fire hath devoured
1:19 fire hath devoured. This statement, occurring in both these verses, depicts a scene more awesome than even a plague of locusts could produce. All the trees of the field and all the pastures of the wilderness are scorched with devastating fires. Evidently Joel’s vision at this point carries him forward to the ultimate day of the Lord, the future tribulation period, when there will be a worldwide three and one-half year drought, with no rains and no winds (Revelation 11:3,6; 7:1). The drought will cause global famines (Revelation 6:5,6), and then “hail and fire mingled with blood,…and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up” (Revelation 8:7).