(Joel 3:9).

Sunday, November 5, 2023, the Year of Our Lord

Pastor Carolyn Sissom

Joel 3:12: 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.

There is an awakening!  This is not an invitation to be wakened.  It is a command.  All the nations of the earth have heard an alarm.  They are awake.

The heathen are the nations of Joel 3:2: I will gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. Also, the Gentiles of Joel 3:9.  have been wakened by Zion’s alarm, “Prepare War.”

Joel is the prophet of “the Day of the Lord.”  The Day of the Lord comes in fullness when the night is over!  The vindication in the Valley of Jehoshaphat deals with every strange “nation.” 

The Day of the Lord is a day of reversals (Ps. 126).  The nations around Israel are going to be captured in the name of the Lord. The overturning will be followed by: Put  in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; come for the presses are full, the fats overflow, for their wickedness is great (Joel 3:13).    In the harvest, God will continue to deal with every antichrist spirit that corrupt world leaders have created.  He will also deal with the Church.

The nations of the earth are going to bring their glory and “honor” into the city of God.  Our most valuable commodity we have is our children.  The children are coming to Zion.  We have a generation of young people who have been brain washed in our education system to bow to the idols of Baal initiated by the spirit of antichrist (Joel 3:6).

Our young people have been removed “far” (Joel 2:20) from the “border” of Zion’s high calling.  Their lives are void of the Word of God, the ways of the Spirit and a biblical world view.  We watch on our T.V. screens young adults on college campuses totally deceived through the mind-control of anti-Christian and UN-American ideology.

Joel 3:3: They have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. 

Joel 3:7: Behold, I will raise them out of the place where you have sold them and will return your recompense upon your own head.

There will be judgment for the sex-trafficking of children.  It is written!    He will turn the captivity of these children and deliver them from their captives.  Hamas is holding young children and babies captive as well as the elderly.  As the Lord did with Joseph, the Lord will “raise” them out of the pits into which they have been “sold.”

3:4: Yea, and what have you to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon (Lebanon), and all the coasts of Palestine?  Will you render me a recompence? And if you recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return recompence upon your hand.

Through Tim Sheets and Amanda Grace, the Lord has spoken we are now in a fierce war season; the chaos and rooting out will continue until February 2024.  December this year will be intense time of uprooting, pulling down, destroying, and throwing down (Jer. 1:10) after which the Lord will build and plant.  We have a great victory with Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson.  But we must continue to pray for him;  that the Lord overturn the Senate as they purpose to not allow the Israel appropriations bill on the floor for a vote. 

This uprooting, pulling down and throwing down can only be done by the intervention of the Hand of God by His Holy Spirit into our nation and Israel.

The trumpet is to “proclaim” this sound among the Gentiles (Joel 1:14; 2:15, 32).  All the “nations” are summoned to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (God’s judgment). 

Now is the time to inherit the land, to cross over to “prepare” or “sanctify” ourselves to receive His promise.  His Holy Army has been prepared to execute His purposes.


Joel 3:9: …wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up.


This trumpet-blast is a double wake-up call.


I have commanded My sanctified ones.  I have also called My mighty ones for My anger…” (Isa. 13:3).


Wake up” the mighty men. 


1.     The Mighty Men of Joel 3:9 are the “Mighty Men” of Joel 2:7. There are two armies: the Host of heaven’s armies and the armies on earth.  We are a spiritual army warring alongside the Lord of Hosts and the soldiers in battle.  These are the “strong” ones of Joel 3:10, and the “mighty ones” of Joel 3:11 who will stretch the bow. 

The “men” of war are to “draw near” (approach, present themselves).  The Army of Zion is made up of “ordinary men (enosh).”  Yet corporately they are His mighty and strong ones (Ishi), which is a tempest of hail and a destroying storm…a flood of mighty waters…the overflowing scourge.” 

Beat your plowshares into swords…” (Joel. 3:10).


Once the Lord’s holy war is accomplished---the full, complete appropriation of His finished work---the Lord will rule in Zion.  This eventual reversal of the order of things (swords back into plowshares, and spears back into pruning hooks) is described by both Isaiah and Micah.


“…Let the weak say, I am strong(Joel 3:10).


He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties; for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Cor. 12: 9-10).


Zion will not be afraid!  God has made you ready for this Day.  We were “weak” in Adam.  But now we are “strong” in Christ Jesus and the power of His Word over all nations.   Joel’s “strong” ones are the same as the “mighty men” (Joel 2:7; 3:9).


Joel 3:16:  The LORD shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the LORD will be the hope of his people; and the strength of the children of Israel.  


