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Amos Part 21 – Prophesy Not Against Israel

June 8, 2017

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 “Prophesy Not Against Israel”

Key Verse:  Amos 7:10 – 7:17

We saw in the last study that the plumbline was Jesus Christ and specifically His commandments.  He is His Word and where His people are gathered, there He is in the midst.

Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. 

Zec 2:5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her (Spiritual Jerusalem, The Body)

Having this fire kindled in our midst (Luk 12:49) is the Word working righteousness wherever it has been sent.  We are the light unto this dark world within and without ourselves and the light is also the fire that transforms the marred vessels of clay into a new vessel by judgment.

Isa 10:17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;

Jer 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

It is through God’s people, His angels, His messengers, His prophets, His Elect…. His Body that salvation is brought to all men in the appointed time.  No man comes any other way.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

The name Amos means “burdensome” (from H6006) and that is what hearing the commands of the Lord are to the rebellious and idolatrous carnally minded old man.  Our carnal instinct is to push away these harsh words and silence these burdensome words that are slowly but surely bringing the man of sin to his wits end.  With this burden in mind, let’s get into our eight verses that will complete chapter 7 and comprise our study for today.

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.

Amo 7:11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.

Amo 7:12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

Amo 7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

Amo 7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

Amo 7:15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

Amo 7:16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

Amo 7:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

Enduring to the end and finishing the race we have been given to run is impossible without Christ giving us the faith and strength to stand. What flesh wants to lose its life or abide in the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10), the very means by which salvation is completed?  The answer of course is no flesh as the carnal mind, is at complete enmity with the ways of the Lord.  We must be dragged to the real Jesus Christ (Joh 6:44) and be caused to learn obedience and be made to lie down in His pastures and be fed with judgment (Eze 34:16).

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

It is our suffering and afflictions that bring about our submission and obedience.

Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

The setting of the plumbline results in the kingdom of God within losing its peace as the land cannot bear the words spoken by Amos.  Our priestly nature represented by Amaziah, gives the report to King Jeroboam (Our old man, the rejected anointed) of Amos’s prophecy of doom and gloom.  The king prophesied of being slain by the sword and Israel going into captivity is not something our man of sin appreciates when we think we have already arrived and been there done that in terms of our judgment.

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Yet that old man must die by the sword of Jesus Christ (Mat 11:34) who will strive to keep flesh alive but will be overcome by Christ at the appointed time.

Luk 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

It is also necessary that we (Israel) go into captivity as these are the days of vengeance leading up to the Lord’s appearing.

Luk 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Luk 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

We are reaping what we have sown and we all have certainly lead others captive into sins and false doctrines and have hated our brothers and used the Word deceitfully (Rev 13:10,)

Our flesh is naturally drawn to words that tell us smooth things and we will gravitate to those words and thoughts which take away any reproach from our walking crooked paths contrary to the plumbline that is in now in our midst.  We got to learn to stay the course and fight but first we (are) falling away in error and falling down our “seven times” (Pro 24:16).

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The time has come for the fulfillment of prior prophecy to be fulfilled.  The pride and power (horns) of the man of sin that hears but does not do is coming to an end.

Amo 3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee (Saul, Jeroboam, the man of sin) from being king. 

Prideful flesh hates to be corrected and shown where it falls short.  The plumbline is making us more receptive to receive the much-needed rebukes and correction with all humility.  Amaziah, who is our inward immature priest, is not way ready to be shown the faults of the first rejected king (the old man) that he serves.

Amo 7:12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

Amo 7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

Amos is rightfully called a seer by Amaziah because he does see with God given eyes to see (Amo 1:1).  All the Lord’s prophets are seers and we dwell in a rebellious house within ourselves and in the world of those the Lord has blinded.

Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

The gospel is being taken to the ends of the earth, within us now and in the ages to come.  A house in rebellion is a house that is yet blind and deaf to Truth.

Eze 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

Nobody’s flesh desires to drink the cup yet we certainly will drink in our appointed time.  That is the process by which we are prepared to sit at the Lord’s right hand in the heavens.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

Our going into captivity is part of being prepared to be able ministers of the Lord who must learn mercy to be able to give it later.  Like Amaziah and all the priests of Israel, it is the chosen of God who will at first not hearken unto the words of the Lord’s prophets.  We have little interest in being shown our disobedience and the details of our walk measured against the plumbline.  We want to hear smooth things.

Isa 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:

Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 

Isa 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

Despite seeing and living out the miracles of coming out of Egypt (the world), we will still not hearken to His words and will first send the Lord’s prophets away.

Psa 81:11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

Psa 81:12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

We learn by the judgment process, not to trust in our own righteousness.  It is Pharisees who hear the Word but reject the Lord’s prophets having no interest in being corrected and walking according to the plumbline.  We are of our father the devil when we falsely think we have escaped the damnation of age abiding judgment.

Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city ….

Mat 23:35 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

By rejecting Amos, we are rejecting Christ and storing up wrath for our day of wrath yet to be revealed to us (Rom 2:5).

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Eze 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

Immature flesh does not want to submit much less hear the rebukes that are so needed to correct our walk.  We all have come through the door that is Christ and we will reason being one of the shepherds of the sheep (Joh 10:2) eliminates our need to drink the Lord’s cup to be humbled before we can be exalted.  War cannot be waged alone and without a multitude of counselors there is no safety.  We won’t make it abiding alone.

