Joel 3:17-21 (JDV)
Joel 3:17 Then you will know that I am Yahveh your God, who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy, and illegals1 will never overrun it again.
Joel 3:18 In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. All the streams of Judah will flow with water, and a spring will issue from Yahveh’s house, watering the Valley of Acacias.
Joel 3:19 Egypt will become desolate, and Edom an open desert, because of the violence done to the people of Judah in whose land they shed innocent blood.
Joel 3:20 But Judah will be lived in forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
Joel 3:21 I will have avenged those who have been murdered, which I have not yet avenged, because Yahveh dwells in Zion.
then you will know
Joel had prophesied that his nation would be overrun by illegals committing violent acts upon its people. But his last words give hope that the Lord will end that reign of oppression and murder. The bloodshed will be avenged, and then the nation will know that he is Yahveh.
Thankfully we do not all experience that kind of violent oppression. But we can all experience the kind of deliverance Joel prophesied. We have to be willing to trust God to deliver us in his timing.
How can we know that God is going to rescue us? We will know when it happens. Until then, we have to believe that God is who he says he is in the Bible, and trust him to rescue us eventually. That is biblical faith.