|Amos 9 |
1 I saw the LORD standing by the altar, and he said, "Strike the tops of the pillars so that the thresholds shake, and break them on the heads of all the people; and I will slay the remainder of them with the sword. He who flees shall not get away, and he who escapes shall not be delivered.
2 Though they dig into hell, my hand shall take them there; though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down;
3 And though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, I will search them out there and take them; and though they hide from my sight in the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent and he shall bite them.
4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, there will I command the sword and it shall slay them; and I will set my eyes upon them for evil and not for good.
5 The Lord GOD of hosts is he who touches the earth and it melts, and all who dwell in it shall mourn; it shall rise up like the Nile and shall sink back like the river of Egypt.
6 It is he who builds his chambers in the heaven, and has founded the dome over the earth, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the face of the earth — The LORD is his name.
7 Are you not like children of the Ethiopians to me, O children of Israel? says the LORD. I brought Israel out of the land of Egypt? But I also brought the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir.
8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon your sinful kingdom and I will destroy it from the face of the earth, yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, says the LORD.
9 For lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations like grain that is sifted back and forth in a sieve, yet not the least grain shall fall upon the earth.
10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, who say, 'The evil shall not overtake or meet us.'1
11 In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up its breaches; and I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old,
12 So that they may possess the remnant of Edom and of all the heathen who are called by my name, says the LORD who does this.
13 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine and all the hills shall melt.
14 And I will bring back the captives of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and drink its wine; 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 that I have given them, says the LORD your God."
1 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, who say, 'The evil shall not overtake or meet us.' The Lord does not tolerate sin now any more than he tolerated it in the Old Testament. It is a lying salvation that says you can continue in sin without suffering the wrath of God. Jesus made the law even tougher. He changed "an eye for an eye", to "turn the other cheek; love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you." He made adultery, not just the act, but the thought in the heart. He made murder, not just the act, but the anger and hate in your heart. He told us not to repay injury or insult. He told us that restraint of sin was not enough. but that we were defiled by what was in our hearts; so our hearts must be cleansed of the desire or inclination to sin. He said:
You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Therefore, be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect. Mat 5:43-48
Now Jesus is fair. He would not have increased these commands on us, unless there was a way to obey them; the way is to go to him, wait and watch silently, listen for him, hear him and obey him — repentance — the inward cross of self-denial. Your souls are purified in obeying the truth, through the spirit. 1 Pet 1:22.
Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people;
and walk in the whole way that I command you. Jer 7:23
He [Jesus] became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9
You can be sure: No sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an is idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6
Anyone who is sexually immoral, impure, or covetous will be banned from heaven.
The acts of the sinful nature include sexual immorality (including adultery and fornication), impurity, lust, idolatry (including covetousness), sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousy, anger, ambition, divisiveness, factions, envy, drunkenness, revelry (partying), and the like, etc.
...those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21
All with sexual immorality, pride, hatred, lying, envy, wanting more, partying, and foolishness..etc., will be banned from heaven.