Joel 3:10, Beat your plowshares into swords

Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears.

//Here’s an absolutely fascinating comparison of two opposing opinions about what the final days will be like.

In the day of the Lord’s arrival, says Joel, God’s mountain will be holy. “The mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.” All will be well in the Kingdom to come. And how will God’s righteous reign be ushered in?

By force. By beating plowshares into swords, and pruninghooks into spears. God calls the nations together to war, so that he may cleanse the earth of wrongdoers.

Isaiah shares Joel’s dream of a Kingdom to come. In the last days, according to Isaiah chapter 2, “The mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” Again, as in Joel’s dream for the future, God calls upon the nations, and asks them to…

Isaiah 2:4, Beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks. In this version of God’s holy reign, “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Hmmm. Which would you choose?

1 Comment

  1. Nice blog: Just one suggestion: I wish you had your name posted a little more prominently on this page, ( as I had to look quite a bit to find it. It’s not ego to do that, it’s just being more available and accessible.

    On the other pages I see you have done that well, but not on this one page.

    Best wishes … Frank Senior

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