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Amos Eight

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Amos 8:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD showed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.

basket of summer fruit. This vision of fruit at the end of summer symbolized the imminent end of Israel's production of spiritual fruit.

Amos 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.

Amos 8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.

Amos 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?

Amos 8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

Amos 8:7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.

Amos 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.

Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

go down at noon. This at first seems to describe a solar eclipse, and such an eclipse seems to have been recorded at 631 b.c. However, this was long after the deportation of Israel. Actually, this prophecy and its context seems to be for a still future time in Israel's history, and to describe a supernatural event, rather than a natural phenomenon like an eclipse. Possibly it refers to the supernatural darkness when Israel's Messiah was crucified (Matthew 27:45) and the even greater dispersion that would follow that climactic event in history.

Amos 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

hearing the words. It is an amazing fact that, in the land where God's Word was revealed, and where His living Word became incarnate, there ensued a famine of Scriptural teaching for almost two thousand years—a famine only slightly relieved even to this day.

Amos 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Amos 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

Amos 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.