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Pamphlet #1341
Amos Chapters 1 & 2

Amos means "burden" or figuratively "infliction", the application of which you will totally and completely understand by the time we are only part way through this informative book, but only if you will open your eyes and ears to see and understand the Word of God and the simplicity in the way our Father communicates to His children.

One of those simple ways is that He had His prophets foretell us and place in writing all the things that would befall us in the final generation and THEN He had all those things "acted out" in type, like a play upon the stage (though they really happened) so that we could get a visual PICTURE of the way things would be spiritually in these last days. In fact, the apostle Paul made it a point to remind us that those things which happened unto our forefathers were types and ensamples for us to understand today:
1 Cor. 10:11
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Do you believe we are in the last days? How well versed are you in the words of the prophets and how well do you know the history contained in the Old Testament? That is a vitally important question because if you think you are in good standing with the Lord and yet you do not study His Word and learn from HIStory, then you are in serious trouble, and you are in serious danger of falling down before Satan, when he comes to earth as the false Jesus, in the Great Falling Away, that great apostasy spoken of by Paul in 2 Thes. 2:3!

So do you think you are in good standing?

[12] Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
"Take heed" means to stop and look around and perceive what is happening. Jesus Christ told us five times in Mark 13 to "Take Heed" to current events and to the words of the prophets and the apostle Paul also warned us to "take heed" to the historical events that befell our forefathers.
Take heed =  blepoblep'-o  Strong's #991
A primary verb; to look at (literally or figuratively):—behold, beware, lie, look (on, to), perceive, regard, see, sight, take heed. Compare G3700.

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So perhaps you had better do as Paul warns and "Take Heed" and start paying some close attention to ALL that is written in our Father's Word. And if it be that someone is telling you that all you need is "love in your heart" and you do not need to study His Word, especially the Old Testament, do not listen to them. They are LIARS! They may mean well but nevertheless they are still LIARS! Because quite frankly dear Christian, if you do not seek Him through His Word, you do NOT have true love for Him in you heart. Jesus Christ said so Himself:
John 14:15
If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:23
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

If you do not keep His Words you will be as the unwise, foolish virgins... who will be on the outside of the great Wedding Feast of the true Bridegroom looking in (Mat. 25:11)!

To that end, all that is really necessary to understand the simplicity of what the great Book of Amos is about is contained in the first two verses of chapter one which is easy unveiled to those who choose to "study to shew themselves approved unto God" and to do the work of "a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15)".

You might say that the title and subject of Amos is contained in the "transliteration*" of the words of the names and places and titles in the first verse which is unveiled in the simple "translation" of those words. And you do not need to be fluent in the Hebrew language by any means, but you do need to be skillful in breaking back the English into the original languages, even all the way to the prime root(s) of the word(s). To do this properly you should have among your study tools the bare minimum of at least a King James Bible (we highly recommend the "Companion Bible", by Kregel Publishers) and a Strong's Concordance, which is exactly what we will use in the documentation in this study. 

Here is verse one of the Book of Amos:

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
.
* Note: Transliteration is when the letters of a word in one language are simply converted to the corresponding letters of another language. That conversion seldom results in bringing forth the translation of what the original word means. For example: The word "kenite" is a transliteration of a Hebrew word into an English word where the letters are converted, but the translation of "kenite" is "offspring of Cain".

There is much said in Amos 1:1. First, we learn that Amos was "among" the herdmen, i.e. he was one of the many "herdmen of Tekoa"! What does Tekoa mean?

Tekoa = Bz�teqoa€tek-o'-ah Strong's #8620
A form of #8619; Tekoa, a place in Palestine:—Tekoa, Tekoah.
Tekoa was city about five miles south of Bethlehem and ten miles from Jerusalem. But that still doesn't tell us what it means. Let's go the root word of Tekoa:
Bz˜taqoa€taw-ko'-ah Strong's #8619
From #8628 (in the muscal sense); a trumpet:—trumpet.
Aha! Now let's learn what a "herdman" is before we put this all together:
Herdmen =  noqedno-kade'  Strong's #5349
Active participle from the same as #5348; a spotter (of sheep or cattle), that
is, the owner or tender (who thus marks them):—herdman, sheepmaster.
Isn't this fun? Those with eyes to see know that we are beginning to get a clear picture of who Amos is a type of. With a little further research as to what this type of "herdman" ("noqed") is you will find that these "sheepmasters" tendered and branded (as in marked) a small herd of a "peculiar" breed of sheep whose wool was very fine, i.e. of the very best quality. I'll call it "virgin wool" for the deeper student. Add to this the fact that later on in this book (in Amos 7:14) we will also find that Amos was a "gatherer of sycamore fruit". Oh, and one more thing! We also will learn that Amos was NOT a schooled prophet, i.e. one who had a "sheepskin" degree from a Theological Seminary or Master's Degree from a School of Divinity.

Wow! This is easy so far:

Amos was a type of God's elect in this final generation who are those "sons and daughters" Joel spoke of who "Blow the Trumpet" (they are from Tekoa). They are those "sons and daughters" who call forth the "wise virgins" the "good fruit". They are those "sons and daughters" who prophesy (Acts 2:18) and "mark", i.e. seal, those 144,000 of the tribes of Israel in Rev. 7:4! Got it? They are "doers" of His Word and they "keep His Word and have not denied His name". The other "shepherds" we will read of are those false ones Christ warned us about who would come in His name preaching traditions of men and deceive the foolish virgins, the unwise sheep, sealing and "marking" their flocks for the beast, the other messiah, the fake Jesus.
Well, believe it or not, after all of that we are only partially done with verse 1. Next we learn that the subject of Amos is what "he saw concerning Israel", those same ten tribes Hosea spoke of. Actually Amos was of the "kingship" line of Judah but he was commissioned to go the house of Israel and to the house of Judah as well.

And if we dig a little more we can learn what the timeframe is of this vision of Amos. It was...

... in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel...
OK, get out your Strong's out again and let's learn together!
Uzziah =  iˆf„€uzzŒyah ooz-zee-yaw',Strong's #5818
From #5797 and #3050; strength of Jah; Uzzijah, the name of five Israelites:—Uzziah.
Uzziah which means "strength of Yah" is a compound word formed from the following words:
#5797  B  €oz €oz  oze, oze
From #5810; strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise):—boldness, loud, might, power, strength, strong.

#3050  yahhyaw
Contracted for #3068, and meaning the same; Jah, the sacred name:—Jah, the Lord, most vehement. Cp. names in "-iah," "-jah."

Who is our strength? Keep this is mind while we learn some other words and then we will tie them all together. Amos' vision was also in the days of Jeroboam:
Jeroboam =  �ˆˆyarob€amyaw-rob-awm' Strong's #3379
From #7378 and #5971; (the) people will contend; Jarobam, the name of
two Israelite kings:—Jeroboam.
Again, this is a compound word:
#7378  „ eo  rŒyb rub  reeb, roob
A primitive root; properly to toss, that is, grapple; mostly figuratively to wrangle, that is, hold a controversy; (by implication) to defend:—adversary, chide, complain, contend, debate, X ever, X lay wait, plead, rebuke, strive, X thoroughly.

#5971  €am am
From #6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock:—folk, men, nation, people.

Now Jeroboam was the son of Joash. This is important:
Joash = H3060  LSBŠyeho�ashyeh-ho-awsh'
From #3068 and (perhaps) #784; Jehovah fired; Jehoash, the name of two
Israelite kings:—Jehoash Compare #3101.
#3068  ˆŠyehovahyeh-ho-vaw'
From #1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of
God:—Jehovah, the Lord. Compare #3050, #3069.

#784  L �eshaysh
A primitive word; fire (literally or figuratively):—burning, fiery, fire,
flaming, hot.

You may think this is a lot of words and definitions to look up, but they make this verse so simple. Let's add the last piece of the puzzle:
... two years before the earthquake.
So we have the time of Amos' vision as being the time when God shall be the strength of His children during the time of controversy and contention of His rebellious children, "two years before the earthquake". WOW! This earthquake is found in Zech. 14 and is the time when Jesus Christ returns at the sound of the 7th Trump. It is also the "earth shaking" Joel spoke of.

In plain and simple terms, Amos saw the spiritual condition of our nation (the US of A) two years before the return of Christ! Once again... WOW!

But what of this "Fire" of "YeHoVaH"? Do you not know that God IS a consuming fire?

Hebrews 12:29
For our God is a consuming fire.
Yes, we need to understand what this "fire" from our Father is because Amos is going to explain how the Lord is going to apply some "Heat" to the nations when He shakes them up in the Valley of Jehoshaphat, the Valley of Judgment! Remember what we learned in Joel? Christ is returning to judge the nations:
Joel 3:16
The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
The heavens and the earth shall shake!The "earthquake"! Amos saw what was happening two years before Christ's return to the Valley of Jeshoshaphat. Do you understand? It is the time of "Uzziah" when "Yehovah is our Strength".

To further document the time frame that this is the same time of the "earth shaking" Joel spoke of, here are words of Amos in verse 2:

Amos 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.
But Amos lets us know that the "habitations of the shepherds" shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither. What does that mean? Well, Carmel is the mountain promontory north of Israel, in Asher, abounding in rich pastures, olives, and vines. It is symbolic of fertility or fruitfulness. In fact, Carmel means fruitful. (Do you remember from our study of Hosea that "Ephraim" means double fruitful?)
Carmel =  Škkarmelkar-mel' Strong's #3759
From #3754; a planted field (garden, orchard, vineyard or park); by implication garden produce:—full (green) ears (of corn), fruitful field (place), plentiful (field).
Sounds like a locust's paradise to me! see "Locusts' Locusts, everywhere."

The word "shepherd" used here is "raah" and is NOT the same as the sheepmaster or tender of sheep, i.e. "noqed", that Amos was. And the word "habitations" means pastures or house. Thus the meaning becomes quite clear. These are the false shepherds who mark their sheep for Satan who have helped lay waste and wither the fruitful mount where once there were many fruitful trees, but now they are withered and are as branches of deadwood. Yes, preachers  (like the ones Jesus told us about in Matthew 24:4-5 who teach us false doctrines like the "Rapture Theory" which will lead a person right into Satan's camp, if believed!

Matthew 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5  For many shall come in my name (claiming to represent Christ), saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

In Amos 1:2 we learned that the LORD will soon come and roar from Zion (like a lion Joel says), and "utter" His voice, which means to "avenge" and "bring forth in recompense", i.e. to judge from Jerusalem where He is returning to rule ALL nations with a rod of iron as the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Let's read it again:

Amos 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 leaders of the "pastures" (churches), of their own habitations, shall mourn and their fruitful places, their own little Edens shall wither for He shall consume all the rudiments, which is all that is evil and wicked, with His fire, i.e. the spirit of His mouth and the brightness of His coming.
2 Peter 3:12
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements [evil rudiments] shall melt with fervent heat?

2 Thes. 2:8
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Meanwhile, back here in the wilderness we have taken heed and behold we observe all the nations "standing up" along side one another as the New World Order stands ready and poised to receive her king, the false messiah, Satan, who shall come claiming to be Jesus Christ and shall successfully deceive the whole world into believing that he is.    see Live Link to- "Take Heed"

And soon all the nations of every race and every language shall be warned that the real King of kings is coming to judge them in the Valley of Jehoshaphat and their glorious One World System, Babylon the great, shall fall at the shout and at the great earthquake which is the great overturning of this flesh age when Yeshua returns at the sound of the 7th Trump.

Do you remember what we learned in Joel concerning what it is that those saints who are delivered up to the kings and rulers of the nations will be proclaiming? "Prepare WAR!" ... "for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision And the heavens and the earth shall SHAKE when He returns. (Joel 3:9-14)." Joel 3:16 "The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake : but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Next Amos the sheepmaster is going to give us a synopsis of "the punishment thereof" which as Dr. Bullinger notes in the Companion Bible specifically refers to the earthquake spoken of in Amos 1:1. "The punishment thereof" will be used a total of "8" times in the "uttering" of His voice as the reasons are given for the avenging on this Day of Vengeance. In other words, Amos is going to recap the sins of the nations which they have transgressed against God and His people. By the way, the number "8" denotes "new beginning" in Biblical numerics, and so it is that with this earthquake 
there shall be a new beginning, even the beginning of the Millennium, for the King of kings and His saints will then take over rule for the next 1000 years exacting discipline and teaching the spiritually dead how to "discern between the holy and the profane (Ezek. 44:23)", which is something they obviously cannot do now!

It should be noted that there are several expressions that are used in all 8 "utterings" to the nations. One of those is a Hebraism which means "continually", "perpetually", as in "time and time again" which is how some translations render the expression "for three transgressions and for four". It is the same Hebraism as "unto the third and to the fourth (generation)" which also means continually, i.e. from generation to generation, etc. etc.

Next, the expression "shall devour the palaces" is used concerning all the nations and Judah as well, to show what it is His "fire" shall consume. He shall consume their "palaces" which are the citadels, the "high places", i.e. the churches of the nations. It is also where the kings and rulers dwell who shall to the very last man and woman bow to the King of kings and Lord of lords. Yes, all of the following nations we are going to read of today are fortresses and represent the strongholds of the nations (ethnos) both militarily and more importantly, religiously. The "fire" from the "consuming fire", i.e. Almighty God (Heb. 12:29,) shall DEVOUR the palaces of every single one of them!

One more note: Although specific nations are singled out, they represent the whole of the nations whose "transgressions" are listed among those given here. In that sense, they serve as types and examples of the transgressions against God and His people by ALL the nations. Also, because of the sheer volume of information available in God's Word and secular history as well, it is not within the scope of this study to go into the background and explicit details of the transgression of the nations described herein. However, those who desire to gain a deeper understanding of the sins of the nations are encouraged to make an in-depth study of the historical events on their own. An understanding of what is meant by "transgressions" is also essential:

transgressions =  Ltpesha€  peh'-shah  Strong's #6588
From #6586; a revolt (national, moral or religious):—rebellion, sin, transgression, trespassive

#6586 = Ltpasha€ paw-shah'
A primitive root (rather identical with #6585 through the idea of expansion); to break away (from just authority), that is, trespass, apostatize, quarrel:— offend, rebel, revolt, transgress (-ion, -or).

Thus it becomes quite clear what the problem is, doesn't it? So the nations of the world will soon know as it is written so many, many times and places in the holy scriptures that the "I AM" is LORD! That is what those who call upon His name in these last days will declare... "Yah is God", which is what JO-EL means in Hebrew, and let there be no doubt about it, Jesus Christ is soon coming to the Valley of Jehoshaphat to judge the nations. Yes, the Day of the Lord will be a joyous time for those who love the Lord and are His at His coming, but it will also be the Day of Vengeance for His enemies. As it is written, He is coming to judge and to make war. "PREPARE WAR, ye ungodly nations of the earth!"
Rev. 19:11
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
And how is Jesus Christ described when He returns? (not as baby Jesus, that's for sure!)
[12] His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
The many crowns on His head are all the crowns of the nations who turn them over when the King of king comes! And the nations are going to feel the heat from His wrath, His righteous "Judgment" and His "Vengeance".  Paul also described His coming "judgment" and "vengeance" in 2 Thes. 1:4-8:
2 Thes. 1:4
So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

[5] Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

[6] Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

God does not take kindly to those individuals or nations who cheat, rob, take captive, oppress or kill His children. Would you?
[7] And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
He is coming on that white horse with His mighty angels, the great righteous army of the Living God.
[8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Let us now read of those nations and their transgressions.

Damascus

Amos 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 Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

Damascus means "activity" and Dr. William Smith writes in his "Bible Dictionary", A. J. Holman Co., pg. 69, that "Damascus is the oldest city known to history". And so we begin with the nations whose activity from the very beginning has been to "thresh", meaning to break or tread upon, Gilead which was the mount that was rich in "pastures" and "forests" and was "well watered".

[4] But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Ben-hadad.

Again, you should learn the history of all these people and places and events. Here is just a little info on Hazael and Ben-hadad, both of Damascus:

Long wars with Israel characterized the reign of Ben-hadad, son of Hadad, king of Damascus. "Hadad" means "mighty" in Hebrew and was "originally the indigenous appellation of the sun among the Syrians, and thence transferred to the king as the highest of earthly authorities. The title appears to have been an official one, like Pharaoh." (Smith's Bible Dictionary)

As you become familiar with the story you will find that Ben-hadad became seriously ill and sent Hazael to the prophet Elisha to inquire as to whether he would recover. When Hazael returned, he lied to Ben-hadad concerning what the man of God said and told him Elisha said he would recover. Then, the next day Hazael assassinated the king and ascended to the throne. Sounds just like the MO of one (Satan) we read about in Isaiah 14:13-14, doesn't it? "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

Hazael means "God has seen" or "God is watching". And the many, many transgressions of the type of Hazael of Damascus have not gone unnoticed and will not go unpunished! Meanwhile the prayer of the saints of the Most High God continue:

Rev. 6:10
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Be patient! Not long now! The great earthquake shall come soon enough! Feel and/or see any "tremors" lately? (I speak in a spiritual sense though the signs in the earth continue.)

[5] I will break also the bar 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, saith the LORD.

He will crush the gates of their strongholds, their "pastures" and "houses" of Aven, i.e. emptiness,/churches which all stem from that one who has wielded the sceptre over the nations even from the garden of Eden. And so is written that on the Day of the Lord, which is the Day of Vengeance for unrepentant transgressors, that those who have been the "capturers" will now become the "capturees"! Each shall reap what he or she has sown. That goes for both individuals and the nations as well.

Gaza
Amos 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:

Gaza symbolizes the wholesale delivering up of God's people by the kenites to all that is "red", even communism and socialism and if it were possible, even into the hands of the "Red Nation". Those deeper students who are familiar with Ezekiel's prophecies, know that this delivering up to Edom (meaning "red"), which is the land of Esau, i.e. Russia, shall yet happen in the fulfillment of Ezk. 38 & 39. The word Gaza means "the strong" as in a strong people.

[7] But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:

[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.

"Philistine" means "wanderer" or "vagabond". Do you know who the first "wanderer" was? Yes, it was Cain. In your historical and biblical research you will also find that Joshua found a confederacy of five cities - Gaza, Gath, Askelon, Ashdod and Ekron - all ruled by princes with whom he did not go to war. All those cities worshipped "special divinities, such as Dagon, Derketo, Baal-Zebub and Ashtoreth, whose images were carried with them on their campaigns..". (Smith's Bible Dictionary)

So do you know who it is that "holds the sceptre" from Ashkelon? It is even Satan, who shall be cut off and bound in the pit when Jesus Christ returns. And the unrepentant remnant of the Philistines shall receive his same death sentence.

Tyrus
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:

The walls of Tyrus, that great international city of trade and commerce which you can read about in Ezek. 27, shall fall in the great earthquake at the "shout" and at the sound of the 7th Trump. Tyrus in Hebrew means "rock" and the king of Tyrus is that "rock who is not our Rock (Deut 32)", even Satan himself as documented in the 28th chapter of Ezekiel. Tyrus symbolizes the globalization which is and has taken place during this final generation brought forth by the beast of Rev. 13:1, known by most people simply as the New World Order.

[10] But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.

Tyrus and economic tyranny and oppression shall be no more, forever and ever!

Edom
Amos 1:11
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, 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:

It is written that Esau (Russia) shall live by the sword and shall die by the sword. Read Genesis chapter 27 concerning the "two nations" in Rebecca's womb. And as we noted earlier, Esau will yet pursue his brother Jacob according to the manner of Ezk. 38 & 39 when that army of many nations led by the chief prince Meshech comes against true Israel in the battle of Hamon-gog.

Here is the Hebrew for "chief" prince:

chief =  L ro�sh   roshe
From an unused root apparently meaning to shake; the head (as most easily shaken), whether literally or figuratively (in many applications, of place, time, rank, etc.):—band, beginning, captain, chapiter, chief (-est place, man, things), company, end, X every [man], excellent, first, forefront, ([be-]) head, height, (on) high (-est part, [priest]), X lead, X poor, principal, ruler, sum, top.
[12] But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

Teman was a tribe who was descended from Esau and who were noted for their wisdom (Jer. 49:7)        while Bozrah means "an enclosure" or "sheepfold". The prophet Jeremiah also prophesied that Bozrah would become a desolate waste. "For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes   (Jeremiah 49:13)."

Edom shall feel the power of the great earthquake and the fire of His wrath in the Valley of Jehoshaphat for the continual transgressions thereof and Esau shall never again pursue his brother with the sword.

Ammon
Amos 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, that they might enlarge their border:

Ammon was Lot's younger son. You will find that "When David was king, the Ammonites defied Israel, prepared for war, and hired auxiliaries from the Arameans" all so that "they might enlarge their border". No more! No more shall anyone take advantage of God's people or try to destroy His pasture so they can take it over.

[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:

Rabbah was the chief city of the Ammonites and her defiant days of "transgressions" are over when the saints of the Most High shout and the tempest of His fury comes against them.

[15] And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.

The king of Rabbah is the same one who is the king of Tyrus who is also the god of Gaza and Gath and Ashdod, etc. He is the false king of kings who shall go back into captivity, into the pit, when Yeshua returns.

Moab
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:
Moab means "scarcely, water of a father" or "to desire" and you can read in God's Word the many times that the Moabites rebelled and turned on Israel. However, this prophecy concerning the king of Edom brings us right up to the 20th century and the beginning of the 70 years of bondage, the 70 year "yoke" placed on our brother Esau, which began in 1917, the year of the kenite led Bolshevik revolution and the overthrow of the monarchy of Russia. You see, the king of Edom, Nicholas along with his wife Queen Alexandria, were shot to death on July 16, 1918, by the order of Soviet officials and buried in a lime pit.
How about that!

You will also find that 1917 was the year when the Zionists began to "work the ground" by fomenting World Wars and exercising the powers of the four hidden dynasties in order to bring about the planting of the fig tree, which they successfully did on May 15, 1948. The Zionist movement officially began with the following declaration on November 2, 1917:
The Balfour Declaration
November 2, 1917

    During the First World War, British policy became gradually committed to the idea of establishing a Jewish home in Palestine (Eretz Yisrael). After discussions in the British Cabinet, and consultation with Zionist leaders, the decision was made known in the form of a letter by Arthur James Lord Balfour to Lord Rothschild. The letter represents the first political recognition of Zionist aims by a Great Power.
Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,
Arthur James Balfour

http://www.israel.org/mfa/go.asp?MFAH00pp0

[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:

To "die with tumult" means to die without dignity when the shout at the 7th Trump sounds. Kirioth or Kerioth was the ancient capital of Moab which some scholars believe was the birthplace of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Christ, as the latter half of his name means "man of Kerioth". And speaking of betrayal, it was Grigori Efimovich Rasputin, an uneducated "evil" monk who became the personal advisor of the royal family of Russia during the last years of their rule.

[3] And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.

In other words, the time is coming soon when Jesus Christ will end the prolonged judgment, which is the sentencing of those who have "transgressed", and He will then execute the sentence! This will fulfill the prayers of the saints in Rev. 6:10 who are at this moment "crying with a loud voice saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?"

It shall happen soon when the Day of Vengeance and recompense upon the ungodly who have committed trespasses again and again and again by continuing the sins of their father(s) even unto the fourth generation, meaning even unto the final generation of this flesh age! Meanwhile the labor pangs are getting stronger and stronger and occurring closer and closer together.

Soon, His Justice shall be served unto all!

The Word of God, through Amos the sheepmaster, has declared that on the Day of the Lord, the day Jesus Christ returns, He shall judge the nations for their transgressions against Him and against His people Israel, true Israel, as in the "House of Israel" who are found today making up the Christian nations
located in Europe and the Americas, not the little nation in the middleast that is now called Israel. Amos gives us a preview of those nations and their transgressions just before the summer fruit is ready to harvest (Amos 8:1). In fact, his vision is to the time of the end just two years before the great earthquake when the Lion of the Tribe of Judah shall roar from the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

But do not think that God's people are innocent and exempt from His wrath. They are not. Amos will now address the whole House Israel as they exist right now, in this 21st. century, which is split into two separate houses as in two separate branches which Ezekiel calls "sticks" in chapter 37 of his book. They shall be joined together and restored as one when Messiah returns. Meanwhile, here are Judah's transgressions:

Judah

Amos 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:

When the Word of God, which is His law, is not taught and His commandments therefore are not kept, then the lies and the traditions of men take over and replace His truth. Those religious (and even civil) traditions look good to man (as he sees them) and sound real good (as he hears them), but as the Proverbs declare TWICE for emphasis "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25).

ALL who have gone astray and have been led astray have done so because they have "eaten bad fruit" which comes not from God, from the Tree of Life, but from the bearer of bad fruit himself, even Satan the devil. Those of house of Judah have walked after their forefathers in the idolatrous traditions of men, forsaking His Holy Word, and thus erring in truth. Here is what Christ said to those who claimed to be the religious leaders of Judah:

Matthew 22:29
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Judah shall pay the price on the Day the Earth Shakes!

[5] But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

Their temples and their Beth-Avens shall be destroyed when Jesus' feet touch the Mt. of Olives, just as Jesus told His disciples:

Mark 13:2
And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

And what about the rest of the Free World, the Christian nations?

Israel

[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;
Note: Christians must know where the 10 northern tribes of the House of Israel went following their captivity by Assyria if they are to understand the words of the prophet Amos. It should be no mystery in this age of information, yet most Christians are clueless concerning their rich heritage and never even give it a thought that many of them are the great, great grandsons and granddaughters of the people Moses led out of Egypt. The House of Israel and the House of Judah simply are not the same house at this time. They are two separate houses and even Amos has given separate addresses to each of them in this chapter. Therefore, if you are among those who not know with certitude where the House of Israel dwells today then contact Artisan Publishers at www.artisanpublishers.com and purchase the booklet "The Abrahamic Covenant", by E. Raymond Capt. or log unto pamphlet #1064 here of our site.

How is it that Israel has SOLD the righteous and the needy? Are you familiar with the 3rd Seal, the 3rd Trump, the black horse, which is the power of economics? When the economy is not set up and run according to God's laws against deceit and usury, it will eventually enable the taskmasters who control it to ENSLAVE the people? Yes, we left the kenites take away our gold standard in early 1900's. Google "The Jekyll Island duck hunt."

Here is the 3rd Seal as described by John:

Rev. 6:5
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

[6] And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

Amos, the sheepmaster, refers to all of the first Four Seals of Rev. 6 and discloses their status two years before the great earthquake! Amos "narrows in" on this 3rd Seal in chapter 8, the time when he sees "the summer fruit" ready for harvest (8:1) and "the end is come upon God's people" (8:3). It is late in the day dear Christian!
Amos 8:4
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

Welfare and entitlement programs DESTROY the "spirit" of the poor and needy. God doesn't like it! It is OK to help someone who is "down on their luck" but to continue to enable them to stay there is ungodly and unholy. If you do not know that,  then you cannot yet tell the difference between that which holy and that which is profane.

[5] Saying, When will the new moon be gone, 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?

This is the 3rd Seal which Amos is talking about. The deceivers of our people can hardly wait until it is "pitch dark" that they may tip the balance and rip off the people. The "Hidden Dynasty of the Economy" is such a Satanic "smoke screen" that it shocks most Christians when they discover what our central banking debt system of usury is all about. It is about SLAVERY with dragon, Satan, as your king! If you do not have this seal in your forehead and you do not understand the "national debt", which by the way cannot  be payed off, then find and read the booklet, "The Hidden Dynasty of the Economy". It may help open your eyes.

Live Link to- The Hidden Dynasty of the Economy

[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?

