Joel Chapter 2 Discussion



 
  • Anonymous - in Reply on Joel 2
    Hello Ngula. In my understanding, applying "teacher of righteousness" to the verse in Joel 2:23 is incorrect. This application is found in the Targum & Vulgate (from an old Jewish interpretation) where the normal reading & understanding of the verse has been altered. Why they have done this, I cannot be sure.

    In the KJV, "...for he hath given you the former rain MODERATELY...", is from the Hebrew, 'tsedaqah', which generally means 'righteously'. This implies that God has given & will give them the former rain righteously (in correct measure, in right proportion), or as in the KJV, 'in moderation'. To make this verse, and the following verses that complement it (vv24-26) to mean something else, is in my opinion mistreating God's Word. Unfortunately, this other rendering was adopted into the AV margin.
  • Ngula Mubiana on Joel 2
    I would like to know more about the marginal rendering of Joel 2:23 as "teacher of righteousness" and why it does not appear as the preferred translation.
  • Chris - in Reply on Joel 2
    Hi Rohit. I think you're referring to some of Jesus' last words to the apostles in Acts 1:4,5. Or maybe to Peter's preaching to those unbelievers during Pentecost in Acts 2:14-21 (as written by the prophet Joel).

    If so, then Peter was referring to Joel 2:28-32. A part of this prophecy has taken place at Pentecost (the birth of the Church) and the latter part of the prophecy (vv 30,31) is yet to take place. But all these events are placed in what is referred to as 'the last days' (i.e. the whole period of time from Jesus being sacrificed for our sins, His Spirit poured out upon those who've come to Him in faith, & the Church moving on & growing through evangelization & strengthening of the faithful, & eagerly waiting for the time when God finally begins to close the curtains of this age).
  • Rohit Padarath on Joel 2
    when jesus says to wait on the promise found in joel 2,,where in Joel 3
  • USING GOOGLE TO READCOMMENTARIES - in Reply on Joel 2
    GOOGLE

    JOEL:2:32 Commentary, Bible, Meaning

    or history, or Geneology, or Teaching
  • WHO IS THE REMNANT - in Reply on Joel 2
    Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

    JOEL 2:28-32

    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.

    [mishael: from other commentaries I read, the inference is that "casual Christians" may be goats we read of in other scriptures in the New Testament]

    You can put your scripture in Google like this, and read some of the longer commentaries by Bible scholars. On any scripture you have questions about.
  • Kathleen on Joel 2
    Who is the 'remnant' referring to in Joel 2:32
  • Roman - in Reply on Joel 2
    James,

    This is a remarkable capture of the day of the Lord missile strike on US of Babylon. How the missiles are described so 21st century is uncanny. Advanced, Hypersonic, unstoppable. if you have seen a sub fire off 6 missiles, they all go on their own separate paths, unrestricted. They enter in the windows like a thief. Like Jesus thief, coming with His beast army to lay the land desolate. A Russian promo video shows Sarmat dropping Mach 20 warheads over Florida. That fits perfectly "from the south to the north" ( Ezekiel 21:4). The 6th trumpet attack is depicted from the "south to the north", also referred to as "whirlwinds in the south". Mystery Babylon is attacked from the south to the north.

    ( Joel 2:4-11)

    4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

    5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

    6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

    7 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:

    8 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.

    9 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.

    10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

    11 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?
  • James on Joel 2
    This chapter seems to fit the current world events far more than in the past.

    I think the key to unlocking the prophecies regarding satan let loose, Gog and Magog, the Northern army, the day of the Lord, is to understand who the House of Israel is in the latter days. Hint: all Jews are Israelites, but not all Israelites are Jews. Many Israelites are regathered under one Shepherd and fulfill the unconditional Abrahamic covenant
  • Dianne - in Reply on Joel 2
    Hi Lauren On the I Am A lot lot of eastern thought believes that we were born with some type of energy or spirit that all we have to do is energize it and we can be anything we want to be. Its a great line of spiritual deception, total contradiction of the Word of God born dead in trespasses and sin without God and without Hope. There is no way out except Jesus Christ. God Bless
  • Lauren On the I AM - in Reply on Joel 2
    Thank you Mishael. God saved me too. Praise God. The false New Age worldview of "God Consciousness" and "Christ Consciousness," the "Cosmic Christ," the I AM, is extremely prevalent in our culture. Oprah Winfrey, Deepok Chopra, Marianne Williamson, you name it, all espouse this philosophy. I was drawn to Zen Buddhism because my "self" was so painful (read: sin) and Buddhism promised "No Self" or enlightenment, or freedom from self, through meditation, mantras, etc. As I said, all I got was more stuck in self, and sin. But I didn't know it as sin then. Hinduism, yoga, the I AM practice (parroting "I AM, knowing I AM as the name of God, over and over, in order to BECOME God) was the next empty effort. Failure upon failure. More stuck than ever. I am grateful for all my false avenues, to win so great a Saviour. This belief in this "New Age Jesus" (false Christ) or "Universal Consciousness as Love" is so prevalent in our society, and it has infiltrated the Church, in many ways. God Bless you Mishael. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
  • Dianne - in Reply on Joel 2
    Mishael Tremendous testimony and witness most people play around with this stuff or think there smarter than the enemy he is the GREAT LIAR AND DECEIVER, with Gods Word you are either For or Against there is no SITTING oN THE FENCE. Thank God for your Deliverance. God Bless
  • FALSE RELIGIONDOCTRINE OF DEMONS - in Reply on Joel 2
    In order to truly see God, you have to stay in NOTHING else but the Bible; the Word of God. Jesus said, I and My Father are One and the same. The Holy Spirit, is the Spirit of Christ.

