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we prefer to use the actual Name of our loving Heavenly Father as it was
written in the Word, and thus you will note that we will use the Four
Letter “Memorial Name” of
which is pronounced as YaHVaH or YaHWaH. In addition we will also
use our Heavenly Father’s attribute/title, which is Elohim rather
than “God,” which sadly is the name of a pagan god. In addition we
also love to use the actual and real Name of our beloved Messiah which
is - Yahushua or Yahshua in short, for
this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in Lukas
- Luke 1:31. This was the only Name ever used when He was on the earth by His
family, disciples and His followers OVER THE centuries, even until today!
However, it was changed to a foreign name by the founder of the new “pagan
The three levels of learning & understanding of
the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim
The three levels of learning & understanding of the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim(the Lord God):
When we read and study the blessed Scriptures, the Word of YHVH Elohim as a believer in Yahushua the Messiah, we should keep the following three steps always in mind for they are a valuable guide and it will certainly provide us with guidance and illuminate the sheer beauty and the fullness of YHVH’s most blessed Word.
1. Who was YHVH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, speaking to?
2. When was it said?
3. How was His Word understood at the time it was spoken/given?
I do believe that these three points are most relevant to our understanding of 1. What the Almighty is saying at the time – 2. As well as what it means to us today - and 3. Especially to you and me right now!
This study is based on a message I gave back in the early 1980s and have repeated it once or twice since in various parts of the world. There is no doubt that the Book of Yo’el - Joel is a powerful one especially if we consider his first four verses, although there is so much more to this book and I have included the highlights, which will be followed up by “Page Two” containing an overall summery, complete with a commentary and verses from each chapter.
However, on this study you will discover that I will include several other Scriptural events into the Yo’el study, such as a special look at the prophet Eliyahu - Elijah and two verses from Yeshayahu - Isaiah chapter 40. Of course this study has been modified as the original was a message and this a written study! However, I pray that you will be richly blessed by this rather study for it is I believe really worthwhile reading and spending some prayer time about, for I believe that it should have an impact upon your life in faith!
The book of Yo’el must be understood before we can tackle, let us say the book of Revelation. The phrase; “The Day of YaHVaH,” or in “that Day” occurs some 70 times in the book of Yo’el, the question we might well ask – “What Day?” It will be the day when all living shall praise His Name, for it will be in that day when YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, shall be supreme in all the earth!
However, if we look at the earth right now, it will seem that man is having the upper hand being guided by Satan who sadly seems to rule the earth, for it is quite obvious that this is an evil and wicked world that is heading for a catastrophe, just as our Saviour has told us about! The Word has told us that it will only get worse, but all this will change in “the Day of YHVH!”
Revelation Chapter 4 verse 1 and goes right through to the end of the Book speaks about the “Day of YaHVaH” or “The Day of The LORD.”
It is important that we understand the following two points here: 1. The ancient original texts of the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant reveals that the *Tetragrammaton - “YHVH” was used throughout most books including Revelation! 2. We need to have some comprehension what that phrase meant to the Children of Israel and Judah, for the book of Revelation is very much a Hebrew book, and I honestly do not think that many believers in Messiah actually realise this.
In the book of Revelation there are more than 298 quotations from the Tanach, the Old Covenant. Thus beloved, if we do not understand the Old Covenant it will be impossible to understand the book of Revelation in its context. Sadly many think that the Tanach - Old Covenant is out of date and obsolete. Sorry, you would be VERY WRONG, for it is very much the opposite as it is very much up to date!
Others will tell you that “In the Old Covenant there is the God of wrath. whilst in the New Covenant there is the God of Love!” What utter rubbish and what an insult that is to YaHVaH Elohim our Creator and Yahushua our loving Saviour, for let us consider who He really is and how every one who has made that Satanic statement has insulted the Almighty and the Messiah! Let test the blessed Scriptures and see if any part of that statement can possibly be true?
Let us first turn to Yochanan Chapter 1;
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim (God), and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” Yochanan - John 1:1-3.
Let us briefly look at what those three verses tell us. Verse 1 tells us that “In the beginning was the Word,” who speaks of course of He would be born as a Man on the earth, Yahushua the Messiah! The second part of that verse confirms that He was in fellowship, thus very close with YaHVaH Elohim! However, the closing part of verse 1, which clarifies everything, for it states; “the Word was Elohim.” Yes beloved He was One and the same, for we need to understand that Elohim in Hebrew is in the plural tense, remember when it states in Bereshis – Genesis 1:26, “Then Elohim said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.’” Thus there YaHVaH Elohim clearly specks in the plural, and it is not in the Royal sense as some have suggested, for it is very clear what is meant! In order to confirm the power of the “Word” Verse 3 of Yochanan – John 1 states “without Him nothing was made that was made,” thus, here we see that He was also the Creator! Therefore if the Elohim of the Tanach, the Old Covenant an Elohim of wrath, you are really speaking of He who is known as “the Word.”
Messiah Yahushua said in Mattityahu - Matthew 22:37–40.
“You shall love YHVH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is - you shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the prophets.”
*Please Note: The Tetragrammaton or the four letter Hebrew Name of - YHVH was used in the original Hebrew texts of the Brit Chadashah, New Covenant. This can be proven without a doubt, read YHVH – the Divine Name in the Gospels.
The beautiful statement in Mattityahu - Matthew 22:37–40 by our beloved Redeemer Yahushua is total proof that both the Old and the New Covenant’s contains the Gospel of love! But for all those who have said that, what you have said sounds jus fine but … “In the Old Covenant we read of God sending Israel out to war and to kill, kill, kill, which is far from being a God of love.” Frankly, I feel sorry for those who continue on that sad line!
Obviously we need to put things back into perspective, for frankly it is so easy to speak as we live in a totally different age. One, Israel had just come out of pagan Egypt and many of Israel had only just returned to the faith of the one true YaHVaH Elohim, the Elohim of Avraham, Yitzchak - Isaac and Ya’akov -Jacob as many had resorted to worshipping Egyptian gods whilst they were living in Egypt for 400 years. But now they had returned to their faith and they had been reminded by the Almighty at Sinai regarding the keeping of Sabbath Law that had from the beginning as well as the eating of clean (Kosher) foods, for the clean and unclean laws also went back to creation and we know from the Word Noach - Noah clearly understood this for that is made clear in Bereshis – Genesis 7:2 & 8. In addition they were given some additional laws to keep such as the Feasts of YaHVaH and others, etc.
