Joel

Sermon reviews from the book of Joel

December 30th, 2012 ~ Joel 2:18-32

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  The LORD spoke to us from Joel 2:18-32. He started with the word “Then” from verse eighteen. This word refers back to verses 12-17 where the LORD cries out to His people to repent not by the outward expression but by tearing their heart as He had said, “Circumcise your heart and not your flesh.” The LORD calls us to turn our heart toward Him. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, “Behold I stand at the door and knock if anyone will open the door, (i.e. the door of your soul,) I will come in.” The church, like Israel, are those who have taken the name of the LORD in vain living like those that walk according to the course of the world or as we would say, the course that the godless of the world follow. Who is that? They follow, “the prince of the power of the air”, Ephesians 2:2. This is the devil. We were born into a godless world and grew up thinking that it was normal but because we are Christians we had an experience with the Spirit of the LORD Jesus being born again. Now it seems many that bear His name i.e. Christian have gone back walking or living as the godless of the world. The LORD calls us by His mercy to turn back to Him before He acts with the wrath of His judgment. In verses 19-26, the LORD elaborates on all that He will do for us. Us refers to those that will honor their Father and follow the commands of Jesus the Christ. All that He will do for us can be summed up in the New Testament scriptures of Philippians 4:19. He will supply all our needs, Matthew 6:32-33. He will add to us everything that life demands that we will be taken care of. From verse 27, the LORD pleaded with us of His desire to dwell in us. Then He took us to 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and showed us what it takes to have the LORD truly dwell in us. We must have no fellowship with the godless unrighteous that walk after their fallen mind. We cannot have any communion, meaning partnership, with those that follow the life of godless darkness. Darkness refers to the life of those that do not have the light, the understanding of the righteous life of God. How can righteousness and unrighteousness walk together? They can’t it is impossible just as light and dark cannot be in the same room. A room that is dark where things cannot be seen becomes a room where everything is visible when the light comes. The LORD and the devil have nothing in common, nothing they agree on. That is the way it must be for us. How can we agree on the life that the world follows? What can we share with those that are in darkness following the god of this world, 2 Corinthians 4:4, the devil? In what can we like, love, talk about, invest with or enter into agreement with them? And finally what agreement can we who are the temple of God have with an idol which is the temple of the devil? It cannot be!!! The LORD cries to us to come out from among them and do not touch any of their conversation, business or ways of life. This brings us back to what He said at the first, tear our heart or repent turn away from them and He will dwell in us and be a Father to us providing all our needs. In verse 32, He says then we will become His children, His servants, and the place where all can come and call upon the name of the LORD and receive His...

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December 16th, 2012 ~ Joel 2:12-27

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  The LORD first spoke to us from the word “Therefore” in Joel 2:12. This word is referring to what had been spoken in verses 1-11. The LORD using prophetic language pictured the destruction that would be done by the army of God, the army that He had allowed to come because of the sin of His people. This is an army of judgment that is allowed to come because the walls of God’s protection have been torn down, have been discarded. These walls are God’s morals, values and protection found in His Law. This prophetic picture is happening right now to us in the American church. Not in every church but in most of modern Churches of today, not only in the modern churches but in ourselves. I know we would like to put it off on others but as the LORD spoke to us, He did it for the purpose of every so called Born Again Christian to “Examine your own selves, whether you are in the faith.” The LORD is calling us in verse 12 to return to Him, to enter back into the fortress and protection of His Law, His presence. Simply stated, He calls us to “Repent.” He said in verse 12 “turn even unto me.” The LORD desires that His people would turn or repent from the image of the world and they would walk in His image. But, He tells them they cannot do this halfway. A halfway repentance is tantamount (meaning equal or equivalent) to no repentance. He does not want a repentance where you rend or tare your garment which would be tarring your garment in an act of being sorry. Today we would put ourselves in physical and mental pain to show our remorse, but then we would continue to do the sin that would be half way repentance meaning no repentance. The religious priest of the medieval Catholic Church would whip themselves as an act of tarring or rending their garment. Notice the LORD says rend your heart. The whip could not reach the heart only the garment of flesh. The LORD is calling us to “cut.” That is what the base of the word rend means, to cut. He wants us to cut away our heart, “it is evil and there is no good thing in it” Jeremiah 17:9. The idea is found in Jeremiah 4:4 which declares God wants us to circumcise our heart and not our flesh. To do this requires that you determine not to do the sin anymore and ask the LORD to help you by His Spirit. Next, in verses 15-17, the LORD spoke to us that we cannot do this until we have done a full repentance. Then we can do what He asked us in verse 15, “Blow the trumpet in Zion.” Zion represents the kingdom of God here on earth. To blow your trumpet is as Isaiah 58:1 “Cry aloud, lift up your voice like a trumpet and show my people their transgressions and their sins.” This is what the LORD wants us to do once we have truly repented. We are to gather the Church before the LORD and call them to repentance. This has to be a true repentance, a tarring of the heart and not of our outer garment, our personality. Many people can so easily bringing tears to their eyes and then later return to the sin that brings the judgment of God. If you have ears to hear, hear what the LORD is saying to...

