The LORD has given Amos five visions foretelling God’s judgment of Israel for that nation’s disobedience and rejection of His Law and Commandments. Amos 7 presented the devastating judgment of the LORD with a vision of grasshoppers (locusts, 7:1-3), a fiery judgment (7:4-6), and the vision of a plumbline that was symbolic of the Word of the LORD (7:7-9).
Amos 8 recorded a vision of “a basket of summer fruit” (8:1-3), symbolizing how Israel was like ripened fruit, ripe for God’s judgment. Amos warned, the time was coming when there would be a famine of Truth in Israel, the Word of God would be silent, and there would be no prophets (8:11-3).
Amos 9 – The Fifth and Final Judgment
A Vision of the LORD Standing in Judgment (9:1-4)
Amos 9 introduced the final judgment prophesied by Amos, and it was a vision of “the Lord standing upon the altar,” saying, “Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake” (9:1).
I believe this was the pagan altar erected by Jeroboam I, and the place where Israel had worshipped the golden calf. Amos foretold that the temple (a place and symbol of idol worship) would be brought down upon the heads of the worshippers, and all would be slain (9:1). The destruction foretold by Amos was fulfilled by the invasion of the Assyrians. Though that nation’s soldiers were known for their merciless killings, it was the LORD who employed them to carry out His judgment upon Israel.
The wrath and judgment of God would be inescapable, and the children of Israel could not flee or find refuge (9:2-4). Judgment was determined, for the LORD had “set [His] eyes upon them for evil, and not for good” (9:4).
God Had Chosen Israel, but the People Had Rejected Him (9:5-10)
Israel had forsaken the Creator, and turned to idols. They had rejected the “Lord God of hosts” (heaven’s army). They had refused the LORD who set the “stories [clouds] in the heaven,” and called up the “waters of the sea” to form them, “and poureth them out upon the face of the earth” (9:6).
Perhaps the people believed their special relationship with the LORD would spare them His judgment (for He had “brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt,” 9:7). God, however, is just and “the eyes of the LORD God [were]upon the sinful kingdom” (9:8). The LORD had determined to “destroy it [Israel] from off the face of the earth” (9:8), yet He promised to save a remnant of “the house of Jacob” (9:8).
God is sovereign, and had determined to “sift [disperse] the house of Israel among all the nations” (9:9). Amos warned, “All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword” (9:10).
The prophecies of Amos did come to pass. Israel (the northern kingdom consisting of ten tribes), was the first to be taken captive, and the people were scattered “among all the nations” (9:9). Judah, the southern kingdom consisting of two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, was graciously promised, “I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob” (9:8).
Vision of a New Kingdom in the Last Days (9:11-15)
Amos 9 concluded with God’s promise that He would once again establish the reign of David with a legitimate heir to His throne (9:11). When that day comes, “the remnant of Edom” (A remnant of Esau’s lineage) will gather to worship the LORD (9:12; Acts 15:15-17).
Israel as a land will once again be fruitful (9:13), and the “people of Israel” will return from being dispersed among the nations of the earth (9:14). The children of Israel will rebuild their cities, plant vineyards and gardens, and dwell in peace and security (9:14). With the LORD on His throne, Israel will be restored and never again to be expelled from their land (9:15).
Closing thoughts – That day is still future for Israel and the world; however, the coming of the LORD is near:
“Behold [look and see], he [the LORD Jesus Christ] cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him [on the cross]: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:7-8).
Even so Lord, Come Quickly!
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