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Summary: Our marriage to our spouse ought to compare with our marriage to Christ. The Bridegroom (Jesus) is coming back for the bride. (Church) It is time to make our decisions while were in the valley of decision.

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It’s Decision Time

Joel 3:9-18

9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: {Prepare: Heb. Sanctify}

10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. {pruninghooks: or, scythes}

11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. {cause...: or, the LORD shall bring down}

12 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.

13 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.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. {decision: or, concision, or, threshing}

15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

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 of the children of Israel. {hope: Heb. place of repair, or, harbour}

17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. {holy: Heb. holiness}

18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim. {flow: Heb. go}

Verses 9-11 are a picture of the assembly of the mighty army which the Antichrist will lead against Jerusalem.

Jesus Christ, at this time, has already come back for the born-again believers in the Rapture of the church.

Joel 3:10 says:

10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

This verse proclaims the nations of the world under the domain of the anti-christ preparing war against Israel.

When it says “let the weak say that I am strong”, it is saying that Israel has to come to a place where she understands that she is weak, but through Christ she will be strong.

When I am weak, that is when Christ becomes strong within my walk.

When it seems that you are weak, that is when Christ can be magnified in your walks of faith.

Joel 3:11-13

11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. {cause...: or, the LORD shall bring down}

12 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.

13 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.

Verse 11 is referring to Revelation 16:16 and is talking about the Battle of Armageddon.


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