Restoration will come only after judgement and repentance
Something terrible was happening, nothing like this has ever happened before in Judah. Swarms and swarms of locust, swept through out the land. The were not just sweeping through they were eating living plant that they come across. The land of Judah harvests were ruined, there will be no grain, no figs, no olives or no grapes.
It even effected the live stock for there was nothing for them to eat either. In one destructive sware the entire economy of Judah is wiped out.
It is as Joel phrased in “the day of the Lord’. The locust were God’s way to get the people attention. Judah has been rebelling against Him and He wants their hearts to turn back to Him.
God allows Joel to see into the future to the time when God will once again bring everything the locus have destroyed. God also allows Joel a deeper look into the future, to the time of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
When the enemies of God’s people will gather in the Valley of Jehoshaphat and God will fight non behalf of His people. But on that same day, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
God promises that he will raise up life out of dead hearts and like he will restore up all that the locust destroyed in the land of Judah.God wants everyone to have an opportunity to experience His great love and enter into a for ever long relationship with Him.
The promise is fulfilled by the victory Jesus won on the cross.
John 3 verse 16 is the offer to come, “Any whosoever may come”