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Amos and the Earthquake
Important lessons from the book of Amos!

Shortly before I was fired from the Worldwide Church of God (wcg), I gave a Bible study on the book of Amos. Afterward, a local elder there sent me a note saying he would like to hear more about that book. That study became the first of a series of studies, and it got into what was happening in the Church. I obviously wasn’t naming names, but I was talking about what was prophesied to happen. There was already a suspicious atmosphere because of what was happening in the Church. I think those studies did disturb a few people in the wcg—after all, there are some strong words in the book of Amos.

I think God used that Bible study series to help me understand this book more deeply because of what was coming; I believe He was preparing me for what was ahead.

The Anchor Bible breaks Amos down into three segments—the book of doom, the book of woes, and the book of visions—which are really quite negative. The Anchor Bible lists 19 statements as woes. Some of those woes are among the most disturbing visions in the Bible.

“The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake” (Amos 1:1). Amos was given some revelation—supernatural understanding—from God. It came at a specific time: “two years before the earthquake.” This refers to a specific earthquake, a large one, which is also talked about in Zechariah 14:5.

What happened there? We are not sure, but I have a strong belief that it had something to do with what God did because somebody was trying to stop the Work of God. God does dramatic and powerful deeds when He needs to, and in this case it was labeled the earthquake. You didn’t even have to explain it or go into detail—just say “the earthquake” and people knew what you were talking about.

What was that earthquake? We can gain some background by looking at Isaiah.

Spiritually ‘Slain’

The Prophet Isaiah wrote about the same time period, at least in part, that Amos did. And Isaiah is also an end-time book.

“The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah [the vision of Amos occurred also in the days of Uzziah], Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children [sons], and they have rebelled against me” (Isaiah 1:1-2). He is talking about the people of God.

Isaiah 22 has another detail also found in Amos: “Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle” (verse 2). These men are “slain”—they have already lost their lives in this war—but there was no bloodshed. This means they have lost their eternal lives—already! There is a duality in these books. Amos discloses this as well. Anciently, he was mostly addressing carnal Israelites, but today we are addressing spiritual Israelites about the spirit of the law, not just the letter.

Read verses 1-10. This is referring to a spiritual battle and a spiritual war. It is real—and far more serious than any physical war! People are being slain—killed spiritually.

Just as these men in Isaiah 22 were slain spiritually, the earthquake mentioned in Amos is about a spiritual earthquake. It is a message for spiritual Israel, or God’s own Church.

On the exact day that the Supreme Court denied our appeal for the copyrights of Herbert W. Armstrong’s books, Nov. 11, 2000, God began revealing to me the understanding of those verses about Eliakim in Isaiah 22:15-25 (for more information, request Isaiah’s End-Time Vision). That decision could have seemed like the end of the road, but God began to reveal what Eliakim was all about. It was about this trouble we were in the midst of—a serious spiritual war. God was impressing on our minds that we shouldn’t worry about the physical Supreme Court; it’s the spiritual Supreme Court that should concern us. That was a dramatic revelation, and the timing couldn’t have been better. God showed us exactly what was happening. All of it was tied directly to the court case.

“And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons” (verse 24). God is describing the temple service, and we are the spiritual temple today. The “glory of his father’s house” refers to Mr. Armstrong and what he brought to this Church. God promised here that we would have all that glory of his house! “The offspring and the issue” refers to God’s spiritual family.

This is how God esteems Mystery of the Ages and all of Mr. Armstrong’s writings that we were able to win: as the glory of our father’s house. We trusted God in that legal battle, and look at the glory He gave us! All that wonderful truth—Mystery of the Ages, The Incredible Human Potential, The Missing Dimension in Sexthe spiritual “vessels.” This is glorious truth! What glory there is in the revelation God gave us through that man! It is wonderful and majestic and life-giving. It will straighten out man’s corrupt mind. What glory we have!

So what is the spiritual earthquake of Amos 1:1?

Amos’s Last Vision

Amos recorded five visions in his book. The commentaries do not establish the start of these visions in the right place, nor do they end them in the right place. They leave out all the good news, so it becomes just a book of doom to them. They don’t understand it, and that makes it one of the most depressing books you could ever read. And if you apply it to today, it gets even more depressing.

The information about the earthquake begins with what most commentaries refer to as Amos’s last vision, and I think they are right about that. It starts in Amos 8:11 and continues to the end of the book.

“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: 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 8:11-12). What a tragic scenario! These people had a wonderful opportunity to do something with God’s Word but didn’t—then suddenly it was gone. Only then did they recognize what they had missed. And conditions had grown so miserable by that point that they were frantically searching to find that precious spiritual truth.

“In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. 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” (verses 13-14). Was this prophecy fulfilled in Amos’s day? At that time were there people falling who would never rise up again? No—most of the nation were unconverted. They had the letter of the law but not the spirit. Today, though, there are people who did get the spirit and should be getting it—but who have committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit! God says they will never be able to correct that problem, and He will not forgive such sin!

This is largely about the inspired writings of Mr. Armstrong—“the glory of your father.” But many of God’s people disagree with that message and no longer want it. Others have taken it a step further and tried to stop that message! What will God do to such people? He is going to stop them forever! They will never rise again—their fate is the second death! This is dangerous knowledge.

When God reveals His truth, it does not originate with man—it is cosmic revelation! What man has any power to bring about biblical revelation? God says repeatedly in the book of Amos that when you receive that revelation, it is God speaking! That comes through the Holy Spirit of God.

Again, ancient Israel only received the letter of the law. But these people in Amos 8 were members of God’s spiritual nation and had the glory—but in the court case, they were fighting us every step of the way. They even laughed as we talked about keeping the Sabbath—that glorious truth about the Sabbath that brings rest, peace and joy to our lives. Suddenly that truth became hysterically funny to them because they were being led by the devil!

In Matthew 12:31-32, Christ said, “Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Revised Standard Version). Yet blasphemy against the Spirit of God is exactly what most if not all of those people are guilty of when they disparage revelation that clearly came through the Spirit of God! They are going to fall and never rise again, and that is the saddest, most terrible fate ever.

It is prophesied that of the Laodiceans who go into the Great Tribulation, 144,000 will repent and turn to God, giving their lives for God so they can receive salvation (Revelation 14). But they will lose their headquarters reward. The parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25 shows that 50 percent of the Laodiceans will die forever. This means tens of thousands of people dying in a short span of time—and never rising again! You won’t see them or hear their names for eternity—their fate is the blackness of darkness forever! This is the single greatest loss in the history of God’s New Testament Church.

We need to deeply understand this! If we are putting all the pieces together the way we should and we understand what God is giving us, then we will never give up.

The Earthquake

When we fought the court case, we needed money and resources for it—so we canceled our TV broadcast for a time. We were fighting! God was giving us a test: He wanted to know how much we valued the revelation He had given Mr. Armstrong.

Amos 9:1 shows what God did once He saw that we were willing to stand and fight for Him.

“I saw the Lord standing upon the altar [this is ‘the altar’—the main altar]: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut [or wound] them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered” (verse 1).

The Anchor Bible writes that this is about “the shaking of the temple, presumably an earthquake.” It states: “The destruction of the temple and the death of the surviving population centered around the temple beginning with the priests and their families or extending throughout the country.” Commentators can see that this is referring to an earthquake. But there is no record of a physical earthquake associated with this prophecy. That’s because it didn’t happen—this is a spiritual earthquake! The commentaries see that it is probably an earthquake, but they don’t understand that it is a spiritual one. We must understand that!

This describes the spiritual temple being shaken! In that court case, the Laodiceans were shaken! To some extent, even we were shaken by what God did, but in a good way.

Spiritually, this is the earthquake. God knows how to send earthquakes.

