Israel, Prepare to meet Your God

Amos 4:1-11 Listen to this Word from the Lord, you sleek and satisfied people, 1 you who oppress the downtrodden, as you revel in your modern lifestyle. The Lord God had sworn by His holiness, that your time is coming and disaster will fall upon you. 5

      In times past, I brought famine to the Land, yet you did not come back to Me. 2

       I withheld the rain, yet you did not come back to Me

        I struck your crops with the black and red blight, yet you did not come back to Me. Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees, yet you did not come back to Me.

        I sent the plagues of Egypt among you, yet you did not come back to Me.

        With the sword, I slew your young men, yet you did not come back to Me.

        I brought destruction like that of Sodom and to some of you, it was as you were a brand snatched from the fire, 6 yet you did not come back to Me.

Amos 5:12-13 Seek good, not evil, that you may live and the Lord God may be with you, as you claim He is. 3 Establish justice and practice righteousness and it may be that the Lord will show favour to the survivors of His people. 4

Amos 5:16-20 The Lord says: In the cities and in the country there will be mourning, for I will pass through your midst on the great and terrible Day of the Lord. 5 It will be a Day of darkness and terror, with no escape for anyone.

Amos 4:12-13 Therefore, Israel, this is what I will do to you: Israel: Prepare to meet your God, 4the Creator of all things. It is He who will darken the dawn with thick clouds and He will trample the nations with His rod of iron. The Lord, His Name is Y’hovah, makes known His plans to those who seek the truth in faith and sincerity. 7

Ref: REB. Some verses abridged and paraphrased.

1/ Our modern society, mostly without a thought for their Creator. 2 Timothy 4:3

2/ Ancient Israel ignored their warnings, they were sent into exile. Hosea 5:4

3/ Now; the Lord’s people, from every tribe, race, nation and language; all Christian peoples claim that God is with them, but some do not wholeheartedly obey His commandments. Isaiah 58:1-8

4/ Ezekiel 20:30-36, describes how the Lord will ‘state His case’ against His people. They will ‘meet their God’, in the wilderness, then enter the Land.

5/ The Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath, prophesied over 100 times in the Bible as a sudden and shocking judgement by fire, a CME explosion of the sun, that will be the ‘disaster that will fall upon them’, and upon the whole world. Isaiah 30:26-28

6/ The Lord’s people are warned to take cover and will be protected on that Day, like ‘brands snatched from the fire’.  Isaiah 26:20-21, Isaiah 43:2, Acts 2:21

7/  The Prophetic Word does tell us all we need to know of God’s plans for our future. But if people choose to believe false theories and doctrines, the Lord will make the Words ‘like a sealed book’. Isaiah 29:9-12, 2 Thess. 2:11