“For surely I will command,
And will sift the house of Israel among all nations,
As grain is sifted in a sieve;
Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground.
All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword,
Who say, ‘The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.’
“On that day I will raise up
The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,
And repair its damages;
I will raise up its ruins,
And rebuild it as in the days of old;
That they may possess the remnant of Edom ,
And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,”
Says the LORD who does this thing.
“For surely I will command, and will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground.”
How terribly has this prophecy been fulfilled in human history! Since the day they cried, “Let His blood be upon us and on our children,” how the sword, the torch, and the plough of the Roman armies desolated the foundation of the beloved city, Jerusalem . Since that day in 70 A.D. until only 60 years ago, for almost two millennia, the suffering of the Jewish people has been unparalleled. From the siege of Jerusalem until the Holocaust, they have been persecuted, and their race has become a byword. Perhaps no two chapters in human history show more the work of the devil than do the Jews in Nazi Germany and before that, the history of the Jews in Spain . An industrious people, they have prospered wherever they have been planted, but their wealth has been extorted from them. Wherever they roam, they could never be sure of life and limb. Their torture has served as the amusement of monarchs and mobs.
In 1868, Charles Spurgeon preached these words: “Nation of God’s election, yet to be restored to joy, for whom a glorious future is certainly ordained – how has thou been trodden as the more in the street! … O God, how long? When wilt thou return and bid Judah ’s Lion-standard once more wave in triumph? When shall the throne be restored unto Jerusalem , and the kingdom of Judah ? When shall the long-expected Messiah set up the kingdom, which shall endure forever?”
Verses 11-15 of Amos’ prophecy mention several important things about a future Golden Age of Israel. While Bible scholars differ in their interpretations, if these verses are to be taken literally, which we should unless there is a prevailing reason to take them figuratively, then they refer to a future time of coming blessing upon a literal nation.
In 1865 Spurgeon spoke of such a time, “ Israel is now blotted out from the map of nations her sons are scattered far and wide; her daughters mourn beside all the rivers of the earth. Her sacred song is hushed; no king reigns in Jerusalem ; she bringeth forth no governors among her tribes. But she is to be restored; she is to be restored “as from the dead.” When her own sons have given up all hope of her, then is God to appear for her. She is to be reorganised; her scattered bones are to be brought together. … “I will place you in your own land,” is God’s promise to them. They shall again walk upon her mountains, shall once more sit under her vines and rejoice under her fig trees. And they are also to be reunited. There shall not be two, nor ten, nor twelve, but one Israel praising one God, serving one king, and that one king the Son of David, the descended Messiah.”
Can you think of a legitimate manner in which the prophecy of Amos 9:11 – the restoration of David’s fallen tabernacle – has already been fulfilled? Read Romans chapter 11; it contains Paul’s hopeful discourse as to how these promises will come to pass in Israel ’s future.
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