The Prophets Chapter Summaries.
Every moment spent in Gods word is changing you. Just as the cocoon is the catalyst for the butterflies transformation, Gods word is the catalyst for our transformation. The more time you spend in Gods word the more you will be transformed. Every time you gaze into the mirror of Gods word it further transforms you into the image of Christ.
Since We spend so little time in Gods word this transition often takes a lifetime but it does not have to. The world has yet to see an individual who lives not by bread alone but every moment and every word is permeated with the Word of God. All creation is desperately longing for the Word to once again become flesh and be fulfilled by the body of Christ. If we are to follow in His footsteps we too must become the Word of God resurrected in human form!!
Reading the Old Testament prophets is like staring into multifaceted worlds within a world . To fully and accurately understand such a picture one must view it from many angles and in many different dimensions both past, present and future. If one settles for a mere historical interpretation of the scripture you are gazing at one aspect of the multifaceted truth that God is trying to convey.
The Lord in His infinite wisdom has written the old testament as a prophetic message both to Israel in the historical past but also to those who generations who would come right up to the return of the Lord.
So His Word was written historically to Israel, has direct implications for us today and reveals the Fathers future plans for the final chapter of history.
The Holy Spirit is the only One who can lead and guide us into all truth and will specifically speaking Gods heart and message relevant to this generation from the OT.
While it is important to remain biblically grounded on historically accepted interpretations of OT prophecies, it is essential to be open to the Holy Spirit revealing present and future application of these prophecies.
For example, many prophecies written in Revelation and the OT prophets Have a literal fulfillment that has already taken place in the nature. However just as establishing King David’s powerful kingdom and the ark of the covenant were earthly events that took place in the physical realm to reveal a greater spiritual truth, the Father in His wisdom uses many prophecies in the exact same way.
We must be careful not to overs analyze and try to apply every OT scripture to some future spiritual fulfillment, however we must be open to the idea and continually seeking the inspiration of the Spirit.
Most importantly anything the Spirit reveals will always line up with the rest of scripture. It will not be in one obscure verse but will be a continual theme in His Word.
The best and most biblical commentary on scripture is cross referencing it with the what the rest of what scripture has to say.
(KJV) Joel 1:2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
(KJV) Joel 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders [and] all the inhabitants of the land [into] the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,
(KJV) Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD [is] at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
(KJV) Joel 1:20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
(KJV) Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for [it is] nigh at hand;
(KJV) Joel 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before HIS ARMY for his camp [is] very great: for [he is] strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD [is] great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
(KJV) Joel 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
(KJV) Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God?
(KJV) Joel 2:18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
(KJV) Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first [month].
(KJV) Joel 2:27 And ye shall know that I [am] in the midst of Israel, and [that] I [am] the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
(KJV) Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
(KJV) Joel 3:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
(KJV) Joel 3:9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
(KJV) Joel 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great.
(KJV) Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
(KJV) Joel 3:17 So shall ye know that I [am] the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
(KJV) Joel 3:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
(KJV) Joel 3:21 For I will cleanse their blood [that] I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion
Amos Judging the world and Gods people with fire
(KJV) Amos 1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
(KJV) Amos 2:16 And [he that is] courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.
(KJV) Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
(KJV) Amos 3:8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
Who knows God deeply enough that hey actually know and can speak His heart.
(KJV) Amos 3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.
(KJV) Amos 4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, [and] your tithes after three years:
(KJV) Amos 4:8 So two [or] three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
Complete lack of the Holy Spirit. Great thirst in the land without His presence.
(KJV) Amos 5:20 [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
Unless you walking very closely with the Lord now this day will be a very scary thing.
(KJV) Amos 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
(KJV) Amos 6:1 Woe to them [that are] at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, [which are] named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
(KJV) Amos 7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:
(KJV) Amos 7:9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
(KJV) Amos 7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I [was] no prophet, neither [was] I a prophet’s son; but I [was] an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:
(KJV) 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.
(KJV) 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:
(KJV) 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].
(KJV) Amos 9:5 And the Lord GOD of hosts [is] he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as [by] the flood of Egypt.
(KJV) Amos 9:6 [It is] he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD [is] his name.
(KJV) Amos 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
13 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.
14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15 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.
(KJV) Obadiah 1:17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
(KJV) Obadiah 1:18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be [any] remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken [it].
(KJV) Obadiah 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.
In the midst of the greatests storms of life God has ways of protecting us and keeping us in perfect peace that we cannot even begin to comprehend or imagine!!
God will orchestrate all circumstance to compel us to follow His perfect plan. Do I respond to His intervene in my life or try to ignore it like Jonah and hide from God? Be quick to repent and readjust the course of your life onto Gods track otherwise you will just become progressively more and more miserable.
(KJV) Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars [was] about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
(KJV) Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay [that] that I have vowed. Salvation [is] of the LORD.
When Jonah completely turned to the Lord, recognized and began thanking God for the infinite mercy and grace upon His life The Lord delivered Him from his own prison of the fish because He was finally ready to do what God wanted. Sometimes we are so hard hearted we spend months and even years in our own fishlike prison arguing with God over what is best for our lives and trying to do His will Our OWN way.
