I’m still catching up on posting from my personal reading over the holidays. As I finished Amos I found two sections that are both extremely powerful and timely. I wrote about Amos 8:11-12 here. The second section is found in the last 5 verses of the book, Amos 9:11-15.
“In that day I will rebuild the collapsing hut of David. I will seal its gaps, repair its ruins, and restore it to what it was like in days gone by. As a result they will conquer those left in Edom and all the nations subject to my rule.” The LORD, who is about to do this, is speaking! “Be sure of this, the time is coming,” says the LORD, “when the plowman will catch up to the reaper and the one who stomps the grapes will overtake the planter. Juice will run down the slopes, it will flow down all the hillsides. I will bring back my people, Israel; they will rebuild the cities lying in rubble and settle down. They will plant vineyards and drink the wine they produce; they will grow orchards and eat the fruit they produce. I will plant them on their land and they will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God.
The reason this is so powerful is the fact that the rest of the prophecy is about God’s judgment on Israel should they not return to him. He promised very specific things would happen if they kept going away. And the historical record provides undeniable proof that the destruction that God promised actually happened.
But in these last five verses, God makes another prediction, one that has not yet taken place. Look at the new specifics that will happen “in that day”:
- The restoration of David’s throne. “I will rebuild the collapsing hut of David…and restore it to what it was…” – God’s promise to David was that there would be a permanent Davidic royal dynasty (see 2 Samuel 7:8-16). Most of us will remember that Jesus, from the line of David, will one day return to rule as king over the entire earth (sometimes called his Millennial Kingdom, because it will last for 1,000 years; see ).I also believe that David himself will rule alongside Jesus during that time as the prince over Israel, yet ultimately subject to Jesus as the “king of kings”. Not everyone believes this, but I think there is support in passages like Hosea 3:5; Jeremiah 30:9; and Ezekiel 34:23-24.
- The ownership of the entire Promised Land. “They will conquer those left in Edom and all the nations subject to my rule.” Many people mistakenly believe the “Promised Land” is the land of Israel. That’s not true. According to God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:18, the promise actually includes everything “from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River.” According to today’s geography, that includes part or all of the countries of Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.
- Unprecendented agricultural prosperity. “The plowman will catch up to the reaper.” There will be so much produce in one year (and probably every year), that when the planters go back out to plant, the harvesters will still be working on collecting the last season’s crop! My (personal) guess is that, during this time, there will be enough food in Israel alone to feed the entire population of the earth (of course, the population will be greatly decreased early on). They will be the exporters rather than importers.
- The final return of the Jews. “I will bring back my people, Israel…and they will never again be uprooted from the land…” This is probably the best part of all. Jacob’s family will finally settle down in their promised home, able to marry, raise families, build homes, plant orchards – never having to worry about another Holocaust or terrorist invasion.
Why is this so important, especially the last one? Because until that day comes, Israel will be fighting for her life. Honestly, I’m glad Israel has finally begun to defend herself. She’s well overdue.
But it won’t solve anything. This war between the Jews and the Jew-haters will not end until Jesus strikes the final blow.
In the meantime, pray that those on both sides will realize that it’s not about the land – it’s about the God behind the land. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The living God. The one who offers forgiveness of sin only through Jesus Christ.