Joel 3:15-21

Joel 3:15

The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.


As we read in Matthew 24:29 that very shortly before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ the sign we will see will be the sun and moon darkened.  The stars shall also be darkened.  This will be the final sign.  The sun will be darkened on the side of the earth where it is day and the moon and stars will be darkened on the side of the earth which is at night so it is one singular event.  God also gives a meaning that these kingdoms and empires had basked in their glory and pride but there is coming a day for each one where their glory will fade and go completely out and they will be as magnificent as a darkened moon or star which are nothing but rocks in space.


Joel 3:16

The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.


Here we have a prophecy of the coming of Christ when he will roar out of Zion and utter his voice from Jerusalem.  Christ is called the lion of the tribe of Judah.  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  (Revelation 5:5) Zion is another name for the body of believers.  Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.  (Isaiah 51:11)  Isaiah 51:11 is dripping with salvation language as it speaks of the redeemed of the LORD which are the believers in Christ.  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  (Galatians 3:13)  The joy will be everlasting which means it is beyond time and this present earth. Sorrow and mourning will flee away is also the language of Heaven.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  (Revelation 21:4)  God himself will wipe away all sorrow forever and the believer will never know anything sorrowful again.


Then Joel 3:16 states that the heavens and earth will shake which means a cataclysmic event will happen.  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; (Haggai 2:6) When God thundered at Sinai, He shook the mountain as well as the people of Israel and that is why they became extremely fearful and asked Moses to intercede between God and them. Now God has promised that He will once again shake the earth but this time He includes Heaven. The first time the Lord came, it was for the purpose of dying for the sins of the Elect but the second time He comes it will be for the purpose of ending up the history of the earth and universe. The earth will be destroyed by fire and the unbelievers will be judged and then the new heaven and the new earth will be made. The second of Coming of Christ will be a fearful thing for the unbeliever. That is why in Revelation 6:12-17, all the people of the world, great and small, are looking for the rocks to hide them because they know the day of the Lamb’s wrath has come with a great cataclysm.


During the time the people of earth will be in fear for things coming on the earth.  Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.  (Isaiah 13:13)  The Lord will be protecting his people and they will never have to worry about being subject to the final judgment of God.  He talks about the strength of Israel which is the Israel of God the body of believers.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.  (Galatians 6:16) 


Joel 3:17

So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.


And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.  (Revelation 14:1)  Mount Zion is another term for the kingdom of God which every true believer is a part of.  The Kingdom of God is looked upon as a holy mountain.  The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.  (Isaiah 65:25)  As we see in Isaiah 65:25 that these particular animals were enemies and were hostile to each other but here in the holy mountain of God or the Kingdom of God there is no hostility as all are at eternal peace with each other.  The Jerusalem which will be holy is not the physical city of Jerusalem but it is the New Jerusalem, the Redeemed city of the LORD.  {9} By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  {10} For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  (Hebrews 11:9-10)  The city which Abraham looked for was made by God completely.  The city made by God was the body of believers because it was built through grace and no work of man.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  (Revelation 21:2)  The strangers are the unbelievers.  There will be no unbelievers dwelling in glory with the true redeemed believers.  And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.  (Deuteronomy 31:16)  The strangers which surround Israel became a snare to them and they followed their false gods which led them to the point they are at now, awaiting the judgment of God upon them.


Joel 3:18

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.


The mountains which will drop down new wine is the Kingdom of God which will send forth the Gospel to the world.  But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.  (Luke 5:38)  Jesus stated that new wine must be put into new bottles, in other words, you cannot add grace to the old law and combine the two and receive salvation.  The new wine or grace must be allowed to stand on its own without any feasts or sacrifices on the part of man.  Grace and law cannot be homogenized, each one is its own entity.  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.  (Galatians 5:4)  Christ has no effect on those who attempt to attain salvation by keeping the law because they are trying to gain their own salvation by works and that is totally opposite of grace.  The milk which will flow from the hills is the milk of the word of God which will be preached from Zion or the body of believers.  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  (1 Peter 2:2)  Then the rivers of Judah shall flow with the waters of salvation which will clean everyone who has become saved.  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  (Ezekiel 36:25)  Then there will be a fountain coming from the house of the LORD which will be the gospel of the Kingdom of God going forth throughout the entire world.  I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.  (Isaiah 41:18)  The water of the gospel will go forth bringing water to those who are thirsty for the righteousness of God’s kingdom.  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  (Matthew 5:6)  The waters of righteousness shall fill the true believer for eternity.  The valley of Shittim was located in the plains of Moab towards the southeast.  It was a very dry and thirsty place just like the soul of unsaved man which is dry.  For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?  (Luke 23:31) The Green tree represented the true believer as the dry represented the unbeliever.  The gospel would go forth from the house of the LORD and those who are ordained to eternal life will believe and they will be turned from a dry tree to a green tree.


Joel 3:19

Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.


Since Egypt kept Judah and Israel in bondage for 400 years, God is going to make Egypt a desolation.  Once Israel left Egypt, Egypt never became a power to be reckoned with again.  The book of Obadiah details the judgments against Edom because when Babylon was ransacking Judah, they took the side of the Babylonians instead of coming to the aid of Judah.  Their arrogance will cause them to be made a desolation in the wilderness.  Edom should have come to help Judah but instead their actions came against Judah and that caused many more Jews to be killed in the invasion by Babylon.


Joel 3:20

But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.


Once again we have the language of salvation because we see the word “forever” in the text.  Those who are in Christ are the spiritual Jews and they will have eternal life and dwell forever in Heaven which is the land of the believer.  {13} And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,  {14} And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.  (Ezekiel 37:13-14)  Before a person becomes saved they are spiritually dead which is represented by the graves.  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  (Ephesians 2:5)  Then when God raises us from being spiritually dead he places the Holy Spirit in us and that causes us to have life forever and then places us in our own land which is the Kingdom of God.  If a person lives in the USA and becomes saved then God has placed them in their own land and that is the same with any country on earth.  If you live in Denmark, Madagascar, Russia, Hong Kong, North Korea, Paraguay or any country on earth.  Your physical body may dwell there but once you become saved you have dual citizenship which means physically you are in a country on earth but by means of salvation you are in your own land which is the Kingdom of God.  When he states that Jerusalem will go from generation to generation it means in perpetuity and it will never end.  It is another description of eternal salvation for the body of believers, the new Jerusalem.


Joel 3:21

For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.


The blood of the unbeliever is considered polluted because of sin.  And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.  (Ezekiel 16:6)  It is the condition man is in before salvation.  Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.  (Ezekiel 16:9)  Then when God grants a person salvation, it is like their blood has been washed and then anointed with oil.  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  (Titus 3:5)  When God saves someone, they are completely washed in that their soul is completely cleansed from all sin.  The flesh, however, still retains the ability and desire to sin thus creating a war within every believer.  The LORD dwells in Zion which is the Kingdom of God with all his children where grace is dispensed and the believer is given to the Lord Jesus Christ.  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  (John 6:37)  And then Jesus and the Father will be in the midst of the children of God forever.   For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  (Matthew 18:20)