Amos Part 2 – The Circumcision of Christ

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Amos Part 2 –The Circumcision of Christ

Key Verses: Amos 1:3 – 1:5

We continue with the book of Amos and this prophecy that is concerning Israel.  The Israel being spoken seems to be physical Israel yet we know that the words of the Lord are SPIRIT, and these words were written for God’s Elect who is the true Israel of God (Gal 6:15-16, Rom 9:8).

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Our introductory verses established the ministry of Amos and that this time is, was and will be occurring before THE EARTHQUAKE.  This is a time leading up to the Day of the Lord that will come when the Lord (Lion) roars from Zion.  When this day has come, as we will see today and next week; the Lord will not turn back.  He will accomplish His purposes.

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

We now begin to cover eight specific pronouncements against the sins of the nations and the punishment the Lord is, was and will be pouring out to bring salvation.

Amo 1:3  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:
Amo 1:4  But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.
Amo 1:5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.

The fact there are eight of these pronouncements is not a historical coincidence.  Numbers have profound meanings in Scripture and the number eight symbolizes our spiritual circumcision and the new beginnings of the new man.   Eight follows seven which is the completion of the Lord’s work of judgment that destroys the old and brings in the new (the eight). A link to the study of the Number Eight can be found HERE.  We become a living sacrifice to the Lord on the spiritual eighth day.

Lev 9:1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;
Lev 9:2 And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer [them] before the LORD.

We offer our lives up to the Lord, a living sacrifice as we are circumcised on the eighth day.

Luk 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

This prophecy, and all eight pronouncements of judgment, are written to the Israel of God who are also known as THE CIRCUMCISION.  It is the Body of Christ who are being circumcised by living out these words; yet it is also true that the Body of Christ are the instruments of circumcision just as we are the instruments of judgment (1Co 6:2) and salvation (Oba 1:21). Knowing that Christ is The Christ gives much deeper meaning to these oft cited Scriptures.

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Col 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

As we cover the specific verses we will look at those names and pull forth the meaning and symbolism in these events that are parables for our admonition (Mar 4:11, Hos 12:10). Our sanctification, the will of God, comes about only by THE PROCESS of judgment which cuts off the flesh and teaches us the ways of the Spirit. That process is also the same one that circumcises the heart and fulfills the promises of the Lord.

Jer 24:7  And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

This process of being remade into the priests of the Lord and used for service takes eight days, and we are going through this circumcision process which is also our day of the Lord.  This is how His laws are written on our hearts, it is through the suffering and tribulation of our judgment.

Lev 8:33  And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.

We will see all eight times the phrase “For three transgressions of ______ and for four” followed by the occasion for the Lord bringing the chastening grace to His people.  The number 3 represents the process of spiritual progression and the number 4 represents the whole of what is under discussion.  What is under the discussion here is the taking away of our trust and confidence in the flesh.  Thankfully these words we hear and the judgments we keep will not return void, they will accomplish His purposes.

Jer 30:24  The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. .

Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more, and thus shall be the way we learn to do righteousness and obey the Lord in time as we endure stripes for these “3 or 4” transgressions.

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness (learned in judgment Isa 26:9) unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

The old man in all of us will learn this immutable truth and through this repeated process of learning, we will learn the fear of God and tremble at His Word (Heb 10:26-27). The depth of our depravity and the transgressions in our heart are bountiful, and the Lord will continue to cause us to err from His ways until the end goal (the whole) of our judgment is accomplished.

Php 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

We will see as this study progresses how the Lord’s uses everything, even our own sins and wickedness, to correct us and move us on to maturity (Jer 2:19, Pro 16:4).

Amo 1:3  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

There is always an occasion, a specific reason, cited in the eight “Thus Says The Lord” pronouncements as the Lion roars from Zion, and the heads of these inward nations and cities wither from the heat of the fire. We will look at the occasion for judgment which is the specific transgression and then backtrack to look at the cities, names and places.

Transgression #1 – The first city to be judged is Damascus and the reason is because YOU (they) have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

Gilead is a land east of the Jordan River representing our time as babes in Christ and immature in the faith;  having truth but not yet having been tried in the fire.  We will spiritually speaking try to make peace with the Syrians (Laban) who represent the flesh and our old man (Gen 31:44-48).  This is our immature state where we thresh the land but use implements of iron, which the Lord’s people cannot do.  We have yet to learn to judge all things by the WORD which is righteous judgment (Joh 7:24).  We start out well in Gilead with truth, but the flesh will always lead us to leave our first love, which is why Christ must come the second time with fire to make us overcomers of the flesh and all of its inward nations.

