Amos and the Three Visions

          Several years ago I began receiving prophetic words about our nation that were rather frightening. In one vision I saw the nation as a ship that was being destroyed by a Kraken.

In another word, given me during a prayer session over the immigration bills set before congress, God told me not to worry about illegal aliens because “If the nation does not repent no one is going to want to come here.”

    As these “words” rolled in succession I began to pray. “Lord are these ‘Amos words’ or ‘Jeremiah words’?

 In Amos Chapter 7 the prophet was given three visions. In The first vision  locusts destroyed the entire food crop of Israel bringing famine on the whole country. 

The second vision was of a national fire that burned all of Israel to ash. In both instances Amos interceded with God and the Lord relented from bringing these disasters.

    This is what I meant when I asked God if my visions were “Amos words”. Could I or the church by intercession turn the heart of God from judging our country?

     By contrast, with Jeremiah, God took a different tac. When the Lord revealed his plan of judgment to Jeremiah He added this warning,

 “Do not pray for these people anymore. When they fast in my presence, I will pay no attention. When they present their burnt offerings and grain offerings to me, I will not accept them. In return, I will give them only war, famine, and disease.” Jeremiah 14:11,12 NLT

     After much prayer the conclusion I came to was that it did not matter whether the things I received were Amos words or Jeremiah words. Both prophets ultimately ended up in countries that paid the price for their sins.

    You see it all comes down to the third vision Amos had in Chapter 7:

“Then he showed me another vision. I saw the Lord standing beside a wall that had been built using a plumb line. He was checking it with a plumb line to see if it was straight. And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” I answered, “A plumb line.” And the Lord replied, “I will test my people with this plumb line. I will no longer ignore all their sins.” Amos 7: 7,8

     Perhaps Amos pushed back the judgment of God for Israel but ultimately the decision for judgment did not even lay with God. It lay with the people of Israel who in spite of a hundred years worth of warnings did not repent. They did not become “straight” with God.

     We must realize, church, that God’s mercy may be sent forth by the prayers of His people but ultimately if our nation does not repent (get straight) at the national level then God will judge the nation regardless of the state of the church.

    I guess the real question is not will God judge America but in what state will the church be when judgment comes?

    What do you think?