Consider the following scriptures (emphases added):
I am the vine, ye are the branches…
But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God…
the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance….12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judæa, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 for these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel…
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Now, consider the terrifying indictment of Joel 1 (emphases added):
1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
2 Hear 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?
3 Tell ye your children of it,
and let your children tell their children,
and their children another generation.
4 That 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.
5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep;
and howl, all ye drinkers of wine,
because of the new wine;
for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For 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.
7 He 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.
8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth
for the husband of her youth.
9 The meat offering and the drink offering
is cut off from the house of the Lord;
the priests, the Lord’s ministers, mourn.
10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth;
for the corn is wasted:
the new wine is dried up,
the oil languisheth.
11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen;
howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley;
because the harvest of the field is perished.
12 The 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.
13 Gird 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.
14 Sanctify 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,
15 Alas for the day!
for the day of the Lord is at hand,
and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes,
yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?
17 The seed is rotten under their clods,
the garners are laid desolate,
the barns are broken down;
for the corn is withered.
18 How do the beasts groan!
the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture;
yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
19 O 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.
20 The 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.
More and more, Joel 1 reads like an indictment against the Church! We are to blame for what is happening in our society and in our world.
We, the Church, have failed!