Oba 1:19  And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin (Type of Christ) shall possess Gilead.

The Lord’s people are indeed the threshing instruments (the winnowing fan) that harvest all mankind for salvation (Rev 14:19, Mic 4:13). Threshing is the harvesting process of separating the wheat from the chaff.

Luk 3:17  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

The fire is the Word that brings judgment in the last days of flesh and carnalmindedness.  When we judge ourselves and others, we must do it only using the WORD OF GOD. Threshing with instruments of iron is going well beyond what is written.

1Co 4:6  And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

The spiritual temple of God is built by judgment within and without.  When we mix in worldly principles that are contrary to the truth, we are lifting a man-made tool in building the sanctuary of the Lord.  Bringing a common base metal in to make those righteous judgments pollutes the word of God and violates His strict commands on how we are to build.

Exo 20:25  And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

Jos 8:31  As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings

The house of God is built by judgment, and when we build by wresting away true judgment that house and that temple shall not stand the trials of faith when the fire comes (1Co 3:13).

Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

In our immaturity having true doctrine, we will build with vanity cankering the word with iron tools and fleshly wisdom. Burning out the confidence in the flesh is an essential aspect of spiritual circumcision. Seeing our transgressions and the spiritual rust of our work will be a witness against us, and the fire will consume our flesh.

Jas 5:3  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

The call to come and be separate and not suffer the diseases of Babylon is a serious calling.  The only way to be cured of a house built on the flesh (spiritual leprosy) is to have that house be burned with the spiritual fire of God’s Word (Lev 13:55).

Amo 1:4  But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.

More symbolism for the destroying of our fleshly ways and mindset. A preacher is sent from the Lord to bring the fire (Jer 5:14, Oba 1:1, Rom 10:15).  The house of Hazael and the palaces of Ben-Hadad are symbols that give us more of the details this spiritual cleaning and circumcision process. Hazael means “beholding or perceiving God”, and he was a King of Syria.  We are this king, and we behold God when the fire comes upon the temple of God which temple we are (1Co 3:16). Even as Mike’s study in Isaiah continues to parallel what the other prophets say, we see the Lord when we are abiding in the fire of the Word that only comes in the presence of the Seraphim who are the messengers/angels the Lord uses to do this greater works and being spiritual healing.

It is the presence of these seraphim that judgment comes to us our heavens and that is how we come to know the Lord.

Exo 14:18  And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

Benhadad was the son of Hadad and also a king of Syria in Solomon’s days (1Ki 15) and was the recipient of the treasures of the Lord’s house as a weak King Asa brokered a covenant with Syria.  Again, the mixing of flesh and spirit, Godly principles with worldly principles is a corrupt spiritual cocktail by which to judge ourselves.

1Ki 15:18  Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Benhadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

Eating at the table of devils and the Lord makes us sick and weak spiritually, and the king of Israel who made this covenant with Syria later capitulated in his spiritual diseased state.  A strong ensample that we best take heed (1Co 10:11-12).

1Ki 20:4  And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have

We cannot please God when we are still walking in the flesh. We learn through judgment to have no confidence in the flesh, and that is what the fire upon our palaces will accomplish. The punishment of Damascus continues for their corrupting the word of God with iron and failing to heed His commandments in judging the people within and without righteously.

Amo 1:5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.

There is a lot of symbolism in this Scripture that tells us the Lord is PURPOSEFULLY carrying us way captive to our flesh.  This will be used to correct us, humble us and teach us righteousness when the resulting judgment works its work in us. We will be unable to escape on our own strength and initiative and like all things in TRUTH, we learn to wait on the Lord.

We must lose our life to gain it.  The Lord is not in the business of saving flesh. Instead He is destroying flesh and cutting it off and out of our life by this sequence of eight judgments that brings about our spiritual circumcision.   Those of faith MUST BE circumcised.

Gen 17:10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

All of these locations in this verse are directly linked to the ways of the flesh and what the carnal mind seeks after.

Damascus

Damascus represents our trust in the world and where we go looking for answers before faith is come.  This dependency and trust is the first thing the Lord takes away in turning us back to Him through our judgment. Again,  confidence in flesh is being removed, being cut off.

Isa 8:4  For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

This circumcision process is the true Damascus prophecy as it will be fulfilled inwardly in every man.  The glory of our flesh will wane and wither away as we decrease and He increases.

