Joel 3

Joe 3:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

in those days – the days told of in the previous chapter

bring again -return, bring back

In the days which lead up to the day of the Lord, He will restore Judah and Jerusalem back from their exile.

  • About 613BC Shalmaneser, King of Assyria, took the house of Israel into captivity in Assyria.(2Kings 18
  • About 603BC Sennacherib, King of Assyria then took all of the defenced cities of the house of Judah (2Kings 18, Isaiah 36) and was intent to take Jerusalem as well but God had mercy on Hezekiah, King of the house of Judah, and for a time Jerusalem was spared from captivity.
  • Beginning about 494BC Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, began his first siege of Jerusalem and Jerusalem was eventually taken by him and exiled into Babylon.

Joe 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

nations – often used of non Hebrew, gentile nations, swarm

Jehoshaphat – Jehovah has judged

plead – (Shaphat) execute judgement, punish

Israel – God prevails

God is going to gather all the heathen nations into the valley of judgement in Israel where He will punish them for the scattering of His people and for the dividing up of the land.

Joe 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

Instead of taking advantage of God’s people being scattered among them they esteemed them of little value.  They traded them for the lusts of their hearts and for the material things that they might gain through them.  They trade the truth for an false/unreliable message and the apostles and messengers for the distractions of the world.

Joe 3:4-5 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;  Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

Tyre – rock
Zidon – hunting
Palestine – Philistia, land of sojourners

God owes nothing to Tyre and Zidon and PalestineThe land is not theirs.  They have no reason to become angry with our Father or His people over that which wasn’t given to them and isn’t owed to them.  They plan the destruction of Judea as though it were God Himself whom they would smite down, as though they were in charge of the world and our Father would answer to them.  Because they actually lay claim to the things of our Father and think to rebuke Him for doing as He will with them, they will lose even that which they have been allowed and their anger and injustice will be turned upon themselves.

Joe 3:6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

Grecians – sons of Greece (Javan), mirer, dregs, mud

The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem – shows that the previous verses were referring to the people of Israel (verse 2)

They want Judah and Jerusalem removed far from them, as slaves in a far away land to forget their heritage.  What kind of people wish that upon their brother?

Joe 3:7-8 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:  And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it.

Sabeans – drunkard; him who is coming; people of Sheba – seven, oath

God will bring His people back home and back into His favor.  It is those of Palestine, etc. who are going to be distanced from their land, from God and their injustices turned against upon themselves.

Joe 3:9-10 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:  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

The nations would rather persecute or do battle with the people of God than to live in peace with them.  In arrogance they puff themselves up and seek for war.  They will march arrogantly into the day of the LORD.

Joe 3:11-13 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  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.

 Like in the days of Noah, the evil has reached fulness and the day of the Lord will arrive.  See the sickle harvests of Revelation 14 

Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

 decision – (‘khaw-roots’) trench, incision, threshing

Joe 3:15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

The LORD is the light of the world and the former lights become dimmed in His presence.

Joe 3:16-17 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.  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.

The true children of God, both in Zion and Jerusalem, will know the strength of their Father and will not lose hope during the their times of trials.  Those which remain will know that the LORD is the God of Israel.  He is our guiding light and our harbor.  The adulterers and squatters will no longer wander through the land.

Joe 3:18 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.

 All the mountains and hills of the LORD will enjoy the Truth of His Word and Judah will know and accept their Savior.

Joe 3:19 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.

The spiritual desolators will become a barren desolation as God’s wrath will be poured upon them.  They persecuted those who did no wrong to them.  A desolate wilderness offers no comfort for those who are stranded in it.

Joe 3:20-21 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.

Judah and Jerusalem will be cleansed with the blood of Christ.  Their smokey sins will be washed away and man made temples and altars will be retired.  Our Father will dwell in Judah AND Israel (Zion).

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Our Father is bringing an army upon the whole house of Israel.  Like a locust swarm, the people will be stripped of their all of comforts and left to see the naked results of their own godless choices and misplaced trust and faith.  Hopefully, some will then be able to open their eyes and ears to the Truth and Faithfulness of our Father.

This desolating army will serve as a final wake-up call for those who are not yet spiritually dead and give them an opportunity to cry out for God their Savior, to fast and pray earnestly for His forgiveness and to repent and place their faith in He who always was their only hope.

When our Father sees and hears the pleading of His people He will be jealous and take pity on Zion and Jerusalem.

In utter arrogance, the children of the evil one, not believing in God and placing their faith in those things outside of God will think to exercise their will upon the earth and upon those who are the heritage of the LORD.  Our Father will gather them into the valley of judgement where multitudes, multitudes will be threshed in the valley of threshing.

