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"Part 4 ... Of The Destruction Of Russia And:

All Her Evil Allies"... Etcetera:

"Chapter Three of Joel ... The Events Of The Day Of The LORD":

"Israel's Enemies Judged" And "MESSIAH's Millennial Kingdom Established" . . .

"[ 1 ]: The Judgment Of The Nations { Joel 3:1-8 )",

"[ 2 ]: The Preceding Warfare Of The Nations And

How It Ends { 3:9-16 }."

"[ 3 ]: The Future of Israel ... MESSIAH Will Be In

The Midst Of His People { 3:17-21 }."

 

 

( 1 ). Commentary ... During the Millennial reign of MESSIAH, the center of the United Nations will no longer be in New York, but in the Middle East, in Israel. From there the reign of peace will extend over the whole world, when the Kingdom of MESSIAH is established and He reigns as KING of KING's! The people of Israel are those that live at the central point of the earth. { Ezekiel 5:5 - & - 38:12 } testifies to this, where it says . . .

( 2 ). Scripture: "Thus says the LORD GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her, { Ezekiel 5:5 }."

( 3 ). Scripture: "And, ... upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land, { Ezekiel 38:12 }."

( 4 ). Commentary ... The people that dwell in the middle of the earth. Israel is at the center position of the earth; this is also logical for we have Africa, Asia and Europe, and Israel in the midst of them. There is no route today from the Arab states of North Africa to the Arab states in Asia, because Israel is in between them, and is the land bridge from one side to the other.

( 5 ). In other words, one cannot travel from Asia east of Israel to Africa west of Israel without crossing through Israel to get to the other side! Even in 1949, King Abdullah 1 of Jordan wanted to make a pact with Israel.

( 6 ). Israel was to give Jordan the south part of their land, i.e., "the Negeb wilderness in the south part of Israel." Jordan for her part was prepared to give Israel more land in Judea and Samaria. The Jews wisely turned down this offer. Otherwise Jordan would have become the most important transit land. Jordan knew exactly what was at stake, She wanted direct access from Africa to Asia.

( 7 ). Israel's existence prevented this. This is just another reason why Israel is so hated by the Arabs. She is like a barrier in the midst of the Arab world. { Isaiah Ch. 19 } testifies also that the land of Israel is at the center of the earth, and will one day be a blessing to the world as a whole. . . .

( 8 ). { V. 21 } Scripture: "And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yes, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it.

( 9 ). The above { V. 21 } paraphrased in commentary form ... "And the LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know [ and have knowledge of, be acquainted with, give heed to and cherish ] the LORD in that Millennial day and will worship with sacrifice of animal and vegetable offerings; yes they will vow a vow to the LORD and perform it."

( 10 ). { V. 22 }: And the LORD shall smite Egypt: He shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and 'He shall be intreated [ i.e., listen to the earnest request' ] of them, and shall heal them.

( 11 ). { V. 23 }: In that day shall there be highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

( 12 ). The above { V. 23 } paraphrased in commentary form . . . "In that [ Millennial ] day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria [ as we have before stated: Assyria is not present-day Syria, but Iraq ], and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve [ and worship the LORD ] with the Assyrians. [ Iraq today had the name 'Assyria in ancient times.' ]

( 13 ). { V. 24 }: In that [ Millennial ] day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria [ in a Messianic league ], even a blessing in the midst of the land:

( 14 ). { V. 25 }: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel my inheritance, { Isaiah 19:21-25 }."

( 15 ). Commentary . . . Many would think this was a misprint, but really it does say, "Egypt My people." The center of the United Nations will no longer be in New York, but in the Middle East, in Israel. From there the reign of peace will extend over the whole world, when the Millennial earthly Kingdom of GOD is established and MESSIAH reigns as KING. This must be the whole world's future great and living hope and expectation, and we should be comforted by the fact that GOD will keep His Promises!

( 16 ). Commentary . . . In { Joel 3:1-8 }: The first verse specifies the time when JEHOVAH will do what He announces in the two verses which follow. It will be in those days, in that future time when MESSIAH returns, when the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem is completely brought back to their land from the rest of the world's nations.

( 17 ). Clearly then, up to this present time this cannot take place, for the captivity of the LORD's people is not yet to be ended. Presently there are millions of Jews scattered throughout the world's nations and for one reason or another they cannot return.

( 18 ). Israel, the ten tribes are not mentioned here, but they are included in the prophecy; they will likewise be brought back. Joel only mentions Judah, because his prophecy was addressed to Judah and Jerusalem. The dispersion and captivity, of Judah, naturally isn't the whole story, because the same thing happened to the people of Israel in the north part of their country, and it will not end till Divine power accomplishes the full end of the prophecy according to the many promises in the Word of GOD.

( 19 ). Therefore, when at last the heavens are silent no longer and JEHOVAH in His power begins to fulfil His promises and their captivity ends it will mean judgment for all the world's nations. And, we believe that at this present time the LORD is already beginning His judgment on the world's nations, if you don't think so, watch the news and read your paper.

( 20 ) For instance, look what has just taken place with the great earthquake in Haiti! The news media has said that Pat Robertson must be out of his mind for stating that the Haiti's earthquake is a judgment from GOD. Even some ministers are saying that Pat Robertson is wrong. This shows the ignorance some ministers are guilty of by not understanding their own Bibles.

( 21 ). The truth is, the Scriptures do state that sin will be judged by the LORD. And it is a well known fact that Haiti is a diseased ridden country, and a very large number of the people there have Aids, and several other diseases that were caused through fornication and other sexual sins.

( 22 ). Thus, Pat Robertson may be wrong in other things, but he is right in this! GOD is, and will judge the nations. But, judgment today can hardly be compared to what it will be in the Great Tribulation. We believe that many of the chaotic conditions that take place on the earth today are mostly judgemental warnings of things to come!

( 23 ). And no doubt, the US will be judged tremendously for the murders committed daily in the American murder clinics, and condoned by the US President and the Congress of this country. GOD help our country. Satan is doing his very best through many of the ungodly leaders of the US to destroy us!!!!! . . .

( 24 ). It Is JEHOVAH Himself who speaks, of what He is going to do! ... But ..., there will be a future day of tremendous judgment! And, when MESSIAH returns He will judge all the nations and will especially have mercy on Israel, and Satan's power will end!"

 

( 25 ). Scripture: "I will also bring together 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, who they have scattered among the nations, and parted My land, { Joel 3:2 }."

( 26 ). Commentary . . . See { Ezekiel 36:5 }. How the LORD will bring these heathen nations together and then accomplish His purpose is revealed in { Vs. 9-12 }. We therefore pass it by for the present till we read the second part of the chapter. But here is also the place mentioned where this great Judgment of these northern nations will be executed.

( 27 ). It will be "in the valley of Jehoshaphat." The words in translation means "JEHOVAH Judges." This name occurs elsewhere in the Word of GOD. King Jehu was the son of Jehoshaphat and he was the son of Nimshi { 2- Kings 9:2 }. Significant, for Jehu means "He is JEHOVAH," Jehoshaphat: "JEHOVAH Judges," - Nimshi: "JEHOVAH reveals."

( 28 ). In { 2- Chronicles Ch. 20 } we read the account of King Jehoshaphat's victory over hostile nations. But the place where this took place is not the valley of Jehoshaphat, but it was called "Berachah, that is blessing." We mention this for some expositors have claimed that the place where King Jehoshaphat brought judgment upon these nations was in the valley of which Joel speaks.

( 29 ). The valley of Jehoshaphat must be looked for in the immediate vicinity of Jerusalem. It is generally placed in the valley of the Kidron on the East of Jerusalem. But, on the other hand, this particular valley may not yet be in existence. At the Second Coming of MESSIAH, we read of the same events which are here predicted. . . .

( 30 ). When the LORD appears "His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives in that day. The Mount of Olives will then cleave in the midst and there will be formed a very great valley, { Zechariah 14:4 }." This great valley may become the valley where the LORD Judges the world's nations. In the valley of Jehoshaphat the LORD will deal with the nations and His judgment will be on account of His people and heritage Israel.

