“What is the Valley of Jehoshaphat”?

Nov 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

“What is the Valley of Jehoshaphat”?

For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
(Joe 3:1-2)

Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
(Joe 3:11-14)

The term “Valley of Jehoshaphat occurs only twice in the Bible, and both times in the third chapter of the Book of Joel. The following quote comes from our verse by verse study in Joel

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people … Israel.” What is the “valley of Jehoshaphat”? Is it a particular literal valley, a previous historical event, or a condition yet future? The term alludes to the historical event in which King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were given a miraculous victory. They went out unarmed and with singers in front to meet the enemy. God had told them, “I will fight this battle and defeat the enemy.” That experience corresponds to Jacob’s Trouble in the near future when God will gather the nations and go forth and fight for His people as He did in the “day of battle” (Zech. 14:3).

The terms: Valley of Jehoshaphat, Valley of Decision, Jacob’s Trouble, Gog and Magog, Armegeddon, all refer to the same event, when the Hordes from the North (Gog from Magog, Lord’s Great Army–in Joel) and invade Israel. This is the very end of the Great Time of Trouble and at this time “He will fight for them as he did in the day of battle, From that point on the Kingdom we pray for will begin with Jesus as King and Ruler, Melchizadek in office!

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