Joel foresees the Day of the LORD

Joel 2:1-17   Joel sees a plague of locusts as a sign of the coming of the ‘Day of the LORD’. He calls on the people to repent with fasting and mourning:

"Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem; shout a warning on my holy mountain. Let all the people who live in the land shake with fear, because the LORD's day of judging is coming; it is near." (Joel 2:1)

 

Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah (slgckgc)

Blowing a 'trumpet' (a Shofar) on Rosh Hashanah  (slgckgc)

 

"The LORD says, 'Even now, come back to me with all your heart. Go without food, and cry and be sad...' Come back to the LORD your God, because he is kind and shows mercy." (Joel 2:12-13)

Joel 2:18-32   The LORD promises to restore the land before the ‘Day of the LORD’ arrives:

“After this, I will pour out my Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. At that time I will pour out my Spirit also on male slaves and female slaves. I will show miracles in the sky and on the earth... The sun will become dark, the moon red as blood, before the overwhelming and terrible day of the LORD comes.Then anyone who calls on the LORD will be saved.”

 

Lunar eclipse Blood Red Moon at Montreal on 27th September 2015 (Yang Cao)

Lunar eclipse Blood Red Moon, 27 Sept 2015   (Yang Cao)

 

Joel 3:1-15   The LORD promises to restore the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem and to judge all the nations for their treatment of God’s people:

"I will gather all the nations together and bring them down into the Valley Where the LORD Judges. There I will judge them, because those nations scattered my own people Israel and forced them to live in other nations." (Joel 3:2)

Joel 3:16-21   Then the LORD will live on Mt Zion. “Jerusalem will be a holy place, and strangers will never even go through it again…A fountain will flow from the Temple of the LORD and give water to the valley of acacia trees.” (Joel 3:17-18) (See also the feature on Ezekiel’s Vision of the New Jerusalem.) 

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