In the day of the LORD, Judah and Jerusalem will be cleansed with the blood of our Savior.  Our Father is merciful to His people and He dwells in Zion.  Pray for your neighbors and seek Truth.

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Joel 2

Joel 2:1  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Zion, is God’s holy mountain.  The watchers of the land are to issue a warning from God that the ‘day of the LORD’ is near at hand.  This warning is being sent to all of the inhabitants of Zion and not just the daughter of Zion.

Joel 2:2  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.

darkness (‘A day of darkness’) – misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

darkness (‘…and of thick darkness’) – darkness

This army is unique in it’s darkness(lack of light, Truth), wickedness, destruction.

mountains – symbolic of greater nations

a great people… not been ever the like‘ – there have been some pretty gruesome armies and actions in the past and yet this people are notable and unique in there destruction from invaders of the past.

neither shall be… – there are yet many more generations to come

Joel 2:3  A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

This army is like an army of locust in a lush and bountiful land.  Like a parasite it sucks the life out of the land (people).  The inheritance (spiritual) of the people is devoured up and wasteland (both physical and spiritual) is what they leave behind.

Joel 2:4  The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

They seem to be swift and well prepared.

Joel 2:5  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.

stubble – straw (as being dry)

They head right for the ‘tops of mountains’.  Mountains are symbolic of greater nations.  They will occupy the high positions of the nations they infest, seizing control of it.    They easily consume the land like fire on a field of dry straw.

Joel 2:6  Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

 The people will even see the thing coming.  blackness may actually mean to grow pale.

Joel 2:7  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:

 The have no fear of the people, obstacles will not prevent them,  They seem to have their marching orders and are intent on fulfilling them.

Joel 2:8  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.

 These work together against Zion (Israel) as though a common goal, each with his task in it.  Even against resistance, they will not be divided nor will they let the Truth deter them.

Joel 2:9  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.

They are persistent.  While you guard the normal entry points, they enter by the unexpected methods.  They will find a way to strip you of your belongings.  The distractions of the world today are become non-stop and designed to keep you focused on anything but the Truth.  They want everything you have, your time, your thoughts, your tax returns and your cooperation and consent.  The true sheep of Jesus will recognize that these are not the proper voice of authority.

Joel 2:10  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:

Heavens, sun, moon and stars – provide guidance for people in search of Truth.  The earth is symbolic of the chosen people and they which inhabit the land with them.

Joel 2:11-12  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?  Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

Even at the late hour God is prepared to have mercy on those who would turn away from their sinful, faithless ways.  This army is sent by God and is capable of destroying all that are in it’s influence/jurisdiction.  Therefore, the only means of ending this army is by turning to and crying out to God for His forgiveness and mercy.  Simply cursing them and determining to vote their leaders out of office is to not understand the real problem.

Joel 2:13  And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

There is no material expression which we can please our Father with.  God created and owns all of your possessions.  It is the inward things, the immaterial things that you can offer to God which are pleasing, the things of the heart.  Your love, your time, your attention.  Our Father has granted us free will and wants the gift of your heart.  Isn’t that what people seek amongst each other?  God is merciful even to those who most offend if their hearts are truly open and seeking.  He would rather offer kindness and grace than have you lost to confusion, anger and misery that might come upon you as a result of your own free will.

Joel 2:14  Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

 Who knows, maybe He will turn away from His anger and even leave a blessing for you.  Even enough to offer back to Him, the blessing of a caring and loving soul with eyes to see and ears to hear Truth and the Spirit to recover from the numbness and awaken from the sleep.

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

Get the Word out, don’t remain silent, dedicate a fast to His mercy and grace.  Call on others of true concern to join you.  Don’t allow the land to go unwarned.

Joel 2:16  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.

Call, gather and prepare the daughter of Zion, God’s chosen, from the new born Christian to the patient and wise ones.  The time of the marriage feast is arriving.  It is time for the true Christians to join in the Truth of Jesus our King.

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?

The porch is like the approach to the alter.  Just before the arrival of the Day of the LORD there should be heard a crying out of those who are truly seeking Truth and pleading of the faithful Christians.  They should be asking that God not forsake us so that we not be seen as having cried in vain.  Without the intervention of God, it might be that even the elect would be lost.

Joel 2:18  Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

God will not let His people come to nothing.  He will show the nations that He is our Father and that He will not allow us to be removed or left behind.  Therefore cry out and be heard and counted.

Joel 2:19  Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:

When God chooses to rule over the land, notice that the yield is corn, wine, oil and all that God utilizes to bless the soul.  When we would have others rule over the land instead of God, the result is the removal of those things, the plundering of the fruit of the land, and the devouring of the heritage of the Zion.  When the land is yielding corn, wine and oil, then know that God is watching over that land.  Even all of the beast of the field prosper.

