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The Visions of Doom (8 of 9)
Series: Fig Picker Turned Prophet
Dr. Ernest Easley
Take your Bible and turn please to Amos 8. We continue in our study about this fig picker turned prophet. And of course I'm talking about Amos. Amos was a rancher and a farmer. And as he tended to his business, God called and commissioned him to "go prophesy to My people Israel."
And go he went! Amos had a message from God and preached without the favor of men and without the fear of men.
The book of Amos contains 8 Prophecies .. 3 Sermons .. 5 Visions .. and 5 Promises. We find ourselves in the vision section. These 5 visions begin in chapter 7.1 with the vision of Locusts. Then comes the vision of the Fire. And after that .. the vision of the Plumb Line.
We've already seen those three visions with two remaining.
(1) THE VISION OF THE LOCUSTS. (7.1-3)
(2) THE VISION OF THE FIRE. (7.4-6)
(3) THE VISION OF THE PLUMB LINE. (7.7-17)
now .. that brings us to the fourth vision and it's found in chapter 8.
(4) THE VISION OF THE SUMMER FRUIT. (8.1-14)
Now .. as we read about this vision of the summer fruit ... I want you to notice a couple of things.
-the certainty of their destruction. (vv. 1-3)
The Certainty of their destruction is revealed by what Amos saw and what he heard. ... what he saw. (v.1) "Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit. And He said, 'Amos, what do you see?' So I said, 'A basket of summer fruit.'" Amos saw a basket of summer fruit. Now.. there is a lot of opinions regarding this summer fruit. One thing that's for certain is that the Hebrew word used here translated "summer fruit" is linked to another Hebrew words translated "end." And just as fruit becomes ripe ... Israel had become ripe for judgment. Their end would soon come.
Not only is the certainty of their destruction revealed in what he saw ... but also in ... what he heard. (v. 2) "The end has come upon My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. And the songs of the temple shall be wailing in that day." Says the Lord God ... many dead bodies everywhere, they shall throw them out in silence.'"
There in the temple was where praises of celebration were sung. And now .. where praises of celebration were intended ... Amos tells them that there will be wailing! And that's understandable for we read in verse 3, "Many dead bodies everywhere, they shall throw them out in silence." Amos describes a day that there will be so many dead bodies that there won't be enough people left to bury them.
And what he predicted came to pass as the Assyrians leveled the nation of Israel. And what happened to Israel will eventually happen to any nation that turns its back on God.
So .. we read about the certainty of their destruction. But not only the certainty of their destruction ...
-the consequences of their deeds. (vv. 4-14)
Amos describes the consequences of their deeds by descri ...
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