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My Commentary On Joel
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For Godís People (ch. 3:17-21)
In verse 17 God says to Israelis, the
Jews, that at that time they will know, and finally know, that the LORD
(Yahweh) is their God. Remember,
it was the LORD, that is, Yahweh, that revealed Himself to Moses and
entered into a covenantal relationship with
God also said that Zion
will at last be Godís Holy hill and
will be His Holy city, and foreigners will no longer occupy this city. As
we have seen earlier, this portion of land was special to God.
As a matter of fact we saw that He considered it His land.
Here He says that He will inhabit the land, the
Zion, and Jerusalem. It is here where Jesus will
rule the world for one thousand years.
I realize that not all people agree
with me that the land or the Jews mean anything special to God anymore,
but it is my opinion that we should take these words as literal as
possible. If we do, then this
land means something to God at the end of this age.
Unlike those who embrace Replacement Theology, I believe land in
this other similar verses means literal land.
Concerning Jerusalem, we should note the last few verses of the book of Ezekiel.
will no longer be called
. In English, it will be
called, "The Lord Is There."
Also, it appears that this new city will be slightly north of the
present day city of Jerusalem, probably because of the way in which the
geography of this area will change because of the last big earthquake in
Note that Jerusalem, once Jesus
returns to rule from the city, will no longer be occupied by foreigners as
it as been over the centuries. This
is similar, but not the same, as Amos 9:15 that states that once Israel
gets its land back, it will never lose it again.
For this reason, even though Israel
has never got all of its land back, it is in at least part of its land.
I, therefore, believe that Israel
will never be pushed off the face of the map ever again.
Verse 17 says that Jerusalem
will be holy. That means that
will be separated unto the Lord and for His services.
What is described here in the last
part of Joel 3 is actually a glimpse into the thousand year rule of Christ
on earth, as noted in Revelation 20. After
the nations of the world have been judged and defeated, Jesus will rule
with a rod of iron, and what is written here will take place during that
Over the centuries
has been occupied by other peoples and nations for various reasons, but
this will come to an end when Jesus returns and sets His feet on the
Mount of Olives
In verse 18 we see a "fountain
that flows out of the
Lordís house." This
appears to be the river that flows out of the millennial temple that is
described in Ezekiel 47 and Zechariah 14.
Mount of Olives
is split in two because of an earthquake caused by Jesus' feet standing on
the mountain, a valley will be formed.
There will be a stream of water flowing from under the temple.
It will flow to the east and the west in the newly formed valley.
The water will reach the
and bring life to it once again. It
will no longer be salted water. The
river will also flow to the west, right to the
. Many Bible teachers believe
the Dead Sea died and became salty because of God's judgment on
and Gomorrah. This would reverse God's
judgment on that sea.
Zechariah 14:8 talks about this living
water as well
that flows from
to the Mediterranean Sea.
to the west and the
to the east. There will be
great geological changes during this period of time.
We also note that agriculture that the
locust nations destroyed will be restored, and probably to be in better
shape than ever before.
In verse 19 we see that both
will be a desolate desert for the blood they have shed in Israel. We know where
it today. Edom
takes up most of southern Jordon today.
At this point in the prophetic scenario of Joel we should realize
that we are entering the thousand year rule of Jesus on earth.
will be in sad shape during that time.
They may not even exist. That
being said, Zechariah 14:18 states that if Egyptians don't go up to
worship the Lord in
they will have no rain on their land.
That might well be why their land is a desert.
The judgment seen on
here is because of the Abrahamic Covenant that states "he who blesses
Abraham (Israel) will be blessed and he who curses Abraham (Israel) will be cursed" (Genesis 12:3).
In verse 20 we note that
(Israel) and Jerusalem
will be inhabited forever. The
that we see here in the thousand year rule of Christ will eventually be
replaced by the New Jerusalem as seen at the end of the book of
Revelation. Thus, forever does
mean forever. At that point,
there will not only be a New Jerusalem, but a new earth, a new heaven, and
new heavens, as in the universe. Basically,
all things will become new.
Verse 21 asks this question.
"Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged?"
The obvious answer is "no."
We must remember, although God is a God of love, He is also a God
of justice. His justice is
just as important as His love. If
God is not just, He is not God. All
that true justice is, is God. This
verse reminds me of the martyred saints under the altar in Revelation 6
who cry out to the Lord for justice. They
cry out that God would avenge those who executed them for no legal reason.
God said that He would but more believers had to first be martyred.
The words "the Lord dwells in
Zion" end the book of Joel. Restoration
Theology maintains that Zion
refers to the church, but if you interpret this and other passages as
literal as possible, this should mean that the Lord does dwell on Mount
Zion, in Jerusalem. He will eventually reside in
the New Jerusalem as seen at the end of the book of Revelation. If
you understand the New Jerusalem to be a literal place as seen in the book
of Revelation, then you know that God and the Lamb will dwell on a new
earth with His people. I
canít say this for sure, but it might just be that the Jews will live in
the New Jerusalem, while Gentiles will live in the rest of the newly
created earth that is also seen in the book of Revelation.
Again, the last words of the prophetic
book of Joel are;
"the Lord dwells in Zion." What a blessed ending
a book that although speaks to Gentile nations, is
to the Jews in the land
It's my thinking that before one
approaches the book of Revelation for serious study, he should start with
the Old Testament prophetic books first, and, Joel is one very good
prophetic book to begin you study on Biblical prophecy.
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