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These chapters - AMOS 8, 9 - give the prophetic picture of the transition from the charismatic era to the last move of the Holy Spirit which had its beginnings in the early 1990's.

In chapters 8 - 9:10, we see death, judgment and an emphasis on praise and worship. In the last portion of chapter 9, the raising of the tabernacle of David is revealed and a day when the plowman will overtake the reaper.

AMOS 8, 9

These chapters - AMOS 8, 9 - give the prophetic picture of the transition from the charismatic era to the last move of the Holy Spirit which had its beginnings in the early 1990's.

In chapters 8 - 9:10, we see death, judgment and an emphasis on praise and worship. In the last portion of chapter 9, the raising of the tabernacle of David is revealed and a day when the plowman will overtake the reaper.

Amos 8 opens with the Lord revealing a vision to Amos. The vision was of a basket of summer fruit. Like a basket of overripe fruit, it looked fine outwardly but was rotting inwardly.

AMOS 8: 1-3
Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, a
basket of summer fruit.
And He said, "Amos, what do you see?"
So I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then
the Lord said to me:

"The end has come upon My people
Israel;
I will not pass by them anymore.
And the songs of the temple
Shall be wailing in that day,"
Says the Lord God -
"Many dead bodies everywhere,
They shall throw them out in silence."

Judgment has come upon the Charismatic move. Many leaders have discerned this.

DEREK PRINCE:

"Most of what is called worship in the Charismatic movement is not worship at all...... it is soulish...... Much of the music that we have in church today appeals to the soul, stimulates the soul, It is very much the same kind of music as is used in the world to stimulate the soul........ Having lived five years in Africa, I am aware that certain repetitive themes and rhythms can deaden your sensitivity. If you sit under that long enough, especially when it is very loud, you lose the capacity to discern. And in Africa those rhythms are used to call up demons."

Citation from Derek Prince to his coworkers - "Protection from Deception" - March 1996

KENNETH HAGIN:

"In the Charismatic move, Christians have brought the brass of the world into the temple of the Lord as a substitute for pure gold. What they have is a mixture; it is not pure. Therefore, I can only bless My people so far, because they have substituted brass for gold. They’ve brought the clapping and dancing of the world into the temple."

Citation from a visitation of Jesus to Kenneth Hagin in the book "Plans, Purposes and Pursuits."

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Death and barrenness will become deeper and more evident as the years go by. Much is done in the flesh - especially praise and worship. The emphasis placed on the 'songs of the temple' points to this. Much religion, yet little of God.

The spirit of the world - verse 5-6 - is clearly evident in the last days. James speaks of this too.

This spirit of materialism has also influenced the charismatic movement coming in through the Word-faith prosperity teachers.

Hear this, you who swallow up the
needy,
And make the poor of the land fail,

Saying:
"When will the new moon be past,
That we ma sell grain?
And the Sabbath,
That we may trade our wheat?

Making the ephah small and the shekel
large,
Falsifying the balances by deceit,
That we may buy the poor for silver,
And the needy for a pair of sandals -
Even sell the bad wheat?"

Yes, in the last of the last days there will be a transference of wealth from the world to the church. Be careful that we do not transgress. As the tidal wave of miracles comes, so will this accelerate. Let us not teach principles to fulfil this! It will be fulfilled by His sovereign hand.

The deepening of the progressive judgment results in a famine - a prophetic famine. The word of the Lord will become rare in Charismatic circles that do not flow and change with the end-time move of the Spirit.

Verse 11 - 13a
"Behold, the days are coming," says the
Lord God,
"That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But of the hearing of the words of the Lord.
They shall wander from sea to sea,
And from north to east;
They shall run to and fro, seeking the
word of the Lord,
But shall not find it.
In that day the fair virgins
And b young men
Shall faint from thirst...

The words "they shall run to and fro" remind us of

Daniel 12:4
But you, Daniel, shut up the words,
and seal the book until the time of the end;
many shall run to and fro, and knowledge
shall increase.

Isaiah speaks of 'young men shall faint from thirst' in

ISAIAH 40: 30 - 31
Even the youths shall faint and be
weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like
eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

This speaks of the judgment on the Charismatic move that is dying and where the flesh predominates - especially in praise and worship.

A great shaking is taking place in the church worldwide.

AMOS 9: 1
I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and
He said:
"Strike the doorposts, that the
thresholds may shake,
And break them on the heads of them
all.
I will slay the last of them with the
sword.
He who flees from them shall not get
away,
And he who escapes from them shall
not be delivered.

At the time of the great shaking in the church, the Lord says that He will raise up the tabernacle of David.

Verse 11
On that day I will raise up
The tabernacle of David, which has
fallen down,
And repair its damages;
I will raise up its ruins,
And rebuild it as in the days of old;

This is the restoration of true praise and worship. Many have said that this referred to the charismatic renewal. This is simply not true. The Holy Spirit has shown this to be false. Paul Cain and other prophetic leaders confirm this. The end-time move is different from the charismatic movement. The flesh has predominated in the charismatic move. Praise and worship of the end-time wave is completely different - the flesh is gone. The Shekinah glory descends and manifests.

Truly, this is the day when the plowman shall overtake the reaper. However, this is a result of the Presence of God which comes as we move from the charismatic movement to the last move of the Holy Spirit.

Verse 13
"Behold, the days are coming," says the
Lord,
"When the plowman shall overtake the
reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who
sows seed;
The mountains shall drip with sweet
wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it.

WARNING: Those who have a mixture will experience famine in their lives and ministries and will run to and fro seeking the word of the Lord!

This occurs at the same general time as the Jews return to their homeland Israel. This scripture is the founding Scripture used in the declaration of modern Israel in 1948.

Verse 14 -15:
I shall bring the captives of My
people Israel;
They shall build the waste cities and
inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and drink
wine from them;
They shall also make gardens and eat
fruit from them;
I will plant them in their land,
And no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land that I have given them,"
Says the Lord your God.

Indeed there will be an awakening in Israel soon too. Ezekiel speaks of this. This occurs after a war in the Middle East where Israel's enemies are miraculously defeated. Let us watch the developments in Iran closely.