For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all the nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land. Joel 3:1-2
Do you know what time it is? No, I'm not talking about the hour of the day. I'm talking about what time of history we are living in.
The days in which we live are days in which God is bringing the fulfillment of decisions He made thousands of years ago. And these decisions of God, proclaimed by the Old Testament prophets, require us to make some decisions of our own.
Here are five decisions God has made regarding these days in which we live:
First, that there would be a local homecoming where Israel is concerned. This is what our verse today promises, and we have been witnessing this ever since 1948 when a nation that seemed dead after the Holocaust first came back to life.
Second, in light of this homecoming of the Jews from all nations of the earth, there will also be a global change of heart regarding the Jews. It will grow and grow until it encompasses every nation, with all of them blaming the Jews for the problems in the world.
Third, there is going to be some internal strife as the land gets divided. We watch this happening daily on the news as the whole world debates what Israel's borders should be.
Fourth, there will be a devaluation of life. The scripture says, A boy given as payment for a harlot (Joel 3:3). The abortion rate alone, not even counting human trafficking, would prove that life has been devalued in our days like never before.
Fifth, there will be a faith that's been forgotten. Everyone's forgetting Israel as God's chosen people and that land as His land, trying to push a peace treaty with the Palestinians who shoot a hundred rockets a day into Israel. God hasn't forgotten His people, and He promises to return retaliation on any nation that attacks Israel.
Why is all of this important? It's important because it tells us that our time to decide is short. A time is very soon coming when our time is up and our choice is final. We have to decide now whether or not to believe in Jesus. What will you choose today?
Prayer Lord Jesus,
Thank You for giving us signs so that we can see our time is getting short! I choose to believe in You today. Please forgive me of all my sins, come into my heart, and show me the plans You have for my life!