Joel's prophecy was written for events in Joel's own time, and that it was also written for events to occur in some distant time, in the time of the final judgment and the coming great day of Yahweh.
Joel describes a locust plague and then goes on to lament an invasion by a nation into the land, where it can clearly be seen that the locust plague is an allegory for invading people, and has little to do with actual insects.
Joel's prophecies occurred around 835-796 BC.
Joel was one of the earliest writing prophets. He lived more than a century after the division of the Kingdom of Israel and a century before the first exile.
It is thought he was a resident in Jerusalem, for he refers with apparently intimate knowledge to the Temple and it's services.
Joel is Ya'el in the Hebrew. The name Ya'el means, Yahweh is God (El).
Joel 1:1 The word of Yahweh that came to Joel the son of Pethuel (enlarged of El).
In the Septuagint he is the son of Bathuel.
1:2 Hear this, you old men, and give ear, all you inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
The admonishment indicates that the things which Joel is about to describe are heretofore unheard of in Israel. All the calamities that were occurring. Yahweh's punishment on Judah.
1:3 Tell you your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
Psalm 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done.
As well as our punishments for disobedience.
1:4 That which the palmerworm (locust caterpillar) hath left hath the locust (locust swarm) eaten; and that which the locust (swarm) hath left hath the cankerworm (young locust) eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
Deuteronomy 28:38 You shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
The palmerworm, the locust, the cankerworm, the caterpillar, these are not insects, rather they are allegories for people, or nations of people.
1:5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep; and howl, all you drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
Isaiah 32:10 Many days and years shall you be troubled, you careless women: for the vintage (crop) shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
1:6 For a nation is come up upon My (your) land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. (Rev 9:8 Arabs)
1:7 He hath laid My vine (Israel) waste, and barked My fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white. (Is 5:6)
Here we see that as a swarm of locusts can lay waste a vineyard or a tree, the nation which comes upon the land, “strong and without number”, can lay waste the people of God, who are the branches of His vine. John 15:5: “ I am the Vine, you are the branches....”
The prophet Nahum, using similar language and describing that which the Assyrians did to Israel, says at Nahum 2:2: “For Yahweh hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches.”
The Israelite people are referred to as drunkards, because if it were not for their licentiousness, the sinful lives they had been leading, the palmerworm, the locust, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar would not have consumed the land. The Canaanite, the Hittite, the Assyrian, by the time that Joel wrote this prophecy they have already ravaged most of ancient Israel, which is established in chapter 3 in the second verse and elsewhere. Now the Babylonians would come in and ravage the remainder of Israel.
1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did Yahweh GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
1:9 The meat (grain) offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of Yahweh; the priests, Yahweh's ministers, mourn.
1:10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn (new grain) is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the (fresh olive) oil languisheth (becomes scarce).
1:11 Be you ashamed, O you husbandmen; howl, O you vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.
1:12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field (orchards), are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men (adam).
Isaiah 24:11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
Jeremiah 48:33 And joy and gladness is taken from the plentiful field, and from the land of Moab; and I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses: none shall tread with shouting; their shouting shall be no shouting.
Husbandmen and vinedressers are metaphors for the priests and rulers of the nation. There is a parallel to all of this in Isaiah chapter 56, and here are verses 8-12:
In Isaiah we see that the shepherds, the political leaders and priests of the nation living lives full of abundance, have no care for the people and allow the nation to slip into the decadence which help to cause its demise. The watchman should be guarding the flock, and they are more concerned with filling their bellies.
1:13 Gird yourselves, and lament, you priests: howl, you ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God: for the meat (grain) offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.
Jeremiah 4:8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of Yahweh is not turned back from us.
1:14 Sanctify you a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of Yahweh your God, and cry unto Yahweh,
1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of Yahweh is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of Yahweh is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved (delivered) out of it.
This is not a warning of punishment for sin, rather it is long past that point and the punishment is coming regardless. This is a call to recognition and penitence, that one may be granted mercy in order to withstand and survive the punishment when it does come.
1:16 Is not the meat (food) cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?
