Joel has just described the final judgment of God against those who, despite His offers of grace, have opposed and oppressed His people, and who have opposed God Himself. We pick up the action in verse 17:
“Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy;
never again will foreigners invade her.
There are three apocalyptic elements here: “Zion”, “Jerusalem” and “foreigners”. Zion refers to the temple mount in the city of Jerusalem where the presence of God was said to dwell in the midst of His people. Jerusalem was the city where God dwelt in the midst of His people. In the Old Testament, these were pictures of the reality which was to come in the Person of Christ. In chapter 2 we saw that the Holy Spirit had come upon those who would follow Christ…
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