The Book of Joel

Chapter 2__Call to Repentance

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     Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

     Are you ready for that day? Do you even know what it is? It’s the day that He returns to us, to take the vulgarity out of our lives, to cleanse this world of all that is evil. Get rid of all the rudiments.

     Is it here yet? Nope. It said that it was nigh at hand. It’s close to being here but THIS day is not THE day. So the sound of the trumpets must be announcing a different event. An event that has never happened before nor will happen again. This is a once in a lifetime experience.

     Many people might say:

 

     “So what? What does that have to do with me? Just one more religious nut case out there, ranting and raving on the corner of Peachtree and 10th,  with a bible in his hand and a couple of guys in white jackets closing in.”

     No, not really but its ok if you want to look at things in that respect. You’ve probably never believed in that bible junk to start with. But I can almost guarantee you, that if you are still alive and walking around when THIS event happens, you will become a believer real quick.

     And, for someone that thinks like you do, it will be too late. You’ll be sucked in like debris inside a tornado. And it will happen so fast that your head will probably spin as well.

     Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

     If this is not the day that our Lord returns then exactly what is fixin’ to happen?    

     Let’s go quickly to Revelation, chapter 9. Let’s revisit the first three verses:

     Ref: Revelation 9:11 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

     Remember who was cast into a bottomless pit? Satan and his 7000 fallen angels.

     Ref: Revelation 9:12 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

     Man, this sounds exactly like verse 2 in Joel.    

     Ref: Revelation 9:13 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. KJV

     The smoke and the darkness and the gloominess is spiritual because this moment will grasp your soul as you have never felt before. The true believers will be excited because they know exactly what’s going on.

     This is the day that Satan will begin playing his role as the Antichrist and this will be his opportunity to make a grand entrance into the world. Your world. That safe and secure little bubble that you think you’ve built around yourself and your family.

     You and the Mrs. are getting along just fine; kids are in school and making good grades; the job is going really great with the promise of a promotion coming soon; got a ton of money in the 401K and as long as the stock market holds ground you should have some serious money when you retire.

     A pat on the back to you because you have not put yourself or your family AT RISK!

     Man, I hate those two words and the news media uses them to the point of nausea.

     “You might be at risk for such and such, if you haven’t done so and so, so you had better buy this product, avoid that food, buy this insurance, stop driving while you’re drunk, to protect yourself and your family from being at risk. You don’t want to be irresponsible, do you? Well, do you?”

     Yep. You definitely have your life together but I think that there might be a little hiccup coming your way because you’ve ignored the most important part of your life and that’s your spiritual side. You were too busy mocking and making fun of anyone and everyone that believed in that religious nonsense.

     Is anybody coming out of this pit besides Satan? Was there anybody else that was put in this pit when he was?

     Ref: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV.

     These angels are 7000 in number and Revelation 9:13 calls them locusts, while Joel 2:2 calls them a great and strong people. Don’t ever forget that spiritual bodies look exactly like earthly bodies and the reason that our Father calls them locusts is so you can get a really graphic image in your mind as to how powerful and destructive they can be to green things. Trees, grass, bark and so on.

     These angels won’t eat green things but they will devour souls faster than Bubba can eat a dozen chicken wings.

     That’s the message that our Father wants you to get: Satan and his angels will devour souls with the ferociousness of a swarm of locust eating their way across a field of lush, green vegetation.

     Joel 2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

     Translation: Physical: The locusts are going to eat everything in sight and leave nothing behind them.

     Translation: Spiritual: Satan and his angels are going to deceive as many souls as possible.

     The wings of a locust is pretty much transparent with silver overtones and when they fly the sun will reflect off of them producing the visual effect of fire and flame It’s not REALLY a fire that devours or REALLY a flame that eats and destroys the vegetation.

     The Garden of Eden is used in the description because we always picture that place as lush with vegetation, flowers, and fruit.

     Joel 2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

     Are these locusts riding horses? Nope. Again, our Father uses symbolism because mere ordinary words that we are accustomed to using daily, cannot convey the true descriptions or intensity of the actions.

     Horses always represent power and the impression that we are to take from it is that these 7000 angels are very powerful. Not in physical strength but in their ability to make people believe that they are something that they really are not.

     They will appear to be beautiful and loving but in reality they have the teeth of wolves and they love to destroy the souls of our Father. That’s your soul and my soul, and if you simply look at this as a bunch of religious junk, your soul could be lost to them forever.

