A Call to Repentance while there is still time!
Joel 2:12 That is why the Lord says, "Turn to Me now, while there is still time! Give Me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief; instead tear your hearts." Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you. 14Who knows? Perhaps even yet He will give you a reprieve, sending you a blessing instead of this terrible curse. Perhaps He will give you so much that you will be able to offer grain and wine to the Lord your God as before!
15 Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. 16 Bring everyone-the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room. 17 The priest’s who minister in the Lord’s Presence, will stand between the people and the altar, weeping. Let them pray, "Spare your people , Lord! The belong to you, so don’t let them become an object of mockery. Don’t let their name become a proverb of unbelieving foreigners who say, "Where is the God of Israel? He must be helpless!"
The Lord’s Promise of Restoration
18 Then the Lord will pity His people and be indignant for the honor of His land! 19 He will reply, "Look! I am sending you grain and wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy your needs. You will no longer be an object of mockery among the surrounding nations. 20 I will remove these armies from the north and send them far away. I will drive them back into the parched wastelands, where they will die. Those in the rear will go into the Dead Sea; those in front will go into the Mediterranean. The stench of their rotting bodies will rise over the land."
Surely the Lord has done great things! 21Don’t be afraid, my people! Be glad now and rejoice because the Lord has done great things! 22 Don’t be afraid, you animals of the field! The pastures will soon be green. The trees will again be filled with luscious fruit; fig trees and grapevines will flourish once more. 23 Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rainsHe sends are an expression of His Grace. Once more the automn trains will come, as well as the rains of spring. 24The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain, and the presses will overflow with wine and olive oil. 25 The Lord says, "I will give you back what you lost to the stripping locusts, the cutting locusts, the swarming locusts, and the hopping locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you. 26 Once again you will have all the food you want,and you will praise the Lord your God, who does these miracles for you. Never again will My people be disgraced like this. 27 Then you will know that I am here among My people of Israel and that I alone am the Lord your God. My people will never again be disgraced like this.
28"Then after I have poured out my rains again, I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. 29 In those days, I will pour out My Spirit even on servants, men and women alike.
30"I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth-blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will turn bloodred before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives. 32 And anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. There will be people on Mount Zion in Jerusalem who escape, just as the Lord has said. These will be among the survivors whom the Lord has called.