God’s people are a reproach among the heathen, we should almost surely be experiencing that.  Those who smirk about or belittle God’s people (even quietly, privily or insincerely) can know therefore with certainty that they are among the heathen.  We are looked down upon, joked about and in general belittled when we seek out or follow after our real Father.  If you care for them at all you will pray for their awakening, remembering that many were once among them.

Joel 2:20  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.

‘northern army’ – Compare this with the king of the north in Daniel 11, and also Jeremiah 4, Jeremiah 50, Ezekiel 38, the beast(s) of Revelation 13.

utmost sea – western, or later sea (or people)

God calls this locust army the ‘northern army’. He will drive it out toward the eastern ‘sea’  with the west behind it.  It will be sent into a desolate and barren land because he magnified himself before our Father and thought to ruin His people. There, our Father will bring that army to it’s apparently quick end. You can read about the stench of the valley and the clean up operation in the valley of passengers which God says that we shall call the Valley of Hamongog. God will give Gog a place for burial within Israel. Ezekiel 39

Joel 2:21  Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

Those who know their Father are encouraged not to fear the desolating of the land.  For some, difficult trial may be the only hope they have of awakening to the Truth before the Day of the LORD.  God is preparing a better world for His people.

Joel 2:22  Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.

The beasts of the field will again enjoy the pasture and the fruit of the land which is the Word and grace of our Father.  The fig tree and the vine are planted by God to provide nourishment (Truth) to those that desire of them.

Joel 2:23-24  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.   And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

 Who is the former and latter rain given to?  The children of Zion, those who believe in Christ.  What is the rain?  Truth, Grace and Faith.

Joel 2:25  And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.  And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

The locust army which God delivered to the land is now removed from the land.  The land is restored and God is King and ruler.  Righteous judgement, long missing from our land is restored.  Blessings from God are again offered to those who accept Him as their King.

Joel 2:27  And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

The people will not again seek worldly rulers.  All will recognize that God is and ever was the God of Israel.  No one will ever again shame us out of believing in Christ and into believing in a vain existence like the atheist.

Joel 2:28-29  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:  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

afterward – in the latter/last time?
dream – to bind, make or plump, to dream, to recover
see – see, view, discern

This prophecy was fulfilled at the Pentecost (as an example) and will be again in the last days.(see Acts 2)  There will come a day when the Spirit of God will be poured out abundantly.  God will be manifest to all people.

 Joel 2:30  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

The sources of light (Truth) in the world will be overturned with darkness (confusion, unreliability) before our Father will send the wake-up call.

Joel 2:32  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.

 ‘the name’ – honor, authority

Jerusalem will be delivered along with Zion.  We do not deliver ourselves but require the Father to deliver us.

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God is, after all, your True Father.  If you love and respect your human father and mother, how much more deserving is your real Father.  Would you be pleased with the love and attention that you received of your own children (which also He created) if it was equivalent to the time you devote to your real Father?  He has brought you through this world and to this point with still the opportunity to seek Him out even in this late hour!

Some must be brought to the lowest point in order to gain (or regain) value for the Truth and righteousness.  While the locust army will destroy greatly, the devastated may actually now have a better chance to appreciate that which our Father has always offered them.  Don’t overlook that the devastation came by the free will of the people over time and after generations of degradation.  By the time that this army appears people will already be on the verge of becoming numb to the Truth!  A soul that is numb is the same as dead or worse.  Can you imagine an existence that contained no light or Truth, only confusion and darkness forever?

Zion is representative of Jesus.  The children of Zion are the modern day house of Israel and includes all of the tribes of Israel. They are sifted, though, among all nations since they were sent into captivity in Assyria many centuries ago.  But, in general, it is the Christian nations, those that serve as a wilderness for the remnant.  Now when I say Christian nations in this sense, I mean nations that identify with the Christian church.  In reality, very few people of these nations are actually Christian, though they do have, at their core, a remnant of elect ones who have been a blessing to the nations wherein they dwell.

These nations (mountains of Israel) are becoming increasingly difficult to identify as godly or Christian at all.  The locust army has already begun stripping away the fruitfulness (both material and spiritual) of their lands wherein they have been blessed of God for many generations.  I don’t think I should be presuming to be able to make a list of them but I will say that I am satisfied that America is prominent among them (which makes it all the more disgusting that we willfully cast aside our heritage and chose leaders that darken our land and despise Truth and judgement).

Christ is the resting place for Zion without which we are looked upon with low regard, a shame among the peoples of the earth.

God refers to the land invaded by Gog as mountains of Israel.  They will devour up the assets of the land(especially the spiritual treasures).  And God says that He will drive them out of the land (out of the south/west) unto the place where they will be buried there in the house of Israel.  It will take Israel seven months to bury Hamongog.  Also those passing through will mark any bodies for burial as they are found.  Hamongog will find it’s end in a desolate and barren place.  I pray that anyone reading this (the Bible) will not be caught up in the deception and desolation of this locust army.

