Joel Joel “Jehovah is God” 2 28 – 3 21

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“Jehovah is God”
   2:28 – 3:21
• The first half of Joel
  – Prophecy occasioned by a locust invasion
  – Locusts were a warning from God
  – If the people repented, God would bless them
  – If no repentance, then they would face “the day
    of the Lord”
     • A day of judgment and great destruction
• Now we will finish with Joel’s look into the
  – We will begin with what is said
  – Then go back and ask what it means
• What shall come to pass afterward (2:28-32)
  – After what?
    • After the blessings, if they repent
    • After punishment if they don’t repent
    • Whichever course they choose, these things will
      happen afterward
  – God’s Spirit will be poured out on all
  – Signs in heavens and earth
  – Before the great and awesome day of the Lord
  – Salvation / deliverance will be made available
    beginning from Mt Zion and Jerusalem
• What shall occur “in those days”
  – 3:1-3 – God will judge the nations
  – 3:4-8 – Some specific examples
    • Nations which had mistreated God’s people
    • Would be treated as they treated others
  – 3:9-12 – Nations told to prepare for war
    • “Jehoshaphat” means “God will judge”
  – 3:13-17 – The outcome of war with God
    • Wicked nations will be harvested
    • God’s people will be protected
       – God will be known to dwell in Zion, forever holy
• What shall come to pass “in that day” (3:18-21)
  – Judah will be blessed by a fountain from the
    house of the Lord
  – Egypt and Edom desolate because of their
  – Judah and Jerusalem acquitted of their guilt

• Now what does it all mean?
           The “afterward” 2:28
• This is the easiest point in interpretation
  – Because God has already told us (Acts 2:14-21)
  – Clearly “afterward” begins with the day of
     • The signs referred to the miraculous gifts which
       were being bestowed (first on apostles, then
     • Heralded the opening of salvation starting in
        “Day of the Lord” (2:31)
• What “great and awesome day of the Lord”?
  – Final day of judgment
    • Certainly everything prophesied happened before
      final judgment
  – A day of judgment against nations
    • Would match the meaning of “day of the Lord” in
      the first half of Joel
    • Matches meaning of “day of the Lord” in other
  – A dual prophecy that can have both meanings
            “Those days” (3:1)
• Would be the days that were heralded in by the
  signs of Joel 2:28-31
  – So could refer to any time after the day of
  – Prophecies against nations would be fulfilled
  – God’s people would be protected by God
    • Zion / Jerusalem would be a place of holiness
    • Isa 2:1-4 makes it clear that Zion is a reference to
      God’s kingdom (not the literal city)
  – So this would be a sweeping view of the history
    of the church and the nations that oppose God
    • A war -- God and His church against the wicked
            “In that day” (3:18)
• The last day referred to in 3:1-17 is when the
  people all realize that God is in control (17)
  – Probably refers to the end of time when all must
    acknowledge God’s rulership (Phil 2:9-11; 1 Cor
  – God’s people blessed
  – Wicked are no more
    Lessons from the prophecies
• Salvation would come out of Zion and
  Jerusalem (Lk 24:44-47)
  – We must “call on the name of the Lord” to be
    saved (Acts 22:16 –means acting in accordance
    with God’s commands, not just saying words)
• Even while we suffer, God is protecting us (1
  Pet 3:13-18)
• God will judge all peoples (Rev 20:11-15)
• In the end, the wicked will be punished (Rev
• In the end, God’s people will be blessed
  bountifully (Rev 22:1-5)
• For the present calamity
  – Joel said “Repent” and turn to God
• For future salvation
  – Joel said call on God
• Whatever your problem, God is the solution
  – Trust in Him and obey Him
• The wicked will be punished
• God’s people will be saved
• There is a war going on
  – Whose side are you on?

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