Pro 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 

The prideful old man thinks: “Who do you think you are telling me things about the Word of God?  We are in the house of God (Bethel) in the sanctuary (chapel) within the kingdom (court) just like you”.  This is just the lesson Korah taught us (Number 16) and his rebellious followers who would not heed nor submit to the counsel of the Lord’s prophets.  Our not entering in and hindering others (Mat 23:13) will come to and end as we go through our judgment and learn the value of the Lord’s prophets who bring the fire and the correction all of us desperately need.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Pro 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light (in the Body, in the devouring fire), as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

The Lord’s prophets can of themselves do nothing.  When we (Amos) are confronted, and resisted for speaking Truth, we will speak with humility pointing to the Lord’s commission.

Amo 7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

Amo 7:15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

Being chief of sinners and the least esteemed of men (Col 1:27), the Lord’s servants feel unqualified till we grow in the faith to speak on behalf of the Lord.  We are never to deny the Lord by denying our calling, we just need to speak with meekness.

Psa 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

Amos like all the prophets come from humble beginnings.  While the Lord’s anointed possess great riches, before we are sent to minister we are humbled by the Lord.

1Co 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Amos is not making excuses for speaking words of fire to King Jeroboam, he is merely asserting the Lord’s sovereignty on this whole affair as is true with all affairs (Dan 4:35).  It is the Lord who takes us from following His flock and promotes us into service.  When our day comes and the Words of Truth are taken to heart (eaten), then we begin our prophesying to the nations within and without ourselves.

Rev 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Eze 3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.

Amos in answering Amaziah provides more detail of his ministry than what we learned in Part 1 of the study.  The new information is that he was a gatherer of sycamore fruit which are a type of fig tree/fruit.  There is spiritual significance to Amos’s natural calling to his spiritual calling as the harvest and pruning of trees and fruit producing vines is clearly taking place in the kingdom of God within us.

The word translated as “gather” is H1103 is a referencing to our harvesting figs.

H1103

bâlas

baw-las’

A primitive root; to pinch sycamore figs (a process necessary to ripen them): – gatherer.

Pinching figs is provoking the fig tree to grow more shoots and bring forth even more fruit.  It is the same general process as pruning a vine or a bush.  As the Lord’s Body, we are the instruments by which the spiritual fig trees (The Israel of God) are pruned (pinched) and the harvest is prepared to be soon gathered in the day of judgment.  It is Christ through Christ doing the pinching or the pruning of the trees.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 

Isa 18:5 For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect And the sour grape is ripening in the flower, He will both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks And take away and cut down the branches.

Figs are an unusual fruit in that they do not ripen after they are picked.  They must be picked at just the right time or else they will be bitter (too early) or rotten if over ripe.  The Lord sends His prophets at just the right time to gather the figs and pinch the shoots and prune the branches.  It is the Body of Christ, aka the Lord’s prophets or angels, who are the fruit pickers and reapers (Rev 14:19) that gather in the harvest in the appointed time.

Mat 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Mat 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Mat 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

When the shoots come forth, the harvesters are not far behind and the time is at hand.

Luk 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

Luk 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

Luk 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 

The Lord’s prophets speak with boldness against the idolatry of Amaziah who has no interest in hearing about judgment and wrath and would rather hear smooth things that wrest away the judgment, the very thing that is, was and will be saving us from our sins (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27).

Amo 7:16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

Amo 7:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

We are admonished that our heavens (minds) give ear (Deut 32:1) to the commandments and doctrines of the Lord.  Our earth representing our walk and our deeds is similarly admonished to hear and do.

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Sending the Lord’s prophets away is rejecting Jesus Christ.  Our failure to come together as a Body is forsaking the Lord and sending away the Lord’s prophets.  The Body of Christ is Jesus Christ whom the whole world persecutes (Acts 9:5, Joh 15:18).  Having knowledge of the truth is not enough to make it.  We will not make it alone and should be wary of all such thoughts of isolation and hiding from our own flesh.  We need one another to provoke one another and pinch the figs shoots so even more good will abound.

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

We will not be healed and won’t be able to overcome forsaking the assembly with the Lord’s prophets that speak words of fire.  We cannot hide from our own flesh if we want to be delivered.

Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Isa 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 

Before we are given the faith to marry The Christ (the Bride) and see “her” as our appointed Proverbs 31 helper and spiritual wife; we will be given over to our idols and love for this world and its many fornications.  We will instead take the mother of all harlots to wife (Rev 17:5) who is mystery Babylon within us.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Similar words were spoken to Hosea as spoken to Amaziah.

Hos 1:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.

Living by every word God spoke includes falling away from our first love and going into the harlot’s house as the Prodigal Son.

Luk 15:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

Yet it is the Prodigal Son who was given the experience of evil first and who was given the spoils and the fatted calf first.  So, it is the Lord’s way of confounding the wisdom of the wise as it is the harlots and publicans who enter into the kingdom first, not those who need no repentance (Mat 21:31, Luk 15:7).  The Lord is gracious in both causing us to err and in causing us to return to Him.

Jer 3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD. 

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

In our next study, we will begin a review the fourth of the five visions shown to Amos.

Amo 8:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.

Amo 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, the end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.

Sincere questions and comments are welcome.  Feel free to email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  I would be pleased to be a helper in your joy in the Lord.

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

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