( 31 ). The nations scattered them and "divided the LORD's land." They treated His people like slaves, "casting lots for GOD's people, sold a girl for wine and drank it. { Joel 3:3 }." As we have before mentioned: the nations are again trying to divide the land of Israel that GOD claims for Himself. And, worse than this will be repeated in the future Tribulation Period!

( 32 ). The great sin of the heathenistic Gentile world powers, is the sin against Israel. These things are repeatedly mentioned by GOD's prophets. The foundation of the Judgment of the nations of which our LORD speaks in { Matthew Ch. 25 } is likewise because of the treatment of the Jews. Read also { Psalms 79:1-3; - 83:1-6; - Isaiah 29:1-8; - 34:1-3; - Jeremiah 25:13; - Zechariah 1:14-15; - & - 12:2-3

( 33 ). In Joel's day such wickedness as described here of casting lots for JEHOVAH's people and selling boys and girls was definitely a known fact. The Philistines had done this, as well as Tyre and Sidon. But these words were fulfilled during the Babylonian captivity and in that great dispersion which was brought on by the Roman Empire.

( 34 ). After the destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D. the very thing happened spoken by the prophet. Nearly a million and a half of human beings parished in Jerusalem and in the land of Israel in that awful warfare. Tens of thousands of Jews were taken as prisoners.

( 35 ). Three hundred thousand Jews were disposed by the Roman general Titus, according to Josephus in the following manner: "Those under seventeen years of age were publicly sold; of the remainder, some were executed immediately, some sent away to work in the Egyptian mines [ which was worse than death ], some kept for public shows to fight with wild beasts in all the chief cities; only the tallest and most handsome were kept for the triumphal procession into Rome." Jews were sold for so small a price as a measure of barley; many thousands of them were disposed of.

( 36 ). And what else could we add from the history of centuries, the cruel and terrible persecutions GOD's heritage suffered, the thousands and tens of thousands massacred, tortured, outraged and sold as slaves. Haven't many of us beheld in our own past similar horrors in Germany? And that history of the torture and murder of the Jews is not yet finished!

( 37 ). Outbreaks of hatred against GOD's heritage Israel are still to come and the time of Jacob's trouble soon to come will grossly eclipse all their former suffering. Read again { Matthew 24:21-22; - & - Daniel 12:1 }." The day will come when the MESSIAH will judge the nations for the evil they have done.

( 38 ). "{ Joel 3:9-16 }: is the prophecy showing what precedes the judgment on the nations." With the judgment hosts of the LORD, the angels, are seen coming down, then MESSIAH appears in all His majesty, while sun and moon are darkened, it is a great dramatic scene which the SPIRIT OF GOD unfolds.

( 39 ). We arrange it, adding the different speakers here in chapter three, to bring out the full value of the text! ... [ As we have pointed out previously elsewhere, the parable of the Sheep and the goats in { Matthew 25:31-46 } portrays the Judgment of the nations after MESSIAH has returned and ended the Great Tribulation Period ] . . . [ The LORD is speaking: ] . . .

( 40 ). { V. 9 } Scripture: "Proclaim this among 'the [ heathen nations of the ] Gentiles' . . .; Prepare war . . ., wake up the mighty men . . ., let all the men of war draw near; . . . let them come up! . . .

( 41 ). { V. 10 }: Beat your plowshares into swords . . ., and your pruninghooks into spears ... let the weak [ nations such as those small nations who despise Israel and America ] say, I am strong. . . .

( 42 ). { V. 11 }: [ The prayer of the prophet ]: "Assemble yourselves, and come, all you heathen, and gather yourselves together round about . . . there cause your mighty ones to come down, 0 LORD. . . .

( 43 ). { V. 12 }: [ The LORD is speaking ]: 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.

( 44 ). COMMENTARY: The reader will notice that All Gentiles are called heathen, once a Gentile becomes a Christian he is never again called a Gentile or a heathen! Notice the difference in { 1- Corinthians 10:32 }.

( 45 ). { V. 13 }: [ The LORD to His judgment hosts ]: Put in the sickle . . ., for the harvest is ripe ... come . . . Tread! . . ., get yourself down; for the press is full . . ., the vats overflow . . .; for their wickedness is great.

