|Amo 8:11||Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:|
Our scripture focus today comes from the book of Amos. These prophetic words were uttered by Amos as a warning to the Israelites and us to make great use of our time here in the realm of plenty. Amos insistently warned that there will come a time of famine in our land. The picture we are highlighting today along with this blog post is likely quite familiar to most of us. The movie titled, The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington is a phenomenal depiction of Amos’ warning to the people of YHWH, it gains a deeper interpretation what a famine could look in life today through this motion picture. The United States of America is constantly recognized as a land of plenty, milk and honey, a type of promised land, filled with freedoms, wealth and lavish lifestyles. The word of YHWH (our God) is true and that truth is eternal. If you have already seen this movie you have an idea of the similarities of what the famine of Amos means. There are different types of famine. The season we are living in is called the Messianic Age, meaning it is an age where information is readily available and at an abundance. When an abundance of anything is present, wisdom instructs us to place some of whatever is plentiful on reserve or figure out how to keep it. Unfortunately, the adversary attacks the commonsense of preservation in our society today. The temptation to waste and use our means frivolously is how the majority of humanity conducts themselves today.
The famine Amos speaks of is a severe lack of hearing the Word of YHWH (our God) in the earth. We can look to the Scriptures to see where we are in fulfilling this prophecy today. I say, “today,” because there is nothing new under the sun, this is a perpetual prophecy valid until the end of the age. This is what Solomon references in trying to warn those who will hear his words of the vanity that is directly linked to plenteousness.
|Ecc 1:9||The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.|
I am baffled when I hear ministry leaders say that the words of the TORAH (First Five Books of Bible) or the TANAKH (Old Testament in its entirety) are of no use for us today. This could not be further from the truth. You are likely asking the question in your mind, “Why do you say this?” The Scripture dictates an expectation according to YHWH’s voice. The Scripture, Ecc. 1:9 says that whatever has been (famine patterns, faith patterns, etc) will always flow in the same cycle. The entire world was set into place for the purpose of YHWH with the first 7 words. YHWH is not sitting around waiting for you to decide whether you are going to get on board. Everything about YHWH is eternal and we are given warnings throughout the Scriptures to fix our hearts toward His instructions. YHWH (God) operates according to the teaching and instructions of his word-the Torah. Many name the Torah today as law and are rejecting it because of that term. The group of hearts that will not hear instruction (laws, rules, wisdom) is a dangerous generation. In our focus scripture today the last part identifies the famine and/or lack as a lack of, “hearing the words of the Lord.” This idea of ‘lack of hearing’ in this verse of scripture [Amos 8:11] has often been interpreted as there would be no scriptures to read, as is also referenced in the movie, “The book of Eli.”
I ask you to join me in considering another aspect of famine. We are in the Messianic Age now, which is the age of information. There are people shouting from the rooftops (many media venues) in this season on the ‘information highway’, but due to the lack of having an ear to hear YHWH (our God) the famine develops in a person’s heart. The first word of the Shema (hear) in Deut 6:4 is Hebrew for ‘hear’, ‘listen’, and ‘pay attention’. The Torah beckons for our attention. The type of urgency given to us paying attention and listening in the Bible is exactly the marketing concept used today, where many ads are saturated in our lives wherever media is funneled. This is the same concept that began in the Torah, YHWH instructs us to listen, pay attention, hear and take heed to the value and direction of our actions. The title of today’s blog is “While Supplies Last,” and Amos is saying the same thing.
Please listen and take heed to the words of YHWH (God) while you are able to hear them for it to take hold in your lives. The famine will come according to the words uttered by YHWH (our God). He warns you that there will come a time when you cannot hear His guidance in this land. YHWH is sounding the alarm that you need to take hold of my instructions while the supply of grace is available which enables us to hear is still in our midst. Therefore, if you can hear this in your heart to the point of action, YHWH (our God) has allowed you to hear it. He is the one who has given us everything even the ability to see and hear Him. Thank you YHWH! Thank you forever!
|Joe 2:28||And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:|
|Pro 1:23||Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.|
|Act 2:17-18||And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my ; and they shall prophesy.
Loving you enough to tell you the truth…
Prophetess C.C. Duncan