Can two walk together, except they be agreed?...Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Amos 3:3 & 7
There are literally hundreds of Christians who are trying to get the attention of both unbelievers and nominal believers alike. The message is the same, Jesus is coming soon so prepare your heart. A large part of that message is wrapped around the coming of Jacob's Trouble. The time of justice against sin is around the corner but most will not heed the message. Furthermore, those sharing the news or striving for deeper devotion to Christ are ridiculed and mocked. If you don't see this, go to any Youtube channel that is teaching on prophesy and current events. Read through the comments section--if you dare!
This is the same situation that Amos, the first writing prophet, is addressing sometime near 760 BC. The nation of Israel was committing gross sin while still claiming a privileged status as the people of God. Their immorality was disgusting to the LORD as was their heartless worship. They had a shell of religion that made allowances for sin and injustice in the land. God never grants privileged status to sin blatantly ever; therefore, we need to live meekly and humbly at the foot of the cross! To make it worse, they refused to heed the prophets and attempted to lead those striving for holiness into sin. "But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not" (Amos 2:12). "They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly (Amos 5:10)."
After reminding Israel of God's mercy and grace in choosing them to be His people, Amos, under the Holy Spirit's unction, asks a series of questions in chapter three that reveal God is fed up and about to strike as a Lion. Before we go to those questions; remember, God is love! The heart of the Gospel of Christ is love for fallen man. Yet, if sin is not dealt with at the cross, if it is not repented of, if it is ignored or justified, and it is not cleansed by faith in the blood of Jesus then God will eventually in love bring justice in the hope of redemption. You must deal with sin at the cross of Christ the Lamb or risk seeing Christ the Lion. He paid too great a price to mock and ignore His sacrifice.
The Rhetorical questions begin with a query about two walking in agreement. God is saying that the prophets walk in agreement with me. Therefore, their message is not their own--it is mine! In verse 7, He reminds that He has chosen to reveal what is about to happen to those in close fellowship with Him.
This is the same scenario currently seen. God is speaking to those who will take time to fellowship with Him, to pray, and to listen. Like ancient Israel, however, most are not heeding the message to deal with sin and injustice in the land. Are they members of the Laodicean Church which thinks it is in fellowship with God while it is not? It is a rich church who thinks its "blessings" are proof of that fellowship. It is increased with goods and filled with meaningless worship (worship as entertainment like Amos addresses) while Christ stands outside attempting to get its attention. It is the church that will be snared to the ground, vomited at the rapture, like a bird caught in a trap. Trappers do not set traps for no reason. (See Amos 3:5--"Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?)
Amos began his work with a sobering thought. The LORD was roaring. We again see the allusion to God as the lion began in the first chapter now in chapter three. "Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing (Amos 3:4)?" God has his prey in sight. It is the unrepentant. He has warned and plead and called and cried for truth, but the apathetic are not heeding the alarm. "Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid (3:6a)?" Of course people react to an alarm, but the majority are not reacting to it. They are ignoring God's roar. The young lions, God's preachers, can sense the kill ahead so they too roar from the den, yet they are not heeded either. Rather, they are ridiculed and mocked further angering the Great Lion. Therefore, the LORD will bring calamity with the hopes of repentance and redemption. "Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it (Amos 3:6b)?"
"The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" The LORD is roaring and His servants can do nothing but share His message. Can you hear the roaring of the LION of Judah? Do not wait until the Lamb turns Lion--repent today and call on the Name of the LORD. All who do so will be saved, but do it quickly as He is Soon2Come!
And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
Dedicated to a Young Lion who has roared bravely from the den. Fear not, the Great Lion will avenge you Pastor Nadarkhani.