judgment

Check Yourself (Amos 1)

“The Lord roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel withers.” (Amos 1:2)

Have you ever sat through a sermon and immediately thought of another person (not yourself) that “needed to hear that message”? I know I’ve done it before.

We see something similar happen to Israel, as the book of Amos opens with God condemning the surrounding nations for their sins. Ironically, Israel forgot to “take the plank out of their own eye” first and realize that God’s judgment of sin was also coming to them. (more…)

Decision Point (Joel 3:14 & 20-21)

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14)

“Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations. Their bloodguilt, which I have not pardoned, I will pardon. The Lord dwells in Zion!” (Joel 3:20-21)

While the book of Joel begins with a description of God’s impending judgment for the nation of Judah’s sins, it ends with the promise of restoration. For the children of God, our ending will always contain full assurance of His forgiveness and mercy! (more…)

A Stunning Contrast (Joel 2:25-26)

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm– my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.” (Joel 2:25-26)

After reading through the chilling description of “the day of the Lord” in Joel 1, some may be left with an unnerving feeling. But praise God, as more of the prophecy unfolds in Joel 2!

The second chapter of the book of Joel is such a rich and encouraging passage of the Bible, with many notable prophecies and a clear presentation of God’s love and gospel plan in response to His judgment. (more…)

The Day of the Lord (Joel 1:15)

“Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.” (Joel 1:15)

What do you imagine the end of the world will look like? Many movies depict end-time events like massive earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, fire falling from the sky, nuclear explosions, alien invasions, and zombie apocalypses. As terrifying as the movies make these events seem, the reality of what’s to come for those who are not in right-standing with the Lord, will make all of these seem like taking a stroll down Sesame Street. (more…)