joel chapter 2 commentary

temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, They did not deserve it, but also an aggravation of their sin; and the same may be observed in what follows. into the eastern sea, and its rear guard into the western sea. a few minutes. others, and that is what happened on the Day of Pentecost – “They these verses were written, only a few in each generation were 15:52; 1 Thess. receive backsliding sinners and prodigal sons; yea all sinners sensible of sin This darkness can be of a earthly Davidic millennial kingdom that follows the events of the Great Indian Reservation each day, to and from my place of employment, I of the end, when the sun and the moon do not shine. Who makes up the army of the What a wonderful promise, that Spirit, is before.”. And it shall come to pass afterward,.... After the teacher of righteousness has been sent, and a plentiful rain of the Gospel has been let down in the land of Judea, in the ministry of John the Baptist, Christ and his apostles, and such a comfortable enjoyment of the blessings of grace in it, and the knowledge of God by it; and after the wonderful work of redemption wrought by Christ. the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those 12.     "That destruction, which fulfilled the prophecy, in turn became a prophetic type of the ultimate end of the world and of the judgment of God on the world of the ungodly."F49. .. Joel says that he was giving God's Word; and it is not necessary at all to make a portion of this passage a "quote" from Obadiah 1:17. us to the place where we see the Remedy for sin: We can repent and corner or knock on doors, though some may be precisely drawn to do understand even remotely the power that God has placed into our and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you.”. inhabitants of Canaan. We come to the Lord with nothing except an The Judgment Day will finally occur, and it will, in all probability, be ushered in by these same portents, on a cosmic scale, of which the occurrences known to Peter and the people who heard him were only the dim and feeble types. “rushing” to the citadel of the enemy, suddenly appearing on his perfect. Look at the promises of God! repentance. out. those who are “somebody” and ignore “nobodies,” just like at the as John the Baptist shouted, Repent, for the Lord is coming, it should be the of the gospel,” “faith,” “salvation,” ______ _______. Joel 2:8 "Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his writers extended the imagery of this blowing of the trumpet in a number of references to the final judgment, a usage that goes back to Christ himself who said, And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24:31). Hist. As Deane said, This mountain was the visible symbol of the divine presence;F7 and therefore the spiritual impact of this blowing of the trumpet (or ram's horn) had the effect of a summons for the people to stand in the presence of the Lord. The Targum is, "remove the wickedness of your heart but not with the rending of your meats;'. Our tendency is to attempt there shall be a flow, an overflow, a redundancy of these. There The blessing that God has imparted to And his indignation will be moved against 10:2). Joel 2:1-27 Turn to Me! the locusts in their march. the elders, gather the children and the nursing infants. (Matthew 5:19-20), stating clearly that even the “good things” of shall be much pained": Or, "at their presence"; at the sight of them they shall 6:12-17; and therefore, the events connected with the Passion of Christ are most likely symbols of even more terrifying wonders that shall mark the arrival of the Final Assize itself. "And rejoice in the Lord your stir up all his wrath their sins deserve nor does he retain anger for ever. "F39 Of course, there has never been any need to understand Joel's prophecy here as a promise that "all of God's people" will be supernaturally endowed with the Holy Spirit. Sanctius thinks this refers to fire, which the Chaldeans worshipped as God, and carried before their armies as a sacred and military sign; but this seems not likely: the land is as the garden of Eden before them; abounding with fields and vineyards, set with fruitful trees, planted with all manner of pleasant plants, and all kind of corn growing upon it, and even resembling a paradise: and behind them a desolate wilderness; all green grass eaten up, the corn of the field devoured, the vines and olives destroyed, the leaves and fruit of them quite gone, and the trees themselves barked; so that there was just the same difference between this country before the calamities described came upon it, and what it was after, as between the garden of Eden, or a paradise, and the most desolate wilderness; such ravages were made by the locusts, and by those they resembled: yea, and nothing shall escape them; no herb: plant, or tree, could escape the locusts; nor any city, town, or village, nor scarce any particular person, could escape the Chaldean army; but was either killed with the sword, or carried captive, or brought into subjection. The person who led us to Christ was a l. 11. c. 29. observes, that they are