True Prophets: Amos one

The prophets of God are model faithful messengers. We shall read some ‘chapter one’ of the respective prophets. Note that everyone of them comes to the point of their calling immediately and what God has impressed on their hearts. Without distractions. No diversions. No fear of men. Full of reverent fear of the Lord God Almighty. Every one of the prophets actually encounters God personally and speaks to God and even has long discourse with God without hindrances and pretenses. The God they know is real.

Can we do that? Yes. Jesus has done it whilst on earth. He has also given every believer the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth and discourses with us. The Holy Spirit tells us things to come. Many Christians have personally experienced hearing God through the the Holy Spirit (in a still small inaudible voice in our hearts; or mostly in God’s words as written or spoken when we read or listen to the Bible). The Holy Spirit speaks God’s words and never deviates from the Bible and the holy and righteous nature of God.

Hearing God is closely connected to the power of the Holy Spirit that works in the believers. We shall know because it comes together with: the righteousness of God, the peace of God, hope and joy.

~~~~~~Amos chapter one (Note: Amos, a sheep breeder who was called by God to be a prophet, only records what the Lord says)

Amos 1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The words of Amos, who was one of the sheep breeders[a] from Tekoa—what he saw regarding Israel in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah, and Jeroboam son of Jehoash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

He said:

The Lord roars from Zion
and raises His voice from Jerusalem;
the pastures of the shepherds mourn,[b]
and the summit of Carmel withers.

Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors

The Lord says:

I will not relent from punishing Damascus
for three crimes, even four,
because they threshed Gilead with iron sledges.
Therefore, I will send fire against Hazael’s palace,
and it will consume Ben-hadad’s citadels.
I will break down the gates[c] of Damascus.
I will cut off the ruler from the Valley of Aven,
and the one who wields the scepter from Beth-eden.
The people of Aram will be exiled to Kir.
The Lord has spoken.

The Lord says:

I will not relent from punishing Gaza
for three crimes, even four,
because they exiled a whole community,
handing them over to Edom.
Therefore, I will send fire against the walls of Gaza,
and it will consume its citadels.
I will cut off the ruler from Ashdod,
and the one who wields the scepter from Ashkelon.
I will also turn My hand against Ekron,
and the remainder of the Philistines will perish.
The Lord God has spoken.

The Lord says:

I will not relent from punishing Tyre
for three crimes, even four,
because they handed over
a whole community of exiles to Edom
and broke[d] a treaty of brotherhood.
10 Therefore, I will send fire against the walls of Tyre,
and it will consume its citadels.

11 The Lord says:

I will not relent from punishing Edom
for three crimes, even four,
because he pursued his brother with the sword.
He stifled his compassion,
his anger tore at them continually,
and he harbored his rage incessantly.
12 Therefore, I will send fire against Teman,
and it will consume the citadels of Bozrah.

13 The Lord says:

I will not relent from punishing the Ammonites
for three crimes, even four,
because they ripped open
the pregnant women of Gilead
in order to enlarge their territory.
14 Therefore, I will set fire to the walls of Rabbah,
and it will consume its citadels.
There will be shouting on the day of battle
and a violent wind on the day of the storm.
15 Their king and his princes
will go into exile together.
The Lord has spoken.

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 1:1 Or the shepherds
  2. Amos 1:2 Or dry up
  3. Amos 1:5 Lit gate bars
  4. Amos 1:9 Lit and did not remember

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness,peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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