( 46 ). { V. 14 }: [ The prophet beholding the gathering states ]: Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! . . . for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

( 47 ). { V. 15 }: The sun and the moon shall be darkened . . ., and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

( 48 ). { V. 16 }: 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 [ and fortress' ] for the children of Israel, { Joel 3:9-16 }."

( 49 ). Commentary ... Throughout the prophetic Word we read that great nations confederated together will oppose GOD and His purposes when this present Grace age closes. There will then be a great eastern confederacy come into existence that has many times been called, "the restored Roman Empire," otherwise known as the future "One World Government." See annotations on { Daniel Chs, 2 and 7, } This will be a great north- eastern alliance of nations.

( 50 ). This confederacy is in view right now on this earth as any good prophetic student will admit. Consider { Psalm 2, - 68:1-6; - Isaiah 29:1-8; - 34:1-3; - Jereemiah 25:29-33; - Ezekiel 3:8; - Zechariah Chs, 12, - 14; - & - Revelation 19:19 }. When the Rapture shortly takes place, Judgment will then begin to fall upon these opposing nations. The judgment is mentioned as "reaping and treading the winepress of almighty GOD," the same as in { Revelation 14:14-20 }.

( 51 ). { Vs. 17-21 }: Like all the other prophetic books Joel ends with the vision of the Millennial Kingdom and the LORD dwelling in the midst of His people. He will appear in all His glory. MESSIAH will be a refuge for His people. Then they will come to that knowledge which they so long refused, that the delivering MESSIAH is their GOD.

( 52 ). But, the MESSIAH who appears there will be none other than the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the one Who was in their midst and Who was delivered up by His Own people to be crucified. What a day it will be when "They will look upon Him Whom they have pierced and mourn for Him, { Zechariah 12:10 }."

( 53 ). He will dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, the mountain of GOD's glory. The glory from above will find a resting place on that holy Hill. There He will be enthroned as KING MESSIAH { Psalm 2:6 }. From there the glory will be spread over the whole world { Isaiah 4:5-6; - & - Psalm 68:16 }. Be sure and read { Jeremiah 31:1-14 }.

( 54 ). { V. 13 } Scripture: "For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation.

( 55 ). { V. 14 }: This is My rest FOREVER; here will I dwell for I have desired it, { Psalm 132:13-14 }."

( 56 ). Commentary ... It is the literal Zion and not something spiritual. Even good expositors of the Bible have missed the mark. One good commentator says, ( Quote ): "For Zion or Jerusalem is of course not the Jerusalem of the earthly Palestine, but the sanctified and glorified city of the living GOD, in which the LORD will be eternally united with His redeemed, sanctified and glorified Church ( End Quote )." . . .

( 57 ). Such exposition emanates from ignorance and false doctrine concerning GOD's purposes with His earthly people Israel, and in not dividing the Word of Truth rightly. This is sad to say, but Dispensational truth is not comprehended by the largest number of Bible Theologians!

( 58 ). Joel speaks also of the judgment which will fall upon Egypt in that day. Isaiah tells of judgment, but through him we learn that Egypt will turn to the LORD and the LORD will graciously heal Egypt, see { Isaiah Ch. 19 }. Judah will abide forever. His people will be cleansed. MESSIAH, our ever blessed LORD, will dwell in Zion.

( 59 ). The happy and glorious state of the land of Israel, and yes - of the whole earth during MESSIAH's earthly Millennial reign is thus tersely stated. For when He reigns there will be righteousness and peace; glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the deep. Thus ends the great vision of Joel, the son of Pethuel. May the eye of faith behold these blessed revelations and may we live in anticipation of what is soon to be.

The Fifth Trumpet Judgment . . .

( 60 ). { V. 1 } Scripture: "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a 'star [ angel' ] fall [ Greek - "fallen," 'future tense' ] from Heaven to the earth: and to him was given the key to the 'bottomless pit.

( 61 ). { V. 2 }: And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

[ I.e., from a burning sulfuric Hades, where smoke will be released when the door of the pit is opened ].