     How do they destroy the souls of our Father? By convincing these scoffers and disbelievers that Satan/Antichrist is the true Messiah, when in fact he is the deceiver and if you believe in him your soul will go into the Lake of Fire and be gone forever.

     Ref: Revelation 9:7 will put the icing on the whole situation, as far as explaining who these “locusts” really are:

     Ref: Revelation 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. KJV

     Ultimately, this locust army of Satan/Antichrist will also be comprised of his earthly followers, as well as the supernatural angels. Don’t ever forget that our Father is in control of every second of the events that will unfold.

     This is His locust army, in the respect, that He allows them to put this deception forth, before His children of this last generation and He’s going to see who loved Him enough to study His Word, His letter to all of us, and who did not.

     Those children that read His book, with understanding, not just for the right to brag that they read that book from cover to cover, will know exactly what’s going on during this five month period and those who did not read it will fall all over themselves, trying to get as much of the promised booty as they can.

     Man, they don’t even have to work for it any more, it’s being given away by the same person that they used to mock and make fun of, or so they think. I mean, it LOOKS like Jesus Christ, so it MUST BE Jesus Christ. Sorry, but you have just put yourself AT RISK!

     All their needs will be taken care of, their bills will be paid, and the mortgage will be paid, nothing to worry about. All you have to do is sign on the dotted line.

     And that mark that everyone tried to figure out what it was…… will turn out to not be something visible but simply a belief in the wrong savior and when you believe in something or someone, normally, you’ll try to convince others that they should believe the same as you, especially during a time of this magnitude:

     Ref: Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. KJV

     This is not a physical death; death is simply another one of Satan’s names that he goes by.

     Satan/Antichrist will be the big man on campus. When he comes and stands on the Mount of Olives, the show that he will put on will make a Pink Floyd concert look like a tea-cup party with a two-year old.

     And if we skip ahead just three more verses I’ll prove to you that this deception of the locust army and their leader, Satan/Antichrist, will only last for five months:

     Ref: Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. KJV.

     There are a limited number of ways to try and explain symbolism in prophesy and have someone ultimately see and understand the truth that our Father is trying to give to us. After that, it’s up to you. Do you want to accept it or do you want to reject it? Your choice.

     Mock it or embrace it.

     Dispel it as religious junk or take those words of truth and hold them close to your heart and soul, knowing with spiritual comfort, that you will survive these five months because He said that you would.

     Joel 2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

     These supernatural angels will lead this locust army of believers and they will blast across the face of this earth. This will be all that you will see on cable news, local news and satellite TV.

     Joel 2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

     This word pained doesn’t mean what you think it means, so here it is in the Hebrew:

     ✡  Pained_OT:2342 chuwl (khool); or chiyl (kheel); a primitive root; properly, to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), i.e. (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; figuratively, to wait, to pervert:

     Nor does the word blackness mean what you think it means….

      Blackness_OT:6289 pa'ruwr (paw-roor'); from OT:6286; properly, illuminated, i.e. a glow; as noun, a flush (of anxiety):

     Two very badly translated words, blackness and pained.

     Before these angels, the people will be dancing in the streets, hearts filled with joy, faces aglow with excitement, got all this free stuff comin’ in….man, this is better than Mardi Gras on a Tuesday night.

     Joel 2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

     These followers of Satan/Antichrist are well organized, they don’t run willy-nilly through the streets, they lead the people and, in their fervor, and they are caught up in the moment. The bad part is that the “moment” will last for a few months.

     Joel 2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

     They won’t be stumbling over one another.

     Joel 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

     As the locusts will swarm over everything in sight, so these people, in their earnestness to convert everyone that they come in contact with, will also swarm over the multitudes of people.

     Joel 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

     The subject has changed in this verse. What’s happening? Does the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining remind you of something else?

     Ref: Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. KJV

     The Shekinah Glory of our Lord, that radiance around Him, will outshine the sun, moon and the stars.

     This is His return; this is the beginning of His Day, the Lord’s Day. The previous five months was the first tribulation; this Day of the Lord will be the second tribulation.

     Joel 2:11 And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

     Whose army was it? HIS ARMY!

     Joel 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

     One last plea from Him before He goes into action.

     What are you going to think when He comes and now you see two saviors standing in Jerusalem?

     Joel 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

     It’s not His wish that any of His children should be taken in by the deception of Satan/Antichrist during this period which is why He has warned us, here in Joel and Revelation and throughout the Scriptures, about these coming events over and over and over again.

