This Bible Study is written by Roger
Christopherson, and made available with written
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This chapter of Joel talks about the "Valley of Jehoshaphat" which means "The Valley of Judgment", in the Hebrew tongue. If you're wondering just where this valley is, it runs between the Mount of Olives, and the East Gate. It's what many call, the Valley of Kedron. It was here that Jehoshaphat defeated the enemies of Israel, as recorded in II Chronicles 20:26 in the year of 799 B.C. This was at the time when Israel was brought to battle under King Jehoshaphat. When the children of Ammon and Moab came against Jerusalem; this nation repented and the prophet's words of God convicted them and anointed them. God then gave them total victory.
Joel is writing of this Valley of Judgment (Jehoshaphat) 390 years later and prophesying far ahead into a time called, "The Day of the Lord", this is our study. This is also the day that Jesus Christ will return to earth and establish His kingdom. We read in Zechariah 14:3-4:
"Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south."
It is the Lord Jesus that will defeat Satan the Antichrist, and His army of that day. Jesus Christ will come and His feet will stand on the "Mount of Olives" as judgment of the world forces will come, and end this "Valley of Jehoshaphat".
Christ parts a way for His own to come to Him, as His feet touch down, and God's elect will know that route on that day. Those who have eyes to see "will see on that day".
Remember in Joel 1:2-3 how Joel tells the men of Judah to pass this story on from generation to generation, to the time of the end? It is important that you remember because it pertains to all of us in the "end times".
The warning spoke of a locust army that would come to deceive God's people. Joel wrote how the Spirit of God would touch His people, men and women, and they would speak; and all men of the entire world would hear and understand the words of the Holy Spirit of God, and that they would hear in their own language and dialect. This is what Peter said in Acts 2, which had happened on Pentecost Day; and is what Joel wrote that which would happen in the latter days. This speaking in a language is totally understood by every person in the world, they would hear in their own language without an interpreter. Peter said, is the evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Chapter three now gets into what that said on Pentecost, and what will be said on that day of the LORD in the end times.
Joel 3:1 "For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,"
Joel 3:2 "I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land."
Joel 3:3 "And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink."
"In those days", are the days that we are going to sound the trumpet; just before Christ's return. During that time when God will bring back both the "House of Judah," and "The House of Israel".
This is a different type of captivity then when "The House of Israel" was taken captive by the Assyrian's in 722 722 B.C. or when the "House of Judah" was taken by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon 170 years later. In Joel's captivity we are taken captive by our Lord. That is something to praise Him for.
God is angry at this time; however that anger is not directed to His own, but to the oppressors; satan and His hoards. The Antichrist and his bands have held God's people captive through deception, usury, business and social tactics and so on.
In verse 2, God will draw all nations to Him and "Judge" (plead) them for what they have done to His people. True Jews are only of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. However many fake Jews who are the (Kenites) have infiltrated and performed acts in the name of Judah, and have caused much shame on the House of Judah. However the heritage of the birthright blessing was given to Joseph's two son's Ephraim and Manasseh, and at large, to all 12 kingdoms or tribes of Jacob.
God is going to judge the people of the world for every evil act that was done to his people in every nation. For every satanic act that caused one of God's children to fall, those who cheated, harmed, or lied about, will account for their evil deeds against the elect of God.
The offspring of the Northern 10 tribes or nation; "Is the the House of Israel". Most American people have no idea in the world who they are or where they came from. God gave them (us) lands and blessings (such as we have Britain, America and Canada), now our nations are filled with the "Kenites" who have infested our banking, legal and political systems, as well as Foreign entities moving in to rob God's people of what He has given us. It is these Kenite peopel that our Lord will judge, and pour out His wrath upon. Praise God, He will rule with truth and justice.
In verse 3, let's look back again to the battle of 799 B.C. when King Jehoshaphat lead his army against Ammon and Moab. As the men of Judah moved into position to engage in battle, all they found was dead bodies everywhere. Not one sword left to fight. God turned the enemy against one another and the fight was over.
Joel is writing what God told him to write, and God says that in this final day that vengeance is His. Will it be your fight to get even? No. Satan's offspring (children) are the "Kenites", they are stealing property, turning young girls into whores, young men into sodomy, they have cheapened the moral and social values of God's people, to that of an animal. They have so blinded and deceived God's people that it is common to kill babies, belittle any thing holy and decent, and glorify indecent acts which God says He hates. Yes, God is going to judge them all with vengeance.
