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At the time of babel God divided the group into different languages,ie different groups ...Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language,
and of one speech. Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
at this time in the story God starts to single out individuals He plans on dealing with specifically for a specific purpose ..... Gen 12:1 Now the
LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
from a Darby commentary ..."Amos 9:1-15
Chapter 9 presents Jehovah Himself as directing the judgment in such a manner that Israel should in no wise escape it, God treating them as He would
the nations that were strangers to Him, as the Philistines or the Syrians, whom, in His providence, He had brought from other lands. Nevertheless God
did not forget Israel. He executed the judgment Himself, so that, while Israel should be sifted among all the nations, not one grain should be lost.
The wicked who did not believe in the judgment should be overtaken by it.
In that day (that is, in the day of Jehovah's final judgment) He would not raise up the tabernacle of Jeroboams and of Jehus, although He had given
them a place for a time during His longsuffering government; but (fulfilling His own purposes of grace) He would raise up the tabernacle of David His
elect, and rebuild it in its glory. He would raise it entirely from its ruins, that His seed might possess the remnant of Edom and of all the heathen
that are brought to know the name of Jehovah.  At that time Jehovah would also bring Israel back from their captivity, and re-establish them in
full blessing. They should enjoy the fruits of their land. Jehovah would plant His people upon their land, and they should be no more pulled up. It
was the land which He Himself had given them.
Thus we find, in the prophet Amos, the judgment of the kingdom of Israel; but this judgment applied to the whole of Israel as a nation, and their
assured restoration, in connection with the re-establishment of the house of David in the last days-a re-establishment accomplished by God, which
nothing should again overthrow. He would plant them, and none should pluck them up: a testimony which assuredly has never been fulfilled, and as
assuredly will be; Israel shall be in their own land and never again removed. In general, then, this prophet sets before us, not great public events
in the government of God, but the ways of God with His people, in view of their moral condition; the ten tribes, or the kingdom of Israel, being
looked at as representing all Israel as a responsible nation, the link of their condition at that time with their original position (when, through the
grace and power of Jehovah, they had come up out of Egypt), being the golden calves of Sinai and of Bethel. The prophecy closes, as we have seen, with
the re-establishment in blessing of the whole people, under the house of David, according to the sovereign grace of God who changes not. It should be,
for the whole nation, the sure mercies of David.
This passage is quoted by the apostle James in Acts 15. Here (in Amos) it is quite clear that it applies to the last days, and it has sometimes been
attempted to apply it to the same period in Acts also, laying stress on the words, "After this." But I am persuaded that those who do so have not
rightly apprehended the meaning of the apostle's argument. He quotes this passage for one expression alone, without dwelling on the remainder; and
this is the reason, I doubt not, that he is satisfied with the translation of the Septuagint. This expression is, "All the Gentiles upon whom my name
is called." The question was, whether Gentiles could be received without becoming Jews. After having affirmed this principle, he shews that the
prophets agreed with his declaration. He does not speak at all of the fulfilment of the prophecy; he only shews that the prophets sanction the
principle, that Gentiles should bear the name of Jehovah-"All the Gentiles upon whom my name is called." There would then be such. God knew all His
works from the beginning of the world, whatever might be the time of their manifestation.............peace