Joel: The Day of the Lord

What is the Day of the Lord? What will happened in the End Times? What do we do in the meantime? Joel and other prophets received prophesies from God about the future. Many of these prophesies have already happened. Many are yet to come. The purpose is more than just showing us the future. It’s to prepare us for it, lead us to God, to change people’s hearts and bring them to salvation.

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Joel: Warnings and Prophecies

God often starts a prophecy with a warning, but He also offers hope and blessing. God wants His people to do the right thing, to turn to Him, to be blessed. But sometimes, people are stubborn and it takes drastic measures to get their attention. Actions result in consequences. Ever wonder why there is so much chaos and so many troubles in this world? Perhaps we need to turn to God. Perhaps He is trying to get our attention.

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Hosea: God’s Charge Against the Nation

Hosea has a message for Israel that I think can also apply to this country (and perhaps to the world): Turn away from your idols and turn back to God. The country was in relative prosperity, but that was soon to change. As I read through Hosea, it keeps reminding me of the world we live in. People are accepting immorality as the “new normal.” God is being forgotten and some are even being hostile toward Him and anyone who believes in Him. Persecution is prevalent in many countries and it may not be long before it is here too. Laws are being passed that go against God and His righteousness. People are all about what is comfortable for them and don’t want to accept consequences. We live in a “me” society. Much like Israel was in Hosea’s time. And God had a message for them.

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Minor Prophets: Hosea

God is always reaching out to His people to come to Him

I always wondered why they call the prophets at the end of the Old Testament “minor prophets.”  Maybe just because the book is smaller.They seem to be less known so let’s try to get know know them a little bit.  Hosea’s ministry was at a time when Israel was divided; Israel (The Northern Kingdom) and Judah to the south were two separate entities.  During Hosea’s time, both were living in relative prosperity but have turned away from God and toward idols and their own evil desires.  They trusted in themselves and others more than God.  Sound familiar? Continue reading “Minor Prophets: Hosea”