The Anchor Bible continues: “It strikes the capitals and the thresholds, right at the very top of the temple”—that means the top leadership. Notice Moffatt’s translation of Amos 9:1: “Strike the pillars on the top [or up at the top of the pillars] that the ceiling may be shaken ….”

The Anchor Bible says this shows “a realistic picture of the damage that earthquakes do to a structure with pillars. The violence of the earthquake will destroy even the foundations, that is, the floor plan including thresholds and entryways, which usually survive when everything else has disappeared.” They’re saying this was a major earthquake!

This is not a fantasy—it is real! This played out in our lives. When God gives you all this glory, all the revelation that He’s given to us through Mr. Armstrong and even in the Philadelphia Church of God (PCG) today, it’s all for a great purpose—we are to be doing something with it! Yet some of God’s people tried to destroy that. What is God going to do to them? Do you think they’re going to experience an earthquake? It has just really struck them, but there is going to be a lot more trouble than what they saw in the court case, which is what this is about.

In my booklet on Amos, The Lion Has Roared, I wrote, “I said several times to our Church members, before we won the court case, that a PCG victory would wound all of the Laodiceans in the head. I pointed out several times that this was the primary spiritual meaning behind this verse.”

“The Eternal is ‘standing by’ (correct translation) the altar. ‘God is described as standing [same Hebrew word] in the congregation (Psalm 82:1-2) for administering justice’ (Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible). The PCG could not get justice from the WCG or the courts. So God intervened in a very personal way to give us true justice!” He knew we would not get justice in Satan’s world—but He was there to assure us that we would receive justice if we just trusted Him. He promised to administer justice personally—and so He did. I wrote that would happen because it was prophesied—and it did. If God hadn’t come, there would not have been any justice.

The WCG was shaken and wounded by that. What has that church been doing since? It’s almost like it has disappeared! Those Laodicean rebels must have been broken by the earthquake. Now, it doesn’t mean they’re going away, but they’re not doing anything.

(In my booklet on Amos, I wrote: “If God shakes the ‘posts,’ or the ‘pillars,’ at the top, there is going to be much damage to the temple. Did God shake the temple with an earthquake in the time of Amos? Since there is a great earthquake mentioned in Amos 1:1, that would seem to be what happened.” That is not right. We will have to make some changes to that booklet.)

Christ Personally Appears

In this vision, Jesus Christ personally appears. For Amos’s previous visions, he wrote, “The word of God came to Amos,” but in this last one, it says that Amos “saw the Lord”! He said, I saw the Lord! I saw Him come to God’s Church in the end time! He saw Him in that vision—right there at the altar, in God’s Church—shaking things and making sure events worked out the right way because of the great responsibility we have in this end time. God wasn’t about to let people stop that, even if they did let Satan take over their church. With just a remnant who would trust God and standup and do something, He wasn’t about to let anything like that happen.

Habakkuk 1:5 describes that court case victory as a double wonder (the Hebrew words for “wonder marvelously” are “wonder, wonder”); God said that even when people tell you about it, you won’t believe it. That is like Mr. Armstrong saying to the Church, I’m going to tell you this again, but you won’t get it. Those are serious charges.

The Companion Bible states that in the original manuscripts, the word Lord in Amos 9:1 is combined with “eth”—which means God Himself. So Christ, the Head of the Church, makes a personal appearance. Even commentaries recognize that He made a personal appearance here.

God really did personally appear in the midst of our court battle to secure that glory He had given to Mr. Armstrong and that He was giving to us. He came on the scene and fought the battle for us! It was an extremely important battle, because without God’s revealed message to the Church, you can’t accomplish anything.

In my sermon on Nov. 11, 2000, I said, “God is going to give them some real justice.” Did He? Did I figure that out on my own because it just seemed right? No—it’s prophesied! Many scriptures show that, and all we have to do is believe those scriptures. We must know that circumstances will work out, even if Christ has to come personally and see to it! That is what Christ thinks of this little Church. And that is what He thinks of the work that you and I are doing today.