However, whilst in the wilderness Israel was frequently surrounded by various hideous pagan tribes and nations that were practicing some of the most evil and hideous rituals and sacrifices imaginable to their deities, including human sacrifices and children were especially popular amongst many. One law that has been wrongly understood by greater Israel is related to the verse “You shall not seethe (boil) its kid in its mothers milk.” Shemos - Exodus 23:19 & 34:26. Israel because of this verse do not eat meat and milk together, however, the prohibition had nothing to do with food whatsoever, but this prohibition was entirely related to the pagan sacrificial “boiling of babies (human or animal) in their mothers milk” to pagan gods. Thus, the practices of these pagan kingdoms and their people were so evil in the extreme in the sight of YaHVaH Elohim. When these wicked people came against the Children of Israel He allowed them to fight and destroy them. We also need to remember that all of these enemies had already heard about the great power and the love of the Elohim of Israel and what He had done for Israel to Egypt for that is clearly stated in the Word, yet they still dared to come against Israel.
“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am YHVH.” Vayikra - Leviticus 19:18.
“And you shall love YHVH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Davarim - Deuteronomy 6:5
Thus, we now discover that our blessed redeemer Yahushua did not introducing a new law after all when He named the two “Love commandments.” The truth is our beloved Saviour was simply quoting the His earlier Scriptures, and yes at that time they were the only Scriptures in existence in those days that where written on parchment scrolls of the Tanach, the Old Covenant, and the first part came directly from the “Law of Moshe” the famous “Shema” - “Hear O Israel” Deut 6:4-5, being the Jewish confession of faith that is recited by every Jew twice a day; and the second part “Love your neighbour” was taken from the book known for its exposition of the ceremonial law, the book of Vayikra – Leviticus 19:18.
Thus once again we learn that the Tanach is the Foundation of the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant for if you take it away we would loose the entire foundation of, let us say a building sitting on unstable ground and it would soon crumble and disappear.
Tragically the pagan church of Rome has tried very hard from the beginning to turn the Messiah into a Gentile that is why Messiah Yahushua’s Name was changed to a totally foreign one ‘Jesus,’ and sadly this name has no meaning whatsoever and it has no Hebraic background!
See Strongs: NT:2424: Iesous (ee-ay-sooce'); of Hebrew origin (sorry it is NOT!) [OT:3091]; Jesus (i.e. Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites. OT:3091: Yehowshuwa` (yeh-ho-shoo'-ah); or Yehowshua (yeh-ho-shoo'-ah); from OT:3068 and OT:3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua), the Jewish leader: Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. … (sorry it is NOT!) added by the author!
That evil sun worshipping Roman emperor Constantine also created two new feasts that are completely based on pagan origins. Yet, tragically the vast majority of the churches sadly celebrate two pagan feasts to this very day and that is so tragic!
However, Praise YaHVaH Elohim, more and more of the faithful are returning to the Truth of the Word of Elohim, and they are once again celebrating the Scriptural “Feasts of YaHVaH” as prescribed in Vayikra – Leviticus 23 and they have ditched the feast of the goddess “Ishtar” -Easter and the Roman Catholic “Mass for Christ” which they pretend is their Jesus’ birthday, and we know with assurance that it cannot be the birth date of Messiah Yahushua, for neither sheep or shepherds sleep in the fields in the freezing cold of a snowy winter in Israel! The faithful in Messiah know that our Saviour was born during one of the major Feasts, in September/October, and at a time when Hebrew men from all over the world come to Jerusalem on pilgrimage!
But beloved, we need to return to the book of Yo’el – Joel, that is if I have not lost you with my many revelations! We are looking at the book of Yo’el to gain an insight into Hebrew thinking in both the Tanach, Old Covenant and the book of Revelation!
Today we are going to take the students approach to the book of Yo’el, thus we want to know the following;
1… Who is the fellow who wrote it?
2… Where did he live?
3… What was his motivation?
4… Who was he talking to?
5… What did he hope to achieve?
6… Did he really intend to have an immediate response in the 9th.century BCE.
7… Or was he really talking about the 20/21st.century AD?
These are all valid questions to ask! But we cannot get the best out of this book, unless we are able to answer them.
Yo’el - Joel only tells us his father’s Pethu’el’s name, but he says nothing and I mean absolutely about his own life, his work or how he was called into YaHVaH Elohim’s service. Most tend to believe that his book was written sometime between 835 to 800 years prior the birth of our blessed Redeemer, Yahushua the Messiah. Although there are some who are of the thought that it was written about 330 years later than that. The really important thing is that Yo’el was given a powerful Word from Elohim and it had a powerful message, and beloved it had a powerful prophetic impact in later years!
At the time almost all of YaHVaH Elohim’s (the LORD God’s) people had forgotten to love their Elohim and they did not obey Him. Therefore the Almighty allowed certain things to happen, for there had been no rain. (Look at Yo’el 1:20.) Therefore plants did not grow well and then multitudes, or armies of insects came to eat the plants (Yo’el 1:4). And all this was just the beginning!
Yo’el tells the people to think about these troubled times and why it was happening. (Look at Yo’el 1:2-13, 15-20.) He tells them to change their attitude to Elohim (Yo’el 1:14; 2:12-17). He tells them that they should return and love Elohim again, as they did before. And they should obey Him again. If they do this, then YaHVaH Elohim will do that which is right unto them (Yo’el 2:18-20, 32). Elohim will send his Sanctified Spirit to them (Yo’el 2:28).
Yo’el then tells the people about a special day that is coming. A day that he calls. the “Day of YHVH.” (Look at Yo’el 3:14.) On that day, great things will happen (Yo’el 2:28-32). For YaHVaH Elohim will punish all His people’s enemies (Yo’el 3:1-21). Then Elohim will give peace to His faithful people again (Yo’el 3:16, 20).
The above is just a short summery of the contents of the three chapter book, but even though it may not look like there is much in it, but believe me there is great teaching to be found in the book of Yo’el! I am sure that by the time you come to the end of this study you will be richly blessed!
Lets us start with Verse 1 – commencing with the verse in Hebrew, then the translation.
“Davar YaHVaH A’sher Hayah El Yo’el Ben Pethu’el.” - “The Word of YHVH that came to Yo’el, the son of Pethu’el.”
If you have read any of the other studies online you will already know that names play a most important role in the Word of Elohim. Thus let us first look at Yo’el’s father’s name. “Pethu’el” … “Pethu” means “persuaded,” or “from,” and “El” means “Elohim.” Therefore, Yo’el’s father’s name translates as, “from Elohim,” or “persuaded of Elohim.”
However Pethu’el made a bold and powerful statement in the days when his people had gone astray from worshipping the Elohim of Israel, and thus he decided to name his son “Yo’el,” for that beautiful name translated as “YaHVaH is Elohim.” This was an important statement for that particular time, for sadly during his lifetime so many false gods were being worshipped amongst his people who were being stylised as drunkards (chapter 1:5) and the people were no longer providing the priests at the temple with the required offerings (chapter 1:9) thus they had at large had forgotten their Elohim, the Elohim of their fathers. Thus, Pethu'el made a clear statement to Israel by naming his son Yo’el. Israel, know and understand that YaHVaH is our Elohim!
Although Yah or YaHVaH is the blessed Memorial Name of Elohim, but the Children of Israel sadly will not even use His “Memorial Name” - although He commanded it to be “remembered forever.” Instead they use an alternative like; “HaSHEM” – Hebrew for “the name” or “Adonai” meaning “the LORD,” and it is so tragic that YHVH is written as LORD in all Bibles in capitals, instead of using YHVH or - However, there is a superb translation, which we highly recommend and it is “The Scriptures” and it uses the Name of the father in Hebrew as - and Yahushua also in Hebrew as . Other names are also corrected, but it is fully indexed and it has explanatory notes and indexed, etc. Contact us and we will advise you where to obtain a copy.
The reason for Israel uses their excuse may be found in Shemos - Exodus 3:15.
“Moreover Elohim said to Moshe, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: YHVH Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitzchak, and the Elohim of Ya’akov, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My Memorial to all generations.’”
Because in the Hebrew, the rabbis claim that the word “forever,” Le’Olam,” is written defective, it could be read as “Le’Allem.” – Whilst “Le’Olam” means “forever” and “Le Allem” they say means to “conceal,” Therefore the Rabbis found it to be an allusion that the four letter Name of YHVH Elohim, YaHVaH, should be concealed. Now that is after having used it for millennia!
However, it is rather strange but for some 18 times the very same word “Le’Olam” occurs in the Word, written in the very same manner as in Shemos - Exodus 3:15, thus in the so-called defective manner. However, each time rabbis translate it and they insist that it means as absolutely as “Forever,” i.e. The promise Elohim makes to the Children of Yisroel in Shemos - Exodus 32:13;
“I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance le’Olam - forever.’”
Due to the error of the rabbis, whenever the Memorial Name of Elohim appears in the Tanach, it is read as “Adonai – LORD,” or “HaShem, the Name.” However, at the same time, the Hebrew word for “Memorial” is “Zecher,” which literally means – “to proclaim,” or “mention.” Should the blessed Memorial Name of Elohim have been concealed or mentioned? Read the authors study - “The Memorial Name.”
In our “Little Flock” fellowship, we do not uphold any of the rabbinic Laws or their ways, but desire to follow the Word of YaHVaH Elohim. Yet it has been said to me, “but brother, it seems that you do not respect the rabbis?” Frankly, no I do not, for they teach error, and they have lead Israel away from Elohim, and thuds also from accepting their Mashiach Yahushua Israel Saviour! Due to Israel not proclaiming the Name of Elohim, they have lost their way, and as the Word proves, in the past they and so many false prophets so frequently turned to them other god’s and as I said, they rejected their promised Mashiach!
Thus, Pethu’el gave his people an important statement, that indeed YaHVaH is the only Elohim … not those blocks of stone some of the people had been worshipping at the time! Yes, there is a real confrontation here at the time of Yo’el - between Elohim and the pagan gods.
The book of Daniel also shows this charge in every chapter between Elohim and the god’s. The book of Yo’el is written very much in the same vain. The world has changed so little, only those who are covered by the shed blood of the Lamb, stand apart. Yes our Cities, States, Countries as well as the world at large are worshipping countless false gods, the gods of the self being the, I, me and myself, full of greed, lust and vice, etc. Then the vast majority of human beings on this planet worship anything from stone, pagan, false or even mere human gods, and there are those who pretends to be “Jesus” reincarnated, such as one man in Queensland Australia, but yet he has thousands of followers living on his multi million dollar compound, all paid for by followers. Sadly, I have found it all too sad, but not many really want the TRUTH of YaHVaH Elohim, but many willingly accept a false doctrine or a lie, for the truth is, the lie offers what they want the easy way out!
Living in the truth of Elohim means having to make changes in your life and living according to His will! But, these days it is just like it was in the time of Yo’el, sinfulness, the self as well as paganism is sadly all to rife.
The sad fact is, it is also rife in the church that at large for it follows so many customs that have been cleverly introduced by the Evil One, which he cleverly did through the “Roman Catholic church” which is based on the Babylonian religion with bits of what is called “christianity” and its evil instigator of many new doctrines, who was a man who was a Samaritan sorcerer who was ostracised by the Apostle Shime’on – Peter and he went to Rome and commenced a new religion that was mostly pagan but with bits of the Hebrew Messianic thrown in. He became the first bishop of Rome, who was he? His name was Simon Magnus – read; Simon – The First Bishop of Rome.
Then there was another at a later date and he worshipped Mithra the sun god until the day he died, being emperor Constantine, who dared to introduce many more pagan influences into the church! Then the King James’ translators also played a part as they are mostly responsible of naming that pagan feast “Ishtar” - Easter.” That was cleverly disguised as being a Christian feast with some christological details, but with so many pagan traditions attached to it. Although Emperor Constantine always intended it to be the feast of “Ishtar”! It is so sad that so much of the church upholds the “traditions of men,” which is also a god to many. As one who was an ultra orthodox Jew when I came to know my Saviour Yahushua, I had to throw away all of my Jewish traditions, for I knew them to be sinful, but sadly christians sadly cannot see their own traditions of man that was forced on them, and sadly the consequences will come down on them in that Day when the wrath of YaHVaH Elohim come upon them, unless they repent and “Return again unto Me and I will return unto you!”
Have you any idea about the gods of the cults and the New Age? Well here is just an example, and I will certainly not be able to cover them all!
