The book of the Prophet Joel, chapter 3, reveals some of the main reasons that God will judge all nations, as well as providing a glimpse of end time events concerning Israel, and all nations who, by this time will be hostile towards her.
““For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will also gather all 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.”
Lets break this down:
“For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,…”
Here, God reveals to Joel, that a time was coming when He would restore the Jewish state, and that during those days:
“I will also gather all nations,
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat…”
This means that during the time of the newly restored Jewish state, God would gather all nations to Israel where He will:
“enter into judgment with them there
On account of My people, My heritage Israel…”
He judges the nations for His people Israel because for many years the nations mistreated the Jewish people:
“Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also divided up My land.”
Jews were expelled from country to country during their long history without their state. And after returning to their land, the nations have unjustly divided it with the Arabs, whose only interest in the land is the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. We are witnessing the efforts of the nations, through the UN, to divide Judea and Jerusalem…and sadly, this division of the land will be a reality in the near future. God exposes the true intentions of the world’s “Land for Peace” process:
“Indeed, what have you to do with Me,
O Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia?
Will you retaliate against Me?
But if you retaliate against Me,
Swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head…”
God here exposes the heart of modern Lebanon and Philistia which corresponds to the modern “Palestinians”. Their abuse of the Jews and their covetous desire for Judea and Jerusalem, is motivated by a hatred of the God of Israel. So by attacking the Jews, the nations are really directing their hatred against the God of Israel. God warns them that He will repay them….and “speedily”.
“Because you have taken My silver and My gold,
And have carried into your temples My prized possessions.
6 Also the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem
You have sold to the Greeks,
That you may remove them far from their borders.”
The Greeks are representative of the Europeans, who will collaborate with the Arab nations in exiling many Jews. Even now the EU is a major player in the so-called Peace Process, and is becoming ever more hostile towards Israel. Before the creation of Israel, Western leaders resisted Jewish immigration to Judea, and the British actually assisted the Arab armies in the War of 48.…only 3 years after the Nazi Holocaust, a genocide aided by both European and Arab leaders. One gets the feeling that the Nazi Holocaust was in fact a counter to the Zionist movement. By exterminating the Jews, there would be no Jews to restore the Jewish state. They failed, but they havent given up their plans.
“Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears…”
Here we find the meaning of God’s gathering the nations to Israel for judgment. It is a call for war. It is the final war between Israel and her enemies. The world is running out of patience with Israel and anti-Semitism is on the rise. Most of the citizens of the world are anti-Israel and it wont be long before some pretense is found to invade Israel. One pretense already exists according to the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect:
“The escalation of violence in Gaza raised serious questions about using RtoP to urge international action to protect civilians in the conflict. RtoP has been referred to, notably by Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but also by others who claim that crimes committed in Gaza have reached the threshold of RtoP crimes. Falk called into question the implementation of RtoP in Libya in an April 2011 opinion piece for Al-Jazeera, stating that action was taken to protect Libyan civilians, however a similar response was absent as a measure to aid the people of Gaza.” http://www.responsibilitytoprotect.org/index.php/middle-east
The “human rights” pretense will ultimately be used as an excuse to invade Israel, to assist Hamas and the PLO in destroying Israel. They will fail of course because God has other plans, which does not include the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.
“Assemble and come, all you nations,
And gather together all around.
Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord.”
This is simply amazing! The “mighty ones” are identified as the Angelic army in Zechariah 14:
“Thus the Lord my God will come,
And all the saints [Angels] with You.”
The Angelic Army, led by the Lord, will come down and destroy the armies of the nations attacking Israel. Which is what Jesus is speaking of in Luke 21!
““Let the nations be wakened, 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, go down;
For the winepress is full,
The vats overflow—
For their wickedness is great.”
The Lord, Who is also the Messiah, will be the one who tramples the grapes in the winepress, just as Jesus says in Revelations. This will be done for His people Israel, which contradicts the claims that National Israel has been replaced by the Church, and therefore is no longer relevant. Here in the Book of Joel, the Messiah and His Angels will destroy the armies of the nations for Israel!
“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 will grow dark,
And the stars will diminish their brightness.
16 The Lord also will roar from Zion,
And utter His voice from Jerusalem;
The heavens and earth will shake;
But the Lord will be a shelter for His people,
And the strength of the children of Israel.”
When the “mighty ones” come down from Heaven, the sun, moon and stars will grow dark. Sounds familiar? Yes, Jesus in Luke 21 and Matthew 24 is repeating (and thus confirming) Joel 3 and Zechariah 12-14. The Messiah will be a shelter for the children of Israel, those who escapes exile and the nations’ Final Solution. The claim that nations are experiencing turmoil because of their treatment of Israel doesn’t sound farfetched after reading the Book of Joel. Obviously there is truth in that claim, because here, God judges all nations for their treatment of the Jews and Israel. We are living in very interesting times….dangerous, but interesting.
““So you shall know that I am the Lord your God,
Dwelling in Zion My holy mountain.
Then Jerusalem shall be holy,
And no aliens shall ever pass through her again.”
After the final deliverance of Israel from the anti-Semitic nations, Jerusalem and Judea will never see war again, nor will the Jews be surrounded by hostile bigots.
“Egypt shall be a desolation,
And Edom a desolate wilderness,
Because of violence against the people of Judah,
For they have shed innocent blood in their land.”
Egypt, Lebanon, Philistine (Palestine), Edom (Jordan) as well as the other Islamic states, will become desolations….what they have attempted against Israel, will happen to them. Also noticed that God holds them responsible for the violence, and murder they’ve committed against the Jews “in their land”. This is strong evidence that God does not want hostile Arabs in Israel, and supports the IDF in the fullest. Notice in Zechariah 14, when the Angelic army is destroying the enemies of Israel:
“Judah also will fight at Jerusalem.
And the wealth of all the surrounding nations
Shall be gathered together:
Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance.”
The Angelic army and the IDF will be fighting side by side, against the Satanic led Gentile armies, and the Jews will loot those who looted them. Clearly “I support the IDF” is worn on the sleeve of God. He does not change…for our God “is a man of war” (Exodus 15).
“But Judah shall abide forever,
And Jerusalem from generation to generation.
21 For I will acquit them of the guilt of bloodshed, whom I had not acquitted;
For the Lord dwells in Zion.”
God makes a promise to the Jews, and a warning for the nations. Israel is eternal, you will not succeed in destroying the Jews…Haman of Persia, Pharaoh, the Greeks, the German Nazis, the Crusaders…all failed. Israel has returned on the map, and the Jews have outlasted all their would be exterminators….because their God cannot be defeated.