The Berean Expositor
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a close by His return. Thus Joel 2: 30-32 takes us back in time to before Joel 2: 28, 29;
to before the events described in Joel 2: 21-27. It takes us back to those days described
in Joel 2: 2-11 and possibly 2: 20.
Reading again Joel 2: 30, 31, and other passages like Matt. 24: 29, one wonders
how can these things be? How is it possible? How will it happen? What will be the
mechanics? We don't know! We are not told! Even if we were told we probably
wouldn't (couldn't) understand! Also, as we read such passages again, we may well ask
"what exactly is described in Joel 2: 30, 31?". Again we cannot be definite but those
people who will be alive at this future time will have no trouble at all in seeing exactly
what these words depict. Matt. 24: 21 describes those days as a "great tribulation such
as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be". Joel's
prophecy, to such as know it, will be a great comfort to those who are alive during that
Joel 2: 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" (Joel 2: 32, A.V.).
Remembering that we are now back into "the great and terrible Day of the Lord" we
ask what is this deliverance which will be provided in Jerusalem and the surrounding
country? Deliverance is peletah which is translate elsewhere "escape". Remnant is not
the usual word (sheeriyth) but is sariyd, a derivative of sarad which means a "survivor".
Thus sariyd means "those left" or "that which remains".  Matt. 24: 15-21 exhorts
those who are alive in Judea to flee into the mountains and Rev. 12: states that there
they shall be fed (verses 6 and 14) and protected (verse 16) by God. This is the
deliverance of Joel 2: 32.
3: 1 - 21.
pp. 61 - 72
In Joel 2: 15-17 there is recorded the call to blow the trumpet and there is the
exhortation for the priests to pray to the Lord so that the heathen would not rule over
Israel and the nations would not sneer "where is their God?". The rest, Joel 2: 18-3: 21,
deals with the consequences of this action and its structure is:
2: 18, 19.
Good bestowed; land and people
2: 20.
Evil removed. Enemy cut off
2: 21-32.
Good bestowed; land and people
3: 1-16a.
Evil removed. Enemy cut off
3: 16b-18.
Good bestowed; land and people
3: 19.
Evil removed. Enemy cut off
3: 20, 21.
Good bestowed; land and people