Read 170.) Amos 7:1 thru 9:15. We finish Amos, the fourth of the Minor Writing Prophets. Within this reading, we’ll specifically find 2 particularly meaningful prophecies; one of which has already been fulfilled. Beginning in chapter 7, Amos is given two visions of devastating impending judgments from the Lord. The first, a plague of locusts, and the second, a most severe drought. In both these instances, Amos pleads for Israel, and God relents from sending those judgments. Beginning with verse 10, we learn of the opposition Amos faces from the very highest authorities in Israel; Amaziah, the priest of their calf-god in Bethel, and from King Jeroboam II in Samaria. Amos, again, in his fearlessness, denounces the king, and pronounces God’s judgment upon him.
From chapter 8, we find an amazing prophecy, but first, God shows Amos that His patience with the Northern Kingdom of Israel is coming to an end, and their destruction is soon at hand. They are like a basket of ripe fruit, and it is time to partake of it, since it has fully ripened. Again, a primary reason is because of their great social injustice, and the profanation of their religious practices. Then, this: Verses 11 and 12 comprise an extraordinary prophecy. Since the time of Moses and Joshua, through the period of the Judges, and now, since Samuel, Elijah and Elisha, and now, these writings prophets, God has almost continually been speaking to His people… and, He will continue to do so for some 325 more years still. But, by the close of the Hebrew Bible, our Old Testament, and the prophet Malachi, who probably last speaks about 425 BC; the Lord will go silent upon His people, the Hebrews, for a period of some 420 years, until the time of the announcement unto Zechariah, the priest, by an angel, of the coming of the forerunner to Messiah, John the Baptist, in Luke, chapter 2. God not only promised, or prophesied, all of ancient Israel’s history in advance, through the Patriarchs, and then to Moses and Joshua, but He also foretold The Inter-Testamental Period of Silence, from Malachi, unto the coming of John the Baptist! We have an amazing, supernatural Book from God!!!
Chapter 9 closes the book of Amos, but not without a promise of great hope! The first 10 verses pronounces their end. The 10 tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel will be destroyed. Many will be slain and many will go into exile. His patience and mercy has come to an end. But, we first find a glimmer of hope in the end of verse 8. “Yet, I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob.” Further, the book ends, verses 11 thru 15, with an incredible, unfulfilled prophecy that, though Israel will be carried away, a Day is coming, when Israel will be fully restored to her land, and she will be superabundantly blessed! With the word clues, “In that day,” “The days are coming,” and, “Never again,” we have the hope of Christ’s Millennial Kingdom, and Israel’s eternal state on the new earth to come, in which all this blessedness will be fully realized. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell