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(Joel 2:1) Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 

(Joel 2:2) A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 



(Joel 2:1) Blow [Heb: (loudly) sound] ye the trumpet [the shofar or ram’s horn (God’s horn, God’s trumpet) signaling significant attention] in Zion [physically, the highest mountain in Jerusalem; spiritually, a type and shadow of Mount Sinai; the priests, pastors (shepherds) of the congregation who are the voice of the LORD], and sound an alarm [Heb: make a joyful noise, shout for joy] in my holy mountain [in Zion/Jerusalem (shepherds/sheep)]: let all the inhabitants of the land [surrounding the “holy mountain” of Zion/Jerusalem, i.e., the not holy unsaved people, the not willing to be saved people, not willing to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, not willing to change, not willing to be “transformed”] [1] tremble [Heb: quiver (any violent emotion, espec. with anger or fear): be afraid, quake, rage, shake] [Heb 12:26,27]: for the day of the LORD cometh [i.e., as the thousand year Millennium] [2], for it is nigh [Gk: (very) near] at hand

1.    (Rom 12:1,2) I beseech [Gk: implore] you therefore, brethren [fellow servants to Father God, (clay to the potter)], by the mercies of God, that ye [you are a spirit (like water) temporarily living inside a body (a container of clay)] present [Gk: yield] your bodies [your most precious possession] a living sacrifice [dedicated to serving God’s work], holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service [to your Creator, i.e., serving Him for the purpose (His purpose) that He created you for. Nothing was ever created without a purpose. What is your purpose?]. And be not conformed [Gk: fashioned alike: fashion (your) self according to] to this world [Gk: age]: but be ye transformed [Gk: “metamorphosed”: changed, transfigured] [from a caterpillar into a butterfly] by the renewing [Gk: renovation] [syn: makeover, overhaul, reconstruction, reformation, repair, restoration] of your mind [of your thoughts], that ye may prove [Gk: discern] what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, [the] will of God

2.    (2 Peter 3:8) But, beloved, be not ignorant [Gk: unaware] of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years [to us], and a thousand years as one day [to the Lord].



(Joel 2:2) A day [for all unsaved people] of darkness [Heb: the dark; fig. misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness] [“darkness” Gen 1:1-3] [1] and of gloominess [Dict: despair, dismal, depressing], a day of clouds [Heb: a cloud (as covering the sky), the nimbus or thunder cloud /// to cover over; fig. to act covertly, practice magic: enchanter, sorcerer] and of thick darkness, [and at the same time an altogether different opposite day for all saved people:] as the morning [Heb: light] spread[ing] upon the mountains [enlightening the darkness of pride]: a great people and a strong [Heb: powerful: mighty] [“I have chosen (Gk: selected) you” John 15:16]; there hath not been ever the like [the “first resurrection” (Rev 20:5,6) of the Saints] [2], neither shall be any more after it [for a period of time until the “great white throne” resurrection (second death) and judgment of the sinners (Rev 20:11)], even to [Heb: until] the years of many generations [many generations from the beginning (the first resurrection) “until” the end (the second death”) of the 1,000 year Millennium, during which time the resurrected Saints (Christians) will preach, teach, and “renew the minds” (ref. Rom 12:2) of many [3]

1.    (Gen 1:1-3) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [Heb: the dark; fig. misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness] was upon the face [anthropomorphism] of the deep. And the Spirit of God [i.e., God’s Thoughts] moved upon the face of the waters [i.e., moved upon the face of the fallen angels, for healing]. And God said, Let there be light [Heb: illumination (in every sense, including happiness)]: and there was light [Heb: illumination (in every sense, including happiness)] [“I am the light of the world (Gk: kosmos; “cosmos” (universe)” John 8:12; 9:5, i.e., Jesus Christ].

2.    (Rev 20:4-6) And I saw thrones, and they [“a great people and a strong” Joel 2] sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them [a]: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast [Gk: a dangerous animal: (venomous, wild) beast], neither his image [Gk: likeness, fig. representation], neither had received his mark [Gk: scratch or etching, stamp (as a badge of servitude)] upon their foreheads [their foremost thoughts], or in their hands [in their works (in what they do)]; and they lived and reigned [as “kings and priests” Rev 1:6; 5:10, i.e., secular and spiritual dominion] with Christ a thousand years. But the rest [Gk: remaining] of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrectionBlessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death [i.e., the second resurrection] hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

a.     (1 Cor 6:2,3) Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world [Gk: kosmos; “cosmos” (universe)]? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge [fallen] angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 

3.    (Rev 20:11-15) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the [present] earth and the [present] heaven [Gk: sky] fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works [recorded in “the books”]. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever [WHOSOEVER] was not found written in the book of life [i.e., not found imputed for righteousness, saved, born-again] was cast into the lake of fire [“everlasting fire, prepared [purposed] for the devil and his [fallen] angels:” Matt 25:41].