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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Amos the Prophet is also Amos the "herdman" of Tekoa, Amos 1:1. This book, written by Amos, reveals that this prophet was also a cattle breeder and a farmer. Amos was a substantial, and respected man in his community, 10 miles south of Jerusalem in Tekoa.
I have been to Tekoa to visit the former mayor of the city who has also served with several Prime Ministers of the State of Israel. I bring this to your attention to show you that substantial and respected men today live in Tekoa, one of the Jewish communities, i.e. a Jewish settlement, in the "disputed territories" of modern-day Israel.
My friend and his family, along with a number of other families in Tekoa, have been told that the Israeli government is one day in the near future going to evacuate their community as part of the "Peace Process" and the return of the lands to the Palestinian people.
These Jewish families of Tekoa today, including my friend, believe they are living on land that the Lord promised to give them in the last days. They believe these are the days of the coming Messiah and they have claimed the land He said He would give them.
Writing about my friend and his personal experience goes right along with what the passage for our reading today is all about. God gives Amos a prophecy for the "whole family", the Jewish people, who He brought up from the land of Egypt, Amos 3:1.
God had "chosen" this people, Amos 3:2, for a special purpose but because of disobedience and unbelief, they would go through hard times before their coming Messiah would become their God, and they His people. This scenario has been written down by many of the ancient Jewish prophets, including Amos.
In John 13:19, Jesus reminded His disciples that He had prophesied of His death and resurrection before that night in the Upper Room. There was a purpose for the Lord revealing this information to His disciples before it happened. He wanted them to know, "I am who I said I am and can do what I said I will do."
That is the theme of Amos, Amos 3:7. When you see these prophecies coming to pass you can know that the Lord is Who He said He is and that He will do what He told us He will do. Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you for fulfilled prophecy, proof that You are who You said You are.