Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tuesday - Amos 8 - A Truth Famine

CCORDING to Amos, there was coming a time when the prophets would not be prophesying any more in Israel. This curse is closely connected to the day of the Lord.  There have been 2 long droughts of revelation in Israel since Amos wrote his prophecies.  There were of course the 4 silent centuries between the Old Testament & the New Testament. After a steady flow of God's words through men like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos and so on, heaven fell silent until the ministry of John the Baptist.  Indeed, the first advent of Christ brought the Day of the Lord to the brink of realization, but the fulfillment of those prophecies has been paused (Malachi 4:5 & Matthew 11:14). The age of the church has been a long period of silence for the Jews. Not only have prophecies ceased (1st Corinthians 13:8), but even the work of the Spirit of God has been focused on the Gentiles (Romans 11:11-12).

But there will be an even greater famine of truth in Israel's future. During the days of Jacob's trouble, when the antichrist is focused upon Israel & when Satan begins to rule this world with more dominance than he has ever had before, will it be then that the Jews will look for a word from God, but will not find it? We know that there will be 144,000 Jewish prophets and two great prophets who will proclaim truth during that day, and there will even be declarations of the everlasting gospel by the mouth of an angel, yet Amos' prophecies must not be overlooked. At some point during the Tribulation, the Jews will seek to know what God has to say to them, but will hear nothing.  It will be a famine of truth.

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