What or Who is the Northern Plague in Joel 2:20?

What or Who is the Northern Plague in Joel 2:20?
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What or Who is the Northern Plague in Joel 2:20 before pouring His Spirit? 

20 But I will remove far off from you the northern plague (army), and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

21Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

22Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.

23Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

24And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

26And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

27And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

9 Comments

  • Troy Day
    Reply March 5, 2019

    Troy Day

    The Northern plague is always nuclear Russia – is this what is meant by Joel here?

  • Louise Cummings
    Reply March 6, 2019

    Louise Cummings

    No, The total fulfillment of this Prophecy speaks of the Coming Antichrist, who will be defeated in the Battle of Armageddon (Ezekiel 38:15. ). Ezekiel 38:15 – says And you shall come from your place out of the north parts , you, and many people with you,all of them riding upon horses,a great company, and mighty army. Footnotes Doesn’t refer to Russia ,as some think , but rather to Syria, in fact most thinks the antichrist (Gog) will come from Syria; the Syria of Daniel’s Prophecies, Of which this speaks , included modern Syria, Iraq, and Iran. I have also heard Turkey. But my notes doesn’t say Turkey. But i have heard that. To get the full meaning. You have to do reference.

  • Robert Erwine
    Reply March 6, 2019

    Robert Erwine

    literally applied to the Assyrian hordes, whom the Jews generally spoke of as dwelling in the north. In Jeremiah 1:13 the symbolical caldron is represented as pouring its contents (the Chaldaean army) southwards from the face of the north.

    • Troy Day
      Reply March 6, 2019

      Troy Day

      Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers? if you had only kept on reading the biblehub

      The reference, as seems evident both from the context and also from the words following (which exactly describe the fate of a swarm of locusts), can be only to the locusts: although it is true that locusts generally invade Palestine from the S. or S. E., there is not sufficient ground for supposing this rule to be a universal one: they are not indigenous in Palestine, but are brought thither by the wind from their breeding-ground; and instances are on record of their being seen in the Syrian desert—Niebuhr, for instance (Credner, p. 271), saw a large tract of country between Mosul and Nisibis covered with young locusts—whence a N.E. wind would readily bear them towards Judah, in which case the epithet Northern would very naturally be applied to them (the Chaldaeans, though Babylon is in reality almost due East of Palestine, are often spoken of as coming from the North, on account of that being the usual direction of their approach; Jeremiah 13:20; Jeremiah 47:2, &c.).

  • Joe Absher
    Reply March 6, 2019

    Joe Absher

    Thank you

  • Joe Absher
    Reply March 6, 2019

    Joe Absher

    Mrs Louise Cummings can you copy paste your Ezekiel comment over here?

  • Louise Cummings
    Reply March 6, 2019

    Louise Cummings

    I thought of the swarms , as being people , gathering for the battle of Armageddon.

  • Louise Cummings
    Reply March 6, 2019

    Louise Cummings

    I don’t know how to do that, if it is okI will write Joel 2:20 I just didn’t write all my foot notes. Then I can write the New K J V. I didn’t write my footnotes down far enough. Then write Ezekiel 38: or should I just let this one pass.

  • Joe Absher
    Reply March 7, 2019

    Joe Absher

    I thought it was a good comment but
    I don’t usually study along these lines.
    I figure the enemy went home! The judgment is passed the storm is over and I say goodbye and good riddance lol anyways.
    God bless you and keep you

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