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Separating the Verses and Events in Joel Chapter Three

Joel chapter 3 is a hard chapter to understand, but if you can see the various separations in the chapter it will help you to understand. Joel 3: 1 and 2 tell us: What God is going to do (with the exception of the last part of verse 2). God caused Judah and Jerusalem, the Jews [Hebrews] who lived in those areas, to go into captivity by scattering them on various occasions in the past. However, Joel 3: 1 is referring to future events that will happen after the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel, is over when some of the Jews/Israelites will be taken captive in Judah and Jerusalem in the events leading up to and during The War Against Jerusalem right before Jesus returns to earth in the Second Advent. The Lord will also bring the Israelites to Judah and Jerusalem right before He returns to earth. The enemy soldiers who are from all nations (Joel 3: 2), will be gathered together in Israel. Then, they will make their way up to Jerusalem (in the valley of Jehoshaphat) and fight in The War Against Jerusalem (Read Zech. 12: 2 - 3, 6 - 7, 8 - 9, 14: 1 - 2, 3.) which will be in progress before Jesus comes back to earth (Rev. 19: 11). He will end that war. Do remember, the Israelites have to return to Judah and Jerusalem if they are going to fight in that war (Rev. 19: 15, 19, 21).

"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem," "I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead (enter into judgment) with them there for My people and for My heritage Israel,..." (Joel 3: 1 - 2)

I do not know of anytime in history that literally all nations have been gathered together against Jerusalem. The latter (last) part of Joel 3: 2 - 6 is: What happened in the past.

"...whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted My land."
"And they have cast lots for My people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink."
"Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render Me a recompense? and if ye recompense Me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head;"
"Because ye have taken My silver and My gold, and have carried into your temples My goodly pleasant things:"
"The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border." (Joel 3: 2 - 6)

I think Joel 3: 7 - 8 are things that happened in the past as well.

"Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head:"
"And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it." (Joel 3: 7 - 8)

Joel 3: 9 - 16 is referring to Future Events. The enemy soldiers from all nations of the world will be gathered together in a place called Armageddon in Israel. Then, they will go up to Jerusalem for the final battle, The War Against Jerusalem.

"Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:" (Joel 3: 9)

"Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong."
"Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD."
"Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat (the valley of decision): for there will I sit to judge (Matt. 25: 31 - 33) all the heathen round about." (Joel 3: 10 - 12)


It is true that God will gather all nations to Israel and Jerusalem. (See Rev. 16: 16, Zech. 12: 3, 9, 14: 2 - 3.).

"I (God) will also gather all nations (That's the enemy soldiers.),..." (Joel 3: 2)

God will bring the enemy soldiers up into the valley of Jehoshaphat.

"...and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat..." (Joel 3: 12)

When those enemy soldiers are in the city of Jerusalem, God will cause them to be brought down into the valley of Jehoshaphat.

"...and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat..." (Joel 3: 2)

Jesus will sit and judge the living (the saved and unsaved) when He returns to earth (Matt. 25: 31 - 33). He will also set up His kingdom (Matt. 25: 34) (See also Rev. 20: 1 - 7.) on the same day that He returns to earth (Rev. 19: 11).

"...for there (in the valley of Jehoshaphat) will I (God, Jesus) sit to judge (Matt. 25: 31 - 33) all the heathen (gentiles) round about." (Joel 3: 12)

The valley of Jezreel (the valley of Megiddo), also a place called Armageddon in Revelation 16:16, is where the enemy soldiers from all nations will be gathered. I do not think the valley of Jehoshaphat is the same as the valley of Jezreel because that place is flat. There is not any place to go up or down. Mount Carmel is close by and there are some hills in the distance, but not in the valley itself.

Besides, Jesus does not go to Armageddon when He returns to earth. He, instead, will return to Jerusalem where The War Against Jerusalem is taking place. He will destroy the enemy soldiers who are from all nations of the world (Rev. 19: 11, 19, 21) as He descends from heaven toward the Mount of Olives. Then His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14: 4 - 5). After all of that happens Jesus will judge the saved and unsaved who are alive having earthly bodies (Joel 3: 12, Matt. 25: 31 - 46).

Now let's continue Joel 3.

"Put ye in the sickle (Rev. 14: 17 - 20), for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow (Rev. 19: 15, 19); for their wickedness is great." (Joel 3: 13)

The blood will flow from the city of Jerusalem.

Revelation 14: 20 says,
"And the winepress was trodden without (outside) the city (of Jerusalem), and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse (horses') bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs (180 to 200 miles)." (Rev. 14: 20).

The enemy soldiers are gathered together in the valley of decision at Jerusalem.

"Multitudes, multitudes (of enemy soldiers) (Rev. 19: 19, 21) in the valley of decision (Zech. 14: 3): for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." (Joel 3: 14)

The Day of the Lord, in this case and at this time, is the Lord Jesus destroying the enemy soldiers who are at Jerusalem fighting in The War Against Jerusalem (Rev. 19: 19). Jesus will return to earth in the Revelation, the Second Coming of Christ, the Second Advent (Rev. 19: 11) and He will destroy them (Rev. 19: 21). According to the above verse the Day of the Lord has not yet taken place. It is about to happen. This will take place first, right before Jesus returns to earth.

"The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining." (Joel 3: 15)

As Jesus returns to earth here is what will happen.

"The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel." (Joel 3: 16) (See Zech. 14: 4 - 5.)

That is the Lord defending His people at Jerusalem. He will stop the enemy soldiers from killing His people (the Jews, Israelites) in The War Against Jerusalem, though some of His people, the Hebrews, will die in that battle.

After the Second Coming of Christ takes place, the 1000 year reign of Christ will happen. Joel 3 and Zechariah 14 are giving details about the events surrounding Jesus' return to earth with additional details. The verses that are given below are referring to the Millennial reign of Christ.

"So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more."
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain (Ezek. 47: 8 - 10, Zech. 14: 8) shall come forth of the house of the LORD (the temple of the Lord), and shall water the valley of Shittim."
"Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land."
"But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation."
"For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion." (Joel 3: 17 - 21) (See Rev. 19: 11, 20: 1 - 4, 6.) (Read also Zech. 14: 4 - 5, 9.).

There are no other chapters and verses. So the Second Coming of Christ has to take place in Joel 3: 16. The 1000 year reign will follow His return to earth.

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