About Jesus Steve Sweetman
ch. 9:1-10 ch. 9:11-15
1 speaks of an altar and pillars of a temple that God is standing
beside. There is debate over
which temple this verse is speaking of.
Some say it's the temple in
wants the pillars of this temple smashed, and along with that, He wants
the people of the northern kingdom killed.
This does not sound like the all-loving God that modern people,
including Christians, espouse today.
That view of God is lopsided and unbiblical.
God is just as much just as He is loving.
If this characteristic of God bothers you, then you have a poor
understanding of what the Bible says about God.
You are more influenced in your thinking by the world instead of
says that "not one will get away".
Not one single Israeli will escape God's wrath in judgment.
You might then say, how could, or, how did
verse 2 God uses some symbolism to say that no one will escape His
judgment. They can go to the
grave or climb up to heaven. God
will get them in either place.
3 speaks of hiding at the top of
if they hide at the bottom on the sea, which in those days wasn't really
possible, God would use serpents to bite them.
Again, this is God speaking, but not the God of many modern day
4 is important. We do know
that the Assyrians drove the Israeli's out of their land, but here, God
says that even though they are driven out of their land, He would still
kill them by the sword wherever they ended up.
This is where we get the idea of the "lost ten tribes of
4 also says, "I will fix my eyes on them for evil and not
good". The word
"evil" here is meant to be taken in the sense of calamities.
Calamity after calamity would come on the people of the northern
kingdom until all were dead. God
does not participate or promote evil, as in sinful evil.
However, He does send calamities upon people and nations for
specific reasons, either to bring nations or people to repentance, or to
judge them for their lack of repentance.
The word "evil" has two different aspects.
One aspect of evil is sin. The
other is calamities and hard times that come our way.
verse 5 we see mention of the
see the words "the Lord, the Lord Almighty". This is the God
was to worship. He is the
only true Almighty One, but they have forsaken Him for idols, for
imaginary gods who were demonically inspired.
6 is just one more passage in the Bible that tells us that the name of
God is "Yahweh". It
is Yahweh who has created all things and keeps all things in existence
as stated here.
verse 7 we see that God builds holy places in heaven and the foundation
of these places are on earth. I
don't believe we know the exact meaning to these words but it does tell
us that it has always been God's plan to bring heaven and earth
together. You cannot
separate the spiritual from the material.
God has linked them together that they cannot be separated,
something the secular man does not understand.
That being said, there are mathematicians and scientists that are
just beginning to touch the surface of such and idea.
7 speaks of the Cushites, the Egyptians, and the Philistines.
All these nations came from somewhere else, and God implies that
it was He who moved them to where they presently were.
This tells us that God is not only in control of, and has concern
8 speaks of "the kingdom", which means the northern kingdom.
The point that God makes here is that the northern kingdom will
be totally destroyed but there will be a remnant from the descendents of
Jacob, which is all of Israel. Remember, even though there were two main tribes in the southern kingdom,
there were many northerners who had moved south into
term "house of Israel" in verse 9 refers to the northern kingdom, and no matter where
they go, God will shake them until they are no more.
10 tells us that there are some very arrogant sinners in the northern
kingdom because they say such a disaster that Amos is speaking of will
never over take them. Many
people say the same about their nation today, but if God wants to judge
a nation and bring it down, there is no escape, no matter how arrogant
that nation is.
book of Amos has been heavily loaded with the message of judgment on the
northern kingdom of
11 begins with the message of restoration as all the prophets spoke
about. The words "in
that day" refer to the end of this age when Jesus returns to earth
and sets up His throne in Jerusalem
once again becomes what she was meant to be.
in Acts 15:16 quotes this very verse to Hi Jewish brothers who were
being bothered by the influx of Gentile converts into the church.
The Jewish Christians felt that the Gentile believers should
become Jews and obey the Law of Moses before they could be real
Christians and members of the church. The
apostles Peter and Paul had to persuade these Jewish Christians
otherwise, James included. James
saw the light. He told the
Jewish brothers that "after this" … then he quoted this
verse. In short, after all
the Gentiles that would be saved get saved, when Jesus was finished with
the church, then God would restore
12 may be interpreted differently by different people.
The verse states that One thing to keep in minds is that a
good part of Edom was granted to two and a half tribes of Israel by
Moses prior to entering the promised land. This might have some
significance to Israel possessing Edom at the end of this age.
One thing to keep in minds is that a good part of Edom was granted to two and a half tribes of Israel by Moses prior to entering the promised land. This might have some significance to Israel possessing Edom at the end of this age.
point to consider when thinking about Israel's future relation with
is another thing to think about when talking about
agricultural reference in verse 13 simply means that the
14 speaks of the return of Israelis to the land God promised them when
He spoke to Abraham and many after him.
Israelis have been returning for decades now.
Ezekiel states the nature of this return in chapters 36 through
38. First Israelis will
return to their land. After
that they will return to their God, but they have to get to the land
first. The return to God
comes through much suffering in the Tribulation of the last days.
15 is extremely important for today.
God says that once He plants Israel
back in their land, they will never be uprooted from that land again.
light of Israel's return to their land that this passage speaks of, we should realize
that took place in 1948. That
is, in the sense they had a land to return to.
Israelis were returning to that part of the world prior to 1948
and have been sense 1948. Many
Bible teachers comment on the fact that Jesus said, "this
generation" of Jews who return to the land will not pass away
before all that has been prophesied about is fulfilled. (Matthew 24:35)
Some say a generation is 20 years, some say 40 years, some say 60
years, and on it goes. Some
suggest we should start counting this last generation from 1948 when Israel
became a nation. Others
suggest that we start counting from 1967 when
ends the book of Amos, a southern business man from
believe there is much to learn from Amos' prophecies for the nations of
the world today. I think
that the message of Amos, as well as the message of Hosea, should be
preached with great intensity to the western nations of the world today.
The western nations today, as I write these words, are no
different than the northern kingdom of
you have studied the book of Amos, I would strongly suggest that you
study the book of Hosea. Both
prophets preached to the northern kingdom of