Joel

Joel 2:28-32 The Spirit Is Poured Out, And The Remnant Are Delivered.

After the days he indicated were at hand, Joel writes of another day that would “come to pass afterward,” or “in the last days,” a time when the LORD would pour out His “Spirit on all flesh,” so that their sons and daughters would prophesy, and their old men would dream dreams, and their young men would see visions (v. 28). The LORD would also pour out His Spirit on his servants “in those days” (v. 29). The apostles believed that this came to fulfillment in their day, even as Peter quoted these words in Jerusalem (Acts 2:17-21). The wonders, blood, fire, and pillars of smoke would accompany this prophetic work, and with “the great and awesome day of the LORD…whoever calls on the name of the LORD would be saved (vv. 30-32a). However, what is left out in Luke’s quote in Acts, is that this deliverance would find fulfillment specifically “among the remnant whom the LORD calls” (v. 32b Cf. Is. 11:11; Jer. 31:7; Mic. 4:7), or as Paul put it, “a remnant according to the election of grace” (Rom. 11:5 Cf. 9:27 [Is. 10:22-23]).

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