Isa 17:1  The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.

Isa 17:4  “In that day it shall come to pass That the glory of Jacob will wane, And the fatness of his flesh grow lean.

Damascus is where the crooked streets of our wicked ways are being made straight.  Like Saul of Tarsus, we all meet the Lord here and thus begin our seeing the truth by first being made blind

Act 9:11  And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

Valley of Aven – The Inhabitant is Cutoff (circumcised)

Aven [H206] comes from its root of the same name [H205] which is predominantly the word for inequity in the KJV.  The “house of Aven” or BethAven is defined as the house of vanity or idolatry.

H1007, bêyth ‘âven

From H1004 and H205; house of vanity; Beth-Aven, a place in Palestine: – Beth-aven.

Workers of inequity (Mat 7:21-22) are those without the gift of faith who do not know the Lord.  Such pervert justice, that is the definition of inequity. The Lord separates us from the world and the way of the carnal mind through circumcision.  The fire and the earthquakes do not come until we see the man of sin that we are sitting in God’s temple. We are “the man”, the antichrist, who mysteriously works inequity up until the revealing of that man of sin.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

We have to go into Kir and be in captivity and come to see our true nature of flesh.  Thus begins our day of the Lord as we cannot escape our sinful nature, and we will be brought to this place of crying out to the Lord for deliverance.  Here is what we cry when at our wits’ end.

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Hos 10:8  The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

Holder of the Scepter in Beth Eden is Also Cutoff

Beth Eden means house of pleasure or delicacies.  It is where the first Adam in all of us is placed on purpose by the Lord (Gen 2:15, Rom 8:20-21).  Being sinful flesh in a House of Pleasures without the Spirit of the Lord to contend for us, is a sure-fire way of waxing rich by pursuing the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life.

Rev 18:3  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

In this state, sinful flesh cannot help to but to seek after its own lusts.   The dominion of the old man (who holds the scepter/rod in Beth Eden) must die in order for us to overcome and gain dominion over sin.  This rod of wickedness, the rulership of flesh in our heavens and earth (the kingdom of God, His Temple) is being cutoff when we experience our day of the Lord.

Psa 45:6  Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

Joh 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

This ruling of us by the flesh, by the House of Eden shall not stand.  This covenant with death shall be disannulled when the day of the Lord, and the overflowing scourge passes through to bring about our spiritual circumcision.

Isa 28:17  Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

Syrians Taken Captive to Kir [H7024]

Kir was taken captive by the King of Assyria (our flesh) after the King of Israel made a covenant with him and gave him the silver and gold from the Lord’s house, which is a strictly forbidden act (Heb 13:10, Num 4:15).

2Ki 16:8  And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.
2Ki 16:9  And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin

When we, as the Kings of Israel, make covenants with worldly and flesh kings, the inhabitants in our land are taken captive by the works of the flesh.  This must be cut off, and we must learn to stand on faith alone. We can deduce what this is saying in the Spirit by looking at the definitions for Kir and the inhabitants of Kir.

H7024, keer

The same as H7023; fortress or wall; Kir, a place in Assyrian; also one in Moab

H7025 (keer) kheh’-res, khar-eh’-seth

From H7023 and H2789; fortress of earthenware; Kir-Cheres or Kir-Chares-eth, a place in Moab: – Kir-haraseth, Kir-hareseth, Kir-haresh, Kir-heres.

H2789
chereś
kheh’-res

A collateral form mediating between H2775 and H2791; a piece of pottery: – earth (-en), (pot-)sherd, + stone.

We all have to come to see ourselves for what we are and ourselves as beasts (Ecc 3:18) and an abomination (Mat 24:15) among other things. As foolish as it sounds to the carnal mind, the Lord begins our process of judgment by causing us to go backwards and to fall into sin and being overcome by the pulls of the flesh and lusts for this world.

Isa 28:13  And the word of the LORD will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

The Lord has made the wicked for the day of evil (Pro 16:4). He is causing us to stray to bring this judgment via all pronouncements that in total bring about our spiritual circumcision.

Amo 3:6  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Psa 34:19  Many are the evils [H7451 – ra’/ra’ah] (afflictions) of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Being taken captive to Kir is our time when we know the truth yet the Lord turns us over to the flesh.  This season and causation of our sin brings much torment and tribulation to our heavens.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

This falling seven times (Pro 24:16) is important for us to lose trust in the flesh.  On the eighth day, this brings about the spiritual circumcision through our chastening by the Lord.

Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

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