May 10

Joel 1-3, Psalm 125

As we continue through some of the minor prophets, it becomes obvious that their message is anything but minor.  After being filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Peter begins his first sermon by quoting the Book of Joel (Joel 2:28-32)in Acts 2:16-21.  This Old Testament prophet over 700 years earlier describes the filling of the Holy Spirit.  Prior to the filling which occurred at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit would come upon individuals such as David, Samson, and others to empower them for certain events or periods.  Then the Spirit would be gone, which explains David’s words in many of the Psalms when David felt the Spirit no longer present. 

This short 3 chapter book describes so many of the future events described in more detail in the book of Revelation.  Joel 2:6-11 matches up with the 5th trumpet judgment in Rev. 9:1-10.  Joel 3:11-16 matches up with the Battle of Armageddon in Rev.19:11-21.  Joel 3:1-3 matches with the judgment of the nations after Armageddon described in Matthew 25. Many of Jesus’ descriptions in Matthew 24 are seen in this book.

The picture is so important because these events occurred suddenly to a people wrapped up in the flesh and the world who were oblivious to what was about to occur.  In 2 Peter 3:3-4, this is the same mindset which will be present at the end of the age, “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ” Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”  In 1 Peter 1:10-12 it shows that these things written by the prophets of Old were written for future generations.  Our generation is without excuse.  The prophets spoke forth the Word of God, and we live in times where world events are culminating, though we don’t know the exact time or hour.  Repentance was the key then as it is now.  We look at events now with excitation as we wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  May we share these truths to a world that is blinded to the reality of God.  It will come quickly without warning, let us be prepared and prepare others beforehand.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato