Lent status: Available
What do the Prophets of the Old Testament say?
My first approach to this topic is, that as a Christian and a believer I must
be able to point at the world in which I live and yet on the other hand to put
my finger on God’s Word, and to say as Peter on the day of Pentecost
could say to a stupefied crowd who asked: What does this mean? He
quoted from the prophets and said that this was that which was spoken by
the Prophet Joel. This is why many people today, do not believe the Bible.
And so many who do believe, are so confused because they do not
understand the things that are happening around us, and yet God’s Word is
so clear and so wonderful that your heart rejoices at the knowledge of it.
Especially when you have found the key and you can understand all these
things. That has always been my approach. Since childhood I saw it in
God’s Word and I thank the Lord that today my heart rejoices even when
so many people’s hearts are perhaps full of fear.
We are living in the most fantastic time the world has ever experienced, for
we live in the climax of the ages. Many of the things I am going to say
might sound so immense, but I can assure you it is not meant to be
sensational. I believe it to be the truth. We must ask of God for the
enlargement of our hearts and for the sharpening of sight and insight, so
that we may experience these times we live in, to the full. Then we shall
truly become as a light shining in the darkness. The world will ask us:
“What is your secret?” Then we shall be able to tell them what is
happening. On the one hand the picture is terrifying but on the other hand it
is wonderful and glorious!
Let us commence with this portion of Scripture:
Joel 3: 9-21
9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the
mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
In some English Bibles we shall find the word “Gentiles” in some places
and in others the word: “Heathen”.
Therefore it reads: “The time of the Heathen”.
The context in which we shall discuss it, and the world in which we live, the
word “heathen” is more correct and more descriptive.
Those nations are truly heathen and that is what we are confronted with.
This is one of the facts that our statesmen do not even understand. We are
confronted by “heathen nations”
That is what the conflict and the battle is about, the last battle when the
“heathen” will rise up against God and God’s people; with the intent to defy
That is the summary of it all.
To continue, we read from Joel 3:10
10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into
spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather
yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to
come down, O LORD.
12 Let the heathen, be wakened, and come up to the valley of
Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round
13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for
the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the
LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall
withdraw their shining.
16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from
Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the
LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the
children of Israel.
17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my
holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no
strangers pass through her any more.
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop
down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers
of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of
the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate
wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because
they have shed innocent blood in their land.
20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to
21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD
dwelleth in Zion.
And three more short verses from:
Ezekiel 30: 1-3;
1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the LORD GOD; Howl
ye, Woe worth the day!
3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy
day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
It is the day when people will cry and say ‘ Woe worth the day’ and it is
near, ‘even the day of the LORD is near’. Here is something I want to
mention, and something you should always keep in mind, for many of
these things shall be your key to the Scriptures so that you shall begin to
understand the Prophets.
“The day of the LORD” and “The time of the Heathen”
Here is an immense meaning of which many books were written:
“The day of the LORD” and “The Time of the Heathen” coincide and at the
same time is a day of clouds. What clouds? Ominous clouds when people
howl and say: “Woe, worth the day!”
In Revelation 1 verse 7 it says:
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and
they also which pierced him:
People have many ideas of how it will be when Christ comes on the clouds.
Many ridicule it, and many religions I shall not mention, but of whom you
might be well aware make a mockery thereof and say: “How can Christ ride
on a cloud?” It is for the lack of knowledge of God’s Word. When we look at
Scripture as a whole, it is the simplicity of it all. We shall see what the Lord
Jesus said in Matt. 24:28, 29 further on. His coming shall be as the
lightning that flashes from the East to the West. In the same context He
says: “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered
together”: In other words, a great slaughter.