Forth coming  judgements in the holy land,including a final conflict involving all nations when God will intervene dramatically! The locust plague God had ,from the earliest times,warned Israel that if they turned from His word,great disasters would follow(Deuteronomy 28) Literal plagues of locusts were sent to remind God’s people of what He had said. when he appealed to the Jews through the prophet Joel,around 800 BC,God liked the forthcoming invasions of the human armies to the cutting,swarming,hopping,destroying locusts,which they may already have experienced. Invading armies Assyrian And Babylonian invasions of the land of Israel,foretold in this chapter,were followed centuries later by Greek,Roman and Mohammedan incursions. These left the Holy Land desolate until AD 1917,when the Jews were allowed to return. Promise of blessing(Joel 2:18-32) the troubles which were to come on God’s people had as their object the return of Israel to the true worship of God. Great blessings are promised when this national repentance finally comes.  Mean while,the greatest invasion of the Holy Land has yet to take place! Final Invasion(chapter 3)Details are given of an invasion by all nations ,at a time when Israel are back in the land(3:1) as they are to day. The wickedness of all nations is now so great (verses 12,13)that when North and south become involved in a great Middle East conflict, God’s judgement ts will be seen on the earth. The time is ripe for the putting in of His “sickle”(verse 13) and the cutting down of the wicked! God will intervene dramatically by sending Jesus Christ to Jerusalem( verse 16),as so many other scriptures indicate.

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