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December 9th, 2012 ~ Joel 2:1-14

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  Last Sunday we heard the message of LORD from Joel 2:1-14. The LORD spoke to us first from the phrase “Blow the trumpet in Zion.” He explained to us that Zion stood for the people of God, the Jews. Today it would stand for the Church. The term “Blow the Trumpet” comes to us from Isaiah 58:1 where the LORD tells Isaiah to lift up his voice like a trumpet and show His people their transgressions. The LORD is speaking to us, the people of God, because we are in the same kind of trouble as Israel. The plague of sin has eaten away our life with God and left us drunk in the pleasures of the world having no relationship with God. The LORD says blow the trumpet. That means an alarm. The trumpet was used to sound the alarm in the camp of God. In the prophetic word, we see that this alarm is to call the people to action to stop the coming invading army that is mighty and unstoppable. Next, we hear that the alarm is for the coming of “The Day of the LORD.” This day is known as the Day of Judgment. We know from the last lines of verse 2 that this is the end times day of judgment as we read, “there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it.” This is almost the same phrase as Jesus uses in Matthew 24:21 when He speaks of Great Tribulation “such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” You can see the similarity between both statements so you can clearly see here that this message of the Day of Judgment is speaking of the end times judgment. This is a message for us, as we read in 1Corinthians 10:12, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” However, the LORD wanted us to know that this judgment could come at any time. He took us to Hebrews 9:27, “as it is appointed unto men once to die and then the judgment.” The LORD was speaking to us that we need to be aware of judgment and make sure that we are in right standing with the LORD by walking in a relationship with Jesus, having our sins dealt with, making sure that we are not as Israel was drunk in the pleasures of the world but rather that we are walking in the Spirit not fulfilling the lust of the...

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December 2nd, 2012 ~ Joel 1:9-2:1

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  Let’s look again at what the LORD spoke to us from Joel chapter one. The Lord first reviewed what He had said to us from verses 1-7. He revealed to us that Israel had a sin problem that corrupted them and left them as Ephesians 4:17-19 declares. They were “past feelings.” In the Greek language in which it was written, it means they were apathetic, indifferent, no emotion, unresponsive. This was their response to the Law of God. They had become drunk on the pleasures of sin. This caused them to be invaded by a barbarous nation that plundered and destroyed their nation and culture. This was illustrated in the vines and the fig tree that had been “barked.” The bark is the covering that protects the tree and the vine. The Lord used this to show that Israel had lost its covering, its protection because it had seared its conscious through the plague of sin, illustrated by the locusts, verse 4. He began to speak to us from verses 8-17 to show us six things that are the results their spiritual condition. Verse 9 shows the result of their action caused the offering or worship of the people of God to be “cut off” from the Church. In other words, there was little or no worship in the house of God. In verse 10, because of the lack of worship, there is no true revelation of God leaving the religion of God with no anointing or power. In verse 11, He showed us that because of the lack of worship and discipleship there is no anointing which is the power to bring in the harvest. The harvest is the LORD’s speaking of souls. Do you begin to see that their plague of sin, being drunk in the pleasures of sin, had caused these six results? They are linked no worship, no true revelation leaving no anointing, no harvest of souls for God. In verses 11-12, there is no replenishment of the people of God, not much joy in the church because there are no more converts. In verse 17, we are shown the seed is rotten under the dirt, meaning that the false gospel is rotten under the dirt of corruption of the apostasy. So, we see that because they had become “past feeling,” being drunk in the pleasures of sin these six points of apostasy had happened. The LORD showed us that this same thing is happening in the church of today and in our own lives. Our own church is full of empty seats because this plague of sin has brought the lack of worshippers and disciples leaving no anointing, no harvest and a false gospel in the neighborhood. The LORD speaks to us of what we must do. First we must “sanctify a fast” meaning set aside a time to be with Him. Then call a solemn assembly to pray about the cause of the plague, sin, and the six results in verses 9 through 17. Gather the ancient and all the people and cry in anguish for the LORD to send grace and revival. Are there any in the congregation that would be willing to give up their lives and time to do this? When I first came into Christianity there was a possibility of that happening, but now I don’t think so but this is the only answer to our...

