Joel 3* God's judgments in the latter days. (1-8) The extent of thesejudgments. (9-17) The blessings the church shall enjoy. (18-21)1-8 The restoration of the Jews, and the final victory of truereligion over all opposers, appear to be here foretold. Thecontempt and scorn with which the Jews have often been treatedas a people, and the little value set upon them, are noticed.None ever hardened his heart against God or his church, andprospered long. 9-17 Here is a challenge to all the enemies of God's people.There is no escaping God's judgments; hardened sinners, in thatday of wrath, shall be cut off from all comfort and joy. Most ofthe prophets foretell the same final victory of the church ofGod over all that oppose it. To the wicked it will be a terribleday, but to the righteous it will be a joyful day. What causehave those who possess an interest in Christ, to glory in theirStrength and their Redeemer! The acceptable year of the Lord, aday of such great favour to some, will be a day of remarkablevengeance to others: let every one that is out of Christ awake,and flee from the wrath to come. 18-21 There shall be abundant Divine influences, and the gospelwill spread speedily into the remotest corners of the earth.These events are predicted under significant emblems; there is aday coming, when every thing amiss shall be amended. Thefountain of this plenty is in the house of God, whence thestreams take rise. Christ is this Fountain; his sufferings,merit, and grace, cleanse, refresh, and make fruitful. Gospelgrace, flowing from Christ, shall reach to the Gentile world, tothe most remote regions, and make them abound in fruits ofrighteousness; and from the house of the Lord above, from hisheavenly temple, flows all the good we daily taste, and hope toenjoy eternally.
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