HOW TO CHANGE DIVINE GOVERNMENT
"The Day of Jehovah cometh; for it is nigh at hand" Joel 2:1
In these words we have the same fundamental idea, but stated with a variation in method. Having interpreted the locust plague, by declaring that the Day of Jehovah was at hand, the prophet now said: "The Day of Jehovah cometh, for it is nigh at hand." In that sentence the word "for" has the force of "because." The truth emphasized now was not so much that of the ACTUALITY OF THE DIVINE GOVERNMENT AS THAT OF ITS CONTINUITY. Joel declared that the Day of Jehovah was not over. There were still OTHER experiences before them of the Divine judgment. Under the figure of the locust plague, he described the imminent invasion of a foe which would bring far more terrible desolation's to the people. Therefore again he called the nation to REPENTANCE, and declared the way by which they MIGHT CHANGE THE VERY CHARACTER OF THE DIVINE GOVERNMENT into that of mercy, and healing, and restoration. Here again is a matter for our careful attention. The Day of Jehovah is not only PRESENT; it is ALWAYS COMING. When some great activity of God has ended, His government has not ceased. He proceeds upon His way without intermission. If by one manifestation of His power and majesty, men do not learn the lessons He would teach, then they have not escaped from Him. By yet other means, more terrible than those already experienced, He will make Himself known: This is the story of humanity; and so it will continue until "the great and terrible Day of Jehovah come," the day of the final putting forth of His judgment of evil spoken of in Rev. 19:11-21 in order to the establishment of His Kingdom upon earth according to the grace of His heart.