Prophetic Witness - May 2014
A Heart Like Joseph:
Preparing For The Famine
by Pastor Andrew D. Robinson
’Behold the days are coming,’ declares the Lord God 'when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger from sea to sea and from north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, but they will not find it"’ (Amos 8:11,12).
Israel had never had it so good; it was the Golden Era, a period of economic and military strength, material blessing, extravagant lifestyle and pious religion. The rich dwelt in mansions, lounged on beds inlaid with ivory, and enjoyed the richest of fayre (3:15, 6:4-6). But although she had the outward appearance of soundness, the nation was rotten to the core. Complacency and corruption had eaten away the conscience of the people and God's anger was roused.
It was into this world that Amos the shepherd was called, to point out the sin, to pronounce God's judgement, to stand in the gap and to plead for repentance. But it seems that the nation had run out of warnings. If God's hand of chastisement had made no difference (4:6-11), then his prophetic pronouncements were unlikely to be heeded. Even when Amos hopped over the border to sue for peace he was sent packing, his words falling on deaf ears (7:10-17). Israel refused to listen to God and she faced the inevitable consequences of her stubbornness — ”a famine of hearing the words of the Lord." The warning could not have been clearer.
Things haven't changed much. The British Church is characterised by similar traits, and like her Laodicean counterpart brags that she is "rich and wealthy and in need of nothing" (Revelation 3:17). But God does not share her over—inflated view of herself. He sees...
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In this edition of Prophetic Witness
- Powerpoint - Peter Lemmon
- A Heart Like Joseph: Preparing For The Famine
Statement of Belief
- While it is Day
- In Touch
- The Remnant of Israel
- The Satanic Seal
- From Our Israel Desk
- I Believe in the Holy Ghost
- Signs of the Times
- Bournemouth Convention 2014
- What In The World Is Happening?
- What's On