Context of Amos
“The book of Amos represents some of the earliest and best of Israel’s prophetic preaching. Readers will not judge its value on the basis of warm and pleasant sentiments because the book carries too serious a message for congeniality. Rather, the prophet moves quickly, directly, and creatively to call Israel to task for its unjust and oppressive treatment of its citizens. The nation stands accused of rampant social injustice, a crime which has captured the attention of Yahweh of Hosts. The Lord “roars from Zion” to announce a devastating judgement on his people; Amos passes that word along with great intensity.” (Ibid. pp. 251-252)
Amos 4:7-8 - Withholding of Latter Rain and/or universal Rain - There is nothing more perplexing striking than to see a resolute effort to ‘pray down the latter rain” and/or “revive the Church”, honestly/realistically-speaking go unanswered (i.e., as compared to the Apostolic Outpouring). Even more perplexing is that, as commonly believed in the Church, ‘the prophesied end of all things is right at the door.’ So what then is the problem with this striking “pre-harvest” denial?!? Is God Deaf, Indifferent, and/or Distracted or is it that there is something wrong in the Church that is praying for this blessing?? Some have made the claim that ‘the Latter Rain is being poured out in various places in the Global Church and while this may be observedly true, it evidently is not “enough” for all of the Church in its “efforts” to fulfill its mandate. (cf. Matt 25:8, 9). However here, typically/typologically enough, a Church that does not fully, or even at all, understand the “All-Mighty Power” of God in regards to the Theological Issue of ‘God and the Future’ (cf. 2 Pet 3:12a; COL 69.2), giddily glibly (= ‘moronically’) rationalizes these ‘non-developments’ as: ‘this not having had been the “time” for those events to be fulfilled’, as if God not only has no power to affect time as He sees it necessary, but is also overpoweringly bound by any set time.
The following chart which is based on the Organizational Chart in DARCOM gives a better understanding of this arrangement. (This chart has been updated by me where certain organizational delineations have been shown to be manifestly inexact upon further study).
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|Revelation Organization Chart|
|Revelation Chart - Text & Sub-Segments|
[See also this related unpublished SOP Vision]
SOP: “The gold mentioned by Christ, the True Witness, which all must have, has been shown me to be faith and love combined, and love takes the precedence of faith. Satan is constantly at work to remove these precious gifts from the hearts of God's people. All are engaged in playing the game of life. Satan is well aware that if he can remove love and faith, and supply their place with selfishness and unbelief, all the remaining precious traits will soon be skillfully removed by his deceitful hand, and the game will be lost.” (2T 36-37)
-“The gold here recommended as having been tried in the fire is faith and love. It makes the heart rich; for it has been purged until it is pure, and the more it is tested the more brilliant is its luster.” (4T 88.2)
-“The gold tried in the fire is faith that works by love. Only this can bring us into harmony with God. We may be active, we may do much work; but without love, such love as dwelt in the heart of Christ, we can never be numbered with the family of heaven.” (COL 158.2). Indeed this is the standard that Jesus Christ “guaranteed” to all of Heaven that He would manage to achieve in those whom He would redeem from fallen man. (3SP 203.1)
(2) white garments thematically/spiritually parallels the ‘fine, bright and clean linen’ to be worn by the purified bride of Christ, which is (the members of) “the holy city, Jerusalem” (Rev 19:8; 21:9-10). This is raiment/garment is defined as being “the righteous acts of the saints.
SOP: The white raiment is purity of character, the righteousness of Christ imparted to the sinner. This is indeed a garment of heavenly texture, that can be bought only of Christ for a life of willing obedience. (4T 88.2)
(3) “eyesight” in Revelation is symbolically used to represent ‘one’s spirit’ which should be that of God (Rev 5:6). So this is a call to literally ‘change one’s spirit’ by ‘“seeing” things as God sees them,’ (i.e., adjusting/changing one’s “Theological View”, and all by apply the remedying eye salve of this True Witness.
SOP: The eyesalve is that wisdom and grace which enables us to discern between the evil and the good, and to detect sin under any guise. God has given His church eyes which He requires them to anoint with wisdom, that they may see clearly; but many would put out the eyes of the church if they could; for they would not have their deeds come to the light, lest they should be reproved. The divine eyesalve will impart clearness to the understanding. Christ is the depositary of all graces. He says: "Buy of Me." (4T 88.2)
(2) Doing what is right in every situation is indeed the greatest need of the Church. That was the fundamental message of Jesus throughout the Gospel. He therefore expects His end time Church to all do such ‘acts of “right doing”’ and that is most tangibly done by doing all that can be both individually and corporately be done to help as many people as possible in the world who are in vital need (Matt 25:31-46); and that includes the 65,000,000+ infants being aborted annually. It is only by being worshipful of the world’s ‘spurious and impure “economic gold”’ that such feasible right acts are not being done.
