Amos is the
shepherd and sycamore dunger of Tekoa, near Bethlehem. God called
this simple uneducated
shepherd to prophesy against the kings, nobles, and priests of Israel. He boldly rebuked the hypocrisy of their
religion. Jesus made it so clear that God wants to have a personal relationship with us through His Holy Spirit.
Religion almost invariably will produce hypocrisy in the unregenerate human heart. We are not to be religious. We
are to be real. This is the clear message which Amos brings us. Amos demonstrated how God's strength is made
perfect in weakness.
Amos 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
AMOS IS A SHEPHERD. TOTALLY UNEDUCATED, HE IS CALLED BY GOD TO REBUKE THE KING
AND THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF ISRAEL. AMOS PRONOUNCES GOD'S PENDING JUDGMENT ON
THE NATIONS FOR THEIR SPECIFIC NATIONAL SINS. GET SET FOR SOME EARTHY LANGUAGE
AND HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED BOLDNESS FROM THE SHEPHERD AND SYCAMORE PRUNER AND
DUNGER OF TEKOA.
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.
WE ALL NEED TO BE ABOUT OUR PREPARATIONS TO HEAR THE LORD ROARING OUT OF ZION.
MESSIAH JESUS IS SOON TO RETURN AS THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH. JOB 1 FOR ALL OF US
IS - GET READY! HE IS COMING AGAIN AND EVERYONE WILL RECOGNIZE WHO HE REALLY IS
THIS TIME. NO LAMB-LIKE MEEKNESS AND GENTLENESS IS JESUS THIS TIME. THE GREAT
ROARING LION THAT NONE CAN WITHSTAND IS JESUS THIS TIME.
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:
THUS SAITH THE LORD; FOR THREE TRANSGRESSIONS AND FOR FOUR, I WILL NOT TURN AWAY
THE PUNISHMENT. THIS IS THE MESSAGE WHICH GOD CALLED AMOS TO DELIVER AGAINST
SYRIA, PHILISTIA, TYRE, EDOM, JORDON, MOAB, JUDAH AND ISRAEL.
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:
WHEN AMOS GETS TO EDOM, HE GETS PERSONAL. IT IS NOT NECESSARILY A SIN TO BE ANGRY.
IN FACT, WE SHOULD BE ANGRY ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MAKE GOD ANGRY. ANGER BECOMES SIN WHEN IT IS NOT QUENCHED. WE ARE NOT TO LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON OUR ANGER. WE ARE NOT TO HARBOR ANGER. HARBORED ANGER WILL PRODUCE A DEEP STRONG ROOT OF BITTERNESS. WE ARE TO BE QUICK TO HEAR AND SLOW TO SPEAK: QUICK TO FORGIVE, QUICK TO LOVE, AND SLOW TO ANGER.
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:
EVEN JUDAH WAS GOING TO BE JUDGED BY GOD FOR THIS. EVEN WHEN JUDAH WAS JUDGED IT
WAS NOT AGAINST THE LAW IN JUDAH TO DISPLAY THE 10 COMMANDMENTS IN ANY
CLASSROOM IN JUDAH.
IS THERE ANY HOPE LEFT FOR AMERICA? HOW CAN THIS NATION SO BLESSED BY GOD, SO UTTERLY HAVE REJECTED THE LAW OF THE LORD? ONLY BY WIMPY CHRISTIAN COMPLACENCY. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEY SAY. IT IS REALLY GUTLESS BALONEY. LOVE TAKES COURAGE. IT WAS A MESSAGE OF LOVE WHEN JESUS, TO THEIR FACES, TOLD THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES THAT THEY WERE HYPOCRITES, A BUNCH OF SNAKES. CHRISTIANS MUST RISE UP IN BOLDNESS AND CALL THIS NATION TO REPENTANCE. THE LIES GLORIFYING SODOMY AND INFANTICIDE MUST BE BOLDLY EXPOSED. THE LIES GLORIFYING GLOBAL ANTICHRIST GOVERNMENT MUST BE BOLDLY EXPOSED. THE LIES OF A GLOBAL ANTICHRIST ECONOMIC SYSTEM MUSTS BE BOLDLY EXPOSED. THE LIES OF A NEW AGE ANTICHRIST SPIRITUALISM AND RELIGIOUS SYSTEM MUST BE BOLDLY EXPOSED.