There are the “Krishna’s” Now they have that great nothing - Karma? Karma what? They will tell you that it is a reincarnation to a Human and have we not heard all those fascinating stories about, “I was Cleopatra”, etc. The truth is was the Maharishi introduced this brand new idea to the Beatles, for the original reincarnation is from “human to an animal,” and when brother Kostantino and myself was in India in 1987, we learned that; “Only when you have reached the highest level of Karma will you finally become…” what? … “A RAT!” Yes beloved, the lowest form of life is their highest level of reincarnation! No thank you, who would want Krishna!
If you love the “Jesus” of one the many Cult – or so-called christian style churches - frankly it really becomes quite a joke really! The Mormons believe in principle that their God had two sons and that Jesus (the good one) is Satan’s (the evil one) brother.” When a Mormon (Latter day saint) reaches the highest lever of their cult dies, they inhabit a planet (with a wife I suppose) and have two sons another Jesus and Satan and they start the whole earth process all over again somewhere else. Thus there must be life out there????
JW’s believe that “Jesus is the Arch Angel Michael and that he is a mere man. Also, they created the false name of Jehovah, and thus their church name is also false! The Scientologists are a money making machine who trap people in believing that their founder discovered their god, who is an alien, and yes their stupid well to do followers are brain washed through their game playing instruments and pay thousands of dollars a time! I will conclude with the Scientology who believes in the ascended master.
Well do you not feel sorry for these poor deluded people for they will have to face the Two Witnesses during the Great Tribulation and go through the time of Elohim’s Wrath! But what about your own church who will continue to force you to celebrate the pagan feasts of Easter which is the goddess “Easter” and this feast is over three thousand years old, and the egg, well you would not believe what that means, but it is so sick, it would make you throw up, if I told you it here! And Xmas is the feast of the Winter Solstice, and ancient pagan festival and has nothing to do with our beloved Messiah! Beloved, it is simply astonishing; once man has rejected the truth, he tends to fall into a life of traditions, lies, and pagan gods and beliefs.
Let us return to the book Yo’el and read chapter 1:2.
“Hear this,” (or better “listen,”) you old men and give ear all you inhabitants of the land.”
Why does YHVH make specific mention the older generation? The book of Yo’el was written around 835 BC give or take, thus, the old men were around in 930 BC, when things were good and not like it was then. These men could remember the faithful of those days, who loved and worshipped YaHVaH Elohim, the Elohim of Avraham, Yitzchak - Isaac, and Ya’akov - Jacob and the days when the land was blessed with rain and the fields were bursting with provision!
To understand the things of those times, we need some dates. Dates and places are therefore very important in Scripture.
Let us therefore look at the dates the books of the prophets were written. These dates are all approximate of course. In the case of Ezekiel, he prophesied over a long period, thus, the date is only the starting point. However, it is good to get things in order.
Book (regular names) Approx Date
Joel 835 BC. (Most likely during the reign of King Jo’ash).
Hosea / Amos 760.
Malachi 433 . The Jewish Tanach has these books in a different order.
These Books covers some 400 years – between 835 and 433 BC, thus is also important to note that many of these prophets came before the 1st.Assyrian invasion. However in the book of Yo’el, we see that there is both prophecy as well as history.
We can break it down even further. First, we find History, then retrospect and Prospect. That is what Yo’el is all about. Prospect, Retrospect and History. The key phrase of the book is the same as that in the book of Revelation. And you will find that this phrase is used some 5 times … “The Day of YHVH.” In chapters 1:15 – 2:1, 11, 31 & 3:14. I believe it is always good to look at the Word, by the occurring phrases, which makes it simpler to break up a book into manageable portions, thus making the Word easier to follow and understand.
There is another phrase, or word which occurs in this book … “Gather the elders in the congregation” 1:14 – “Gather the congregation and the elders” 2:16 – “Gather the nation” 3:2 - and “Gather together – (speaking to all nations)” 3:11.
It is not easy to make a clear-cut distinction between the paragraphs of Yo’el, because for our point of view, there is a great deal of it is history. As per example, when Yo’el was speaking the events of chapter 1 had already happened, it is in the past tense. However, chapter 2 had not yet occurred even though two verses were written in the past tense, or better said, they were written in the “prophetic past tense.”
If you are wondering what that means, let me explain. Just look at Yeshayahu - Isaiah 53, where the prophet speaks in the future, looking back at an event, which had not happened yet.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 53:5.
That is what is called, written in the future, past tense and Yo’el writes just like that. What I am doing here is giving you a general outline of Yo’el in order that you will understand the whole of it.
Shortly, I shall go into the detail of what chapter 1 verses 1 to 4 are all about!
But here is a short analysis of the three chapters.
Ch 1. Is about the locust plaque that has already happened.
Ch 2. Is about judgements, which was yet to happen. Yo’el exhorts for repentance, YaHVaH then promises eventual “pouring out of the Spirit.”
Ch 3. Is in prospect. A view of what has happened in the past, thus let us be careful what is going to happen in the future.
We will look at this, as we venture through the book of Yo’el.
Some of you may already be asking, “well brother, when are you getting to chapter 2:28, and the dreams and visions bit?”
Let me say right here and now, we must study the book in its order, so we may fully understand what YaHVaH is saying to Judah at that time, and how this applies to us today! Sadly far too many have taken verses out of their context and it seems in certain circles, that the book of Yo’el speaks primarily about dreams, and visions. Sorry this is NOT the case! It is only one on the things Yo’el said would happen, in the future tense – in prophecy!
We should understand this very Hebraic Tanach, the Old Covenant in order that we will be able to fully understand the equally Hebraic Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant especially the difficult sections such as the Book of Revelation, for as I said it is made up mostly from the Tanach! As are many parts of the Gospels, as we have already seen, and I have shown you just one example.
Let us now read Ch 1:3.
“Tell your sons about it, and let your sons tell their sons, and their sons the next generation.”
This verse provides the emphasis of family responsibilities for parents to teach their children. Especially in these modern days parents at large have disobeyed this command, thus we have seen so much erroneous teachings enter into our schools, including the christian ones who now generally teach about evolution, which has become the norm and it is almost the excepted belief amongst the average person on the street, thanks to the Media and then the large numbers Gay and Lesbian as well as New Age teachers! It is a tragedy! You may ask me, “Surely not in christian schools, brother?” Sorry, yes for many of these schools and churches are guiding many of our children right into hell. Therefore, parents have a huge responsibility in Elohim, to teach them those things which are right and true!