    As one who was delivered from evil I had done; That Person died. I woke up a brand new child of the Living God. The old person passed away. I put my life into Gods hands. I Choose to Follow Jesus and the Bible every day.

    IT TOOK ME AN ENTIRE DAY TO RID MY HOME OF ALL OCCULT MATERIAL. Worth thousands of dollars and I burned all of it. I stirred it and made sure it was destroyed. I dedicated the act to God. "I do this for You. I worship You. I choose You, to be my Father." Acts 19:19. The Holy Spirit undertook my babyhood in Jesus. He has been my only TEACHER. My Comforter. My Beloved.

    You cannot STRADDLE THE FENCE, between loving Jesus, and loving the World. To even read books of things that were mentioned in this comment room today; is an ABOMINATION.

    You must CHOOSE today whom you will serve. You cannot have Both. Do you want to see God? Read Isaiah 6: 1-9

    I will not read mans writings of satan and his numerous lies, deceptions, false religions, books people wrote in order to enrich their bank accounts. Book of Enoch is NOT in the Bible!

    If you want to know about Satan and his demons, principalities and powers: memorize Isaiah 14. Count how many times Satan boasts, I WILL...

    What does Satan look like? Isaiah 14:11

    He will steal and pollute your mind, seduce you with lies. Before you know your house will be covered in occult books (which are inhabited by demons)..and the Bible will be covered in Dust.

    There is no glory in being an expert on demonology. In cursing innocent children's walk with God; You fall from heaven like Lucifer did. There was no ceremony. Michael the archangel hurled Satan to the earth like a sack of potatoes; and the demons followed in like manner.

    Buy this: JESUS WINS THE BATTLE.

    Revelation 22:12-16

    Mishael
  • Lauren On the I AM - in Reply on Joel 2
    I guess this is a hot topic for me, because I keep having more to say.... But even after I was saved, I fell into

    using "I AM" as a kind of mantra, desperately wanting to know (with my mind) that Jesus was within me.

    All I had to do was quietly repeat, "I am....." and meditate. But there is a huge difference between desperately

    wanting to know THAT Christ is within us, and desperately wanting to know CHRIST ..... When the Lord Jesus Christ is present, and you look into His face, you feel every sin wiped away, you feel cleansed and completely freed. You are a soul in love..... When you look into face of "I AM" or "God Consciousness," you meet an idea. Sin has not been dealt with. You remain in your sin. You may not know intellectually but you feel it. Someone put it well: your feet remain firmly planted in mid-air.
  • On the I AM - in Reply on Joel 2
    And the friend I wrote about earlier, who did not like the idea of "blood sacrifice" or that Jesus died for his sins,

    he is very much a believer of this "Universal Christ' and this "Light of God" being in all beings..... a very Hindu idea.

    To someone who has not met the Lord, not been born again, the idea of God being a "Person" seems very constricting,

    very narrow, hence the great appeal of the unsaved flocking to the "Universal Christ.'
  • On the I AM - in Reply on Joel 2
    I fell "prey" to it..... the computer spell check automatically changed my spelling to "pray" ! I love it :)
  • On the I AM - in Reply on Joel 2
    there is a wonderful interview of Steven Bacarz (former new age megastar, converted to Christ) being interviewed by Alisa Chambers, on the new age "Universal Christ," a book written by Richard Rohr. I fell pray to the Universal Christ too, just praying, "I AM" believing I Am to be Christ.... ("know ye not, ye are gods?") I AM became a mantra. there was no need of any gospel, no need of any Blood of the Lamb. It is a huge movement in the New Age, Richard Rohrs book has influenced many, many people. It is really Hindu philosophy, meditating on "I AM" to lead you to Unity Consciousness, or God Consciousness. Everybody can say, "I AM" and so everybody has Christ.... When I lived in the Zen Buddhist center in my 20's, we all had a "mantra," a word you say over an over again, later on I tried "I AM" as a mantra. What I got was more stuck in my mind, fallen prey to another delusion. The Lord is a Person. The fallen self cannot keep saying the name of the Lord and become a god, as I found out. Mishael, I wonder if you could make a comment on this Universal Christ movement so prevalent among New Agers.... Did you ever come upon in in evangelizing?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Joel 2
    King James Version Bible