(3) Putting on the mind of Christ who, most prominently, did not ignore people in need, but set out to help them, will result in the Church no longer being “spiritually blind.”
IV. Rev 14:1-13 - Three Angels’s Message
 See also this great sermon by Mark Howard which spiritually dissects and “psycho”-analyses why many people are susceptible to resist the ‘“Straight Testimony” message that will cause the Shaking.’ (1T 181)
 It is spiritually most pertinent to relate here that in the initial seeking to accomplish this already perceived needed ‘Scripture Field Treasure Searching Work,’ through the initial request to SDA (NAD) Religion Departments to either contact or provide the names of their (recent) past ministry students, many of whom were not employed despite having completed their required education, and also to the NAD for endorsing, technical and financial assistance, for the planned WBSC College of Biblical Research, (which, non-accidentally, also involved the literal “buying of a field (i.e., vacant property - for which I had spent a solid week (March 6-10, 2000) at the City Hall researching the owners’ information for the multiple subdivisions of land tracts in it) to set up the intended mobile home camp for this Institute), my former professor at Andrews University, and then Chair of the Religion Department, Keith Mattingly, (who, as related in this “First Vision” post, had sought to provide “friendly” advise and opportunity for me to stay and study under them at Andrews), pouncing upon the email addresses of other contacted NAD Religion Department Chairmen also in the CC field of the email he received, was “inspired” to send out a, factually, “hellish” message to these other chairmen (still have the email) telling them that ‘he saw no compelling reason to comply to my request’. I immediately knew that, like the self-assured Caiaphas of old (John 11:49-51), had similarly ‘not spoken of his own initiative’ but to fulfill, this SOP Shaking prophesy where “professed friends, themselves being without a message, wounded the cause of those who actually had a message, by withholding the means needed to fulfill the mission of these called and chosen messengers of God. (16MR 32).-Relatedly the valid ‘Jesus ethics’ issue raised in this BAL call in question (mp3) [14:53-17:50] on Matt 13:44 (cf. Matt 13:45-46) = Matt 21:43 = Matt 13:10-17 = Isa 6:8-13 = My long-held, moreover ‘warring’, reason why the ‘100+ research projects ideas/topics’ of WBSC have not been openly pre-posted on its Research Forum; (or also, the substantiation of certain available studies published)!!! =~Isa 5:13|Hos 4:6|Mal 4:4-6!!!
 And the most emblematic of such spurious denunciations has got to be the, literal myth that EGW said that “The SDA Church will go through (to the end)” and/or that the Church Militant will become the Church Triumphant. Fact is EGW never said either of these things. In regards to that latter claim, see her clear dichotomizing statements in e.g., LDE 61.2-62.2 which clearly state that this Church Triumphant will have a distinct testifying work to do towards finishing the work. The first claim itself seems to be from the misconstruing conflation of the later discussed statement in 2SM 380.2 & EGW night vision related in 1SM 205.3-206.1|SpTB02 56.1-2 of ‘a ship successfully, despite some damage, going through an iceberg’. But that 1904 vision was actually said in the context of the John Harvey Kellogg crisis then which had fully bloomed, with the false theories that he was spreading in the Church, and EGW and the Church were thus instructed to ‘“Meet it” head on’, and that the Church would, though while still having been noticeably affected, survive this crisis.
As EGW had said back in 1897, the Shaking would also come through ‘the introduction of such false theories/teachings in the Church’ (LDE 177.1). So here she was instructed to not let this occur, but to instead “Meet it” and so defeat it. This same thing should have been going on in the SDA Church today with now, the many entrenched false practices which have been allowed to enter the Church. While the Church’s teachings are “fundamentally” Biblical, it however has many ignoring or indifferent, widely accepted practices which certainly are not, and these are literally self-hindering the advancement of its “Ship”. And crucially, unlike in EGW’s day where there evidently were many others who sided with Truth against the false theories then, today most of the Church leadership and members either fully endorse those false practices, or they are just indifferent to them.
And thus such indifferent, “non-meeting inaction” actually is, conversely, what results in the Church corporately not being able to survive this Shaking (=5T 210.3-211.2ff) for, like in EGW vision, it would have require strong, factual, powerful and collective/corporate countering action to get through it. Contrary to popularly accepted thinking, silence, inaction and neutrality in such a time of crisis is certainly not the better or Godly option. (3T 280.3)