Joel 1:1-2 GNT

 

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Isaiah 55:11 GNT So also will be the word that I speak—it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 GNT All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, 

so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.

 2 Peter 1:19-21 GNT So we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by the prophets. You will do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light of the morning star shines in your hearts. 

Above all else, however, remember that none of us can explain by ourselves a prophecy in the Scriptures. 

For no prophetic message ever came just from the human will, but people were under the control of the Holy Spirit as they spoke the message that came from God.

How to hear and understand the Gospel 

The Lord Answers Job

 Job 38:1-3 GNT Then out of the storm the Lord spoke to Job.

The Lord
Who are you to question my wisdom with your ignorant, empty words?
Now stand up straight and answer the questions I ask you.

 Job 40:6-7 GNT Then out of the storm the Lord spoke to Job once again.

The Lord
Now stand up straight and answer my questions.

 Job 42:4-7 GNT You told me to listen while you spoke and to try to answer your questions.

In the past I knew only what others had told me, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
So I am ashamed of all I have said and repent in dust and ashes.
Conclusion
After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you did not speak the truth about me, the way my servant Job did.

Romans 10:14-17 GNT But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? 

And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, “How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!”

But not all have accepted the Good News. Isaiah himself said, “Lord, who believed our message?” 

So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ.

Acts 26:17-18 GNT I will rescue you from the people of Israel and from the Gentiles to whom I will send you. 

You are to open their eyes and turn them from the darkness to the light and from the power of Satan to God, so that through their faith in me they will have their sins forgiven and receive their place among God’s chosen people.’

Romans 15:4-7 GNT Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us. 

And may God, the source of patience and encouragement, enable you to have the same point of view among yourselves by following the example of Christ Jesus, 

so that all of you together may praise with one voice the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel to the Gentiles
Accept one another, then, for the glory of God, as Christ has accepted you. 

Here is Today’s Message

Joel 1:1-2 This is the Lord’s message to Joel son of Pethuel.

The People Mourn the Destruction of the Crops

Pay attention, you older people; everyone in Judah, listen. Has anything like this ever happened in your time or the time of you ancestors?

The Locust as a Warning of the Day of the LORD

Joel 2:1-14 Blow the trumpet, sound the alarm, on Zion, God’s sacred hill.  Tremble, people of Judah! The day of the LORD is coming soon.

It will be a dark and gloomy day, a black and cloudy day. The great army of locusts advances like darkness spreading over the mountains. There has never been anything like it, and there never will be again.

Like fire they eat up plants. In front of them the land is like the Garden of Eden, but behind them it is a barren desert. Nothing escapes them.

They look like horses; they run like war-horses.

As they leap on the tops of the mountains, they rattle like chariots. they crackle like dry grass on fire. They are lined up like a great army ready for battle.

As they approach, everyone is terrified; every face turns pale.

They attack like warriors, they climb the walls like soldiers. They keep marching straight ahead and do not change direction

or get in each other’s way. They swarm through defenses, and nothing can stop them.

They rush against the city; they run over the walls; they climb up the houses and go in through the windows like thieves.

The earth shakes as they advance; the sky trembles. The sun and the moon grow dark, and the stars no longer shine.

The LORD thunders commands to his army. The troops that obey him are many and mighty. How terrible is the day of the LORD! Who will survive it?

A Call to Repentance

“But even now,” says the LORD. “repent sincerely and return to me with fasting and weeping and mourning.

Let your broken heart show your sorrow; tearing your clothes is not enough.” Come back to the LORD your God. He is kind and full of mercy; he is patient and keeps his promise; he is always ready to forgive and not punish.

Perhaps the LORD your God will change his mind and bless you with abundant crops. Then you can offer him grain and wine.

Judah Is Threatened with Invasion

Jeremiah 4:5-9 Blow the trumpet throughout the land! Shout loud and clear! Tell the people of Judah and Jerusalem to run to the fortified cities.

Point the way to Zion! Run for safety! Don’t delay! The LORD is bringing disaster and great destruction from the north.

Like a lion coming from its hiding place, a destroyer of nations has set out. He is coming to destroy Judah. The cities of Judah will be left in ruins, and no one will live in them.

So put on sackcloth. and weep and wail, because the fierce anger of the LORD has not turned away from Judah.

The Lord said, “On that day kings and officials will lose their courage; priests will be shocked and prophets will be astonished.”

The Silver Trumpets

Numbers 10:1-6 The Lord said to Moses.

“Make two trumpets of hammered silver to use for calling the people together and for breaking camp.

When long blasts are sounded on both trumpets; the whole community is to gather around you at the entrance to the Tent of my presence.

But when only one trumpet is sounded, then only the leaders of the clans are to gather around you.

When short blasts are sounded the tribes camped on the east will move out.

When short blasts are sounded a second time, the tribes on the south will move out. So short blasts are to be sounded to break camp.

