For the whole force of the words, as employed by Amos, depends on being recognized by his hearers, as a renewal of the prophecy of Joel. There He will be enthroned as King Psa. This army of Israel 's enemies finds the land like the garden of Eden; it has been restored through political Zionism, irrigated and cultivated. The prayer of the prophet 1: 19-20 Verses 1-4 The prophet announces that it is the Word of Jehovah he utters, which came to him. Joel draws on the imagry of the locusts in chapter 1 to describe the invading army in the Day of the Lord.
The Philistines had done this, as well as Tyre and Sidon. Disease outbreaks are further aggravated when swarms die; the putrefaction of the millions of locust bodies breeds typhus and other diseases that spread to humans and animals see the description in Augustine's City of God 3. In the New Testament, Peter applied this to the outpouring of the Spirit at the beginning of the church Acts 2:16-21. The poles of death and life are starkly registered: the dependence of human life upon divine care for existence is manifest. What adult locusts leave, grasshoppers will eat.
Spiritual poverty and religious formalism. Chapter 2:1-17 is a transitional chapter in which Joel uses the metaphor of the locust plague and drought to renew a call to repentance. He also gave hope to the people, telling them that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Promises of restoration, and the early and latter rain 2:19-27 6. Micah in his prophecy refers to it in chapter 5:15. The visitation of the land by the locust plague is to be related to future generations, because there is a great prophetic meaning as to the future attached to the locusts, which will be pointed out later. The Jelek, the Chasel and the Gazam, My great army, which I sent among you.
When the editor published his larger work on Joel, in which he puts the date between 860 and 850 B. And I will remove afar from you the one from the North And will drive him into a dry and desolate land, His face toward the Eastern sea His rear toward the Western sea And his stench shall arise And his ill odor shall ascend, For he hath lifted himself up to do great things. Have we not beheld but recently similar horrors in Germany? The locust plague which laid Israel 's land bare was a judgment from the Lord. Jehovah, our ever blessed Lord, will dwell in Zion. The Prophet Joel said the Day of the Lord is coming! The swarms can reach great sizes: a swarm across the Red Sea in 1889 was estimated to cover two thousand square miles. He loves us, and He sent His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment for sin by dying on the cross.
Moreover, the latter prophet even presents us with a similar apocalyptic battle against the nations, portrayed through images of deadly terror and dark horror. An extensive defense of this view is given in The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Vol. The penalty for sin is death —eternal separation from God. Fear not, ye beasts of the field! Key personalities are Joel and the people of Judah. He will bless their land and make it fruitful once more, as it used to be, the land flowing with milk and honey. The great sin of the nations, the Gentile world-powers, is the sin against Israel. He very likely was a resident of the city of Jerusalem.
Second Lesson The Lord is always ready to forgive, and forgiveness leads to restoration. 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. This is what the people of God, people who call themselves Christians, need to do today. A huge plague of locusts connected with a great drought gave the occasion for writing this book. The high antiquity of Joel is proved by the fact that he makes no reference to the Assyrian invasion of the two Jewish kingdoms in B.
Joel predicts that they also shall be punished for this crime--a prediction fulfilled in the time of Uzziah, B. Every individual is affected and mourns. The deliverance does not come apart from the second coming of our Lord. Before the Lord appears in that day, the greatest distress will be upon the land and the people; there will be a great time of trouble such as never was before Matt. This chapter also lets us know about the full blessing of the millennium.
Its purpose was to call the Southern Kingdom to repentance or prepare for the coming judgment. Like the noise of chariots, On the mountain tops, they shall leap, Like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, Like a strong people set in battle array 6. Not confession before men, but before God the Father, through the Son Jesus. Where will the battle be fought? They fall upon the dart, but are not wounded. They need to repent and pray that God will have mercy on them. See how our Lord applies this prophecy in Matthew 24:29 and the parallel texts. But here is also the place mentioned where this great judgment of nations will be executed.
Earthly blessings, such as belong to His earthly people are exclusively in view. No other details of his personal history or background are recorded. This is why, in chapter 1, the prophet calls the old men and the priests to lamentation and to repentance. The sun shall be turned to darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the great and terrible day of Jehovah come. Let all the dwellers of the land tremble, For the day of Jehovah cometh, For it is near at hand.