Amos Chapter 3
We are studying the words of Amos the prophet, one of the "herdmen" from the town called "trumpet" (Tekoa), which he saw concerning the House of 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 1:1). Amos' visions concerned these last days, late in summer just before the great harvest at the end of this flesh age (Amos 8:1-2). In fact, Zechariah declared that when Jesus Christ returns, the people will head for the mountains, JUST LIKE they did in the days of the "earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah" spoken of by Amos the prophet! A wise person can take heed and put two and two together.
The King of kings is coming with His mighty army of saints and it will be a joyful day for those wise virgins who shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:52), and who will join together with that heavenly host descending upon the Mount of Olives. But for those who think they stand, yet haven't "taken heed" to the words of the Prophets (1 Cor. 11:12) and have not walked with the Lord according to His commands, i.e. His Word, it shall be a "hot time" in the old Valley of Jehoshaphat on the day of His wrath. Hear therefore the words of LORD through His servant Amos:Zech. 14:4
And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
Here is a question for you to consider: "How many church going Christians in America do you think have heard and understood these words contained in the Book of Amos, words that the LORD has specifically spoken unto them?" It is sad and mournful to know that after all He has done for us, we as a people, the family of God of the true house of Israel, ignore His Word and would rather listen to crackpots spout off "fly away theories" and watch con men knock people down on stage as if to compete with the ratings of the WWF! Your Father is not happy about it at all and He has sternly warned us about such deceivers and because our people will not study His Word and learn to discern between the holy and the profane, there shall be a great Day of Recompense when He returns.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,
God has blessed and done more for His people Israel than any other people on earth and yet look how they treat His Word... they all but totally ignore it! Now consider the Five parables set forth by the Seven questions below. These questions are asked in such a fashion that the answers to them are obvious and conclusive, the point being that our Father does not chastise His people without just cause deserving of His punishment: You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
(1)  Can two walk together, except they be agreed?Do you realize what this verse tells us? It says that EVERYTHING that is "going down" in this final generation is WRITTEN IN THE PROPHETS, revealed through them unto to those who love the Lord! That's right! There is Nothing that the Lord GOD is going to do that is LEFT OUT of the prophets! That is why if you are a student of the prophets, by the time you read the Book of Revelation it will be unto you as a "summary" and a beautiful "outline" of the words of the prophets. You will already know what and who the "locust army" is from the Book of Joel. You will already know about the sun becoming dark and the moon turning to blood, and the harvest of the sickles, and the winepress of His wrath, the famine, the earthquakes, the two witnesses and the glorious victory celebration of the saints, including the lyrics to the songs (to wit: the song of Moses in Rev. 15 which is the 32nd chapter of Deut.)!(2)  Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey?Can you "walk with the Lord" and not agree with His Word? In other words, can you walk with the Lord while at the same time worshipping Satan, the Instead-of-Jesus, and following the traditions of men which are contrary to His Word? The answer is obviously, no you cannot!(3) [...4] will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah, would not "Roar from Zion" if His people were not in danger of falling prey to His wrath.(4)  Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him?Lions do not roar without a reason for roaring.(5) [...5] shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?A bird cannot fall into a trap unless one is set for him. Unfortunately, God's people have set their own trap by their own doings.(6)  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid?The snare also does not snap closed unless someone steps into it. It is written that in these last days God's children who do not have eyes to see because they refuse to study His Word do not and will not hear His Roar and therefore they shall be taken up in the snare, the very trap they have set for themselves. Yes, many Christians today cry "Lord, Lord" (Mat. 7:21-22), and they think they "walk with the Lord", but they really stumble about and they will fall in that great apostasy, the great falling away to Satan when he is cast to this earth by Michael and his angels (Rev. 12:7-9). Paul teaches about the snare, the trap, the stumblingblock of the unwise virgins:
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
Actually, it is Jesus Christ Himself, the stone rejected by the builders, who is their stone of stumbling and their rock of offence [snare, trap-stick], because they are disobedient in not studying His Word, i.e. not walking with Him. You see, they follow a form of "churchianity" founded on the traditions of men which do NOT AGREE with the Word of God. Can two walk together except they agree?1 Peter 2:8We continue in Amos chapter three:
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.(7) [...6] shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?The trumpet sounds the alarm of war. It is blown to WARN the people. Would our Father have His servants, the watchmen, "Blow the Trumpet in Zion" if there was no ensuing battle?Shall calamity (from judgment) befall a city whereby the LORD has not inflicted it justly? Let Sodom and Gomorrah be your witnesses for as it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be before that great and terrible day (Luke 17:28). And not only has God "warned His children" through the prophets, He has also given many demonstrations to let us know that He means business. But one thing is absolutely sure. He WILL NOT do anything that should come as surprise to anyone! All you have to do is read and absorb His Word, all of it.Amos 3:7
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.
Therefore, dear Christian, the Lion has ALREADY ROARED! And through His prophets that roaring goes forth this very day as the sons and daughters of this final generation, who are His servants and His handmaidens, both male and female, DO PROPHESY! They see (understand) and they DO teach the visions of the prophets. Acts 2:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams."
Listen to words of Amos, the "herdman", because MANY, in fact MOST, of the shepherds/preachers of the churches of our land do NOT teach the prophets to our Christian brothers and sisters! Yes, many, many Christians have faithfully gone to their churches for decades and have NEVER even read the Minor Prophets, much less studied them line by line. They are what Paul calls "babes", i.e. Baby Christians, which are "spiritually" what most of the Baby Boomer's have remained. Here is Paul's incredulous admonition to the churchgoers of our land:
We learned earlier that those who are Biblically illiterate, the unwise virgins of the House of Israel, will be taught by the Zadok (the Just, i.e. God's elect) in the Millennium the difference between the holy and the profane and how to discernHebrews 5:12
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
You have been a Christian for how long and you know not the scriptures, His Word? Shame on you, baby, baby!
 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Do not be angry with this man for calling them "babies". That is what your Father through His servant Paul calls those unwise virgins! They should be skilful trumpet blowers but instead they still suck on milk bottles.
 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
And so it is! The many who have come in Christ's name do not teach the prophets and the Lion of Judah DOES NOT LIKE IT! He HAS ROARED throughout the prophets but who will listen and fear Him? Who will teach His Words?Amos 2:12
But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy
Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah, has SPOKEN and He has foretold us all things concerning the events of these last days.Amos 3:8
The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
WHERE ARE THEY?
Thank God there are some. Thank God for the sons and daughters who love studying His Word!
For example, they warned time and time again that our people would go into bondage (code word "Egypt") with "taskmasters" and all. And so it has come to pass in this nation that our people have truly become economic serfs through the bondage of a "debt system" economy founded upon unholy usury and through oppressive taxation, much of which is disguised as licensing fees, permit fees, etc. Let's see, the statisticians tell us that average Americans must work at least 5.5 months, which is from Jan. 1 to mid May, just to pay their taxes. Add on top of that all the usury from mortgages, credit cards, car loans, college loans, etc. Then, after paying all the utility bills there are very few dollars left in many households which they can call their own. And do you think there are no taskmasters? Try skipping a few mortgage payments and see if the whip doesn't start cracking. Or do not pay your local school taxes and see how long you maintain ownership of your property. The taxmaster will come taketh it away!
The prophets, and the Prophet of prophets Himself, also warned us of the great spiritual deception that would befall us in these last days because of the MANY Christian ministers who would come and teach the traditions of men and not the Word of God line by line and verse by verse whereby our people could discern between that which is right and wrong, clean and unclean, and between that which is holy (Christ) and that which is profane (Satan)! In fact, in this very Book of Amos we are now studying, Amos declares that in these last days there would be (and there is) a great "famine, not for bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord (Amos 8:11-13)".
But before Jesus Christ returns, our Father wants the perpetrators of the confusion and the oppression to be given fair warning! In other words, He wants the Trumpet to sound that He is coming to put an end to Babylon the Great! And He will use a few good men (and women) to accomplish it! Perhaps He will use you!
Do you have a destiny? It is written that some will be delivered up before the councils and the synagogues of Satan and give His testimony! What an exciting time that will be!
To understand this verse we must keep in mind the time frame for the visions of Amos, which is "two years before the great earthquake" (Zech. 14:5). Then we need to understand that Ashdod, which was the seat of the god Dagon, represents the Assyrian, one of the names used in type for the false messiah. Egypt on the other hand is repeatedly used in type to represent the captivity and oppression of our people, the house of Israel "which is scattered abroad" to the Isles of the West. Here are the definitions of "tumult" and "oppression".Amos 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.
You assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria, which means "watch mountain" and you BEHOLD how the true house of Israel has become the land of citadels of tumult (confusion) and citadels of oppression. The "high places" in our land, both civil and religious, have become palaces of injustice and corruption at the expense of our people. We have become so removed from the Word of God that we know not the difference between right and wrong.tumult = äîÈeäîÀmehuòmaòh meh-hoo-maw' Strong's #4103
From H1949; confusion or uproar:—destruction, discomfiture, trouble, tumult, vexation, vexed.
oppression = ÷eLòÈ ÷LÝòÈ €aòshuòq €aòshuòq aw-shook', aw-shook' Strong's #6217
Passive participle of H6231; used in plural masculine as abstraction tyranny:—oppressed (-ion). [Doubtful.]
