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The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
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The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
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The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
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The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21
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The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21 Adapted from a Jerry Watts sermon http://www.sermoncentral.com/print_friendly.asp?ContributorID=&SermonID=145707

The Final Chapter Joel 3:1-21 Adapted from a Jerry Watts sermon http://www.sermoncentral.com/print_friendly.asp?ContributorID=&SermonID=145707

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  • 1. Joel 3:1 NIV “In those days and at thattime, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. 3 They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.
  • 2. 4 “Now what have you against me, O Tyreand Sidon and all you regions of Philistia?Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done. 5 For youtook my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.
  • 3. 6 You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland. 7“See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I willreturn on your own heads what you havedone. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far away.”
  • 4. The LORD has spoken. 9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. 10 Beat yourplowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” 11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD!
  • 5. 12 “Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nationson every side. 13 Swing the sickle, for theharvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow—so great is their wickedness!”
  • 6. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley ofdecision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars nolonger shine. 16 The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
  • 7. 17 “Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. Afountain will flow out of the LORDS house and will water the valley of acacias.
  • 8. 19 But Egypt will be desolate, Edom adesert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood. 20 Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem throughall generations. 21 Their bloodguilt, which I have not pardoned, I will pardon.” The LORD dwells in Zion!
  • 9. Many movies, albums, & books have carried the title- “THE FINAL CHAPTER” These words indicate the conclusion,closing, ending, finishing, finality, it‟s over! Our reading time is short when we get to the final chapter. The complete story hasbeen told. If there is any kind of „mystery‟ it will be revealed. Final chapters carry a sense of mixed emotions.
  • 10. Having made our way through the Prophecy of Joel, we not only complete the book but we also catch a glimpse of end-time judgment. One of the truths about God‟s word seems to be that the teaching on the end of days should serve not only as a „warning‟ but also an„encouragement‟ to the people of God. It is easy to get the sense that the forces of evil have the upper hand on earth.
  • 11. While this is not particularly true, it is easyto be lulled into thinking this. The story of the end time events serve to remind usthat a great day is coming when evil (I.E. sin, selfishness, self-economy, persecution of the saints & more) will bedealt with by Jehovah God so it serves as both an encouragement for the child ofGod who walks with and lives for God and it serves as a warning for those who do not walk with God.
  • 12. In this text, I see a „reiteration‟ of other parts of the book of Joel. This “Final Chapter” gives insight into the “FinalChapter” of humanity, it divides very easily into 2 thoughts;
  • 13. Look at these four words and allow them to burn into your mind. People usually don‟t care to hear about this subjectbecause it can warp our sense of “a loving God.” Yet, like it or not and ready or not, God‟s judgment is a truth from which we cannot escape.
  • 14. In verse 2 we read, “The Valley ofJehoshaphat” and some will wonder about the location of this valley. Well, some sayit is between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives while others parallel this to Zechariah 14:1-4 when Jesus comes inrevelation He will split the Mount of Olives in two creating a valley between two hills and this will form The Valley of Jehoshaphat.
  • 15. I think the geographic location is not nearly as important as what this means and what it is. The word Jehoshaphat means, “The Lord Judges.” In verse 14 this is referred to as the “Valley of Decision.” I think this reference is strategically placed because Godforeknew that the time would come whenpeople would not believe, that in His love, He would judge.
  • 16. 1 “In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2a I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.In verse 1, the words „in those days and at that time‟ conveys that He is talking about a specific event in historical time.
  • 17. The picture almost resembles a court room where some are restored while others are gathered (brought in) and judgment begins. At that time (the endtime, Judgment day), God‟s people (Judah & Jerusalem) will be restored. This is an important encouragement for God people but let‟s save this thought for last.
  • 18. Then God will gather all nations. This will be a „cattle-call‟ (no disrespect intended) of all the nations who have used and abused His people. It is a gathering of those who have chosen to oppose God, His righteousness, and His people. Thereason He gathers them is for the purposeof making them answer for their actions! In the valley of judgment or decision, they will face HIM.
  • 19. 2b There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered mypeople among the nations and divided up my land. 3 They cast lots for my peopleand traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.
  • 20. 4 “Now what have you against me, O Tyreand Sidon and all you regions of Philistia?Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done. 5 For youtook my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.
  • 21. 6 You sold the people of Judah andJerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland. The accusations or indictments of the unbelievers are many and scary.
  • 22. Starting at the end of verse 2 throughverse 6 we discover these; abuse of God‟speople, stealing of God‟s land and temple treasures, slave trade, & child trafficking.In God‟s accusations I find something that is pretty interesting; it seems that Godknows these people are trying to get back at HIM or „show Him a thing or two.‟ How amazingly arrogant!
  • 23. Yet, this is becoming the norm instead of the exception in the 21st century. There is a strong delusion among today‟s culturethat we can „stand up‟ to God and I believe it is spoken to in this section of scripture. By the way, it carries devastating effects. To fall under an indictment as dictated by deity is to be found guilty.
  • 24. Do you see how God‟s responds to the arrogant words of His enemies? 7 “See, I am going to rouse them out ofthe places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, a nation far away.”
  • 25. The LORD has spoken. 9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. 10 Beat yourplowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” 11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD!
