A famine of hearing the words of the LORD

The prophet Amos wrote about a coming famine during the end times. It was a three-fold prophecy. An immediate end of harvest was at hand. God’s longsuffering with the disobedient people had run out. He was going to bring a end. Israel was going to be carried off into captivity. But the prophecy goes beyond these endings to the final end when God’s patience and longsuffering with the whole world has run out. Sometimes it seems like we have reached that point.

“The time is coming when I will send famine on the land. People will be hungry, but not for bread; they will be thirsty, but not for water. They will hunger and thirst for a message from the LORD. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. People will wander from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean and then on around from the north to the east. They will look everywhere for a message from the LORD, but they will not find it. On that day even healthy young men and women will collapse from thirst. Those who swear by the idols of Samaria, who say, ‘By the god of Dan’ or ‘By the god of Beersheba’—those people will fall and not rise again.” (Amos 8:11-14 GNT)

And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. (Amos 8:12 KJV)

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