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VERSE IN AMOS. SURELY THE LORD GOD WILL DO NOTHING,
BUT HE REVEALETH HIS SECRET UNTO HIS SERVANTS THE PROPHETS.
HEAR THIS - DAVID WILKERSON - A MIGHTY PROPHET OF GOD IN OUR TIME, HAS HEARD GOD
REVEAL HIS SECRET REGARDING AMERICA. WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT BUT WE MUST BE
TOLD. AMERICA IS GOING TO GO UP IN SMOKE. RUSSIA WILL LAUNCH A STRATEGIC NUCLEAR
ATTACK FROM WHICH AMERICA WILL NOT SURVIVE. IF YOU ARE NOT READY, GET READY.
GOD'S SECRET HAS BEEN REVEALED TO HIS SERVANTS THE PROPHETS. DON'T FEAR - GET RIGHT WITH GOD. YOUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST IS ALL THAT REALLY MATTERS NOW. TELL YOUR FAMILY. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. TELL YOUR GOVERNMENT. GET BOLD NOW. GET READY NOW. THINK LOGICALLY FOR A MOMENT, THERE IS LITTLE OR NO DIFFERENCE TO THE TRUE
CHRISTIAN BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND BEING THE TARGET OF A STRATEGIC NUCLEAR
ATTACK. IF AMERICANS THINK THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND
STRATEGIC NUCLEAR ATTACK WE MUST THINK AGAIN. HOW REAL IS THE COMMITMENT TO CHRIST?
Amos 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that [are] in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.
HERE IS SOME OF THE MOST EARTHY LANGUAGE IN THE BIBLE. BASHAN WAS FAMOUS FOR ITS
LUSH PASTURE LAND WHICH PRODUCED THE FATTEST COWS OF THE WORLD AT THAT TIME.
HERE AMOS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF ISRAEL. HEAR THIS YOU FAT COWS, he says. YOU FAT
COWS OPPRESS THE POOR. YOU FAT COWS CRUSH THE NEEDY. YOU FAT COWS ORDER YOUR
HUSBANDS TO FATTEN YOU.
Amos 5:5-6 But seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to nought. Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour [it], and [there be] none to quench [it] in Beth-el.
THERE IS ONLY ONE HOPE, ONLY ONE WAY TO AVOID THE DESTRUCTION WHICH IS COMING.
SEEK THE LORD, AND YE SHALL LIVE. EVEN IF YOUR NATION IS THE TARGET OF A STRATEGIC
NUCLEAR ATTACK FROM WHICH THERE IS NO ESCAPE FOR ANYONE - IF YOU HAVE SOUGHT GOD
AND FOUND HIM IN JESUS CHRIST, THEN YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. THIS ETERNAL LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST MAKES THE EFFECT OF A NUCLEAR BLAST AND THE RAPTURE EXACTLY THE SAME FOR THE BELIEVER. HAVE YOU SOUGHT THE LORD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART? IS ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE MORE IMPORTANT THAN JESUS?
Amos 5:14-15 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
GOD LOVES US. HE WANTS TO BLESS US. ONLY OUR SINS SEPARATE US FROM GOD. GOD IS A
HOLY GOD. SEEKING GOD MUST INVOLVE TURNING AWAY FROM OUR SINS. WE DON'T HAVE THE POWER IN OURSELVES TO HATE EVIL AND LOVE THE GOOD. THIS IS WHY JESUS TOLD US THAT WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN. WE ARE BORN SINNERS. IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT CONVICTS US OF OUR SINS AND GIVES THE POWER WE NEED TO OVERCOME OUR NATURAL TENDENCY TO SIN. WE ARE BORN AGAIN WHEN WE MAKE JESUS CHRIST LORD OF OUR LIFE. AT THAT POINT JESUS BAPTIZES US WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. THE HOLY SPIRIT PROVIDES THE POWER WE NEED TO LIVE A HOLY LIFE AND MAINTAIN UNBROKEN FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.
