Summary: (adapted from Joel Rosenberg’s Epicenter and Mike Bickle’s series on Joel)
Joel Pt1 The Day of the Lord is Near
(adapted from Joel Rosenberg- Epicenter Conf, Mike Bickle- Joel Series, other resources as noted)
Introduction to Joel
Just finished a study of a NT book- Philippians.
We want to start a study of an OT book- Joel.
First, look at how Joel fits into the Bible- (PPT)
Joel begins with a warning of a natural disaster that will lead to great agricultural and economic problems.
Locust invasions can be devastating-
they can be numbered in the billions,
cover an area ten mile long and five miles wide,
blot out the sun, and destroy everything living in their path.
Maryland- seven year locust invasion- they were everywhere- all over cars, the side walk, you would step on them, they smelled when they died. Nothing compared to this event.
It is also a prophetic picture of future events.
Why Study Joel?
There is a seriousness in the book of Joel that takes us beyond just events that happened in ancient Israel.
Joel- mini book of Revelation-insight to end time events.
Joel is about-
Day of the Lord and
how Christian’s should respond/live in that time.
The message of Joel is that the Day of the Lord- is near.
We might want to prepare ourselves for that day?
God- awakening His church to- message of this book.
Joel was written to prepare the end-time church for both the glory of God and world wide crisis that is coming.
During the end of the age we will see-
move of the HS/out pouring of God’s glory,
an increase in demonic activity- Rev 12.12
the groaning of creation- Rom 8.19-22
and God’s judgment upon the world.
We dare not ignore the warnings we find in Joel.
There is an urgency in heaven that the people of God become aware of and prepared for- Day of the Lord.
this needs to be our response to God in the age in which we live
Jesus said- same thing- Mat 22.34-40
God is calling us into a relationship w/Him and one another that is essential in the days ahead.
Day of the Lord
The Day of the Lord- 5x times in Joel-
Joel 1.15, 2.1, 2.11, 2.31, 3.14
The Day of the Lord- not the same as the Last Days.
The Last Days started on the day of Pentecost when the church was birthed.
The Last Days are building towards the Day of the Lord.
The Day of the Lord is a season judgment when God when God intervenes in the affairs of men.
The Day of the Lord refers to-
the return of the Lord,
His 1000 year reign from Jerusalem, and
the Great White Throne of Judgment.
One of the things that always is a part of end time discussions, is God’s judgment.
How can a loving God do some of the things we read in Revelation- millions killed at the hand of God?
first, we must keep in mind- God is a just God,
second, God does not take comfort in judgment.
2 Pet 3.3-9
The purpose of tribulation is to get people to let go of whatever- political, religious, philosophical, ideas they are holding onto- insufficient for salvation.
(i.e. government financial crisis)
Whatever we are putting our trust in is insufficient for- difficult times ahead or our own personal salvation.