Blow the trumpet in Zion;
consecrate a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
gather the people.
Consecrate the congregation;
assemble the elders;
gather the children,
even nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her chamber.
Between the vestibule and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep
and say, “Spare your people, O LORD,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
a byword among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”
by: Sheri Rood.
The first trumpet blast (Joel 2:1) warned the people of upcoming judgment. This second trumpet blast called the people to repent with fasting, weeping, and mourning with broken hearts. Repentance means to turn around and go the opposite direction. Being sorry that judgment is coming is not the same as being sorry for committing the sins leading to judgment. When was the last time we fasted and mourned over the sins of our nation and the nation of Israel? Have we turned away from our own sins? And are we sincerely pleading for our nations to turn around and run back to God?