Judgment is Described

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Warfare

Joel lists four significant events toward which history has long been pointing:

  1. The assembling of troops (verses 9-11). Plowshares are beaten into swords and pruning hooks into spears (v. 10) as the nations assemble for battle. Judgment is compared to the harvesting of grain as the Lord destroys His enemies.
  2. The judgment of the nations (v. 12-14). This will not be man deciding whether to return to God but God deciding what chastisement to give to the nations whose “wickedness is great” (v. 13). The enemies which God will judge will be almost numberless but the judgment given out will be precise and complete.
  3. The signs in nature (v. 15). The sun moon and stars will withdraw their light and darkness will cover the earth. These signs indicate that something momentous is about to happen.
  4. The returning Deliverer (v.16). Like a roaring lion the Lord will come out of Zion and will bring judgment upon His enemies. He will bring hope and strength to His people.
Billions of people have lived on earth, and every one of them, dead, living and yet to be born will face God’s judgment unless they have trusted Christ as their saviour.

Application

Many people want to picture God as a loving God who could never punish anyone. If they would just study this portion of Scripture they would see that He brings severe judgments to the wicked. I need to be quick to recognize sin but at the same time be loving toward the sinner.

Joel 3:9-16 (English Standard Version)

Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, "I am a warrior." Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD. Let the nations stir themselves up and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the winepress is full. The vats overflow, for their evil is great. Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel.

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