Ancient Paths Title

Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it.  —Jeremiah 6:16

Joel 2

Messenger: Joel
Focus: The People of Judah
Time Period: 606–586 BC

Joel 2
The Lord sends the Babylonian army to Judah



The people of Judah were in the midst of recovering from a locust plague during which they suffered from disease, starvation, and famine. Joel prophesied that the locust plague would be the forerunner of an even greater crisis if the people did not turn from their sins. Indeed, there was an impending Babylonian military invasion threatening Judah.


The solution proclaimed by the Prophet Joel was for Judah to return to the Lord by rending their hearts. God wanted the inward reality of their hearts to match their outward repentance. Joel called for a national solemn assembly to gather the people in fasting and prayer and to warn them of the potential judgment.


Judah did not heed the trumpet call of Joel to repent from their superficial lifestyle and blatant sins. Consequently, the Lord sent the Babylonian army to Judah and led them into captivity for 70 years. Jeremiah later prophesied that they were led into captivity because they refused to hear the word of the Lord (Jeremiah 25).

“So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm . . . . Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly.” —Joel 2:13, 15