"Let the nations be called to arms. Let them march to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I, the LORD, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all.
Now let the sickle do its work, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the winepress because it is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people."
Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. It is there that the day of the LORD will soon arrive.
The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will no longer shine.
The LORD's voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem, and the earth and heavens will begin to shake. But to his people of Israel, the LORD will be a welcoming refuge and a strong fortress.
"Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, live in Zion, my holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy forever, and foreign armies will never conquer her again.
In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. Water will fill the dry streambeds of Judah, and a fountain will burst forth from the LORD's Temple, watering the arid valley of acacias. a19
Egypt will become a wasteland and Edom a wilderness, because they attacked Judah and killed her innocent people.
"But Judah will remain forever, and Jerusalem will endure through all future generations.
I will pardon my people's crimes, which I have not yet pardoned; and I, the LORD, will make my home in Jerusalem b with my people."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)