1Blow the horn in Zion; give a shout on my holy mountain! Let all the people of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is near— 2a day of darkness and no light, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness spread out upon the mountains, a great and powerful army#Or a great and strong people comes, unlike any that has ever come before them, or will come after them in centuries ahead. 3In front of them a fire consumes; and behind them a flame burns. Land ahead of them is like Eden’s garden, but they leave behind them a barren wasteland; nothing escapes them. 4They resemble horses, and like warhorses they charge, 5like the rumbling of chariots. They leap on the mountaintops— like the crackling of a fire’s flame, devouring the stubble; like a powerful army ready for battle. 6In their presence, peoples shake with fear; all faces turn red with worry.