Joel 2 begins in verses 1-11 with reference to the locust plague that brought terrible destruction, and warns of even worse judgment. Verse 12 is a call for repentance. There is still time to avoid disaster. As has always been the case, the Lord gives the people hope if they will only repent. Verses 28-32 are quoted by Peter in his sermon at Pentecost in Acts 2:16-21. The time of revelation and prophecy that Joel points to in verses 28-29 will be followed by a time of destruction (verses 30-31).
But verse 32 says that those who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. In Peter’s sermon, this is echoed as he continues, culminating in Acts 2:38, where he names the method for “calling on the name of the Lord” in both the first century and today – “repent and be baptized.” Here in verse 32 of Joel the words are “the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.” In Acts 2:39, he says that “the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
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