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The Book of Joel has been written for our day and generation. The prophecies of the Bible very plainly point to the “Day of the LORD” in which Almighty God is going to destroy this present world system of human Government, called by the Bible - the Times of the Gentiles. At the head of this system is Satan himself, called by our Lord Jesus the prince of this world (system) – (John 14:30).
Paul described this hierarchy of evil, oppression and darkness very forcibly in:
“For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotism’s, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world - - - - - ” (Weymouth Translation).
That is the reason why all human government, as the world has known it, has been based on the “cosmic principles of force, greed, selfishness, ambition, and pleasure” – (Matthew 4:8-9; John 12:31; John 14:30; John 18:36; Eph. 2:2; Eph. 6:12; 1 John 2:15-17).
This world system is imposing and powerful with armies and fleets; is often outwardly religious, scientific, cultured, and elegant; but, seething with national and commercial rivalries and ambitions; is upheld in any real crisis only by armed force, and is dominated by satanic principles”. (Scofield Ref. Bible).
The whole principle of present human government under satanic inspiration can thus be summarized: Might make Right.
This is what God is going to destroy in the coming “Day of the LORD”. At the same time God will preserve, restore and exalt Israel whom He originally chose and ordained to be his kingdom people here on earth.
See Exodus 19:3-6; Rom. 11:1-2, 25-29; 1 Peter 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1-; 2 Peter 2:9-10, 25).
To them He committed his Divine Constitution of how the world should be governed according to God’s principles of righteousness and justice. This is the kingdom Jesus taught us to pray for in the “Lords Prayer”: ”Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
Joel describes this process of cataclysmic upheaval when a satanically inspired world force will rebel against its God, and how the Almighty will intervene from heaven: And then restore his government upon earth when the government shall rest upon Christ’s shoulders - (Isaiah 9:6-7), when he shall come to reign on earth from the throne of David over the house of
Jacob forever, - Luke 1:31-33. Then the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, - (Joel 3:18).
The Restoration of Israel.
In the Book of Joel, as in the rest of the Bible, the restoration of Israel in connection with the return of Christ, is a very prominent theme. To most people, however, the word “Israel” immediately spells “Jew”. This, of course, is one of the greatest fallacies completely unsupported by Holy Writ. The Bible makes a very clear distinction between the Jews and the other Tribes of Israel. The Book of Joel, as well as all the other prophecies, will remain closed books until this distinction the Bible makes between the House of Israel and the House of Judah, is clearly understood.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not Jews.
“The Jews in Egypt,
the Exodus of the Jews,
the Jews at Mount Sinai,
the entry of the Jews into Canaan,
the 12 tribes of the Jews,
Abraham, the Jew, etc.”,
are all wrong and unscriptural.
According to Bible history, there were no Jews known as such until about 15 centuries after Abraham was born, and until 600 years after the death of Moses. These things are essential to know if we want to understand the Book of Joel or any of the prophecies of the Bible.
Most Hebrews not Jews.
Abraham was a Hebrew. The Hebrews were not Jews, because Judah, from whom the Jews descended, was not yet born. The Jews, who were born later, were also Hebrews of course but only a small portion of them.
“Abraham had eight sons:
One son was Ishmael whose mother was Hagar,
one son was Isaac, whose mother was Sarah.
After Sarah’s death, Abraham married Keturah, and she bore him six sons. Abraham, being a Hebrew, or descendant of Heber, his descendants would of course be Hebrews, and their descendants would also be Hebrews, but their descendants are not Jews. If they are, then Ishmael was a Jew, and, as the Arabs are the descendants of Ishmael, that would make the Arabs Jews. The descendants of Keturah’s six sons became the Brahmins of India. It would be foolish to declare that they are Jews, although as the
descendants of Abraham, they are of the stock of Heber, and, therefore, Hebrews.
The same reasoning applies to Isaac. Isaac was a Hebrew, the son of Abraham. Now Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. If Isaac was a Jew, then both Esau and Jacob would be Jews. This would make the descendants of Esau also Jews, but the descendants of Esau became Edomites, later the Turks; also the Pharaohs of the oppression were of the Esau line, but none of these people are Jews” -- (F.F. Bosworth, author of [‘Christ the Healer’], ‘The Bible Distinction between The House of Israel and the House of Judah’)”.
This theme can not be pursued here any further. If you are interested, read the above named article. You will never understand the Book of Joel or any of the other prophetically Books of the Bible without this knowledge. The House of Judah is today represented by modern Jewry, although many Jews are not of pure Israel origin. The House of Israel is found represented by the White Western Protestant nations, with many foreign elements in there midst of course. Elements of both the House of Israel and the House of Judah will of course be found scattered over the four quarters of the globe, from whence they will be gathered in God’s own good time. With this distinction clearly understood, we can now proceed to analyze Joel’s wonderful prophetically message for our times