I recently read, perhaps for the first time, The Book of Amos. As I was reading and trying to reflect upon its words three passages seem to jump out at me. To wit:
Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! Why would you have the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, and not light;
as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned with
his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him.
Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?
“Behold the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the
land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of
They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro,
to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.”
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “when the plowman shall overtake the
reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall
drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.
I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities
and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall
make gardens and eat their fruit.
I will plant them upon the land, and they shall never again be plucked up out of the
land which I have given them,” says the Lord your God.
(REVISED STANDARD VERSION, CATHOLIC EDITION. Ignatius Press, 1966.)
Am I trying to read too much into these verses by thinking that these words are echoed in certain passages in the Gospels, pages of Revelations and certain messages from various apparitions and locutions of the past centuries? Or, are these prophesies among the “multiple fulfillment prophesies” one sometimes hears about? How could multiple fulfillment prophesies explain AMOS 9:15 when there are verses within the bible that tell us to essentially SAY WHAT WE MEAN AND MEAN WHAT WE SAY? Or, was the establishment of the state of Israel in1947 possibly the beginning of the fulfillment of the last days and these verses are among the first written prophesies to warn us of the some of the events preceding the LAST DAY?
Finally, if my thoughts are somewhere out there in left field can someone please tell me when they think these three prophesies of Amos were fulfilled. Or, as many would have you believe was Amos just shooting off his mouth because there is no such thing as a true prophesy?