Amos 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
Amos was contemporary with Hosea, Jonah and Joel. These prophets warned Israel just before the ten tribes went into captivity c 721 B.C.; and that captivity was a foretaste of a future and greater latter day tribulation when Israel and Judah will fall together (Hos 5:5).
In this latter day BOTH physical Israel/Judah and the lax and complacent of Spiritual Israel, including professing Christianity; will be soundly corrected in the furnace of affliction.
That correction in the great tribulation is now at hand, which makes the words of these four prophets extremely significant to us at this time.
Amos prophesies against Israel, Judah and the surrounding nations, about the correction of God then and in the latter day.
1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
The great tribulation will begin from Zion and the Holy Place in Jerusalem, as Jesus Christ reminded us in Matthew 24:15-21.
God’s Judgment on Syria
When Jewish extremists sabotage the coming Mideast peace deal, the Syrian regime will turn and rend the Jewish state along with Turkey, the Arab nations, Jordan and the Palestinians. Finally in the third year the new Europe will attack the nations of Asia which will absorb the attack and counterattack against Europe and her Middle East allies.
The armies of the major Asian nations will respond sweeping through the Middle East down to Jerusalem where the European political and military leaders are making their last stand. As they pass through the region on their way to Jerusalem the Asian armies will devastate Syria and many other nations.
1:3 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed [occupied and held captive with a rod of iron] Gilead [Israel and the Golan – Galilee region] with threshing instruments of iron:
The descendants of the ancient Syrian will be afflicted by the armies of Asia.
1:4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.
1:5 I will break also the bar [defense] of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir [all Syria from Kir (Moab, Jordan) to the Euphrates will be devastated] saith the LORD.
God’s Judgment on Gaza [Modern Philistia]
When the Jewish state falls, the Gazan’s [The modern descendants of the Philistines accompanied by hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees.] will join the fray, and will break out of their land to devastate the surrounding cities of Judah, giving the local Jews to Turkey to deport them from the land.
1:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom [Edom is modern Turkey]:
Then the armies of Asia will come up and over-flood Gaza and destroy them. The people of Gaza will be devastated and the cities of Gaza, Akron, Ashdod and Ashkelon will be given to a restored Israel.
1:7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof: 1:8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.
Jeremiah 47:2 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north [armies shall come from the north], and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.
47:3 At the noise of the [armies] stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands [the mighty men will be made feeble because of great fear and terror];
47:4 Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon [the Asian armies will also destroy the cities of Lebanon and every ally of the Psalm 83 confederation] every helper that remaineth: for the LORD will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor [Gaza].
47:5 Baldness [when the prophecy was given, it was the custom to shave off the hair in mourning] is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut [it was also the custom when this prophecy was given, for people to cut themselves to appeal to their gods, see 1 Kings 18:28] thyself?
47:6 O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.
47:7 How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore [Gaza]? there hath he appointed it.
Zephaniah 2:4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
2:5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites [The Gazan’s]! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines [Gaza], I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.
2:6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
2:7 And the coast [of Gaza] shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah [After Messiah comes]; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.
God’s Judgment on Lebanon
Amos 1:9 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:
1:10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.
Lebanon will also be strongly corrected for joining the Psalm 83 alliance with Europe when the tribulation begins.
Lebanon will facilitate the removal of many Jews from Palestine over the 42 month tribulation and thereby reap the wrath of God.
1:11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom [Turkey], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever:1:12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.
Turkey will take the Jewish captives and treat them with the utmost cruelty.
God’s Judgment on Modern Jordan
Ammon: Modern Jordan
1:13 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead [Golan and the area of Reuben, Manasseh and Gad] that they might enlarge their border:
This happened in ancient times when Ammon helped the Assyrians and it will happen again as Ammon joins the nations of Psalm 83 to attack the modern Jewish state.
1:14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:
1:15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.
Ammon will also join with the King of the North seeking to take over the West Bank of Jordan that the children of Lot have lusted for, yet she shall fall to the men of Asia as they come up against the final seat of the political and religious leaders of the New Europe at Jerusalem.
God’s Judgment on Moab: Also Modern Jordan
Amos writing in his time, writes of the wicked deeds of the ancient Moabites. In our modern day Moab is joined with Ammon as one nation [Jordan], which will ally with the New Europe and the nations of Psalm 83 against Judah.
Amos 2:1 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:
2:2 But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kirioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet:
2:3 And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.
Because of the past sins of Moab and because they will join the Psalm 83 confederation in this latter day, they will be destroyed by the Asian nations moving towards Jerusalem.
God’s Judgment on Judah
Today only a small percent of Jews are religious, and those who are religious are fixed on their traditions which they are zealous to keep, exalting them above the Word of God. Today Judah like the other nations is full of Sabbath breaking, adultery, homosexuality, robbery, lying, stealing and pride.
