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Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #32 on: October 11, 2018, 07:46:07 PM »
Amos 3:7,8
(7) Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing
without revealing his plan
to His servants the prophets.

(8 ) The lion has roared -
who will not fear?
The Sovereign LORD has spoken -
who can but prophesy?


God is continually active, both in the world He has made and in the affairs of men. But we will not recognise His work as such without explanation - and so He speaks to us through His prophets. These were men (such as Amos) who walked 'in agreement' with God, and so were privileged to be taken into His confidence. Effectively, they became members of His 'council' (Jeremiah 23:18,22). What they learn from God, they must communicate to the rest of His people.
A prophet cannot keep silent, any more than a man confronted with a hungry lion can keep calm!


"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." (II Corinthians 12:9)

Offline Tes Johnson

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #33 on: October 12, 2018, 12:28:50 AM »
Amos 3:7,8
(7) Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing
without revealing his plan
to His servants the prophets.

(8 ) The lion has roared -
who will not fear?
The Sovereign LORD has spoken -
who can but prophesy?


God is continually active, both in the world He has made and in the affairs of men. But we will not recognise His work as such without explanation - and so He speaks to us through His prophets. These were men (such as Amos) who walked 'in agreement' with God, and so were privileged to be taken into His confidence. Effectively, they became members of His 'council' (Jeremiah 23:18,22). What they learn from God, they must communicate to the rest of His people.
A prophet cannot keep silent, any more than a man confronted with a hungry lion can keep calm!

so true

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #34 on: October 12, 2018, 04:23:16 PM »
Amos 3:7,8
(7) Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing
without revealing his plan
to His servants the prophets.

(8 ) The lion has roared -
who will not fear?
The Sovereign LORD has spoken -
who can but prophesy?


God is continually active, both in the world He has made and in the affairs of men. But we will not recognise His work as such without explanation - and so He speaks to us through His prophets. These were men (such as Amos) who walked 'in agreement' with God, and so were privileged to be taken into His confidence. Effectively, they became members of His 'council' (Jeremiah 23:18,22). What they learn from God, they must communicate to the rest of His people.
A prophet cannot keep silent, any more than a man confronted with a hungry lion can keep calm!

Hi Deborah and TJ
Thank you for your posts My two little grey cells are working overtime :laugh:
Yes we do have a loving God who has told us and warned us from the very beginning of things to come telling us the end from the beginning.
From Moses and all the prophets he has warned Israel of the consequences of turning away from him and turning to other Gods which of course are not Gods at all but just figments of their imagenation.

Finely God sends his son which he has promised to do  through out scripture I think this parable of Christ says it all.

at 21:33  Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
Mat 21:34  And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
Mat 21:35  And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Mat 21:36  Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
Mat 21:37  But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mat 21:38  But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.       


This of course is directed at Israel and is foretelling what they were going to do to him He is the last and the greatest prophet of all time there are no prophets after him only the apostles but they were sent to preach the gospel  (except for revelations which is prophetic in nature )

So God has made his plan plain from the beginning what we need to remember is God  tends to work slowly and methodically to achieve his Goals its 6000 years since the flood and he has still not completed his plan but all things will come to pass as prophesied.

Love and Peace
Dave   

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #35 on: October 14, 2018, 06:24:09 PM »
Amos 3:9-11
(9) Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod
and to the fortresses of Egypt:
"Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria;
see the great unrest within her
and the oppression among her people.

(10) They do not know how to do right," declares the LORD,
"who store up in their fortresses
what they have plundered and looted."

(11)
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
"An enemy will overrun your land,
pull down your strongholds
and plunder your fortresses."


Devoid of God?s light, and standing under God's judgement themselves, these pagan nations (Philistia and Egypt) were nevertheless in a position to condemn the people of God for their lack of social justice! And outsiders can still find much to criticise in the Church. Shame on us!
Unbelievers should take note that God does not show any favouritism: He will punish His own people for their sins.

Israel was prosperous, but their materialism had blinded them: they did not recognise their sin for what it was. The wealth of the ruling class had been accumulated not by honest means but through oppression and exploitation of the poor. They thought  they were making 'wise investments' - but in actual fact, they were storing up judgement on themselves. All the plunder that they were hoarding would soon be plundered by invaders.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." (II Corinthians 12:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #36 on: Yesterday at 11:42:13 AM »
Hi Deborah
Thanks again for your post what I keep getting from Amos and what you say is that Israel is like a smaller picture of the world today.
I keep thinking of something Paul says we see in a glass darkly is what happens to Israel in the past a reflection of what is happening in the world to day.
What is happening is not caused by God but by us with satan behind it and it was the same for Israel then as it is for us now satan is doing everything in his power to turn us away from God.
But God is saying what he has always said return to me and I will protect you and give you rest.
So let us learn from Israel's mistakes let us turn to God through Jesus Christ and Love him and our fellow man and there by keeping the Law.
Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #37 on: Yesterday at 11:53:39 AM »
Hi Deborah
Thanks again for your post what I keep getting from Amos and what you say is that Israel is like a smaller picture of the world today.
I keep thinking of something Paul says we see in a glass darkly is what happens to Israel in the past a reflection of what is happening in the world to day.


Not of the world but of the church - and by that I mean all Christians, not just one denomination or just those who belong to 'official' churches.
As you say, Satan is always trying to lead us astray, and we keep making the same mistakes that Israel made.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." (II Corinthians 12:9)