THE DAY OF YAHWEH
Bertrand L. Comparet
The prophet Joel left a message written for our day. This
was a warning which, if we had heeded it, would have kept us out of the troubles
we now face both from within our nation and from outside. Like all the men of
his century, he was familiar with war and trouble. War was almost the normal
condition of the kingdoms of that day. Then conquerors did not help their
defeated victims back to prosperity, as we have done. If the losers were not
exterminated, they were either enslaved or put under heavy tribute taxes, after
first being looted by the conqueror. Therefore, it took a startling vision to
arouse Joel to the excitement he displays in this short book. It is not like
anything seen or heard before.
Joel begins, "The word of Yahweh that came to Joel,
the son of Peethuel: Hear this ye elders, and give ear all the inhabitants of
the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell
ye your children of it and let your children tell their children and their
children another generation." There had been nothing like it in the past,
neither was it for the near future. This prophecy was to be preserved for many
generations. Joel's prophecy deals with the day of Yahweh, something which
hasn't come yet. All the signs of both prophecy and current history prove to be
just a short time ahead of us today.
The day does not come without long preparation. It is the
result of a very extensive cause and it develops gradually over many years. Joel
speaks of the signs of that development and how it ripens into the final
conflict of the age. We cannot get the complete picture by reading just the book
of Joel, the Bible was not written this way. Many men have written whole volumes
on only one book of the Bible, but never have they given us a true and accurate
picture. The writings of each prophet must be confirmed and amplified by further
details given by other prophets. This mutual corroboration is the only proof of
the genuineness of each one. Several other prophets have written of the great
and dreadful day of Yahweh, we will see how they amplify Joel's prophecy.
The day of Yahweh erupts into the greatest world war ever
known. This war has its beginnings in the long period of the unseen war of evil
against good. By this conflict, we are being broken down and softened up for the
final attack. Yahweh has blessed us with great strength, because we are His
people, the enemy does not dare to attack us until that strength has been
The attack really begins from within, by infiltration,
corruption and treachery. Mere numbers will not make a nation strong enough to
conquer the world, or to defend it. Its real strength depends upon the economic
resources, which can supply the army with modern weapons. The numbers of our
soldiers were not enough to tip the scales in either world war. We won because
we could overwhelm the enemy with an enormous flood of weapons and munitions.
The way to defeat us would seem to be to break down our economic strength.
Lenin said, "We will make the United States spend
itself into bankruptcy". Stalin and Kruschev have said many times that they
would make our strength collapse from internal troubles. For a whole
generation, our government has been infiltrated and infested with
men who are Marxists. They are completely devoted to the ideal of totally
destroying our whole economic and political system so the can replace it with
These men who are communists, in everything but name,
always call themselves liberals. This was also foretold in the Bible. Isaiah
32:5 encourages us to wait for a time when, as he said, "The vile
person shall no longer be called liberal."
Joel 1:4 compares the work of these men to a
plague of insects saying, "That which the palmerworm hath left hath the
locust eaten; and that which the cankerworm left hath the caterpillar
eaten." We know that he was not speaking of a succession of real insect
plagues, for the locusts leave nothing edible for other insects to eat. It is
symbolic of something, which impoverishes us.
Do other prophets give us further clues? Yes!! Haggai
1:6 shows that we produce much, but have little for ourselves. "Ye have
sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but you have not enough; ye drink, but
ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he
that earneth wages earneth wages to put into a bag with holes."
We earn the wages, but can't keep them. We produce the
food, yet many are hungry. Where does our production go? That is what
Joel is talking about. We know that Yahweh is bringing upon us the innumerable
masses of Russia and Asia as the natural, inevitable punishment for our
misdeeds. In Ezekiel 38:16, speaking of Russia's coming attack upon us,
Yahweh says of them, "I will bring thee against My land, that the heathen
may know Me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes."
In Joel 2:25 Yahweh again speaks of "the
locust, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar and the palmerworm, my great army
which I sent among you." Since we already know that these
insects are used here only as a symbol, this identifies them as being part of
Russia's general communist apparatus.
We produce more of everything good than any other country
in the world, yet we are getting less and less of it. Our wages go into a bag
with holes, because the pro communist liberals, in our government, are bleeding
off more and more of our earnings to distribute among our enemies, so our
enemies may be made strong. Remember how the liberals always give more to so
called neutralist nations and those, which openly side with Russia, than they
give to our few friends?
Remember how they always insist that our aid must be
given with no strings attached. There is no requirement that those who receive
our bounty shall not help our enemies. All this is part of the Red plan to make
the United States spend herself into bankruptcy, as Lenin said. It is to soften
us up for the kill.
Joel 1:5-6 tells that this is the preparation for
the final military attack, so he tries to awaken our leaders. "Awake ye
drunkards and weep; 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
There is no reply; those who are not corrupt are sound
asleep. Who should have given the alarm first? The priests and ministers, for
this is all prophesied in the Bible, and they should know it. They should warn
the people of the impending punishment for our abandonment of Yahweh's laws.
