The prophet Joel clearly prophesies to future generations that God would bring His Chosen People back to the Land of Israel, returning from the diaspora (nations of the world) where they had been scattered for two thousand years, that His Promises would begin to unfold rapidly. With the certainty of a Judge’s gavel, the Lord God of Israel states that He will bring His people home, and we are to recognize that He is doing it. The Promise that He made to Avraham, Isaac, and Jacob of giving the Land of Israel would be upheld. The surety that they would return and rebuild would come to pass. God is not a man that He can lie is again reiterated to us in Jeremiah 30:3. Jeremiah is standing on the promises of the words of Moses.
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19, NIV).
Those of us alive are to look for and scan the horizon to watch for the signs of the times of a great event that God is going to orchestrate. There will be an international gathering of the nations of the world from all continents and the Middle East surrounding His Nation: Israel. The above Scripture clearly states that God will rally the nations, collecting them all together in a specifically located place of His choice, the Valley of Jehoshaphat in Israel.
Researchers have told us that the word Jehoshaphat means “Yahweh has judged” in the Hebrew language. In the Torah/Tanach (that which Christians wrongly term the “Old” Testament) was the fourth king of Judah, who notedly had a peaceful and prosperous reign.
It is interesting to note that both the Lord in the book of Joel (1-3) and Jesus (Yeshua, His Hebrew name) speak about times of judgment. Judgment is at this time with the nations of the world. Their actions toward His People are the reason for the judgment. Verses 2 and 3 tell us that the reason for judgment is that the nations have “scattered” His People “among the nations” and “parted My Land.” These two monumental sins have worked against God’s People throughout history and are the opposite of what God has done for His People. He wishes to restore them to the Land from which the Greeks and the Romans banished them. He hopes to rebuild that which they lost. The time of their “warfare” is over (Isaiah 40:2), and God is “building up Jerusalem” for His Coming Kingdom in today’s world. Those nations who have stolen from His People, persecuted them, and hated them without a cause, will be judged.
Some nations took God’s silver and gold to Babylon and Rome (Joel 3:5), and other countries deported His People from their Land (Joel 3:6). God is raising them through a modern word termed “Aliyah” (making a holy journey back to the Land (Joel 3:7). It is a time when nations will be talking “war!” (Joel 3:9-11). Precisely what we hear on our airwaves today on every mode of modern technology: WAR IS COMING! Serious war. Nations will be racing to build the most modern weapons and warfare Joel 3:10) seen today. God will bring those who do not fear the One True God to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, where He will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:14 KJV
Wikipedia: In this historical map of biblical Jerusalem, the Cedron Valley (German Kidron Thal oder Josaphat Thal – Kidron Valley or Josaphat Valley) runs along the eastern wall of the city (Meyers Konversationslexikon, 1885).
At this time, many nations are making decisions on whether to stand with Israel or continue to bash her through international bodies such as the United Nations and anti-Israel propaganda like BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) of Israel. If you feel you have not heard from God for a while, wait until this begins to take place here in this location – the beautifully groomed and agriculturalized ground of the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Many nations say, “We want our Embassy in Jerusalem, for we are choosing to stand with Israel.” Others say, “We want Jerusalem as OUR Capital City. We will fight for it!”
But what we should notice is that GOD does something during this time. He not only judges the nations who have cursed Israel, but He ROARS. He lets out a deep, full prolonged cry on behalf of His People, as the Lion of Judah (Joel 3:16) so loud and so mighty, like thunder from the sky, that the “heavens and the earth shall shake” (verse 16), and He becomes the STRONGHOLD, the HOPE of His People the STRENGTH of the children of Israel. There will be no messing around with God from then on and no touching His Chosen Ones in the wrong way, or you will pay. This way, Israel (and the nations) will all know that HE IS GOD and His Holy Mountain is reserved for HIS DWELLING PLACE.
He will sit to judge the nations further, and Jesus the Messiah, when He Comes, will separate the “Sheep and the Goats” (Matthew 25:30) based on what reason? How the nations and individuals treated God’s Chosen People. It is all there, right in God’s Word, the Bible. Jerusalem will be “holy unto the Lord, “ and Jerusalem will become the Lord’s Earthly Home.
Does your Nation support Israel?
No wonder such a spiritual “struggle” is going on above us, around us, and engulfing us everywhere. The “battle of the ages” is on. Does your nation support Israel? If not, why don’t you tell your congressman why he needs to get behind Israel?
May your nation be a “sheep” nation, not a “goat” nation standing with Israel. At the big gathering of the nations, then you can be proud to say, “I am a Canadian, I am an African, I am a Chinese, etc. because our nation stands with God and His People!” Work towards this through prayer and supplication, raising your voice to support Israel, and teaching the Counsel of God. God bless you as you bless Zion!
Sharon Sanders (2022)