     He could have destroyed all souls during the first heaven/earth age when Lucifer/Satan decided to take control of heaven but He repented of His anger, He got control of His anger, and with mercy and grace He created this present age, giving us the opportunity, that if we did follow Satan back then, that we could do it differently here and now.

     If there had never been that war in heaven we would probably be living in a Paradise of unknown splendor, never thinking for even one minute that something that we’re living on a daily basis, could even exist or be possible.

     But that war did happen and here we sit on a daily basis and He loves us enough to give us some information about how things used to be, and how things can be in the future, after this earthly body dies.

     And He wrote everything that we need to know right here in this book called the Bible. And He integrated….hard wired….within our psyche, an intuitive feeling that there is more to us than just us, that there is a higher authority out there somewhere, so whether our momma told us about God or not, we have an internal feeling or sense that He, or something like Him, exists.

     He didn’t just throw us out on the terra firma and say: Have at it. He prepared us in a way that could not be overwritten by any man, any human. It’s ingrained in us, this knowledge of His presence. You will not be able, on Judgment Day, to stand before Him and say:

 

     “Hey, I didn’t know you existed.”

 

     You did know because you felt it, intuitively you knew it.

     And if you happen to spend your entire life in the darkness of deepest Africa or the Antarctica, where you had no contact with human life at all, He will take you through the Millennium and you’ll be taught the things that you need to know then and at the end of that time, you will be tempted by Satan for a five month period because NO ONE overcomes Satan or gets into “heaven” without being tested or tempted first.

     And if you choose to follow Satan after that period of time you will deserve exactly what you get. The Lake of Fire.

 

     Joel 2:14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God?

     He doesn’t know if we will ever turn from our wicked ways and put our focus back on Him but it is His desire for us to do so. He hopes that we’ll repent of our sins and be a blessing to others because He offered His only Son on the cross to give you the opportunity to do just that.

     Joel 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

     Blow that horn one more time. The first time it blew, in verse 1 of this chapter, it was to announce the coming of Satan/Antichrist. This time it will announce His return.

     Joel 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

     There is a Hebrew expression that says: don’t be with child when I return. And that doesn’t refer to an earthly pregnancy but rather a spiritual one. And it goes like this:

     Our Father doesn’t like us to run around on Him. He created us for His own pleasure, not for the pleasure of Satan or demonic spirits or unseen powers of the nether world. But if you spend all your time living in the ways of the world and forgetting about Him you are dancing with the wrong partner.

     When our Lord returns He considers it to be a time of reunion between spiritual souls that are supposed to love each other. And there will be a “marriage” feast performed between Him and all His creation as a whole when He does return.

     But if we have taken up with Satan, if we believe his lies and those told in most churches over the last 185 years, then we are “spiritually married” to Satan and not our Father or the Lord.

     We haven’t waited for the spiritual Husband to return and we went out and spiritually slept with Satan in His absence. Therefore we are spiritually with Satan’s child when the Lord does return and are not the virgin bride that He was expecting.

     This line of thought just happens to be one of the seven events that our Lord told us about that would happen prior to His return:

Luke 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. KJV

     You didn’t wait for the bridegroom to return and you believed the lies of Satan while He was gone.

     Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

     There are only four verses throughout Scripture that contain the phrase: the porch and the altar. In two of the verses it refers to the area or space where the priests stood in front of the altar, before the people, and offered sacrifices to the Lord.

     This was on the East side of Solomon’s Temple where you had the altar, a short open area and then the porch that let into the Temple.

     After the people had ignored our Father for quite some time they would come back to the altar and try to get back into His good graces by offering sacrifices and crying to Him to forgive them for their transgressions. Usually they only did this after He had chastised them severely.

     This is what is happening in verse 17. Father is telling the priests to come before the Lord, in the area that they are accustomed to be in, between the porch and the altar, and plead with the Father for grace.

     The other references to that phrase can only be found in the book of Ezekiel and it involves sun worshipping on the holy festival of Passover:

    Ref: Ezekiel 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. KJV.

     A practice that our Father hated because it was idol worship. The five and twenty men are not the Patriarchs and the Apostles talked about in Revelation but here in the Old Testament it refers to the 24 elders and the chief priest.

     Joel 2:18 Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

     His people is Lo-Ruhamah that we read about in the book of Hosea.

     Joel 2:19 Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people,

     If they pray honestly and sincerely before Him…

     Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: KJV

     If they do that He will bless them and make them above reproach in His eyes.

