Joel 2: Who Can Survive the Day?

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 181–182

People often think about the Second Coming of the Savior with fear. But the Lord has said that “the righteous need not fear” (1 Nephi 22:17). President Joseph Fielding Smith further added, “It will not be a day of dread and fear to the righteous” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 1:173). Joel 2 records some dark prophecies that make some people fearful. As you read, also look for what the Lord will do in the last days and at the time of His Second Coming that can encourage you and give you hope.

Understanding the Scriptures

Joel 2

Nigh at hand (v. 1)Coming soon 
Devoureth (vv. 3, 5)Completely destroys 
Stubble (v. 5)The small, short stalks left over after harvesting the grain 
Battle array (v. 5)Prepared and set up for battle 
Ranks (v. 7)Lines of marching soldiers 
Thrust (v. 8)Bump, run into 
Executeth (v. 11)Performs, will see that something happens 
Rend (v. 13)Tear, break 
Heritage (v. 17)Children 
Reproach (vv. 17, 19)Shame 
Hinder (v. 20)Back 
Savour (v. 20)Smell 
Spring (v. 22)Grow 
Former rain, latter rain (v. 23)Two rainy seasons of the year in the land of Israel 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Joel 2.

Activity A iconAnswer Joel’s Question

Who can abide the Lord's day?

The first ten verses of Joel 2 describe awful destructions that occur at the “day of the Lord.” Verse 11 asks a question we might wonder about after reading such gloomy and terrible prophecies. After reading Joel 2:12–20 and Doctrine and Covenants 45:57, write an answer to the question at the end of Joel 2:11.

Activity B iconA Latter-day Prophecy

Read Joel 2:28–32 and Joseph Smith—History 1:41. In what ways have you seen this prophecy fulfilled?