1 Blow you the trumpet in Zion (see 2 Sam. 5:7), and sound an alarm (Num. 10;5,9) in My mountain of My sanctuary: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
for the day of the LORD comes (see 1:15. This is the subject of the book. Cp. Obad. 15. Zeph. 1:14,15), for it is near at hand;
2 A day of darkness and of gloominess (cp. Amos 5:18,20), a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the blackness (or darkness) spread upon the mountains: a great people (symbolized by the locusts in 4:1) and a strong; there has not been ever the like (our enemies like never before), neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. (The enemies are great and strong. There has never been nor will there ever be again so many people deceived by the enemy. That is the reason for the darkness.)
3 A fire devours (cp. 1:19,20) before them (the northern army [v.11] symbolized by the locusts of 1:4); and behind them a flame burns: the land is as the garden of Eden before them (Gen. 2:8; 13:10. Cp. Isa. 51:3. Ezek. 36:35), and behind them a desolate wilderness (cp. 3:19. Ps. 107:34); yes, and nothing shall escape them.
4 The appearance of them (i.e. the army of v.20, symbolized by the locusts of 1:4. Cp. Rev. 9:7) is as the appearance of war-horses (Hab. 1:8); and as horsemen, so shall they run.
5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they rattle along (cp. Rev. 9:9. Connect this with the end of v.4), like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. (And so they are and so they march. But they climb into houses if you let them. Just turn on the boob tube and watch. But don't listen to what is said. Listen to the Word of God and decipher what is Truth and what is fiction. Youíre living in that time.)
6 Before their face the peoples shall be much pained: all faces shall gather paleness.
7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
8 Neither shall one press another; they shall march every one in his path: and when they fall upon the weapons (Heb. shelach = missiles), they shall not be stopped. (Cp. Rev. 9. The whole scene belongs to 'the day of the Lord')
9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. (Cp. Matt. 24:43,45. Luke 12:39. 1 Thess. 5:2. 2 Pet. 3:10.)
10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark (another proof of what is signified; and that this prophecy concerns what is future. Cp. 3:15. See Matt. 24:29. Cp. Isa. 13:10. Ezek. 32:7. 8Acts 2:20. Rev. 6:12), and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
11 And the LORD shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for He is strong that executes His word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible (cp. v.31. Jer. 30;7. Amos 5:18. Zeph. 1:15); and who can abide it? (You can if you love Him. He's not mad at you.)
12 Therefore also now, says the LORD, turn you back even quite up to Me (not man!) with all your heart (mind), and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart (spiritual cleansing. Cp. Ps. 34;18), and not your garments, and turn to the LORD (Yehovah) your God (Elohim):
for He is gracious and merciful (see Ex. 34:6,7. Num. 14:18. Cp. 2 Chron. 30:9. Neh. 9:17,31. Pss. 80:5,15; 103:8; 145:8), slow to anger, and of great grace, and repents Him of the evil. (Not His, ours. All of us sin, look for good.)
14 Who knows if He will turn away from His fierce anger and repent (as in Jonah 3:9), and leave a blessing (i.e. a new harvest. Cp. Isa. 65:8) behind Him; even a meat offering and a drink offering (sin offering. See 1:9,13) to the LORD your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a great day of restraint: (See 1;14. Matt. 5)
16 Gather in the People, hallow a convocation (Ex. 19:10,22. This is important. A convocation of the Living God), assemble the elders, gather out the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her bridal canopy. (See Ps. 19:5. Isa. 4:5.)
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD (see 1:9.), weep between the porch and the altar (cp. Ezek. 8:16), and let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD (Ex. 32:11,12. Deut. 26,29. Cp. Neh. 13:22. That is our Heavenly Father YAHAVEH the creator of all things. He is with you, and when He is with you, you are a victor every time. You are an overcomer and in overcoming, God is with you! You can't go wrong), and give not Your heritage to reproach (Deut. 32:9. Promise of God to His own. See Ezek. 8:13-18), that the nations should rule over them:
wherefore should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?' " (False one is here at this time pretending to be God. What did God order when He let them out of the pit? He gave them that freedom to swarm. What did He say? He said you cannot touch those who have the seal of God in their forehead. I don't want to see any of Godís children sweating bullets alright? You've got nothing to sweat about as long as you use this, and keep it loaded with the seal of God, then youíre in good shape.)
L M1 2:18,19. Good bestowed. Land and People. N1 2:20. Evil removed. Enemy cut off. M2 2:21-32. Good bestowed. Land and People. N2 3:1-16-. Evil removed. Enemy cut off. M3 3;-16-18. Good bestowed. Land and People. N3 3:19. Evil removed. Enemy cut off. M4 3:20,21. Good bestowed. Land and People.
18 Then will the LORD be jealous for His land, and pity His People. (Cp. Deut. 32:36-43. These remind us of the concluding words of the "Song of Moses", and sum up the object of all the events which go to make up "the day of the Lord".)
19 Yes, the LORD will answer and say to His people, "Behold (to call attention to the "blessing" mentioned in v.14), I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and you shall be satisfied therewith: (cp. 1:10; Mal. 3:11,12) and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: (Youíre not going to be stupid enough to take all your corn, your cattle, your people and melt it down into alcohol. Gasoline, petrol youíre going to drill your own, okay. Youíre going to have your own, and God might even bring us a different power then we ever knew existed. He will!)
