When most people, including Christians, pick up the Bible, they skim past the book of Joel. Even though Joel is considered to be a minor prophet, he has a message which should not be overlooked, and that message is pertinent for today because we are approaching the "Day of the Lord" as we move closer and closer to the Rapture of the Church when God delivers His people, those who have chosen Him as their Savior, from the horrors of the tribulation.
With all that is taking place in the Middle East, the stage is being set for that great day when we see Jesus in the clouds, and I believe it will be in my lifetime. Hallelujah! Are you ready to meet him in the air? If your sins are forgiven, you'll be among those who will be raptured. With all the horrors on this earth, He can't come too soon.
Read about the Day of the Lord, via Prophecy Update:
Israel, Prophecy and the "Day of the Lord"
"Joel Rosenberg is in the process of writing a series on the book of Joel, which is most definitely worth following.
Today we see his introductory overview of the book and his bible study:
Israel, Prophecy and the Day of the Lord
'I believe God wants all of Israel and all of the Church to turn our attention to the Book of Joel in the weeks and months ahead. There is a critically important message there that is on the Lord’s heart and it is deeply relevant for our time. Over the next few days, I’m going to share with you my own personal study and message notes from the Book of Joel. I hope you will find them helpful as you study the writings of this important minor prophet and teach them to others.
The question that might reasonably be asked is, “Why?” Joel is not a particularly popular book of the Bible.
All these are contributing factors. But the reason is more simple and far more profound: the Lord told us to proclaim in 2011 in the message He proclaimed through the Prophet Joel thousands of years ago, and we are being obedient to that heavenly command. There is a message here that is relevant for our time.
There are warnings here that we dare not ignore. There is a sense of urgency in the heavenlies we need to share. This is a book that is near and dear to the heart of the Father…there is a fallen world that is not listening…and a Church that by and large is not proclaiming. May we purpose in our hearts today to change course while we still can.'
Below, Mr Rosenberg outlines this study:
'WHAT: This small book of the Bible (three chapters in English; four chapters in Hebrew) is a book of End Times prophecy.
WHY: The Book of Joel was written for several reasons. Among them:
To serve as a “wake up call” to the people of Israel, Judah and Jerusalem to prepare for and repent ahead of the coming “Day of the Lord,” judgments that would be similar to but far worse than the devastating plague of locusts Israel once experienced.
To serve as a “trumpet call” to all those who love the Lord and His Word and profess to be the Lord’s followers to prepare for and repent ahead of the coming “Day of the Lord.”
To serve as a warning to the nations that in the Day of the Lord they will face judgment for sins they have committed against Israel and the Jewish people.
To highlight the importance of the “Day of the Lord.” Joel mentions the “Day of the Lord” in each chapter and five times in total (1:15, 2:1, 2:11, 2:30, 3:14). The “Day of the Lord” – and similar/related Biblical references such as “the day” and “that day” and others – are mentioned more than 70 times in the New American Standard translation of the Bible'"
Now, for part 2, via Prophecy Update:
Joel: Part II
"Joel Rosenberg has just produced part II of his study of the book of Joel. Before getting to that, though, is a timely preface:
'Record breaking natural disasters keep happening around the world. The global economy remains in serious trouble. Millions are sinking into poverty. Islam is spreading around the world. Rumors of new wars in the Middle East are mounting. New threats to Israel are metastasizing.
Yet as the world is being shaken and serious new threats and challenges are rising, so much of the world seems to be asleep. Alarm bells are going off, yet so much of the Church seems to be asleep as well, intoxicated by the pleasures of the world and unable or unwilling to respond to the call of God to pray, fast, and repent despite the fact that, as the Hebrew Prophet Joel wrote in the Bible, ”the day of the Lord is coming; surely it is near.”'
Now to the bible study. Here it is:
Joel Chapter One: 'A Wake Up Call'
This is very well done and worth reading."