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The Visions of Doom (7 of 9)
Series: Fig Picker Turned Prophet
Dr. Ernest Easley
We come to the seventh chapter in our study of the book of Amos. The book of Amos is a series of 8 Prophecies ... 3 Sermons ... 5 Visions .. and 5 Promises.
So far in our study we have learned about those 8 prophecies and those 3 sermons. Now .. as we come to chapter 7 ... we read of those 5 visions. In fact .... these 5 visions take us nearly to the end of the book to 9.10.
Earlier .. God gave Amos sermons to preach. Here .. we discover that God shows Amos some things to tell. And all of them come from God. These are the Visions of Doom! It's through these 5 visions .. God describes the total destruction of the land .. the buildings .. and the people!
The first vision of doom is found in 7.1-3 as we read about ...
(1) the Judgment of the Locusts.
vv. 1-3 ... now as we think about the judgment of the locusts ... let me draw your attention to several things. We read about ...
-the ruin from the Lord.
Verse 1, Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, He formed locust swarms at the beginning of the late crop; indeed it was the late crop after the king's mowings."
What crops the King didn't get .. the locusts would get! The first of the crops were cut off and given to the king. Amos saw the locusts coming after the crops after the king received his portion. The late crop was the final growth of the year. The ruin of that crop would mean a lot of people wouldn't have anything to eat until the next harvest!
And in this first vision of doom .. Amos saw the locusts eating the crops of the land! Amos knew that the ruin of the crops would mean starvation nation wide.
So .. we read of the ruin from the Lord. But next we read of ..
-the Request to the Lord. (v.2)
Verse 2, "And so it was, when they had finished eating the grass of the land, that I said: 'O Lord God, forgive, I pray! Oh, that Jacob (Israel) may stand, for ...
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