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Part 3- Of The Destruction Of Russia And ALL OF Her Evil Allies, And - Etcetera.

"The Day Of The LORD: Invasion From Russia,

Muslim, And Many Other Nations Predicted."

 

( 1 ). And we repeat this verse, Scripture: "Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy 'mountain [ Zion' ]: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the 'Day of [ Judgment' of ] the LORD, [ Yom- Adonai' ] comes, for it is near at hand, { Joel 2:1 }." See { Ezekiel 7:2-3 }.

( 2 ). Commentary ... Like an air raid siren, with the blowing of the shofar comes the warning, the word "comes" literally means has come. Although the judgment is still future, it is spoken of just as if it has already taken place in GOD's eyes. Why will the "Day of the LORD" strike terror in the 'Israelis [ and in the rest of the nations" ]? Because it will be! . . . and we repeat again this next verse . . .

( 3 ). Scripture: "A [ Tribulation ] 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 has not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it even to the years of many generations, { Joel 2:2 }."

( 4 ). Commentary ... The onslaught is regarded as a foretaste of an invading army in the coming "Day of the LORD." This we believe refers at least in part to { Revelation Ch. 6 } where 1/4th of mankind are to be killed, and likely also to the invasion of demon-locusts and or men in { Revelation 9:1-12, 18, } where one third part of mankind are to be killed.

( 5 ). One thing for sure, the lands of Israel and the world will be reduced to resemble a wilderness afterward { V. 3 }. 'The same [ or similar' ] thing is described in { V. 10 } and is predicted in { Revelation 6:12-13 - & - 8:12-13 } also.

( 6 ). Scripture: "Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be 'evil [ Calamity, misfortune, distress' ] in a city, and the LORD has not done it? { Amos 3:6 }."

( 7 ). Scripture: "I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day; 'the night [ Tribulation Period' ] comes, when no man can work, { John 9:4 }." See { 1- Thessalonians 5:4; - & - Matthew 25:5 }.

( 8 ). Scripture: "Therefore you wait upon Me, says the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for My determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them My indignation, even all My fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of MY jealousy, { Zephaniah 3:8 }."

( 9 ). The above { V. 8 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

"Therefore [ earnestly' ] wait for Me, says the LORD, waiting for the day when I rise up for the attack . . . and a testimony. For My decision and determination and right it is to gather the nations together, to assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them My indignation, even all [ the heat of ] My fierce anger; for [ in that day ] all the earth shall be consumed with the fire of My zeal and Jealousy."

( 10 ). Commentary . . . This verse will be fulfilled during the Tribulation Period, climaxing at Armageddon { Revelation 16:14 }, after which will be judgment on the nations { Matthew 25:31:46 - & - Joel 3:2 }. The words "Day of the LORD" express the character of this day on which GOD will judge.

( 11 ). The darkness is compared to that of "the [ very early ] morning [ hours ] spread upon the mountains" { V. 2 }. There will be a plague of locusts that will cause havoc in the future as we shall soon see. Some believe that this darkness mentioned refers to the somber yellow light from the yellow wings of locusts being reflected off the mountains.

( 12 ). But the metaphor was saying, "As dawn suddenly covers a large area of the mountain-top, so shall the plague of locusts suddenly cover the whole earth. Joel in chapter one described this locust swarm as being so dense that it blotted out the light of day. Such was the case during the locust plague in Egypt { Exodus 10:15 }.

( 13 ). Scripture: "There has not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it even to the years of many generations, { Joel 2:2 }."

( 14 ). Commentary ... During the Great Tribulation, GOD will pour out a holocaust on the whole world. Daniel spoke of that day when he said ...

( 15 ). Scripture: "And at that time shall Michael stand up, that great prince which stands for the children of Your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time Your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book, { Daniel 12:1 }."

( 16 ). The above { V. 1 } paraphrased in commentary form ...

( 17 ). "And at 'that time [ of the 7 year Tribulation Period' ] shall 'Michael [ the archangel' ] 'stand up [ in defence of Israel' ] for [ he is ], that great angelic prince which stands for the children of 'Your [i.e., Hebrew ] people': and there shall be a time of 'trouble [ and distress for them' ], such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time 'Your people [ a saved Remnant of Jews' ] shall 'be delivered [ from the Antichrist' ], 'every one that shall be found written in the book [ of life, and of GOD's plan for His own Hebrew Remnant' ], { Daniel 12:1 }."... See { Zechariah 13:8-9 }."

( 18 ). { V. 21 } Scripture: "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be,

( 19 ). { V. 22 }: And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for 'the elect's sake' those days shall be shortened, { Matthew 24:21-22 }."

( 20 ). The above { Vs. 21-22 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

( 21 ). { 21 }: "For then shall be 'great tribulation [ i.e., great horrendous trouble, affliction, distress and oppression' ], such as has not been from the very beginning of the world until now; no, and never will be [ again ]. See { Daniel 12:1; - & - Joel 2:1-2 }. . .

( 22 ). { 22 }: And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would endure and survive on the earth to be saved: but for 'the sake of the 'elect [ GOD's chosen people' ] those days will be shortened, { Matthew 24:21-22 }."

