In essence, Joel was saying, “I see a day approaching when we aren’t going to have to read or study the law in order to know how to obey the King because His Spirit will come upon young and old and they will obey the King as naturally as they formerly disobeyed Him.” No longer will there be a need for “selective rulership" with only certain people being influenced by the Governor—the Holy Spirit.
Keep in mind that all humanity had lost the Spirit and Joel was stating the Spirit of the Lord God would be poured out on “all people”—male and female alike, Israelite and non-Israelite, free and slave. Earthly prejudice related to gender, color or social status would disappear in the presence of the Holy Spirit’s return.
John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:4-8
Keep in mind that the Holy Spirit isn’t just for certain individuals, but for all people who love and are obedient to the Lord God’s Word. If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17
Yes, the Governor is key to everyone on this earth. There are no exceptions. Now, the prophet Joel referred to the time of the Holy Spirit’s coming as “the day of the Lord”. The word “day” in this context means “era” or “age”. In essence, the day of the Lord would be the era or time when the Lord Jesus came to the earth. Note: The word “Lord” in the Hebrew language here means “self-existent” or new.
Malachi was the last Old Testament representative to promise the King’s return before the King Himself came to earth. He was given this Kingdom message: “Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:1 Remember, the first messenger mentioned would prepare the way. That messenger was John the Baptist. In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord. Make His paths straight.’ ”Matthew 3:1-3 The second was the messenger of the covenant promise—He would “turn the hearts of the fathers. . .” And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6
It was the restoration of the Lord’s Spirit for every person on this earth, which had been promised since the initial rebellion of mankind. The King would baptize them with His Holy Spirit, while aligning them with His Kingdom. Remember, the Holy Spirit coming wouldn’t be a temporary one time appearance, but a permanent one. He will be in you forever. He is your Teacher, your Guide. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. . . But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:16, 26 NLT
Remember, your faith in the Lord Jesus is your greatest asset in His Kingdom!
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