  • 26. 12 “Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nationson every side. 13 Swing the sickle, for theharvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow—so great is their wickedness!”
  • 27. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley ofdecision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. He offers a warning about what liesahead. He uses the words which mean „to deal with‟ or „to give retribution or recompense.‟ Basically, God‟s words are like, “You want to try me? Go for it?”
  • 28. Then God paints a picture of what will happen. He‟ll treat these people exactly the way that they have treated HIS people. And He doesn‟t stop there; Hechallenges His enemies to declare war onHim, gather the people, make weapons to do battle, and meet Him in the valley of decision. Make no mistake, at this point, God has had enough and judgment is at hand.
  • 29. 16 The LORD will roar from Zion andthunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
  • 30. Here is the 3:16 verse we‟ve been workingtowards & what a verse it is! The first partof the verse “The Terrible Day of The Lord” is here! But not for “His people” because The LORD will be a refuge, a stronghold for his people.This one verse shows us both sides of the valley. The TERRIBLE & The TERRIFIC.
  • 31. One meaning for adjudication is the concept of „settlement.‟ This is exactly what we see in verse 16;God‟s settlement on His enemies. He has them on the battlefield in the Valley ofdecision, He raises His trumpet-like voiceto shake heaven & earth, and He protectsHis own people. In the process, the divinesickle will be swing to cut off the arrogant, evil, and self-centered! It‟ll not be pretty.
  • 32. ( ) As we end verse 16, we see a different action from on high. While God gathersHis enemies, passes judgment on them in the valley of decision, and swings thesickle of judgment; He then demonstratesHis passion for those who are His people. Look at His actions;
  • 33. He is both a refuge and stronghold for Hispeople. Simply put, a „refuge‟ is a place for refugees. In the USA we are very familiarwith the concept of refugees as they come here from all over the world. They come here for sanctuary, protection, and even shelter. One translation calls this a “safe hiding place.”
  • 34. When the Lord both roars and raises His voice in Judgment, those who are His(who have received His salvation, walkedin His righteousness, persevered thru the difficult time, etc) will find God to be a „safe hiding place.‟ He is and will be our wall of protection. He is a stronghold. This is a place where we can be secure and defended.
  • 35. 17 “Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill.Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.In that day God‟s people will KNOW whatit is like to be in the presence of Almighty God.
  • 36. When I read verse 17 my mind immediately goes to Revelations when John wrote,And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: "Look! The residence of God isamong human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, andGod himself will be with them. Revelation 21:3 NET
  • 37. “God‟s dwelling place is with men.”Everything God has done is pointed to thisone truth, “He wants to be with His crown creation!” This is why He created man &woman to begin with, that He could spend time with them and have fellowship together. In the Old Testament we see clues in the lives of Abraham, Jacob,Enoch, and others that God wants to dwell with us.
  • 38. Then Jesus, God incarnate, came to offerus the presence of God in the first person. When Jesus ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father, God the Holy Spirit has come to be with us. Yet one day the redeemed will spend eternity with the“Triune God” (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit)— He will dwell with us, we will be with Him,and He will be our God, not in abstract but in presence.
  • 39. 18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. Afountain will flow out of the LORDS houseand will water the valley of acacias. 19 But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to thepeople of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.
  • 40. Verses 18 and 19 give us a contrast between those without the Father‟s salvation and those with it. Egypt andEdom, symbols of a land or a life withoutGod will be desolate and a wasteland. We can picture the land without the obvious blessings of God.
  • 41. The picture that comes to mind is a „desert,‟ where there is little greenvegetation or growth. A life can be viewed this way. Absent the protection andpresence of God in a life, there is nothing of any consequence growing. Temporal things may take center stage, but of theeternal there is little seen without Christ in the life.
  • 42. But look at what happens in verse 18 when God is present; the mountains drip, the hills flow, and A fountain will flow out of the LORDS house. The picture is aspring bursting forth from the Lord‟s house and household. Compare this to the glimpse John was given into Heaven.
  • 43. Revelation 22:1 NET Then the angelshowed me the river of the water of life — water as clear as crystal — pouring outfrom the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 flowing down the middle of the citys mainstreet. On each side of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. Its leaves are for the healing of the nations.
  • 44. Verses 20-21 gives great promises to God‟s people.20 Judah will be inhabited forever andJerusalem through all generations. 21 Their bloodguilt, which I have not pardoned, I will pardon.” The LORD dwells in Zion!
  • 45. When God says, “I will”, you can trust Him! He is as good as His word. Judah & Jerusalem can be seen symbolically; historically, prophetically, and/or personally. Historically it speaks to the nation that sinned & was carried into bondage.
  • 46. Prophetically we remember that one daythe NEW Jerusalem will come down from the Father. Personally we can be encouragedbecause God‟s people, His redeemed, willbe pardoned and will reside for all eternity in the land of Zion! Guess who lives in Zion? The LORD dwells in Zion! What an encouraging promise~!
  • 47. When you read the „final chapter‟ of anybook or see the final seen from any movie, all the suspense is removed. Have you ever read a book or watched a movie that was so good you didn‟t want it to end? God has given us the ending, we have been given the final chapter, and all we have to do is to be ready.
  • 48. What does the Lord require? Micah 6:8 NIV He has showed you, O man, what isgood. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. These characteristics do not come naturally or easily to us because of our sinful nature.This world will pull at us until we „miss the mark‟ which is called sin. Yet, God is a„very present help in times of trouble.‟ He stands ready to make you ready for the final chapter.
  • 49. A little boy went with his father for his firstfishing trip on a lake. Fear gripped his little heart, and he held on so tight his littleknuckles were white. "Is the water over my head?" he asked. "Yes, son," said the father. "Is it over your head?" The boyasked as the land grew farther and farther away.
  • 50. "Yes, son, Im afraid it is," replied thefather. Tears rolled down the boys cheeks, and then he asked, "Is the water over Gods head?" The father grew very sympathetic and told him that it was not over Gods head! Our troubles may seem to be above ourheads, but God is able to help. Will you be ready?

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