Little is known about Joel or the time at which he prophesied, suggestions for which vary enormously. However, he did prophesy to Judah and is placed early in the chart ‘The Prophets in Historical Context’.
The plague of locusts
There is a disastrous plague of locusts in the land, which Joel treats as a sign that the Day of the Lord is near, and that it will come as a destruction from the Almighty. He calls for a holy fast and for the elders to lead in a day of prayer.
The Day of the Lord announced
The locusts are likened to an advancing army causing fear and anguish in every nation. God is at the head of this army and the question is asked, who can endure it?There is a call to repentance to their gracious and compassionate God. He will come to their aid and drive the ‘northern army’ far from them, restoring things to their former glory.In that day, God’s Spirit will be poured out on all people, and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
The coming Day of the Lord
God will judge the nations for scattering and abusing His people, Israel. Blessings will return to Israel and His kingdom will endure for ever.