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The Amish Voice 9

chosen people suffered the consequences of

their rebellion and fell into captivity.

God’s heart, of course, is not to bring

destruction. Consider the encouraging story

of Jonah in which God worked to bring the

wicked city of Nineveh to repentance in

order that the people might escape His

imminent judgment. In fact, it is the nature

of the Lord to give warnings before

judgment so that people may repent and

judgment be averted.

In keeping with this, the Lord has in recent

years given the U.S. any number of

warnings, including natural disasters, acts of

terror, financial woes, cultural breakdown,

political dysfunction, and the loss of

prominence and might. Along with this are

prophetic warnings calling America to

repentance. Sadly, however, there has been

little response at this point.

Lessons from Amos

The message of the prophet Amos is one that

our nation would do well to take to

heart. The message begins with a series of

proclamations of judgment on various

nations and cities because of their

transgressions. The prophet then focuses on

the punishment awaiting Israel, whose sin

is even greater because of the privilege she

had enjoyed as God’s chosen nation. The

Lord had sent remedial judgments to bring

her to repentance (Amos 4:6-11), but she

would not return to Him. He then gives this

solemn word:

“Prepare to meet thy God, O



Even with the declaration of certain

judgment, Amos yet calls the people to


“Seek the Lord, and ye shall

live; lest he break out like fire.



“Hate the evil, and love the good,

and establish judgment in the gate: it may be

that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious

unto the remnant of Joseph”


At the same time, Amos has strong words for

those who are complacent:

“Woe to them

that are at ease in Zion…that lie upon beds

of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their


those who

“… anoint themselves

with the chief ointments: but they are not

grieved for the affliction of Joseph” (6:1-6).

Judgment Delayed

Through Intercession

When the Lord showed Amos one picture

and then another of devastating judgment

approaching the land, Amos interceded both

times and the Lord relented (7:1-6), but the

third picture was final:

“I will set a

plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I

will not again pass by them any more”



In other words, the people had fallen so far

from God’s standard that no further reprieve

would be granted; and, indeed, horrible

judgment did come and the nation was taken

into captivity. Thankfully, however, Amos’

message ends with the Lord’s glorious

promise of the restoration of Israel! (9:11-


Is There Any Hope?

So back to the original question: Is there any

hope for the U.S.?

While some people may argue no, and others

argue yes, one truth is clear: If there is any

hope, the only hope is in wide-scale

repentance and returning to the Lord. While

the promised end-time outpouring of the

Spirit and revival is coming, that does not

necessarily guarantee the U.S. will be part of

it. The Lord has been incredibly patient with

this nation, but without repentance, judgment

may suddenly be upon us.

Of course, judgment begins with the

household of God (1 Pet. 4:17), and He calls

His people to lead the way in turning back to

Him (2 Chr. 7:14).

Given the lukewarm state of many in the

church, it is up to those who still have any

sensitivity to the Lord to lead the way in

humility, prayer, and repentance. As we turn

our attention fully toward Him, may He have

mercy upon our land and send the revival

that is so desperately needed!

2 Chronicles 7:14 says:

If my people,

which are called by my name, shall humble

themselves, and pray, and seek my face,

and turn from their wicked ways; then will

I hear from heaven, and will forgive their

sin, and will heal their land.

The Plumb Line, continued


What Is a True Relationship?

A true relationship is based on two people putting

100% of their trust in each other. Anything less than

100% trust is not a perfect relationship. As much as

that statement is true, it is also true that perfect

relationships are not build overnight. It takes months,

sometimes years. And lastly, let us not forget that

years and years of trust can crumble in a moment of

time. So let us stay focused today and truly value and

appreciate the trust that has been built between me and

God, between me and my spouse, and between me and

my friend(s). Hold on to it! Consider it precious! and

value that trust like you do your own life. —Joe Keim