Joel 1–3

Old Testament Teacher Resource Manual, (2003), 201


Introduction

The prophet Joel probably lived sometime between 850 and 740 B.C., but these dates are uncertain (see “The Kings and the Prophets of Israel and Judah,” p. 232 in this manual). We do know that Joel was sent to the southern kingdom of Judah with the message that they must repent or be destroyed (see Bible Dictionary, “Joel,” p. 714). Joel described scenes from our day too, and the message he delivered to the Jews anciently also applies to us (see the introduction to Joel in Old Testament Student Manual: 1 Kings–Malachi, p. 83).

As you study the book of Joel, look for teachings that can help you prepare for the great events of the last days.

Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For

Suggestions for Teaching

video icon Old Testament Video presentation 24, “The Second Coming” (15:05), can be used in teaching Joel 1–3 (see Old Testament Video Guide for teaching suggestions).

Joel 1–3. Joel saw the days preceding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and gave counsel on how to prepare for them. (20–25 minutes)

Tell students that when Moroni appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith, he quoted Joel 2:28–32 and said that “this was not yet fulfilled, but was soon to be” (Joseph Smith—History 1:41). Have students read Joel 2:28–32 and ask them how they feel about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the events that will precede it. Read Joel 2:11. Tell students that the word great probably refers to the magnitude of the Second Coming, but that the event can be both joyful and frightening.

Have students search Joel 2–3 and identify what would be meaningful or helpful in preparing for the great events of the last days (for example, see Joel 2:12–13; 3:16–21). Read Doctrine and Covenants 38:30 to your students and discuss the difference being prepared would make at the Second Coming. If you have time, you might consider comparing Joel 2–3 with Doctrine and Covenants 43:17–30 and 45:39–59.

To help students apply Joel’s teachings in their lives, consider the following questions:

  • What part of that final battle of good against evil is being fought already? (see D&C 76:25–30).

  • How is that battle similar to Armageddon?

  • Who are the heroes of this war?

  • Who are the casualties?

  • Should we be on the offense or defense in this war? (see Ephesians 6:10–18).

  • How does Joel’s counsel help us effectively prepare for this war?