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Key Verses: Amos 7:7 – 7:9
We continue in this study with the third of the five visions Amos is shown by the Lord regarding the judgment of Israel. This is the process the Lord has ordained for all men to come to knowledge of the Truth, via many tribulations and which is also bringing salvation from sin in the appointed time for all (1Co 15:21, Gen 18:10). The Lord is showing us His works in these visions which comes first to the house of God which is also known as the church. The earth encompasses the seas and all the land and spiritually speaking what we are seeing is the Lord establishing dominion on earth as it is in our heaven.
Isa 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Here is the vision of the plumbline and our three verses for today.
Amo 7:7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.
Amo 7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:
Amo 7:9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
We know these are all spiritual statements and the vision is not a literal event and the understanding here must come by comparing spiritual to spiritual (1Co 2:13).
Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Just as the book of Revelation is signified (Rev 1:1) via symbols, so are the words of Amos as are all the words spoken by the prophets of the Lord.
Hos 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
All three of the symbols, the wall, the plumbline and the Lord’s hand represent Jesus Christ who created all things and is by whom ALL THINGS consists. Our carnal minds often forget just how expansive is the Lord in the affairs of mankind and the world.
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
What is the plumbline?
Being “plumb” is a construction term that refers to being straight up and down. A plumbline is an ancient method of measuring the straightness of a wall. It has a string with a weight on the end that uses gravity hang straight down which the builders then follow. In the modern era, levels have replaced plumb lines in constructing walls that are level.
The Hebrew word “anak” is only found in these verses of Amos and according to Strong’s probably comes from an unused root meaning narrow.
H594, ‘ănâk, an-awk’
Probably from an unused root meaning to be narrow; according to most a plumb line, and to others a hook
This is all very interesting because we know the way is indeed narrow, the gate is straight by which the kingdom of God is entered.
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The setting of the plumbline in Israel will in its appointed time accomplish all the Lord’s purposes and making the walls straight and bring down the pride of life. It is the weight of the Scriptures and the express commandments of God that become the measuring line of righteousness in our day of the Lord.
Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
When we are measured against the plumbline, our hidden sins are being manifested along with lies and false doctrines.
Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
The New Testament version of the Plumbline is the reed like unto a rod that is also a measuring device and is likened unto a rod.
Rev 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
A rod connotes discipline and authority in the Scriptures and that is exactly what the loving Lord is doing for His children in our day of judgment.
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Pro 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (with the rod)
When a nation is ruled by a rod (plumbline), this is what is quickly learned.
Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
This is what mankind is learning when they are constantly measured by the plumbline or ruled by a rod of iron.
Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man
It is only after we begin to have dominion over sin and our struggles against the man of sin and the lies of the harlot are “finished” that we become the golden reed in the Lord’s hands that are used to bring others into Holy City and reveal Jesus Christ to them.
Rev 21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
What is the wall the Lord is standing on?
Amos sees The Lord standing upon a wall that is said to be “made” by a plumbline that the Lord has in His hand. The Lord is building the House of Israel and the vision of Him on the wall with the plumbline is a testimony to building of the church of God which is the same as the House of Israel. The church is built by putting the Lord’s enemies under His feet.
Mat 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
The Lord is standing on/upon/against the wall that the rebellious and idolatrous King Jeroboam has built in his heart and mind. This is our experience as we are this idolatrous king who have built a wall that provides us peace not yet knowing it is a false peace. Our pride has blinded us to the truth of our spiritual condition and the wall built with the wrong ingredients and tools is going to be torn down so a new one can be built instead.
Pro 18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit
Eze 13:14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
The plumbline and wall vision is a vision of judgment. The Lord is against this wall and it will fall just as the walls of Jericho (Jos 6:20) and Babylon “is, was and will be” falling in our appointed times. The wall of Babylon is the first wall made of the mixed multitude within us (untampered mortar) which are the lies and unbelief we cling to claiming to follow the Lord.
Lam 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.
The Lord is discovering our foundation in our day of judgment and as we saw last week, our secret sins are being revealed in light of the Sun. The day of the Lord is revealing our work and what we have built upon the foundation Christ has laid within us.
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Walls separate and divide what is on either side of the wall and so it is also true in the spiritual (Rom 1:20). These divisions are both needed for defense/safety as well as preventing escape both reasons the Lord comes to bring division and build walls.
Luk 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
The wall built by the works of our carnal mind is being destroyed so it can be rebuilt.
Mar 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
When the plumbline is set, the commandments go forth and the wall is built again.
Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
The Holy City of Spiritual Jerusalem is another symbol for the Body of Christ and His Christ that are defined with a wall that was great and high.
Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
Standing on the walls of the House of God is standing on truth and believing on the Lord. Contending for the truth is a daily battle we must fight within ourselves and without ourselves in this evil world. We are the watchman that are on the walls and look after and care for the sheep within and without ourselves by protecting the House of God from evil.
Isa 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
Isa 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
We as the Lord’s angels (messengers) are the ones stirred up by the Lord that are gathered together in Jerusalem to build city and using the Lord’s instruments of judgment.
Ezr 9:9 For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem
With the wall repaired, we can find true peace and enter into the rest promised.
What is His hand?
Christ is the Word (Joh 1:1) and is the plumbline and the wall as we have seen. It should not be a surprise therefore to come to see that Christ is also the hand. It is through the Christ, His Body that the greater works get done (Joh 14;12). The Body is the hands, feet, of the Lord and the flesh in which He is already come.
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
It is the Elect who will be the saviours of the world and bring each other into the truth and reveal Jesus Christ and pour out the vials of wrath (Oba 1:21, Rev 19:10). The redeemed of the Lord are redeemed by the arms, hands and the body of Christ.
Isa 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
Isa 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
It is the word that is judging us as we hear the commandments and are measured against the plumbline that is Christ.
Mat 3:12 Whose (winnowing) fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Exo 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
Psa 19:4 Their (plumb) line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
It is the Elect of God, being judged now, that are used of the Lord to save others and speak the words of fire in building the church of Jesus Christ. We are the Lord’s Body and as the judges of Israel, we are His Hand that is holding the plumbline and doing the measuring. We measure ourselves (examine ourselves) but also are used to bring judgment to our brethren.
Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
The plumbline aka the rod of the Lord is going to establish the Lord’s power over all the nations within us which is where the Kingdom of God is and where we will be reigning on our earth [Rev 5:10].
Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he (through His Christ) shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
The Lord Will Not Pass by Again
“Not passing by Israel again” after the plumbline is set, is a promise that the Lord’s strange act (Isa 28:21) will not fail. Salvation is assured, once the word is planted. The Lord will bring it to pass and our patience is waiting on Him to perform it. Such is the torment and suffering to which we, those that believe on Jesus Christ are appointed (Phi 1:29, Rev 14:10)
Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
The work of the word of the Lord is tearing down our idols and destroying the temple of the self-righteous religious beast as a jealous God executes vengeance for His temple.
Amo 7:9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
The killing of the old man by the sword of the Lord is a good thing. It is required for the rebuilding of the temple and repairing the breaches and broken down walls.
Amo 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
Amo 9:11 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:
The setting of the plumbline is another way is the coming of Christ and He comes to bring peace but that only comes about after a great war is fought in heaven and the earth.
Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
The plumbline is placed within us and in the midst of Israel. It is here where the Lord sits and wages this war against our man of sin and the beast.
Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
Jesus Christ and His Christ are taken up to these high places and this is where we are tempted with the riches of world and the pride of life.
Luk 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
Luk 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
Luk 4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
In the day of the Lord those high places will be laid waste as the words of Christ, the weapons of our warfare destroy the idols of our man of sin as we overcome more and more.
2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The “was” of this prophecy was fulfilled by Shallum, who conspired against Zachariah the son of Jeroboam, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, which put an end to the family of Jeroboam (2Ki 15:7-11). Yet none of these prophecies are history lessons (1Co 10:11), these words of the Lord from Amos are “is, was and will be” and not just was. They apply to us and not just the ancient King Jeroboam. Like Jeroboam, we will reap what we sow and every evil deed will be dealt a recompense in due time. Prophecies of doom to our wicked ways will come to pass and by this judgment we shall be saved.
Ecc 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
We are living out the “is” in our day of judgment when the plumbline is set in our midst. These words are spoken to King Jeroboam who was the king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Jeroboam #2 is you and me (all things are ours) in our appointed time. Like Jeroboam we are used of the Lord for good, winning some key battles, yet we are making idols and worshipping them which is not of faith and causes us (Israel) to sin. The man of sin must die.
2Ki 14:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
2Ki 14:27 And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.
The high places appeal to our flesh and the pride of man. The devil knows this and we are constantly tempted to serve Satan and create high places which are stumbling blocks of sin in our hearts. The truth the world cannot see much less accept is that the Lord is working these sins (Isa 63:17) and creating these idols so we can be brought back to the Lord with a repented heart
Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
Eze 14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.
Eze 14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
Our flesh and man of sin does not like these words of Amos. Flesh wants to live and does not like being made to give an account according to the narrow way of the plumbline. Our rebellious old man will seek to destroy the one measuring and highlighted our crooked paths and the high places that exalt themselves against the Lord. This will be the focus of our next installment as Amos is put under duress and persecuted for speaking the word of God and prophesying against the high places of Israel. Amos is told to go away and prophesy not these harsh things to Jeroboam and the people of Israel.
Amo 7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.