I went to a church concert one evening and I could not believe what was being offered on the musical menu. Besides renditions of a wicked and an evil well-known pop group, all about “Beelzebub,” a song by a Gay group “Queen,” there was that so-called christian rendition of, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and other great bits of music, which belongs in the satanic gutter! And that was at a christian school and in the church hall, performed by the children of the school and conducted by the, yes, their very butch Lesbian music teacher! Tragic!
Please, please beloved REPENT and Return unto Him, and share the truth with your children and teach them about the things of YaHVaH Elohim and about our Redeemer Yahushua … “For Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” 1 Corinthians 5:7.
“That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.”
Beloved, we are now entering into some real meat of the Word, for a locust invasion had already occurred and the people of Judah would not have understood the very deep meaning of the words that Yo’el used in this prophecy.
The four stages of the life cycle of the locust in this passage are; “Gazam” - “Arbeh” - “Yalek” and “Chasil” in Hebrew. And beloved these are not merely names, but each word, or name is numerical and it has a rich and an important meaning! The Hebrew alphabet as some will know is also Israel’s numerical system. For example – Aleph A = 1, Beth, B = 2, and so on. And therefore if we turn each of these words into the sum of years each of the four nations that possessed Jerusalem, which are; 1. Babylon, 2. Medo-Persia, 3. Greece, 4. Rome, you will discover that these are the precise number of years that each nation occupied it!
Thus let us look a little closer into these four words.
1… Palmerworm = the gnawing locust – Gazam = 50 years.
2… Locust = the swarming locust - Arbeh = 208 years.
3… Cankerworm = the licking locust – Yalek = 140 years.
4… Caterpillar = the consuming locust – Chasil = 108 years.
Go and check your history and you will find that these four nations governed Jerusalem for exactly those number of years. How great an Elohim we have, who knows all things, down to the last detail! The locust, Yo’el says, had eaten the vine, they had eaten all the bark of the fig tree and made it bare. Thus Yo’el cried out to the people of Elohim with this powerful warning.
Verse 7 tells us that the land had been eaten clean, and the chapter continues to say that there was nothing left to even provide an offering unto YaHVaH.
“It has laid waste my vines and ruined my fig trees. It has stripped off their bark and thrown it away, leaving their branches white.”
The priests had nothing to do, they were commanded to gird themselves with sackcloth and mourn. The elders and all the people were now in mourning.
“Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field has perished.” Verse 11.
The people had to be ashamed. Why? They had to be ashamed because of their grievous sin, which had brought upon them this time of mourning. It is a shameful thing for any land to suffer such a severe drought, or a massive plaque by the direct hand of YaHVaH Elohim, for it means they are living in sin and worshipping other gods.
We all know that the prophet Eliyahu - Elijah who was one of the most remarkable and faithful servants of Elohim, but at the very beginning of his ministry we discover that he suddenly arrives at the grand Royal Palace and blatantly walks into the court, he walks right up to the King and stands before him and declares a powerful but a short, but an extremely stern message! Then as soon as he completed His message, what does he do, he simply turns his back on the King and walks out on him and the entire court. Here we can see that the prophet Eliyahu had no fear of any man as obviously he completely trusted YaHVaH Elohim!
Those who have studied the Word and, or history will know that when it comes to Royal Households, especially in those times there is a list of defined protocols that have be adhered to as commanded by the court. Should anyone break even the smallest letter of the protocols, they must be put to death instantly right there and then, and that would even include the Queen, for she also would have to make an appointment to speak with the King when he holds court.
Then whilst in the court, the King would raise his sceptre to give permission for the appointed person to speak with him to approach, and only then that person would be permitted to speak. And should the Queen speak without having made a prior arrangement, she would die!
But here stands Eliyahu - Elijah boldly before the King and not only does he walk into the court without permission, dressed the rugged way he is, being a mountain man, but he speaks without permission. Thus, according to Royal protocol he should have been automatically put to death on the spot.
Worse still Eliyahu even proceeds by disgracing the King with a declaration that humiliates the King and then the prophet of Elohim just turns his back on him and walks out. Now, that is what I call “Chutzpah” being a Jewish word for “impertinence!”
Let us quickly explore this amazing scene and we will understand what Eliyahu said to Ahab, in 1 Melachim - 1 Kings 17:1.
“As YHVH, the Elohim of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there will be no dew or rain for these years, until I say so.”
To fully understand what the implications of his statement, we must consider the following.
(1) “As YHVH Elohim of Israel lives, before whom I stand.”
Here we see that Eliyahu gave his authority, for the truth is that he stood before the King in the Name of YHVH!
(2) “There shall be no dew or rain for these years”
Eliyahu now threatens the King with a drought.
(3) “Until I say so” or “according to my word.”
These are Eliyahu’s concluding words, in which we see his immeasurable faith.
When Eliyahu said, “before whom I stand,” this was a massive insult to the King for it contained the following implication.
“You may be the King be sitting there on your throne, but I am not standing before you, for I only stand with and before my Elohim.” (Paraphrased).
I firmly believe, as we read about Eliyahu’s stand before King Ahab that the faithful, The “Little Flock” of the Faithful in Messiah Yahushua can also stand before an evil world and act in full faith, even in the face of peril!
Thus in the case of Eliyahu, the sinful King and the nation would have to suffer physically with no rain, but also spiritually with the removal of the Word of YaHVaH Elohim with the removal with Elohim’s man, being the prophet Eliyahu.
However, the prophet Yo’el had a very different message, one that would see both the people and the nation conquered by not one but four nations over four different periods! In addition Yo’el even told his people how long each nation would possess Jerusalem for. But now we should ask the question, to whom was Yo’el really speaking?
It might surprise you, but he was not just speaking to;
1…. In Chapter One he addresses “all who live in the land” verse 2.
2… In Chapters Two and Three he does not address the Twelve Tribes of Israel as such, but instead he addresses the inhabitants of Jerusalem!
Look at Yo’el 2:23 “Be glad children of Zion.” – but in verse 1 we read “Blow the trumpet in Zion.” And again in chapter 3:20 he speaks of “Jerusalem” but does include “Judah” more in Chapter Three, because Jerusalem is the centre, the heart of Judah!
