Not only the exile, but the restoration, is a thing of the past. Joel takes this as a sign that people should lament and repent. The expression would more fitly apply to such movements as the revolt of Edom and Libnah , and the successive losses of territory by which the great dominion of David and Solomon was reduced. For, on this supposition, we should expect his book to stand in the third division of the Canon. The end of the book being apocalyptical, the beginning, which forms with it a unity, must also relate to no event in Joel's days, but moves likewise in the period at the close of time. Because ye have taken My silver and gold, And have brought into your temples My very best things 6.
Moses had already warned them long time ago: When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you — a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant — then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery Deuteronomy 6:10-12. Perhaps God, who is gracious and merciful, may turn away from the punishing 2:12-14. They thought themselves safe; they dreamed that their plans they had made without trusting in the Lord and without true repentance, had fully succeeded. The locust plague was preceded by nothing; the Day of the Lord follows the locust plague and will be preceded by the outpouring of the Spirit of God upon all flesh. The blessings are described in the same agricultural terms as the devastation because of the locusts described earlier. Verses 30-32 will happen during the tribulation.
Zechariah, also, in one of his night visions, beheld four horns, and these four horns scattered Judah and Jerusalem. Hence, the pathetic longing that at least so much may be left as to assure the famished land that the supreme calamity, the loss of God, has not fallen. And they suffered the punishment predicted for their crime, under Uzziah, 2 Chron. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face Job 1:9-11. Again we see the sky overcast and sun and moon darkened before the great and terrible day of the Lord, as if the prophet had said: There shall be greater things than these; a new era is coming in which God's hand will be laid more heavily upon the world, and His people will be quickened to a clearer vision of His working. The Northern Kingdom of Israel was led by a series of evil kings.
He was poured out once, and nowhere in the New Testament is there a continued or repeated outpouring of the Holy Spirit promised. If this refers to an actual invading army, then when does the invasion occur? Gather the leaders and everyone who lives in the land. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. Obadiah, who lived about the same time as Joel, speaks of the day in verse 15 of his brief prophecy. Jeremiah indeed uses the verb in comparing Israel to a scattered or isolated sheep which the lions have driven away 50:17 ; but the only other passage in which the word is plainly used of Israel being dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of Persia is. That the phrase was in early use, and in the sense of bringing back captives, is seen in and. We can experience His guidance, His provision, His abundant blessing in the sense that David talks in Psalm 23 right now.
As to Damascus, it was not till the last years of the reign of Joash that Hazael showed hostility to Jerusalem ; and danger from Assyria had not yet emerged, and appears only faintly in Am ;. The three indisputably post-exilian books stand together at the end. But through this destruction also comes eternal protection for those who believe in Him. The facts here are as follows: In the first two chapters, where the prophet, as is generally understood, is speaking of his own time and its pressing distress, there is no mention of any foreign nation, not even the kingdom of the ten tribes. The ultimate purpose of God for blessing us is that we seek Him and desire to know Him more and more and love and serve Him more and more. The ones with heads like lions and tails like giant scorpions? There is a great difference between this word and an out and out declaration of the fulfillment of that passage.
You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? They did rend their garments and had extended sessions of fasting and weeping and mourning 2:12-13. All the circumstances, it is held, conform exactly to the time of the post-exilian temple and to no other time. 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. See, furthermore, Numbers 13:33, Isaiah 40:22 and Jeremiah 51:14, where the same comparison is made. People's Response to the Present Devastation 1:8-20 Mourning 8-12 1:8 talks about a virgin mourning for her bridegroom. The almost general interpretation of this prophecy has been that it found its fulfillment on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured forth. This is what the people of God, people who call themselves Christians, need to do today.
The second part, chapters 2:18 to 3:21, presents the promise of restoration to divine favor. Joel called the people to repent and turn back to God. Call for Repentance 2:12-17 No one can endure. This again is sufficient proof that all this remains unfulfilled. God responds positively beginning in 2:18. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
What was Joel talking about? How Do I Read It? The book itself does not give even a single hint as to his personal history. A call to repentance In the shadow of impending doom and destruction, God pleads with the people to humbly seek and worship Him. However, when moisture and temperature conditions favored a large hatch, the crowding, unceasing contact, and jostling of the nymphs begin to stimulate changes in coloration, physiology, metabolism, and behavior, so that the grasshopper nymphs make the transition from solitary behavior to the swarming gregarious and migratory phases of the dreaded plague. Open your ears, all inhabitants of this land! We mention 2:2-5, 10-22; 4; 13:6-13. Living as he did, however, in quiet times, he had not, like earlier prophets, a historical situation to start from. That would give a chill to anyone.