God Will Judge the Nations

Obadiah 15 “The day is near when I, the LORD, will judge all nations. Edom, what you have done will be done to you. You will get back what you have given.

Amos 5:18-20 How terrible it will be for you who long for the day of the LORD! What good will that day do you? For you it will be a day of darkness and not of light.

It will be like someone who runs from a lion and meets a bear! Or like someone who comes home and puts his hand on the wall–only to be bitten by a snake!

The day of the LORD will bring darkness and not light; it will be a day of gloom, without any brightness.

Daniel 9:12 You did what you said you would do to us and our rulers. You punished Jerusalem more severely than any other city on earth.

Isaiah 51:3 “I will show compassion to Jerusalem, to all who live in her ruins. Though her land is a desert, I will make it a garden, like the garden I planted in Eden. Joy and gladness will be there, and songs of praise and thanks to me.

Zechariah 7:13-14 Because they did not listen when I spoke, I did not answer when they prayed.

Like a storm I swept then away to live in foreign countries. This good land was left a desolate place, with no one living in it.”

Revelation 9:6-10 During those five months they will seek death, but will not find it; they will want to die, but death will flee from them.

The locusts looked like horses ready for battle; on their heads they had what seemed to be crowns of gold, and their faces were like human faces.

Their hair was like women’s hair, their teeth were like lions’ teeth.

Their chests were covered with what looked like iron breastplates, and the sound made by their wings was like the noise of many horse-drawn chariots rushing into battle.

They have tails and stings like those of a scorpion, and it is with their tails that they have the power to hurt people for five months.

Jeremiah 9:20-21 I said. “Listen to the Lord, you women, and pay attention to his words. Teach your daughters how to mourn, and your friends how to sing a funeral song.

Death has come in through our windows and entered our palaces; it has cut down the children in the streets and the young men in the marketplaces.

The Parable of the Shepherd

John 10:1-3 Jesus said, “I am telling you the truth; the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.

The man who goes in through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him; the sheep hear his voice as he calls his won sheep by name, and he leads them out.

Psalm 18:7-9 Then the earth trembled and shook; the foundations of the mountains rocked and quivered, because God was angry.
Smoke poured out of His nostrils, A consuming flame and burning coals from His mouth.
He tore the sky open and came down with a dark cloud under his feet.
Isaiah 13:9-12 The day of the Lord is coming–that cruel day of his fierce anger and fury. The earth will be made a wilderness, and every sinner will be destroyed.
Every star and every constellation will stop shining, the sun will be dark when it rises, and the moon will give no light.
The LORD says, “I will bring disaster on the earth and punish all wicked people for their sins. I will humble everyone who is proud and punish everyone who is arrogant and cruel.
Those who survive will be scarcer than gold.
Isaiah 34:4 The sun, moon, and stars will crumble to dust. The sky will disappear like a scroll being rolled up, and the stars will fall like leaves dropping from a vine or a fig tree.
Jeremiah 25:30-31 “You, Jeremiah, must proclaim everything I have said. You must tell these people, “The Lord will roar from heaven and thunder from the heights of heaven. He will roar against his people; he will shout like  a man treading grapes Everyone on earth will hear him,
and the sound will echo to the ends of the earth. The Lord has a case against the nations. He will bring all people to trail and put the wicked to death. The Lord has spoken.'”
Revelation 18:8 Because of this, in one day she will be struck with plagues–disease, grief, and famine. And she will be burned with fire, because the Lord God, who judges her, is mighty.’
A Call to Repentance
Jeremiah 4:1-2 The Lord says, “People of Israel, if you want to turn, then turn back to me. If you are faithful to me and remove the idols  I hate,
it will be right for you to swear by my name. Then all the nations will ask me to bless them, and they will praise me.”
Psalm 34:17-18 The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens; he rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope.
Psalm 51:10-19 Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in me.
Do not banish me from  your presence; do not take your holy spirit away from me.
Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Then I will teach sinners your commands, and they will turn back to you.
Spare my life, O God, and save me, and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.
Help me to speak, Lord, and I will praise you.
You do not want sacrifices, or I would offer them; you are not pleased with burnt offerings.
My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God; you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.
O God, be kind to Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifices and with our burnt offerings; and bulls will be sacrificed on your altar.
Exodus 34:5-7 The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with him there, and pronounced his holy name, the Lord.
The Lord then passed in front of him and called out, “I, the Lord, am a God who is full of compassion and pity, who is not easily angered and who shows great love and faithfulness.
I keep my promise for thousands of generations and forgive evil and sin; but I will not fail to punish children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for the sins of their parents.”
Jeremiah 26:3 ‘Perhaps the people will listen and give up their evil ways. If they do, then I will change my mind about the destruction I plan to bring on them for all their wicked deeds.”
Haggai 2:18-19 Today is the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, the day that the foundation of the Temple has been completed. See what is going to happen from now on.
Although there is no grain left, and the grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced, yet from now on I will bless you.”