Amos 8:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.
Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is like the ripened fruit, ready to fall or be picked.
8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
This basket of Summer Fruit pictures Israel at the end of this age, at the latter day. Notice below that the temple was in Judah and NOT in Israel, therefore this is a prophecy about the latter days including both Judah and Israel.
In this latter day the ”Time of Jacob’s Trouble” will come upon all Israel and Judah, and also upon the unrepentant Laodicean Spiritual Ekklesia. The bodies will pile up in great calamity, as we suffer in order to bring us to see that our own power, pride and glory are as nothing; they perish in a day and are gone like a wilted flower.
Why do you think that God did what he did to the king Nebuchadnezzar in sending him madness? Was Nebuchadnezzar doing anything that other kings throughout the ages have not done? Why single him out?
It was for our instruction and for our advantage, so that we could also learn the lesson; that it is the Eternal who is God Indeed!
Will we look on what we have built and say in our heart: look what I have built. Do we look at men and say: Look what these great men have built, surely God was with them? Do we rely on our own false traditions and idols of men INSTEAD of relying upon the Word of Almighty God?
8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings [the music of joy will become laments of sorrow and suffering] in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
There will be so many dead that people will be exhausted with weeping and the dead will be buried without mourning or crying.
Our nations and the assemblies of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia, which greedily extract all that they can from even the needy and which respect neither new moon nor Sabbath will be severely corrected with a terrible correction.
8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
Today we call the Sabbath holy as we pollute it, and most reject God’s command to worship him on the New Moons. No, the New Moons are not holy days on which no work of any kind should be done like High Days and Sabbaths; but they are appointed times for worshiping God like the Wave Offering day, the middle Feast days and the Passover day.
8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone [having our minds on carnal pursuits and wishing that the worship was over], that we may sell corn ? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
8:7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
God will not forget [overlook] our sins as some wicked men teach; but God will surely correct us and make us quake in fearful horror, humble us and bring us to sincerely repent of our idolatries.
8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
When we have been corrected with sword, famine, disease and captivity, with great suffering and dying: We shall sincerely repent and seek out the LORD God to do his will and to live by every Word of God without compromise.
We will learn that the physical is only vanity and that the things that truly matter are the things of God. Then we will turn away from the vanity of carnality and begin to internalize the very nature, mind and Spirit of God, through a diligent seeking of him and living by every Word of God.
It is then that we will seek UNITY WITH OUR FATHER in sincerity and truth; and we shall be united with God as the children of the Most High!
Before that can happen, we must either sincerely repent or be corrected in tribulation, and be humbled and our great pride must be crushed.
8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, . . .
The sun set ends the day and so we speak of the end of something as the sun setting on that thing. For example we might say that the sun set on the empire; meaning that the empire has ended. We also know that the sun is said to be at the peak of its height at noon. The above statement is a poetic allegory that our glory will perish [set] at its peak.
Once Islamic Extremism is defeated and regional governments have been changed, our power will be at its peak and from there it will quickly fail and collapse. Our sun will set at midday as it were.
. . . and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
Just as God sent Israel into the hand of the Assyrians in c 721 B.C. God is not a respecter of persons and will also send strong correction on today’s Spiritual Ekklesia when we follow idols of men and sin against our LORD.
8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth [mourning] upon all loins, and baldness upon every head [in those days they shaved their heads in mourning, this is about mourning]; and I will make it as the mourning of [for] an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
Famine means scarcity, not complete absence; and today there is a great scarcity a great famine of the truth of the Word of God.
Because we reject truth and zeal for godliness to follow idols of men and to teach our own false traditions and ways; because we exalt idols of men and their false teachings and we do NOT teach the brethren to live by EVERY WORD of GOD; and because we do NOT preach the Gospel of warning and repentance that we are commanded to preach: We will be severely corrected.
Because of these sins God will remove from us the means to teach our errors and the Word of truth will be taught by the Two Sent Ones.
No more mass magazine distribution, no more funds or means for TV or radio, possibly a failure of electrical power and the internet in various areas in the devastated nations of Israel. Only by the power of God will the truth be taught. By God’s power these two will be a center of media focus and the truth will be made known to the nations.
In Israelite nations [and ultimately in every nation] there will be no escape from the wrath of God for all our abominations; and those who sincerely repent will surely be killed by the wicked: God will require that we give our lives for him to prove our repentance is true and not just a temporary remorse before sliding back into idolatry again.
Brethren, NOW is our last chance to sincerely repent of our idolatry and spiritual adultery, to turn from idolizing men, false traditions and the institutions of men and to embrace the Eternal and his very nature and ways through diligently living by every Word of God, before we are corrected in the furnace of affliction as per Revelation 3:14-22.
During our correction we will be made to thirst for water so that we can learn to thirst after the Living Waters of Salvation; which is to live by EVERY WORD of GOD!
All those who idolize men and exalt the words of men above Living by Every Word of GOD, will perish unless they sincerely repent! YES that means today’s corporate Ekklesia as well as the general public!
8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria [all idolaters will repent or perish], and say, Thy god, O Dan [the golden calf], liveth; and, The manner [idolatry] of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.
God will surely bring great affliction on today’s called out for all our idolatries and spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment, and for all the sins that our great pride has caused us to fall into.
There will be no escape, it does not matter if we prepare ourselves physically and hoard food etc. we shall surely be afflicted so that God might humble us to sincere repentance and save the spirit.
We cannot escape from our correction except by sincere repentance and living by every Word of God BEFORE that correction comes. Once it commences it will last for 42 months, and even if we repent during that time we will surely remain in affliction [or die] until Messiah comes.
Amos 9:1 I saw the LORD standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door [of the temple including the latter day spiritual temple], that the posts may shake: and cut [fall on them] them in the head, all of them [those who sin and justify their sins]; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away [escape], and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
Those who escape the sword of violence will suffer in other ways, by disease, starvation, natural disasters and plagues.
9:2 Though they dig into hell [dig holes and caves to hide in], thence shall mine hand take them; though they [try to hide in the high mountains] climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
9:3 And though they hide themselves in the top of [Mount] Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
9:4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
The Greatness and Might of God
9:5 And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
9:6 It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop [people] in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.
Just as God delivered the Ethiopians from the Egyptians and delivered other nations from their oppressors, God delivered Israel from Egypt also; for God is Mighty and Able to deliver!
Just as God is ABLE to deliver out of the hand of men, he is also ABLE to deliver the sinner INTO the hand of men for our correction.
9:7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the [God sees and will correct any sinful people, including the sinners in the assemblies of today’s called out] sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
Did not God call us out of the Egypt of this world? and do we not seek to remain worldly in many things, just like ancient Israel sought to return to Egypt?
9:9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
The spiritually called out who sin against our LORD say this very thing!
Attending some corporate organized “church” will not deliver us from the wrath of God, if we will not zealously live by EVERY WORD of GOD!
Claiming that we are God’s people will not save us if we idolize men and do not live by EVERY WORD of our GOD!
Finally when we have been torn and wounded by the agents of the Great God, we will sincerely repent; and our Lord will resurrect those who have been faithful to him, raising up David to once again rule the families of Israel.
9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen [the life of David will be restored and he shall be king over a united Israel/Judah], and close up the breaches [the breach between Israel and Judah will be healed and they shall be united under the house of David once again] thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom [after Messiah comes a repentant Turkey will serve king David of Israel], and of all the heathen, which are called by my name [the nations will also sincerely repent and shall be called by the name of the Lord], saith the LORD that doeth this.
The breach between Israel and her God will also be healed; and a New Covenant shall be made with Israel (Jer 31:31).
After the resurrection at Christ’s coming most of those who remain alive and their descendants will sincerely repent and enter into a New Covenant (Jer 31).
Hosea speaks of the New Covenant after Christ comes this way:
Hosea 2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely [God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh, Joel 2:28].
2:19 And I will betroth thee [in a New Covenant] unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
Ezekiel puts it this way:
Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
During the millennial Kingdom of God, the world will be blessed and rest at peace in the presence of the Creator. Then after 1,000 years Satan must be released for a short time before he is finally removed forever.
Amos 9:13 Behold, the days [of great prosperity] come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
9:14 And I will bring again the [deliver from] captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.