Amos 5:18-20 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
WOE UNTO THOSE WHO DESIRE THE DAY OF THE LORD. THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NOT FUN AND
GAMES. THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN SUCH EARTHQUAKES, 100 POUND HAIL STONES,
TREMENDOUS PLAGUES, PEOPLE WILL WANT TO DIE AND NOT BE ABLE. Revelation 9:6 And in those
days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. AMOS'
QUESTION NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED. THE ETERNAL DESTINY OF OUR SOUL WILL BE FINALIZED
AT THE DAY OF THE LORD OR THE DAY WE DIE; WHICH EVER COMES FIRST. AMOS' QUESTION
DEMANDS AN ANSWER - WHERE IS OUR SOUL GOING TO BE?
Amos 6:1 Woe to them [that are] at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, [which are] named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! ARE WE AT EASE? ARE WE COMPLACENT? IS OUR GOVERNMENT GOING TO TAKE CARE OF US? WOE TO THOSE WHO LIKE THEIR LIFE JUST AS IT IS. Luke 14:26 If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Amos 8:11-12 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: 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].
IN OUR LAND TODAY ARE WE TOO EXPERIENCING A FAMINE FOR THE WORD OF GOD? THERE IS
COMING A TIME WHEN IT WILL BE HARD TO FIND THE WORD OF GOD BEING PREACHED. THAT
IS WHY WE NEED TO MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE. WE NEED TO BE GETTING AS MUCH OF THE WORD
OF GOD STORED SECURELY IN OUR MINDS BEFORE THE FAMINE OCCURS WHICH AMOS TALKS
Amos 9:13-15 Behold, the days 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. And I will bring again the 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. 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.
ISRAEL WOULD BE JUDGED. GOD NEVER DID FORSAKE THEM. AFTER CAPTIVITY, PERSECUTION,
AND DISPERSION GOD PROMISED THAT HE WOULD BRING THEM BACK TO THEIR HOMELAND
AGAIN. WE ARE WITNESSING THE REGATHERING. GOD IS DOING A GREAT WORK IN ISRAEL
THAT IS NOT BEING REPORTED IN OUR MEDIA. ISRAEL IS HOME AGAIN. GOD WILL NOT LET
THEM BE REMOVED AGAIN.
Amos 7:12-13 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: But prophesy not again any more at Beth-el: for it [is] the king's chapel, and it [is] the king's court.
AMAZIAH THE HIGH PRIEST TOLD AMOS TO GET OUT OF TOWN. THEY DID NOT WANT TO HEAR
THE TRUTH THAT GOD TOLD AMOS TO GIVE THEM. PREACHERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS HAVE
ALWAYS EXPERIENCED THIS TREATMENT. IN THE LAST DAYS THEY WILL HEAP TO THEMSELVES
TEACHERS HAVING ITCHING EARS. IF YOUR PREACHER DOESN'T TICKLE YOUR EARS AND TRIES
TO GIVE YOU THE HARD TRUTH THAT GOD IS A HOLY GOD AND REQUIRES HOLINESS FROM US,
HE WILL QUITE LIKELY BE TOLD GET OUT.
Amos 7:14-15 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I [was] no prophet, neither [was] I a prophet's son; but I [was] an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
AMOS TELLS THE HIGH PRIEST THAT HE IS JUST A SHEPHERD. THE LORD TOLD HIM WHERE HE
HAD TO GO AND WHAT HE HAD TO SAY. THIS IS WHAT THE PREACHER MUST TELL THOSE WHO
DO NOT WANT TO HEAR THE SOBERING TRUTH THAT JUDGMENT AWAITS THOSE WHO WILL NOT CHOOSE GOD'S WAYS. MOST PEOPLE WANT THE PREACHER TO EXCUSE THEIR SINS. EVERY YEAR MORE AND MORE PREACHERS GET MORE POLISHED IN DELIVERING SERMONS TO EXCUSE AND COVER SINS. GOD HOLDS THE PREACHER RESPONSIBLE TO HIM. THE PREACHER AND THE PARENT MUST GET THEIR MARCHING ORDERS FROM GOD AND FAITHFULLY PREACH
RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS, AND JUDGMENT ALONG WITH LOVE AND MERCY.