( 23 ). Commentary ... "The elect's sake," the LORD was saying, "If the Tribulation was to last any longer than seven years, nothing would live - man, animal or vegetation. See { Isaiah 45:4; - & - 65:8-9, 23, 24 }." ... "At that time." ... The time of the events of { Daniel 11:36-45 } the Great Tribulation.

( 24 ). The daytime light will likely be shortened, the darkness of the nights will probably be longer so that the Antichrist's host of villains will have less daylight to bring torture and death upon the people. JESUS prophesied and made very clear that the Great Tribulation will be the worst holocaust ever known to man!

"Locust Plague Yes, Plus Demonic Entities, And A Strong Army That Is Difficult To Comprehend: Great And Strong!" ...

( 25 ). Scripture: "The appearance of them is as the appearance of 'horsemen [ and as war horses and horsemen' ], so shall they run, { Joel 2:4 }."

( 26 ). Commentary . . . The locust plague comes upon the land like a massive well-equipped cavalry, moving toward a single objective, that of destruction. First the locust looked like horses. In fact, the Italian word for locust is "cavalette [ little horse" ], and the Germans use the word "heapforde [ hay horse" ] in referring to them.

( 27 ). This was not new, for Theodoret said centuries ago, "If anyone should examine accurately the head of a locust, he will find it exceedingly like that of a horse." Second the verse says, they not only resembled horses, but horsemen in their swiftness, as they rush to devour with devastating judgment. ... They run . . .

( 28 ). { V. 5 } Scripture: "Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of 'a [ crackling' ] flame of fire that devours the stubble, as a strong [ and mighty ] people set in battle array,

( 29 ). { V. 6 }: Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness, { Joel 2:5-6 }." See { Revelation 9:7,9. }

( 30 ). Commentary ... We personally believe the above verses refer to atomic war { Zechariah 14:12; - & - Isaiah 24:5-6 }, likely poison gas, and germ warfare also and other things that we have no way of knowing at this time.

( 31 ). On the other hand as far as a real locust plaque -some Might call this an exaggeration, but ask those who have suffered from the devastating power of real locust, and they will tell you that locust can really devastate the land.

( 32 ). In { V. 5 }, notice that the sound of these warring creatures will spring and leap like that of a two-wheeled war chariot rumbling over the rocky Judean mountains. The noise of their invasion pierced the air like the crackling of a burning bush or dried stubble. And they were dressed in "battle array" leaving the impression of a military horde outfitted for battle with helmet and flexible mail covering.

( 33 ). Scripture: They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall 'march every one [ straight ahead' ] on his ways and they shall not break their ranks, { Joel 2:7 }."

( 34 ). Commentary ... Joel says, they will come like a corps of commandos, in high morale, charging their enemy with vigor and valor. "Like men of war." No wall will be too impregnable, no obstacle will deter their advance, only victory will be anticipated as they press on to the prize before them. They will come relentlessly in their own irresistible order.

( 35 ). Scripture: "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, { Joel 2:8 }."

( 36 ). Commentary ... They will not be deterred from their objective, neither will they straggle along, but will move with impelling instinct as one massive body which will have the appearance of being directed by an organised leader, but they will not have a locust leader. As for real locust . . . All vegetation disappears from a huge locust invasion.

( 37 ). Every leaf, and blade of grass, even the weeds are eaten bare of vegetation from every thing that was in their path where ever the locusts come from! To those who faced and fought the locust plague in ancient Judah, it seemed like a living hell on earth. In the past man have used every known means to stop them, but to no avail.

( 38 ). But, at that time it was only a vivid type of a more vicious locust plague which will descend over the entire earth during the future Great Tribulation. [ We repeat, personally I believe this is a warning about Nuclear warfare, 'Germ Warfare - or and - Pestilence' all combined with no antidote. GOD's anger can bring a horrendous penalty ].

( 39 ). Scripture: "The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands, { Proverbs 30:27 }."

( 40 ). Scripture: "They shall run to and fro in 'the city [ i.e., Cities of the land' ]; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief, { Joel 2:9 }."

( 41 ). Commentary ... The city of Jerusalem will be theirs in which to "run to and fro" { V. 9 } at will. Nothing escapes them! They will scale walls cling to houses, ground, cloths, food and people; all will be covered by them.

( 42 ). There will be no force that will be able to stay their progression, for "when they fall upon the sword [ literally among the darts ], they shall not be wounded { V. 8 }. This sounds as if it is an invasion by an unknown entity other than real locust! At that time . . .

( 43 ). { V. 10 } Scripture: "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. See { Revelation 16:14; - & - 9:2-4 }. [ I.e., This type of thing has never been heard of in a real normal locust invasion ]. . . .

( 44 ). { V. 11 }: And the LORD shall utter His voice before the army: for His [ Own ] camp is very great: for he is strong that executes His Word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? { Joel 2:10-11 }."

( 45). The above { V, 11 } paraphrased in commentary form ... "And the LORD utters His voice before His army, for His host of fighters is very great, they are strong and powerful who can execute GOD's desire better than He Himself through the voice of His Own Word. For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and what man or beast is there on this earth who can endure it? " ... See { Revelation 6:16-17; - Isaiah 26:20- 21; - & - 34:1-4, 8 }. . . .

