The above words were penned by the Apostle Peter who after years of experience in the Master’s service and under his discipline, through much tribulation, had evidently reached the blessed experience of one established, strengthened and settled in the faith and in the practice of the principles of the gospel.
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Feelings, for example, are pretty temporary and changeable. Feelings are important to acknowledge, to feel , to deal with and often to enjoy. But when we over-focus on them, they have the say on who we are being and what we are doing. If any story or interpretation of experience that we invent drags us down, it is probably focused on a temporary, shortsighted view.
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
WHATEVER the character of the watching, and whatever the thing to be looked for, there can be no question that the exhortation to watch for an event whose precise time is not stated, implies that when the event does take place, the watching ones will know it. Watch, because ye know not, in order that at the proper time ye may know, is the thought; and the intimation clearly is, that those who do not watch will not know: that the events which are to be known in due time to the Watchers, will be recognized by them, and not recognized by others, at the time of accomplishment.
In the spiritual application, the “destroying wind” is a figurative “storm” from the north coming down on mystic Babylon. We immediately think of Gog from the land of Magog, and “north” pictures God’s vengeance. In the type, God was behind Nebuchadnezzar to visit punishment on Israel, but now we have a completely different picture with Babylon being the focal point. Against the enemies of the truth in the near future will come God’s judgment.
The first chapter of Zephaniah and part of the second chapter speak of the complete desolation that occurred when Nebuchadnezzar invaded the land and left no inhabitants. Although the judgment to occur on the Arabs in the near future will not be utter desolation, there will, nevertheless, be devastating developments to remove the Arab threat. This judgment will solve the problems with Israel’s more local and surrounding enemies, but not with the distant ones, who will be dealt with when God saves the Holy Remnant out of Jacob’s Trouble.
Habakkuk Chapter 3 picks up sequentially with God’s intervention on behalf of Israel. Verses 17-19 are purposely out of place to show that the Great Company will find themselves in the interim, that is, before God actually starts to deliver Israel. The very life of the Great Company depends on maintaining their faith and trust in God—and in maintaining their integrity for God.
First, the Great Company will weep and gnash their teeth. Then they will have relative restoration of faith and zeal. Revelation 19:6-9 shows that a strengthening voice will come from heaven, saying that the Bride “hath made herself ready.” In other words, the Great Company class will be informed that the Church is complete. The words of verse 9, “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb,” will encourage the Great Company— that is, after the disappointing revelation that the Bride is complete makes them mourn and question their own standing with God. Habakkuk 3:18 ties in: “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
Joel performed the duty of a watchman in his day. He was addressing those in Israel who were asleep and should have been more alert. In addition to being intoxicated and not watching, the people were in a stupefied condition and had difficulty reasoning in a rational fashion.
From the spiritual standpoint, those who have been imbibing the false wine (doctrine) of Christendom are intoxicated and asleep. The “drunkards” need to wake up and realize what is happening, but because they fail to watch and sound an alarm, they will sleep through the doctrines of demons in the coming church-state hour of power. However, a time will come for shock and renewal. The old wine will wear off, and a new experience will come upon them—a radical change for which they are ill prepared.
Psalm 83 map
Psalm 83 map
Psalm 83 is a hot topic these days. Seems many Christians are in expectation of this prophecy being fulfilled in the very near future. At a recent convention in Huntsville, AL there was a panel of ministers discussing the very topic. We hope you get a blessing.
Verses 12–14 start a different picture but are related to the previous verses. These verses sound like Joel and other prophecies about the Time of Trouble and the anarchy. Satan capitalizes on conditions of unrest to serve his purpose, but God will take care of the situation. Satan will again try to destroy Israel through the invasion of Gog and Magog. It will look as if Gog will overwhelm and swallow up Israel right up to Jerusalem, but God will rebuke the threatening horde. “The nations [the mixed multitude of Gog and Magog] shall rush like the rushing of many waters [as in a flood]: but God shall rebuke them.” He will disperse and roll them back as if with a blast of His nostrils. He will stop them as the wind blows away a tumbleweed or chaff.
Verse 14 is a prophecy of the future. “This is the portion of them that spoil us, and … that rob us.” The evil intent of Gog will be to take a spoil (the “cattle and much goods”). This portion of verse 14 represents Israel’s recognition that God has stepped in and delivered them lest a full end be made of them.