Joel 1:15 NIV Alas for that day! For theday of the LORD is near; it will come like      destruction from the Almighty. 16 ...
18 How the cattle moan! The herds mill  about because they have no pasture;  even the flocks of sheep are suffering.  19 T...
2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the  alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live inthe land tremble, for the day of the LO...
3 Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is likethe garden of Eden, behind them, a des...
6 At the sight of them, nations are in  anguish; every face turns pale. 7 Theycharge like warriors; they scale walls like ...
10 Before them the earth shakes, the skytrembles, the sun and moon are darkened,   and the stars no longer shine. 11 The  ...
The last 2 lines of verse 11 are worthhaving burned into our memory for recallat any given moment. It says, ―The day ofthe...
Let us not become listless about the   prophet of Joel. For the 21st century American (particularly inside the church),   ...
That is what is meant by:            Matthew 6:33 NIVWhen we seek Him and His first, then the rest of our lives will come ...
We start today in Joel 1:15: the most offensive doctrine in the Bible. Here it is.―Alas for that day! For the day of the L...
The most offensive doctrine in the Bible is the fact that God judges; that God claimsto have the right to set the absolute...
After the four waves of locusts had passed, then they faced the aftermath of  starvation, death, and disease. It was at  t...
16 Has not the food been cut off beforeour very eyes—joy and gladness from the  house of our God? 17 The seeds are     shr...
19 To you, O LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the open pastures and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.20...
1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live inthe land tremble, for the day of the LORD ...
2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of    clouds and blackness. Like dawnspreading across the mountains a largeand mighty...
This will be something for the HistoryBooks…if there are any books afterwards. I offer for comparison these verses from  c...
Some commentators view this as the army of locust in the 1st chapter, others as theBabylonian invasion. I don‘t believe ei...
Revelation 19:11 NET Then I saw heavenopened and here came a white horse! The   one riding it was called "Faithful" and  "...
3 Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is likethe garden of Eden, behind them, a des...
Revelation 16:8 NET Then the fourthangel poured out his bowl on the sun, andit was permitted to scorch people with fire.  ...
4 They have the appearance of horses;  they gallop along like cavalry. 5 With a noise like that of chariots they leap over...
7 They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. 8 The...
10 Before them the earth shakes, the skytrembles, the sun and moon are darkened,   and the stars no longer shine. 11 The  ...
Perhaps Joel is reminding Judah how  terrible the swarm of locust was to make  an impression how much worse it will be on ...
Compare verse 10 …the earth shakes, the    sky trembles, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine.   t...
Revelation 16:18 NET Then there were flashes of lightning, roaring, and crashes  of thunder, and there was a tremendous ea...
ITS COMING  Children love to play ―hide and seek.‖They count to a specific number and then  yell, ―Ready or not here I com...
When we watch the countdown for thespace shuttle, the end of a ballgame, or a   wedding day, we know that when the countdo...
ITS NEAR Joel 1:15a NIV Alas for that day! For theday of the LORD is near...2:1d the day ofthe LORD is coming. It is close...
Never forget that Peter tells us: Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape   your notice, that a single day is ...
The signs pointing to the second comingare increasing in number. Watch the news  & become either excited or distressed,bec...
ITLL BE A SURPRISE The day of the Lord will be a surprise on many fronts. Jesus, Paul & Peter tell us  that this day will ...
43     44
Revelation 16:15 NET
1 Thessalonians 5:1 NET Now on thetopic of times and seasons, brothers andsisters, you have no need for anything to be wri...
2 Peter 3:10 NET But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the  heavens will disappear with a horrifi...
The thief comes and takes something.God Himself will take the heavens, earth, the elements and all the rest of what we  th...
Do you remember this Fram  advertisement? A mechanic says, ―Pay me now or pay me later.‖ The point of his message was that...
Many people who claim to be believers  have a preconceived notion about whatthe ―Day of the Lord‖ will be like. Too often ...
DECLARATION―Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm   on my holy hill.‖ At the time of Joel‘s prophecy it was the Priest...
Revelation 1:5e NET To the one who lovesus and has set us free from our sins at thecost of his own blood 6 and has appoint...
