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Amos Part 16 – Being at Ease in Zion

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“Being at Ease in Zion”

Key Verses:  Amos 5:24 – Amos 6:1

This study as most of these studies in the Prophets are exhorting us to contend for the true faith and not be overtaken by a lazy or lascivious spirit. The sooner we take to heart how the Lord’s grace works, the sooner we will overcome and move onward to maturity. A “que sera sera” aka “a whatever will be will be” attitude, can mistakenly apply the Lord’s sovereignty and lead us into captivity. We are still learning the sum of the Lord’s sovereignty which includes:

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, (scourging, chastening, rebuking) grace did much more abound:

Jude spoke of “certain men” who are those outside ourselves as indeed many false prophets have gone out into the world. Yet these men are also you and me, God’s very people who have been ordained to live by every Word God spoke (Mat 4:4) including these.

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The deceitfulness of sin that hides our fleshly hearts will deceive us and snare us in bondage to sin and unbelief while we claim to serve and obey the Lord. We are so much in need of the Body as our safety and refuge to keep our faith strong and to get the help we need including strong rebukes in times of trouble. I hope this message is an exhortation to all who read it as it was to me as I prepared it.

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.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

We continue in Amos and see more of the Lord’s controversy with us His people.

Amo 5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Amo 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

Amo 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Amo 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

When judgment is on the house of God, it shall not fail to roll and the purifying waters shall continually be bringing righteousness to our heavens and our earth. It’s all the Lord’s work, it is His zeal for His people by which the Lord performs and establishes judgment in His kingdom.

Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

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:

Righteousness is learned only by enduring judgment (Isa 26:9) and bearing the trials the Lord sends and standing on His Word through the affliction. The rushing waters are the torrent, the fiery Word that come against our house to try our faith and expose what is not built on faith so only that which is of faith shall remain (Luk 6:47-49). These waters flow out of the Words that the Body of Christ is speaking to those prepared and gathered to hear.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

We should be striving to learn the lessons of the Lord and hastening the coming of the Lord within us (2Pe 3:12). If we don’t learn the lessons and do not move on to maturity (Heb 6:3), we are bound to repeat the lessons until we do. Israel was led around for forty years with many trials (4 x 10, the whole perfection of flesh) but was not given to cross over and enter into and possess the land.

Amo 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

Like physical Israel, the Lord’s Elect in every age are first unable to cross over and overcome and we repeat the lessons. Until grace is poured out in our day of judgment, we are unable and instead offer outward sacrifices and offerings to the Lord while claiming His Name.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Heb 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

The Lord does not want outward obedience and rituals. He is looking to our hearts and He demands all of it be given to Him as a living sacrifice. The joy of the old man is turned to gloom and the mourning of the new man to joy as we endure major spiritual heart surgery.

Psa 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Our time wandering in the wilderness is our time of testing that follows our initial baptism into the truth (1Co 10:2). This precedes the second coming of Christ within us for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:28). Like our Lord experienced (Mat 4:1-2) and Paul (Gal 1:7) we too, must be tested to be made ready for ministry and service. Unlike our spotless Lord, we will be unfaithful and fall down our appointed “seven” times. As we die to the flesh we are being saved and gain dominion over sin the more we look to our new life, becoming a living sacrifice.

Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man (Jesus Christ and His Christ) be lifted up:

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

As we abide in faith and stand in the grace of God, in DUE TIME, we are being made partakers of Christ. The Lord is grieved by our sins and keeps us in torment (Rev 14:11) to destroy all faith in ourselves and instill faith in Him alone. Israel of old could not and Israel of today, the spiritual Jews cannot enter into because of unbelief.

Heb 3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

Heb 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

We are being made into a living sacrifice by the blood of the Lamb as we are made to drink and partake in judgment. This turns our faith into an active faith evidenced by our works. The Body of Christ is the second sacrifice (the scapegoat) along with our Lord that are used to bring salvation to all mankind as saviours and The Savior, respectfully (Oba 1:21).

Amo 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle (covering) of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

The law for the lawless and self-righteous has us covering ourselves with our own works which is not of faith. Instead of offering pleasing sacrifices we are committing fornication and spiritual incest with our flesh. This is how we bear the tabernacle of Moloch (who is the God of Ammonites) and the false god of Chiun [H3594] which is another name for our self-righteous beast that does many good works in seeking glory.

H3594, kı̂yûn, kee-yoon’

From H3559; properly a statue, that is, idol; but used (by euphemism) for some heathen deity (perhaps corresponding to Priapus or Baal-peor): – Chiun.

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

The Word for tabernacle is H552 is found once in Scripture per the KJV Concordance.

H5522, sikkûth, sik-kooth’

Feminine of H5519; an (idolatrous) booth: – tabernacle.

A religious self-worshiping beast (Rev 13:11) is certainly an idolatrous booth or house. But the point I want to make here is that this image to the beast we setup is about covering ourselves with righteousness and taking away God’s reproach. The Lord’s true coverings, the true garments of salvation are knitted together only as we endure through many tribulations being crucified with Christ.

Going back to the root of the root, we find H5526, which primarily speaks of our covering which we know is what makes us acceptable and presentable to the Lord.

 H5526, sakes /  śâkak

Total KJV Occurrences: 23

covered, 8

cover, 5

covereth, 2

covering, 2

defence, 1

defendest, 1

What is really being said here is we are putting on self-righteousness and spiritual clothing that is our own works as we worship the idols and image of the beast. Such a mindset is a defiled wedding garment that needs to be uncovered and is in our day of judgment at the wedding feast (Mat 22:11).

Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Rev 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

Salvation is of the Lord (Jon 2:6) and we must be GIVEN our garments (Isa 61:3) from the Lord. White washed robes and the “fine linen” worn in spiritual Babylon are defiled garments that are being exposed and rewashed/remade in the afflictions and suffering (the blood, the dying daily) the Lord has and is appointing us to endure (Phi 1:29).

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The Lord is faithful to finish the good work in us which means He is/will complete our judgment which will completed in full which is how we are saved from our sins.  Our beasts and the false prophets are being destroyed in the age abiding fire that we as His sons are enduring now (Rev 19:20) and the rest of mankind will endure in the lake of fire.

Amo 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Damascus is the capital of Syria (Isa 7:8) and spiritually represents our flesh and the lineage of where our old man and our father Abraham’s physical family has come from.

Gen 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethune the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

Going beyond Damascus is going beyond just our flesh and into the territory of the Assyrians.  Assyria is likened to the land of Spiritual Babylon (Jer 51:18, 2Ki 17:23-24) and these nations are the rod of the Lord’s anger sent to Israel (The Elect) that are hypocrites (Isa 10:5-6). The falling away does not lead us back to Egypt but instead takes is into spiritual Assyria.

Hos 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

Hos 11:6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.

Hos 11:7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

Being captives to the Assyrians is being turned over to our fleshly lusts and the pride of life, and being led to fornicate with the many lies of the harlot. We are being shown in our judgment that nothing good dwells in our flesh and that we truly are the chief of sinners without the headship of Jesus Christ (Rom 7:24, 1Ti 1:15). In due time this brings about a change in our heart as we cry out for deliverance.

The entire phrase “Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity” comes from one Hebrew word galah H1540. The use of this word in itself shows that becoming “captive” from the negative perspective, is being enslaved to our sin and having our nakedness (sinfulness) uncovered.

H1540, gâlâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 217

carried, 34

captive, 24

uncover, 22

discovered, 18

away, 17

revealed, 11

discover, 10

uncovered, 10

captivity, 9

open, 6

revealeth, 3

published, 2

uncovereth, 2

Here are some examples of being led “into captivity” with H1540 galah.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover [H1540] their nakedness: I am the LORD.

Eze 23:18 So she discovered [H1540] her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.

There is a purpose in the Lord revealing the shame of our nakedness. This is how He is making known His power to us as the first marred vessel (Jer 18:4) and is now being destroyed.

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Beyond Damascus puts us deep into the Assyrian/Babylonian Empire where the Lord has us in captivity to not only our flesh but also the lies of the spiritual harlot. We are this harlot bound to the world, having all the godly gifts, all the knowledge but still fornicating with the kings of this earth and making merchandise of the Lord’s treasures.

Rev 17:4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.

Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

When the Lord returns as a thief in our spiritual night, we will be found at ease in Zion having buried our talents, including our gift of faith in the earth.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Entering into the rest of Jesus Christ does not mean we don’t work. We rest from our own works but not from the Lord’s work. Here is the Lord’s work which is a demonstration of our faith IN ACTION which never ceases.

Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of Godthat ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Joh 5:17 (NKJV) But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”

Knowledge before the baptism by fire comes is making us slothful thinking we have arrived. But when the fire comes we see more clearly and are given some wise counsel.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Believing is work, it requires us to make judgments and stand on the Word and not rely on our own works or the wisdom of this world. These words from James apply inwardly as well as outwardly. They complement rather than negate the words of John 6:29.

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

The charge to come out of her (the harlot) my people (Rev 18:4) and truly separate from the world and the heathen ways within and without, is a serious commandment if we plan to make the first resurrection.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

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,

Trusting in the mountain of Samaria is trusting in ourselves and leaning on our carnal understanding and the ways of the world and its chief nations (the strongman within).

Exo 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

Exo 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee

That is what ancient Israel did many times in going to the “chief nations” (the strong man within) to seek treaties and covenants with them to take away the reproach of the world and make their lives easier. We live out those words as these disobedient kings and go to the chief of the nation’s instead of standing in faith. Here are just two examples.

1Ki 15:18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Benhadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

1Ki 15:19 There is a league (covenant) between me and thee, and between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

1Ki 20:34 And Benhadad said unto him (Ahab), The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.

These covenants with the chief of the nations are covenants with death and the carnal mind (Rom 8:6). Such covenants will be disannuled in our day of the Lord.

Isa 28:18 Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; When the overflowing scourge passes through ….

Being at ease in Zion is failing to stand on the Word and fight the good fight of faith. Who wants to carry a cross and stand in faith, when it’s far easier for our flesh to make a peace treaty and compromise the Word of God and go along to get along? An obvious example of this is the outward keeping of days, times and years. Yet this “weak of faith” spirit afflicts us all in our immaturity as our man of sin is always looking for ways to lessen the burden than bear the reproach of Jesus Christ. The narrow way requires work, it requires us to stand in the face of great opposition from the heathen nations within and in the outside world.

Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

We have a good example of faith in action via a maturing King Hezekiah.  He stood on the Word of God against the threats covenant promises of the Assyrians. Despite much carnal fear and a doom and gloom prognosis Hezekiah stood in faith. Yet Israel was delivered by their faithfulness (2Kings 18-19) and obedience to the king’s command not to answer back the Assyrians or enter into any covenants.

The Lord is sore displeased with those unfaithful to the Word and doing evil while claiming His Name. In His mercy, the Lord returns to save us from our sins and rebuilds His Temple within by the plumbline of His Word.

Zec 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction (“RA” H7451 – EVIL).

Zec 1:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.

While it is true that “the Lord is doing it” as it relates to our disobedience and obedience as all things are of Him (Rom 11:36); we are never to lose sight of why the Lord is doing it. He is causing our erring so we will stop doing it and thereby learn righteousness (Isa 26:9, Exo 6:6). We are admonished to ALWAYS strive, labor, contend, and engage in the good fight of faith.

Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

We are to labor for the things of the Spirit and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mat 6:33). This is the work of faith and how we lose our life to gain it.

Joh 6:27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Faith without works, is faith without fighting. To lay hold on eternal life we engage in the war and fight the good fight of faith all the way to the very end (Mat 24:13, 2Ti 4:7).

1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The spiritual battles and the greater war can only be fought successfully by trusting (putting on) in the whole armor of God. The Word of God will not fail in the end and we need to learn patience and to trust in the Lord.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Next week Lord willing, we will see more details of our journey “beyond Damascus” where the Lord is taking us deeper into captivity. Here is the first verse of Part 17 where we will see the theme of pride/self-exaltation develop as our self-righteousness is exposed as filthy rags.

Amo 6:2 Pass ye over to Calneh and see, and go thence to Hamath the great, and go down to Gath of the Philistines, Are they better than these kingdoms? Greater is their border than your border?

The Lord will put focus on our feasting on meat and drinking lots of wine but not tending to the weightier matters of Godly Love.

Sincere comments and questions are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

A Servant In  Christ,  Pete

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Amos Part 1 – The Herdman of Tekoa

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The Herdman of Tekoa

Key Verses:  Amos 1:1-1:2

This opening verse of Amos reveals significant detail and context that establishes what this prophecy is really about and how it applies to each of us in our time.  The truth is hidden in the symbols and it is up to the Lord’s people to dig, seek and find the treasure hidden from the world (Pro 25:2, 1Co 2:7).

