2Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Listen to this message because nothing like this has ever happened before.
3Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. Tell this to your children and pass it down generation after generation. (Psalm 145:4).
4That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten. There are four Hebrew words here (gazam = gnawer, yelek = devourer, arbeh = swarmer, and hasil = consumer), respectively rendered the palmer-worm, canker worm, locust, and caterpillar, denote four different species of locust, or the four stages of the destroying agencies. (Revelation 9:3-7).
5Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth. Wake up and weep all you drunkards. "Those who are in confusion with false teachings and the cares of this life." (Luke 21:34-36).
6For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. This brings to our attention the invading locust army (Arbeh are the Arabs), of the end times. (Revelation 9:3, 7-9), They are swarming around the world today setting up their terrorist training camps.
7He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white. They ruined the fig trees just like the locust destroying everything they come upon leaving the land bare. This should bring our attention to the "parable of the fig tree," (Matthew 24:32-35, Mark 13:28-32, Luke 21:29-33), and the "parable of the tares." (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43).
8Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth. Weep like a bride dressed in black, mourning the death of her husband. (James 4:8-9).
9The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn. The offerings are cut off and the priests and ministers of the Lord are in morning.
10The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. They are all dried up like the land. Why? Because they are ashamed. The priests and teachers that have been teaching false doctrines and traditions of men.
11Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. They are ashamed because they have no truth in them. The seeds they planted never took root. (Isaiah 17:11, Jeremiah 9:12).
12The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. Everything has dried up and the people's joy has dried up with them.
13Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. Dress up and weep you priests! Wail, you who serve before the altar. There is nothing left to offer at the temple of your God.
14Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD. Announce the time of fasting and call the people together into the house of God and repent to the Lord there.
15Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. The day of the Lord is near. Judgment day! (James 5:9, Revelation 6:17). God is not mad at you if you are following Him. Judgment day for the "evil ones" will be terrible, but judgment day for the good people will be rewarding.
16Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? No more sacrifices or joyful celebrations are held in the house of God. (No more meat for the enemy)! However, those who seek the Lord can rejoice in their hearts. (Psalm 105:3, Isaiah 62:8-9).
17The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. The seeds die in the parched ground and the crops fail. Remember the good seeds will take when planted with truth. The bad seed will not survive.
18How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. A famine in the land of confusion. In the future sense, the famine of end times is for hearing the Words of the Lord. (Amos 8:11).
19O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The fire has consumed the pastures of the wilderness. (Jeremiah 9:10).
20The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness. Even the wild animals cry out because the streams have dried up consumed by fire. "Remember that God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:29), His fire can destroy all evil, but can warm the hearts of His elect followers. God is not after you, if you are a believer. His fire will destroy everything evil in the end times at His return.