Study of Joel
The best strong hold against anti-Semitism is the study of the
book of Joel.
If more of us would study the book of Joel, we would see more
clearly that Israel is very much a part of the heart of God both in
the past and in the future. There would be no anti-Semitism in the
church if we would receive the proper understanding of God's
dealings with Israel and His eternal purpose for Israel. The church
never replaces Israel and never did they become spiritual Israel.
The true believers in Jesus Christ become part of Israel adopted
into the vine of Israel by faith in Jesus but we never replace or
supplant Israel. Those that rejected the gospel were removed from
the vine temporarily but they will be grafted in again as soon as
they begin to repent of sin and recognize the Messiah that their
ancestors rejected. Actually not all Jews rejected Jesus. On the day
of Pentecost thousands received the Holy Spirit, not just the
The book of Joel needs to be studied along with the book of Acts
because the book of Acts records the partial fulfillment of Joel.
The latter rain or the latter part of the fulfillment of Joel takes
place just before the Second coming of Jesus Christ. The beginning
of this came to the Gentile believers just before the twentieth
century and continues this present day but that is only a trickle
compared to the latter day outpouring that will come upon Israel
when they turn to Jesus Christ. Thousands of Jews are already coming
to Christ and receiving the Holy Ghost. This started in the latter
part of the twentieth century and continues now in the twenty first
century. I rejoice in this. All true believers in Jesus will rejoice
in the salvation of Israel. True believers will never reject Israel
or join in armies surrounding Israel for their destruction.
Joel 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
Joe 1:2 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
Joe 1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell
their children, and their children another generation.
God commanded Israel to always teach His word to their children and
in turn the children were to pass it down from one generation to
another. They didn't do this so as a result, many departed from God
and started to mimic the nations around them and serve the gods of
those nations. As a result they became slaves to other nations to
whom they desired to copy.
We today will become slaves or in bondage to whatever we desire over
and above our Lord Jesus Christ.
If we reject Christ and prefer to remain in sin, that sin will
consume us. We literally become slaves to sin.
Joe 1:4 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 caterpillar
By departing from God, they did not have his protection and as a
result the elements were against them. They were plagued with famine
and loss of material blessings. Bad things do happen to try our
faith but in the end we come out better off. Many times though
bad happens because we have departed from God and His hand of
protection is not as strong with us as it was before. A nation
that fears God will be blessed materially but that doesn't mean that
all poor nations are necessarily out of God's will. There will
be poor among us to see if we will help them. The bible does
not teach the modern day prosperity doctrine. We need to take heed
the words of Jesus and seek the true riches which are spiritual, not
material. He will supply our needs if we trust in Him but we need to
be seeking the spiritual riches, not the riches which will pass
away. If we are blessed materially we have a great
responsibility to do good for the poor and not despise them by
assuming they are out of God's favor.
It is true that Israel lost their land many times because
they strayed from the true God and served idols. Without God
they were prey to their enemies. The enemy has more strength
if we depart from God. Whereever people fear the Lord, evil is
restrained. When those same people depart from God, He doesn't
stay where He is not wanted. If He departs evil becomes
stronger. Naturally we will not prosper spiritual or
materially if that happens.
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.
Joe 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.
Without God's protection, other wicked nations will be able to come
up against a weak nation and overtake them. Only by God's power can
the weak be stronger than the enemy whether the enemy is a real army
or the enemy of our souls which is Satan.
Joe 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
Joe 1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband
of her youth.
At one time a virgin without any hope for a husband would be
considered without hope or in despair. This is also symbolic of a
young bride without her bridegroom. Israel without God or
without the Messiah is like a virgin with no bridegroom.
Joe 1:9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from
the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.
Joe 1:10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is
wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers,
for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field
Joe 1:12 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.
They lost all joy, comfort, substance and hope because God allowed
their destruction for a season.
The remedy is the same then as it is now.
Repentance and turning back to God.
Joe 1:13 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
withheld from the house of your God.
Joe 1:14 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,
Assembling together and calling upon God is necessary for things to
turn around. A word of caution here is that we truly repent and seek
the spiritual things of God and not just seek God for material
restoration. If we just seek physical healing, jobs, food, shelter
and clothing and neglect the restoration spiritually back to God, we
will end up in the same shape and condition we were before we sought
God. Some today come to God for physical help and material blessings
and do not repent of sin or receive God's spirit into their lives.
They go so far to get relief but they do not go on to turning their
lives completely over to God and receive the gift of the Holy
Spirit. By repenting of sin and receiving Jesus Christ which is our
salvation, God in turn gives the Holy Spirit to abide with us
continually. Without the gift of the Holy Spirit we cannot live for
God in love and peace.
Joe 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand,
and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
This may be a double prophecy here of judgment and captivity of that
day by Babylon, the Medes and Persians, Greeks and Romans and also
of latter day troubles we call the tribulation when the armies of
the world gather together against Israel.
Joe 1:16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and
gladness from the house of our God?
Joe 1:17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid
desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
Outward lack of food and substance is similar to what happens to
a soul who neglects the spiritual things that come from God. Our
soul can become lean and hungry just like our body can. This
reminds me of a person who is completely concerned only with this
life. He seeks a good education, a high paying job, a nice
home, car, clothes and furniture but takes no thought to his eternal
soul. What profit is it when we gain the whole world and lose our
Joe 1:18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are
perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep
are made desolate.
Our disobedience can affect innocent animals.
Joe 1:19 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.
Joe 1:20 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
When we stray from God, anything can happen. Its not
as if God is sitting in heaven waiting for us to sin so He can bring
judgment. NO. When we stray from God, His hand of
protection is not there to keep evil from us. We must as a
nation be careful not to cast God out. We can't have a
theocracy until the return of Christ because we are but men (women)
who can get into error by substituting our own commandments instead
of God's. How do I know that? Just read an unbiased
version of church history. It was a mess when church and state
united. That can only be done under Christ at His literal
To cast God out altogether and forbid public worship and
acknowledging Him in the public sector is a big mistake. Without His
hand of protection a nation will be given over to sin.
Eventually it will be destroyed. When God leaves, the enemy
becomes stronger. How do I know? Read history.
Evil increases from generation to generation. Eventually it
gets so bad that God has to allow its destruction. Already we
have abortion which kills innocent children. When a government
begins to allow legalized murder of innocent children, it isn't long
until it will be history. Another thing that brings hurt to a
nation is its treatment of Israel. The bible say's concerning
the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, "I will bless them that
bless you and curse them that curse you." That verse is
unchanged. God will allow wicked nations to punish
Israel when Israel sins but then He will punish the nations that
harm them. Sexual immorality will also destroy a nation. It breaks
up families and takes what God created as good and makes it evil. It
will not only destroy society as a whole but cause disease to
English used to be a mighty nation that ruled many
colonies all over the world until they turned their backs on the
Jews. Spain used to be a mighty nation until after the Spanish
Inquisition. Germany was once a mighty nation under Hitler but the
mighty has fallen. It did not last. We will not get away
with anti-Semitism, not now or ever. God's promise to Abraham
is still in effect. We must not attempt to divide the nation
of Israel. Hillary Clinton, Obama and all the rest, please
take heed and leave Israel alone. Every time there is
so-called peace talks, we have a national disaster.