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Dr. J. Vernon McGee :: Notes for Joel

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WRITER: Joel. Nothing is known of this prophet except what is given in the opening verse. His name means Jehovah is God.

TIME: Considered by many to be the earliest of the writing prophets, he was a prophet to Judah probably about the time of the reign of Joash, king of Judah. He probably knew Elijah and Elisha. The critical school, adopting their usual custom, have placed this book at the other extreme, even after the captivity.

THEME: “The day of the LORD” (Joel 1:15; 2:1, 2, 10, 11, 30, 31; 3:14-16)


1. “The day of the LORD” or “the day of Jehovah” is an expression introduced by Joel (if he is the first of the writing prophets — there are about fifty prophets in all). From the mountaintop of the beginning of written prophecy, he saw the farthest into the future. “The day of the LORD” is an expression that is fraught with meaning. It seems to include not only the coming Millennial Kingdom, but also to include all the judgments which precede the setting up of the Kingdom and the return of Christ.

2. His description of a literal plague of locusts and its comparison with future judgments is a dramatic and literary gem.

3. He is the prophet who mentioned the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which was referred to by Peter on the Day of Pentecost.

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