Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
- The Lord has ceased speaking to His people and He commands them not to even mention His name because they have mired His Name.
Vision of the Summer Fruit
Amos 8:1 Thus the Lord God ‘( ăḏōnāy yᵊhōvâ) showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit.
Amos 8:2 And He said, “Amos, what do you see?”
So I said, “A basket of summer fruit.”
Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) said to me:
“The end has come upon My people Israel;
I will not pass by them anymore.
Amos 8:3 And the songs of the temple
Shall be wailing in that day,”
Says the Lord God (‘ăḏōnāy yᵊhōvâ) —
“Many dead bodies everywhere,
They shall be thrown out in silence.”
- During their time of captivity God commanded the Jews NOT to use his holy name:
- Many remaining Jews fled to Egypt, taking Jeremiah with them. They joined some of the other refugees of Judea there.
- Jeremiah 44:26
Therefore hear the word of the Lord, all Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: ‘Behold, I have sworn by My great name,’ says the Lord, ‘that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, “The Lord God lives.”
- Jeremiah 44:26
- The command was for the Jews in Egypt, those left in Judah, and those taken captive to Babylon.
- “The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground and keep silence.” Lamentations 2:10
- “Why do we sit still? Assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the fenced cities, and let us be silent there; FOR YAHWEH OUR ELOHIM HAS PUT US TO SILENCE, and has given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against Yahweh.” Jeremiah 8:14 (VERSION?)
- “Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed … And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. And a man’s uncle shall take him up (the last of the ten, of the ten per cent to remain in the land). Amos 5:3
- and he that burns him to bring out the bones (to cleanse the land of plague) shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, ‘Is there yet any with thee?’ And he shall say ‘No.’ Then shall he (the man’s uncle) say, ‘Hold your tongue; FOR WE MAY NOT MAKE MENTION OF THE NAME OF YAHWEH, for behold, Yahweh commands [it], and he will smite the great house with breaches and the little house with clefts.” Amos 6:7-11
- Since their “fathers” and “husbands” had been killed or taken captive, an uncle (the only elder or close relative left) would say to the remnant:
- “Hush, for we must not make mention of the name of Yahweh, for behold, Yahweh is commanding it.” Amos 6:10
- The Hebrew of this verse is interesting. The part that records that “Yahweh is commanding it” is an imperative clause that represents the final portion of the uncle’s statement. In Hebrew, the word “for” (which is found in the King James Version) presents an intensive force which is intended to conclude (and emphasize) the subject of the previous clause. The word “for’ is not a conjunction which introduces the next sentence. See Brown, Driver, Briggs, Hebrew Lexicon, p.472 for an explanation of this usage.
- The word should actually be rendered “because” since it finalizes the discussion of the preceding subject. Thus, when the full force of the Hebrew is utilized, the man’s uncle said:
“Hush, for we must not make mention of the name of Yahweh, because, behold, Yahweh is commanding it”
- “There shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.” Amos 8:3 KJV
- “Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.” Micah 3:4
- Note: God ceased calling them “my people”. In the book of Daniel God called them “your people” to Daniel. However; in
Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, m y people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
God is once again calling them “my people”.
Amos 8:4 Hear this, you who swallow up (Or trample on, Amos 2:7) the needy,
And make the poor of the land fail,
Amos 8:5 Saying:
“When will the New Moon be past,
That we may sell grain?
And the Sabbath,
That we may trade (Lit. open) wheat?
Making the ephah small and the shekel large,
Falsifying the scales by deceit,
Amos 8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver,
And the needy for a pair of sandals—
Even sell the bad wheat?”
Amos 8:7 The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
“Surely I will never forget any of their works.
- Crooked, greedy, financing to prey on the souls of the needy.
- The purpose of one’s life is to make sacred relationships, to give one’s life for serving for in so doing that person will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God.
- To be chosen from before the foundation of the earth is to be chosen to give one’s life in loving others as yourself. It means sacrifices in time, money, and sometimes, one’s very life. Like baptism, it means “death to oneself”. (Which is why the perfectly sinless Son of Man was baptized)
Amos 8:8 Shall the land not tremble for this,
And everyone mourn who dwells in it?
All of it shall swell like the River (The Nile River, the light)
Heave and subside
Like the River of Egypt.
Amos 8:9 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord God (‘ăḏōnāy yᵊhōvâ),
“That I will make the sun go down at noon,
And I will darken the earth in broad daylight (Lit. a day of light);
- A sign of the last days:
- Isaiah 13:10
For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
- Revelation 8:12 Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck
Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.
- Revelation 16:10 Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain
Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.
- Zephaniah 1:15
That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness,
- Amos 5:20
Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?
- Isaiah 13:10
- Note: The “Day of the Lord” is the day of Jesus’ return. The “Day of Christ” is the day of the rapture.
Amos 8:10 I will turn your feasts into mourning,
And all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on every waist,
And baldness on every head;
I will make it like mourning for an only son,
And its end like a bitter day.
Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God (‘ăḏōnāy yᵊhōvâ),
“That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But of hearing the words of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).
- A famine of the words of the LORD during the seven year tribulation.
- The seven year tribulation is called “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble” because it was a seven year famine, only it was a famine of grain, like the bread from heaven. During the seven year tribulation there will be no bread from heaven.