They should be leading the people back to repentance, seeking Yahweh's pardon
before the disaster strikes.
In Joel 1:13-14 he urges the leaders, "Gird
yourselves and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie
all night in sack cloth, ye ministers of Yahweh: sanctify ye a fast, call a
solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the
house of Yahweh your God, and cry unto Yahweh." There is no answer. All
that our ministers can suggest today is that we cry unto Russia and make the
devil's peace with them on the devil's own terms.
Joel sees the inevitable disaster. It is no use to turn
to man, but only to Yahweh. "Alas for the day! For the day of Yahweh is at
hand, and as destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Oh Yahweh, to thee
will I cry!"
To those of us who study Yahweh's word, the present world
situation is so clear, because He foretold it all 2,500 or more years ago. The
entire picture is there for all to see, if they will only believe Yahweh.
However, they prefer to believe the politicians and the left wing commentators.
Yahweh has this to say in Jeremiah 9:3 about them. "They bend their
tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the
earth; for they proceed from evil to evil and they know not Me, saith
Other prophets confirm this. Isaiah 56:10-12
records, "His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb
dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are
greedy dogs, which can never have enough, and they are shepherds, which cannot
understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his gain. Come ye, say
they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and
tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant." We have turned
against all who gave warning. How many have been terrified into silence? As Amos
5:10, 13 told us 2,700 years ago, "They hate him who reproves in the
gate, and loathe him who speaks the truth. Therefore, he who is prudent will be
silent at that time: for it will be an evil time."
Joel 2:1 cries his earnest warning. "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 Yahweh cometh, for it is nigh at
hand." Nahum 2:1 confirms this. "He that dasheth in pieces is
come up before thy face: keep the munitions, watch the way, make thy loins
strong, fortify thy power mightily."
Since we will not reform and avoid the need for war, then
prepare at once. Russia, which has shattered many nations, stands before us. We
must stockpile munitions, increase our fortifications and watch every way the
attack may start. Yahweh's warnings always fall on deaf ears, this time also. As
Yahshua is reported as saying, to the Pharisees of His day in Matthew 16:3,
"O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not
discern the signs of the times?" In
Luke 21:35 Yahshua also prophesied of the coming day of Yahweh. "As
a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole
Joel 3:9-11 now announces the coming of the war. "Proclaim ye this among the nations; prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves round about." Joel 2:2 states, "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." We know that this is the attack by the Asiatic hordes led by Russia, spoken of in Ezekiel 38 and 39, "A great company and a mighty army.
Joel 2:38 pictures the use of terrible new weapons
and a total war of complete devastation. "A fire devoureth before them; and
behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the Garden of Eden before them, and
behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them."
They move with terrible swiftness, for they have a modern mechanized cavalry of
tanks and troop carriers.
Both Russia, in World War II and China in the Korean War,
showed a total disregard of the slaughter of their own men, forcing them to
attack straight ahead. This was in spite of artillery barrages, regardless of
losses, to overwhelm their enemy under the tide of a human sea and mine fields. Joel
2:3-8 also prophesied these tactics. "As horsemen, so shall they run.
They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and
they shall march every one on his way, and they shall not break ranks: neither
shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path."
Isaiah 5:26-30 also foretold the coming of this
nation that hath the teeth of a lion. Isaiah tells us, "And he will lift up
an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the
earth: and behold, they shall come with speed, swiftly. None shall be weary nor
stumble among them; None shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of
their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken: Whose arrows
are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like
flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind. Their roaring shall be like a lion,
they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall lay hold of the prey, and
shall carry it away safe and none shall deliver it. And in that day they
shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if none shall look into
the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens
The communist hordes do plunder the conquered lands of
everything of value, from pens to factory machinery. "They leave only a day
of clouds and thick darkness. The earth shall quake before them; the heaven
shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw
their shining." This terrible picture is painted in Joel 2:2, 10.
Meanwhile, what of the enemies within our own ranks, the
liberals in our government who betray us at every opportunity? They have not
repented, they cannot! Jeremiah 13:23 says, "Can the Ethiopian
change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are
accustomed to do evil." Isaiah 26:10 pictures them thus. "Let
favor be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness: in the land
of uprightness will he deal unjustly and will not behold the majesty of
They are still traitors. Joel 2:9 says, "They
shall run to and fro in the city; they shall climb upon the wall, they shall
climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the window like a thief."
So the picture develops. Our preparation for defense
lags, both because our leaders will not give the warning to arouse the nation to
full activity and because liberals within our ranks still sabotage every effort
to oppose the gathering might of Asiatic communism. Meanwhile the enemy masses
against us all the hordes of the heathen, getting ready for the military attack.
In Joel 3:11, he realizes that our human and
material resources are not enough to stand against this massing of all the
powers of evil against us. Only by Yahweh's help will we be able to defeat them,
so he implores Yahweh's aid. "Assemble yourselves and come, all ye heathen,
and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause Thy mighty ones to
come down, O Yahweh." Yahweh's reply is swift. Isaiah 3:12
warns, "Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Yahweh's
judgment: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about."
