The book of Joel mentions the phrase “the day of the Lord” five times, but what does this phrase mean? And what does the day of the Lord have to do with the present? Gaebelein expresses bewilderment that God’s people in the present age, standing at the threshold of the fulfillment of many of the predictions in Joel, neglect intentional study of this important prophecy.
The book of Joel tells us little about the prophet, but much about the dire situation of Israel. Swarming locusts, severe drought, and invading armies threaten to undermine Israel’s existence, and they cast doubt on God’s promises. But in the end, God has mercy, and he promises to pour out his Spirit on the people—a telling prophecy, both then and now, given the trials. This exposition of Joel divides the book into manageable sections and analyzes each one, with a keen eye toward prophecy and prophetic fulfillment. The Prophet Joel: An Exposition also contains an introduction by C. I. Scofield.
It is my privilege to commend to the people of God… the volumes of Mr. A. C. Gaebelein…
—C. I. Scofield
[These are] works of wide research…
His writings will never lose their timeliness—a valuable addition to any library.
—United Evangelical Action
Arno Clemens Gaebelein was born in 1861 in Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1879. He was converted at an early age, and became ordained in the Methodist church in 1886. Gaebelein was a prolific writer. He wrote numerous books and tracts and served as editor of Our Hope, a Bible study magazine, for fifty-two years. He also co-edited the Scofield Reference Bible. Gaebelein devoted nearly ten years of his life to writing The Annotated Bible, a 3,000-page commentary on Scripture, also available from Logos. He also lectured frequently at Dallas Theological Seminary. Gaebelein died in 1945.