God said in Ezekiel 39 "I will strike them down, and they will know that I am God." That's what we're seeing in Joel 3. We will see this time of the Lord and it will be a wonderful time for us (God's Elect). However for all the others, it is a terrible time.
Joel 3:4 "Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompence me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;"
If you ever wondered what was said on Pentecost day, well this is it. The translation sort of loses it, for he is talking about the locust army (satan's offspring) moving against His house. The (Kenites) sold His (God's) Children, stole them, cheapened, and deceived God's people. They claimed to be God's and deny that God even existed, and they claimed vengeance upon my (God's) children; which is to claim a vengeance on me, God said. Exactly as you swore vengeance upon me, I will bring it right back upon your own head, God said.
Satan the (Antichrist) is named, "the king of Tyre" (Ezekiel 28). Here we see that satan was named and described, and told that God was against him. Zidon was a town that fed off Tyre in early days, and in reference here in Joel, God's warning is to all that feed off satan's system to benefit.
Joel 3:5 "Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:"
Joel 3:6 "The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border."
Remember the time addressed here is the "Day of the LORD" when he comes back to make things right. Satan has reigned as Antichrist with his hoards for five months, and to the people of the world; he is their redeemer, messiah, but not to the Elect of God. Every item and the ornaments used in the worship and communion with God is now in satan's synagogues and churches. Communion will be done away with, because the people think satan is Christ.
Why is Greece (Grecians) mentioned here? Because it was in Greece that the name changed and they lost their identity, these Northern 10 nations are the, "House of Israel". Geographers and writers changed Ancient Israel's identity to Barbarian, Cimerons, Celts, Scythians, Saccs, Massagatte and many other names. Only one name stuck to the group to this day, that name is "Caucasians", which became a name in place of a race, eventually thought of as a race. This word identifies that group of a few million who escaped through the Caucasus Mountains, between the Black and Caspian sea, into the Ukraine of Russia and continued North and West into Western Europe, British Isles and much later all around the world. The word "Caucasian: still exists today, and even through these people of the Northern 10 tribes, (nation of the House of Israel), have long forgotten their history, identity, and God given heritage. The promise God made to Father Abraham, and the marking on all males was called "Circumcision", it is still enforced today just as it was 3800 years ago on God's Elect.
God's "House of Israel" is promised to become as numerous as the stars in the heaven and the sands of the sea. The tiny nation of Israel is the middle East doesn't come close to the promise God gave to Abraham. Some relate this to the church, because they simply don't think God kept His word. But the truth is Abraham's offspring called "The House of Israel" is alive today and blind to their heritage. God's Word always comes to pass as it is written. The problem lies with those who just don't understand.
Joel 3:7 "Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:"
Joel 3:8 "And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it."
This is the second time He has warned the "King of Tyre (satan as Antichrist). Two times God gave emphasis His point in verse 7.
In verse 8 God is telling these "Kenites" and followers of Satan the (Antichrist) that to the same degree, that they have treated God's people, it's going to be upon their head. These "Kenites", though they be highly educated, wealthy, and very high in the world now, they and their children will be sold as slaves to Sabeans. Who will do the selling? The true offspring of Judah. Not the fakes of today who parade themselves as Jews, who sit in high places and call themselves Jews, but as we see in the "parable of the fig tree". They are the bad figs.
It is our duty to separate the "Kenite" (bad figs and the fake Jews) from the true brothers of Judah. No! God will do that. He will know them, for every last one will stand out in that day of the harvest.
In Matthew 13:37, God answered and said "He that soweth the good see is the Son of Man:" 38 "The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one"
Jesus Christ is the Son of Man, that sows the good seed. "The field is the world; the good seed is the children of the Kingdom or the (Elect of God); but the tares are the children of the wicked on; (satan) Matthew 28.
We are not talking about trees, seeds or apples, we are talking about identifying the "Kenites". They came from the physical womb of Eve through her son Cain. The children of Cain produced, the Kenites, they are the son's of Satan. Genesis 2 through 4. Jesus told us a parable in Matthew 13:24-31, and now is explaining that parable; the wicked one is satan.
"The enemy that sowed the seed (bad) is the Devil; The harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels." (Matthew 13:39)
This clarifies who Joel is talking about. The Devil and his children are the "Kenites". It could not be any clearer. If God said "I well sow", we know exactly who will be doing the rounding up. God's Angels! Will the job be difficult? Not when these little Kenites stand out like tares in a wheat field.
