Text: Joel 3:12-14
The obnoxious and tyrannical regimes of contemporary governments the world over are always rebuffed by freedom fighters who always confronted and resisted such ignoble and unhappy systems. In contemporary Africa, prior to the attainment of independence of the various African states, there were notable African nationalists spread across the Continent, who championed the fight against colonialism namely: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Osagyfor Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Owelle Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Nelson Mandela of South Africa etc.
Thus the persistent campaigns of these notable figures against the European colonialists became the catalyst that prompted the declaration of independence of the various African States to self-rule. These civilian regimes were unwittingly short-lived by coups and counter-coups by the Military of the various African States. So far, the African nations are bedeviled with gross maladministration of the various governments, who are engaged in massive corruption and looting of their state’s treasury.
Prophet Joel in the book of Joel 3:12-14, predicted the scenario of God’s judgment of the days ahead “IN A REGION IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION”.
“Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about— multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision”.
Moreover, As the steps to development and wellbeing of the Society (People) is hampered and bedeviled by the social defects of Tribalism, Nepotism, Deception, Hate speech, Mediocrity, Embezzlement by the Governments and other grievous crimes, such as Armed robbery, Terrorism, Bandictory, Ritual killing, Kidnapping and the like.
THE WRATH OF THE DEVIL
In view of such evil occurrence, The book of Rev 12:12b earlier admonishes the entire humanity concerning the onslaught of Satan in the world saying, “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”. So that through the ages, the devil has prowled on the human race who are held captive by his subtle deceit of lies in his ministry to deceive the world.
THE SPIRIT OF GOD
Hence the Spirit of God is grieved and provoked by the seeming shackles of the devil upon humanity.
In this time of Socio-Political and Ethnocentric upheavals, the truth must be told, that Men might be set free from sin, and from the evils that emanate from the rulers of the darkness of the world, the agents of Satan, wherein they oppressed the people day by day. But Jesus Christ has already disputed such an ignoble system as He ushered into the world the ministry of the Holy Ghost the Comforter, To reprove the world of Sin, and of Righteousness, and of Judgement (John16:8-11).
Let it be told that mankind has been set free from all such malaise, by the Redemption Power of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jn 8:31-33).
Amidst the shackles of oppression in the land, particularly in the African Continent, the Lord who has ascended on high, unto the highest heaven and led “Captivity Captive” in His work of Redemption, (Psm 68:18) (Eph 4:8), looked for justice in the land and found none, therefore His Victorious arm brought Salvation and His Righteousness sustained Him (Isaiah 59:16).
I see Multitudes Multitudes gathering for judgment IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION where God sits in judgment to judge the people that have erred by their wickedness. Of course, these are the days of the righteous indignation of God against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. (Rom 1:18).
WORD OF PROPHECY
Brethren, as the Psalmist earlier on emphasized in Psalm 62:11, saying; “that once has God spoken and twice have I heard this, that power belongs to God (Yahweh)”. Even so, by now I see the Rhema word of the Lord being activated into action. We are now in the days of the fulfillment of the words of Prophecy contained in the book of Zephaniah concerning the outpouring of the fierce anger of the Almighty unto a sin infested world.
Therefore wait for ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: For my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy (Zeph 3:8).
Prophet Isaiah, the Messianic prophet, corroborated this word of prophecy in Isaiah chapter28vs22 saying, Now, therefore, be ye, not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of Hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
Haggai also affirmed the Lord’s mandate by His fierce indignation to shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land: “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once , it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts”. (Haggai 2:6-7). The trumpet sound has already begun to sound in Zion, the place of refuge and defense. To the word and to the testimony; Jesus (Yeshua) the Messiah said in Luke 21:28 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draws near”.
He that has ears let them hear the message from the messenger of God.