The Revised Standard Version translates Amos 9:1 thus: “Not one of them shall escape.” This is heavy truth.

God says in verse 4, “And though they [the nations of Israel] go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.” God is going to do that—and soon!

As you remember, we won those works on Jan. 16, 2003. Though details were worked out later, the copyright deal was made on that date. That had to be when the earthquake came.

Can you imagine—without Christ being personally involved—those men who were fighting us making a deal on January 16, the anniversary of the death of Herbert W. Armstrong, God’s Elijah? I don’t know how God worked that out with those men. I think Christ was rubbing their faces in their own filth. Surely they knew what that date was all about, yet they were the ones who said, OK, let’s make a deal. Christ was there and doing some powerful work! He forced them to make a deal on January 16, so that they would know that the victory revolved around His end-time Elijah! He put a seal of approval on everything we accomplished in that court battle.

When we trust God, it may look awfully bleak, stormy and terrible in many ways, but our Leader is there. And if He needs to appear on the scene, He does. And He did so in a dramatic way! Nobody can refute that because it’s recorded right there in the Bible.

That has to be one of the most specific and wonderful prophecies in the Bible ever fulfilled in this Church. What fabulous glory to be a part of! The most dangerous flaw we could have is not to understand what we are a part of. We have the message of God’s Elijah, and we won a court case when the unjust judges were against us. We were even snubbed by the Supreme Court—and God showed us that very day exactly what was going to happen, by revealing more biblical prophecy to His Church (our free booklet Isaiah’s End-Time Vision offers the proof).

We stood up to the Laodiceans, and God opened a door to the whole world! We’re reaching out today with a strong message. No army on Earth can stop a work that is trusting God. When God opens a door, no man can shut it! (Revelation 3:7). Even if that man is in charge of the whole world, he’s not in charge of God and this Work!

God continues in Amos prophesying the extermination of almost all Israel, except those who are taken as slaves.

If you get in the way and try to stop God and what He is doing through the Holy Spirit, then you can expect a deadly earthquake. But today we prophesy again. God prophesied that we would raise up that tabernacle of David and do amazing deeds “as in the days of old”—the days of Mr. Armstrong (Amos 9:11). To do that means we must have the books and booklets we once had.

“That they may possess the remnant of Edom” (verse 12) refers to the Edomite Laodiceans, who are going to lose their eternal lives. Fifty percent of the Laodiceans are never going to rise again! That is the most odious thing you could hear. God’s own people—whom we have loved, worked with and walked with—simply will never rise again. What a spiritual earthquake that hit them! They haven’t recognized the full damage yet, but they will.

Two Years Before the Earthquake

God gave Amos revelation and powerful truth “two years before the earthquake” (Amos 1:1). In our day, if the earthquake happened on Jan. 16, 2003, what happened two years before that in this Work?

On Jan. 16, 2001, our multipurpose building, the John Amos Field House, was dedicated—exactly two years before the earthquake struck.

On Jan. 29, 2001, the courts barred the pcg from sending out copies of Mr. Armstrong’s literature. Two years to the month of that great earthquake, we were barred from mailing God’s truth that had been revealed to Mr. Armstrong. The rebellious Laodiceans sought to stop the very truthofGod.

What happened two years before both earthquakes, anciently and in this end time, was directly pertaining to God’s revelation for His Work.

How much do you love God’s truth? He has sent strong delusion to His Church because He must know! (2 Thessalonians 2:11). You have to love it and have a fighting spirit or you won’t keep it.

By February, the Church’s court case had become front-page news. Jess Bravin, a Wall Street Journal reporter, contacted the pcg in November 2000 about writing a story on the case. The story appeared in the Feb. 21, 2001 edition above the fold on the front page. Bravin told us the other church groups were intensely interested in the court case. When the article came out that day, one of our members in Tyler, Texas, went around trying to find that edition of the Wall Street Journal to buy, but it was sold out. She even called the wsj main office and asked them for a copy of that edition, but they couldn’t give her one because all of them were gone! In April 2001, Harvard Law Review published a piece disagreeing with the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, barring us from distributing Mr. Armstrong’s works.

