Joel 1:13-15; Joel 2:12-18; Zephania 2:1-3
A Call to Repentance
13Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests; wail, O ministers of the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God, because the grain and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God. 14Consecrate a fast; proclaim a solemn assembly! Gather the elders and all the residents of the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. 15Alas for the day! For the Day of the LORD is near, and it will come as destruction from the Almighty.…
Rend Your Heart
11 The Lord thunders at the head of his army; His forces are beyond number (200 million) and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?
12 “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, low to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
14 Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.
16 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.
17 Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the portico and the altar.
Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”
The Lord’s Answer
18 Then the Lord was jealous for his land
and took pity on his people.
Summoned to repent
Gather together, gather yourselves together, you shameful nation, before the decree takes effect and that day passes like windblown chaff, before the Lord’s fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the Lord’s wrath comes upon you.
3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.
“Almighty Father in heaven, glorious King of the universe, the God of all the earth, the Holy One of Israel, Your Kingdom come as soon as is just possible, so Your will will be done in all of the earth as it is done in heaven. Abba, and You be blessed, praised and exalted, lauded and extolled, honored and revered, loved and obey, worshiped in Spirit and in Truth, and adored and glorified by al Your children, all your saints, and all YOUR PEOPLE. And together with You, Yeshua HaMashiach, Your beloved Son, the Beloved of our souls: our Redeemer, Savior, Deliverer, Healer, Shepherd, Master, Lord and King, and we dearly hope, also our Bridegroom. And also together with You the beloved Holy Spirit, our wonderful and faithful Teacher, Counselor and Anointer.”
“We thank You for the gift of this day, and every other new day, not taking it for granted anymore. Please, forgive us, Heavenly Father, for having the days of our life taken for granted. No more! We thank You for the gift of this life, and the privilege, honor and opportunity to serve You and bring forth much abiding good fruit unto Your glory, praise and honor, and very much thanksgiving.”
“We are turning to you now according to what You say to Your people – that is Israel, and all of the Body of Your Son, Messiah Yeshua – especially both Jews and engrafted former Gentiles in the United States of America, and the European nations to whom You had sent a strong warning already in 2019 – Germany Britain, Finland and Italy.”
“In Joel 2 you give a loud warning of the coming Day of the LORD: a day of devastation and darkness. An unstoppable destructive army is coming as judgment against sin and no one can endure it.”
“Most holy God, You love Your people and all who have turned o you through faith in Your Son Yeshua. But You will certainly not be mocked. You have called on the Body of Messiah Yeshua and on Israel to return to You with all our hearts. We have backslidden, and so has Israel. You have been calling on us to repent many times, to turn away from our idols and idolatries, and turn back to You with all our heart. And You mean ALLof our hearts, for our undivided devotion, faithfulness and obedience. But the churches have placed their hearts, love and devotion elsewhere, adoring and placing all their affection on some of Your servants but not on You, not bearing in mind thatYou are a jealous God. You do not want our partial devotion, our lukewarm love, You want ALL OF US, all our heart, soul, mind and body.”
“Now You are calling with a much stronger voice to repentance, to deep, total repentance. You want us to rend our hearts, not our garments; or make unasked for offerings and sacrifices, or works You did not call them to walk in.Yes, You are calling the disciples / believers from across the nation to consecrate a fast: the priests, the ministers, the elders are to proclaim a solemn assembly. The five-fold ministry, all the leaders in the churches and the congregants across the nation are to gather together, to come before You in a House of worship.”
“However, Lord, for a nation-wide assembly to gather before You with fasting and praying, with loud cries, weeping and tears in deep repentance, even wearing sack clothes as we make petition and supplication to You, we will be in need of a huge house of worship, a building that can hold many thousands of believers, like the auditorium of Joel Osteen in Austin, Texas, probably the largest in the U.S. And how appropriate, Father, his name being Joel, the very name of the prophet by whom You are calling the Body of believers in the U.S. to deep repentance, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit.”
