Archive for the ‘Joel’ Category

The antichrist prophecies

March 3, 2014 3 comments

The great army of Joel 2

In Joel’s prophecy, God’s people are described under the figure of a plague of locusts. [vs. 25] The locust metaphor alludes to the Israelites in the wilderness. After the Exodus, Moses commissioned representatives from each tribe to survey the land that Israel was to inherit. When they returned after 40 days some of the spies gave an evil report, describing the people dwelling in the land as giants, and themselves as grasshoppers. People who have not entered the saints’ promised land are represented in Joel’s prophecy by locusts.

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New wine in Joel

October 5, 2013 Comments off

Joel described an invading army which has devastated the land. They have teeth of lions.

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Links to OT prophecies in Peter’s sermon in Acts 2

August 11, 2013 1 comment

At Post Tenebras Lux Andrew G discussed Acts 2:17, where the apostle Peter, while addressing the Jews at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, quoted from a prophecy of Joel, beginning his quotation using the words of Isaiah rather than those of Joel.

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Symbolic horses of Joel 2 and Revelation 9

July 11, 2013 1 comment

Several prophecies, including Joel 2, Rev. 9 & 19 speak of armies of horses, and horsemen. They are not literal horses, but figurative.

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On the continuity of prophecy

May 14, 2012 Comments off

The metaphor of a chain, made of a series of links connected together, is similar to the metaphor of a river, when applied to the revelations of God in scripture. There are links in the later scriptures, to earlier ones, and the themes found in Genesis are developed throughout the Bible. This concept of a chain as a metaphor that applies to prophecy was expressed in a 1842 book on the prophet Obadiah, by Carl Paul Caspari. The following is a translation: [1] Read more…

Christopher Wordsworth on Armageddon

March 7, 2012 Comments off

The following is a discussion of the significance of Armageddon by Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), adapted from his book: Lectures on the Apocalypse: critical, expository, and practical, delivered before the University of Cambridge (1852), pp. 394-403.

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Twilight upon the mountains

March 4, 2012 Comments off

Joel 2:2 describes “A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains.” The phrase “as the morning spread upon the mountains” may allude to things that hide or obscure the true meaning of the mountains of prophecy. The word translated “morning” is shachar, meaning dawn, or the pre-dawn gloominess. Read more…

Joel 2:1-11 cross references

July 10, 2011 Comments off

Cross references for Joel 2:1-11 are provided in the table below.

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Observations on the prophecy of Joel

June 23, 2011 Comments off

Structure of the prophecy:

‘A nation is come up upon my land’  –  Joel 1:1-6
The desolation of the land  –  Joel 1:7-20
Description of the army  –  Joel 2:1-2:11
Call to repentance  –  Joel 2:12-17
God’s blessings  –  Joel 2:18-32
Judgment scene, involves all nations – Joel 3:1-15
God dwells in Zion – Joel 3:16-21

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New discoveries about Gehenna

April 28, 2011 4 comments

The city of Jerusalem is one of the most prominent of all places mentioned in scripture, and in the New Testament, Jerusalem is the name of the church, and its location is heaven, not upon the earth. The various locations and landforms associated with the promised land are the setting for the revelations of God in scripture. These revelations include the gospel, and the promise and hope of the future resurrection.

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Valleys in prophecy

April 25, 2011 3 comments

Isaiah 22 is titled “The burden of the valley of vision.” A curious feature of this chapter is that while it is a prophecy about the valley of vision, it describes the desolation of Jerusalem, which naturally leads us to wonder what might the significance of a “valley” might be. Why is it called “the valley of vision“? Most commentators agree that the prophecy in this chapter is about Jerusalem. In Isaiah 2:1-3, the prophet identifies Jerusalem, and the hill of Zion, with “the mountain of the Lord’s house,” which he says will be established in the tops of the mountains. Paradoxically, in chapter 22 he refers to Jerusalem as a valley. How can it be both a valley, and a mountain?

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Darkening the sun

March 28, 2011 1 comment

Dr. Michael Youssef, an Anglican clergyman, defends the traditional view of hell in a recent article on Rob Bell and his controversial book Love Wins, at Love has already won ( Dr. Youssef wrote: Read more…

The army of Gog and Magog: links to related prophecies

February 13, 2011 Comments off

Elements of Ezekiel’s prophecy of the invasion of Gog and Magog are compared with other prophecies in the table below. The parallel prophecies considered include Joel, Zechariah 12-14, and Revelation 9, 19, and 20.  Read more…

Joel’s prophecy and its parallels

February 12, 2011 Comments off

The prophecy of Joel is about a great invading army in the day of the Lord. But, there are some interesting things said about this invasion, that suggest it is not a military invasion. Read more…

Are Joel’s army and the hordes of Gog & Magog the same?

February 9, 2011 Comments off

Are the prophecies of Joel and Ezekiel about a great invasion parallel? That is, do they both describe the same event? Joel said that the great army of his prophecy was unique; “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.” [Joel 2:2] There are many similarities between his prophecy and Ezekiel’s. Both armies come from the north, both prophecies mention horses and their riders, swords, mountains, armor, and their fate is similar; they generate a great stench. The two prophecies are compared in the following table. Read more…

The army of Joel and the 2nd woe

February 8, 2011 Comments off

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. Read more…