“Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes.”
The prophet Joel reveals that sin will result in God’s wrath being poured out on the nation of Israel. Joel describes this retribution through the use of drought and locusts as objects of a lesson to warn of a future punishment against Israel on the Day of the Lord. A harrowing display of an invasion will empty out on Israel if the nation will not repent. Let us also repent, for the consequences of ignoring his grace will be like the wrath poured out on Israel.
God is quick to anger, yet even quicker to forgive! For Joel reveals that if the people repent and turn back towards God, that he will restore his relationship with Israel and bless her. This forgiveness comes through the embodiment of Jesus Christ, for only through him, can we come before the father.
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.”
The promise of Joel’s prophecy manifested the moment the King of Kings was born. His birth came to be known as Israel’s and the world’s salvation, for repentance first came from a lonely manager, not a throne room.