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Amos 9

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-15

Chapter 9

Now in chapter 9 the final prophecy of Amos, he said,

I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: and he that flees of them shall not flee away, and he that escapes of them shall not be delivered ( Amos 9:1 ).

So this great shaking of God. God said that though they try and flee, they're not going to escape. Though they seem to escape, they're not gonna get away.

Though they dig into hell, from there my hand will take them; though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down: And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them from there; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, from there I will command the serpent, and it will bite them: And thought they go into captivity before their enemies, there I will command the sword, and it will slay them: and I will set my eyes upon them for evil, and not for good ( Amos 9:2-4 ).

So the judgment of God is gonna fall against apostate Israel. There is no escaping of it neither in the grave, nor in heaven, nor on Carmel, nor under the sea, nor even in captivity. There will the sword of God still pursue and they will be persecuted. God's hand against them for evil.

And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that touches the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein will mourn: and it will rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth: Jehovah is his name ( Amos 9:5-6 ).

He is the One who is now declaring that judgment that He's going to bring against the apostate nation.

Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, [totally heathen, totally pagan] O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon a sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD ( Amos 9:7-8 ).

God will spare a remnant. God will not utterly destroy, for God has yet a marvelous purpose for Jacob, and for the people of Israel.

For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, and yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us ( Amos 9:9-10 ).

So God declares His judgment is going to come. They're going to be sifted; they'd be sifted throughout all of the nations of the earth. And surely as you look at the Jewish race, that did indeed happen to them. They were sifted throughout the nations, throughout the world, scattered throughout the world.

In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and I'll close the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old ( Amos 9:11 ):

So the promise of the restoration of the Davidic kingdom, a promise of the restoration of the tabernacle of David. Now there are those who take this scripture and interpret as that there will not be a rebuilding, actually, of the temple in Jerusalem, but only of the tabernacle of David, so they will rebuild a tabernacle in Jerusalem. However, there are other scriptures that clearly declare the temple, giving its measurements, its walls and so forth. So that the tabernacle of David is speaking of the Davidic kingdom that God will raise up again. That Davidic kingdom which is fallen. He'll raise up the ruins. "I'll build it as in the days of old."

That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all of the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this ( Amos 9:12 ).

And now God's future blessings, the Kingdom Age, something that we look forward to today.

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman will overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; and they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God ( Amos 9:13-15 ).

So this promised restoration. The day will come. I wish that you could go over to Israel with us. I wish that you could see the vineyards that have been planted, the gardens that have been planted, the waste cities that have been rebuilt. Surely God has declared this restoration of the land and as you go over you can see these things of which the Lord spoke, as He has brought the people back again into the land, as they have rebuilt the waste places, as they have planted vineyards, and gardens, and fields, and orchards, and you can see God's Word fulfilled right before your eyes there in that land.

How faithful God is to His Word. When God said it, you better believe it, because you can be sure that it shall indeed happen. "God will not fail one word of His prophecy."

There are many times people who come along proclaiming a gift of prophecy and the ability to foretell certain events. They have accurately predicted things that did indeed happen, which does not really prove necessarily that their predictions were from God. In order that a person might indeed claim divine inspiration for his prophetic utterances, you would have to have one hundred percent accuracy. Because God doesn't make a single mistake. The Bible testifies of itself and says, "Not one word of the prophecy shall fail." Up to this point, He's batting a thousand. Not one single word of prophecy has failed. If He is batting a thousand up to this point, chances are He'll continue to bat a thousand right on out to the end of the game. You can bank on it. You better bank on it. "Let us take heed to the things which we have heard," the Bible says, "lest at any time we should drift away from them. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast," and it is, "and every transgression and disobedience receives a just recompense of reward, how shall we escape if we neglect this great salvation that God has offered to us?" ( Hebrews 2:1-3 )

Now God said concerning Israel, "There's no escape. I don't care. They try and hide in hell, I'll dig them out from there. If they try to climb to heaven, I'll pull them down from there. If they try to hide in the forests at Carmel, I'll find them. If they try to hide in the bottom of the sea, I'll send the serpent to bite them." No escaping even if they be carried into captivity, the sword will follow them there. There is no escaping from God.

How shall we escape? There is no escape except the one escape that God Himself has provided, and that escape is in Jesus Christ. And that is the great salvation. "How shall we escape if we neglect the great salvation?" You see, God has made the only way of escape and that is through Jesus Christ. And if you reject Him, then there remains only that fearful looking forward to the fiery indignation of God's wrath by which He will devour His adversaries. I mean, that's just as straight as you can put it. Right out of the scriptures.

God has kept His Word. You have every reason to believe He will go right on keeping His Word, and will complete that which He has started. Israel was punished, Israel was carried away captive into the nations, Israel was sifted by the nations, and yet God spared her. "They will not utterly be destroyed." And in a miracle in itself, Israel remained a national identity. The Jew remained a Jew though he had no homeland. And for two thousand years, sifted through the nations and still they remained a national ethnic group, identifiable ethnic group. As God said, "I'm going to spare a remnant of them, and then I will bring them back into the land, and bring them out from the nations where they've been scattered, I'll plant them again in the land. They will build the waste places, they'll plant their vineyards." They've done it. It's there, you can see it with your eyes. God has kept His Word. And God will continue to keep His Word, and that remaining portion of prophecy that has not yet been fulfilled will surely be fulfilled, and that glorious day will indeed come when Jesus will come again and establish the kingdom, God's kingdom, sitting upon the throne of David, and the whole picture will then be complete. We shall live and reign with Him upon the earth.

So, the prophet Amos, very interesting fellow. Fig picker, herdman, and yet called of God, fulfilled his prophecy and left for us this glorious proof of the divine origin of the Word, as we can see today that proof in the land.

Next week Obadiah, and then that interesting character Jonah. I'm fascinated by the story of Jonah. "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Amos 9". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/amos-9.html. 2014.
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