Joel is an interesting book for a few reasons. Fist off, we don’t know anything about this prophet. We have his fathers name and that’s it. There is no other mention of him in the Old Testament, which brings us to the other interesting fact; we have no idea when it was written. The book leaves us very few clues for dating it. The only clue is that Joel mentions and knows about the “Day of the Lord” so he must have been familiar with Isaiah, Amos and Ezekiel, but that is just an assumption.
A huge plague of locusts is coming and the darkness of the locusts against the sun characterizes the darkness of the day. Repent, repent, repent!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.