The Latter Prophets follow Psalms and the Wisdom books in the Greek Septuagint, as well as our Christian Old Testament of the Bible. There is the secret of rest (Joel 3:17-21). it will come like destruction from the Almighty. II. All rights reserved. Joel - יוֹאֵל - was a prophet in the Southern Kingdom of Judah during the period of the Divided Kingdom (930-722 BC). The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the olive oil fails. Scripture quoted by permission. It may be that Joel was a Jew of Jerusalem, and owing to his peculiar mention of priests, a priest-prophet himself (Joel 1:9, 10). Purpose of Writing: Judah, the setting for the book, is devastated by a vast horde of locusts. The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the LORD. IV. Wake up, you drunkards, and weep! Wail, all you drinkers of wine; wail because of the new wine, for it has been snatched from your lips. The Alphabetical Order of All Men Named in The Bible. Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Isaiah expands the thoughts which Joel uttered into the larger and loftier message of his pen. 8:2; 1 Chron. And even the great Apocalypse of John is but a larger unfolding of the promise of the Lord’s coming which Joel gave in brief outline. All rights reserved worldwide. Author – Date: The author of the prophecy is identified only as “Joel the son of Pethuel.”
What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts. Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed. His father, Pethuel, is mentioned nowhere else in the Bible. New International Version (NIV), Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW, II. Joel is not identified or mentioned in any other of the twelve characters sharing the name of Joel. THE BOOK OF JOEL In the two speeches that make up this book, Joel uses an agricultural crisis to measure his audience’s knowledge of its God, warn them of a worse disaster if they ignore his preaching, and express his conviction that all faithful Judahites would someday enjoy a secure future. It would seem as if his home was in Jerusalem or its immediate neighborhood. The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain. To you, LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field. because the harvest of the field is destroyed. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness. Proud member Peter, on the Day of Pentecost quotes the prophecy of Joel as the very foundation of the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, which had occurred and which was to continue through the whole New Testament age.
Some consider them symbolic of an approaching army while others think they were an actual plague of insects. It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white. Grain offerings and drink offerings are cut off from the house of the LORD. The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering. of From this book, we can see that he was acquainted with the land, the farming and the geography. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Date of Writing: The Book of Joel was likely written between 835 and 800 B.C.