Time 618 608 B.C.
The book of Joel begins by describing a devastating
swarm of locusts which cause national disaster to the agriculture
of Israel. Joel calls the nation of Judah to a day of repentance
due to the Divine judgement. The last portion of the book
is concerned with events associated with the "Day of the
Lord". The message is that if Judah repents, God will richly
bless them and forgive them.
locust plague is the harbinger of the Day of the Lord
Chapter 1 v 2 to 2 v 17
v 2 to 20
threefold calamity locusts, drought, and fires
v 1 to 17
scourge as the forerunner of the Judgement day