But what are we to do about them? Learn about them, and know them and their methods of usury and entrapments, and their constant methods of lying and deceit. Then stay clear of them and their tools. For God had told us, that the vengeance upon these people will be for Him and His angels. Not one of God's children, who are true brothers of Judah, and the true Elect of God is destroyed.
Joel 3:9 "Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:"
Note: After our Lord comes to set up His Kingdom, there is a 1000 years of Millennium period prior to the final destruction of the "Lake of Fire". God is the Judge.
God is calling to all Nation's of the world to get their armies together and draw near to Jerusalem. Prepare for war. Remember prior to this everything has been turned to "plow shares"; all the world talks about is - peace, peace, peace. The Antichrist rises to power with his deception, he is a man of peace at this time, and he has offered it to the world.
Joel 3:10 "Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong."
Joel 3:11 "Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD".
God is teasing the world into going to battle. It's like a team getting ready for the big game mentally. verse 11 is when God gathers the enemies of Judah together. What is their swords? It's there lies and deceitful language of the "King of Tyre" (satan) who is the subject here.
Isaiah 2:1"The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem."
This covers this in an opposite sense. Only here God is gathering Christ's Kingdom to Himself on the other side. Not for war but for blessings.
Isaiah 2:2 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it."
This is written to the children of God. This is the same time as Joe's prophecy in Joel 3:10-11, the last days. The call here is to the (Mountain) people of the Lord. Once again we see all nations will come to Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2:3 "And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem."
We see both sides, God's people and the Antichrist's, in a spiritual battle. As the Antichrist come sin, people will think that he is the true Christ, because he will set up in the same place as our Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. The Elect will know that this is a false Christ, even though they will know this is where Christ Jesus will return, and where they will go to be taught. The first Christ is false, he is not our Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 2:4 "And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
Did you catch that? "Their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks?" This is just the opposite preparation, that satan's hoards are doing. Do you know why? They will never be another battle that God's Elect will have to fight. Why? God says it is He that will fight the battles and bring down the enemy. God says your enemies are His enemies.
Isaiah 2:5 "O house of Jacob, (All 12 tribes and those grafted in) come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD."
Friends, this is the other side of Joel 3:9-12 where God is telling satan's people to arm for battle. God is very angry at the people of the world for a very definite reason for His purpose.
God's two witnesses have been slaying and are lying in an area in Jerusalem, and the world has turned the time into a holiday world wide. God is a jealous God, and this makes Him very angry and ready for battle. 11-3-13.
At the same time, satan sits in the Temple in Jerusalem declaring himself to be God. In Daniel 9:27, Daniel called it "the abomination of desolation" by the time 3 1/2 days of full celebration have passed by with the 2 witnesses still lifeless in the street, they come to life. (Revelations 11:11) In the "song of Moses" in Deuteronomy 32:41-43 God tells us He will take vengeance on all at this time. "I will make my arrows drunk with blood..." Deut. 32:42
However: "rejoice, O Ye...people." (Duet 32:43) "the Vengeance of God is upon the Godless Kenites, His protection and mercy is with His own." Should believers fear these days? No! He will care for us and never forsake us. If you belong to the Lord He will provide us with love and protection, and will never give us more than what we can deal with. The key is Faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Joel 3:12 "Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about."
Joel 3:13 "Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great."
Many pastors and teachers have allowed heathen teachings to come into their churches. They have compromised with the world, made void God's Commandments, and have accepted traditions that are against what Jesus has warned us against. God will hold Christian teachers and pastors who are leading their flocks into satan' camp. They will be held accountable, even as the Kenites, who are enemies of Almighty God.
This is the time when God tells us to plan the seeds of his Word, because when the locust army has it's time on earth, the Word of God will become void through deception, in this world. Those who know the true Word of God for themselves will endure and keep safe in Christ their Savior and His teachings. They will be sealed in their minds and will not take the mark of the beast when it comes. (Acts 2:16).
There will be a day like the day of Pentecost, for example, if you heard someone speak in Chinese, Americans would hear it in their own language and dialect, with other foreigners present; with everyone hearing at the same time in their own languages. You would think they were drunk just like it was then. It was strange then, but today we know that the Holy Spirit is giving warning to us in these end times.
Revelation 14:19 is a reminder of Joel 3:13 "And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine press of the wrath of God."
