Moments Of Truth: Fear God

When God gets mad, it’s bad. When there is no repentance after many showings of mercy and grace, time runs out and God will find you out. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 teaches, “Fear God . . . for [he] shall bring every work into judgment” (KJV). When God begins to judge there’s no use calling a praise meeting. A repentance meeting would be a better idea.

Amos 9:1-5… “I saw the LORD standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered. Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them: And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good. And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt” (KJV).   

The Lord talks of people who try to hide and escapeIsrael had shouted the prophets down; now they had to face God. When the judgment is done, God will say, “I did this; I came against My people, not the devil.” Note verses 5-6… It is the Lord that touches the land and brings a judgment flood. In verse 2, we see two impossible places for man to hide in, hell and heaven. God is still able to find them. You can run from God, but there is no place to hide.

Amos 9:7-8… “Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD” (KJV). The Lord was saying that when He brought them up out of Israel, they were a redeemed people, a holy nation, but now they had lowered themselves to their pre-redemption status. God said to them, “You are a lowered people.” Israel said that they were Abraham’s people; God said that if they were, they would have been faithful–they would have had both Abraham’s faith and Abraham’s deeds (John 8:39). In the book of Amos, only Judah survived.

Amos 9:9… “For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth” (KJV). There is a hint of restoration seen here. Israel was being sifted. Israel was the chaff and within them there was no grain. Judah was the grain. When judgment comes, the true seed is protected. Israel had the attitude that God wouldn’t let evil (captivity) overtake them. Many in our nation say that God won’t judge America. They are wrong. Amos says that God’s eyes were on the sinful kingdom and “all the sinners of my people shall die” (verse 10). That’s strong stuff.

Amos 9:11-15… “In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. 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” (KJV). Restoration of the tabernacle of David is promised (Psalm 89:20-37). The Lord builds His church and His worship. Amos is prophesying of Christ and the church. In the day of restoration, the government falls upon Christ’s shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). In the book of Amos, God roared, judged, and restored.

Pastor George Belobaba

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