(Part 21 of 21)
Amos 9:7-8… God is saying to sinful people, “When you came out of Egypt and when you settled in Canaan, you were a redeemed people, a holy nation, a royal priesthood. Now you have lowered yourself to pre-redemption days. You are a lowered people.” Jeremiah 13:23 teaches, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?” (KJV) In other words, the inability to change one’s skin was a symbol of Israel’s inability to change their evil ways. Note Amos 9:8, “Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth.” The sinful kingdom was the ten tribes of Israel; Judah was spared. Verse 9 teaches that the ten tribes were scattered over all nations. There is no record of them ever coming back under Ezra or Nehemiah. Judah went into Babylonian captivity and came back. On earth, God chastens to make us sons. It is here on earth that we must learn obedience. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
V. 9… Note the first hint of restoration… Israel was sifted as grain in a sieve. Israel was the chaff; Judah was the seed that was saved. True seed always survives. When God judges, the true seed is protected. Note v. 10… Israel said, “The evil [judgment] shall not overtake nor prevent us” (KJV). No matter how good things look or how successful a nation is temporarily, God says, “All the sinners of My people will die by the sword” (v. 10). Those are strong words from God.
Amos 9:11-15: “I will restore the fallen house of David” (v. 11, KJV)… Restoration of the tabernacle of David… There is something more here than the restoration of Davidic worship and praise. He is looking at the Davidic covenant as seen in Psalm 89:20-37 and 2 Samuel 7:11-16. The Lord told David that He would make him a house. He was talking of Christ the Messiah coming, and through Him, the church. Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). In Luke 1:30-33, the angel is talking about Christ; the prophecy says, “The Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David” (v. 32, KJV). The church is the continuation of the house of David. God promised restoration in Acts 3:21; however, the restoration is as the prophets have said. People today try to restore things that the prophets never said. God is only going to restore what He said through the prophets. Present-day Israel is in the land of Palestine because God said it would be. But the real truth is that their restoration is in the house of David through Christ and in the church. The Davidic covenant brought David’s house to Christ and the church is in that house. We are “in Christ” (Ephesians 2:12-22). Note also that the ruins of the fallen are rebuilt, but now in Christ.
V. 12… God’s will is going to be done in every nation… God isn’t worried about Communism, or Islam, or America’s wealth, or China’s billion people. The church will have dominion over the economic systems, financial systems, health systems, agricultural systems, political systems, etc. Revelation 15:4 says, “For all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” (KJV). Zechariah 14:17 teaches that if there is no worship, there will be no rain. In the book of Revelation, the nations that saw God’s judgments decided that they would worship.
What happens in the day of restoration…
A) The government will be upon the shoulders of Christ (Isaiah 9:6) and His seed. Theocracy returns; i.e., God rules, Jesus reigns. All will be ruled by His voice (not a democratic voice). This is New Testament truth. The Holy Spirit was given for this very purpose. And yet, we still do our own thing.
B) The church will return to its calling of manifesting God’s glory in all the earth. The church is His body. God gave three bodies, the flesh that will die (2 Corinthians 5:1-10), the resurrection body that never dies (John 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:22), and the church which is His body on earth that carries out the will of God.
C) In the day of restoration, the gifts and callings of God will glorify the Lord like they are supposed to. Today, man is exalted and man grandstands.
D) Psalm 23… David says, “He restoreth my soul.” We surely need this. David knew that the spirit part of us is the part that touches God and the part of us that God touches. When the spirit is right, everything else will be right.
E) The land begins to produce as God meant it to be (Amos 9:13-15). Never-ending planting and sowing.
In the book of Amos, only Judah survived… God roared, examined, reasoned, sorrowed, reproved, repented, judged, and restored. He wanted Israel to know that they were to be a people separated to Him. He wanted them to know that sin, unless repented of, brings judgment and death. He wanted them to know that He sends mercy, correction, and grace before He sends judgment. Thank God for the seven pictures of God that Amos portrays. Our nation needs to learn the lessons that are seen in the book of Amos. I don’t know just what kind of judgment America will face. In the Old Testament, God always raised up a hard and cruel nation to judge sin.
Will America return to God? Can the tide of evil be stopped?
Pastor George Belobaba
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