( 46 ). Commentary ... As to the above, "And the LORD shall utter His voice before the army": This injects a new note into an already catastrophic scene. Nature has gone awry; the locusts are not beyond GOD's control. In fact, the locusts army is marching under GOD's control and at His specific command.

( 47 ). The effect is like the great day of the LORD, and very few people will be able to survive, see { Isaiah 24:1-6 }. Supernaturally GOD fights with armies of His Own choosing, armies that man cannot conjure up by themselves, and this is one way that the LORD can satisfy His disposition and justify His anger toward His enemies.

( 48 ). { Joel 2:15-17 }: shows the Divine call to Israel for national repentance in a solemn assembly, from which no one, not even babies or newlyweds, would be exempt, see { Deuteronomy 24:5 }.

( 49 ). what the LORD says about Russia's army and its demise ... It will be scattered all over the western side of the [ Dead ] Sea, which is called the West Bank and likely on to the Negeb wilderness - on to the uttermost banks of the huge Mediterranean Sea.

( 50 ). See { Ezekiel 39:2-5 } for the destruction of Russia's invading army from the north of Israel during the first part of the Tribulation Period. And again MESSIAH makes a promise to His saved Hebrew Remnant through the prophet Joel . . .

( 51 ). { V. 18 }, Scripture: "Then will the LORD be jealous for His land, and pity His people. See { Deuteronomy 28:9-13; - & - 28:43-45. }

( 52 ). { V. 19 }: Yes, the LORD will answer and say to His people, 'Behold [ take notice' ], I will send you corn, and 'wine [ i.e., un-fermented grape juice?' ], and oil, and you will be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the 'heathen [ Gentiles' ], See { Zechariah 14:16-21 }:

( 53 ). { V. 20 }: But I will remove far off from you the 'northern [ destroyer's ]' 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 [ as that of a mass of decaying locusts', symbolic and a forecast of the fate of the northern army in the final day of the LORD ], and his ill savour shall come up, because 'He [ the LORD Himself' ] has done great things! . . . See { Isaiah 34:1-4, 8; - Jeremiah 25:31-35; - & - Joel 2:11. }

( 54 ). { V. 21 }: Fear not, 0 land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things, { Joel 2:18-21 }." [ All of Joel should be read ]. See { Revelation 9:1-12; - Zechariah 12:8-10 }.

A General View 0f The Entire Book 0f Joel . . .

( 55 ). { Vs. 1-2 }: Commentary ... With this synopsis of Joel and the study we have brought out already, the description of the locust plague is now no longer continued. As we have shown the literal locusts in their different stages were symbolical of nations laying waste to the land, just as locust had wasted land in the past.

( 56 ). Dispensationally the first chapter of Joel stands for the entire times of the Gentiles, which began with Nebuchadnezzar { Daniel 2:36- 38 }, and they continue till the time comes when the GOD of Heaven sets up His Millennial earthly Kingdom that cannot be destroyed.

( 57 ). When one studies the prophetic Scriptures he will quickly see that the Israelis are the center theme of the puzzle. We called it a puzzle because prophecy is a puzzle to most Bible students! The Gentile powers are more or less a sideline since the LORD always leads back to His beloved adopted nation Israel in Eschatological issues.

( 58 ). The second chapter takes us at once to the end of the times of the Gentiles, when the Day of the LORD is to be enacted. before the LORD appears in that day, the greatest distress will be upon the land and the Hebrew people; they will live through a great time of trouble such as never was before { Matthew 24:21 }.

( 59 ). The Remnant of His people will cry to the LORD for intervention and for deliverance, and the LORD will answer their cry and deliver them. Then the land becomes once more like the garden of Eden, there will be a great outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT upon all flesh and from Jerusalem the great Kingdom-center - blessings will extend to all the nations.

"Chapter Two Of Joel" ... The Coming Day Of The LORD ... The Repentance Of Israel And Restoration Of Their Land . . .

( 60 ). Commentary . . . This whole chapter of Joel two - as well as the next chapter is therefore unfulfilled. Only a tiny part of the prophecy has began to be fulfilled, and that has taken place in this present generation. Before the rest of the prophecy can be fulfilled a part of the people of Israel had to be restored to the land of promise and the ancient ceremonies and institutions are to be at least partially restored.

( 61 ). The chapter starts with the sounding of the alarm for "The Day of JEHOVAH comes, for it is near at hand." The last prophetic week of Daniel is now in process of fulfillment and near its end. [ See annotations on Daniel Ch. 9 ].

( 62 ). A part of the people of Israel are back in the land, and "this has taken place since [ May 14th 1948 ] when Israel once again became a new revived nation!" having returned there in unbelief, just as we see it today in the Zionistic movement.

( 63 ). But, in their midst is also found a small GOD- fearing Remnant of the Hebrews that are called Messianic Jews I.e., Messianic Jews are those Jews that have believed in JESUS CHRIST as their Saviour and MESSIAH.

( 64 ). The blowing of the trumpet shows that they will have eventually revived their ancient customs { Numbers 10:1, 2, 9 }. We also mention that trumpets are often connected with the appearing of the LORD and the restoration of Israel. In the second verse the day is described and may be compared with { Zephaniah 1:15-16 - & - Isaiah 60:2 }.

( 65 ). Then there is the invading army announced which is fully described in the verses which follow. The words "As the dawn spread upon the mountains,{ Joel 2:2 } is a description of the beginning of the Tribulation day when Russia and the army that follows comes down on the land of Israel.

