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Series: Words of Warning
• Billy Graham was preaching the funeral of former U.S. President Richard Nixon before five U.S. presidents and a worldwide audience, and he said as he pointed to Nixon's casket, "Every one of you will be there one of these days. Are you ready?..Don't save the world and starve your own soul."
• In the first part of the prophecy of Joel, we have been reminded of the Day of the Lord and what will happen on that day. It's not pretty, but it is a reality. Our text calls us to GET READY for the Rapture and Revelation.
• We know about getting ready for things. We get ready for events, school, work, weddings, church and much more. Candidly, we don't care to go somewhere and not be ready. How do we get ready for to meet God and eternity? Realizing that our world, society, and even church culture has missed God's mark (which, by definition, is sinful) and that nothing sinful is ready to meet God, what do we do?
• For the people of Israel, after opening his prophecy with Judgment of an eye-opening type, God give Joel the way to get ready. I'll suggest 3 actions which, as a church and a culture, are needed to "Get Ready."
1. Assemble God's Children - The first line in verse 15 is a repeat of verse 1, "Blow the horn" yet here it is for a different reason. Verse 1 is an alarm while verse 15 is a call to gather. When rural America moved into the 20th century, most church buildings were equipped with "Bells". For most, these were sounded on Sunday mornings (and other occasions) to call the believers together. Joel says, "Call all God's children together" and the call of the New Testament is the same, "Come Together." Why?
a. The Power of the Assembly - When we speak of this assembly, the modern day counterpart is the church. The assembled church has incredible power. Jesus gave the church the KEYS to spiritual things in heaven and hell. The church has the power to lock and loos ...
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