Amos 1:1 - 15
ESV - 1 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds 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. 2 And he said: "The Lord roars from Zion and utters his voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel withers.
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"If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints." (Revelation 13:10). When we read any scriptural prophecy, we need to remind ourselves that the sacred words are emanating from a holy and eternal Being to Whom time essentially does not exist. To GOD, everyone 'lives' as much now as ever, (Luke 20:38), and their good or evil remains ever before Him. Time does not 'dull' or 'enhance' their deeds and GOD does not 'forget' anything or find it less relevant with the passage of time. To Him, what a man did in Gaza 3,000 years ago appears before Him in EXACTLY the same way what I am writing this very instant. The scripture I cited above in Revelation 13 applies to EVERYONE throughout human history, and if the 'issues' involved have not been satisfactorily resolved into justice, you can count on the fact that they are part of 'eschatology,' (that is, the total elements comprising the full narrative of the 'end times'). It is clear to me from scripture that GOD still sees the 'descendants' of certain men as the 'man' himself, just as He addresses 'Jacob' when referring to physical Jews, or 'Edom' when referring to the physical line of Esau, (which now includes anyone caught in evil inspirations like his, Hebrews 12:16). The entire 'spirit of antichrist' is viewed as a 'wandering nation' and the descendants of Cain, with his infamous 'mark' placed upon them for identification. According to scripture, this manifestation of 'Cain' will someday include every human inhabiting earth who is not 'sealed in their forehead' by the Holy Spirit, (identifying them as belonging to Christ, Revelation 7:3, Revelation 20:4). So as we read any prophecy like we find in Amos, we will see many such 'stories' unfolding and not all of them will be 'resolved' in the same way, at the same time, or with the same methods. That is why you will not likely see any particular historical event satisfying all the forms of 'justice' involved. Some of it has already been 'addressed' and some of the 'fugitives' have escaped justice repeatedly, joining the 'spiritual' rebellions of other 'men.' Nevertheless, you can count on that fact that EVERY person will face GOD's justice in this current age first, which is why there will be a 'millennial' period where Christ reigns on this present earth, including an 'Armageddon' event when the last concentration of evil men all work together to 'take back earth.' Christ Himself will deal directly with those men, balancing all 'temporal' and 'earthly' accounts before the 'Great Day of the Lord,' which is when all divine accounts will also be addressed. All beings, (both good and evil), will stand before the Throne for judgment, afterwards heaven and earth themselves will be 'judged' and replaced with the promised 'Home of Righteousness' and evil will be separated from it forever across an untraversable chasm. Jesus even makes clear that before this day, 'cities' themselves will face a 'temporal' judgment for their deeds, (Luke 10:13-16). That is why I believe that just prior to the 'millennial' reign of Christ, Christians will be 'orchestrating' this judgment with the Lord from 'just above' the earth as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, 'rearranging' the world through 'renditions' of men, separating them back out into 'good' and 'evil' to face judgment as 'cities.' Afterwards, there will be nothing but 'unwalled villages' residing in peace and ruled from Jerusalem. So what Amos is describing could also be references to these 'revived cities,' but now including 'descendants,' (both physical and 'spiritual'), whom GOD views as part of those same ongoing evil inspirations and influences. They will no longer be able to 'hide' among us. The 'sheep' and the 'goats' will be known, the 'wheat' and the 'tares' will be known. Once 'rearranged,' the earth will be 'fit' to receive the Lord.
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