    Exodus 3:14

    And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
  • Darlene Bowman on Joel 2
    What is Gods name? The name he told Moses
  • Ricky L Hill on Joel 2:28
    But Peter also pertaining to Joel says In the last days , which last time I checked, we are still in the last says. We have experienced these even greater than the days of pentecost, because God is giving revelation on things that will happen right up till He actually comes for the battle of Armageddon.For years He has been showing us through music and movies what was coming. EX. The movie "Armageddon " shows a meteor coming to hit the planet, and that is going to happen.Rage against the machine was taken to court right after the towers went down because of lyrics in one of their songs would lead you to think they knew about the attack, before hand when they didn't know, they were just singing what they were led to sing.So prophesying is still taking place today
  • Thelma Denson on Joel 2
    Enjoy reading the lesson wanted to no about the Old Testament.
  • T. Levis - in Reply on Joel 2:25
    Just to add

    Proverb 31:4-9
  • Apostle Paul - in Reply on Joel 2:25
    Paul was actually born Jewish, and was a Pharisee. He became a Roman citizen later and was involved in persecuting the early Church of Jesus's planting. Before he was confronted by Jesus on the Damascus Road, he ordered Stephen the evangelist, stoned to death.

    He had a radical conversion; testimony. He went right into evangelizing. Then he got the call by Jesus to evangelize the new elect of God; the Gentiles. It's in Romans if you want to verify.

    The Election will return to the Jews as soon as the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Only God, the Father, knows when that will be.

    Presently, the dispersed Jews are returning to their homeland in Israel. More and more, we are going to read on Google (because our national news media avoids Jewish prophesies with a 100 ft stick)... that the nations are linking up to destroy Israel off the face of the map. It makes no sense unless you know Jewish prophesy. :) We know something that the media doesn't. Ha!

    They are cloned liars, anyway.

    Apostle Paul is a real study in what God can do in a persons life. All we have to do is give Jesus our entire life, and receive His Life into ourselves. No limits.

    We don't have lifetimes to get all of our loved ones, born again and baptized with the Holy Spirit. Pray for God to plow up their hearts to receive the seed of Gods Word; his Son, Jesus Christ. The Son of Man.

    Rejoice, for these things will happen in our lifetime.

    Mishael
  • Hesed John Bharath R - in Reply on Joel 2:25
    As believers, it's our personal responsibility to exemplify Christ in the culture by our life, word, resources, and by engaging in the political process as fully as the government allows. In reality, what we really want is for someone else to accomplish what God says is our job.
  • Frank Garcia - in Reply on Joel 2:25
    Some churches are too involved and some churches are not as Christians we should pray that our leaders take on Bible principles. we must follow God's ways always, if the government goes in another direction against God we must act how God wants us act remember Satan has control of this world. When it comes clear that no matter who it is , if money is where their love is pray for them ask God what you should do . also study your bible it has your answers. God bless.
  • BObby Key on Joel 2:25
    Is the Church to involve in the political arena?
  • Dave Sudlow - in Reply on Joel 2:25
    Hope a lot of good things come your way
  • Tina Enix on Joel 2:25
    Thank You so much for this BEAUTIFUL BIBLE STUDY from the book of Joel , It has helped me so much !!! I have done what I feel were many things wrong after not realizing that I was suttering from Depression , going through a divorce , dealing with a lot of anger and not getting good paying jobs , having to raise a chid alone . I knew the Lord but Satan slipped in during certain times .I am asking our Dear LORD to please give me a second chance and restore these years with great divine Love to my daughter and my life . May we develop a great life together and our Lord restore a great believing life together , restoring all that we have missed together l THANK YOU SO MUCH for this lovely discussion !!! GOD IS AWESOME !!!
  • Wilma on Joel 2
    I personally wear a cross because it reminds me of what he did for me. It's a symbol of his love for us
  • Mishael - in Reply on Joel 2
    People's Bible Notes for Revelation 22:2

    Re 22:2 In the midst of its street. In the Revised Version this is attached to Re 22:1. It is the river of life that runs in the street. On each side of the river, watered by it, stands the tree of life . . . yielded her fruit every month. The thought is that it is always fruitful, not limited to certain seasons of fruit bearing. The leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations. We are not to conclude that there were diseases to be healed, but that in the city were the means which banished disease and death. The student cannot fail to trace the correspondence with the home of the sinless race in Eden. There was there "a river that went out of Eden to water the garden" ( Ge 2:10). Here there is a river, "clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb" (Re 22:1). There was a tree of life in Paradise. In the New Jerusalem, on either side of the river stands the tree of life bearing twelve manner of fruits, or rather fruit twelve times a year, every month. The river and the tree are symbols of the life bestowed by the grace of God. The river flows from the throne of God and the Lamb; from the fountain whence life and immortality come. The tree yields its fruit at all times, so that the supply never fails. Everything about the tree is healthful. Even the leaves are for the healing of the nations. There is a book, a river and a tree of life. Christ is the life, and all refer in some way to Christ. Trees and rivers presented most attractive features in an oriental city, and are beautiful emblems of the full supplies of life, grace and bliss that shall pervade the heavenly city.

    This is from the Commentary Box. When you open this website find your scripture; touch it and highlight it; scroll down till you see the commentary box; open it. The website can answer many of your questions.


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