On May 5, 2001, I announced that the world had entered the prophetic epoch spoken of by the Apostle John as the last hour (1 John 2:18). Four months later, the world changed dramatically when multiple terrorist attacks struck U.S. soil on September 11. A lot of terrible events were coming, and God wanted to get us ready to warn and deliver America, Britain and Judah about what was coming upon them!

Also in 2001, we printed The God Family Vision and Jerusalem in Prophecy, which explains how “the Eternal has chosen Jerusalem.” In the future, everything will flow out from Jerusalem! All this wonderful truth we have—this revelation, this glory that God has given us—will flow out from Jerusalem, because God has chosen Jerusalem! We also printed No Freedom Without Law,The Royal Book of Revelation, Repentance Toward God and Who Is ‘That Prophet’?The latter was a good one to come out then because, if you want to understand Amos, you need to understand that he was a forerunner type of this end time. God was getting everybody prepared to deliver that message, so it will be out there when the earthquake strikes.

You can read all about this Church conflict in the book of Amos. Amos 2:11-12 show the “prophesy not” efforts of the Laodiceans. In Amos 3:1, God says He “hath spoken against you, O children of Israel.” He has a strong message of correction—and His people had better deliver it! Verse 3 shows a Church split. Then God says, Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” (verses 7-8). What happens when a lion roars just as he pounces on his prey? It is very bloody. But what happens when God Himself roars and pounces? That will bring unparalleled suffering on Earth—like nothing you can ever imagine!

The Lord has spoken! We aren’t just coming in the name of God—we are telling people what God has spoken!

‘The Eternal Roars From Zion’

What is coming upon Judah and Israel?

Amos 1:2 is about what God will do after the earthquake: “And he said, The Lord roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem [Jerusalem above; the Church, see Galatians 4:26]; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel withers” (rsv). God is going to roar! There’s no part of Judah more beautiful and prosperous than Carmel. But God is so angry with this sick, sick world that He says the pastures will mourn and Carmel will wither.

In the verses that follow, Amos refers several times to an incredibly destructive “fire.” This is prophecy of a nuclear holocaust. He describes many places that will be destroyed and consumed.

“So I will send a fire upon the house of Hazael …” (Amos 1:4; rsv). Hazael is Syria, so this refers to a leader from Syria. “But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza …” (verse 7). Gaza is the terrorist proxy of Iran nestled in the southwest corner of the nation of Judah. “But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus …” (verse 10). That’s another terrorist proxy of Iran, especially in south Lebanon. God speaks of firecoming on all these areas. Many nuclear bombs are about to be detonated!

“But I will send a fire upon Teman …” (verse 12). Teman is Turkey, the former Ottoman Empire. At least one of its cities will be nuked! This may suggest that there will be smaller nuclear bombs used for destroying just a city and nothing more.

“But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle …” (verse 14). A battle is going on there wherein a certain leader is being pursued (verse 15), but there is a fire there, as well. “But I will send a fire upon Moab …” (Amos 2:2). This probably refers to Ammon in the northern part of Jordan.

Then beginning in Amos 2:4, God talks about this same fire consuming Judah, and similar punishment coming on Israel!

These are the types of prophecies that God has spoken. The lion has roared! When God says something, it always comes to pass! That is frightening when you understand God, because every one of these verses is about nuclear fire.

Once we recognize that, who can but prophesy? There is nothing else left for us to do but prophesy!

Amos 4:10 talks about the stench of dead bodies all over the Earth; there are so many that they couldn’t even bury them. Verse 11 says, “I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah ….” That history is recorded in Genesis 19—fire from heaven destroyed them. But it is nuclearfire that is coming upon our people today!

