Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men!
Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!”
—Joel 3:9 (NASB)
Reading a book of the prophets cannot be approached in the same manner we take with the books of the Law, history, or the likes of Psalms or Ecclesiastes. It is definitely important to understand when the propet was speaking in relationship to these other books, but we have to adjust to a different style of writing, a different way of expressing things. It’s important to keep in mind that prophets not only speak literally for their own times, but with dual and sometimes multiple future fulfillments in mind.