I think it would be pretty accurate to envision the locust army as an endless army of governing bureaucrats and their minions, armed and leading desolate freeloaders.  All of which are intent on redefining Truth, spreading ‘fairness’, saving the planet …etc, in order to control you in ever increasing ways.  Let’s face it, the world is become a nearly complete distraction designed to keep you preoccupied with just trying to follow their ever wearying rules.  Rules created now daily.  Rules designed to deprive you of your God given Spirit.  If you want an example, you can look to Europe or check out the agendas of the United Nations.  Look at your own country now, can you not see the plundering of your own treasures here at home.

Look at America and see the direction that our appointed leaders are going.  Also, see where they are coming from, colleges and universities where they are taught what is acceptable or trendy to think and believe instead of what is known to be true.

Relay the Truth.

Joel 1

Joel 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

Joel:  Jehovah is God
Pethuel:  vision of God

Joel 1:2-4 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?  Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.  That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.

Palmerworm, locust, cankerworm, caterpiller are all different stages or kinds of locust.  One infestation after another is going to leave the land (the people of God) barren and stripped of ability to nourish (with Truth)

Joel 1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

Those used to having Truth available and on tap whenever they get around to thirsting for it will be deprived of the blessings they have taken for granted, having been eaten out from under them The devourers, the strippers of the land have seen to it that the land, the Fathers children, are left barren of the fruitful vines and trees. Those asleep (in spirit?) will awaken to lament the loss of their teachers and those who they took for granted thinking they would always be available. The new wine, Truth, Jesus, the Word of God is stripped away by the locust army.

Joel 1:6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.

nation- this word is also used of a swarm or a massing together
my land – the LORD here identifies the ravished land as HIS land (the land of HIS people) .

These are not just toothless governors, they rally with them a swarm of voracious devourers to remove the traces of the old vineyard. This army is sufficiently equipped to overcome all of their obstacles. They are capable of great damage and quick take down of unsuspecting prey.

Joel 1:7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

Nearly all of the Old Testament occurrences of ‘fig tree’ also contain reference to the vine as well.  In the New Testament, the vine is often representative of Jesus and His disciples the fruitful Christians.  The bark is removed from the fig tree and the branches of it are left bare and dry.  Made white is also used to signify purification through trials.

Joel 1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.

Christ (the Truth) is the husband of her youth.  She now lives in a land stripped of Truth

Joel 1:9-12 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD’S ministers, mourn.  The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.  Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.

Husbandmen, vinedressers – priests, pastors, teachers
The joy and fruitfulness which is a blessing of the Father is removed.

Joel 1:13-15 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.  Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,  Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

This prophecy will happen in the last days.  Men live their lives self absorbed and thankless.  The destructive army is an army of the Almighty to bring His people to repentance.

Joel 1:16-17 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?  The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

The seed appears to be planted but is rotting away.  Is it for lack of water or maybe for lack of interest in the fertile soil?  Even the barns and storehouses appear to be unused and abandoned.

Joel 1:18-20 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.  O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.  The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

trees of the field – often refer to nations, nations of refuge
In Revelation, the wilderness is where the woman (the children of Israel) was flown to (having been given two wings of an eagle) where she is nourished for 1260 days.
The beasts and cattle here, are those who are used to being filled with the blessing of God.  They will be crying out in hunger and thirst.  Any work they do is in vain, being devoured by the locust army which occupies the land.

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We now live in a time when the land has been stripped of most of it’s reliable (true) pastors and shepherds. The people sleep through their blessings and are unaware or don’t raise concern over the decay of our nation. Yet even at this late hour God will deliver to Truth those who seek after it The winter’s not here yet.

Could you image what life would be like with no Bible, no scripture anymore to open and read. There are many places on this planet that don’t have the luxury of having God’s Word laying around or even available. But now, at all levels of the education system in America the Bible is frowned on and God is mocked. Even the churches don’t provide meat for the congregation.

The locust army will probably have many ranks: ranging from the recruits looting and burning the streets of Ferguson, those preparing themselves for hell in our ‘higher education’ systems all the way up to the highest leaders and judges of the land. They essentially either deny God or they unwittingly fault Him as being unjust because of their unhappy lot in life. At all levels of our government they strip our nation continually, 700 billion bailout here, a trillion bailout there.

The same aimless uninformed cattle that elected them into office then blame them for doing what they, by their nature, campaign to do. Sweet dreams Israel, the hangover is soon upon you.

Recognize the remedy. Pray that your trials purify you by the Grace of God.

Value Truth!