Return To Me With All Your Heart
“Beloved heavenly Father, the most holy Sovereign of the universe, You speak to us and declare, “Even now, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning [over our sinfulness, disobedience and lukewarm love]. Rending our heart, our eyes flowing with rivers of tears because of our grief and sorrow over our backsliding, Help us to return to You, the Lord our God, with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. For You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and You relent from sending calamity on us, on our nation.”
“May our loud cries, weeping and tears cause You to relent and change Your mind – and leave behind a blessing instead of death and sorrow without end.”
“We shall blow the shofar throughout the land, declare a holy fast, and a sacred assembly. Let each fast as able: a 7-days fast, or 10 or 14 or 40 days, with water only or mixed in some fruit juice; or a 3 days and nights fast without food and drink after the example of Queen Esther.”
“Afterwards the decreed calamity upon the Jews of their annihilation was turned into a glorious victory over their enemies.”
“We know You are not calling for merely outward actions of fasting, crying, mourning and wearing sack clothes even. You are calling us, Your people, both Jew and engrafted Gentile, to examine our hearts. Instead of doing just the external things, have Your Holy Spirit tear our hearts open to expose our idols, our idolatries, that we may return to You with our whole heart. We realize, Abba, that it is not just about our external actions; what You want from us is an undivided heart, and pure and true love for You, the Lord our God, for our Savior, Your Son Yeshua, and Your wonderful Holy Spirit.”
“With Your help and anointing, Lord, we shall gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, even gather the children, and those still nursing; we shall call upon bridegrooms and the brides to postpone their wedding. And let apostles and prophets, teachers, evangelists and pastors, Your ministers, be upon their knees and faces before You, the LORD our God, and weep before Your altar, up front in front of the assembly, crying to You in supplication, ‘Spare Your people, Lord, and spare America. Do not make Your inheritance, the community of firstborn from the dead, an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say, ‘Where is their God? And where is Jesus, the Christ, their Savior?'”
“Oh God, our Father in heaven, be jealous for Your people, Your children, and for Jacob. Let it please You to accept our repentance from a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and hear and grant our petition and supplication on behalf of America, as You were granting Abraham’s petition for Sodom and Gomorrah, only there were not enough righteous to spare those cities. But in America there are millions of the righteous in Christ, in Your Son, the Messiah. Please, mercifully accept the plea of this assembly, their fasting, weeping and tears, and take pity on America and spare this nation from getting drawn into WWIII and suffer the loss of millions of their sons and daughters, their husbands, fathers, brothers and sisters. For the sake of the righteous living in this nation, spare the U.S. of America, and also for the sake of the descendants of Jacob who have lived in peace in America and prospered and done well.”
“Yes, Lord, we shall gather together on behalf of this shameful nation, before the decree takes effect, and the day of America getting drawn into WWIII passes like windblown chaff, before Your fierce anger over America’s sinfulness, depravity and apostasy comes upon this nation and upon the Body of Christ for having failed to abide in Your and Yeshua’s commandments.”
“Therefore we, who call upon Your name and that of Your Son, Messiah Yeshua, and who practice doing Your will as it is done in heaven, shall humble ourselves before YOu, and seek Your face. Yeah, we shall seek righteousness, we shall seek humility Perhaps You will have regard then for our pleas and supplications. almighty Father in heaven, Holy One and Shomer of Israel, to shelter us and Jacob’s descendants and our nation America on the day when the calamity of WWIII shall break forth upon the nations.”
“We pray and plead you in Yeshua’s Name, and thank You with all that is within us to spare both the Body of Messiah and the United States of America from getting drawn into this war and suffer the loss of millions of their loved ones, a unconsolable sorrow, pain and grief without end, with no comfort and solace. May our Lord, Your Son Yeshua, plead and intercede before You in Your heavenly court on behalf of the community of the firstborn from the dead, and on behalf of Jacob, and be granted His just intercession against the accuser, Satan, who has already transgressed many times into the extended time of grace You had granted. Make him return 7 times, Lord, the time and funds he robbed us of.”
“You wonder working, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God of all the earth, be glorified in all of this, and let Your might, power, righteousness and salvation be seen in all of the earth, bright shining like the sun into the horrible darkness of WWIII.”
“In Yeshua’s Name we pray. and give You thanks and praise. Amen and Amen.”