Joel 3:9 KJV
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles;
Prepare war, wake up the mighty men,
let all the men of war draw near;
let them come up:
Verses 9-14 refer to Armageddon,
verses 15,16 are parallel with Joel 2:30-32,
And in verses 9 to 16 we have a resume of Joel 2:9-32.
The nations hostile to Israel are summoned by YHWH to “come up” (this phrase is used because Jerusalem was on a hill) against Jerusalem, not that they may destroy it, but to be destroyed by the Lord (Ezekiel 38:7-23, Zechariah 12:2-9, Zechariah 14:2,3).
Prepare war, literally it says: sanctify war
This is because the heathen always began a war with religious ceremonies.
The very phrase used of Babylon’s preparations against Jerusalem (Jeremiah 6:4) is now used of the final foes of Jerusalem.
As Babylon was then desired by God to advance against her for her destruction, so now all her foes, of whom Babylon was the type, are desired to advance against her for their own destruction.
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