The Lord will roar from Zion
And thunder from Jerusalem
The earth and the sky will tremble.
But the Lord will be a refuge for his people
A stronghold for the people of Israel.
Joel tell us that at a future time which the Lord has set to judge the nations, He will “gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat” specifically to judge them concerning their treatment of His people, Israel. And the Lord’s call to the nations to “prepare for war” will be answered by the nations and “multitudes” upon “multitudes” will gather “in the valley of decision” in Israel. The Lord will judge them for “so great is their wickedness!” The ‘wickedness’ being referred to is the ‘wickedness’ of the nations towards Israel. In the midst of the advancing terror of the nations, who gather to destroy Israel, the Lord promises to be a ‘refuge’ and ‘stronghold’ for His ‘people of Israel’ and that He will defend His “holy hill. … Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her”.
Today, scholars, including theologians, of many nations have signed petitions to boycott anything related to Israel, whether its goods, visiting scholars, or international events; they have entered the ‘valley of decision’ with raging hatred. Entities, such as the UN, gather to judge and decide the future of the land of Israel; they entered the ‘valley of decision’ long ago and have a permanent residence there. Others either want to drive Israelis into the sea or annihilate them altogether; they believe they own the ‘valley of decision’.
Yeshua had very plain words for those who would think to enter into the ‘valley of decision’:
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2)
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:37-38)
James reiterates the same message:
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbour? (James 4:11-12)
Stay out of the ‘valley of decision’. Pray, instead, for the peace of Jerusalem.
The Lord is coming!