Amos 4:12 Index
"Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel."
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"Therefore . . . "

  • The severity of the punishment could arouse some hope that the people might repent. God tries every means possible to save us before He proceeds to extreme measures. If benefits are not recognized, He sends chastisements. These aim, not at destruction, but as opening the eyes of the transgressors so men may see God, and repent. Therefore, God's judgments are as much tokens of His grace as they are proofs of His wrath. (4BC 968)

" . . . prepare to meet . . . "

  • The prophet's message in effect was, "Make ready to meet the coming judgments of the Lord." Those who would heed the call and repent would be forgiven and would be assured of God's protection in the day of the dreaded punishment. The LXX reads, "prepare to call on they God, O Israel." God never bids men to prepare to meet Him without making a provision of mercy for those who do so prepare. (4BC 968)
  • This verse states the keynote of Amos' second message (Amos 4:1). God warns Israel that He is about to hale the nation into court, as it were. They will do well to prepare their case, if they have one. (4BC 968)
  • Those who receive a valuable education, one that will be as enduring as eternity, will not be regarded as the world's best educated men. But the Scriptures declare that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). This kind of knowledge is below par in the estimation of the world, and yet it is essential for every youth to become wise in the Scriptures, if he would have eternal life. The apostle says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16): "that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:17). This is broad enough. Let all seek to comprehend, to the full extent of their powers, the meaning of the word of God. A mere superficial reading of the inspired word will be of little advantage; for every statement made in the sacred pages requires thoughtful contemplation. It is true that some passages do not require as earnest concentration as do others; for their meaning is more evident. But the student of the word of God should seek to understand the bearing of one passage upon another until the chain of truth is revealed to his vision. As veins of precious ore are hidden beneath the surface of the earth, so spiritual riches are concealed in the passages of Holy Writ, and it requires mental effort and prayerful attention to discover the hidden meaning of the word of God. Let every student who values the heavenly treasure put to the stretch his mental and spiritual powers, and sink the shaft deep into the mine of truth, that he may obtain the celestial gold,—that wisdom which will make him wise unto salvation. (CE 101)
  • Unlearned peasants and fishermen from the surrounding country; the Roman soldiers from the barracks of Herod; chieftains with their swords at their sides, ready to put down anything that might savor of rebellion; the avaricious tax-gatherers from their toll-booths; and from the Sanhedrim the phylactered priests,—all listened as if spellbound; and all, even the Pharisee and the Sadducee, the cold, unimpressible scoffer, went away with the sneer silenced, and cut to the heart with a sense of their sins. Herod in his palace heard the message, and the proud, sin-hardened ruler trembled at the call to repentance.
    • In this age, just prior to the second coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven, such a work as that of John is to be done. God calls for men who will prepare a people to stand in the great day of the Lord. The message preceding the public ministry of Christ was, Repent, publicans and sinners; repent, Pharisees and Sadducees; “repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). As a people who believe in Christ's soon coming, we have a message to bear,—“Prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12).
    • Our message must be as direct as was the message of John. He rebuked Kings for their iniquity. Notwithstanding that his life was imperiled, he did not hesitate to declare God's word. And our work in this age must be done as faithfully.
    • In order to give such a message as John gave, we must have a spiritual experience like his. The same work must be wrought in us. We must behold God, and in beholding Him, lose sight of self. (GW 55)
  • Prepare to meet thy God” is the message we are everywhere to proclaim. The trumpet is to give a certain sound. Clearly and distinctly the warning is to ring out: “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen" (Revelation 18:2) . . . "Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). The words of this scripture are to be fulfilled. Soon the last test is to come to all the inhabitants of the earth. At that time prompt decisions will be made. Those who have been convicted under the presentation of the word will range themselves under the blood-stained banner of Prince Immanuel. They will see and understand as never before they have missed many opportunities for doing the good they ought to havedone. They will realize that they have not worked as zealously as they should, to seek and save the lost, to snatch them, as it were, out of the fire. (9T 150)