Heading Image: Overlook of the Valley of Jehoshaphat, Jerusalem, Israel

Shalom Friends and Partners,

Here in the Land of Israel, we have been aggressively involved in a epic battle against terror and the last enemy (i.e. fear of death) per Hebrews 2:14-18.  Recently, a watershed prophetic word was given to me by the Commander and Chief of the Armies of Heaven stating that His Body is now in the third trumpet warning of Joel.  This third and final warning is found in Joel 3 and commandingly states -

“Proclaim this among the nations:
Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men!
Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!

Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”

Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations,
And gather yourselves there.
Bring down, O Lord, Your mighty ones.

Let the nations be aroused
And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat,
For there I will sit to judge
All the surrounding nations.

Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
Come, tread, for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

The sun and moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.

The Lord roars from Zion
And utters His voice from Jerusalem,
And the heavens and the earth tremble.
But the Lord is a refuge for His people
And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

Then you will know that I am the Lord your God,
Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain.
So Jerusalem will be holy,
And strangers will pass through it no more.

And in that day
The mountains will drip with sweet wine,
And the hills will flow with milk,
And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water;
And a spring will go out from the house of the Lord
To water the valley of Shittim.

Egypt will become a waste,
And Edom will become a desolate wilderness,
Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah,
In whose land they have shed innocent blood.

But Judah will be inhabited forever
And Jerusalem for all generations.

And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged,
For the Lord dwells in Zion.”

Joel 3:9-21 NASB

Notice in this text that Joel 2 has already happened which is the Acts 2 fulfillment of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  This has been happening for almost 2000 years now and significant fruit has been reaped and harvested by the Commander.  But now we must keep moving with the wind of the Holy Spirit and transition into the preparations for war of Joel 3!  The first obedient act of faith to prepare for war is by waking up the mighty men and women.  We must rouse up the warrior traits within us to hate evil and drink the cup of Gethsemene martyrdom.  His will and not our will be done in this late hour.  Our focus is only on obeying the call of discipleship and servanthood in His end-time special units!  I’m encouraged to say that much of the remnant of mighty warriors have shaken off the cares of life and the deceitfulness of riches to become ready for service!  What a awesome volunteer army of believers has arisen the last few years!

The next act of faith to this new directive of Joel 3 is to “draw near and come up” (vs. 9) for war.  This means that we need to not just keep repeating the same wake up drills of elementary discipleship (i.e. Hebrews 6), but instead draw near to the actual battle line and come up to Jerusalem.  In other words, all our renewed devotional love and obedience to wake up and please Him (2 Tim. 2:4), must now be taken out of the arena of self and now employed at the front line where the war is raging.  And that frontline is not anywhere else but in Israel and “coming up” to Jerusalem!  All other battles on earth are secondary and diversionary away from the final battle and that will be for Jerusalem, Israel known as the Valley of Jehoshaphat.  The Valley where the NT Judges will wage successful warfare against the enemy!

In Part 2 of this series, we will discuss who these NT Judges are and why we must understand the Book of Judges is our blueprint for successful tactics and victory against the large enemy forces now amassing at Israel’s borders.

In His service for your faith,

Scott