These faithful ones will sound the alarm.  They will call the nations to repentance under the power of the Holy Ghost. 


Joel 3:11: Assemble yourselves, and come, all you heathen, and gather yourselves together round about; thither cause your mighty ones to come down, O Lord.


The Lord is dealing with every worldly hero from every arena of society, the “heavy hitters,” the “movers and shakers”.  The shaking has accelerated.  He continues to invite them all down to the valley of decision.


3:14: Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.


Ps. 18:34: He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bonze.


The “nations” are haughty, as were the “drunkards of Ephraim.”.  Babylon sits as a defiant “queen.”  But the sons of Zion, the “arrows” of the Lord, will bring her down.


The “wickedness” or “evil” of the “nations” is “great.”


There are innumerable “multitudes” in the “valley of decision.” 


All the nations will be brought to the valley of decision.


We are watching as these scriptures play out before our eyes.  It is the Lord’s Hand in our midst.  It is the Lord’s doings.  He is moving before our eyes.


It is a day of great thanksgiving to the Lord that we have come into a fullness of time that Heaven is rejoicing and declaring.


In the fullness of that Day, once the night is over and gone, we shall see glorious things fill the earth. 

The last five verses of Joel’s prophecy describe the spoils of Zion’s “holy war” (Joel 3: 9-11).  Those who have been called by the Lord’s trumpet have been ordained to become the Lord’s trumpet in the earth!

Joel 3:16: The Lord shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

This roar shall cause the “heavens and the earth to shake”.  But the Lord will be the hope of his people.

We live in an unshakeable Kingdom.  The Seed is safe.  The end is secure.

The Lord himself is like the fortress (rock) of Zion.  He is the hope, the glory, the tabernacle, and the strength of His people!  Zion is where His Presence is.

Joel 3:17: So shall you know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain.

Throughout Scripture, God comes to dwell “with” man, “among” man, and “in” man.  The Bible emphasizes the “coming” and “appearing” of the Lord.   

Rev. 21:3: Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.

The consummate victory of Joel 3: 16-21 is that God lives in the people whom His love has conquered!  His overcoming people will have fully entered the Sabbath rest of the Lord. 

Joel 3:18: It shall come to pass in that day that the mountains shall drop down new wine

This is a vivid description of revival, restoration, and reformation.  This takes place in “that day”, the “Day of the Lord”.  The new wine is flowing again.

Amos 9:13: …the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine.

Yes, we are in a fierce war season, but out of every war has come a great visitation and move of God in the earth.

The mountains shall prophesy!  There shall be a fresh outpouring of His joy, for there shall be a fresh Word from the Lord!

Joel 3:18: …and the hills shall flow with milk.

The “milk” is metaphorical of the abundance of the land; to be fat, the richest, choice, best part.  The Promised Land of Canaan flowed with milk and honey.

“…and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters…”

Hab. 2:14: For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Zech 14:8: It shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem

The “rivers” are the waters of life, the pure flow, the moving of God’s Word and Spirit.  The prophetic river is from the belly.  The priestly river is from the sanctuary, and the kingly river is from the throne.

Joel 3:18: …a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

.Jesus Christ is the open Fountain.  When He was pierced, there flowed forth blood and water.  His blood will cleanse us from all sin.  The full effect of His finished work will be manifested in Zion, and then flow out of Zion to the ends of the earth.

Joel 3:19: Egypt shall be desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

Edom is now southern Jordan.

Joel 3:20: But Judah shall dwell forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

The “Judah” (praise) Company, the righteous remnant of Zion are those who have attained the “high calling” (Phil. 3:14).  The corporate Overcomer rules and reigns with her Husband and High Priest after the order of Melchisedec, King of Salem or Jerusalem.

Joel 3:21: “…for the Lord dwells in Zion.”

Joel’s prophecy is ended.  The “nations” have been judged.

These are awesome, incredible days!  God is doing something so big that He is the only One who has the faith for it.

Trumpets are blowing and the alarm is sounding throughout every nation.  The Army of God is mustering.  The “burden” of the Lord is the weight of what He has spoken.  The “burden” of the prophet Joel is the church must repent of all mixture, and return to the Christ-centered paradigm and purity of the gospel of the Kingdom. 

Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries Church, 10115 West Hidden Lakes Lane, Richmond, TX. 


Scripture from K.J.V. – I entered the labors of Rev. Kelly Varner (1909-2009)- Sound the Alarm.  Comments and conclusions are my own and not meant to reflect the views of Rev. Varner. 

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