( 66 ). On one hand, as we have before stated, that 7 year Tribulation day of the LORD will be a day of darkness and gloom, on the other hand it is pictured "As the dawn spread upon the mountains."

( 67 ). After the darkness, the morning light will break "the morning without clouds," see { 2- Samuel 23:4 }. Many teachers and ministers will tell you that this great invasion from Russia will take place in the middle of the Tribulation, and others will teach that it will be at the Battle of Armageddon, but we must wholeheartedly disagree with that line of interpretation!

( 68 ). Israel's Temple must be built in the first part of that period so that the Antichrist can have his 'statue [ image' ] placed in the Temple. See { Revelation 14:12-15 }. The two Hebrew witnesses also will be busy witnessing on the temple sight right up to the middle of the Tribulation, see { Revelation 11:1-3 }.

( 69 ). Also there is no way the Temple can be built as long as the Muslims have control of the Temple Mount. After Russia, her allies, and her Muslim cohorts are conquered at the beginning of the Tribulation the Temple will be rapidly constructed!

( 70 ). { Joel 2:3-11 }: Many armies in past history have occupied the land of Israel and wasted it, but here is the coming great invasion from the north. This invasion is mentioned by the prophets Isaiah and of course Ezekiel also.

( 71 ). The Assyrian's who came in Isaiah's day to take Jerusalem is the type of the final Invasion of "Gog [ Russia" ] who threatens the land of the people with destruction. He is also prefigured by Antiochus Epiphanes, who came into the land of Israel as predicted by some to be the little horn, rising from one of the divisions of the Graeco- Macedonian Empire { Daniel Ch. 8 }.

( 72 ). This army of Israel's enemies finds the land like the garden of Eden; It has been restored through the ingenuity of political Zionism, as we see it today, irrigated and cultivated. The Jews are still working at this endeavour right now, determined to make Israel the garden-spot of the world, their Eden, as it has been said.

( 73 ). Then shortly will come the rude awakening. They will think themselves to be safe, after all, they will be given a promise of peace from the future Antichrist but he will go back on his word and break his covenant with them, see { Daniel 9:27 }.

( 74 ). The trouble is, their plans had been made without trusting in the LORD and without true repentance. They will receive a promise of protection from the future "0ne World Dictator for at least 7 years," but Satan will have other ideas, he wants all the Jews annihilated from of the earth. Thus, now the long history of blood and tears is once again at hand. Their land once more will be stripped of its beauty! . . .

( 75 ). "Scripture: A fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land is as the garden of Eden Before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yes, and nothing shall escape them, { Joel 2:3}:"

( 76 ). Commentary ... The LORD uses these destructive hosts to humble His people, to show them that He only is their help, when this calamity is upon them. The symbolical language here is characteristic of other prophecies.

( 77 ). Scripture: "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, { Joel 2: 10 }." . . . And in the next verse . . .

( 78 ). Scripture: "... The Day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? { Joel 2:11 }?"

[ Compare this with the following passages, { Isaiah 13:13; - Habakkuk 1:6; - & - Zechariah 14:3-4 }.

( 79 ). Commentary ... { Joel Vs. 12-17 }: Here is the LORD calling to His people to return unto Him with true repentance [ compare this with { Hosea 5:15 - & - 6:1 }. And, during that great Tribulation there will be a truly penitent portion of the people who turn to Him in the manner described in the chapter.

( 80 ). It is the Remnant of Jews which will be saved in that day, while the impenitent part will be cut off in judgment. See { Ezekiel 20:38; - & - Zechariah 13:8-9 } where they speak of this. What Moses spoke long ago now takes place, { Deuteronomy 30:1-4 }.

( 81 ). The many prophetic prayers recorded in the Psalms, as pointed out in the annotations of that book, will then be offered up by the GODLY waiting Remnant, { Psalm 44:13-14; - 115:2-3; - & - 79:9- 10, etc }.

( 82 ). This mourning and prayer for deliverance precedes the visible manifestation of the LORD in the day of His return. Then at last when deliverance has finely come there will be another lamentation. This is found in { Zechariah 12:9, 14; - & - Revelation 1:7 }.

( 83 ). Scripture: "Then will the LORD be jealous for His land, and have pity on His people, { Joel 2:18 }."

( 84 ). Commentary ... Here is the great change. Up to this point we have seen nothing but calamity and judgments. Literal locusts had devoured the land ... this is the types of nations which would prey upon Israel's land. They will come and Israel will be trodden down by the "Gentiles [ Heathen nations" ]. See { Psalm 2:1 }.

( 85 ). The times of the Gentiles will terminate at MESSIAH's return to the earth. No matter what you might hear from some teachers, "The times of the Gentiles' will not end till CHRIST's Second Advent!

( 86 ). And, this will take place at the end of the time of "Jacob's Trouble [ Tribulation Period," ] out of which the LORD's Remnant of Hebrew people will be saved. See { Jeremiah 30:7 }.

( 87 ). We have noted the Remnants great repentance, and here is the answer from above. When the power of the Remnant is completely gone, see { Deuteronomy 32:36 }.

( 88 ). Scripture: "Then will the LORD be jealous for His land and pity His people, { Joel 2:18 }."