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army (this is what the "locusts" of 1:4 are the symbol of. The locusts do not come from the north, the armies of Rev. 9, Dan. 11 do), and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea (cp. Ezek. 47:18. Zech. 14:8), and his hinder part toward the Great sea (Deut. 11:24; 34:2), and his stink shall come up (referring to the destruction of Isa. 66:24), and his ill savor shall come up, because he (the invader, the antichrist of Dan. 7 and 8) he magnified himself to do great things. (Cp. Dan. 8:9-11; 11:36. They have have Esau and a few men of the East along with them to keep them company. So be prepared for that.)
M2 O1 21-27. Temporal blessings. O1 28-32. Spiritual blessings.
O1 P1 21-. Apostrophe to the Soil. Q1 -21. Reason. P2 22-. Apostrophe to the Beast's. Q2 -22. Reason. P3 23-. Apostrophe to the People. Q3 -23-27. Reason.
21 Fear not, O soil; be glad and rejoice:
for the LORD will do great things. (Greater than the foe himself. That's your salvation that your Father lets you know beforehand whatís transpiring.)
22 Be not afraid (cp. 1:18,20), you beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, (Cp. 1:19.)
for the tree bears her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their abundance. (People might try to break this nation. People might try to destroy this nation. It will revive and come back stronger than ever and GOD will establish His Throne on earth and it shall be for ever and ever.)
23 Be glad then, you sons of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God:
for He has given you the former rain in due measure (Lev. 26;4. Deut. 11:14; 28:12. That is to say the beginning of Truth to know who you are. He gave that in a moderate way so you could absorb it and understand it. It simplified the teachings of Almighty God so you could absorb it.), and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain [as at] the first. (He is given us that latter rain now, the Truth, the swarm, the knowledge, and the wisdom.)
24 And the threshing-floors shall be full of corn, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore (make good) to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm (see 1:4), My great army which I sent among you. (You notice that the first is last. Why would He do that? Well we have a little bit more gnawing to go to take place. Like on twin towers and so forth. Little more gnawing. Get ready for it. Know your stages, and here they are reversed.)
26 And you shall eat on in plenty, and be satisfied (Lev. 26:5), and praise the name of the LORD your God (Lev. 19;24. Deut. 12:7; 16:11; 26:11), that has dealt wondrously with you: and My People shall never be ashamed. (Youíre always going to be happy that you served Him and for that He touches you and gives you truth and knowledge. Provide for you why? Because you love Him and when you love Him He loves you. He takes care of His own.)
27 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel (Lev. 26:11-13. Deut. 23:14. Cp. Ezek. 37:26:28), and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and My People shall never be ashamed.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward (after the locust army. After the "good bestowed" had begun to be enjoyed [2:21-27]: for the nation had been restored under Ezra and Nehemiah; "the light had sprung up" [Isa. 42:7. Matt. 4:12-16. Luke 2:32]; "the days of the Son of Man" were then present [Luke 17:21]. "Afterward" would come the days of the Spirit; and "this is that" which was seen on "the day of Pentecost", when Joel 2:28,29 began to be fulfilled. Had the nation repented at the summons of Peter in Acts 3:18-26, all things which God had spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets would have been fulfilled, including Joel 2:30, 31, and 32. Mal. 4.5 also would have been taken of John the Baptist if they had received it [Matt. 11:14]), that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh (spiritual gifts); and your sons and your daughters (women are not excluded from spiritual gifts) shall prophesy (in last days, thunder. Not necessarily foretelling, but forth-telling, by speaking for God. Only such as were called and gifted could be His spokesmen. Cp. Num. 11:16,17,29), your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: (Mark 13;9-11.)
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids (And whom God might call. Elisha was a plowman, Amos a herdsman. God is not a respecter of persons) in those days will I pour out My spirit. (He even going to use poor people. Thatís when youíre delivered up to the spurious Messiah for the whole world can hear Truth. )
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth (cp. Matt. 24:29. Mark 13:24), blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (Cp. Moses on Mt. Sinai. It will be all around you. These are symbols of Divine judgment; not of salvation by grace)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. (This is the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy. Cp. 2:1,11. Mal. 4:5. The Millennium.)
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion (cp. Isa. 59:20. Obad. 17. Zech. 14:1-5. Rom.1:26) and in Jerusalem shall be delivered remnant (as distinct from Mount Zion. Geographical location where these events will transpire. See Rev. 6:12), according as the LORD has said (by Joel and other prophets), and in the remnant (an escaped set. Are you part of it?) whom the LORD is going to call. (That remnant is God's Elect. That remnant has ears to hear and eyes to see. Now as I said don't paint with a brush to wide. There is only one sect that we are zeroing in on here and that God zeros in on. Thatís those that would offend, those that have an ill purpose. For in among those we have those that are looking for liberty and peace. And that in itself is one of the stages of the locust. Which is the opposite of the latter rain. Which brings the Lord one step closer. Why are they all doing this at the same time? You better look up and know our Father is still on the Throne. And there is a movement, it just didn't happen by accident that all those nations flared up at one time. There is an evil engineering in this world. Watch Watchmen, itís late in the day.)