Summary: This brief study of Joel is intended to awaken the church to an understanding of prophetic literature and to prepare our hearts for the day in which we live (adapted from Joel Rosenberg’s Epicenter conference and Mike Bickle’s series on Joel).
Joel Pt4 A Call to Lament and Wail
The name of the prophet Joel means- the Lord is God.
The world in which we live is God’s world and God has a program and He does not answer to any man.
In Revelation- concerning the seventh trumpet blast-
Rev 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
This is in essence the message of Joel-
kingdom of- world will become-Kingdom of God.
Natural plague- leads to economic disaster.
Laura Ingalls Wilder- On the banks of Plum Creek- locust plague- Pg 192-205
Locust plague- classic form of judgment in the Bible-
Egypt- 8th plague- locust plague (Ex 10.1-20)
Moses warned Israel- turn from God in- Promised Land- face locust plagues (Deut 28.15, 25, 38)
Rev 9.1-12- 5th trumpet- locust plague.
Today- see cataclysmic natural disasters increasing- how do we interpret these events?
Joel saw- events of his day- God’s judgment on sin.
At what point will God say to us- enough is enough?
Gen 6.5-7, 11-13 earth- corrupt/God- destroy it
God- distraught w/city- sent Jonah- warn of judgment-
Jon 1:2 (NASB) “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.”
How about the sin in our own lives? city? nation?
Do our prayers going up before God outweigh our sin?
Last week- saw-Lord warns various people of judgment-
elders, drunkards, virgins, bridegrooms
priests, farmers, vinedressers
What is coming will affect everyone in the land.
v1.5 (Rev 6.6)
The wine is cut off because- grape vines destroyed.
Drunkard- asleep/unaware of what is happening around them- totally focused/absorbed on their needs.
Today- substance abuse derailing- next generation.
Do we realize how drunk we are- illegal/legal drugs, entertainment, media, computer games, music?
Locust are like an army invading the land- also possible reference to coming invasion by Babylon- 586BC.
Our land has been invaded by-
pornography, alcohol, drugs,
generational hatred, racial prejudices,
unbelief, rise of secularism, atheism, humanism.
Locust- eat everything green/strip the bark off a tree.
Figs/fig trees- often symbols of Israel- God’s people.
Fig trees-stripped-picture of Israel’s spiritual barrenness
Certainly today much of the church is spiritually barren.
What can we do to turn around the spiritual barrenness of the church? Not be barren ourselves!
2 Tim 2:15 (NASB) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
Diligent- to hasten do something, to exert oneself.
Christianity is an active religion, not a passive one.
What can be more tragic than a bride losing her husband on their wedding day?- this is serious!
Marriage- covenant relationship between two people.
In a spiritual sense- Israel was in a covenant with God.
In a covenant the blessings are greatly multiplied as well as the curses for breaking that covenant.