( 89 ). Commentary . . . Often this little word "then" is found in the prophetic word making the great change, from Israel's past judgments and rejection to her deliverance and glory.

( 90 ). The following passages should be carefully examined and compared with this above 18th verse: { Isaiah 14:25; - 24:23; - 32:16 - 35:5-6; - 58:8, 14; - 60:5; - 66:12; - & - Ezekiel 28:25-26, etc. } The MESSIAH's personal manifestation is not mentioned here.

( 91 ). The deliverance does not come apart from the Second Coming of MESSIAH. The entire prophetic Word bears witness to this. And we repeat these next two verses . . .

( 92 ). { V. 3 } Scripture ... "Then shall the LORD go forth and fight against those nations as when He fought in the day of battle." [ This verse has to do with the future battle of Armageddon. But, the words "day of battle" speaks in the past tense ], see { Joshua 10:14 }.

( 93 ). { V. 4 }: And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south, { Zechariah 14:3-4." }

( 94 ). Commentary ... See also { Acts 1:10-11 }, where the two angels in Acts prophesied of the future Second Advent alluding to this prophecy in Zechariah. Hardly any Minister will ever allude to this understanding in their messages!

( 95 ). Scripture: "When the LORD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory, { Psalm 102:16 }."

( 96 ). Scripture: "The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, He shall stir up jealousy like man of war; He shall cry, yes, roar; He shall prevail against His enemies, { Isaiah 42:13 }."

[ The complete fulfillment of this verse will take place at Armageddon. ]

( 97 ). The above { V. 13 } paraphrased in commentary form: "The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, He will stir up His zealous indignation and vengeance like a warrior; He shall cry, yes, He will shout aloud, He will do mightily against His enemies."

( 98 ). Commentary ... { Joel 2:19-27 }, here is the LORD's gracious answer to the saved Remnant. He will bless the whole land of Israel and make it fruitful once more, as it used to be, the land flowing with milk and honey. Israel is an earthly nation because their land was promised in an "everlasting covenant from JEHOVAH GOD" and never does He go back on His Word, see { Jeremiah 31:31-33 }!

( 99 ). Therefore, GOD's earthly people are exclusively in view! Then they shall be no longer a reproach among the worlds nations. Inasmuch as they are still a reproach - we know that the promise to them is still future in its fulfillment.

( 100 ). The enemies from the "NORTH" will be overthrown and pass away for ever. That all of this cannot refer to the Babylonian captivity of the past, of which a small remnant that returned to the land may be learned from the statement ... "no longer" a reproach.

( 101 ). This prophecy does not refer to the battle of Armageddon because at Armageddon the enemies shall invade from all four quarters of the earth to meat at Megiddo for the climax of all wars. Notice that these invaders in this battle are from the north of Israel, Read { Ezekiel Chs. 38-39 }.

( 102 ). Because the LORD does all of this His saved Remnant of Jews are commanded to rejoice, the children of Zion, which absolutely does "NOT" speak of a spiritual Zion, but of MESSIAH's only true Zion! The early and the latter rain will be restored to all the land, and it is speaking here of real liquid rain and not of something spiritual! { 2:23 }."

( 103 ). For several years now this term has been completely misapplied. It has been claimed that the early and latter rain means spiritual blessing. The early rain has been said to refer to Pentecost, when the HOLY SPIRIT was poured out, and the latter rain, these deluded people tell us, is referring to another Pentecost and a greater manifestation of the SPIRIT.

( 104 ). This latter rain, they teach, consists, according to their conception in a restoration of the "Pentecostal gifts" and is especially evidenced in making strange sounds, which is claimed, is the original gift of tongues. This un-scriptural teaching has led to all kinds of fanaticism and worse things than that.

( 105 ). No where in the Bible is there warrant for Christians to accept this false doctrine that "the early and latter rain" has a spiritual significance. To say or teach this that the early rain and the later rain typify blessings and manifestations of the SPIRIT OF GOD, peculiar to the opening of this present Age of Grace and to its close is extremely fanciful and cannot be verified by any Bible Scriptures.

( 106 ). It is strange that even men who seem to posses considerable comprehension of the Scriptures have endorsed this kind of acceptance of an imagined interpretation such as this! This false doctrine has worked great harm among so many Christian people. There is absolutely "NO" prediction anywhere in the New Testament that this present Grace Age will close with "a latter rain" experience, a time when the HOLY SPIRIT is poured out and that in greater measure.

( 107 ). This present Age of Grace, according to Divine revelation, ends in apostasy and complete departure from GOD and His truth, { 2- Thessalonians 2:3. 12 }. All one has to do is watch and read the news to know that this world is in as much of a sinful condition as it evidently was before the Flood of Noah's day, and it seems to become more evil day by day.

( 108 ). A short time "after the HOLY SPIRIT came down on the Hebrew feast day of Pentecost," He called the Apostle Paul as the one Apostle of the Gentiles to teach them how they too can make themselves right with the LORD.

( 109 ). There is no place found in GOD's Word where a promise is given to the BODY OF CHRIST that another outpouring of the SPIRIT is to take place, by which a part of the BODY OF CHRIST is to get into possession again of the different sign gifts. The enemy of Christianity has made good use of these distorted teachings to bring in his most subtle delusions.