     But if the people, you and I, wait until Satan/Antichrist is standing in Jerusalem it will be far too late for any retractions or forgiveness because, if you didn’t know the truth before he showed up, there will be no time and the deception will be complete, after he shows up.

     Joel 2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

     I like this verse a whole lot. The east sea is the Dead Sea; and the utmost sea is the Great Sea or, as we know it, the Mediterranean Sea.

     The northern army is Satan’s locust army, which we know to be the 7000 angels and those men and women that believe his lies during this tribulation. Father says that he may just shred Satan into little pieces and spread them from the Mediterranean Sea all the way to the Dead Sea and he will definitely stink after that happens. (I’m only jesting.)

     What great things has Satan done? He pretended to be the true Lord and Savior.

     Joel 2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.

     He surely will. When it’s all said and done, after the cleansing, after Satan is locked away for that 1000 years of the Millennium, some of His people will have their first opportunity to really understand the truth of His Words and they will be saved. There may not be many but there will be a few.

     Joel 2:22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.

     Everything that was spiritually dead, back in chapter 1, will come alive again, much like the dry bones in Ezekiel.

     Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

     If we are His children, and not the children of Satan, He will shower us with grace and mercy. The former and latter rains are something that occurs in nature and it shows the goodness of our Lord.

     When you plant your seeds in the spring, they need water so that they can germinate and begin to grow and sprout, the former rain.

     As they grow throughout the summer months, just before harvest, He will send the latter rain and this is what makes the fruit full and juicy, producing a good harvest.

     Taken in a spiritual sense, He will bless us as we begin to grow in His Word because we read it and study it, the former rain, and the more knowledgeable we become brings the latter rain of blessings and goodness. Rewards of love from Him because we took the time to try to understand what He has given us in that good Book.

     Joel 2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

     The barns, granaries, cupboards and pantry will be full of good things to eat. Because of His blessings on us.

     Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

     We’re going to go through that five month period no matter what. Every human being that is alive on this earth will go through that time and it will be stressful even for those that have His hand upon them that have that seal of God in their forehead.

     And He’s going to make it easy for us, He’s going to comfort us, He’s going to make it up to us for having to endure it and watch it all come to fruition.

     Did you also notice that He said: my great army which I sent among you? That locust army is His army, He controls it but if you have the hand of our Father over you not one hair on your head will be moved out of place, He will protect you throughout.

     Joel 2:26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

     Never be ashamed, in this life, for loving Him. You don’t have to get into arguments or fights with people over your belief in Him but don’t ever deny to any human being that you love Him and believe in Him. If you do, He will do the same to you:

     Ref: Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. KJV

     I don’t believe that anybody that truly loves and believes in Him would ever deny Him. Of course, Peter probably thought the same thing so be careful.

     Joel 2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

     Man, I can’t hardly wait for the Millennium to begin. We’ll be back in a spiritual body, we’ll be fresh and new with a whole eternity before us. That is, if you’re one of His Election and you can be one if you start today and show Him that you love Him by beginning to study His letter to us.

     Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

     How about that? In these end times even some women will prophesy and put His truth out there. There’s some preachers that won’t let women teach or preach in their church but Father says that it’s alright with Him if they do. He’ll even seek them out and use them:

    Ref:  Acts 21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

     Ref: Acts 21:9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. KJV

     Even back in the day when the church was first being set up.

     Joel 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

     What days is He talking about? The days of the five month period just before His return. How many times and how many ways can He tell you that if you believe on Him, He’s going to protect you throughout this entire tribulation of Satan?

     I know that it’s easy to believe when you’re sitting in the comfort of your own home while you study His Word but if you believe and study long enough, before these days get here, you will have that faith and that resolve to stand before the onslaught of Satan and his dominion. He will give you that internal strength.

     Joel 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

     This is as He is coming down to that mount. It’s going to be an earth shaking event and every Christian worth his or her salt should be looking forward to that day, even today.

     Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.

     His Shekinah Glory will outshine the sun and it’s not going to be a terrible day for those that believe in Him. It’s going to be a great day.

     Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. KJV

     You cannot wait until Satan/Antichrist gets here before you start calling out His name; you won’t have the spiritual foundation to stand up against the lies.

     Who are the remnant? His Election. Those are the ones that will be delivered up before the councils of the Antichrist to give testimony, from the Holy Spirit, to the entire world.

     What a great chapter this is. It takes us through the entire period just before His return to us and if you have His seal in your mind, your brain; if you have His knowledge in your grey matter and not the lies of the world and Satan/Antichrist, you’ll be in really good shape.

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