We have allowed the kenites to make merchandise of God's people. SHAME ON US! God doesn't like it and there shall be an accounting of everyone's WORKS when He gets here! Amos is telling us why!

[7] The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.

So Amos has told us that the 10 tribes of the house of Israel, which are headed today by the largest nation of those tribes, the United States of America, are not exempt from His wrath in the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and that they also in big trouble with the Lord on His Day. Israel has erred also and gone astray from His Word and has committed fornication with the kings and nations of the earth and with the synagogue of Satan and has sold "down the drain" that which is righteous! And all for WHAT?

Yes, we as nation have forgotten the God who unconditionally promised our father Abraham and confirmed through Isaac and Jacob that He would give us all that we needed in this great land "from sea to shining sea". And the birthright nations of Ephraim and Manasseh, England and America the Beautiful respectively, were to be the standard bearers of Christianity and we were to "Proclaim LIBERTY (not enslavement) throughout ALL the land and unto the inhabitants thereof". Those underlined words are taken directly from Leviticus 25:10 and are inscribed on America's Liberty Bell and relate to the jubilee year which also concerns ECONOMIC FREEDOM!

Leviticus 25:10
And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
America is to proclaim freedom and maintain herself as "the land of the free and the home of the brave", and show forth the glorious light to the world and uphold the principles and commands from our God as His people, that "One Nation Under God" who serves the King of kings. Unfortunately, our Liberty Bell has cracked. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why. Just enough Biblical knowledge to know God is in charge! Will our standard, our banner of freedom, "The Star Spangled Banner", still wave through this spiritual warfare? She is under great attack. Who will take a stand and defend the freedom her God has given her through the "Power of His Word"? Will you?

By the way, March 3, 2001, marked the  70th Anniversary of our National Anthem! "70" in biblical numerics denotes "Israel and her Restoration". Visit http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0194015.html to rediscover the history and read the complete words of "The Star Spangled Banner", by Francis Scott "Key". Here is the final stanza, which gives praise to "Our Father which art in heaven"...

"O thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"
What other transgressions of America are to be discovered two years before the great earthquake? They have sold out the righteous for silver, sold out even the poor and the poor nations for a pitiful pair of flip flops, trampled all over the lower and middle class, and thrust aside the humble.
Amos 2:7
That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of 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:
On top of all that, they profess to be Christian, God's people, while they commit spiritual adultery and fornication with the "temple girls" (even literally in some cases) in their Beth-Avens, houses of emptiness, which are the many churches in our land void of God's Word! Amos declares in chapter 8 verses 11-13 that from "sea to shining sea" there is a great famine for hearing the Word of God. Yes, the so-called leaders, both political and ecclesiastic, do profane the very name of Christ by their actions, their evil works!
[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.
They are a bunch of religious hypocrites indeed.

Note: All the examples Amos has used are examples which are contained in the law, yes, in the Old Testament. Apparently this "non-credentialed by man's seminaries" servant of God, knew the scriptures very well, didn't he? Imagine that! If you are fortunate to possess a Companion Bible there are scriptural references to these laws contained in the parallel column. You should check them out.

[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.
Stick to God's Word and trust in Him and He will take of the Canaanites and even the "giants" in our land. They are certainly a "little people" in His sight!
[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.
God led them "up" and "out" of low lying Egypt with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. For forty years, the number of probation and testing, He led our forefathers through the wilderness and then gave unto them the land of the Amorites who occupied both sides of the Jordan. How often do we remember this? Do we remember that it is part of the 1st Commandment! Our people do not even know that it was their very own forefathers whom He brought forth out of the land of Egypt.

Is He the God
who brought somebody else
out of Egypt?
Exodus 20:2
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
One of those tribes knew even not long ago that they were among the Exodus from Egypt. They are the Scots, who right now have the Stone of Scone is their possession in Edinburgh Castle. Here is an excerpt from their Declaration of Independence, know as the "Declaration of Arbroath", written on April 6, 1320:
"Most Holy Father and Lord, we know and from the chronicles and books of the ancients we find tat among other famous nations our own, the Scots, has been graced with widespread renown. They journeyed from Greater Scythia by way of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Pillars of Hercules, and dwelt for a long course of time in Spain among the most savage tribes, but nowhere could they be subdued by any race, however barbarous. Thence they came, twelve hundred years after the people of Israel crossed the Red Sea, to their home in the west where they still live today. The Britons they first drove out, the Picts they utterly destroyed, and even though very often assailed by the Norwegians, the Danes and the English, they took possession of that home with many victories and untold efforts; and, as the historians of old tome bear witness, they have held it free of all bondage ever since. In their kingdom there have reigned one hundred and thirteen kings of their own royal stock, the line unbroken by a single foreigner."
The tribes of Israel are not "Lost Tribes" at all. They were simply scattered abroad to the "Isles of the West" according to the Word of God. They would lose their national identity as the house of "Israel" and they would be called by a "New Name" which the Lord Himself would name (Isa. 62:2). In fact, it is His Name and so it is that today they are called "Christians". James wrote his book specifically to those tribes, those Christians who were scattered abroad: James 1:1 "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting."

