10. GOG AND HIS ALLIES ATTACK ISRAEL.
Part 3 Joel.
Joel chapter one begins by describing a time in which many natural disasters have come upon the Jews and their land. In verse 13 & 20 the nation mourns, lament and cry out to the Lord of mercy, for destruction shall come as from the Lord Almighty.
Chapter 2 verses 1 to 11, likens a plague of locust to a great army that will invade Judah before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. In verses 12 to 17 God’s people are called to repent and return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful.
In verses 18 to 27 God brings restoration to God’s people, and in verse 20 God removes the army of the north far from Zion and destroys it between the eastern and western seas.
Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterwards.”
In this verse, ‘afterwards’ means after the armies of the north have come, after God’s people have spent time mourning and lamenting because of their sin, after they have repented of their sin and turned back to God and after God has removed the armies of the north far away and destroyed them.
Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterwards that I will pour My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. 29 And also upon the bondservants both men and women I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 And I will show wonders in the sky and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD.”
32 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be delivered. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Now I know many will be saying this prophecy has already come to pass. And yes, in part it as already come to pass. Peter quotes this passage in Acts 2:16 – 21 as being fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, but on that day it was only fulfilled in part, and is a type picture of a future and total fulfilment that is still to come. When 3,000 Jews believed in Jesus Christ, repented and were baptized into Christ they received the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. In a time yet to come 144,000 both Children of Judah and Children of Israel, 12,000 from each tribe, will believe in Jesus Christ, repent and be baptized into Christ and they shall receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit (Rev 7:1 – 8). To receive the Holy Spirit is to receive the seal of God.
How else do we know that this prophecy will be fulfilled again in the future? Because Jesus Christ foretells the sun being darkened and the moon not giving its light as an event that will happen after the great tribulation. Also, in the book of Revelation, which was written approximately sixty-years after the Day of Pentecost, God word is still prophesying the sun and the moon being darkened as an event that is still to come.
On the Day of Pentecost the pattern was, they believed and received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, they repented and were baptized into Christ and they received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Although Jesus Christ died on the cross that all might be saved, only those who believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer shall be delivered.
Although God pours His Spirit on all flesh, the promise of the Holy Spirit is only to those who repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
Ephesians 1:13 In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation: in whom also after you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
In Revelation chapters 9 we read that it is during the time of the sounding of the fifth trumpet, and after the sun and moon are darken, that locust with stings like scorpions are released upon the earth with power to torment men for five months. But they are commanded not to harm those who have the seal of God on their forehead. Thus we can place the outpouring of God’s Spirit and the salvation of the 144,000 before the sun and the moon are darkened.
Joel chapter 3 starts by taking us back in time, to when God will bring the captives back to Judah and Jerusalem. Also God will bring all the nations of the world against Judah and Jerusalem, bringing them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat where God would judge them. The Valley of Jehoshaphat is in the mountains of Judah, close to Jerusalem. The Prophet Ezekiel writes, “I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains (Ezekiel 38:21),”
Joel 3:1 For, look and see, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back from captivity those of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and there I will judge them, for they have scattered my people, my heritage among the nations, and they have divided my land.
Verses 9 to 13 Give us another look at nations preparing for war, then coming up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat where God judges them.
Joel 3:9 Proclaim you this among the nations; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all you nations, and gather yourselves together round about; there cause Your mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
The nations are to gather together all around Judah and Jerusalem. Then God will cause His mighty ones, His warring angels to come down and destroy them. In verses 12 & 13 we have the destruction of the armies of the world.
Joel 3:12 Let the armies of the nations be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the nations round about. 13 Put in your sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for great is their wickedness.
With the armies of the world destroyed, it is not long before the 144,000 repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer, but before they can repent they must first hear the gospel and make that decision to believe. Then God will pour out His Spirit upon them and they shall receive the seal of God. Soon after this the sun and the moon will grow dark, the sign that the day of the LORD is near.
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
Then we have the day of the Lord, a day of destruction and terror to the people of the world, but the Lord will shelter His people.
Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the sky and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. 17 So shall you know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and no strangers shall pass through her any more.
Time and time again, when God has brought destruction upon the wicked, God has not only protected the righteous by taking them out of that destruction, but God has been a shelter for His people in the midst of destruction.
1: Noah and his family were sheltered from the flood in the ark (Genesis: 7).
2: Lot and his family were sheltered from the fire of God’s judgement in the town of Zoar (Genesis:19).
3: The children of Israel sheltered in their homes during the first Passover (Exodus: 12).
4: God sheltered Rahab the harlot and her family within her home, within the wall of Jericho, while the rest of the wall came crashing down (Joshua: 6).
On the Day of His Wrath, Cod will again be a shelter for His people.
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation has passed over. 21 For look and see, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
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