Q. Do you think the restoration as mentioned in Joel 2:25 is for the current church or is this prophecy solely for the Jewish nation and when will it happen? Also when do you think verses 28 and 29 are going to be fulfilled? Thanks so much for you website it is a blessing of truth.
A. Joel’s letter is meant for Israel. Their repayment for the years the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25) will take place during the Kingdom Age (Millennium). The word translated afterward in Joel 2: 28 means the End of the Age is near, and that’s when verses 28-29 will be fulfilled. Verses 30-32 take place early in Daniel’s 70th week. We know this because the blood moon reference in verse 31 points to Rev. 6:12, the only other place it’s found. Therefore, it’s after the time of Wrath has begun but before the time of the Great Tribulation.
Peter made reference to this in Acts 2:20, in effect saying that Pentecost was a partial fulfillment of Joel 2:28-32. (No darkened Sun, no Blood Moon, etc.) Notice how Peter translated “afterward” in verse 28 to mean “the last days.”