You seem satisfied that judgement is coming. You don't exactly fit into the below catagory...It's apples and oranges..BUT...It leaves a bad taste in my mouth when l read your 'amens'.
Posted on: Nov 18 2004, 02:32 PM
Forum: (Interpreted) Dreams and Visions · Post Preview: #3576 · Replies: 11 · Views: 596
"Amos: God Doesn't Play Favorites .........Now, the nation evidently went on resisting the appeal of the prophet, so he addresses two particular messages to these people, aimed at the two extreme views among the people of Israel. They are almost contradictory views. First he says:
Woe to those who desire the day of the Lord! (5:18)
And to the other group, he says:
"Woe to those who are at ease in Zion..." (6:1)
Now here are two quite distinct views among the people. There were those whom we might call the pious hypocrites who first came under the judgment of God. "Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!" What does this mean? Well, you see, there were some people who were going about saying, "Oh, isn't this a terrible day. Oh, God is so hard. Things are so terrible." They were wringing their hands, appearing to be mourning, and going through all kinds of rituals and religious ceremonies and saying, "Oh, there is no hope for anything. Oh, if God would only come at last! Oh, would that the day of the Lord would come. Would that we could go home to be in heaven." Did you ever hear that? And the prophet thunders: "Woe to you that desire the day of the Lord."
Amos says, "Do you know what that day will be like? Do you have any idea what you are saying? Why," he says, "it is darkness, not light. It is as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or he went into the house and leaned a hand against the wall and a snake bit him. You talk about the day of the Lord. Why, you don't know what you are talking about! Woe to you." And God says,
"...I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your [religious activities] solemn assemblies...and burnt offerings...Take away from me the noise of your songs...the melody of your harps...But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowlng stream." (5:21-24)
Do we ever get away from this? God desires truth in the inward parts, in the center of life---not outward conformity. God sees through that sham and pretense without the slightest difficulty and it doesn't impress him when we go through religious activity. "Thou desirest truth in the inward being." (Ps. 51:6)
Well, then there was another group that said, "We are not concerned about these things. Let's eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. Let's have as good a time as we can and make the most of life; let's enjoy it to the full while we can." And the prophet says, "Woe to those who are at ease in Zion."
Amos asks, "How can you be so restful when the nation is so restless? How can you content yourselves with riches and wealth and the good things of life when people are lying in distress outside in the streets and judgment is taken away from your courts?" So there comes this powerful message:
Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the midst of the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp...(6:4, 5a)
...in the midst of the threatening judgment of God? These are the two extreme groups. As Amos goes on, he shows in a series of visions that were given to him that the nation is rapidly ripening for judgment.
At last there comes the final scene, almost always pictured by the prophets---a scene of beauty, peace, and glory. It reveals what God wants and, therefore, why God is angry at hypocrisy. Listen to these words:
In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old. (9:11)
Do you remember where that is quoted in the New Testament? In the first council at Jerusalem, in Acts 15, when they were wondering whether God would save the Gentiles without the law of Moses, James stood up and quoted this verse from Amos. "The prophets," he said, "have declared that Godis going to send his grace out to the Gentiles," and he quoted this verse. (Acts 15:15-18) God's word was that he would raise up the tabernacle or the booth of David which had fallen, and repair its breaches. That is a picture of the coming of Christ, representing the house of David. And in the raising up of the Lord Jesus, the word was to go out to all the peoples. God would bless the world through him,
"...that they may possess the remnant of Edom and and the nations [all the Gentiles] who are called by my name," says the Lord who does this. (9:12)
The comes this beautiful scene:
"Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and ed their fruit. I will plant them upon their land, and they shall never again be plucked up out of the land which I have given them," says the Lord your God. (9:13-15)
That is a picture, of course, of the millennial days when Israel shall at last be restored to the land, never to be removed again.
Now then, why is God so angry with this people? If cruelty makes him angry, it is because his heart is so set upon kindness toward man. If oppression stirs his wrath, it is because he wants men to live in love and peace. If pain inflicted upon others brings judgment from God, it is because his heart is set upon happiness and the well-being of humanity.
The message of this book is that God is relentless when he begins to deal with man. He will not make peace. He will not compromise. When he begins to deal with a nation, he insists on absolute values. When he begins to deal with an individual, he deals with absolute values. Just the fact that we are Christians does not mean that we escape the condemnation of the judgment of the Word of God in those areas where we are attempting to compromise. Just because we have been Christians for 40 years doesn't change the relentlessness of the Word of God as it searches and probes our hearts and lives. God doesn't change.
The word of this prophet is that we are dealing with a God of righteousness and of unbending, inflexible zeal who will not compromise in any way, and yet, our God is a God of patience and of love. The marvelous undertone of this book, as through all the prophets, is that of the outpouring of the love of God's heart moving toward the well-being and the happiness of humanity, breaking out every now and then into beautiful forms of exp
ression. Undergirding the whole book is the promise at last to bring Israel---and likewise all the people of God---into the day when man shall live in peace and joy, with blessings to fill the hearts of men. What a message of the impartiality of God's grace this is!"
When Amos says, "Do you know what that day will be like? Do you have any idea what you are saying? Why," he says, "it is darkness, not light. It is as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or he went into the house and leaned a hand against the wall and a snake bit him. You talk about the day of the Lord. Why, you don't know what you are talking about! Woe to you."
I have to ask myself if this is for me?
Did l ask for fish and did he give me a snake?
Or bread and l receive a cold dead stone?
If the rapture comes during chaos (which l have always suspected) then people aren't going to know for sure if some one is dead or raptured.
What would it take to survive 7 years? Should l move to Montana or hide in a certain basement. My unctions would have to be right 100% of the time in order to survive under that protected category.
And what of those that claim that divine protection during that time. Preforming signs and wonders that protect. I might wonder if l missed the Spirit or the Mt. of Transfiguration experiance. Because here are the manifest sons of God doing great exploits.
I think we should consider all scenerios and motivations because of the great deception that is ahead of us. Even the elect are at risk.
It doesn't mean l see the above as cold hard facts but l want to consider all motives and angles when l read that people are seeing judgement and wrath to be poured out on all people.