1:17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners (storehouses) are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn (new grain) is withered.
1:18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
1:19 (Joel speaking) O Yahweh, to you will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.
1:20 The beasts of the field cry also unto you: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
Brush fires and field fires during a drought. Also referring to the destruction which was to result with the coming invasion.
Jeremiah 4:17-29, foreseeing this same destruction, describes it. (see 19-29 for more)
Jeremiah 4:17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against Me, saith Yahweh.
18 Your way and your doings have procured these things unto you; this is your wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto your heart.
...For My people is foolish, they have not known Me; ...The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
Joel 2:1 (Yahweh speaking) Blow you the trumpet in Zion (Tsiyon), and sound an alarm in My holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of Yahweh cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
Obadiah 1:15 For the day of Yahweh is near upon all the heathen (nations): as you hast done, it shall be done unto you: your reward shall return upon your own head.
2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
As a swarm of locusts, the invading army will devour and scorch everything in its path, and therefore that is the reason for which we see the analogy that Joel uses of the destruction of ancient Israel, that it has been devoured by one swarm after another.
2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
Revelation 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
This would describe the Arab invasion in the 7th century AD.
2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. (Rev 9:9)
2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained (in anguish): all faces shall gather blackness (pa'rur- meaning unknown, perhaps a glow of fear).
2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
The Septuagint has at verse 9: “They shall seize upon the city, and run upon the walls, and go up upon the houses, and enter in through the windows as thieves.” As it is made evident by comparing Acts 9:24 and 2 Corinthians 11:33, the walls of ancient cities often attached buildings, and therefore frequently had windows facing the outside of the city, as Paul was able to escape the Judaeans at Damascus.
Jeremiah 9:21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.
2:10 The earth (land) shall quake before them; the heavens (skies) shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
Revelation 8:12 And the fourth messenger sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
A military invasion in a drought condition would make it easy for the invading army to destroy with fire the fields and forests of the countryside as an offensive tactic, and the smoke would certainly cause the conditions envisioned here. Yet it is also evident, that the sun, moon and stars can represent the governments and people of God on earth, as they do in the Revelation in chapter 6, verses 12 and 13 where it says: “the sun became black as a sackcloth of hair and the whole moon became as blood 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth”. Here verse 10, where it is speaking of the fall of Jerusalem, it may very well describe both the conditions of the countryside literally and the final fall of the people of Judah allegorically.
2:11 And Yahweh shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for he is strong that (because strength) executeth His word: for the day of Yahweh is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
Revelation 6:17 For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
2:12 Therefore also now, saith Yahweh, turn you even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and (re)turn unto Yahweh your God: for He is gracious and merciful (compassionate), slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth (regretful) Him of the evil (harm).
Even in their destruction, Yahweh shall have mercy upon His people if they repent. The call for them to rend their hearts, and not their garments, is a call to sincere repentance, and not a mere pretense of repentance. A successful defense against the invaders shall not determine one's survival, for Yahweh has already indicated that the invaders are unstoppable, and the destruction of the kingdom is certain. Rather, only a repentant heart and a willful turn in obedience to God shall determine one's survival.
2:14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat (grain) offering and a drink offering unto Yahweh your God?
2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
3Maccabees 1:19 Women, but recently separated off, left their bridal chambers, left the reserve that befitted them, and ran about the city in a disorderly manner.
The children of Israel as a nation are the bride of Yahweh their God, and they will have mercy and survive if they marry themselves to Him, which requires submission and obedience to Him.
2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of Yahweh, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Your people, O Yahweh, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the heathen (non-Israelite nations) should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
1Maccabees 7:36 Then the priests entered in, and stood before the altar and the temple, weeping, and saying,
7:37 You, O Yahweh, didst choose this house to be called by Your name, and to be a house of prayer and petition for Your people:
7:38 Be avenged of this man and his host, and let them fall by the sword: remember their blasphemies, and suffer them not to continue any longer.
Don't give us over to these pagan nations, because then they will mock You.
2:18 Then will Yahweh be jealous for His land, and pity His people.
