The following comments are from Navigator's and Quiet Time Diary journals. One verse will be entered, then the comment, then the date.
1:3 Tell your sons about it,
This verse refers to the prophecy that Joel is about to tell in this short book in the Bible, however it could refer to the Christian life in general, where parents should clearly tell their children of their faith in Jesus Christ and set the example of living for Christ - which didn't happen in my life. (DRM 8/20/06)
1:14 Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord you God, and cry out to the Lord.
Chapter 1 of Joel is mostly an introduction
and deals with the facts that Joel saw in a dream. A swarm of locusts had eaten
everything (v.10), fields are ruined, the ground is dried up. . .
1:15 Alas for the day!
Joel felt that the Day of the Lord was coming soon - as he wrote of a severe drought in this section of Chapter 1. Today we (I) also anticipate the Day of the Lord and His coming. While I don't know if I'll be raptured or not, the day I go to Heaven will be my Day. (DRM 8/21/06)
2:10 Before them the earth quakes,
This section seems to describe the army of the Lord (v. 11) on the day of the Lord (v. 2). It will certainly be a frightful day for the inhabitants of earth! For those in the Lord's army, it should be an exciting day - as it will usher in Christ's rule! (DRM 8/22/06)
2:12 "Yet even now," declares the LORD,
"Return" is the key word in this verse. The
Lord God wants Israel (past and present) to return their devotion to Him and His
2:13 . . . And rend your heart and not your
God=Jesus wants us to repent and follow His
ways. Our spiritual heart is everlasting, but our clothes are temporary. Tearing
our clothes in repentance (as in old days) will not achieve salvation.
2:23 So rejoice, O sons of Zion,
I think this is a prophecy about the state of
Israel after the great tribulation.
2:25 Then I will make up to you for the years
Within the past month I have seen videos of
the invasion of locust in Egypt and Israel. Since Joel was a prophet predicting
this would come before "The Day of the Lord" (2:30), this invasion could be
God's answer to Joel's prophecy.
2:26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.
If you trust the Lord everything will work
out. This is the same theme as "last nights" verse [Hebrews
11:1] even though it is from the Old Testament.
2:28 "And it will come about after this
I'm unsure what time period "after this" refers to. Remembering that Joel was an Old Testament prophet and a bad time came, then a prophet (Jesus) of deliverance, then this period, then the Day of the Lord - so I think today's verse refers to the current church age - where the Holy Spirit is on the earth. (DRM 8/24/06)
3:11 Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations,
There is a lot of prophecy in this section (3:1-13), from the dispersal of the Israelites to their return to their land (v.7) and, later, the Lord's judging of the nations. Certainly God knows the future, and we (I) can understand more of it by studying His word. (DRM 8/25/06)
3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
In verse 16, the Lord is in Jerusalem, so this verse refers to an event just before His arrival. It appears that many will have a final chance to make their decision before that day, however we don't know if we will live to see that day before we depart this earth. The time to decide for Christ is NOW. (DRM 8/26/06)
3:16 The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
The "end times" are coming. All of the earthquakes are going to come at one time, but I don't have to fear - because I belong to Him and He will be my refuge! (DRM 6/5/89)