So what else has our Father done for us that we are ungrateful for and despise?

Amos 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.
Following the Exodus He provided "pillars of men" to continue to lead and guide His children in the right direction. Is this not true? We have the entire record of it in His word. Does America not know this? Well, it seems they would rather drink the wine of men's traditions and NOT hear the truth of God's Word.

Note: You can read about the vows of the Nazarites in Numbers chapter 6. Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist were all Nazarites.

[12] But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
"Prophesy NOT?" To prophesy means to TEACH. They do not want to hear and be taught the truth from God's Word which is why it is not taught line by line, verse by verse, but by merely a few good churches in our land. But I guarantee you by that which is written in the Book which is not taught, that the day is coming when NOTHING ELSE but His Word shall be taught!
[13] Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
This verse is slightly mistranslated in the King James Bible. Other translators, such as Dr. Moffat, have it correctly rendered for it should read "I am going to press YOU under, like a cart is pressed (into the ground) when it is fully loaded with sheaves." In other words you will be burdened all right and you shall not go far with your wheels pressed deep into the ground. This is analogous to the winepress of Rev. 19. This is the same accounting of the return of the King of kings.
Rev. 19:15
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

The question is often asked, "If God is all powerful, why does He allow pain and suffering, etc." In other words, why doesn't He put to an end to it and stop it all? The answer is "He will my friend! He will! And soon! As soon as He returns". The question is, "Will you be placed in the "winepress", or will you join with the mighty saints who come with the Lord as the whole congregation gathers together on the Mount of His Return and "sing along with Moses" (Rev. 15:3)." (Sure, he'll be there!) It is written in the great Book of Ezekiel that the righteous shall dwell with Yeshua in Jerusalem, in the city of our God, but outside that city the winepress will be trodden (Rev. 14:20).

Yes, Jesus Christ shall put an end to all wickedness and all the evil rudiments upon this earth (2 Pet. 3:12). And during the Millennium if someone decides to pick up Satan's tail and spread some of his liberal "dung" among the people, God's servants shall bring forth His "rod of iron" to them and apply it if necessary! Got it? For IT IS WRITTEN that our people are going to be taught the DIFFERENCE between that which is Holy and that which is profane and He SHALL CAUSE THEM to DISCERN between the unclean and the clean! Obviously we have a big problem in this nation discerning between right and wrong both civilly and religiously and in upholding and maintaining the laws of God. Have the Clinton years taught you anything? One thing is for sure Christian: If you call yourself a "virgin", i.e. a Christian, and yet you support liberal, socialist, entitlement policies, programs and agendas then you do NOT know Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and you are fulfilling the admission requirements for your entry into the Millennial School of Disciplinary Education. You shall attend every day for 1000 years and then be given a final exam. (Actually, it is written that Satan shall "be released for a short time" to personally administer the test. Oh, it will a fruit test!) Here then is what shall be taught in the Millennium:

Ezekiel 44:23
And they [the Zadok, i.e. God's elect] shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

That is what the Millennium is all about and the lessons of 6,000 years of continually "straying from God's ways" demonstrate the pain and suffering and ugly consequences of "eating bad fruit". You are what you eat, spiritually! Eat bad fruit and you will be seduced by the evil one! (Now where have we read that before?) God says He is the tree from which you are to get your fruit: Hosea 14:8 "... I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found."

Those who have eyes to see know that the "summer fruit" has almost ripened and it shall soon be harvest time and that the Lord God is coming to the Valley of Jehoshaphat with His angels to reap and to judge the nations, including His people as well. It will be a time for each to show forth his fruit and to reap exactly what he or she has sown. Unfortunately for many, many in that valley of decision it will be time to feel the heat from His "fire" and carry their burden from the hand of Almighty God. And as it is written, NONE shall escape!

Amos 2:14
Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
Think you can run very far carrying a wagon cart piled high with "sheaves"? Sheaves are heaps of "grain" and the deeper meaning of this "cart of sheaves" is that no one is going to get very far with the "good harvest" of golden grain (God's elect) "on your back" when you try to stray!
[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.
Go for it! Try to escape if you think you can!
[16] And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.
It is written that "righteous acts" are the clothing that shall be worn by God's elect during the Millennium, but it is also written that many who now claim to be Christians shall stand naked before the Lord on that day! I don't think they will "flee away" very far in that day, do you? Where shall they go in the nude?

How embarrassing!

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