Amo 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

To the carnal mind this sure sounds like a history lesson and nice factoid on the nation of Israel and its dual kings.  Yet we know better.  We know these words contain essential spiritual understanding to God’s Elect, the very people these words were actually written for and the very reasons the events actually happened (1Pe 1:10-12).  Not only are the Lord’s words spoken in parables but the actual events portrayed in the Bible are done in parables.

Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Hos 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions (understanding), and used similitudes (parables), by the ministry of the prophets.

Amos, like all the prophets, will be focused on the judgment of God.  Judgment is the blessing that comes in this age to the firstfruits unto the Lord and those He calls by His Name (1Pe 4:17).  This study will be about the same event and process that was studied in Micah; yet there are greater and different details here in Amos.  Together all these prophetic books and the whole of Scripture comprise the truth.

Psa 119:160 (ASV) The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

The more we know of the remaking process (Rev 21:5, Jer 18:4), the better equipped we are to bear the painful process that must be endured on the Potter’s wheel. We have to endure to the very end if we are to make the first resurrection and be used of God to bring salvation to all mankind.  All these events in the prophets are there for examples so we will learn and better understand the way of the Lord.  We best take heed of those lessons, all of them, lest we fall.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

There are six main points we will highlight from this first verse. This study will hopefully reveal that Amos represents you and me and all of God’s Elect.  We are of the herdmen from spiritual Tekoa.  We speak words of truth when given spiritual understanding that bring about the destruction and death of our old man who represent the rejected anointed of the Lord who shall not be King.  These prophetic words we speak and hear, culminate as we mature in a great spiritual earthquake that shakes out the old and ushers in the new man.

1.  Meaning of Amos: Amos is Strong’s H5986

H5986, ‛âmôs, aw-moce’

From H6006; burdensome; Amos, an Israelitish prophet: – Amos.

H6006, ‛âmas, aw-mas’   

A primitive root; to load, that is, impose a burden (or figuratively infliction): – be borne, (heavy) burden (self), lade, load, put.

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

laded, 2

borne, 1

burden, 1

lade, 1

lading, 1

loaden, 1

loadeth, 1

put, 1

The most common rendering of AMAS is lading or some variation which refers to the act of working to load or burden something. Looking at some of the uses will help us see that the Lord’s people are those who build the Holy City (Joh 14:12) through our lading on the wall.  We are the “awesome hands” of the Lord as Steve’s ongoing study has shown time and time again.

Neh 4:17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded [H6006], every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

It’s not us doing the work, it is Christ in us, The Word doing the work.  The hearing of truth that the chosen of God (Amos) speak brings a burden upon our rebellious old man when we have spiritual ears to hear.  This burden eventually will bring us to our wits when we give up on flesh and then the Lord steps in and saves us from our sin.  The whole world is at enmity with Jesus Christ and His people; but those the Lord causes to hear will be burdened in a positive way as their old man will be destroyed in the process.

Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden [H6006] themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Whether positive or negative, all of the ladening is of course the Lord’s work in us and it works for the greater good.  The many tribulations that laden us are the benefits for the new man which come from the judgment that IS NOW on the House of God.

Psa 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth [H6006] us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

It is a good thing, the Lord’s prophet’s put a burden on our old man.  The burden of the Word of God destroys the old man and leads us to give up on the flesh (Phi 3:3) and frees us of the heavy burden of saving ourselves.  We labor with this excessive yoke and burden until we truly come to know He is the Lord of heaven and of the earth and rest in His Sovereignty.

Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

2. Amos was among the herdmen. A herdmen is another name for a shepherd, one that looks over the flock.  That is exactly what every man that comes through door into “The Christ” becomes.  Being among the herdmen is symbolic words that one is in the Body of Christ.  The herdmen are also the watchmen and have a duty and responsibility to protect and watch over the little flock of God.  We are Jesus Christ who the world hates and as such we are also the shepherd of the sheep says the Lord.

Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

The door is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is HIS BODY. Even King David as a type of Christ, was in the same line of “work” as Amos.

1Sa 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

1Sa 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

As is our Lord, so are we His people (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17).  We are His chosen instruments to perform the greater works of God in the earth (Joh 14:12).  I hope you grasp the seriousness of this higher calling and the high price that is demanded.