Yo’el limited his message and ministry mostly in and around Zion, or Jerusalem. When Jerusalem gets it right, the rest of the land will follow. It is the “let’s start at the top attitude.” He is not at all like Amos, who travelled to Babylon and Assyria and came back to Israel and spoke about what he had seen, and used local things to draw analogies from. What other nations does Yo’el speak about? He speaks about nations that are close, those that border the lands of Judah and Israel, such as Phoenicia or Tyre being today’s Lebanon, Edom being today’s Saudi Arabia, Philistine, which is now Gaza and Mitzraim that is still Egypt, but just its original name.
This chapter is a prediction of an event in the immediate future in Yo’el’s day, for he is calling the people to repentance!
“Blow the Shofar (trumpet) in Zion, and sound an alarm in My Sanctified mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of YHVH is coming, for it is at hand.” Yo’el 2:1.
There is a description of how to blow trumpets in Bamidbar - Numbers chapter 10. There we read of two silver trumpets.
As some will know Silver is the metal of redemption. But why the two trumpets, and why were there two loaves of unleavened bread at “Shavous” the “Feast of Weeks”? This is beloved, because YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, always intended to redeem two peoples, the Children of Israel and the Gentiles, in order that in and through Yahushua THE Messiah they would be ONE in Him! Please read Ephesians 2:11 to 18.
Vayikra - Leviticus 23 gives us a clear picture of the “Feasts of YHVH,” which Israel and the faithful in Messiah are to keep! Each is a prophetic picture of the plan of redemption, which YHVH would provide, through Yahushua, His only begotten son, our beloved Messiah!
The first four Feasts have already been fulfilled.
(1) Pesach - Passover - The shed Blood of the lamb.
(2) Hag HaMatzot - Unleavened Bread – Yahushua who was without Spot and Blemish.
(3) Bikkurim - Firstfruits – The Resurrection
(4) Shavous - Feast of Weeks (50) – The outpouring of Ruach HaKodesh – the Sanctified Spirit upon the faithful.
After Shavous there is a space of four months, representing the age of the faithful in Yahushua. Then comes the fifth Feast, which is Yom T’Ruach, being The Feast of the Blowing of the Trumpet (the Shofar Rams Horn). Most believers in Messiah Yahushua have adopted the faith of the Messiah, the Apostles and just like Shaul - Paul we love to celebrate the Seventh Day Sabbath, for we are told in the Word, that “Yahushua is Master of the Sabbath!” And remember that it was that evil pagan sun worshipping Emperor who was the one who changed YaHVaH Elohim’s ordained Sabbath to a SUN-day and that is also why christian’s are sadly meeting in churches on the day of “the Venerable Sun” (Codex Justinianus 3.12.3 - Constantine’s Blue Law March 7, 321 A.D), as well as going to SUNrise worship meetings up on mountains watching the SUN rise, which is in truth a pagan ritual that goes back over three thousand years and all I can ask you is this, guess who started all that? Instead we should all delight in keeping the Sabbath that our Creator gave us and our Saviour upheld, but NO, most of you will follow the blind and decide to stay blind, because it is tradition! Tradition will lead you to what? The wages of sin is death, and dear one, this is no matter how well meaning your faith is!
In addition the true believer should be celebrating the “Feasts of YaHVaH” that our loving Heavenly Father gave us, for each of them speaks so clearly of our beloved Messiah Yahushua!
With the first 4 Feasts having been fulfilled by our Saviour the next feast to be fulfilled will be the Feast of Trumpets.
The prophetic nature of this feast is based on the sound of a Shofar (Rams Horn), and will be fulfilled next! But there are two “Trumpets” in Yo’el. Let us look at the second one as mentioned in 2:15, for we have already read about the first one.
“Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a Sanctified fast, and call a sacred assembly”
The trumpet in Verse 1 is the sound of Alarm, and in Verse 15 it is the sound of sacred assembly! Israel’s trumpet of alarm has already sounded and she has partially returned to her land in 1948, and later in 1967 returned to Zion, which is Jerusalem. The Shofar for the faithful however, is close at hand and I believe that we are living very close to that generation as spoken of by Messiah, for all we have to do is to look at the blossoming Fig Tree – Israel!
Israel has now partially returned. But beloved sadly it is far from complete for that is yet to happen! But we have seen prophecy being fulfilled in our own lifetime and soon sadly we will see a cashless society in our world, and the Tribulation will then soon follow, which is part of the beginning of the coming of the anti-Messiah! Indeed we are very close!
Beloved, tell your children about the things of YaHVaH Elohim, share it with the nations round about. We as the faithful should go and blow that trumpet of alarm in Zion and make a big noise, just as Yo’el did!
However we must do it right and be careful how to use the Word, for many mistranslate it, for let me briefly cover two verses are that often quoted by believers who support Israel from the book of Yeshayahu – Isaiah taken from chapter 40:1-2.
“Nach’mu, Nach’mu, Ami Yomar Elohim” - “Comfort, comfort My people!" Says your Elohim.
The word that is translated as “Comfort” in Hebrew is “Nachum” which in Hebrew also means, “Repent.” Thus the Comfort being offered here is based wholly on having repented FIRST!
“Speak lovingly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her, that her exile has been completed, that her sins have been forgiven; for she has received from YHVH’s hand, a double, for her sins."
Again I would like to deviate and teach you something quite remarkable based on this Scripture. You have already learned that “Comfort” is entirely related to “repentance”, for obviously YaHVaH Elohim does not bless the sinner! But He does comfort a repentant sinner! But now we come to those words related to verse two.
Yeshayahu - Isaiah spoke the Word that Elohim had given him, that clearly stated, “She has received from YaHVaH’s hand double for all her sins.” What would really come “from YaHVaH’s hand” and what was meant by the word “double?” The word in Hebrew for "double" is “Kephal.” The first time this word is used in the Scriptures is when it speaks of the high priests breastplate.
“They made the breastplate square by doubling it; a span was its length and a span its width when doubled.” Shemos - Exodus 39:9.
The embroidered cloth behind the breastplate was folded “double – kephal” to form a pocket which would carry “the Urim and the Thummim.”
“Then he put the breastplate on him and he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate” Vayikra - Leviticus 8:8.
Obviously, “kephal – double” is a very special word with a particular meaning. Let us look at other Hebrew words for double. Shemos - Exodus 22:4 states, “If the theft is certainly found alive in his hand, whether it is an ox or donkey or sheep, he shall restore double … shenayim.” In this case, the thief would be fined double the value of the theft. In Bereshis - Genesis 43:12 another word for double is used when Ya’akov - Jacob exhorts his sons to take twice the price to be paid for corn, “Take double … mishneh … money in your hand.”
