Monday, February 9, 2009

Joel 2:28-32

"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:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."
Joel 2:28-32

Good scripture... It starts out saying about things that will happen before the second coming: that God will pour out his spirit on everyone... everyone is going to have inspiration and revelation in their lives. We really all have access to inspiration now... but if kids are going to be prophesying, that sounds bigger... kind of like when the people in 3rd Nephi met together to hear the small children. I think that it will be cool, because it seems like a great equalizer too. Old and young, male and female... employers and employees... everyone will have the spirit of God, and it seems like it will ameliorate some of the usual divisions that we have in our society. I love the thought of the spirit being poured out on everyone… everyone feeling it, and being led to prophesy or whatever the Spirit dictates. How incredible will that be? :)
Then it talks about some of the signs... a few years ago the news said that the Lunar Eclipse would turn the moon “brick red” and so a good friend and I drove out of town where there were fewer lights to see it. The eclipse was cool… the moon didn't exactly turn to blood, or really any shade of red as they said it would... but it was still very cool. Even cooler to see it actually turn red. I wonder about the whole sun being turned to darkness thing though... that seems pretty scary. In Revelation it associates the darkness of the sun and the moon turning to blood with an earthquake... and that sounds even scarier… that would have to be a *huge* earthquake.
The last verse offers hope though, even when we are thinking about the sun going out and huge earthquakes: whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be delivered. :) Even at those very worst times of destruction and fear, deliverance will be available. … I think that is always true (for instance, today)... but maybe right before the Second Coming it will be more important to remember. :)

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