The Hebrew text of Joel seems to have suffered little from , but is at a few points supplemented by the Septuagint, , and versions, or by. Prophecy is designed to show us the character of God His justice, mercy, sovereignty, etc. He also gave hope to the people, telling them that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Another argument for an early date is based upon the purity of the language and character of the style. God responds positively beginning in 2:18. His account of the miraculous pouring forth of the Spirit, was designed to awaken the hearers to embrace the faith of Christ, and to join themselves to his church.
And, if they were so read and copied, surely the people who handled them took some interest in preserving the knowledge of their origin and authorship. Jesus did not tell them they were wrong to think that the kingdom would be set up, because it was going to be. But the Jehovah who appears there is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the one who was in their midst and who was delivered by the people to be crucified. I remember a movie called The Promise with Kathleen Quinlan where she and here husband were married and on the way from the wedding to start their honeymoon, there was a wreck and she was supposedly killed. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day--and not only me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Prior to this date researchers wondered what became of the locust during the years in which there were no outbreaks.
Raymond Dillard, in his commentary on Joel gives the following information about locust plagues: In our generation areas having the potential for a locust outbreak are monitored by international agencies using satellite reconnaissance and other technology; incipient swarms are met by aircraft and trucks carrying powerful pesticides. The Assyrian who came in Isaiah's day to take Jerusalem is the type of the final Assyrian who threatens the land and the people with destruction. And Jehovah will answer and say to His people: Behold I am sending to you the corn, The new wine and the oil; And ye shall be satisfied therewith. What Isaiah indirectly was saying is that with the death of King Uzziah, Judah lost the king, lost the golden period of the monarchy, and there was no real king left in Judah after Uzziah. For the day of Jehovah is at hand in the valley of decision. Let all the dwellers of the land tremble, For the day of Jehovah cometh, For it is near at hand. And Jehovah uttereth His voice before his army For very great is His host, For He that executeth His Word is mighty; For great is the day of Jehovah and very terrible, And who can stand it? In the time of Hezekiah, the ambassadors of Sennacherib delivered their taunting message, which is described as reproaching the living God.
Amos witnesses to it in chapters 1:2, 6:3, 9:2, 15. It is generally placed in the valley of the Kidron on the East of Jerusalem. No kings of Judah are mentioned there were none after the defeat by Babylon in 586 B. The people struggled to be faithful to God. The move from historical events to end-time speculation begins in 2:28. Cut off is the meat and drink offering from the house of Jehovah. For when He reigns there will be righteousness and peace; glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the deep.
Then Jehovah will be jealous for His people: And will have pity on His people. It was one of the judgments the Lord sent upon Egypt, and Moses had prophetically announced that the Lord would use them to punish his people see Deut. Still, it is to be noted, that though there is nothing archaic in the style of Joel, neither is there anything archaic in the style of Amos, who would, by the exclusion of Joel, be our earliest example of written prophecy. So strongly, indeed, are these objections felt by Reuss, that he declares that, should the view of the late origin come to be finally accepted as the more probable, he would decide for a date after the Persian domination, i. Specially to be noted is the manner in which the priests are introduced 1:9 , and how with them is associated the climax of the affliction. For Jehovah hath spoken it. Therefore when the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost it was not in fulfillment of Joel's prophecy.
It is the same with the church today. The Prayer of the Prophet: Thither cause Thy mighty ones to come down, O Jehovah! And so far were Tyre and Sidon from being hostile in the days of Nehemiah that we read of similar arrangements being made with them, as in the time of Solomon, for the supply of materials for the rebuilding of the temple. Thus the visitation is set in a religious light: the graphic description is more than a poetic picture. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit had taken place, but not in the full sense as given in the prophecy of Joel. He will appear in all His glory.
We can enjoy the presence of the Lord in our life right now. Thus the book forms a fairly intelligible and connected whole when we read in the literal sense of the language. Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, And like the horsemen shall they run. The following passages should be carefully examined and compared with the 18th verse here: Isa. To show how unsafe it is to draw conclusions from such silence, it may be observed that throughout the first 5 chapters of Isa, larger in bulk than the whole Book of Joel, only Judah and Jerusalem are mentioned; and, even if it should be maintained that a part or the whole of these chapters dates from after the deportation of the ten tribes, still it is noteworthy that, when the prophet could have made as good use of a reference to the event as Jeremiah and Ezekiel, he does not do so. And they suffered the punishment predicted for their crime, under Uzziah, 2 Chron. And the Lord answered His people,.
God controls the weather God controls the weather, and He can use this power to punish the nations that have flagrantly rejected Him and His laws. SummaryMuch of the book of Joel concerns a terrible locust plague that causes starvation for animals and humans. Then they will come to that knowledge which they so long refused, that the delivering Jehovah is their God. The statutes are not gone, there is just a new way of following them. Before them the peoples are in distress All faces turn to paleness.