Locust trivia: Did you know a square-kilometre swarm of locusts can consume the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people! https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/locusts-africa-hunger-famine-covid-19/
Joel has witnessed the terror in the land that was caused by a host of locusts and a severe drought. He uses this destruction to warn of even more calamity caused by a terrible “army” of the Lord. He portrays the army of locusts as a punishment from God for the sins of Israel at that time. There is also a sense in which this is a prophesy of the future, even reaching to the millennial age. He predicts these things will happen “in the day of the Lord.”
In the Bible we find two plagues of locusts. The first was one of the plagues on Egypt recorded in Exodus. The second is recorded here in Joel. With that in mind come with me to the plague of locusts in Africa 2020. Call me a sceptic regarding this headline: “East Africa’s plague of locusts and the bizarre climate, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/locust–plague-climate-science-east-africa
“A plague of locusts has descended on East Africa. Climate change may be to blame. Human activity made an ocean circulation pattern misbehave-triggering a weird confluence of events that has caused the infestations.” Yeah, just blame the methane from the camels in Egypt and Israel!
Chapter 1. This message is to “elders,” “generations of children,” and “drunkards.” After describing the destruction caused by the locust swarms, verse 13 and 14, he calls for mourning, fasting, and crying out to God in the house of the Lord.
Chapter 2 again describes the destruction that is coming. 12-17 The only possibility of escape is to confess and repent. Note verse 13 shows this repentance must be real – rend your heart and not your garments. Verse 14 raises an interesting question. Does God change his mind? Who knows? He may turn and have pity. I don’t think I could pray in faith if I did not believe it might change circumstances that result in God “changing his mind.” Perhaps it is more descriptive if we say he will change his timing for certain events. There are events such as the birth of Christ which are said to happen “when the fullness of time” comes that would be different from a particular length of time. Some prophesies, however, such as Daniel’s that are very precise regarding the length of time. For example, when God said the Israelites would in Babylon seventy years, he was speaking of a definite length of time. Verse 17 How the priests should intercede with God in behalf of the people. What will the nations say if you don’t spare your people? This appeal is made pleading with God to bring honor to His own name. 2:18-27 The Lord’s answer—contains some sweet words from the Lord. Relish his love words to Israel. These are the same words/promises He makes to you under the new covenant. Pause and savor verses 21, 25-26, & 32
2: 28-29 Joel’s prophesy of the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2.
Chapters 3 and 4 are prophesies not yet fulfilled. I’m not knowledgeable enough to attempt helping you out here.
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