Thus, when we read in Yeshayahu - Isaiah “For she hath received from YHVH hand double (kephal) for all her sins” we can be assured this has a very special and an important and even a prophetic meaning. The Word of Elohim contains many wonderful treasures, especially when the Word is read in Hebrew with the understanding of the ancient Hebraic times, and also to whom it was addressed?
Elohim blessed be He, speaks to His people in a language that is clearly understood and often using the customs of the time. If we look back into the ancient customs of Israel the picture becomes so very clear in relation to many Scriptures, but this is lost to christians, but as an ex orthodox Hebrew believer I am fortunate to have understanding of the Scriptural Hebrew as well as ancient Hebrew customs having also been an Scriptural archaeologist in Israel and having spent time in the British Museum.
It is quite within the rules of Hebrew grammar to supply the indefinite article to help to convey the proper sense of a word into English. Thus, we can now translate the verse as follows, “For she has received from YaHVaH’s hand a double for all her sins” Was there such a thing as “a double, a kephal” Yes there was!
Let me illustrate this with a fictional story based on actual Hebrew customs from Biblical days.
In Jerusalem, a man named Joash is a well-respected and hard working spice merchant. Through no fault of his own, he falls into financial difficulty after he has to take time off to care for his ailing parents. Soon his bills pile up and he is unable to keep up with his payments. In due course the merchants of Jerusalem hold a special meeting and decide to nail a notice of debt to the city gates for all to see.
Several days later a wealthy man who knows Joash to be an honourable man, looks at the notice of debt and decides to do something for him in his hour of great need. He folds the notice double and writes on it, “If the creditors named on this list will apply directly to me I will pay the amounts owing by Joash the spice merchant upon proof of debt.” He then signs it, “Eliezer ben Ya’akov.”
Having done this, Eliezer ben Ya’akov has become what was known in those days as “A double” – “kephal.” The merchants soon called on Eliezer and received their payments.
Eliezer double folded the debt in the same way the cloth of the breastplate was folded. It is interesting to note that when the notice was folded, the details of the debt were hidden from public gaze. Eliezer was a good man, a fine double indeed!
This is what Elohim did for Israel and the entire world for that matter, for He provided the “Sacrificial Lamb” – “a double - kephal” and the story of Joash illustrates the point so beautifully. Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40:2 so clearly describes the loving mercy of YaHVaH our Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name!
“Speak comfort to Jerusalem … her iniquity is pardoned … she has received from YHVH’s hand A DOUBLE for all her sins.”
Beloved, just think about it, what a wonderful Eternal Father we have, for He gave Israel “a double” – Yahushua, the Lamb of Elohim who shed His blood so that all who would believe and repent and be immersed would be redeemed from their sins. Now that is the same “double” that every soul in the world who are not as yet saved as yet needs!
But sadly when our blessed Saviour was with us on the earth, many of the nation of Judah and the people of Israel during that time did not believe, but, praise Him; we do know for a fact that there were thousands of faithful when He was with us and there were many more after He ascended back to heaven!
As Elohim had spoken those famous words to Yeshayahu - Isaiah, He, like Yo’el, was not thinking of the houses and the walls - as He addressed Jerusalem, but His words were aimed directly at the people, that resided within her walls. We might then ask, “Did Elohim provide this double only for those that lived in the city of Jerusalem?” No! The Elohim of mercy provided a double for all Israel and for the entire world, for Israel and all Gentiles in order to make them one in the Body!
Yahushua the Messiah is our and Israel’s “kephal - double,” He took on Himself our debt of sin. For all who will believe in Him and repent of their sins are free from the debt of sin. Blessed be the Elohim of Mercy!
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 Yochanan – 1 John 1:9.
We are to PROCLAIM – Cry out that Yahushua is our Saviour and that He shed His precious Blood, in order that all who believe and repent are forgiven of their sins! This is the message we are to Proclaim boldly to the Children of Israel (if so led by the Sanctified Spirit) but certainly unto all this evil world. And the faithful in Yahushua the Messiah are to do this not in some underhanded, go gently way, but to go forth boldly as YaHVaH Elohim directs us through the Sanctified Spirit!
Our Saviour, Yahushua spoke very plainly to His people, He did not pussy foot around, as many believers tend to do in Israel these days! The same applies to the nations, we must boldly share the Word with them. And believe me, I have witnessed this, believers do not do this very quietly amongst the nations, there they actually proclaim it with great boldness. Why not to those, who Elohim calls – “My People?” Why must the faithful be so terribly careful, even to the point of not sharing the Word at all in Israel. Learn from Yahushua’s example and go forth to proclaim His Name, even if you have to suffer for it.
I have been told, “But brother, IF we openly proclaim Yahushua as the Messiah in Israel, we will not be permitted to remain in there and the authorities will throw us out of the country.” Frankly, if that is the case, YaHVaH Elohim never called you to be there in the first place, for you were labouring in your own strength. (read: Labour with Elohim - God) You went there in your own strength and you were not called to be there by the Father! If Elohim wants you there, He will find a way and make you effective in His service! HalleluYAH.
The Two Witnesses will “Proclaim the Word” at the gates of Jerusalem for 3½ years and from this we learn that Elohim provides them with the means, the powers to remain there. Be willing to proclaim the Good News to Israel, that if she accepts their Messiah and repent, his or her sins will have been forgiven!
“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for YHVH will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree will bear her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in YHVH your Elohim: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, My great army, which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the Name of YHVH your Elohim that has dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am YHVH your Elohim, and none else: and My people shall never be ashamed.”
Yes, Israel, still has some good news ahead of her, she is still to enjoy the land of “Milk and Honey,”
I pray, beloved that we have understood what YaHVaH is saying to us in His Word.
Do you remember the day you first believed, repented, and accepted Yahushua THE Messiah as the Saviour of your life? Do you remember the joy that you had? Well, do not let this joy ever fail. Just let the joy grow, as you grow in the Messiah Yahushua! If the locusts had attacked you in your life, and I am speaking metaphorically of course, and that joy, your peace had diminished somewhat, please beloved, Return to Yahushua and be assured, He will lift you up and He will richly bless you!