Other prophets support this. Yahweh told in Isaiah
54:15,17, "Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by Me:
whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. No weapon
that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise
against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the
servants of Yahweh and their righteousness is of Me, saith Yahweh."
It takes more than just Joel's personal prayer to
accomplish this. We, as a nation, must return to Yahweh and seek His help. Joel
2:15-18 warns us, "Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast, call a
solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the
elders. Let the priests, the ministers of Yahweh, weep between the porch and the
altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people O Yahweh, and give not Thine heritage
to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them; wherefore should they say
among the people, Where is their God? Then will Yahweh be jealous for His land
and pity His people."
Isaiah 13:3-11 confirms this. "I have
commanded My sanctified ones, I have also called My mighty ones for Mine anger,
even them that rejoice in My highness. The noise of a multitude in the
mountains, like as a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdom of nations
gathered together: Yahweh mustereth the host of the battle. They come from a far
country, from the end of heaven, even Yahweh and the weapons of His indignation,
to destroy the whole land. Howl ye; for the day of Yahweh is at hand; it shall
come as a destruction from the Almighty. Behold, the day of Yahweh cometh, cruel
both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy
the sinners thereof out of it. And I will punish the world for their evil, and
the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to
cease, and I will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible."
Isaiah speaks of the weapons of Yahweh's indignation. We
saw these in detail in Ezekiel 38 & 39, which clearly refers to the
same war. They tell how Yahweh destroys the innumerable hordes of Asiatic
communism with His weapons. Yahweh does it with earthquakes and volcanic
upheavals, storms and floods, pestilence, panic and mutiny among the Red troop
which fight each other in their madness to escape the horrors that come upon
them. They are completely destroyed.
This is much more than just a war between nations,
however great. It is the day of Yahweh, which is the climax, the judgment of the
age. Joel 3:12-14 is confirmed in the book of Revelation, given 900 years
later. Yahweh tells him, "Let the heathen be awakened, and come to the
valley of Yahweh's judgment: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round
about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for
the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes,
multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of Yahweh is near in the
valley of decision."
Now we are on familiar ground. Remember Revelation
14:14-20, "And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud
One sat like unto the Son of man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His
hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a
loud voice to Him that sat upon the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle and reap; for
the time is come for Thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And He
that sat upon the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was
reaped. And another angel came out of the temple, which is in heaven, he also
having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had
power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to Him that had the sharp sickle,
saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the
earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into
the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the winepress of
the wrath of Yahweh. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood
came out of the winepress even to the horse's bridles, by the space of a
thousand and six hundred furlongs."
By our apostasy from the laws of Yahweh, by allowing
those who are the sworn enemies of our Redeemer Yahshua, to immigrate,
infiltrate our businesses and professions, our government, even our churches we
have let evil triumph. We see every effort to rally the nations against evil
frustrated. We see communism set up submarine bases and rocket launching pads
just 90 miles off our eastern coast. They will next establish footholds in South
America. We see our own government's power to defend us sabotaged from within,
by the fellow travelers who serve Russia's purposes.
We see our own diplomacy serving Russia's ends better
than ours, always handing Russia an unearned victory, which Russia lacks the
power to get for herself. These generations have seen the power of these
infiltrators in our financial institutions and in our government, build up
Russia from a starving chaos. Russia was ready to collapse of its own weakness
and our government, under the influence of these alien Jews, helped build Russia
to the monster, which today threatens the entire world with slavery or death.
We have seen them take China away from a friendly
government, by depriving it of the weapons to defend itself, and hand it over to
our deadly enemies as a power potentially even greater than Russia. We present
to the world a contemptible picture of confusion, vacillation and cowardice in
all our international relations. By all human standards, we are far gone in the
process of collapse and destruction. However, Yahweh is not limited to human
standards. Hosea 4:6 gives both the trouble and the cure. "My
people are destroyed by lack of knowledge: seeing thou hast forgotten
the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." However, Yahweh still
provides the solution, for in Hosea 13:9-10 He promises, "O Israel,
thou hast destroyed thyself; but in Me is thine help. I will be thy king: where
is any other that may save thee in all thy cities".
Yahweh promises us deliverance telling in Joel 2:20,
"But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him
into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea and his
hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up and his ill
savour shall come up, because he hath done great things."
After Yahweh restores His way in the nation He will even
give us back the prosperity, which the liberals among us squandered among our
enemies. In Joel 2:25 He says, "I will restore to you the years
which the locust hath eaten."
So we see the entire picture. It is now too late to avoid
the world-shaking catastrophe, which threatens us. It will begin as our enemies
have planned it. However, Yahweh has never let our enemies destroy us, nor do
more than punish us to bring us to our senses. He will not let us down this
time. War such as the world has never seen, will break out in the near future.
Yahweh will turn it into the day of Yahweh, the Day of Judgment for the heathen
and the wicked nations. Yahweh will preserve those who trust in Him.