Anyone who is free from their sins by thelove of Christ shedding His own blood is apriest. Knowing that the day of the Lor...
The declaration or the sound of the horn to warn people about the coming ―Day ofthe Lord‖ rests in the hands of those of u...
Do you remember the penalty for a guard        going to sleep at his post?            It is death. Why?Because everyone de...
Think about it in terms of war: ―If you don‘t  know the enemy is coming, you cannotready yourself.‖ Blow the horn. Some wi...
Think about this in terms of life and death; ―If you knew someone was on a collision course with a freight train, would yo...
REPARATIONThe word reparation is unused today. Forsome it is an old and forgotten word while  for others it is a new word,...
Reparations are paid in the aftermath of a     war to the defeated country for thepurpose of helping them rebuild & restor...
We have pretended happiness and  independence accompanied by an air of invincibility literally, ignoring God and Hissacrif...
Don‘t forget we are talking about HIS DAY,    The Day of the Lord. He will give this world the compensation for their deed...
To read this text and picture the complete  judgment of God on this world is to besobered about the future. On this Day, H...
SEPARATIONIn that day there will be a separation likewe have never seen. God‘s people, those who have received His gift of...
There will be some husbands who will be  separated from their wives (wives from husbands, parents from children, friends, ...
The last thought from verse 11 requiresattention? It asks, ―Who can endure it?‖My question from reading this scripture is ...
Through Amos God is sending word to  Israel. He knows about their corruption and His impending discipline. Amos 4:12NIV ―T...
DEAL IN TRUTH  Today we ask, ―What is truth?‖ becausethere is this idea that truth changes. Jesussaid, ―               .‖ ...
DECIDE FOR TRUTHPreparing for the day of the Lord is simpleand complex; it is both easy and hard. It is simple because the...
But it is hard because He demands your  life, allegiance, and heart. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die the death of a sinner...
When you decide, ―No I don‘t want what  God is offering,‖ at some point, God willleave you alone. But don‘t be deceived---...
DECLARE THE TRUTHWhen you decide for God and allow Jesus into your life, it‘ll be better than that newgadget or tool or to...
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  1. 1. Joel 1:15 NIV Alas for that day! For theday of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. 16 Has not the food been cut off beforeour very eyes—joy and gladness from the house of our God? 17 The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods. The storehouses are in ruins, the granarieshave been broken down, for the grain has dried up.
  2. 2. 18 How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering. 19 To you, O LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the open pastures and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.20 Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the open pastures.
  3. 3. 2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live inthe land tremble, for the day of the LORDis coming. It is close at hand— 2 a day ofdarkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty armycomes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come.
  4. 4. 3 Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is likethe garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste—nothing escapes them. 4 They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. 5 With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.
  5. 5. 6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. 7 Theycharge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, notswerving from their course. 8 They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenseswithout breaking ranks. 9 They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows.
  6. 6. 10 Before them the earth shakes, the skytrembles, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. 11 The LORD thunders at the head of his army;his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?
  7. 7. The last 2 lines of verse 11 are worthhaving burned into our memory for recallat any given moment. It says, ―The day ofthe LORD is great; it is dreadful. who canendure it?‖ It is my belief that if you and I were to get our minds around this truth, that it would revolutionize our hearts & lives. To carry an honest concept about how God will deal with humankind at the end of time is to be sobered about the actual Day of the Lord.
  8. 8. Let us not become listless about the prophet of Joel. For the 21st century American (particularly inside the church), we have come to expect our Sundaymessages to tell us things like, ―how to be happy‖ or ‗how to overcome fear, depression, pride, or the like.‘ The message of Joel while offering words ofwarning to people and the wants of God, if heard in our spirits, will touch us in thedeep parts of our souls and affect all these areas of our lives.
  9. 9. That is what is meant by: Matthew 6:33 NIVWhen we seek Him and His first, then the rest of our lives will come into line and focus of His best for us.
  10. 10. We start today in Joel 1:15: the most offensive doctrine in the Bible. Here it is.―Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near.‖ Here is the offensive doctrine: It will come like destruction from the Almighty.