The phrase “between the porch and the altar” refers to the inner court of the temple. Yahweh shall spare His people for His Own sake, because they are His heritage. The people themselves are not worthy of mercy, but shall receive mercy on account of His Word and His promises.
2:19 Yea, Yahweh will answer and say unto His people, Behold, I will send you corn (new grain), and (new) wine, and (fresh) oil, and you shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen (nations):
2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea (Dead Sea), and his hinder part toward the utmost sea (Mediteranean), and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because He (Yahweh) hath done great things.
2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for Yahweh will do great things.
2:22 Be not afraid, you beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
If we repent and choose to obey our God, He will remove the enemies from our land, and He will bless us with bounty and increase. We are not going to remove our reproach of our own accord, outside of repentance and a return to obedience to our God. 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from the sky, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh your God: for He hath given you the former (early) rain (fall rain) moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former (early) rain (fall rain), and the latter rain (spring rain) in the first month.
James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Prince. Behold, the farmer waiteth for the precious fruit of the ground, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter.
Here the early and latter rain represent firstly the rain of seed time at planting and secondly the rain of ripening before the harvest: the first fell in Judaea about the beginning of our November after the seed was sown; the second toward the end of our April as the ears began filling out in preparation for the full harvest, as their crops developed during the winter and early spring. It is obvious that this passage typifies the beginning of the ekklesia period and extends until the time of Yahshua’s Second Advent, with a long dry season between the two rains. Most good farmers are aware that a moderate dry spell after the seed has been planted can be beneficial, causing the plants to develop a vigorous root system so that when the rains finally come the crop will produce an abundant yield.
So we saw an early rain in the descending of the Spirit at Pentecost, and the marvellous things which those first apostles of Christ were able to do, and now we expect a later rain of the Spirit at His return, which is the fulfillment of our redemption.
2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats (vats) shall overflow with wine and oil.
2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you.
Here we see that Yahweh Himself sent the palmerworm, the cankerworm, the locust and the caterpillar among us, in order to devour us. But that does not mean that we can blame Yahweh our God for our troubles: for we invited these plagues upon ourselves when we turned away from Him!
These other races who have flooded our lands and who are devouring our substance, these are the beasts of Isaiah 56 and Jeremiah 31. These are the armies of Gog and Magog, and the “many people with them” of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. These are the Negro, the Mestizo, the Arab and the Asian. These are the cankerworm, the palmerworm, the locust, and the caterpiller, which Yahweh has allowed the Jews in control of our government, to flood our lands with, for our punishment. It is very clear, in the blessings of obedience and the curses of disobedience spelled out for us in both Leviticus and in Deuteronomy, what the consequences of our sin would be.
32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given unto another people, and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in your hand.
33 The fruit of your land, and all your labours, shall a nation which you knowest not eat up; and you shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
34 So that you shalt be mad for the sight of your eyes which you shalt see.
We see our jobs going to the aliens, our resources, welfare, school tuitions, our taxes pay for them. Our traditions and heritage are being threatened and changed to cater to them. Our people are race mixing with them. And we just allow it.
7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of Yahweh, and forgat Yahweh their God, and served Baalim and the groves.
8 Therefore the anger of Yahweh was hot against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years.
9 And when the children of Israel cried unto Yahweh, Yahweh raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
10 And the Spirit of Yahweh came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and Yahweh delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim. (see also Judges 6:1-14, 10:6-18)
2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you.
Verse 25 promises a recovery from the “great army” which Yahweh sent among us. Here we see, that just as so often happened in Old Testament Israel, it is a trial from God that all of the world's races have flooded into our lands and are devouring our children and our substance as we breathe this very moment. From the consequences of our disobedience, found in Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy 28:32, 41-43
32 Thy sons and your daughters shall be given unto another people, and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in your hand.
41 You shalt beget sons and daughters, but you shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
42 All your trees and fruit of your land shall the locust consume.
43 The stranger that is within you shall get up above you very high; and you shalt come down very low.
Our once great Christian society has become a melting pot of aliens and their traditions. Just look at how our faith has been attacked lately. America was a white nation with freedom of Christian religion, not a land for alien races and their religions!
