The teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.
There is a spiritual devastation soon coming upon the land the likes of which you have never seen before, nor ever will again for that matter!
The prophet Joel was a contemporary of Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel who all prophesied during the last 7 years of the kingdom of Judah (See note in Companion Bible, pg. 1224) and all of whom spoke of the events of the last days, concurring that those days would be unprecedented. In fact, Daniel speaks of "that time" as a "time of trouble" such as never was since there was a nation:
This is the time spoken of in Rev. 12:7-9 when Michael shall cast Satan and his angels to this earth to lead the final onslaught of the locust army. "... Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time (Rev. 12:12)."Daniel 12:1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
So it is time to WAKE UP, ye drunkards who stagger in a spiritual stupor caused by old wine produced from the valley of the traditions of men. The new wine, the truth of God's Word, has been cut off from your mouths.
Do you remember from our previous study who it is that causes the new wine to be cut off? It is a false nation, a nation likened unto devouring locusts who will rip and tear like the cheek teeth of a great lion and strip bare all that is green with life and liberty and happiness before them, leaving total spiritual desolation in their wake.Joel 1:5
Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
In our last study we identified this nation from Amos 6:4 as stemming from the kenite controlled nation from the house of Hemath. It grows into the New World Order which is then headed by Apollyon, king of the locust army! Rev. 9:11 "And they [the locusts] had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." Do you know who he is? Oh good, you looked it up Strong's Concordance! That's right, he is the Destroyer, the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, i.e. the abominable one who destroys or makes desolate!Joel 1:6
For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.
It is also interesting to note the Hebrew definition of "nation" in both Joel 1:6 and Amos 6:4:EÁðïëëýùí Apolluoônap-ol-loo'-ohn
Active participle of G622; a destroyer (that is, Satan):—Apollyon.
However, it should be made quite clear that our Father takes full responsibility for sending this nation against His people. In fact, in Joel 2:11 He will call this locust army "His army" but let us understand why He allows them to come upon His people!éBb ébÉgoòy go'ee,go'-ee
Apparently from the same root as H1465 (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts:—Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
You see, way back in Deut. 28 we were given a choice as a people and a nation, just like Adam & Eve were given choices. We have FREE CHOICE! We have the right to CHOOSE to follow God's commands which bring us life, liberty and happiness through His blessings, OR we have the right to CHOOSE liberalism and man's ways, which bring death, bondage and unhappiness by the curses which follow BAD CHOICES! Deut. 30:19 "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live."
Here are those two clear choices He set before us:
Course of Action - Choice #1
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
It seems that our people in these last days have chosen Plan #2 which is to observe and do all the adulterous/idolatrous traditions of men which He commanded us not to do!Deut. 28:15
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
So we will skip through the long list of curses (judgments) in vss. 16-37, and pick them up as they continue in verse 38:
Plant, chomp! Plant, chomp! Chomp, chomp go the locusts!Deut. 28:38
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
All that labor in the field and not much to show for it! Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
To cast its fruit means to drop it before it is ripe! Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
It is written (Hos. 9:3) that in the last days God's people shall go into "Egypt", which is the symbolic name for "captivity". And boy are our people ever slaves to today's taskmasters. And if you think they do not have whips like those taskmasters in Cecil B. DeMille's movie "The Ten Commandments"... just try not producing the same tally of bricks each day by skipping a couple of interest payments on your mortgage or car loan. Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
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