Joh 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep

Shepherds have many roles, protecting the sheep and ensuring the sheep are nourished.  Christ tells Peter and all of His people to feed, tend and nourish His flock.  We do this when we obey (love God) His commandments.  Our love for the Lord will manifest our good works.  You shall know them by their fruit!

Joh 21:16 He saith to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Tend my sheep.

Gal 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith.

3. Amos was from Tekoa. Tekoa was one of the 15 cities (3 x 5) that Rehoboam built for the defense of Judah and is in the same Philistine plain and journey we looked at in the Micah study. The root word for Tekoa is very instructive to understanding Amos’s ministry which is the ministry for all of God’s Elect.

 H8619, tâqôa‛, taw-ko’-ah

From H8628 (in the musical sense); a trumpet:

 The root of H8619 leads us to H8628 which is associated with those that BLOW the trumpets which is the Elect (the priests and sons of Aaron).

Num 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow [H8628] with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.

Joe 2:1 Blow [H8628] ye the trumpet in Zion (THE BODY) and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

The angels of the Lord are the same little flock of God who will gather in the Elect now in this age and ultimately will bring in the harvest of all men in the Lake of Fire.

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Lord is putting us, His Elect, into ministry roles as His kings and priests (Rev 5:10).  Man’s redemption and salvation only comes by judgment (Exo 6:6, Rev 15:8) and it’s the people of spiritual Tekoa who bring this about in the appointed times.  Now in the body and in the future outwardly to all men.

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 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

4. These are events Amos “Saw”.  Obviously, we don’t see spoken words and what is being said here is Amos, like John the Apostle, is bearing record of what He saw in the Spirit (Rev 1:2).  All the words of the Bible are Spirit (Joh 6:63) and seeing in the spirit means one’s eyes of understanding have been enlightened. This comes to each of us in turn by our fellow brethren that make up the church of the living God.

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war

Forty-Four times in Amos we will see the phrase “Thus Saith the Lord”.  Amos speaks with the authority of Jesus Christ, a type of the Elect, who would come later when the Spirit was and is given. God’s Elect speak things they “see” in the Spirit with all authority and thus are the Lord’s ministers of grace and fulfill living by every word God spoke including those of Amos (Mat 4:4).

5. Amos prophesied in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and King Jeroboam of Israel. What does this mean?

Every truth is determined by two or more witnesses and here we have two witnesses of the truth that judgment for our sin results in death to the man of sin who has set himself up as God in the hearts of all men.  Mike recently covered this spiritual significance of the life of King Uzziah and why Isaiah’s prophecy was in “that year” of Uzziah’s death.  Click here for that study.  King Uzziah got puffed up after doing well and acted presumptuously against the Lord’s order and attempted to perform the duties of a priest.

2Ch 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

For this transgression Uzziah was stricken with leprosy in the same way King Saul and our old man as the rejected anointed of God cannot inherit the kingdom of God and must and IS DYING. Here is how Mike summed up the conclusion from that study.

King Uzziah symbolizes the leprous ‘king’ who is sitting on God’s throne “in the temple of God showing [himself] that he is God”, and his story symbolizing that “man of sin… the abomination that makes desolate”, being cast out of the temple by those who are faithful priests of the Word of God.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Amos prophesied to both kings and King Jeroboam (#2) of the northern kingdom of Israel, suffered the same fate with different details for similar series of sins.  Jeroboam did evil in the sight of the Lord and committed the same presumptuous sins in violating God’s prescribed way of worship and priestly service.  We will need to look back to Jeroboam #1 to see this.

2Ki 14:23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah Jeroboam (#2) the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years.

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 (#1) the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

The first Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, is called out 15 different times in reference to later Kings of Israel in that those succeeding kings, just like Jeroboam #2, did not depart from Jeroboam #1’s sins that made Israel to sin.  The sin that causes Israel (The Elect, God’s people) to sin is idolatry by setting up our own image to God and worshipping our way in God’s Temple.  Like Uzziah, Jeroboam, is this man of sin sitting in God’s temple (1Co 3:16) showing himself as God paying no heed to the commandments of the Lord (Luk 6:46).  Here is the sin of Jeroboam #1.

1Ki 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

1Ki 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

1Ki 12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

1Ki 12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

1Ki 12:32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

1Ki 12:33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense. 

