Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let
all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for
it is nigh at hand; ||
(2:1) "Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh,
for it is nigh at hand."
(2:2) "A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness"
"The day of the Lord" will be dark and gloomy -- like a northern Idaho spring day.
"A fire devoureth before them ... nothing shall escape."
On "the day of the Lord", everything and everyone will be burned to death.
A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick
darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a
strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after
it, even to the years of many generations.
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is
as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness;
yea, and nothing shall escape them.
The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so
shall they run.
Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like
the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people
set in battle array.
Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather
"The people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather
They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war;
and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their
Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path:
and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.||
"When they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded."
People will try to commit suicide but will not be able to.
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they
shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a
The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and
the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:||
(2:10) "The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and
the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining."|
There will be earthquakes, the sun and the moon will be dark, and the stars will no longer shine.
(2:12-13) "Therefore also now, saith the LORD ... rend your hearts, and not your garments."
They rent their clothes.
Should we rend our clothes?
And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very
great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is
great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your
heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your
God: for he is gracious
and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of
Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him;
even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:||
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather
the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth
of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.||
Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the
altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine
heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore
should they say among the people, Where is their God?||
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.||
Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you
corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no
more make you a reproach among the heathen:||
But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him
into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his
hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill
savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.||
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.||
Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness
do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do
yield their strength.||
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for
he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down
for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.||
God says he will repay Israel for the damage the locusts caused -- which he sent!
And they will "praise the name of the Lord."
(2:25) "I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm,
and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you."
(2:26) "Praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed."
And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with
wine and oil.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the
cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I
sent among you.
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the
LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall
never be ashamed.
And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD
your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.||
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon
all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men
shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:||
(2:30-31) God will show off all his magic tricks. Blood, fire, smoke, eclipses.
(2:30) "I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire,
and pillars of smoke."
(2:31) "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood." These "signs" were a lot more impressive before the causes of
solar and lunar eclipses were understood.
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I
pour out my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire,
and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned
into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible
day of the LORD come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD
shall be delivered:
for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath
said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
"Whosoever shall call upon the name of
the Lord shall be delivered."
Will those who call on the Lord be delivered?