JOEL 2 IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
Dear Brother Riley,
The Master has hooked me on biblical chronology since about 2005 AD. I have loved Yahweh and His word of prophecy since the early ’70s. I am more and more convinced that we will never understand prophecy, unless we understand it in chronological order. Here’s what Yahweh showed me concerning Joel 2. I have not looked at Acts 2 yet.
There are 3 chronological sections to Joel 2:
1 – BEFORE the Day of Yahweh, described in verses 30-32 and verse 1.
2 – The DAY of Yahweh, described in verses 2-27.
3 – AFTER the Day of Yahweh, described in verses 28-29.
BEFORE THE DAY OF YAHWEH
Joel 2:30-32 HRB “And I will give signs in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and columns of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh. 32For it shall be, all who shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be saved. For salvation shall be in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, as Yahweh has said, and among the survivors whom Yahweh shall call.” Joel 2:1 HRB “Blow a ram’s horn in Zion, and shout an alarm in My holy mountain. Let all those living in the land tremble. For the day of Yahweh approaches; it is near.”
Joel’s summary in verses 30-32 are actually the introduction to his prophetic vision of the future Day of Yahweh, so, to get his introduction in proper chronological order, we simply move the verses to their proper position in the timeline. The darkness in verses 30-31 could be caused by asteroids or volcanoes, as you stated in your study. But this darkness happens BEFORE the Day of Yahweh.
You are correct in stating that the signs in the heavens BEFORE the Day of Yahweh are not necessarily the result of war, but verse one describes the warning that war is approaching with the Day of Yahweh.
And the context for the Day of Yahweh IS WAR!!!! You may owe the “Scripturalist for the Lord” a partial apology! The darkness described in verse 10 IS THE RESULT OF THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON!! Joel 2:2-11 describes the Day of Yahweh as a Day of War, I believe this is the same war described in Revelation 19:11ff. This is nothing less than the Return of Yahshua HaMashiach to earth to crush the nations of the world! Yahshua Advent 2.0!! Praise His Name forever!!
THE DAY OF YAHWEH
“Joel 2:2-11, HRB 2It is a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread out on the mountains, a great and a strong people [this is nothing less than the whole host of the armies of heaven, per verse 11 below!!]. There has never been the like, nor shall there ever be again to the years of generation to generation; 3 a fire devours before it, and a flame burns behind it. The land is the Garden of Eden before them and behind them is a desolate wilderness; yea, also there is no escape to them. 4 Their appearance is like horses; and as war horses, so they run. 5 They shall leap like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains, like the noise of flames of fire that devour the chaff, as a strong people set in order for battle. 6 Before their face, the people shall be pained; all faces collect heat. 7 They shall run as mighty ones; they shall go up the wall as men of war. And they each go on his way, and they do not change their paths. 8 And every man does not press his brother; they each go in his own paths. And if they fall behind their weapon[Strong’s #7973, a spear, a missile of attack], they shall not be cut off. 9 They shall rush on the city; they shall run on the wall; they shall climb up on the houses; they shall enter in by the windows, like a thief [these guys are trained by the Master Himself!!]. 10 The earth shall quake before them, the heavens shall shake. The sun and moon shall grow dark, and the stars shall gather in their light. 11 And Yahweh shall give His voice before His army, for His camp is very great. For he who does His Word is strong. For the day of Yahweh is very great and fearful, and who can endure it?
Verse 12 declares that Joel is still talking about the Day of Yahweh, NOW, as Yahweh pleads with His people to repent, again.
“12Yet even now[It is still the Day of Yahweh!!] turn to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with wailing, declares Yahweh. 13 Yea, tear your heart, and not your robes; and turn to Yahweh your Divine One. For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He pities concerning the evil. 14 Who knows if He will turn and have pity and leave a blessing behind Him, a food offering and a drink offering for Yahweh your Divine One?”
Verse 15 seems to indicate this Day of Yahweh occurs on the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, on the 10th day of the 7th month.
“15Blow a shofar (silver trumpet) in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly.”
Verse 16 seems to explicitly describe the MARRIAGE OF THE GROOM, Yahshua HaMashiach, to His BRIDE. This is the Marriage and Marriage Supper of the Lamb, as far as Joel describes it, in verse 16, ON THE DAY OF Yahweh, NOT BEFORE, NOR AFTER. Friends, this is EXACTLY the marriage of the Lamb to His Bride, as described in Revelation 19:7-9. Revelation 19, a heavenly scene for the most part, shows the marriage supper of the Lamb occurring IN THE HEAVENLIES, before Yahshua returns to earth with His heavenly host to smite the nations. Revelation 19:7-9 HRB “Let us rejoice and let us exult, and we will give glory to Him, because the marriage of the Lamb came, and His wife prepared herself. 8 And it was given to her that she be clothed in fine linen, pure and bright; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints. 9 And he said to me, Write: Blessed are the ones having been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These Words of Yahweh are true.” Joel’s description of the Marriage of the Lamb and Bride seems to be on earth, or at least visible from earth!!
“Joel 2:16-27, 16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, gather the elders, gather the children, and those who suck the breasts. Let the bridegroom go out of his room[the word for room (innermost chamber) here could be describing Yahshua leaving the Holy Of Holies in the Heavenly Sanctuary!!], and the bride out of her bridal chamber. [the word chamber here is Strong’s #2646, the chuppah, the canopy under which every Jewish bride is married!!] 17 Let the priests, ministers of Yahweh, weep between the porch and the altar; and let them say, Have pity on Your people, O Yahweh, and do not give Your inheritance to shame, for a proverb among those of the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their Divine One? 18 Then Yahweh will be jealous [zealous] for His land and have pity on His people. 19 Yea, Yahweh will answer and say to His people, Behold, I will send you grain, and wine, and oil, and you shall be satisfied with it. And I will no more make you a disgrace among the nations. 20 But I will remove the northern army[Russia, probably conjoined with China and the Eastern Asia forces.] far from you, and I will drive him into a dry and desolated land with his face toward the eastern sea [Pacific Ocean], and his rear toward the western sea [Mediterranean Sea]. And his stench shall come up, and his ill odor shall come up, because he was doing great things. 21 Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice, for Yahweh is doing great things. 22 Fear not, beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness grow green, for the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and the vine give their strength. 23 Then be glad, sons of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh your Divine One. For He has given to you the early rain according to righteousness, and He will cause the rain to come down for you, the early rain and the latter rain in the first month [this Day of Yahweh has now stretched from the 7th month to the 1st month of the Hebrew calendar.]. 24 And the floors shall be full with grain, and the wine vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years which the swarming locust has eaten, the locust larvae, and the stripping locust, and the cutting locust, My great army which I sent among you. 26 And you shall eat fully and be satisfied; and you shall praise the name of Yahweh your Divine One, who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall not be ashamed forever. 27 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am Yahweh your Divine One, and there is no other. And My people shall not be ashamed forever.”
Notice verse 17, we see the full Jewish Temple services in action, on the Day of Yahweh!! Notice verse 23, that during the Day of Yahweh, Yahweh is prophesying physical and spiritual rain, to come upon His land, His people, on a day AFTER the Day of Yahweh. Notice in verse 25 how Yahweh takes full responsibility for devastating the Middle East over the years, even though the devastation is caused by the sin of His people!! Our Yah is an Awesome Yah!!
AFTER THE DAY OF YAHWEH
Joel 2:28-29 HRB “And it shall be afterward [After what? After the Day of Yahweh, possibly on the Day of Pentecost, again!], I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. 29 And also I will pour out My Spirit on the slaves and on the slave-girls in those days. [What days? The days AFTER the Day of Yahweh, a possible reference to the Feast of Weeks!]”
Look at this timeline carefully. Who is left alive on earth AFTER Judgment Day, or the Battle of Armageddon? Quite possibly ONLY believers in Yahshua, that is why the Holy Spirit can fall on ALL flesh, because all living flesh at that point in time will be believers!! So, in this sense, this picture is similar to Acts 2 and the Holy Spirit falling on believers on the Day of Pentecost / Feast of Shavuot in 33 AD. Notice that the Holy Spirit falling on all flesh in Joel 2:28-29 falls naturally in time with the Hebrew calendar we see mentioned in verse 23. This great outpouring of Yahweh’s Holy Spirit could again occur on the Feast of Shavuot, 50 days after the Sabbath that occurs during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, that occurs ON THE DAY OF YAHWEH, thus ENDING THE DAY OF YAHWEH with a great Holy Spirit REVIVAL!!! Judgment Day, the return of our King Yahshua, and His marriage to His Bride, will all occur according to Yahweh’s Feast calendar!! You don’t want to miss this ride!! I’m so excited now, I won’t sleep for another week!!
Folks, the Day of Yahweh is coming. It will be a terrible day for those in rebellion against the Most High Divine One of Heaven. It will be a great day for Yahweh’s people and the Bride of Messiah!! Repent and believe the Gospel of Yahshua HaMashiach.
Gene Benjamin II
July 12, 2014 AD