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Friday, January 13, 2017

Amos 9:15

And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
For further study - Amos 9:11-15

In a recent devotional we looked at the prophecy of Joel who introduced to us the prophetic phrase, "the day of the Lord". Here in Amos 9:11, the prophet uses Joel's phrase to define the time of His work among the Jewish people, in the day leading up to the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Our passage for today is filled with what the Lord will do for the Jewish people, however, I want to focus on one key verse, verse 15.

The Lord makes a promise in the form of a prophecy, that He will plant the Jewish people upon their land and they shall no more be pulled out of their land, the land that He has given them.

Let’s look at several thoughts about this verse. The Lord did promise Abraham in Genesis 15, that He would give the land to the Jewish people, his descendants, in the last days. In fact, as you study the 38 passages of scripture that relate to the true biblical borders of Israel, you must conclude that God will ultimately give the Jewish people 10 times what they have today.

The promise of all the land will be fulfilled during the "millennial kingdom" in the future, and the Jewish people will have that land forever, throughout all of eternity. I know this because the "Lord thy God" said it, verse 15b. Today the Jewish people have only 10 percent of the land He promised to give them.

The promise that Amos wrote to the Jewish people is yet to be fulfilled, however I do believe the beginning stages of God's plan and promise for the Jews is in the process of being fulfilled.

The religious Jews in Israel today who are refusing to give up the land they believe that God gave them take this passage seriously. They believe they will be no more pulled up out of the land He gave them. I believe that as well.

Therefore, His promises to protect them in the land are true also. If some of their enemies or all of their enemies try to take the land away, He will return to protect the Jews. With the nations of the Middle East plotting to take the land of the Jewish people from them it seems His return is close at hand. Even so come Lord Jesus.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Help me to accept God's promises as absolutes.