Deuteronomy 29:23 states this: “The whole land brimstone and salt, and a burnt-out waste, unsown, and growing nothing, where no grass can sprout …” (rsv). That is what will happen to large portions of the Earth. Fire from heaven will strike in all of these cities around Judah, just as it did in Sodom and Gomorrah, to let the nations of Israel know what is about to come upon them.

We couldn’t have delivered this message without The United States and Britain in Prophecy, which we won in the court case. Without that book, you can’t understand who Israel is and who the Gentiles are! God says, “I gave you that in spite of the courts so you can proclaim and publish it. There is no other reason for it, but so you can get the message out from me!”

In Amos 4:1, God criticizes the cows of Bashan in the mountain of Samaria. A lot of the corruption in the world is led by women, reflecting upside-down families. God equates this kind of leadership with “the cows of Bashan.” That’s not a complimentary description, but God calls it as it is!

Amos 5:1 is addressed to the house of Israel. Verse 6 says, “Seek the Lord, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph …”—that’s Ephraim (Britain) and Manasseh (America). This is a prophecy of Israel being struck with nuclear weapons.

Amos 6 is a horrifying chapter. It describes the destruction and desolation wreaked upon the population by the radiation fallout of nuclear bombs dropped on cities.

Amos 8:1-2 focus on a “basket of summer fruit.” The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary says this refers to the fruit gathering that closes the winter harvest. Here God says, “The end is come upon my people of Israel.” The end is here!

“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 …” (verse 3). Dead bodies in every place—it’s just a big earth-wide cemetery! Do you believe that is coming? This is about the end of our national existence—of Britain, America and Israel (the Jewish nation)!

Right in the context is a prophecy of a famine of God’s word (verses 11-12). People will be running to and fro to find God’s truth, but alas to no avail! God’s people will be in a place of safety by that point.

Verse 14 refers to those Laodiceans who fail to repent in the midst of all this destruction—and says they shall never rise again.

These are truths we must face! Those who turn away from them are going to find themselves right in the middle of these prophecies once they are fulfilled!

The Good News

Amos 5:24 is a beautiful scripture full of good news. The Anchor Bible reads this way: “But let justice roll on like the ocean, and equity [or justice] like a perennial stream.” The Moffatt says: “No, let justice well up like fresh water, let honesty roll in full tide”! This is the greatest poetry that Amos wrote. Look at how the Revised Standard Version puts it: “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.”

This is coming! This is what the earthquake makes possible, as far as a warning is concerned. It’s all about World War III, and right on the heels of all that, honesty is going to roll in full tide. Justice will roll like the ocean, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream! How wonderful!

This is not a movie! This is reality, and it is about to come on the Earth!

God opens the door for His people so we can tell the world—not just about the coming destruction, but also about the hope and beauty of God’s master plan and His love, the joy of God, and the joy of His revelation.

In Amos 9, we see the conclusion and what happens after the earthquake. Verses 11-12 talk about this work raising the tabernacle of David, and coming to possess “the remnant of Edom,” all those wonderful writings of Mr. Armstrong. Then what comes after that?

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them [they’re going to rebuild many waste cities and live in them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them” (verses 13-14). People will eat from their own gardens and drink their own wine. Wonderful prosperity and blessings will flow all over this Earth as we teach them under Christ’s direction about the gospel that is the Family of God administering the government over this world.

“And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God” (verse 15). God says it!

The commentaries say the last vision is only the first four verses of Amos 9. But they leave out all the good news! God says, I’m going to raise those ruins! I’m going to raise the tabernacle of David, and I’m going to make everything flow from that. And we’re going to have tremendous prosperity in the wonderful World Tomorrow.

Look at how much of the Amos prophecy has already come to pass. The rest of it must happen too—and it will, in just a few short years!

That is why we are here. That’s why we had the earthquake! We couldn’t be doing this Work without
it! There is no way God will let anybody stop this message, especially if we are doing our part. God will get this message to the world—and what a message of hope it is! What glory there is in our Father’s house. We need to be thanking God every single day because we in this Church are filled with God’s glory!