It is obvious that too many of our princes, i.e. governors, representatives, senators, etc., do not know how to do right in our government and so it is that they have become oppressive. The religious leaders also do not do right in the churches of this land and they do eat from the very same tree which our Father told Adam and Eve to stay away from and worse yet, they pass that wicked fruit along to His people, many of whom shall be seduced (spiritually) as was Eve (physically). Woe! For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.
Since the proclamation we are reading in Amos is directed to the whole House of Israel (the Christian nations of this 21st. century) in these last days, one cannot help but be reminded of the same message given by Ezekiel, the watchman, also to the whole House of Israel (Ezek. 23:17):
She is filthy as whore right now, but boy is Jesus Christ gonna clean her up when He gets here!Ezekiel 22:23
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.
The MANY prophets, i.e. Christian preachers, priests, etc., (though some mean well but are simply Biblically illiterate themselves) have deceived our brothers and sisters into believing the traditions of men. One of the most dangerous of those traditions teaches that Jesus may return at any moment and "Rapture" them into the clouds. Yet Paul made it explicitly clear in 2 Thes. 2 that Christ WILL NOT COME and we will not gather back to Him until Satan comes as the false messiah and deceives the world through signs and miracles into believing that he is the real Jesus Christ. And you know what? The rapturists will accept him as Jesus Christ in a heartbeat! There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
Yes, the religious and civil leaders in this nation are in big doodoo!
Remember it is this "difference between the holy and the profane" and the "discernment between the clean and the unclean" that shall be taught by God's elect during the Millennium (Ezek. 44:23). Most of the priests and preachers of this land do not even know there are two Jesus Christs, the false one and the real one, the profane and the holy. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
THE PRINCES (governors, rulers)
Likewise the tax and spend rulers in the midst of our land are like ravenous wolves who corrupt by "flatteries" to destroy the spirit of the poor and to line their own pockets with dishonest gain from the pork barrel. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
Shame on the preachers and ministers of this nation who pretend God gives them a word of knowledge that someone's back aches! They divine those and other lies which God Himself declares that HE HATH NOT SPOKEN! They make merchandise out of God's people with their LIES! Read Ezekiel 13, the entire chapter. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.
Just look at the liberal, debilitating, do-gooder, socialist programs which oppress both the recipients and the people who are heavily taxed to support them. They know not how to do right! Where are men of God like our founding fathers who had the courage and conviction to stand up and speak out about the injustices and oppressions of rulers and kings? The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
Our Father is not happy with the wholesale corruption and religious idolatry in this land. Those who are responsible for it are certainly going to feel the HEAT from "the fire of His Wrath" on the great day when the earth quakes and at the "shout" the walls of Babylon the Great come tumbling down (Rev. 18). And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
They shall reap what they have sown at harvest time, but it is written that before "that great and terrible day of the Lord (Joel 2:31)" arrives, there shall come an adversary to devour the land. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.
The adversary is another name for Satan, the false messiah. To bring down the "strength" also means also to bring down the "majesty".And when the true Shepherd returns, there won't be much left to save out of all the fats cats and couch potatoes.Amos 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.
"Taketh out" means "like a brand plucked from the fire", but there won't be much to pull out of the mouth of the adversary who will have all but completely spiritually devoured the children of Israel, though they will believe he is the Messiah come to rapture them away to his wedding bed. 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.
Hear ye, hear ye! Testify in the House of Jacob! Give warning to the whole natural seedline of Israel. "Hear ye, and testify" are the commands of Adonai Yahveh, the Elohim of Zeboath, to the herdmen from Trumpet Town! Do you keep His commands? Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
There shall be no more "golden calves" (idolatrous worship) in the land of the free and home of the brave. Not only shall the horns of the altar of the false messiah be torn down, but the "two horns" of that fake lamb, the role of "King of kings and Lord of lords" shall be stripped from Satan and he shall be bound in the pit during the 1000 years of the reign of Christ and His saints (Isa. 14). That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.
Yep, the party is over when Yeshua returns to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. The luxurious winter homes and summer cottages and the ivory towers of the priests and princes shall be smitten with that Stone which is cut out without hands, i.e. Jesus Christ, our Rock! 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.
Then shall all nations know that The Lord GOD, the God of Hosts, IS God! There is none other!
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