  11. 11. The most offensive doctrine in the Bible is the fact that God judges; that God claimsto have the right to set the absolutes, andthen the right to determine when and how He confronts that which refuses thoseabsolutes. Often the Church is as troubled by the judgment of God as the world is.The temporal judgments of God, those are the judgments.
  12. 12. After the four waves of locusts had passed, then they faced the aftermath of starvation, death, and disease. It was at this time that the crisis seemed to be in the past tense, yet Joel prophesied thatthe crisis was not nearly over. It was about to increase to a new level of intensity. Something was coming that was moresevere than a locust invasion (Joel 1:4-12),with a drought (Joel 1:16-20), and fires (Joel 1:19–20). (Mike Bickle)
  13. 13. 16 Has not the food been cut off beforeour very eyes—joy and gladness from the house of our God? 17 The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods. The storehouses are in ruins, the granarieshave been broken down, for the grain has dried up. 18 How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering.
  14. 14. 19 To you, O LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the open pastures and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.20 Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the open pastures. It has gone from bad to worse! Who could endure it?
  15. 15. 1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live inthe land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand— For emphasis he repeats himself. Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm onmy holy hill. Why? So everyone will hear, know & tremble because the day of theLORD is coming. It is close at hand. Here is the reason to tremble.
  16. 16. 2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawnspreading across the mountains a largeand mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come. There never has been or will ever be again a large and mighty army such as this one. Compare this with Joel 1:2b Has anything like this everhappened in your days or in the days of your forefathers?
  17. 17. This will be something for the HistoryBooks…if there are any books afterwards. I offer for comparison these verses from chapter 2 with those of the last days as recorded in John‘s Revelation.Revelation 16:10 NET Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that darkness covered his kingdom, and people began to bite their tongues because of their pain.
  18. 18. Some commentators view this as the army of locust in the 1st chapter, others as theBabylonian invasion. I don‘t believe eitherof those fit because of verse 2:2b,c a large and mighty army…such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come. Would not the army led by Jesus be mightier than any before?
  19. 19. Revelation 19:11 NET Then I saw heavenopened and here came a white horse! The one riding it was called "Faithful" and "True," and with justice he judges and goes to war. Revelation 19:19 NET Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to do battle with theone who rode the horse and with his army.
  20. 20. 3 Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is likethe garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste—nothing escapes them.Let‘s compare that scene with the 4th bowl of plagues poured out.
  21. 21. Revelation 16:8 NET Then the fourthangel poured out his bowl on the sun, andit was permitted to scorch people with fire. 9 Thus people were scorched by the terrible heat, yet they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.
  22. 22. 4 They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. 5 With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty armydrawn up for battle. 6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale.
  23. 23. 7 They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. 8 They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. 9 Theyrush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows.
  24. 24. 10 Before them the earth shakes, the skytrembles, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. 11 The LORD thunders at the head of his army;his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?
  25. 25. Perhaps Joel is reminding Judah how terrible the swarm of locust was to make an impression how much worse it will be on The Day of The Lord for those who fail to repent. You can visualize the terrible swarm of locust as you read this sectionright up to verse 11 The LORD thunders at the head of his army; In his reference notes Scofield says, This "army" is described, (Rev 19:11-18). We read Rev 19:11 earlier.
  26. 26. Compare verse 10 …the earth shakes, the sky trembles, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. to these verses. Revelation 6:12 NETThen I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge earthquake took place; the sun became as black assackcloth made of hair, and the full moonbecame blood red; 13 and the stars in thesky fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when shaken by a fierce wind.
  27. 27. Revelation 16:18 NET Then there were flashes of lightning, roaring, and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake — an earthquake unequaled since humanity has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. Today, let‘s get a picture and Biblicalconcept of the Day of the Lord, and verses which call us to ―Get Ready.‖ Let‘s consider 3 thoughts about the Day of the Lord.
  28. 28. ITS COMING Children love to play ―hide and seek.‖They count to a specific number and then yell, ―Ready or not here I come!‖ Not wanting to humanize or disrespect our Heavenly Father, I submit that a countdown is in progress.
