people is not yet ended. From references in his writings it is presumed that he was an inhabitant of Jerusalem, and he addressed most of his prophecies to Judah. The Jews are at it now, determined to make Palestine the garden-spot of the world, their Eden, as it has been said. Therefore when the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost it was not in fulfillment of Joel's prophecy. If you are struggling under a burden if sin and guilt; then you are hardly likely to make an effective witness, for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The rain has altogether a literal meaning. Moreover, the latter prophet even presents us with a similar apocalyptic battle against the nations, portrayed through images of deadly terror and dark horror. All the material blessings are taken away 1:7, 10-12. King James I commissioned a group of Biblical scholars in 1604 to establish an authoritative translation of the Bible from the ancient languages and other translations at the time, and the work was completed in 1611. Some think this refers to actual locusts because of all the similies.
May the eye of faith behold these blessed revelations and may we live in anticipation of what is soon to be. It is different with the date of Joel. Some have connected him with the father of Joel, Pethuel, claiming upon this that Joel belonged to a priestly family; but this, as well as other claims cannot be confirmed. We follow it in our analysis and annotations. The fact is that if you have received Jesus into your life, then you are already blessed beyond measure and forgiven your past sins completely. The great locust plague and the drought were a punishment of Jehovah.
It is foolish to spiritualize the terms corn, new wine and oil. . The sun and the moon are darkened And the stars withdraw their shining. The Bible calls us to turn from our sin and turn to God, looking to Jesus for our salvation. Read 2:1-3 Warns of a terrible conflict to come.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit had taken place, but not in the full sense as given in the prophecy of Joel. From the house of our God joy and gladness. Before it can be fulfilled a part of the people Israel must be restored to the land of promise and the ancient ceremonies and institutions be at least partially restored. God may use natural disasters, or political means, to accomplish the chastisement of His people. His people will be cleansed. Unless the people repent quickly and completely, enemy armies will devour the land as did the natural elements. The call to the people and the priests 1:8-14 4.
Let the weak say, I am strong. Peter quotes from this passage in Acts 2:17f. For a comparative study of this important phrase we quote the leading passage of the different prophets. These are three members of society who are not typically sad and mournful, but even they need to be included in this return to God. He delivers them from the northern Army; He restores what the locusts had devoured; the land is restored and the latter rain is given. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. According to a long-standing tradition, Joel was buried in.
Jehovah, our ever blessed Lord, will dwell in Zion. Addendum: Peter's use of Joel 2:28 in Acts 2:17f In Acts 2:17 Peter quotes Joel 2:28. Now, the date of Amos is generally accepted as being in the middle of the 8th century before Christ. And Jerusalem from generation to generation. For an excellent defense of this view see --- A Survey of Old Testament Introduction by Gleason L.
This is the Day in which God reveals His attributes of wrath, power and holiness, and it is a terrifying day to His enemies. This confirms the typical application to Gentile nations of the future who would devastate the land. As we have shown the literal locusts in their different stages were symbolical of nations laying waste the land as the locusts had done. But God is gracious, and He forgives. Is not the food cut off before our eyes? Prior to this date researchers wondered what became of the locust during the years in which there were no outbreaks. Jesus did not tell them they were wrong to think that the kingdom would be set up, because it was going to be.
Outward show of worship needs to be accompanied by a genuine change of the heart. For the day of Jehovah is at hand in the valley of decision. From 2 Kings 8:20, comp. This proves that Joel must have prophesied before the days of Uzziah. The nation of Israel was terrified of this judgment.