Joel #2

We had our regular Sunday morning service in the evening because a Rotary Club came to bring gifts to the children & spend time with them.

Dottie took the flowers from the wedding yesterday and with head down made arrangements for the dorms. She is so bored but is trying to stay busy.

There were at least 2 dozen young people who had been at Casa in the past so I was smothered with hugs. Some had left with bad attitudes and for the wrong reason but had obviously changed. God is so good!!

[caption id="attachment_13947" align="alignnone" width="364"] My view from the pulpit yesterday[/caption]

Joel's statement 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" was applied by St Peter in his sermon at Pentecost to the events of that day. Since then other religious figures have interpreted the words as having special significance for their own time.

The Book of Joel is apocalyptic in nature, referring to the "Day of the Lord." Chapters 1-2 refer to a plague of locusts which ravaged Judah at the time; the end of Chapter 2 is a future time of Divine intervention, and Chapter 3 relates the Day of Judgement and the salvation of God's children. Cited in literary works such as Dante's Divine Comedy, the "Valley of Jehoshaphat" (3:2 and 3:12) is a symbolic name for the place of the Last Judgement. Jehoshaphat means "Yahweh judges" and may be the Kidron Valley.

Jesus will come at the head of a great army of which we, as soldiers, will do nothing. He will open His mouth and His enemies will be destroyed. A hoard of locusts in Madagascar a few years ago numbered 500,000,000,000 and that is Billion not Million. Thus the army of the Lord will be huge. Alleluia!!