Freedom is only found in complete surrender. Until you give God complete control of your life your life will be like a prison of darkness and you will never experience joy and fullness of life as God intended it. The uncommitted, Unsurrendered Christian is the most miserable of all men because they are unable to enjoy their so called “personal freedom” because they are continually burdened with he awareness they are living outside of Gods will. The Holy Spirit the great hound of heaven will continually make us miserable and we will remain in our own stinky fish like prisons of never being able to enjoy life until you come to a place of complete surrender and give Him complete control of your life.
from The Hound of Heaven
by Francis Thompson
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
“And is thy earth so marred,
Shattered in shard on shard?
Lo, all things fly thee, for thou fliest Me!
Strange, piteous, futile thing!
Wherefore should any set thee love apart?
Seeing none but I make much of naught” (He said),
“And human love needs human meriting:
How hast thou merited –
Of all man’s clotted clay the dingiest clot?
Alack, thou knowest not
How little worthy of any love thou art!
Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee
Save Me, save only Me?
All which I took from thee I did but take,
Not for thy harms,
But just that thou might’st seek it in My arms,
All which thy child’s mistake
Fancies as lost, I have stored for thee at home:
Rise, clasp My hand, and come!”
Halts by me that footfall:
Is my gloom, after all,
Shade of His hand, outstretched caressingly?
“Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,
I am He Whom thou seekest!
Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me.”
(KJV) Jonah 3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Our obedience brings the word of the Lord into our lives. If you have not heard from the Lord recently, you need to think back to the last thing the Lord spoke and ask yourself if you were faithful to obey! As illustrated through King Saul when we willfully disobey Gods voice we grieve the Holy Spirit and we lose His presence. But hearing Gods voice again is only one decision away. Repentance and obedience revives His presence, power and hearing His voice in our lives. When was the last time you heard a word from the Lord? Were you faithful to obey instantly and completely or did you have to spend time in a fish like prison before you fully obeyed?
Do you desire a greater measure of Gods presence and power in your life? Raise your level of obedience! The Greater obedience the greater depth of Gods presence and power you will have in your life.
(KJV) Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did [it] not.
Human repentance is one of the strongest forces that moves and changes God’s heart. We fail to comprehend The depths of Gods unfailing mercy and redemptive power for humanity and even unresolved issues with loved ones and consequences of past mistakes. Gods infinite mercy and grace far exceeds are past mistake or problem in your life. A wicked city like Nineveh proves there is nothing in your life that is beyond His redemptive power! With prayer and repentance there is no situation beyond His redemptive power.
Jonah Responds to God’s Kindness
1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
Even in Jonah’s self righteousness God by His mercy still continued to provide for His every need. Can we ever be able to comprehend the mercy and faithfulness of God. Despite we are so unthankful and frequently forsakes God He never abandons us and will never leave or forsake us! How great is everlasting kindness towards us!!
Have you ever wondered where would you be and what would life be like if God had not intervened in your life? Thank Him in your own word. Father thank for you undeserved favor and love on my life. I deserve less than nothing and apart from you I would still be completely lost!!
It’s easy to be critical of Jonah but what about my heart condition? Is my heart that all would be saved or do I sometimes wish the judgment of God allowed no space for repentance for some people. To those who have been given the most mercy should be most merciful. If God has provided you infinite mercy redeeming us from our wicked state how can you not show this same mercy to everyone you meet??
Do you have Gods redemptive heart for this world? That none shall perish! Have you taken time to know Gods heart and realize how deeply His heart is burdened by every lost soul in this world??
How can you be content to live a comfortable and not actively share your faith with the lost and dying world around you? Imagine if someone had not taken the time to impart into your life you would not be this far along your journey with God. In light of what God has done for you how can one anything less than to offer your life as a holy and pleasing sacrifice by giving your life to fulfill Gods heart for humanity by actively pursuing those who are lost? How is it possible to experience the love and mercy of Jesus Christ and not desire to share this with others?
When something so incredible happens isn’t our first instinct to share this incredible news with everyone you know? If you are having a baby or getting married, the news is so exciting and so real to you that you simply can’t contain it! If the joy of salvation in Jesus Christ is infinitely greater and more exciting than earthly experience, how is it possible for us to contain it?? Like a flooded river in monsoon season shouldn’t this joy be vastly overflowing the river banks of our loves flooding every moment of our lives with the joy and power of Christ. Would not every conversion be permeated with this uncontainable flood of joy that is dwelling in our hearts? Perhaps we have not fully experienced or encountered this joy for ourselves? Or perhaps fear holds us back!
Fear is not the absence of courage but the a sense of Self!
There is only one way to overcome fear! Lose yourself!! Fully surrender your life to Christ! Completely embrace surrender and lay down your life at the foot of the cross. As die to yourself and lose your life in Christ you will discover for the first time what it feels like to be alive. Set free from all fears and the past you are free to soar with Christ and experience the eternal joy and true fulfillment in life that only Christ can bring. Mankind has been made to be in relationship with Lord and the fulfillment of all desire is found in Him!!