Study of Joel 2

A Verse by Verse Study of the Day of the Lord


The term “Day of the Lord”

Study of Joel Chapter 2


I.        The Day of the Lord (2:1-2)


A.      This is a warning to be sounded throughout all of Israel from Mt Zion in Jerusalem

B.      Its coming is imminent – not a long way off

C.      Jesus said HIS coming was quickly, as if to say, at any moment, and with nothing to hinder it

D.      The day of the Lord is a day of


1.       Darkness

2.       Gloominess – for the world system! Party’s over!

3.       Clouds (Dan 7:13; Mt 24:30)

4.       Thick darkness (1Kgs 8:12)

5.       Like the dawn shining through a great overcast sky of think clouds

6.       No one on earth will survive (2:11b)


II.      The People of the Lord (2:2-11)


A.      They shine like the morning through the darkness – that’s what we are supposed to be doing right now (Philp 2:15)

B.      They are a great people – large in number (Jude 1:14,15)

C.      They are a strong people (Eph 6:11-18 was our training)

D.      Nothing like them has ever existed here before, or shall be after


1.       Angels are like us in a small way (2Kgs 6)

2.       A single angel could kill 135,000 in one night

3.       All saints will come back to earth completely victorious


E.      Fire devours before them

F.      Behind them a flame burns

G.     All the land that they touch with the flame is burnt to a crisp

H.      They will be very noisy in conquering – all out in the open

I.         People on the earth will burn up at the presence of these saints

J.       They will be able to:


1.       Run

2.       Climb walls

3.       Stay in rank

4.       No accidental killings of each other

5.       Unstoppable – not able to be killed

6.       enter through windows and go throughout all Jerusalem

7.       appear along with signs from heaven


a.       Earthquakes

b.       Stars falling (trembling)

c.       Sun and moon being dark

d.       Stars no longer shining


K.      They will be following the Captain (2:11-


III.    The Word of the Lord (see Rev 19:11-f)


A.      Shouted by the Son of God

B.      He is at the head of His army, the saints

C.      When Jesus speaks His word, it accomplishes what it is sent to do (Mt 8:5-10)


IV.    The Goal of the Lord


A.      To get all people to


1.       Turn to God – repent (Cf 2Pet 3:9)

2.       Turn to Him with


a.       All the heart

b.       Fasting – this is serious

c.       Weeping

d.       Mourning (Jam 4:8-10)


3.       Rend, break our own hearts  (2:13) instead of making a put-on by tearing your clothes


B.      Because the Lord is (2:13b-27)


1.       God

2.       Gracious

3.       Merciful

4.       Slow to anger

5.       Having great kindness

6.       Does not want to do all the evil that must come upon sin


C.      There still might be time (2:14)


1.       There is a time to be saved, and to repent (2Cor 6:2)

2.       And a time too late (Lk 12:20)

3.       Nineveh acted in time


D.      We could get back to true worship (2:14)


1.       Meat offering

2.       Drink offering

3.       Jewish system of worship in the Millennium


E.      So, call an Assembly (2:15)


1.       Gather people together

2.       Sanctify ourselves – dump sins in our lives

3.       Get everybody together – even the babies – church is for everyone!

4.       Even grooms and brides to leave off getting married (Mt 24:38)

5.       Come to the Temple - Has to be rebuilt

6.       Say aloud, “Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?” (2:17)


F.      Then will the following take place:


1.       The Lord will pity the land of Israel

2.       The Lord will answer from heaven “Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.” (2:19)


3.       Great things


a.       Trees will bear fruit

b.       Moderate rains – both the early and the latter rains

c.       Your barns will burst

d.       God will restore all the hardships to us (2:25)

e.       We will eat plenty and be satisfied


4.       And the Lord Himself will be right in our midst – Emmanuel

5.       And God’s people, the Jews will never be ashamed!



 28   And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

 29   And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

 30   And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

 31   The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

 32   And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.