( 110 ). The latter and former rain has altogether a literal meaning. Read the following passages for confirmation . . . { Leviticus 26:4; - Deuteronomy 11:14-17; - 1- Kings 8:33-35; - & - Jeremiah 3:3 }.

( 111 ). Then all the harm done by the locusts, the army of the LORD used in judging His people, will be restored. He states: "... And My people shall never be ashamed, { Joel 2:27 }."

( 112 ). This again is sufficient proof that all this remains unfulfilled. { Vs. 2:28-32 }: This interesting passage invites our close attention. Most of the general interpretations of this prophecy has been that it found its fulfillment on the day of Pentecost, when the HOLY SPIRIT was poured forth.

( 113 ). Most expositors confine the fulfillment to that event while others claim that Pentecost was only the beginning of the fulfillment and that the event which occurred once continues to occur throughout this Christian age ... We will now quote from another writers comment concerning his own interpretation of this prophecy, he says . . .

( 114 ). ( Quote ): "But however certain it may be that the fulfillment took place on the Hebrew feast day of Pentecost, we must not stop at this one Pentecostal miracle. The address of the Apostle Peter by no means requires this limitation, but rather contains distinct indications that Peter saw nothing more therein than the commencement of the fulfillment of the prophecy.

( 115 ). But, a commencement indeed, which embraced the ultimate fulfillment, as the germ enfolds the tree; for if not only the children of the apostles' contemporaries but also those that were afar off., not foreign Jews, but the far off heathen, were to participate in the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT.

( 116 ). The outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT, which commenced on Pentecost must continue as long as the LORD shall receive into His Kingdom those that are still standing afar off, i.e., until the fullness of the Gentiles shall have entered the kingdom of GOD, ( end quote )."

( 117 ). The fact is . . ., there is however, no Scriptural foundation for the statement the outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT commenced on Pentecost must continue throughout this present Christian age. The HOLY SPIRIT came on the day of Pentecost, He was poured out once, and nowhere in the New Testament is there a continued or repeated outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT promised!!!

( 118 ). The difficulty with interpreting this great prophecy of Joel of having been fulfilled on Pentecost and being fulfilled throughout this present age is that which follows in the next two verses.

( 119 ). { V. 30 } Scripture: "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

( 120 ). { V. 31 }: The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come, { Joel 2:30-31 }."

( 121 ). Commentary ... A darkened sun and a blood-red moon are mentioned, and that in connection with the day of JEHOVAH, which, as we have seen is the great theme of Joel's vision. These words have been generally applied to the destruction of Jerusalem, which followed the day of Pentecost.

( 122 ). This spiritualising method has been fully brought into play to overcome the difficulties the two above verses raise. The terrible day of JEHOVAH, it has been taught, would bring about the destruction of Jerusalem. Therefore, we read in the commentary of . . .

( 123 ). Patrick and Lowth, ( Quote ): "These ( Vs. 30-31 ) principally point out the destruction of the city and the temple of Jerusalem by the Romans, a judgment justly inflicted upon the Jewish nation for their resisting the Holy Spirit and the contempt of the means of grace, ( End-quote )."

( 124 ). We quote another leading commentator on Joel { 2:30 }, Dr. Clarke. who states ( Quote ): "This refers to the fearful sights, dreadful portents and destructive commotion's by which the Jewish polity was finally overthrown and the Christian religion finally established in the Roman empire.

( 125 ). You can see how our Lord applies this prophecy in { Matthew 24:29 } and the parallel texts." And in { V. 31 } - [ "The sun shall be turned into darkness" ] Clarke says "it means the Jewish polity, civil and ecclesiastical, shall be entirely destroyed," ( End-quote }.

( 126 ). Other commentators give these words the same meaning. These learned doctors tell us that { Joel 2:30-31 } relate to the destruction of the Hebrew nation back in A.D. 70. and spiritualised the civil and ecclesiastical polity of the Jews! This is a fair example of the havoc which a Bible interpretation makes, which ignores the great Dispensational facts revealed in the Word of GOD.

( 127 ). But, inasmuch as { V. 32 }, the last verse in chapter two, reveals that there shall be deliverance in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem after these signs and wonders, and the continuation of the prophecy in the third chapter shows the judgment of the enemies of the people Israel, GOD's ancient people, such interpretations at once is found to be fundamentally wrong. [ The word "polity" means "a particular form or system of government ( civil, ecclesiastical, or other )."

( 128 ). It is strange that all these expositors use the word "fulfillment" in connection with the prophecy, saying, that Peter said that the day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of what is written by Joel, But the HOLY SPIRIT did not use the word "fulfillment" at all. He purposely avoided such a statement.

( 129 ). In so many passages in the New Testament we find the phrase "that it might be fulfilled," but in making use of the prophecy in { Acts Ch. 2 }, this phrase is not used and instead of it we read that Peter said, "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel," { Acts 2:26 }."

( 130 ). There is a great difference between this word and out and out declaration of the fulfillment of the passage. Peter's words call the attention to fact that something like that which took place on the day of Pentecost had been predicted by the prophet Joel, but the words do not claim that Joel's prophecy was there and then fulfilled. Nor does he hint at a continued fulfillment or coming fulfillment during this present Grace Age.

