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Joel: Prophet of the Day of the Lord
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
AUTHORSHIP: The name "Joel" means "YAWEH IS GOD." Of this prophet, we know only that which appears in this book. Joel had an intimate knowledge of the service and personnel of the temple, but he does not appear to have been a priest. He was a native of Jerusalem and a man of deep spiritual insight. He saw eternal principle in temporal scenes and to the coming of the drought and the proliferation of the devastating swarms of locusts. He read the great and notable "day of the Lord."
DATE: 835 BC.
THEME: "The day of the Lord." He mentions "the day of the Lord" four times. Chapters 1:15, 2:1, 2:11, 2:31, and then he mention-s "the day of the Lord!' a fifth. and final time in Ch. 3:14.
The phrase "the day of the Lord" is one of the Old Testament phrases to describe that period of time in prophetic history when God will deal in justice and in wrath with His chosen people, the Jews. It is called "the day of the Lord" in distinction from the "day of man." It will mark the end of man's day on the earth and the beginning of God's day on the earth. It will be conclusion of man's misrule on the earth and the commencement of God's righteous rule on the earth. It is described in Ch. 6 - 19 in Revelation as a time of terrible catastrophic judgment which will be concluded by the Battle of Armageddon. It will inaugurate the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to this earth.
I. JOEL SOUNDS AN ALARM - Ch. 2:1, Ch. 2:15
You might say that Joel was an alarmi ...
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