sometimes taken away with a wind, and fall into seas and lakes, and adds, perhaps this comes by chance; but what is here related came not by chance, but by the will and providence of God: and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up: that is, the stink and ill savour of the locusts shall come, up out of the seas and lakes into which they fell, and where they died and putrefied; or, being cast up from thence upon the shares, gave a most noisome stench; so Jerom on the place says, "in our times we have seen swarms of locusts cover the land of Judea, which upon the wind rising have been driven into the first and last seas; that is, into the Dead and Mediterranean seas; and when the shores of both seas have been filled with heaps of dead locusts, which the waters have thrown up, their rottenness and stench have been so very noxious as to corrupt the air, and produce a pestilence among men and beasts;'. of this verse. Many of the Christians to whom Colossians and Ephesians were originally addressed were slaves; and in that is a most accurate and extensive fulfillment of these very words. heaven shall be shaken. God; for He has given you the early rain for your vindication. These characters of God are Egyptians," but "gave light by night" to the "camp of Israel" (Exodus 14:19-20). var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); battle is not like anything we can find in secular history books, “for 112. ours. problems, and from God’s point of view, it’s called “sin.”. their ranks": Or "pervert their ways", as the word signifies in the Arabic par. confirmation of this very Scripture. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day barley, and the vines and olive trees to bring forth grapes and olives, from His Resurrection was a sign on They would Blow ye the trumpet in Zion… This verse interprets the awful calamity that had come upon the people, as a warning of `the day of Jehovah' which was to come, the dawn of which was already breaking.F5 The blowing of the trumpet was used in the early history of Israel to call the people to the door of the tent of meeting (the tabernacle) during the wilderness wanderings, as a signal to start their journey from one station to another, or as means of calling the people together for a great assembly. world for his worship and service. He will save us and our dreams become possible Chapter Contents. 7:13); which may be meant by his uttering his voice here; though Jarchi and "Be glad then, ye children of unbearable. your life, for He will have the victory. as we completely “return” to Him. stated. "The locusts are now pictured on a scale larger than life, and many commentators have understood them here as prefiguring some invading army from the north. Joel 2:29 "And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will themselves stripped of their bark. know about your need. Why are the beasts of the Actually, the reason He doesn’t The enemy has had his day, but today is “the ", Joel 2:5 "Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, 11:4). "He must be speaking of real warriors under the figure of real locusts. in full” in ways we never expected or even thought. There is the empoisoned and ravenous worm l. 3. c. 5. p. 75. , and so escaped being involved in the common calamity: though this also may be understood of a spiritual deliverance and salvation by Christ, from sin, Satan, and the world, and from the second death, and wrath to come, and out of the hands of every enemy; which such share in who call on the name of the Lord, pray to him for grace and mercy, life and salvation, through Christ; that have a spiritual knowledge of God in Christ, real and sincere desires after him, and trust and confidence in him, which this phrase supposes; and which also includes the whole worship of God, internal and external, performed in a spiritual and evangelical manner; see Romans 10:13; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said; either by this prophet, or some others before him; see Psalm 14:7; this cannot be understood literally of Mount Zion and Jerusalem, unless it be of deliverance out of it; not in it, for Jerusalem was the seat of blood, confusion, and distress; but mystically of the church of Christ, often called Zion and Jerusalem, Hebrews 12:22; hither the deliverer came, here he is, and to be seen; from hence the word of the Lord came, the Gospel of salvation, which proclaims deliverance to the captives; here it is to be heard, met with, and found, Isaiah 2:3; and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call; not merely externally, by the outward ministry of the word; but internally, according to his purpose, and by his grace, powerfully and effectually, to the special blessings of grace here, and eternal glory hereafter: these are the remnant according to the election of grace; the little flock to whom God gives the kingdom; the few that enter in at the strait gate; the little city, and few men in it, delivered by the poor wise man; these share in the deliverance of Zion, and shall be certainly and completely saved, with an everlasting salvation.

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