( 131 ). The chief purpose of the quotation of the prophecy on the day of Pentecost was to point out to the Jews, many of whom were scoffing, that the miraculous thing which had happened so suddenly in their midst was fully confirmed by what Joel had foretold would be the effect of the outpouring of the SPIRIT. The outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT had taken place, but not in the full sense as given in the prophecy of Joel.

( 132 ). When CHRIST later on after He had left the earth in His Resurrection up into the Paradise of Heaven, He came down again for a particular reason to meet the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, He came for a special purpose, and that was to finely establish a new Grace Age Dispensation in which He Himself would be in charge as the HEAD of the BODY OF CHRIST. And we find this new beginning in the Epistle of Acts dictated by the writer "Luke."

( 133 ). We are aware that we are Getting off the subject slightly but we feel that this is very important: The whole Acts period of 40 years was proven to be in transition, i.e., a change over from the LORD's previous Kingdom Administration where His Gospel of the millennial Kingdom went to the Jews only, { Matthew 2:2; - 15:24; - John 4;22; - & - Romans 15;8 }. ... The Apostle Paul said . . .

( 134 ). { V. 7 } Scripture: "But contrariwise, when they saw that the Gospel of the un-circumcision was committed unto me, as the Gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

( 135 ). { V. 8 }: For He that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles,

( 136 ). { V. 9 }: And when James, Ce'phas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision, { Galatians 2:7-9 }."

( 137 ). The above { Vs. 7-9 } paraphrased in commentary form . . .

( 138 ). { 7 }: But on the contrary, when 'they [ the former Apostles of CHRIST really' ] saw that I had been 'entrusted [ to preach' ] the [ new Gospel of the Mystery of the Grace of GOD, which ministry the Risen LORD JESUS CHRIST called me to do and to teach this Gospel ] to the uncircumcised 'Gentile [ Heathen,' just as definitely' ] as Peter had been entrusted [ to proclaim the Millennial Kingdom ] Gospel to 'the circumcised [ Jews, they were agreeable' ];

( 139 ). { 8 }: For He [ the LORD ] Who motivated and fitted Peter and worked effectively through Him for the mission to the 'circumcised [ Jewish people' also: ], motivated and fitted me and worked through me also for 'the [ mission to' preach and teach the Gospel of the Mystery of the Grace of GOD to ] 'the [ heathenistic' ] Gentiles."

( 140 ). { 9 }: And when they [ perceived, recognised, understood and acknowledged ] the Grace { GOD's unmerited favour and spiritual blessing ] that had been bestowed upon me and 'Cephas [ Peter' ] and John, who were reputed to be "pillars [ i.e., chief supporters" ] of the Jerusalem Assembly, gave to me and barnabas the right hand of fellowship with the understanding that we should go to the heathen Gentiles [ to minister to them ] and they to the circumcised [ Jews to do likewise ]." See also { Romans 1:5 }.

( 141 ). Commentary ... { V. 7 } says that they saw the validity of Paul's argument and of his apostleship and message. { V. 9 } says that they perceived" the Grace that was given unto me. Many people have asked what is meant by the terms "the uncircumcision" and the circumcision." Paul said that the good news of the circumcision was given to Peter.

( 142 ). Paul did not say, "to James." He specifically said "Peter" because he did not recognise James as the leader of the Jerusalem council. He recognised the council as a whole but he said that this message was given to Peter, and that GOD motivated and fitted [ Peter ] to teach the Gospel of the circumcision. What is that Gospel of the circumcision? . . .

( 143 ). Abraham was given the rite of circumcision to separate himself and his circumcised seed from the licentious Gentile heathen that was living all around him. It was in connection with the great Abrahamic Covenant, that through Abraham's posterity the nations of the world would be blessed, that Peter preached this "GOOD NEWS" to Israel. They were the seed of Abraham, the physical offspring. That were called the circumcision. Peter told the Jews . . .

( 144 ). { V. 25 } Scripture: "You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which GOD made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in your seed shall all the kindred's of the earth be blessed. Unto you first GOD having raised up His Son JESUS, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every on of you from his iniquities, { Acts 3:25-26 }."

( 145 ). Commentary ... They had rejected MESSIAH the KING and His Kingdom. Peter therefore called upon them to acknowledge JESUS CHRIST as their true MESSIAH so that He might come back, and the wonderful covenant might be fulfilled { Acts 3:19-21 }. It was through them, the Circumcision, the offspring of Abraham, that all the nations of the earth were to be blessed.

( 146 ). This was the "good news, the Gospel of the circumcision, that was committed to Peter." This passage of Scripture is speaking of two different Gospels! And any Bible student who does not see this, we believe has been blinded by denominational rhetoric.

( 147 ). The Apostle Paul, however, declares that "the Gospel [ Good News ] of the uncircumcision was committed to ME, { Galatians 2:7" }, and that CHRIST "was mighty in me toward the Gentiles, { V. 8 }. We must remember that before Abraham was ever circumcised, as a Gentile to whom GOD had made no previous promises, he was justified by faith alone . . . see { Romans 4:1-12 }.

( 148 ). Thus, because Gentiles today are looked upon as being in the same category as Abraham was, they also are justified by faith if they place their faith in Him who died for them on His Cross. { John 3:16 }.

