Text: Amos 1:2
The roaring is prophetic
- The Lord WILL roar..
- The Lord roaring from Zion is a future event. It is prophetic. The Lord has never roared from Zion.
- He spoke in Jerusalem many times. But none could be characterized like the event you’re reading about in Amos. This is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is:
- Proven by the resurrection – Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
- Scoffed at by pleasure seekers – 2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts
- The right perspective to keep you from getting tangled up in the world – 2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Proverbs 20:2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
A lion will roar for several reasons. These reasons apply to our text. A lion will roar to communicate his presence in his territory. A lion will roar to instill confidence in his own pride. A lion will roar to warn rival males. A lion will roar when he has taken his prey.
Roaring to communicate presence in his territory
- The location of the Lord’s voice is Jerusalem
- When the Lord returns, He is going to Israel.
- This is important because it is becoming very popular to believe that God is done with Israel. But when God returns, He returns to Israel.
- He is going to identify with the nation. As for individual Jews, if they reject Jesus Christ, they die and go to hell. But as for the nation of Israel, God is going to headquarter Himself in the promised land for that nation, in the land promised to Abraham, in the city of Jerusalem.
- Promised land
- Genesis 2:8-15 – Eden
- Deuteronomy 11:8-11
- The world watches the land too. There has always been a great interest in that land. Promised Land, Holy Land. Holy Land is what God told Moses about it, Exodus 3:1-5.
- Abram’s Promise – Genesis 15:18-21
- the times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24)
- Babylonians capturing the land so the land could enjoy her Sabbaths (2 Chronicles 36:15-21, Daniel 1:1-2 timing is exactly 490 years, 70 x 7, meaning 70 sabbaths since Israel’s first king began his reign.
- Then Persia coming into the land and taking it
- Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther – all deal with the throne under Persian rule
- Kingdom of heaven
- Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
- Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Roaring to give confidence to the pride
- The second thing a roaring lion does is he strikes fear in those on the wrong side of him, but for those who are of his own pride, that roar is the sound of peace and comfort.
- Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
- A people who have been decimated and killed all the day long now hear the voice of their salvation.
- Persecuted people hear the voice of hope that will scatter and devour the enemies.
- Behold I send you out as sheep among wolves.
- If the world hate you it hated me, Jesus said. This world treats godly people with contempt and disdain.
- The Lord has put up with that treatment for centuries and watch his faithful people die and suffer persecution. But now, the roaring Lord returns to bring salvation to his people by putting down the enemies of God.
Roaring because he has taken his pray
- Judgment of nations
- Jeremiah 25:30-33
- Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
- Habitations of shepherds shall mourn, top of Carmel shall wither.
- These are pleasant places. These are the places of influence in Israel.
- The shepherds were the leadership in Israel.
- Jeremiah 25:34-38