The Valley of Jehoshaphat

Joel 3
1 ¶  “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

2  I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land.

3  “They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.

4  “Moreover, what are you to Me, O Tyre, Sidon and all the regions of Philistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your head.

5  “Since you have taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious treasures to your temples,

6  and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory,

7  behold, I am going to arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head.

8  “Also I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation,” for the LORD has spoken.

9 ¶  Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!

10  Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”

11  Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.

12  Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations.

13  Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.

14  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

15  The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.

16  The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

17  Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, And strangers will pass through it no more.

18 ¶  And in that day The mountains will drip with sweet wine, And the hills will flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD To water the valley of Shittim.

19  Egypt will become a waste, And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood.

20  But Judah will be inhabited forever And Jerusalem for all generations.

This chapter speaks to a realm of judgment and confrontation descending into the earthly realm. It comes from “above,” meaning a higher realm of spirit. Mystically, periods of time in the Scriptures often refer to realms of spirit, not literal time frames. “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” The day of the Lord, i.e., the realm of God’s retribution, is near. “Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations.” Jehoshaphat means “Jehovah judges.”

“Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.” His “mighty ones” are the realm of Zion, and those who inhabit her. Zion is brought down into the earthly realm.

16  The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

17  Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, And strangers will pass through it no more.

As we submit to the judgments of God in our own lives, we “bring down” that realm of judgment upon the nations, both figuratively and literally. This entire chapter is written to the sons of Zion. Notice in verse 16 how the Lord utters His voice from Jerusalem. The words of this chapter pertain to a participating people, not bystanders.

Jer. 51
6  Flee from the midst of Babylon, And each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, For this is the LORD’S time of vengeance; He is going to render recompense to her.

7  Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the LORD, Intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine; Therefore the nations are going mad.

8  Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; Wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; Perhaps she may be healed.

9  We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; Forsake her and let us each go to his own country, For her judgment has reached to heaven And towers up to the very skies.

10  The LORD has brought about our vindication; Come and let us recount in Zion The work of the LORD our God!

As stated, “the day of the Lord” is a certain realm of spirit. Zion brings that realm down into the earthly realm. This is why there is such madness in the earth right now. Confusion and chaos are everywhere. Let us continue to submit to the Lord with all of our hearts. Let us submit to Christ’s lordship with the understanding that our submission is bringing about a fulfillment of 2nd Cor. 10.

3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

4  for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

5  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

6  and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

 

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