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Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #88 on: November 22, 2018, 02:20:01 PM »
Hi Deborah
thank you for your post I am amazed how much of Amos's prophecies are so relevant for the world we live in the rich get richer and the poor get poorer there is so much poverty in the world we see adverts on the TV for all those starving children in the world.
in contrast we see the rich of the world squandering money left right and center on trivia the rich nations spending money on armaments and rockets to mars when asked why not help the poor and starving they say we have no money.

there is plenty of money and resources if used and distributed properly but most of it is hoarded by the rich and powerful and as in the time of Amos and in our day God will put an end to the rich and powerful.

Love and Peace
Dave   

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #89 on: November 23, 2018, 03:03:00 PM »
Amos 6:8-11

(8 ) The Sovereign LORD has sworn by himself - the LORD God Almighty declares:
"I abhor the pride of Jacob
and detest his fortresses;
I will deliver up the city
and everything in it."

(9) If ten people are left in one house, they too will die. (10) And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them asks anyone who might be hiding there, "Is anyone else with you?" and he says, "No," then he will go on to say, "Hush! We must not mention the name of the LORD."
(11) For the LORD has given the command,
and he will smash the great house into pieces
and the small house into bits.


As we saw when we were studying Hebrews, when God swears by Himself, what He says is absolutely certain (Hebrews 6:16,17). So His pronouncement of judgement on Abraham's descendants was as solemn and binding as His great original promise to Abraham (Genesis 22:16)!
Pride is the worst of sins. The Israelites were very proud of their military strength and material wealth - but God despised them. All would be swept away in the ravages of war. The devastation would be so complete that whole families would be wiped out; not even one in ten would be left to bury the rest.
Only then - when it was too late - would they realise that Yahweh had deserted them, and that they were no longer His people. He was no longer their Protector but their Destroyer.
"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (I Peter 2:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #90 on: November 24, 2018, 02:37:18 PM »
Hi Deborah
thank you for your post you are so right about Gods words and promises every one will come to pass according to his will and we would do well to take heed of what he says.
As I have tried to say before I believe these prophecies of Amos have a double meaning first the applied to Israel and every one of them came true every word God spoke through Amos came true this prophecy concerned the nation of Israel.
Secondly the prophecy is about the world of today God will pull down all the great financial houses and nations and set up his kingdom and his King of Kings Jesus Christ.
As the prophecy came true for Israel so it will come true for us we can be absolutely certain that Gods promises will come to pass according to his will.

What will be his weapon of choice I believe it will be the two edged sword that comes from the rider on the white horse in revelations which is the word of God.

The writer of Hebrews had this to say.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
       


As we can see the word of God is very powerful and let us use it wisely to pluck a few from the fire.

Love and Peace
Dave       

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #91 on: November 26, 2018, 10:46:12 AM »
Amos 6:12-14

(12) Do horses run on the rocky crags?
Does one plough the sea with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness -

(13) you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar
and say, "Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?"

(14) For the LORD God Almighty declares,
"I will stir up a nation against you, Israel,
that will oppress you all the way
from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah."


To run horses up a cliff is impossible; to plough the sea is pointless. But this was effectively what the Israelites were trying to do. Their priorities were completely wrong: they turned a blind eye to the gross social and political injustices that were poisoning their country - and yet they made a great deal out of Jeroboam's minor military successes.
Despite her proud claims, Israel was not in fact 'top nation';  a greater, more powerful nation had been commissioned by God to wipe her out. The Assyrian invasion, like a steamroller, would crush her mercilessly, because she had made an enemy of God - against whom there is no defence.
"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (I Peter 2:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #92 on: November 27, 2018, 09:55:37 AM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post here we see the folly of trying to do things on our own of ignoring God and we see the results of this course of action in Israel.
So let us learn the lesson from their mistakes let us learn obedience to the laws of love and keep our eye on Jesus.
Israel is a prime example of what not to do so let us not follow their example maybe that's why God has given us the history of Israel as an example of what not to do.
Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #93 on: November 28, 2018, 12:45:58 PM »
Amos 7:1-6

(1) This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king's share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up. (2) When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!" (3) So the LORD relented. "This will not happen," the LORD said.
(4) This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: The Sovereign LORD was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land. (5) Then I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!" (6) So the LORD relented. "This will not happen either," the Sovereign LORD said.

By means of a series of visions, Amos 'sees into' the mind of God as He contemplates how to deal with His people.
First, he sees a swarm of locusts being sent by God to destroy the harvest - a swarm so large that the whole country would be laid waste. Amos is compelled to intercede with God on their behalf (because a prophet is commissioned to speak to God for men as well as to speak to men for God). He cannot base his appeal on any merit of Israel (for they have none); they can survive only by God's mercy.
But God is patient, and grants a reprieve; that is why Israel has not been destroyed already.

The second threat is even more severe: the fire of God's wrath is more destructive than the locusts, and nothing will be left at all. But again, God relents: the Israelites will not suffer the punishment that they deserve.
"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (I Peter 2:9)

Offline davetaff

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #94 on: November 29, 2018, 10:28:04 AM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your post I think what this shows is the power of the prayers of a righteous man has with God.
And we have the greatest mediator between God and man Jesus Christ and through him we have access to the father so let us use this great privilege to pray for those living in darkness as Amos prayed for the Israelites that God would have mercy on them.

We also need to keep in mind that these plagues are found in revelations but this time not only for Israel but for the whole world.
. 29  For our God is a consuming fire       

So should we pray to God for mercy as Amos did.

Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Deborah

Re: The prophecies of Amos
« Reply #95 on: December 03, 2018, 09:48:44 PM »
Amos 7:7-9

(7) This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. (8 ) And the LORD asked me, "What do you see, Amos?"
"A plumb line," I replied.
Then the Lord said, "Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

(9) "The high places of Isaac will be destroyed
and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined;
with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam."


But the third vision is a bit different: God is putting to the test Israel's claim to be His people.
The wall had been built with a plumb-line, and should have remained 'true to plumb'. Israel had been called out from the nations, but did she measure up to her calling?  Had she remained true to her God?
Sadly, she had not - and God's patience is not unending.

By turning to idolatry, Israel had disowned her redemption and despised her Redeemer. So God would destroy all her religious shrines - even those linked to the patriarchs.
And the royal family, instead of setting an example of loyalty and obedience, had led the rest of the people astray. So the dynasty of Jehu would come to an end with Jeroboam's son Zechariah, killed by assassination (see II Kings 15:9,10).
"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (I Peter 2:9)