Though the sickle is to harvest grain, on that day it will be used for grapes. Their will be a spattering of over ripe grapes. The wickedness of this world wide false religion with the Antichrist making his "rapture" promises, and all his other overtures to make the worked believe him. Yes, the spattering of over ripe grapes will be great. All those who thought they were ripe for the harvest, were taken in the wrong harvest. What was left to take the crop? The sickle; to cut down the vine. Few were ready for God's true harvest.
Joel 3:14 "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision."
How do you escape the shame of such judgment? You must become sealed in your own mind as to what is coming. Jesus said learn it; know it; don't be deceived.
We have jumped in this book of Joel, from Moses in the book of Deuteronomy to Revelation; we quote Ezekiel, Daniel, Moses, Zechariah and others in the Old Testament. Then Peter, John, Jesus and Paul; just about all books in the New Testament; they all cry out to you and I in this final generation, to learn God's Word, and not be deceived. The purpose of this material is to study God's Word for His truth.
We have seen it in detail how Joel wrote as Jesus gave Him the details of how the four stages deception will strip the earth over to himself. Examples such as Mother Earth, worshippers of nature rather than Go, self centered, power and wealth, worshipping the forces, Physic powers etc. Never giving credit to God, or His son Jesus Christ, they need no God because they are busy playing God.
If you are in such teachings, or groups who follow after any of these self destructing things get out, and go to the Word of God and seek the Lord with all your heart. This is God's warning from the book of Joel. Repent of all sin on a daily basis, and study God's Word with prayer and understanding, and the Lord will bless you and His truth will set you free from this world. It's your decision! Learn the difference between God's Word and the Babylon language.
Joel 3:15 "The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining."
This is that day! If we haven't already given our life to Christ, than it is too late. The Lord is here and you will see Him in Victory, or shame. All warnings given before and now may be all you get. At this time will be the valley of decision, when the sun and moon are darkened, and then it is too late to claim Christ as your savior by grace.
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."
Joel 16 is when Jesus Christ comes and He will not be as the meek, humble person we saw the first time. On His "day of the Lord" He comes with vengeance and judgment on satan, and his angels, his children, and all those weak Christians looking for the rapture and standing spiritually pregnant with satan's children. Giving suck, (working for) satan to bring young Christians to him, as they lead little ones in Christ into the camp of satan. "But" now He turns to the faithful and those in shame, then destruction turns to victory. Christ is our hope. The strength we receive is from Him, to stand now, and then.
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."
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."
In that day the LORD will dwell in Zion, the mountains are the people of the Lord, they will be given new wine, which is the Word of God. And shall flow milk, is truth. All true Christians or believers are Judah, and the rivers shall flow with waters, tells us we will be taught by Christ himself. The valley is the oppressed and bad times. Shittim is a tree bark that is used to cleanse the body from impurities, shittim is symbolic and means the cleansing of God's Word and all of his people.
There is no guessing, we can and must know Christ is our Lord God. He is out personal friend, so we must study, repent and pray that we might be worthy. Come to know Christ as your hope and strength, Love Him more than life. He is our only salvation and in Him we live and die that we might have eternal life with Him forever and ever.
However God does not dwell there now. The King of Tyre (satan) will dwell there for five months before our Lord comes to make Jerusalem (Zion) His permanent home (II Thessalonians 4:2-4). Paul let's us know this clearly.
When Christ sits on His throne on that day in Zion which is in Jerusalem, there will be no more strange teachings, Kenites, or foreign god's ever brought through Jerusalem again, ever! Praise God!
Remember "in that day" always means "The LORD'S Day Approaching". The book of Joel is about the last days or end times, and The LORD'S Day, He warns us all.
The big mountain refers to people of Russia who will fall. However it says mountains more than once and we have seen all mountains of communism fall; We have seen centuries of barriers fall, Hatreds devolved and the gospel of Christ (new wine) flow over the air-waves and carried to places never before reached. Yet we see satan's little messengers telling us how bad we have it, as they try to set up their own worldism.
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."
Joel 3:20 "But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation."
Joel 3:21 "For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion."
Egypt and Russia will both be a desolation, we saw in Ezekiel 39 the valley of Hamon-gog (the Russian military) is crushed, and her laid is laid waste by the Lord God. She and her allies are also destroyed.
In verse 20 Judah is the Jews, and Jerusalem are the other 10 tribes; they will live forever and ever. We are told to pass this story on from generation to generation, till the time when the Lord comes to rule. In verse 21 he tells us that, Judah will not be cleansed until Christ dwells in Zion, at the time when Christ rules on earth for 1000 years.
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