The Book of JOEL
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Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. (Joel 2:21-32 kjv)
The Book of JOEL

he name Joel means "Jehovah is God." Joel prophesied against the Southern Kingdom: of Judah.

The contents of the book indicate that it was written fairly early in the reign of Joash (835 -796 B.C.). Three factors that substantiate this date are: (1) The enemies named an the Phoenicians, Philistines, Egyptians, and Edomites (Joel 3:4, 19).
These are early enemies of Judah; later opponents would have included Assyria and Babylon. (2) The position of the book in the collection of the works of the prophets indicates that the Jews considered it the oldest book addressed to Judah. (3) There is no mention of a reigning king, and an emphasis on elders and priests (Joel 1:1, 9, 13, 14; 2:16) would be appropriate for Joash, since he was crowned while still a very young boy and was under the guardianship of the high priest Jehoiada (see 2 Kgs. 11:1 -21; 2 Chr. 22:10 -23:15).

The prophecies in this book can be divided into four sections: (1) A prophetic type of the Day of the Lord (Joel 1:1 -20; see note on Zeph. 1:7); (2) the direct prophecy of the Day of the Lord itself (Joel 2:1 -32); (3) the prophecy of the judgment of the nations (Joel 3:1-17 and (4) a prophecy of the full kingdom blessing of Israel (Joel 3:18 -21).

An important theme addressed within the Book of Joel is that Jehovah is the "Lord of life." God was in control over the people's economic situation (Joel 1:4-12) and their armic (Joel 2:1 -11). He alone could grant mercy to them
(Joel 2:12 -17 kjv). [Source for Introduction of chapter: Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]

Joel 1
Joel 2
Joel 3
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