Joel Chapter 2
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2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: 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.
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
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?
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
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Matthew Henry's Joel Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
God's judgments. (1-14) Exhortations to fasting and prayer; blessings promised. (15-27) A promise of the Holy Spirit, and of future mercies. (28-32)1-14 The priests were to alarm the people with the near approach of the Divine judgments. It is the work of ministers to warn of the fatal consequences of sin, and to reveal the wrath from heaven against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. The striking description which follows, shows what would attend the devastations of locusts, but may also describe the effects from the ravaging of the land by the Chaldeans. If the alarm of temporal judgments is given to offending nations, how much more should sinners be warned to seek deliverance from the wrath to come! Our business therefore on earth must especially be, to secure an interest in our Lord Jesus Christ; and we should seek to be weaned from objects which will soon be torn from all who now make idols of them. There must be outward expressions of sorrow and shame, fasting, weeping, and mourning; tears for trouble must be turned into tears for the sin that caused it. But rending the garments would be vain, except their hearts were rent by abasement and self-abhorrence; by sorrow for their sins, and separation from them. There is no question but that if we truly repent of our sins, God will forgive them; but whether he will remove affliction is not promised, yet the probability of it should encourage us to repent.
15-27 The priests and rulers are to appoint a solemn fast. The sinner's supplication is, Spare us, good Lord. God is ready to succour his people; and he waits to be gracious. They prayed that God would spare them, and he answered them. His promises are real answers to the prayers of faith; with him saying and doing are not two things. Some understand these promises figuratively, as pointing to gospel grace, and as fulfilled in the abundant comforts treasured up for believers in the covenant of grace.
28-32 The promise began to be fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out, and it was continued in the converting grace and miraculous gifts conferred on both Jews and Gentiles. The judgments of God upon a sinful world, only go before the judgment of the world in the last day. Calling on God supposes knowledge of him, faith in him, desire toward him, dependence on him, and, as evidence of the sincerity of all this, conscientious obedience to him. Those only shall be delivered in the great day, who are now effectually called from sin to God, from self to Christ, from things below to things above.
Adebayor moyinoluwa's Joel Chapter 2 comment about verse 25 on 10/27/2013, 4:05pm...
I praise Jehovah is promise is yes and amen he restore to me as is word all years I wasted and now my name is present and everlasting celebration........praise is holy name
Louise Wilson's Joel Chapter 2 comment on 10/26/2013, 6:16am...
The LORD has spoken to His Prophet Joel, we are to be mindful of the word of God, He is telling us so plainly what is to come, we don't know when, we don't need to know when, we need to be gird up with rightness and with the Holy Spirit. Reading the word of God is what we all need to do daily, staying in the word of God and to pass the baton to our children by sharing the truth about the promise of God, and the reason that we are all here; in the word of God, He said clearly stated that He will pour out His Spirit upon all Flesh; every one shall walk in his path, no one else path, God will Lead, Guide, Direct, and Protect all who call upon His name, and the one's don't know God, He loves them to, unconditionally. I pray that all seeking The LORD will have great reward not things of the world, But eternal Life with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.... Amen. To God Be The Glory, and To God Alone.
Nkateko's Joel Chapter 2 comment about verse 28 on 10/13/2013, 12:43pm...
I think on the last days which is now God exposes everything through dreams,visions as well as prophecy he does not leave us in darkness ,exposes the root cause of our problems and show us the wayforward
Majaliwa benjamin's Joel Chapter 2 comment on 9/08/2013, 4:32am...
fear should be out of you people of zion
Uju's Joel Chapter 2 comment about verse 25 on 9/07/2013, 3:07pm...
I believe every word in that vers cos is from God, an I no is for me an my family
Tony G's Joel Chapter 2 comment on 6/15/2013, 11:49am...
The latter verses of Joel 2, starting in verse 28, make reference to dreams and visions. The spirit of God is to be poured out upon ALL flesh. It doesn't say that only believers will receive the Holy Spirit. It says that ALL will receive Him. I am 35 years old, and I have had dreams and visions, and heard voices since I was 15. Many people in our society are stuck in mental institutions because of this, and it is heartbreaking to know that God's prophets are locked up, doped up, and rendered useless. I was on medication for years because my way of thinking is socially unacceptable. If you are reading this, I hope it sinks in. Maybe you have experienced the voices, the dreams, the visions.
CATHERINE RICHARDS's Joel Chapter 2 comment on 5/21/2013, 5:13am...
What is Zion?
Zion is God's city. The bible made mention that Abraham was looking for a city, God's city. Isaiah says in Zion, the people there shall not say I am sick. It says there is no barrenness in Zion. As people born of God, we dwell in His city, Zion.
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