Amos 3:7 “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.”
The verse above is a timely scripture for today. Christians today, just as the disciples in Jesus’s day, want to know the signs of His return. Jesus gave an answer for the signs in Mark chapter 13. He described many things that will be “signs” of His second coming, but He emphasizes in Mark 13:30 when “all things” take place, then will He come again. So, when is Jesus coming? Mark 13:33 ESV “Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. “
Prophets are God’s spokesperson here on Earth. They deliver the Word of the Lord! Some prophets will receive a Word for an individual, specific congregation, or corporately which will cause us to sing the Halleluiahs and dance with great praise and joy. We like to hear those from the Lord, right? What about the warnings God sends through His prophets? We may not like to hear those words as much but THANK GOD He sends them! This is His mercy for His children. How do we receive these words of warning? Do we humble ourselves before a HOLY GOD and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal TRUTH to us? Do we REPENT? Do we shirk it off believing it is for someone else? Or, do we discount the prophet completely?
I have pondered over some of the similarities I read in a commentary about Amos and the state our world is in today. God had placed prosperity on Israel, but their spiritual lives were deteriorating rapidly. They became corrupt and their society was in shambles. The Complete Jewish Study Bible states the Northern kingdom had a false sense of security, complacency, and optimism. The poor suffered while others lived in luxury. Idolatry and corruption abounded. This happened over time. Put the frog in the pot of cold water and heat it up; he dies in the pot because he doesn’t sense his death approaching. Does this sound familiar?
Amos was sent by God from the Southern kingdom to prophesy to the Northern kingdom calling out for their repentance. He was a shepherd (poor, low in social status) sent to those of wealth, he was not popular. We can even fast forward to John the Baptist in the days right before Jesus started His earthly ministry. John cried out, “REPENT, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2). The spiritual condition was deplorable in this time and John spoke boldly about the sins of Herod as well as others. He was beheaded for speaking such truths. Jesus preformed miracles after miracles, taught any and all who would listen, challenged people to see their sin, repent, and follow him. He was crucified.
Now, let’s get right to the point. God reveals His SECRETS to His servants the prophets! The Word of God contains many prophesies on what will be; read it. Jesus also said in the Word we are to be on watch, sober, vigilant, and to STAY AWAKE; be obedient. God speaks to His children, the BRIDE of Christ through His Word, His Holy Spirit, His prophets, as well as a believer who cleans the toilet! God is no respecter of persons! We may not know the EXACT hour or day of Jesus’s return, but we can know the times and seasons! Pray for one another! Love one another! Get your eyes on Jesus! Repent and draw close to HIM!
Father, I pray You will remove the scales from our eyes. I pray You AWAKEN our spirits! I pray You will sharpen our hearing to Your sweet Holy Spirit. I pray You will send Your Spirit to show us TRUTH and that we would receive Your instruction or correction in HUMILITY. I pray You will soften our hearts to reach out to a lost and dying world! Lord, help us to SEE TRUTH and not be deceived or lulled to sleep. Father, I pray You will send Your angelic host to surround us, minister to us, and strengthen us for the days ahead. Jesus, we thank you for the sacrifice of YOUR blood for OUR sins! I seal this prayer in the Mighty Name of Jesus! Amen!
-Karla Walter Murphy
Books & References
The Prophet’s Dictionary: The Ultimate Guide to Supernatural Wisdom – Rev. and expanded ed.
Paula A. Price, Ph.D. Published by Whitaker House, 2006
Holy Bible ap – ESV
The Complete Jewish Study Bible: Insights for Jews and Christians
David H. Stern. Hendrickson Publishers Marketing, LLC, 2016