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Joel's prophecy
Bible Passage Joel 2: 28- 32
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Acts, Joel, John.

Joel’s prophecy

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached August 10, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
28 “Then it will come about at a later time that I will pour out my Spirit on every person. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your elderly people will dream dreams, and your young people will see visions.

29 Also at that time I will pour out my Spirit upon men and women servants.

30 I will display warnings in the heavens, and on the earth blood, fire, and columns of smoke.

31 The sun will be given over to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and terrifying Day of the LORD.

32 And everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will be delivered. For as the LORD has said, ‘In Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, the survivors whom the LORD is calling.’”

BACKGROUND
People may readily turn to God in days of hardship, but many of them just as readily forget God and become self-satisfied as soon as prosperity returns. They will be more obedient to God when they have a better understanding of His will. They will be more genuine in their devotion to Him when they realize that His blessings consist of more than grain, wine, and oil.

Joel looks forward to the day when God will give all His people this better understanding by putting His Spirit within each one, regardless of age, sex, or social status. It will not be like former times when God gave His Spirit only to certain people for special tasks on special occasions (verses 28-29).

All this must happen before the final great day of the Lord dawns. The darkness and terror of the locust plague is only a faint picture of the horror of that last great judgement. On that day believers will be saved but sinners will perish (verses 30-32).

In New Testament times Peter saw a fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy in the remarkable events of the Day of Pentecost. With the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, a new age had dawned. The Spirit was now given to all God’s people. Those who called on God’s name had the assurance of salvation, but those who persisted in their sin had the assurance of judgement and condemnation (Acts 2:14-21; John 16:7-15).

God’s call here is a call to love Him and obey Him. His promise is one that He gives to all His people.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 All persons created by God are potential beneficiaries of the blessings of God

🔷 The blessings of God transcend gender, age, and social status

🔷 Secular prosperity is not the final destination of believers.

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray for God’s empowerment
💥 Ask to find a place with God always

CONCLUSION📙
No one is secluded from the actions of God. The warnings we have in scripture are not only for those who call themselves Christians but all persons created by God. When there is moral decadence, we must equally expect the total rule of God and His people.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections