Harvest, the Day of the Lord, and a Surprise Eclipse??? Examining Amos 8

In searching scriptures for connections to the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of the Lord, and possible rapture connections I came across this passage in Amos 8:

This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. And he said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass by them. The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,” declares the Lord God.  “So many dead bodies!” “They are thrown everywhere!” “Silence!” Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances, that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat?” The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:

“Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.  Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who dwells in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”

 “And on that day,” declares the Lord God,  “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.

I will turn your feasts into mourning  and all your songs into lamentation;  I will bring sackcloth on every waist and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.

 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares 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 the Lord.  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.  

(Amos 8:1-12)

 

First of all, we know that this hasn’t happened yet.  The mention of the sun going down at noon and the earth being darkened in broad daylight hasn’t happened since the time Amos penned this – EXCEPT at the Crucifixion.  But the crucifixion was on PASSOVER, not close to a new moon feast (Feast of Trumpets).

Let’s examine the bolded parts of this passage!

Summer Fruit

First Amos sees a basket of summer fruit.  This suggests the timing to be at the end of Summer – at the Summer Harvest.  Summer turns into fall at harvest time (Fall Equinox).  Could there be correlation with the next Resurrection Harvest we are anticipating?    The Fall equinox on September 22 coincides with the ENDING of the Feast of Trumpets this year.

The END Comes Upon Israel

We see the End coming upon Israel.  Is this a reference to the Time of Jacob’s Trouble – the Day of the Lord?

“I Will Never Again Pass By Them”

We see God breaking His silence with Israel.  This breaking of God’s silence has strong connections to the GOG MAGOG war of Ezekiel 38-39, when God intervenes to spare Israel from impending destruction.  The Gog/Magog war, Psalm 83 war, and Isaiah 17 war might be interconnected.

Wailing, Dead Bodies, and Silence

This sounds like the aftermath of a surprise attack or war (Gog/Magog?  Psalm 83?  Isaiah 17 – Damascus?).  They are surprised in the midst of their singing in the temple.  Tabernacles is the Fall Feast associated with celebration and rejoicing.

NEW MOON and SABBATH

We have all this occurring while merchants are whining about a NEW MOON.   A new moon happens each  month, but this must refer to a feast day since there is no buying and selling allowed. The only holy day on a new moon is the Feast of Trumpets.  There is also reference to the Sabbath, which immediately follows the Feast of Trumpets this year.  It seems the new moon and Sabbath occur back to back, as the merchants are eager to get back to selling fraudulently after two days of restricted activity.

TREMBLING Land, Rising and Falling

The land will TREMBLE, RISE, be TOSSED ABOUT and SINK AGAIN.  This is definitely a great Earthquake…. could it be the one which is expected at Seal 6 and the Gog/Magog war?  Could this be a reference to either or both these prophetic events?

The Sun Will Go Down At Noon

On that day (THAT DAY is often a reference to the Day of the Lord), the Lord will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.  Remember at the crucifixion when the sun was darkened for 3 hours while Jesus died on the cross?  Is something like that in view here, about to happen again?

One correlation I found is in the Day of Atonement rituals of ancient Israel:

Once the High Priest had sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice on the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies, he then prayed for three solid hours in darkness asking forgiveness for the sins of Israel.  By tradition, at the end of this period of 3 hours, the high priest stood up and said “It is Finished”.  This, of course, reminds us of what Jesus uttered on the cross as He died.  This will be uttered again when the 7th Trumpet blows during the Day of the Lord.  (Source: Judy D Gassett).

Mourning for an Only Son

God is using the Gentiles to provoke Israel to jealousy, so they will return to Him (Romans 10:19).  At the rapture event, which I believe releases all the Seals, the sky will be rolled back and those on earth (in Israel anyways), will see the Lamb and the Throne of God (seal 6).  At this event, with their partial blindness lifted (Romans 11:25-26), Israel will mourn – like the mourning for an only son, in bitterness.

This will fulfill Zechariah 12:10:

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”

Zechariah chapter 12 in it’s entirety seems to describe the Gog Magog war, where many peoples rush against Israel seeking to destroy her.  At this time, God upholds and delivers her.  Instead of resulting in celebrations, however, it appears to result in mourning.  How strange!  Unless you consider that this is their partial blindness being lifted and their realization that they just missed the “gathering together of the saintsas described in Thessalonians.   Could the passages in Zechariah 12 and Amos 8 connect these events in some way?

Revelation 1:7 would also seem to describe the same reaction from Israel:

 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him.

 

This passage in Amos 8 certainly should be considered in the context of the Day of the Lord.

 


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