* All scripture references use the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
Why now? Why the disasters? Why the patterns in the first place? Why Proves God? Why Amos? Much like an ant trying to explain Einstein, I'll answer the questions as best I can.
Why write under the name Amos? Featured in the book of Amos, Amos was a minor prophet with an important message. He had no special training for the task he was called to do.
- …I was no prophet, nor was I a son of a prophet, but I was a sheep breeder and a tender of sycamore fruit.
- Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go prophesy to My people Israel.”
- Now hear the word of the Lord…
Amos was probably an educated man, as he was involved with improving the bloodlines of sheep and goats, as opposed to merely herding them. He had no credentials that would qualify him to speak on God's behalf, yet God gave him a message to share. He gave him a secret to reveal.
- If a trumpet is blown in the city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in the city, Will not the Lord have done it?
- Surely the Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets.
- A lion has roared! Who can but fear? The Lord has spoken! Who can but prophesy?
Amos was obliged by God to blow the trumpet or sound the alarm that disobedience brings consequences. God can and will bring calamity to a city if He chooses, and He does reveal secrets to His prophets.
As in Amos' day, the people of today largely regard the Bible as fictional or irrelevant. It is the polar opposite of what the Bible says about itself.
- For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart.
This verse presents the Bible as a living, creative, ongoing force that is actively at work even today. This is reminiscent of the discussion between Charles Darwin and Richard Owen in 1859 as to whether or not there is indeed a God-directed, ongoing, creative force at work through the ages. Proves God does not attempt to refute science. Instead, it demonstrates how God's word underpins science. I am a scientist myself and earn my living in a field of science. If science is the how, God is the why.
As was true with Amos, I was not professionally trained as a theologian or prophet, but God, in His providence, has given me a message to share. He has revealed a secret that has been hidden in plain sight for thousands of years. God's word is not only relevant, but it dramatically impacts the physical world we live in. The revealed secret imparts two simple truths:
There is a God. He wrote a book.
Perhaps we should learn what it says.
As for the “Why now?” question, I can only assume it's the timing of God. Previous attempts to disseminate this information through various means fell short of the mark. The time is now for Proves God , and I believe I see confirmation of this in the Psalms pattern itself. The passages below show us how we can recognize God's hand, and since they are from Psalms 9 & 109, they link to the year 2009 by virtue of the Psalms pattern.
- The Lord is known by the judgment He executes; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Meditation.
- Help me, O Lord my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
- That they may know that this is Your hand - That You, Lord, have done it.Ps. 109:26-27
God is a God of both justice and mercy. Without His mercy, we incur His justice. We can assume that a God who demonstrates His ability to administer judgments in this temporal life is fully capable of administering judgments in the afterlife. This may afford us opportunity for meditation (Ps. 9:16), as either His mercy or His justice determines our eternal destiny.
Believing Christians or Messianic believers have no trouble seeing God's hand in the wonders of His creation and the marvels of His written word as detailed in Psalm 19. Skeptics, however, merely roll their eyes at such faith, putting their trust in science, instead, and hoping beyond hope there is no afterlife. If it turns out there is an afterlife, skeptics have every reason to fear it, for it goes on forever.
Even skeptics, though, should be able to see God's hand in the judgments He executes. “Why?” you might ask. Judgments, unlike the grandeur of creation, come with dates that can be checked and verified via the historical record (i.e. Asian tsunami – December 26, 2004; destruction of Pompeii – August 24, 79AD; San Francisco earthquake – April 18, 1906; largest rogue wave – February 7, 1933, etc.) While they certainly seem to be naturally occurring events, they happen in perfect sync with the biblical patterns. It seems that these “acts of God” were, in fact, acts of God.
Populations, as well as individuals, can have judgments pronounced on them as a result of their own follies (Ps. 9:16). The bad news is that we have all sinned and fallen short of God's standards. This Amos is no exception. As the two Psalms passages listed above indicate, we can face God's judgment or His mercy. There are many places in the Bible that tell of God's love and sacrifice for us. Why should we believe them? We should believe them because we can recognize the divine authorship of the Bible through the judgments He executes (Ps. 9:16). He shows us the way, tells us the truth, and gives us new life (John 14:6), if we search for Him in faith. This is the good stuff. This is the happy ending, but first things first.
There is one true God, who wrote one true book.
His works authenticate His book.