‘For surely I will command, and will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground.”
How terribly has this prophecy been fulfilled in human history! Since the day they cried, “Let His blood be upon us and on our children,” how the sword, the torch, and the plough of the Roman armies desolated the foundation of the beloved city, Jerusalem. Since that day in 70 A.D. until only 60 years ago, for almost two millennia, the suffering of the Jewish people has been unparalleled. From the siege of Jerusalem until the Holocaust, they have been persecuted, and their race has become a byword. Perhaps no two chapters in human history show more the work of the devil than do the Jews in Nazi Germany and before that, the history of the Jews in Spain. An industrious people, they have prospered wherever they have been planted, but their wealth has been extorted from them. Wherever they roam, they could never be sure of life and limb. Their torture has served as the amusement of monarchs and mobs.
Verses 11-15 of Amos’ prophecy mention several important things about a future Golden Age of Israel. While Bible scholars differ in their interpretations, if these verses are to be taken literally, then they refer to a future time of coming blessing upon a literal nation.
Can you think of a legitimate manner in which the prophecy of Amos 9:11 – the restoration of David’s fallen tabernacle – has already been fulfilled?