Last night as I was reading the book of Joel about the locust plague and the coming day of the Lord, every verse seemed relevant for us today.
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?Joel 1:2
In other words, have you ever seen anything such as this?
As I read the fourth verse of chapter one, all I could think about was how the awful effects of sin have destroyed our world. Could this vivid imagery of the palmerworm, locust, cankerworm, and caterpillar used by the prophet Joel also be relevant in describing the stages of destruction that evil(sin) has caused in our land today?
I certainly think so.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. Joel 1:4
A study shows that in this verse, that Joel was describing the four stages in development in a single type of insect. The palmerworm(to gnaw) is the first hatched stage. The locust(to be many) the insect gets its wings and flies. The cankerworm(to lick off) is the stage in which it does its destructive work. The caterpillar(to devour or to consume) is the final stage in which the insect reaches full growth and devours everything in its path.
Doesn't this sound like the effects of increased sin in our land?
It does to me!
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.
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. Joel 1:6-7
"For a nation is come up upon my land..."
Doesn't this sound like the Islamic nation and ISIS?
Today, ISIS is running people out of their land in fear. These refugees along with Islamic terrorists are coming into other countries like the Trojan Horse. They are swarming, gnawing, and laying waste to all in their path.
In the meantime we have a president who supports Islamic terrorists.
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The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
Do Americans not see this?
Do Christians not understand the importance of fasting, prayer, and repentance? Don't wait until ISIS is beheading men, women, and little children in your neighborhood before you rend your heart, mourn, and call out to God.
Christians in America have a lackadaisical attitude regarding their obligations in this WAR.
I won't get on that topic again, but we are indeed,
A Spoiled Nation (click to read),
and the locust swarm is nearing our backyard!
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. Joel 1:10-11
What are the husbandmens and vinedressers doing today as the harvest is perishing. These represent the spiritual leaders or pastors.
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.Joel 1: 13-15
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? Joel 2:17
Do we have this type of SERIOUSNESS within our churches today?
The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. Joel1:17
Why is precious seed rotting under the ground?
What a heart wrenching verse!
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:6
If the seed is rotten under the clods, something is terribly wrong with the way it is being tended.
As Christians, how are our precious seeds. Did we weep bearing them? Will we rejoice in harvest bringing in the sheaves, or will we be saddened to see that, through satan's deceptions, we have tended to the tares more?
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.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 2:13-14
Christians should be able to discern the times and the increase of evil!
We should be able to see the locusts' destruction throughout the world.
We should be wise enough to see the invasion growing in our own land.
Remove the scales caused by human pride and self reliance that have grown over your eyes, and see the spiritual realities!
Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God. Joel 2:12-13
We should proclaim God's word!
Prepare for war!
Wake up mighty ones of war!
Let the weak say, I am strong! Joel 3:9-10
We have a weapon in prayer!
We have a Weapon of Praise!
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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. Joel 3:16
The whole world is in for a shaking!
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 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 Joel 2:30-32
Today, 09/23/15, is the Day of Atonement. The last blood moon will be this month on the 28th(Feast of Tabernacles). We are now in the 70th Jubilee Year!
The English word “jubilee” comes from the Hebrew word “yovel” meaning a “trumpet or ram’s horn.”These rams’ horns were blown on the Day of Atonement to announce the start of the Year of Jubilee.
Blow the trumpet in Zion and sound the alarm in the holy mountain!
Sanctify ye a fast!
Rend your heart!
Sanctify the congregation!
Yes, sanctify the congregation. Exodus 19:10 and the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify(consecrate: to be set apart, blessed, to be dedicate and devote to the service and worship of God) them today and tomorrow let them wash their clothes. As Christians, we should be sanctified and set apart from the world and devoted to the service of God and not devoted to the things of this world, which is idolatry! We should, through Christ, wear clean garments, but so many still love the look and feel of their old rags.
Are we a sanctified congregation today?
Cry unto the Lord!
In the book of Joel, which is so relevant today, we are called to do these things.
And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.Mark 4:9