6. These words were spoken two years before the earthquake.

The prophesy of Amos is something we live out before a massive spiritual EARTHQUAKE comes that is bringing about the new man and salvation.  Joel speaks of the same day and same event as all flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord by this process.

Joe 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

This earthquake in the days of Uzziah did come outwardly and was spoken about in the prophesy of Zechariah.  This earthquake is the one that is, was and will be coming in the lives of every man in the day of the Lord for each.

Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee…..

Zec 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee

The death of the old man via the fiery judgment of God is the means the Lord has devised (2Sa 14:14) to save all men.  This work is accomplished via the seven angels that open the seals, blow the trumpets and pour out the wrath through the spoken Word.

Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

The earthquake comes after much tribulation, it does not come at first upon hearing truth and beginning our walk of suffering.

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

We have to be prepared for what we must endure which is losing our life and filling up in the afflictions for the sake of the Body. No one can bear the spiritual earthquakes without being prepared.  The Lord won’t try us beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13).

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

There is indeed a lag time between hearing the words of Truth and the coming of the earthquake that brings true salvation and the death of the old man.  Yet the time is short, it is said to be always “at hand” when we can read, hear and keep these words spiritually (Rev 1:3).  The Elect will live out both resurrections inwardly before it will occur outwardly (will be).  Christ comes the second time, in the Day of the Lord, to save us and bring us out of the state of disobedience.

This spiritual earthquake (Heb 9:27-28) happens “is, was and will be” as we are being burned up. This is our inward second resurrection, and our Day of Judgement that happens to us first whilst in these vessels of clay.

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Act 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust

Our perfection is on the “third day”, which is “that day” known as the Day of the Lord.  The earthquake that will come as we live out the words of Amos waiting for the Lord to raise us from the dead. Days being years we have other Scriptures that confirm the separation from hearing and doing the Word.

Hos 6:2 After two days (years) will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Our Lord speaking of Himself and His Body, His Christ, tells us we will be casting out false doctrines and healing one another but on the third day we will be perfected (Luk 13:32) through fiery trials.

None of this is accomplished in FULL, until we are resurrected in spiritual bodies.  Yet all these words are “is, was and will be” in the lives of God’s Elect.  The earthquake that brings salvation is not a 10 second sinners prayer.  The earthquake is a process in which we learn to trust and have hope in waiting for the Lord to appear within and without us.

Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Amos 1:2 is a second witness to Joel 3:16 that the roaring of the Lord from Zion, comes from the Body of Christ that are gathered in the Holy City of New Jerusalem.  This is what brings about the earthquake to all men in the day an hour appointed by the Lord.

Amo 1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.

Jesus Christ and His Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5) that opens the seals to those prepared to hear and to see the truth.  The same lion is the Body of Christ that roars over the prey “we” catch and devour while abiding in Zion.  Lies, false doctrines and our besetting sins are taken captive and all things that defile are shaken out of our spiritual heavens (mind) and out of our life (walk).

Num 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

Pro 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

The works of the adversary, the accuser of the brethren, the sins and giants in the land become food for the roaring lion from Judah.

Num 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Jdg 14:8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the (adversarial 1Pe 5:9) lion.

The tops of the mountain of lies (Carmel and its prophets of Baal) will wither and be dried up as they are cast out of our heavens (Mat 12:43).  In the day of the Lord, the spirits do not come back but are instead burned up and consumed by the Word of God.

Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

The habitations of the old man will mourn and lament as everything is removed and Babylon within is thrown down (Rev 18:10-11).  We have now set the stage for the words of Amos, which are the Lord’s words that all of God’s people speak in edifying and admonishing one another.  Our old man and King Uzziah’s within us are being decreased as Christ within us is being increased the more we hear and abide in these living words.

Next week Lord willing, we will begin to cover the eight pronouncements of punishments against specific Gentile nations culminating with the punishments of Judah and Jerusalem the very people of God.  We will see the Lord will not turn back that punishment until His word has accomplished His purposes in brining salvation.  That sounds like bad news but as we know that is the good news and the very process that saves us.  The words of Amos will show us what we already know from the New Testament and reveal that salvation comes only by us enduring the scourging grace of a loving Father.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Sincere questions and comments are welcome.  Also please feel free to email directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE