An End of Sin (Amos #23)

Text: Amos 9

Demolition of the house of God (vs 1)

  • House of God as a building
    • Significance of this is God has abandoned His own house.  And has turned it over to an enemy. God is no longer striving with His people to keep them from sin.
  • House of God as the blessed
    • Israel had been blessed by God’s revelation and promises and covenants.
    • 1 Peter 4:17-19 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
  • House of God as a body
    • Amos sees the Lord call for the destruction of the temple from the altar.
    • Now, I understand standing at the door or the gates and calling to the people, but why is the Lord on the altar where the sacrifice belongs?
    • God residing in a body that would be destroyed
    • Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
    • Hebrews 10:5-10 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
    • …my God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?
    • God’s view of mankind and intention with mankind is tied up in two significant events: the death of Jesus Christ, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    • Acts 17:30-31 …but now (God) commandeth all men every where to repent: 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.

Death warrants for sinners of God’s people (vss 2-4)

  • Hell
    • Hell is down.
    • Deuteronomy 32:22 …lowest hell…
    • Job 28:5 …as it were fire…
    • Psalm 55:15 …down quick into hell…
    • Proverbs 7:27 …going down to the chambers of death…
    • Proverbs 15:24 …hell beneath…
    • Proverbs 27:20 …hell never satisfied…
    • Isaiah 5:14 …hell enlarged herself…
    • Isaiah 14:9, 15 …hell from beneath is moved… brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit…
    • Jonah 2 …bottoms of the mountains…
    • 2 Peter 2:4 …down to hell… chains of darkness
    • Revelation 9:1-2, 11 …bottomless pit…
    • Revelation 20:3 …bottomless pit… devil chained
  • Heaven
    • NASA
    • Space X
    • They try to ignore my by populating other planets and congratulating themselves.
  • Call forth his creation to serve warrants on sinners.
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    • Revelation 6:14-17 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
    • Serpent
    • Sword

God who pours out the waters (vss 5-6)

  • His throne is above the waters that are above the heaven
  • Micah 1:2-5 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. 3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place. 5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?
  • Flood of Noah’s day would be very similar to the coming judgment of the world at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

God over all nations (vss 7-10)

  • The Lord is explaining that He is the God over all nations.
  • Only one nation has a promise of survival and that is Israel.  And only a remnant of them.
  • Satan the sifter in Luke 22:31
  • An end of sin, God putting away sin by putting away the sinners who love their sin (vs 10)

The end of sin is the beginning of fruitfulness (vss 11-15)

  • This is the literal future in Jesus Christ
  • Ability to raise up and build (vs 11)
  • Inherit the earth (vs 12)
  • Fruitfulness without the curse (vss 13-14)
  • Promised land as promised (vs 15)