As it was in ancient Israel, so it is today. Now Yahweh tells us that He sent this “great army” among us for which to chastise us. But when we examine our history, we see that we as a people have not resisted our leaders when they did those things which allowed our nation to be overrun, and therefore we cannot blame our God. The priests and pastors preach universalism, multiculturalism, and diversity from the pulpits, and no man resists them.
The “churches” teach that Jesus is a Jew, that all you have to do is “believe”, and that you are “saved” by your own declaration. The “churches” are ignorantly teaching the Jews religion of Judaism. They allow mixed race couples in church, they tolerate homosexuality.
The government, run by the Edomite Jew, dictates these things, and no man marches on the capitals. We have accepted, and often agreed to, all of this sin, and therefore God cannot be blamed, only we as a people are to blame.
2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you.
2:26 And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of Yahweh your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and My people shall never be ashamed.
2:27 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am Yahweh your God, and none else: and My people shall never be ashamed.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am Yahweh their God from that day and forward.
23 And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against Me, therefore hid I My face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid My face from them.
25 Therefore thus saith Yahweh GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for My holy name;
26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against Me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;
28 Then shall they know that I am Yahweh their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
29 Neither will I hide My face any more from them: for I have poured out My spirit upon the house of Israel, saith Yahweh GOD.
The Hebrew starts chapter 3 here.
2:28 (Ya'el 3:1) And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (Zec 12:10)
2:29 (3:2) And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My spirit.
We see in both Ezekiel and in Joel that the promise of that latter rain of the Spirit marking our full restoration does not come until the time of the destruction of our enemies. By “all flesh” here the Word of God can only mean “all Adamic flesh” (Anglo-Saxon Israelites), which is evident from reading Isaiah.
1 Yet now hear, O Jacob My servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:
2 Thus saith Yahweh that made you, and formed you from the womb, which will help you; Fear not, O Jacob, My servant; and you, Jesurun (upright), whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My spirit upon your seed, and My blessing upon your offspring:
2:30 (3:3) And I will shew wonders in the heavens (skies) and in the earth (land), blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
2:31 (3:4) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of Yahweh come.
9 Behold, the day of Yahweh cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of the sky and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from the sky, and the powers of the skies shall be shaken:
Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
6:13 And the stars of the sky fell unto the ground, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
2:32 (3:5) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance (survivors), as Yahweh hath said, and in the remnant (survivors) whom Yahweh shall call. (Rom 10:13)
Yahweh is speaking to Israel. All, every, and whosoever are always referring to Israel.
The children of Israel are often referred to as the stars of heaven. Without the knowledge, understanding, and practice of the Word, we cease to shine.
The moon and the sun often represent government. An ungodly government would not shine.
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
2:18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
2:19 And I will shew wonders in the sky above, and signs in the land beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of Yahweh come:
2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Prince Yahshua shall be saved.
The Hebrew lists chapter 4 here.
Joel 3:1 (Ya'el 4:1) For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again (return) the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
Jeremiah 30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith Yahweh, that I will bring again the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, saith Yahweh: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. Referring to the return from Babylonian captivity.
Ezekiel 38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog (those of the synagogue of Satan, the Jews), Thus saith Yahweh GOD; In that day when My people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt you not know it? This was America in it's beginning.
3:2 (4:2) I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat (Yahweh has judged), and will plead (contend- as with a legal case) with them there for My people and for My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted My land.
Zechariah 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Isaiah 66:16 For by fire and by His sword will Yahweh plead with all flesh: and the slain of Yahweh shall be many.
Revelation 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the land, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army.
3:3 (4:3) And they have cast lots for My people; and have given a boy for an harlot (fornication), and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
Nahum 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
Here we can date Joel's prophecy, where it says that Yahweh “will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land”. Such a thing had happened only in the time of the Assyrians, part of the “northern armies” of Joel's prophecy, who deported all of Israel except the cities of Tyre and Sidon, and divided the land to other peoples whom they later brought in from elsewhere. The Edomites also took part of the land, which is described in Ezekiel in his 35th and 36th chapters. Tyre and Sidon are known from the Bible to continue unto the Babylonian invasion, and in the inscriptions they are said to have paid tribute to the Assyrians in order to escape destruction. So we see in Joel 3:4 that Tyre and Sidon are mentioned, but the rest of Israel is already “scattered among the nations”, in the Assyrian captivity. Therefore Joel must have prophesied in the period from 676 BC to 605 BC, after Assyrian activity in Palestine had ceased, and before Babylonian conquests there had begun.