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November 25th, 2012 ~ Joel 1:5-17

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Once again, the LORD spoke to us Joel chapter 1:5-17 revealing to us, His Church nationally, that we are “drunkards.” This of course is what He said to Israel in the scripture because they had allowed sin to bring them to a place where they were drunk on the pleasures of the world. This brought God’s judgment as visualized in this prophetic scripture as the plaque of locusts. This is the state of the Church and America today, a nation called antichrist is come up on it and has taken away the protection of our families, homes and society as Psalm 2:1-3 declares. The leaders and the people have a vain idea which is against Jesus and His anointed people, the Church. The vain idea is to take away the cords and bands of the Church, the morals and values of the LORD, so that the world will be unhindered from the binding and confining commandments of the LORD. How could this happen? It has happened because the church is drunk with the pleasures of the world. The LORD used the illustration of Jesus going to the fig tree having leaves in Mark 11:12-13 finding that there were no figs. The tree looked beautiful and healthy but it had no fruit. That tree represented the theocracy of the nation of Israel which looked very religious but had no fruit in the world. It was the mission of Israel to reveal God as creator and reveal His glory to the world. Our nation is filled with churches with beautiful leaves having no fruit. This is the reason that the antichrist nation has accomplished its goal and has cut the cords and broken the bands of the morals of God over our nation’s morals and values. It is written in the book of Daniel 7:25, “he will wear out the saints and think to change times and laws.” This is what is happening right now because the Church has become worthless salt. Jesus said that the Church was to be “The salt of the earth.” Salt protects meat from corruption and melts unwanted snow. Jesus said, “if the salt loses if savor (or power) it is worthless and is thrown out as worthless.” This is what the people of America have done because the Church is like the fig tree with leaves and no fruit. People desire fruit. Beauty is nice but if a fruit tree doesn’t produce fruit it is cast aside as they would say of a politician or an entertainer “just another pretty face, an empty suit” and they would look elsewhere. In verses 14-15, the LORD gives the answer for the Church, ” Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.” It is a sad fact but much of the Church doesn’t fear the coming of the Day of the LORD. I don’t know if the Church can turn around because most of it is the “inoculate” or the “tare” church, the fig tree that has leafs but no fruit. The Church of Jesus has no fear of the coming “Day of the LORD.” They have no fear of the coming judgment of God. When we call for a solemn assembly to cry unto the LORD for repentance the multitude is drunk on the pleasures of the world. Let us as disciples cry unto the LORD and seek His...

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November 18th, 2012 ~ Joel 1:1-5

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Last week we started with the message of God by the Holy Spirit to the people of God from the message of Joel. The first thing the LORD wanted to speak to us about was in verse 3. This was what is called the “Oral Tradition” that the LORD had established from scripture, Exodus 13:6-14, 18:20, Deuteronomy 6:7, 2 Chronicles 17:7 and Psalm 145:4-12, a few to show the will of the LORD. The LORD spoke to us that in these modern times, the Oral Tradition has all but disappeared today because of radio, and television, computers and I-Phones, etc. The parent is first line of defense from the false teachings of the world. They are to teach their children the Laws of God’s Word so the children will not receive the Laws of men which seem right unto them but are the ways of death, Proverbs 14:12. This is one thing that I have endeavored to teach this congregation that they would learn the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. Teach them to their children and their grandchildren. This is a small thing but I believe it has fallen on deaf ears. Jesus said over and over again, “If you have ears hear, HEAR what the LAW says . . . . .” Please repent and continue the “Oral Tradition and learn these three things. Communicate them to others as well as the gospel. Next, the LORD spoke to us from verse 4 concerning the locusts. Although, in Joel’s time the plagues of locusts did come, he was not speaking about a real plague that had come. He was using the imagery of the damage of their past plagues to speak to specifically Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel. The four images used are all in the Hebrew different stages of the locusts. Each stage gets worse as the plague grows until the land is destroyed. Using this image, the LORD took us to James 1:14-15. He showed us the damage of the plague of sin that has fallen on mankind. Using the idea of locusts from Joel chapter one to illustrate, first we have the locust of the lust that is in every living human being since the Garden of Eden. The second locust is temptation which is the free choice that God has given us. We know what the Law of God says because it is in our conscious Romans 2:14-15. But, we are like Eve to whom the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil looks good. We have listened to the tempting words of the devil, which are continually living in the words that the world speaks to us today and we are tempted too. We are weak through our flesh, Romans 8:3. The next locust is the tempter, the devil, Ephesians 6:10-12. Then and now, he and his demons draw us away to lusts. When that locust has finished drawing us, the last locust, sin, brings death. Joel had used this analogy to show Judah the damage of their sin and to warn them of the coming plague that would be the mighty army of Babylon, described in Jude chapter two, that will come upon them because of their sin. It is the same way today. The sin of the Church and the nation has brought on us the plague of sin, rejecting God’s ways and taking the way that seems right to men bringing death. This is happening today and the end of it will be death to the wonderful nation of America. God allowed this to come upon His precious Israel many times because they turned away from Him. God is no respecter of persons. What He did to His own precious Israel, He will do to us the nation called “one nation under God.” If you have ears to hear,...

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