  29. 29. When we watch the countdown for thespace shuttle, the end of a ballgame, or a wedding day, we know that when the countdown is over, something is going to happen. Here is what it will be; it will be the ―Day of the Lord.‖ Just like coming tothe end of a game is inevitable, coming to the end of this world is unavoidable. Ready or not, it‘s coming.
  30. 30. ITS NEAR Joel 1:15a NIV Alas for that day! For theday of the LORD is near...2:1d the day ofthe LORD is coming. It is close at hand—When a preacher says this, he will receive some sarcastic looks and even remarks.
  31. 31. Never forget that Peter tells us: Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. 2 Peter 3:8 NETPutting God‘s time table in place remindsus that it hasn‘t been long since the worldwas spoken into existence and it won‘t belong until these words are consummated.
  32. 32. The signs pointing to the second comingare increasing in number. Watch the news & become either excited or distressed,because the days are short. Matthew 24:6 NET 7
  33. 33. ITLL BE A SURPRISE The day of the Lord will be a surprise on many fronts. Jesus, Paul & Peter tell us that this day will come as a thief. Thinkabout the thief. The thief comes when you are not expecting Him.Matthew 24:42 NET
  34. 34. 43 44
  35. 35. Revelation 16:15 NET
  36. 36. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 NET Now on thetopic of times and seasons, brothers andsisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you. 2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come in the same way as a thief in the night.
  37. 37. 2 Peter 3:10 NET But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will meltaway in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare.The point is that ‗no one knows‘ when The Day of the Lord is. No one but the Heavenly Father. He has the Holy countdown.
  38. 38. The thief comes and takes something.God Himself will take the heavens, earth, the elements and all the rest of what we think is important to us. The Bible saysGod will destroy all there is only to replace it with the NEW, the Perfect, and the eternal. For many, there will be some other surprises on that day.
  39. 39. Do you remember this Fram advertisement? A mechanic says, ―Pay me now or pay me later.‖ The point of his message was that every car needs to be properly maintained and it costs tomaintain a car. However, if you choose notto maintain it, then you will face the pain of expensive repair. So (said the commercial) you can pay a little now or pay a lot later, BUT one way or the other, YOU WILL PAY.
  40. 40. Many people who claim to be believers have a preconceived notion about whatthe ―Day of the Lord‖ will be like. Too often these thoughts are based on hearsay, personal preference, and even imagination, but what exactly does the Bible teach about this day!
  41. 41. DECLARATION―Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill.‖ At the time of Joel‘s prophecy it was the Priest‘s duty to Blow the trumpet. Who are the Priests now?In 1 Peter 2:5 Peter calls Christians a holy priesthood & in 2:9 a royal priesthood. John also wrote believers are Priests.
  42. 42. Revelation 1:5e NET To the one who lovesus and has set us free from our sins at thecost of his own blood 6 and has appointed us as a kingdom, as priests serving hisGod and Father — to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen.Revelation 5:10 NET You have appointed them as a kingdom and priests to serveour God, and they will reign on the earth."
  43. 43. Anyone who is free from their sins by thelove of Christ shedding His own blood is apriest. Knowing that the day of the Lord iscoming is obligated to ―Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill.‖ Every time we read blow the trumpet, weknow that it is a call, an alert, or an alarm. A trumpet sound is used to sound taps, retreat, charge, reveille, as well as a warning!
  44. 44. The declaration or the sound of the horn to warn people about the coming ―Day ofthe Lord‖ rests in the hands of those of us who know. Compare this duty to that of Ezekiel‘s. Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.’
  45. 45. Do you remember the penalty for a guard going to sleep at his post? It is death. Why?Because everyone depends on the guard. For the believer, we are called to alert humanity that eternity is coming and to make ready.
  46. 46. Think about it in terms of war: ―If you don‘t know the enemy is coming, you cannotready yourself.‖ Blow the horn. Some will say, ―We are not the enemy of God.‖ James 4:4b NET So whoever decides tobe the worlds friend makes himself Gods enemy.
  47. 47. Think about this in terms of life and death; ―If you knew someone was on a collision course with a freight train, would you feelany sense of responsibility?‖ Certainly youwould. To have knowledge that the Day is close & not be divinely motivated to tell it is unthinkable. We must blow the horn. We must tell. We must declare.
  48. 48. REPARATIONThe word reparation is unused today. Forsome it is an old and forgotten word while for others it is a new word, yet it is an accurate word as it speaks of much that will be a part of that day! Synonyms for this word are things like ‗compensation‘, ‗reimbursement‘, ‗recompense‘, ‗amends‘, and even ‗damages.‘
  49. 49. Reparations are paid in the aftermath of a war to the defeated country for thepurpose of helping them rebuild & restore their society. These countries get whatthey NEED to re-start their lives. Can you comprehend the parallel? Since the Garden of Eden this fallen world has fought against Creator God.
  50. 50. We have pretended happiness and independence accompanied by an air of invincibility literally, ignoring God and Hissacrificial offer of salvation in our lives. It is the principle of the wide gate versus the narrow gate. Usually we have told God that we want Him in eternity, but for nowwe can handle ‗time.‘ We are having OUR DAY.
  51. 51. Don‘t forget we are talking about HIS DAY, The Day of the Lord. He will give this world the compensation for their deeds, the reimbursement for what has beengiven, in other words—He will give exactly what has been earned.
  52. 52. To read this text and picture the complete judgment of God on this world is to besobered about the future. On this Day, His day, He will take control of all; the agriculture, the animals, the atmosphere,the armies, and even the universe. Finally,this world and all her remaining inhabitant will get ―JUSTICE.‖
  53. 53. SEPARATIONIn that day there will be a separation likewe have never seen. God‘s people, those who have received His gift of salvation through Jesus will be apart from those who receive the judgment of God. Verse 11 of Chapter 2 says, ―the Day ofthe Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?‖
  54. 54. There will be some husbands who will be separated from their wives (wives from husbands, parents from children, friends, and families) because on this day, it willfinally be all about HIM. God does and will have the final word. Allow me to offer one observation about this scripture.
  55. 55. The last thought from verse 11 requiresattention? It asks, ―Who can endure it?‖My question from reading this scripture is ―How can anyone endure it?‖ Let‘s end today with an answer to that question.
  56. 56. Through Amos God is sending word to Israel. He knows about their corruption and His impending discipline. Amos 4:12NIV ―Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.‖ There exists an entirely different train ofthought in being ready for heaven versus being ready to meet God! We better be prepared.
  57. 57. DEAL IN TRUTH Today we ask, ―What is truth?‖ becausethere is this idea that truth changes. Jesussaid, ― .‖ You want to be ready for the Day of the Lord then it is divinely required that you deal in the pure, holy, &eternal truth of the Lord Jesus. His life and words will guide you into everything you need. He teaches that as a sinner, we are outside of God‘s plan & are an enemy of God. However, He teaches God has provided a way.
  58. 58. DECIDE FOR TRUTHPreparing for the day of the Lord is simpleand complex; it is both easy and hard. It is simple because the Holy Spirit will come to you and convict you of your need forJesus, but it is complex because decidingto follow Jesus, to put your faith in Him, is only the first step. It‘s easy because the Bible says, Mark 16:16 NET
  59. 59. But it is hard because He demands your life, allegiance, and heart. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die the death of a sinner in your place and then God urges you,invites you, and pulls you to repent of your sin and turn to Jesus. But here‘s the amazing thing; He allows you to decide. No, He forces you to decide.
  60. 60. When you decide, ―No I don‘t want what God is offering,‖ at some point, God willleave you alone. But don‘t be deceived---if that is your decision, you will meet Him again on much different terms on ―HIS DAY.‖ However, to miss the horrors thatawait this world and those who reject God, decide for Him today. He has already decided for you.
  61. 61. DECLARE THE TRUTHWhen you decide for God and allow Jesus into your life, it‘ll be better than that newgadget or tool or toy you have discovered! Think about it; when you find something that rings your bell, you want to share it!When you come to faith in Christ and find the truth of eternity, you will want no one to miss it. The only thing you will want them to miss is ―The Day of the Lord.‖

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