3:4 (4:4) Yea, and what have you to do with Me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will you render Me a recompence? and if you recompense Me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;
The people of Tyre and Zidon, it can be shown from Ezekiel chapters 26 through 28, were indeed Israelites who had Canaanites and Philistines and other peoples among them. Yet regardless of the composition of the people, these cities represented the merchant world of Joel's time, and so they were singled out for the same things that the merchant corporate world of today can be judged for: the making of slaves and whores out of the children of God.
3:5 (4:5) Because you have taken My silver and My gold, and have carried into your temples My goodly pleasant things:
3:6 (4:6) The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have you sold unto the Grecians, that you might remove them far from their border.
The word Grecians here is wrong: in both the Hebrew and the Septuagint, the word is Yevaniy, Ionian Greeks. They were a branch of Greeks. Sons of Javan a son of Japheth.
Let's read Amos 1:9: “Thus saith Yahweh; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant.” Amos 1:9 establishes that the people of Tyre and Sidon were Israelites, partakers of the “brotherly covenant” with Judah, but remembering it not they were selling the people of Judah into slavery, to the Edomite merchants, and here to the Japhethite Ionians.
3:7 (4:7) Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither you have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:
5 Fear not: for I am with you: I will bring your seed from the east, and gather you from the west;
6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring My sons from far, and My daughters from the ends of the earth;
Jeremiah 23:8 But, Yahweh liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
3:8 (4:8) And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for Yahweh hath spoken it. (Isa 14:29-31, 23:1-18; Jer 47:1-7; Eze 25:15-17, 26:1-28:6; Amo 1:6-10; Zeph 2:4-7; Zech 9:1-7; Matt 11;21-22)
3:9 (4:9) Proclaim you this among the Gentiles (nations); Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
Ezekiel 38:7 Be you prepared, and prepare for yourself, you, and all your company that are assembled unto you, and be you a guard unto them.
3:10 (4:10) Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. (Isa 2:4; Mic 4:3)
3:11 (4:11) Assemble yourselves, and come, all you heathen (nations), and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause Your mighty ones to come down, O Yahweh. (Is 13:3)
3:12 (4:12) Let the heathen (nations) be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen (nations) round about.
Psalm 96:13 ...rejoice Before Yahweh: for He cometh, for He cometh to judge the land: He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with His truth.
Jehoshaphat means decision, judgment.
This is that gathering to battle of all of the world's other peoples against the children of Israel as we have seen in Ezekiel 38:1-6. Yahweh is prophesying against Gog and Magog and all of the associated peoples: He brings them here, so that He may destroy them, and demonstrate His might and the efficacy of His will to the children of Israel. It can be demonstrated, that while this list of people at one time represented White nations, today they are all mixed with non-Whites, and that now it represents the arab, negro, Asian and mestizo populations of the world. Read further on in the same chapter of Ezekiel 38:16-23
Ezekiel 39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog (children of Satan) a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. Decision, judgment.
3:13 (4:13) Put you in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats (vats) overflow; for their wickedness is great.
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
3:14 (4:14) Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of Yahweh is near in the valley of decision.
3:15 (4:15) The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
The changes in sun and the moon represent the passing of the government and its bureaucracy. The children of Israel are often compared to “the stars of heaven”, and here they shall withdraw their shining, representing the fall or withdrawal of many of the men occupying seats of power and authority in the government.
There are two harvests in Revelation chapter 14. The first harvest is of the parched vine:
14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of Aman, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another messenger came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in Your sickle, and reap: for the time is come for You to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
The second harvest is of the ripe vine:
17 And another messenger came out of the temple which is in the sky, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another messenger came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to Him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in Your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the messenger thrust in His sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Revelation 19:15 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
3:16 (4:16) Yahweh also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens (skies) and the earth (land) shall shake: but Yahweh will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
Amos 1:2 And he said, Yahweh will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
3:17 (4:17) So shall you know that I am Yahweh your God dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers (foreigners) pass through her any more.
See Ezekiel chapter 39:1-16
Once the land is cleansed, as Joel says, strangers will never pass through again. And the land is cleansed only in the complete destruction of all of our enemies. All of those non-White aliens who have infiltrated among us and who have come against us.
3:18 (4:18) 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 Yahweh, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
3:19 (4:19) Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
3:20 (4:20) But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
Egypt represents captivity, and Edom represents the oppression of the children of Israel. Jeremiah 30:11 and 46:28 both state thus: “For I am with you, saith Yahweh, to save you: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered you, yet will I not make a full end of you: but I will correct you in measure, and will not leave you altogether unpunished.” Of course, the prophetic Jerusalem describes wherever the seat of government of God's people is found.
3:21 (4:21) For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for Yahweh dwelleth in Zion.
Here, in context, blood is in the plural at verse 21 must also refer to bloodshed, especially since the shedding of blood is the topic of discussion in verse 19. The bloodshed of the children of Israel shall be cleansed. And the Septuagint backs this up.
Septuagint: 21 And I will make inquisition for their blood, and will by no means leave it unavenged: and Yahweh shall dwell in Sion.
Isaiah 4:4 When Yahweh shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
JOEL – CHURCH DOCTRINE VS. SCRIPTURE
Below are 3 sources of what the modern churches preach today about the book of Joel.
The purpose is to expose the apostasy and perversion of the scriptures, and to educate our people about the truth of our heritage. That we, the anglo-saxon race who are the descendants of ancient Israel, are the people of Abraham's seed and therefore the heirs of the promises of Yahweh. Not the Jews who distort and pervert the scriptures and teach the 'traditions of men'.
The genre of Joel is Narrative and Prophetic Oracle. The prophet Joel wrote it around 841-835 B.C. sometime before the fall and exiles of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. Key personalities are Joel and the people of Judah. Its purpose was to call the Southern Kingdom to repentance or prepare for the coming judgment. Joel describes the locust that inflicts severe damage to everything in their paths, and warns that it is only the beginning of what is to come.
• Chapter 1, Joel compares the destruction and judgment of God like a plague of locust. This is the warning and penalty for disobedience and evilness, “For a nation has invaded my land, mighty and without number; its teeth are the teeth of a lion, and it has the fangs of a lioness” (1:6).
The insects are symbolic of non-white peoples. Insects are not a nation, they are a people that consume. Just look at what our country has become.
• Chapter 2-3, God calls His people to repent and return, if not, they will all be judged. The promise and deliverance of the Lord is waiting and He will restore the land, Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments.”Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil” (2:12-13).
Summary of the Book of Joel
The prophet Joel cannot be identified with any of the 12 other figures in the OT who have the same name. He is not mentioned outside the books of Joel and Acts (Ac 2:16). The non-Biblical legends about him are unconvincing. His father, Pethuel (1:1), is also unknown. Judging from his concern with Judah and Jerusalem (see 2:32; 3:1,6,8,16-20), it seems likely that Joel lived in that area. See note on 1:1.
The book contains no references to datable historical events. Many interpreters date it somewhere between the late seventh and early fifth centuries b.c. In any case, its message is not significantly affected by its dating.
The book of Joel has striking linguistic parallels to the language of Amos, Micah, Zephaniah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. And Isaiah, Obadiah and Revelation.
