For those of you, who (like me perhaps) don’t live in the US or otherwise didn’t get to see this wonderful weeklong series of interviews, then be happy – they’re up on YouTube and make for superb viewing. I’ve listened to countless talks by Joel now and consider him to certainly be a “watchman on the wall” for this current era and people need to listen up and hear his warnings. While he contends they are mostly fictional and may not happen as he’s portrayed them, the context is enough to pay attention to.
Also, if you’re into both Joel and Israel, you may like to watch the recent Epicenter conference videos which he’s also kindly placed online for free viewing which is truly amazing given the volume of information contained in the talks. Catch the whole event at Epicenter 08.
Oh, and for anyone who has never heard of Joel – he’s a biblical fiction author who’s written a couple of incredibly prophetic novels which “predicted” events like 9/11 and the fall of Sadaam as well as the death of Yasser Arafat. But he’s also a very solid evangelical Jewish Christian with a solid background in politics and understands current day events in light of biblical prophecy hence his desire to warn the world of what lies ahead. Like I say, he’s worth paying attention to! But scripture is the first point to turn for knowledge of future events – Joel is only interpreting those segments that speak to this generation, as he sees it.
I think while we accept that, it’s worth paying attention to the fact that the Lord does seem to be using Joel mightily to provoke many to turn to scripture and recognise that the time/s spoken about in prophecy are now upon us and we are truly living in the midst of the “end of days”, and need to not ignore that fact just because everything seems to be as it always has been to some degree. This is precisely the point Jesus made when He was asked how we would recognise this time – that people would be living just as they did in the days of Noah, and thinking that nothing could ever happen to shatter their peace, when nothing could be further from the truth. I’m hoping to put together a post shortly to concisely outline just what living in “Noah’s day” may mean in our context today, so watch out for that in coming weeks :).