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The army of Joel and the 2nd woe

February 8, 2011

A correspondence exists between the prophecy of Joel, about a great invading army, and the 2nd woe, or the sixth trumpet of Revelation 9. Both prophecies involve trumpets, and describe an army; both feature horses and horsemen, in both, the invaders are compared to lions; each prophecy describes a unique group. These and more points of correspondence are evident in the table below.

Joel 1 & 2 Revelation 9:13-21
For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, [1:6]

a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. [2:2]

And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: [9:16]
The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. [2:4] And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them [9:17]
whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. [1:6] and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; [9:17]
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain [2:1]

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: [2:15]

And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. [9:13-14]
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: [2:3]

like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. [2:5]

…out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. [9:17]
Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. [2:6] By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. [9:18]
They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: [2:7]

They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. [2:9]

For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. [9:19]
Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. [2:8] …having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: [9:17]
And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? [2:11] And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: [9: 16]

The identification of the army is suggested by comparing these scriptures:

Joel 2:17
Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Revelation 11:2
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.