2:4 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked: 2:5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
Judah stands on its traditions and NOT on the Word of God. Modern Judaism is NOT the religion of Moses but is as apostate from Moses as today’s Ekklesia and modern mainstream Christianity is apostate from Christ.
God’s Judgment on the Nations of the Ten Tribes of Israel [Finland, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, America, South Africa and the British people of Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand].
2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor [they oppress the poor], and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:
2:8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
Because all Israel [including today’s Spiritual Ekklesia] lusts for mammon, profit and advantage over others to such an extreme that they seem to lust to steal the dust on their heads; and have NOT dealt justly but deceitfully to rob them of their resources and wealth; Israel will be thrown into great tribulation along with Judah (Hosea 5:5).
2:9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
2:10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
2:11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD.
Has not God blessed us with mighty works and with physical and spiritual gifts and yet the nations of physical Israel along with spiritual Israel depart from the Word of God?
Today the people of physical and spiritual Israel seek to lead the zealous into sin and reject those who speak the truth to warn them.
2:12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink [they seek to lead the righteous into sin]; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
Today physical Israel and the called out of the Spiritual Ekklesia are drunk with the wine of PRIDE and those teaching zeal to live by EVERY WORD of God are told to shut up!
2:13 Behold, I am pressed under you [we are a heavy burden to God for all our iniquities], as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
God declares, you were my joy and now you have become a heavy burden to me. Therefore God will remove our blessings and remove the blessing of his protection and we shall be filled with a spirit of terror.
Deuteronomy 32:18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
32:19 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.
32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
32:23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
32:24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
32:25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
Amos 2:14 Therefore the flight [the strength to run] shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
2:15 Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
2:16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked [in terror] in that day [of God’s correction], saith the LORD.
The might of Israel [mainly America, Judah and Britain] will not save him, and his strength and courage will flee away leaving him terrified and easily overcome. This is the doing of the Eternal to humble us and crush our pride, to bring us to sincere repentance and turn us to him.
A prophecy against all of Israel including Judah
Amos 3:1 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
ALL the nations of today’s Israel along with the lukewarm Spiritual Ekklesia; the Laodicean Church of God; will be severely corrected.
3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
How can God walk with us when we chose our own ways above his ways?
3:4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
3:5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin [trap] is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil [the affliction of correction] in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
The evil [calamity, correction] comes from the Eternal because of our own idolatry and sin, yet a loving God will not send his correction without first warning the people.
3:8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
Let Egypt and the people of Gaza [and all the nations] watch and see the mighty correction of the Eternal upon his wayward people; and be warned and tremble, and swiftly and wholeheartedly turn to God, lest a greater correction come upon them.
3:9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.
Physical Israel and Judah and those of today’s called out Ekklesia do what we think is right according to our own ways, and we refuse to live by every Word of God the Father (Mat 4:4).
3:10 For they [Physical Israel and Judah and those of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia] know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence [against any zeal for godliness] and robbery in their palaces.
Physical Israel and Judah and those of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia; have forgotten our zeal and passionate love for the Word of God the Father and the instructions of our Lord Husband; we have gone astray and rebelled against our Maker.
3:11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.
The land shall be corrected beginning at the physical temple mount and with the spiritual temple of the Lord, the Spiritual Ekklesia; because of the multitude of our idolatry’s. Even now the people are being separated and measured out between the zealous and the lukewarm, so that the zealous may be spared by God as a man spares his son who loves him, while the rebellious are corrected.
Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
9:7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.
Just as a man might try to rescue a lamb from a lion and find only pieces left, so only a remnant of physical Israel/Judah will remain and the vast majority of the Laodicean Ekklesia will perish in the flesh to prove the sincerity of their repentance.
Amos 3:12 Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.
Only a few will be preserved alive from this terrible correction and very many of the Lord’s elect will have to lay down their lives for him in this tribulation to prove their wholehearted repentance.
3:13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob [Israel and Judah; and spiritual Jacob], saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel [the golden calves that Jeroboam 1 set up]: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.
God will destroy our idols and our altars to those idols, and he will crush our pride that we may be turned to him.
All the major corporate church groups will be destroyed and the called out Ekklesia will be forced to turn to and rely on God ALONE as our ONLY salvation.
Because we have made idols out of our organizations they will be destroyed, for the Lord our God is a jealous Husband; and he will destroy our lovers so that he may save us for himself alone! All of our great construction projects to honor idols of men will be destroyed.
3:15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.
ALL our pleasant things and the worldly possessions that we have lusted for and delighted in and for which we have compromised with God’s Word to obtain; shall be taken from us and destroyed so that we may learn to delight in the Lord our God and to live by every Word of God.
We will be afflicted until we learn and KNOW; that the only thing of lasting importance is our relationship with the Mighty God!