Joel sees the massive locust plague and severe drought devastating Judah as a harbinger of the "great and dreadful day of the Lord" (2:31). (The locusts he mentions in 1:4; 2:25 are best understood as real insects, not as allegorical representations of the Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks and Romans, as held by some interpreters.) Lies to keep you from the truth, although insects are a plague, Joel is most certainly prophesies of non-Adamic people consuming the substance of God's people. He allows this because this is our punishment for disobedience. The Bible is not about insects, it is about the enemies of Adam (the Anglo-Saxon peoples of the white nations of the world). Confronted with this crisis, he calls on everyone to repent: old and young (1:2-3), drunkards (1:5), farmers (1:11) and priests (1:13). He describes the locusts as the Lord's army and sees in their coming a reminder that the day of the Lord is near. He does not voice the popular notion that the day will be one of judgment on the nations but deliverance and blessing for Israel. Did this commentator even read Joel? The “insects” are our punishment for disobedience, the valley of Jehoshaphat is the valley of decision, or judgment of the nations. Instead -- with Isaiah (2:10-21), Jeremiah (4:5-9), Amos (5:18-20) and Zephaniah (1:7-18) -- he describes the day as one of punishment of unfaithful Israel as well. Restoration and blessing will come only after judgment and repentance.
Who wrote the book?
We know little of the prophet Joel beyond a few personal details contained in the book itself. He identified himself as the son of Pethuel, preached to the people of Judah, and expressed a great deal of interest in Jerusalem. Joel also made several comments on the priests and the temple, indicating a familiarity with the center of worship in Judah (Joel 1:13–14; 2:14, 17). Joel often drew upon natural imagery—the sun and the moon, the grass and the locusts—and in general seemed to understand the reality that truth must have an impact on us in the real world.
Where are we?
Dating the writing of the book of Joel remains one of the most difficult tasks for Old Testament scholars because unlike most prophetic writers, Joel gave no explicit indication of his time period. In particular, Joel refrained from mentioning the current ruling kings. One of the most compelling arguments for dating the writing of the book of Joel explains this omission by suggesting the prophecy occurred in the aftermath of Judah’s only ruling queen, Athaliah (d. 835 BC). Upon her death, she left only her young son, Joash, to rule. But because Joash was too young to rule, the priest Jehoida ruled in his place until he came of age. So if Joel prophesied during this caretaking period, it would make sense that he mentioned no official king. The book of Joel also makes ample mention of priests, temple rituals, and nations, such as Phoenicia, Philistia, Egypt, and Edom, that were prominent in the late ninth century BC. All of this points to a date of approximately 835 BC or soon after, making Joel one of the earliest writing prophets, as well as a contemporary of the prophet Elisha.
The book focuses its prophetic judgment on the southern kingdom of Judah with frequent references to Zion and the temple worship (Joel 1:13–14; 2:23, 32; 3:16, 21). Joel’s familiarity with this area and the worship in the temple suggests that he lived in Judah, possibly even in the city of Jerusalem itself.
Why is Joel so important?
The book of Joel’s importance to the canon of Scripture stems from its being the first to develop an oft-mentioned biblical idea: the day of the Lord. While Obadiah mentioned the terrifying event first (Obadiah 15), Joel’s book gives some of the most striking and specific details in all of Scripture about the day of the Lord—days cloaked in darkness, armies that conquer like consuming fire, and the moon turning to blood. Rooted in such vibrant and physical imagery, this time of ultimate judgment, still future for us today (2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10), makes clear the seriousness of God’s judgment on sin.
What's the big idea?
Using what was at that time the well-known locust plague in Judah, Joel capitalized on a recent tragedy to dispense the Lord's message of judgment and the hope of repentance. In referring to the terrible locust plague, Joel was able to speak into the lives of his listeners and imprint the message of judgment into their minds, like a brand sears the flesh of an animal.
Joel used the insects as an allegory for people. The people that are not God's people. These people are the alien strangers that take advantage of our blessings. America was founded by white, Anglo-Saxon Israelites that followed God. America now is a mixed race nation that is being consumed by the alien, and it is because we have strayed from God.
How do I apply this?
Visions of the future, such as the kind we find in Joel or even in the pages of the more well-known book of Revelation, can often seem remote from our day-to-day existence. However, their vivid pictures of destruction should serve to awaken us from our spiritual stupor. Do you ever struggle with feeling complacent? A strong dose of apocalyptic imagery like we find in Joel might just do the trick of opening your eyes to the necessity of faithfully following after God every moment of your life.