Beloved, let me tell you the simple truth that there is a “locusts of tradition” in the lives of many in Messiah and so sadly I have to say there is a great deal of it in the greater church! The message to them is - Get back to the Word of YaHVaH Elohim and obey the Word that Yahushua THE Messiah has given us …
“You are My friends IF YOU DO AS I COMMAND YOU.” Yochanan - John 15.14.
We should all be living according to the example (Ippogramos) He has set. The point is this. The Shofar (trumpet) will sound soon. But will you be ready? Will your children be ready, or your family be ready. Go and PROCLAIM the Word to your neighbours, workmates, and PROCLAIM it unto it unto Israel and the world and provoke them unto jealousy! If they will not hear it be for the reason of their pride, or their blindness, they, and the nations, will never be able to say, “But we were never told!”
I is clear that the author of the Book was the Prophet Yo’el - Joel, the son of Pethu’el as shown in Yo’el 1:1. We have also learned that the Book was written around 835 B.C.E.
Jerusalem and Judah is the setting for the book and the region and the land had been devastated by a vast horde of locusts. This invasion of locusts had destroyed everything, the fields of grain, the vineyards, the gardens as well as all the trees round about, it had been a massive destruction. Yo’el symbolically describes the locusts as being a massive marching army of human soldiers and views all of this as a divine judgment coming against the nation because of their sins.
The book is highlighted by two major events. One is the invasion of locusts and the other the outpouring of the Spirit. The latter being the initial fulfilment as is written by Shime’on - Peter in Acts chapter 2 as having taken place at “Shavous” – the “Feast of Weeks.”
(1) “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 have eaten.” Yo’el 1:4.
(2) “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten...” Yo’el 2:25.
(3) “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” Yo’el 2:28.
A terrible plague of locusts is followed by a severe famine throughout the land. Yo’el uses these happenings as the catalyst to send words of warning to Judah. Unless the people repent quickly and completely, enemy armies will devour the land as did the natural elements. Yo’el appeals to all the people and the priests of the land to fast and humble themselves and seek the forgiveness of YaHVaH Elohim. If they will respond, there will be renewed material and spiritual blessings for the nation! But, sadly this was not to be!
But the “Day of YaHVaH” Jerusalem was indeed coming and this time the dreaded locusts would have seemed as gnats in comparison, compared to His judgment that was about to come upon them!
Beloved, as we have learned earlier, the four stages (life cycle) of the locusts prophetically represented the four nations that would invade possess Jerusalem, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. And know and understand this, a wicked and Satanic Rome has had control, not of the Hebrew people forever, but it took over a new body called the Roman Catholic church! For she is according to Revelation chapter 17;
“MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Yahushua.” Revelation 17:5-6.
The overriding theme of the Book of Yo’el is the “Day of YaHVaH,” a day of Elohim’s wrath and judgment – the Book of Revelation. This is the Day in which Elohim reveals His attributes of wrath, power and holiness, and it is a terrifying day to His enemies. In the first chapter, the “Day of YaHVaH” is experienced historically by the plague of locusts upon the land. Chapter 2:1-17 is a transitional chapter in which Yo’el uses the metaphor of the locust plague and drought to renew a call to repentance. Chapters 2:18-3:21 describes the “Day of YHVH” in eschatological terms and answers the call to repentance with prophecies of physical restoration (2:21-27), spiritual restoration (2:28-32), and national restoration 3:1-21.
Without repentance, judgment will be harsh, thorough and certain. Our trust should not be in our possessions but in YaHVaH our Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name! YaHVaH Elohim at times may use nature, sorrow or other common occurrences to draw us closer to Him. But in His mercy and grace, He has provided the definitive plan for our salvation, which came through Yahushua the Messiah, who gave His life freely and He shed His precious Blood for our sins and exchanging our sin for His perfect righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). There is no time to lose for Elohim’s judgment will come swiftly and we must be ready. Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).
“Seek YHVH while he may be found; call on Him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to YHVH, and He will have mercy on him, and to our Elohim, for He will freely pardon” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 55:6-7.
For those who wish to accept Yahushua for the very first time, or others who may need to accept Him who is THE genuine and true Messiah for the very first time, may I suggest you say the prayer as shown below, and you can be assured that Yahushua will bless you richly!
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” Yochanan - John 7:37-38.
I pray that our Heavenly Father, through His beloved Son has already touched you! If so, please read the following prayer and see if you are ready to make that commitment today. If so, say it out loud unto our Heavenly Father in the blessed Name of Yahushua The Messiah! Then believe me, He will take you unto His bosom and give you all of His loving care and as you continue with your life in faith, walking according to His Word, study and in prayer, He will work in your life that will without doubt change you for the better spiritually and in many other ways!
“YaHVaH Elohim, I pray in the wonderful Name of Yahushua The Messiah, for I believe that He is my Master and my Saviour, the promised Messiah and I confess Father that I have sinned. I am sorry for all my sins and I desire with all my heart to turn from everything I know to be wrong in my life, and I wish to turn my life over to you Father Elohim in the Name of Yahushua The Messiah!.
Yahushua I invite You to come into my heart and into my life now and with Your loving grace will I serve You all the remaining years of my life. Thank you so much Yahushua for You loved me enough that You gave Your life for me on that horrid stake (the cross) and for having cleansed me from all my sins, as You shed Your Precious Blood. Blessed Saviour, I ask that through Your loving grace and the Sanctified Spirit that You will lead and guide me in the right direction, in order that I will take the right path, for it is my desire to walk in Your truth and I give You praise and honour now and forever!
In Yahushua’s Name I pray Father Elohim. HalleluYAH.”
Note: “HalleluYAH” means “Praise YaHVaH.”
If you have prayed the above prayer, you are welcome to email me and share something about yourself, that is if you wish to do so. This is in order that I will be able to pray with you as well as for you!
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In the meantime please accept the following Psalm as a special blessing and I suggest that you also read it out aloud and receive a special blessing!
“Oh, sing to YHVH a new song! Sing to YHVH, all the earth. Sing to YHVH, bless His Name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For YHVH is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but YHVH made the heavens. honour and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His Sanctuary.
Give to YHVH, O families of the peoples, give to YHVH glory and strength. Give to YHVH the glory due His Name; bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Oh, worship YHVH in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, ‘YHVH reigns; the world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.’
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness; Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before YHVH.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with His truth.”
“Teach me Your way, O YHVH. I will walk in Your truth.
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”
Tehillim – Psalms 86:11
May YHVH Elohim bless and keep you in the palm of His hand always, in Messiah Yahushua’s loving Name!
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