( 62 ). { V. 3 }: And there came out of the smoke 'locusts [ i.e., demons' and or 'wicked angels' ] see { Jude Vs. 6, 10, 12, 13 } upon the earth: and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power, { Revelation 9:1-3 }."

( 63 ). Commentary ... In that day of Tribulation, the fifth trumpet of judgment will be blown { Revelation 9:1 }. The words "Bottomless pit": in the Greek, means "pit of the abyss," mentioned 9 times in the N.T. The "Star" mentioned above in { V. 1 }: represents an intelligent creature, apparently the angel of the bottomless pit { V. 11 }.

( 64 ). Note that the star is called "him" in { V. 1 } and "he" in { V. 2 }. From the pit out of which will emerge smoke so dense that it will darken the atmosphere, blotting out the light of day, see { Revelation 9:2 }. "The bottomless pit," literally means 'the shaft of the abyss', [ for other uses of this phrase see { Luke 8:31; - Romans 10:7; - Revelation 9:11; - 11:7; - 17:8; - & - 20:1, 3 }.

( 65 ). Concerning { Luke 8:31 }: this indicates that the pit is the abode of many of the demons and wicked angels. Therefore, coming out of the black pit of Hell will be a swarm of locusts { Revelation 9:3 } which almost defies description. Their look will be utterly horrifying! They will come forth . . .

( 66 ). { V. 7 } Scripture: " . . . like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold, and their faces will be like the faces of men.

( 67 ). { V. 8 }: And they will have hair like the hair of women, and their teeth will be like the teeth of lions.

( 68 ). { V. 9 }: And their breastplates, will be as if they are breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings will sound like the noise of chariots pulled by many horses running to battle.

( 69 ). { V. 10 }: And they will have tails like scorpions ... see { Revelation 9:7-10 }."

( 70 ). Commentary ... For what it is worth, many ministers will disagree, but personally I do "NOT" believe that demons and wicked angels are the same beings, naturally I'm not going to be dogmatic here. But concerning locusts, "are these real locusts as mentioned in { V. 3 }?" Absolutely not, since they will 'NOT' feed on grass. Read the text yourself . . .

( 71 ). { V. 4 } Scripture: "And it was commanded [ to ] them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither the tree; but only these men which have not the seal of GOD in their forehead. [ I.e., those who have the seal of GOD in their forehead gives a picture of those whom at that time have become saved, and have refused to take the mark of the beast ]!

( 72 ). { V. 5 }: And to them it was given that they should 'NOT' kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man.

[ I.e., The limitations which GOD places upon the activities of these creatures show that He is in full control of these events ].

( 73 ). { V. 6 }: And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

( 74 ). { V. 7 }: "And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns 'like gold [ as if representing royalty, a picture of conquerors with strength and speed' ], and their faces were as the faces of men.

( 75 ). { V. 8 }: And they had hair as 'the hair of women [ picturing attractiveness,' but: ] and their teeth were as the 'teeth of lions. [ portraying cruelty' ].

( 76 ). { V. 9 }: And they had breastplates, as it were 'breastplates of iron [ picturing invincibility' ]; and 'the sound [ denoting calamity' ] of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

( 77 ). { V. 10 }: And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months,

( 78 ). { V. 11 }: And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon, { Revelation 9:4-11 }."

( 79 ). Commentary ... Abaddon in the Hebrew Bible is spoken six times. The words Abaddon and Apollon mean destruction. These are demon spirits which will have taken on strange bodies, so vile and wretched that they will have been imprisoned in the bottomless pit of hell for who knows how long?

( 80 ). They have been so vile and wicked that they could not be allowed freedom to roam the earth any longer. Their king will be none other than Satan himself, who is the destroyer. These locusts will use their tails to sting all unsaved people on the earth for five months, { Revelation 9:3, 5, 10 }.

( 81 ). The sting will be so painful in its agony and duration that people will try to commit suicide in order to be relieved from their suffering. For those who are tormented and wish to end their lives gives us the severity of their anguish, "but death will flee from them { V. 6 }."

( 82 ). This is a picture and a type of the final "Lake of fire" that awaits them! The wicked will suffer without any relief whatsoever, desiring death, only to find their torment to be eventually eternal.

 

 

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