Joel 2:1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand--
Joel speaks of an army of ravishing locusts executing the judgement of the Lord upon the land and its people. He warns all to be ready. And how to be ready? Repent and turn to the Lord. Position yourselves for the blessing He wants to pour out instead of judgement. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity (2:13). The Lord's response: Then the LORD will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people. . . And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. . . . And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved. . . (2:18, 28, 32). Chapter 3 speaks of judgement for the nations against His people and blessing for the people of God.
The key to all of this, I believe, can be seen and experienced in calling on the Lord, or prayer. From Genesis 4, in the days of Seth, following the expulsion from the Garden, it is said that men began to call on the name of the LORD. All throughout the Bible, we see what happens when folks call on the name of the Lord. He shows up, His presence manifests and makes a difference in whatever is happening. The presence of the Lord makes all the difference in the world. Peter quoted Joel's prophecy concerning the pouring out of the Spirit of the Lord on all people on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). The early believers had waited at the Lord's instruction in an upper room for the gift of the Spirit which God had promised. Ephesians tells us to be filled with the Spirit. Galatians instructs us to stay in step with the Spirit. Paul tells us, among other things, to pray continually (or without ceasing KJV) (1 Thessalonians 5:17). In other words, stay vitally in the relationship which Christ has opened for us with the Father and to which He has restored us. Live in an awareness of and a connection to Him, His presence in our lives. And as we do so, God is at work in us. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it . . . The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you(1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24, 28).
There is coming a day when all will be judged. All that is righteous will flourish in blessing. All that is evil will be destroyed. After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. . . (Revelation 19:1). The book of Revelation speaks of the revelation of Jesus Christ as all that is ungodly is overcome and God shall dwell with His people in victory. 1 John tells us, The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. Jesus came to love the hell out of us--literally!!! He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen (The end of the book--Revelation 22:20, 21). Joel ends his words with The LORD dwells in Zion!