Summary of The Book of Joel
The prophet Joel showed up in Israel during a time of the
most terrible plague of locusts in the nation's history.
Joel came and prophesied to the land of Judah before the
plague came. He warned the people of Judah that the
devastation was going to sweep across the land very soon. He
called for a season of fasting, mourning, and repentance.
He warned them of God's judgment in the imagery of the
impending invasion of locusts. He called the people of Judah
and Jerusalem to weep over the sins, and to fast and repent
because the day of the Lord is approaching. Soon the plague
came and devastated the whole land and its effects were
clearly seen and felt. The locusts came like a storm, they
darkened the skies and every green thing was left barren.
There was no hope of escape and they left utter decimation
in their path. Joel seized upon the imagery of the locusts
as a type of the greater judgement that would come on "the
Day of the Lord" in the last days: Alas for the day! For the
day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction
from the Almighty . . . The LORD gives voice before His
army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who
executes His word. For the day of the LORD is great and very
terrible; who can endure it? Joel 1:15, 2:11. Joel also gave
a message of hope and prophesied of great blessings that
would follow and the glories of the Messiah's kingdom.