Archive for April 24th, 2017

The focus of this prophecy, written about 800 years BC, around 200 years after the reign of King David; is the Day of the Lord.  This phrase found in both Old and New testaments, including the book of Revelation, is synonymous with the tribulation (as opposed to general trouble or tribulation Jesus warns all believers to expect), the Lord’s Wrath and Daniel’s 70th week (Daniel chapter 9) that is, the last 7- year period of history, outlined extensively in chapters 6-18 in the book of Revelation.

Two vital pieces of information need to be understood about the concept of The Day of the Lord, which Joel deals with.  Firstly, it is at the Lord’s behest.  Read chapters 6-18 in Revelation just to remind yourself of how terrible that final period of history will be. Authority has been handed to that false Trinity of Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet, but it is not these three ultimately behind the Day of the Lord, leading to the Second Coming of Christ and the establishment of Christ’s reign. Salvation is not from the devil, but from the wrath of God.

Joel makes this clear to us (v.15): ‘The Day of the Lord is on the way, the day when destruction comes from the Almighty. How terrible that day will be.’  This is not a 24-hour day. Secondly, many commentators believe that the church will not experience the Day of the Lord for sound expositional and exegetical reasons.  These I will outline in tomorrow’s notes.

Joel witnesses a plague of locusts completely devastating the land and he uses this sight as a metaphor for the Day of the Lord.  The insects look like horses and their shimmering, amber-coloured wings give the appearance of the land being on fire.

The argument for this Day being spread over seven years is perhaps supported by what appears to be different kinds of locusts invading, but which in fact denote the several developmental phases of locusts over time; which bring with them different devastating actions on the part of the creatures, depending what phase they are in (1:2-4); just as Revelation teaches us the phased build-up of the Day during the Tribulation period, culminating in war and fire, which Joel envisions (2:3-5).
















Spend some time today asking God what this passage means to us living in the ‘end times’.

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