Review of Joel: The Central Thought of the Book of Joel

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 | 0 comments

“What the cutting locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; And what the swarming locust has left, the licking locust has eaten; And what the licking locust has left, the consuming locust has eaten.” (Joel 1:4)
“Always rejoice, unceasingly pray, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophecies” (1 Thes. 5:16-20)

The book of Joel speaks of human history prophetically as four kinds of locusts (Joel 1:2-4). Throughout history, the empires of this world are really “locusts” which devour everything, especially the children of Israel. But the Lord sovereignly uses the consuming human history to carry out His divine history: to increase the manifestation of Christ! Today, God is moving to build up the Body of Christ to gain His overcomers, His mighty ones (Joel 3:11), to end this age and bring in Christ’s kingdom for the restoration of all things. We can participate in the divine history for the increase of Christ by loving the Lord (John 14:21). We can also call on His rich name (Joel 2:32), pray-read His word (Eph. 6:17-18), pray unceasingly (1 Thes. 5:17), fan our spirit into flame (2 Tim. 1:6-7), and prophesy (1 Cor. 14:4b), that is, speak Christ to others that He could be spread over the entire earth.

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