For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4



A Bible Study - Commentary by Jim Melough

Copyright 2002 James Melough

Nothing is known about the prophet Joel except that his ministry was to Judah rather than to the ten tribes (Israel); nor is even the date of his prophecy known, though suggestions range from between 900 and 800 B.C. to 400 B.C. 

These things, however, are of little importance, except to those who are curious about such details, since they neither add to nor detract from the value of the prophecy itself, which it is almost universally agreed, deals with the terrible judgments that will devastate the earth in the Tribulation, and that will culminate with the return of Christ in power and glory to inaugurate His millennial kingdom.  The prophecy, however, embraces the whole era known as “the day of the Lord,” i.e., the long period commencing just after the rapture of the Church, and concluding with the dissolution of the present heavens and earth after the Millennium, in preparation for the coming of the new heavens and earth.

Deuteronomy chapter 28 records the blessings that would attend obedience, and also the curses that would result from disobedience, and among those curses was the assurance that locusts would devastate the land.  The destruction wrought by these creatures, as recorded here in Joel, was the fulfillment of God’s warning, the havoc wrought by them being also a foreshadowing of still more terrible future judgments, including the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities, the oppression under Antiochus, the Diaspora resulting from Rome’s destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, and the final premillennial judgments of the Tribulation era, all of these being but types of that final awful judgment that will bring the destruction of the present heavens and earth after the Millennium, and their replacement by the new heavens and earth.

[Joel 1]


     Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version
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