Amos 6 – 7

Amos 6

Woe to those who are at ease, full of pride and trusting in there own ways;  and are not living by every Word of God.

Amos 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

6:2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?

Our people are violent and think that no evil will befall them for our wicked deeds.  Just as the nation is violent, so too the Ekklesia does violence against those who are zealous for God; condemning those who reject idols of men to live by every Word of God.  

6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

6:6 That drink wine in bowls [using bowls in place of glasses for the great amount that they drink], and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Today’s spiritual leaders have gone the way of the physical leaders in feeding themselves physical things and not seeking to live by every Word of God nor feeding the flock the spiritual things of God.

The day of our correction [which we want to believe will never come upon us], is now close at hand.  God will withdraw his blessings and where there was plenty, very little will remain. 

6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

6:8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces [pride in ourselves]: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.

Today’s nations of Israel will be corrected and the Laodicean Spiritual Ekklesia which departs from zeal to live by every Word of God will also be corrected, and such organizations and all the grand monuments to false traditions, pride and ego will be destroyed and brought down to nothing.

6:9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die.

6:10 And a man’s uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.

In our afflictions and sorrows we will leave off glorying in our self-righteousness, for we will be made to understand that we have defiled ourselves with pride, idolatry and much sin and that we are suffering God’s wrath.

6:11 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house [the great corporate churches] with breaches, and the little house [small church groups] with clefts.

The houses [families and corporations] shall be brought down.  Can we plough rocks?  God will make our land like solid rock so that it will produce nothing.

Leviticus 26:14  But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; 26:15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:

26:16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

26:17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

26:18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: 26:20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

Amos 6:12 Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall [bitterness], and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock [poison, death]:

6:13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns [conquered nations] by our own strength?

We say that we have victory by our own strength.

6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath [from the Euphrates to the Nile] unto the river of the wilderness.

In those days God raised up Assyria and the ten tribes of Israel were removed from the land of promise; God will also greatly correct us once again in this latter day.

Very soon now our glorying will be turned into shame and we will realize that we have gloried in a thing of no value when we gloried in our buildings,  our corporate assemblies, our false traditions,our own strength and in our idols of men.

These things are all vanity and nothing at all, perishing in their time. We and our leaders will all likewise perish if we forsake any part of the Word of our God.

Only the Eternal and his Word stand forever!

 

Amos 7

God tells Amos that he will send a plague of grasshoppers to eat up the main harvest of ancient Israel and Amos begs God to relent.

Amos 7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth [the early growth of the main fall harvest was to be eaten by the grasshoppers]; and, lo, it was the latter growth [the growing main fall harvest] after the king’s [harvest] mowings.

7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

Then Amos cried out to God begging God not to send this grasshopper plague and God relented.

7:3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.

Then God said that he would destroy ancient Samaria by fire from heaven like Sodom, and again Amos cried out for deliverance and God relented.

7:4 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.  7:5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.  7:6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.

Then God determined to abandon ancient Israel to Assyria for all their sins against him.

7:7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the LORD stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

God then declares that he will measure Israel and give them to the enemy [the Assyrians].

7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

7:9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam [the ten tribes of Israel] with the sword [of Assyria].

Finally God declared that he would abandon the ancient ten tribes of Israel to the sword of Assyria.

7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel [the priest of the golden calf idols] sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.   7:11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam [Jeroboam 2] shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.

The priest of the idols then told Amos to go prophesy elsewhere and to leave the ancient ten tribes of Israel alone.

7:12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:  7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

Amos responded by saying that he does not speak his own words and speaks only what God has called him to speak; indicating that he Amos has no choice in what is spoken or to whom.

7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit [figs]:

7:15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

The apostate religious leader then pretested against Amos, and called on him to keep silent and flee the land. Amos responded that he must declare the message that God has told him to declare.

Amos then declared the fate of the religious leaders who would stop godly mouths from speaking the warning from God. 

Today most leaders and elders of the Ekklesia say the same thing: saying,  “Keep silent and do not warn the people, do not tell us we are sinning and that we will be corrected for we are God’s church.” 

I say: Surely God will remove his blessings and protection from us for our idolizing and exalting of men and false traditions above the Word of God!  Today, we, like ancient Israel, are full of idolatry and we will receive a very severe correction!

7:16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.  7:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD [God declared his judgment to this priest of the golden calves who rebuked Amos]  Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

History

The captivities began in approximately 740 BC (or 733/2 BC according to other sources).

And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh [who dwelled east of the Jordan], and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day. (1 Chronicles 5:26)

In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and he took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria. (2 Kings 15:29)

In 722 BC, nearly ten to twenty years after the initial deportations, the ruling city of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, Samaria, was finally taken by Sargon II after a three-year siege started by Shalmaneser V.

Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents.

And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present [tribute] to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison. Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.

In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. (2 Kings 17:3–6) And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes: because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded and would not hear them, nor do them. (2 Kings 18:11–12).

During the many years from the initial apostasy of Jeroboam God had sent many prophets continuously warning the ten tribes to sincerely repent of their idolatry and return to God. 

During those years God continued to call many in Israel and there were many faithful among the overwhelmingly ungodly in the ten tribes.  For example Elijah felt so alone that God had to assure him that there remained seven thousand godly in Israel.

After hearing the words of God’s servants and seeing the rise of Assyria, many godly faithful did flee down into Judah.  This influx of godly from the ten tribes contributed to the ability of several good kings of Judah to make reforms in the areas that they controlled, for example Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 30).

It should be remembered that since Rehoboam lost all the tribes except Judah and Benjamin, the kings of Judah had always coveted a restoration of their monarchy over the northern kingdom of Israel. 

Therefore when Assyria depopulated the land of Samaria of the ten tribes and began to bring in people from the Euphrates valley to occupy the land, Judah rushed in and seized what they could of the adjacent land of Samaria. 

Historically from that time onward there was friction between the Samaritans and the Jews.  The Jews thinking that the ten tribes were restored to them because some of the ten tribes had fled to Judah and the remainder had been deported and presumed lost; while the Samaritans could rightly claim that God had removed the ten tribes and given them the land.   This conflict of claims would have strong consequences right up to today. 

 

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