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Bible Commentaries
Joel 2

Everett's Study Notes on the Holy ScripturesEverett's Study Notes

Verses 1-32

Joel 2:18-32 A Description of the Latter Rain Joel 2:18-32 provides a description of the latter rain. From a prophetic point of view, the latter rain refers to the harvest time in the last days leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Some teach that there will be a financial harvest within the body of Christ, paymasters whom God will raise up to finance the preaching of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. This financial abundance is described in Joel 2:18-27. The second phase of this latter rain is described out as a pouring out of God’s Spirit. As the Gospel is preached and souls are saved, the Holy Spirit will be poured forth across the world into the hearts of men and women. This phase is described in Joel 2:28-31 as God performs signs and wonders upon the earth through the body of Christ walking in the gifts of the Spirit. The third phase of this harvest is described in Joel 2:32 as a time of deliverance and reestablishment of Jerusalem as the place of worship for all nations.

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward” Comments - After what? God will pour out His Spirit after we blow the trumpet to warn God’s people (Joel 2:1) and after God’s people turn their hearts in repentance (Joel 2:12-13), and fast (Joel 2:15) and pray (Joel 2:17). With this lifestyle of godliness God is able to restore back prosperity to His people (Joel 2:18-27). If God’s people will meet His conditions, they will receive the outpouring of His Spirit. If fact, these are the conditions that the one hundred twenty disciples in the upper room had met in order to qualify for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Bibliographical Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Joel 2". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghe/joel-2.html. 2013.
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