Many times looking at Scripture, even looking at the prophets of the Old Testament we get a rather gloomy picture of Judah and Israel. However, gloom and doom is not the total picture. We must see from the beginning to the end, and that is why God gave us the Scriptures and His only begotten Son. He does have a purpose and an expected end.
Today we hear from the prophet Joel…
“The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.” Joel 3:15-17
To those who love this old earth, and all its ways the above verses sound gloomy, and believe me, if you do not know the LORD God, then it will not only be a gloomy day for you, but it will be your doom as well.
One of the things we can learn from the Bible is that God will have people know that He is the LORD God of hosts. That is what He is working toward today.
The following is the study note form The Prophecy Study Bible page 939…
“3:15-16 The earthquake and blackout seem parallel with events described in Zechariah 14:4-5, which describes an earthquake that restructures a valley near the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. This remodeling of Jerusalem will be accompanied by signs in the heavens, as God powerfully defends and vindicates His people Israel.”
Get ready. Jesus is coming soon.
There is chaos, pain, and sorrow in the world today; but through Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection there is hope for the future. Hope in this life, and then, eternal life with Him. That “Roar from Zion” will be the voice of the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” the returning Christ Jesus.