( 149 ). Peter was the one who had been appointed to be the leading disciple to lead the other eleven apostle in teaching the Jews the Gospel of the Millennial Kingdom. Paul was not called to teach the Kingdom Gospel because the Kingdom and its Gospel calling - was to be set aside until the Tribulation Period, where it once again will be taught to get the Jews to ready themselves for the return of their MESSIAH, { Revelation 19:7 }.

( 150 ). Now Paul was called to preach the Gospel of the Mystery of the Grace of GOD. The two Gospels [ of the Kingdom, and of the Mystery ] were very similar in that both Gospels introduced CHRIST as the future KING to the Jewish Remnant that we have spoken of so many times ...

( 151 ). But, beginning with Paul in his teaching of JESUS as the HEAD of the BODY OF CHRIST for this Grace period, was the reason for his Apostle-ship and calling. [ Read our message on internet concerning the two Gospels ]. The Gospel of the Kingdom did not teach that faith alone would save the Jewish people, but works through the obedience of the old ordinances was also required to prove ones faith.

( 152 ). Paul's Gospel is altogether different in that faith alone by believing in the LORD ... SAVES. All one must do under Paul's Mystery Gospel of today - is to believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST and to receive Him as personal Saviour and salvation occurs. Read the last part of this message for the rest of the story!

( 153 ). The Book of Hebrews and the Book of James was written primarily to the Messianic Jews, and here in Galatians Peter is recognised as being appointed to the Hebrew Assembly

V. 7 }. He resided habitually at Jerusalem where he ministered to the two tribes, and later on at Babylon { 1- Peter 5:13 }, from which center he ministered to the Ten Tribes, of the Dispersion { 1- Peter 1:1 }.

( 154 ). Peter was obviously not the only one of the former 12 Apostles who ministered to the Jews. You will notice that James also wrote to the 12 tribes in the Dispersion { James 1:1 }. And, his message was addressed to Hebrew Christians, see { 2:1; - & - 5:7 } scattered throughout the world. Getting back to our previous discussion . . .

( 155 ). Without following the events of Pentecost and the interpretations of the above Theologians it is evident from the entire prophecy of Joel, which proceeds the prediction of the outpouring of the SPIRIT, that those words in { Joel Ch. 2 } have never been fulfilled.

( 156 ). We might briefly ask: "What is necessary according to the contents of this second chapter in Joel, before this prophecy can be accomplished?" We must mention though what we have already learned before in our exposition . . .

( 157 ). The people Israel must be partly restored to their land, that great invasion from the north, bringing such trouble to the land must have taken place, then there must also have come the intervention of the LORD and He must be jealous for His land and pity His people, then at that time this great outpouring of the SPIRIT of GOD "will" take place. It stands in the closest connection with the future restoration of Israel.

( 158 ). The promises which are Israel's { Romans 9:4 } may be grouped into two classes, those which pertain to the land, earthly blessing and supremacy over the nations, and spiritual blessings, such as knowing the LORD, walking in His ways, and becoming "a kingdom of priests and prophets." See { Isaiah 61:6; - Revelation 5:10; - 20:6; - Joel 2:28 - Exodus 40:1-5; - & - 19:16 }.

( 159 ). The earthly blessings will be accomplished by the power of MESSIAH when He is manifested as their Deliverer and the spiritual blessings will be conferred upon them by the outpouring of the SPIRIT.

( 160 ). The word "afterward { Joel 2:28 }," with which this prophecy is introduced refers to the same period of time as the phrase "in the latter days," that is, when the LORD will redeem His earthly Hebrew Remnant and be merciful to His land.

( 161 ). Therefore when the HOLY SPIRIT came on the day of Pentecost it was not in fulfillment of Joel's prophecy. This prophecy has never been fulfilled nor will it be fulfilled during this present Dispensational Age, in which the BODY OF CHRIST is being formed, and this BODY is the BODY in all its masculinity of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

( 162 ). After this has been accomplished the LORD will begin 'once again' His relationship with His earthly people. When He appears in His day, then they will experience the fulfillment of this great prediction. There are numerous passages in the Old Testament which shed interesting light upon this future "outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT," see { Isaiah 32:15; - 44:3-4; - 59:19-21; - Ezekiel 36:27-28; - 37:14; - & - 39:29 }.

( 163 ). Scripture: "And it shall come to pass, that who shall ever call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call, { Joel 2:32 }."

( 164 ). The above verse paraphrased in commentary form ... "And it shall come to pass [ future tense ], that who shall ever call on the name of the LORD 'shall be delivered [ and saved' ]: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem [ there shall be those Israelis who escape the clutches of the Antichrist and who will not have accepted the mark or name of the beast ]: as the LORD has said, 'and [ among' ] 'the small Remnant [ of survivors shall be those' ] whom the LORD shall call."

( 165 ). Commentary . . . It is absolutely true now, that during this present Grace period "whosoever shall 'call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved [ and naturally as the above text states, this will also refer to the heathenistic Gentiles also that will be living during the Great Tribulation Period in that great day of Judgment. ]

( 166 ). The words our LORD spoke, "salvation is of the Jews" will find its largest fulfillment future wise. The nations will then be joined to the MESSIAH in His Kingdom, see { Zechariah 2:11 }.

 

 

 

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