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By Lang’o Evans Odhiambo

S.O.T.P. Ministry Director/Speaker


Those who are engaged in proclaiming the third angel’s message are searching the Scriptures upon the same plan that Father Miller adopted. In the little book entitled “Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology,” Father Miller gives the following simple but intelligent and important rules for Bible study and interpretation:– “1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible; 2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study; 3. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, not wavering; 4. To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence; and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in error; 5. Scripture must be its own expositor, since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule, and not the Bible.” The above is a portion of these rules; and in our study of the Bible we shall all do well to heed the principles set forth. {RH, November 25, 1884 par. 25}

AMOS 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Prophet Amos did minister unto us;

1 PETER 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you: 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

“Yet while it was not given to the prophets to understand fully the things revealed to them, they earnestly sought to obtain all the light which God had been pleased to make manifest. They “inquired and searched diligently,” “searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify.” What a lesson to the people of God in the Christian age, for whose benefit these prophecies were given to his servants! “Unto whom it was revealed that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister.” Witness those holy men of God as they “inquired and searched diligently” concerning revelations given them for generations that were yet unborn. Contrast their holy zeal with the listless unconcern with which the favored ones of later ages treat this gift of Heaven. What a rebuke to the ease-loving, world-loving indifference which is content to declare that the prophecies cannot be understood. {GC88 344.3}

In figures and symbols, prophet Amos presents to us subjects of vast importance;

The Infinite One by his Holy Spirit has shed light into the minds and hearts of his servants. He has given dreams and visions, symbols and figures; and those to whom the truth was thus revealed, have themselves embodied the thought in human language. {GC88 c.4}

Symbols in Amos 5:19;

AMOS 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Lion and Bear-“Essentially the same field of vision is opened before us in Dan.7 & 8. Of the four beasts presented before us, in chapter 7, the Lion represents the Kingdom of Babylon, corresponding with the image’s head of gold; the Bear represents Media and Persia (see breast and arms of image; the Leopard, Grecia (belly and sides of image); and the Fourth Beast dreadful and terrible, Rome (legs of image); the ten horns, same as toes of the image. The little Horn coming up among the others, denoting the Papacy, whose period of supremacy is stated to be 1260 years [Dan.7:24,25; Rev.12:6,14; 13:5]{1858 UrS, BSA 2.2}

Serpent– When it is desired to set forth Satan by a symbol, no more appropriate one can be chosen than a great dragon, or serpent, unqualified. And why a similar symbol is also employed to represent Rome with some of its peculiar features, is evident. It was because Rome, as a universal empire, was then the only possible general agent to carry out Satan’s will in the earth. But there is no occasion to confound the two symbols.{1897 UrS, DAR 550.2}

Amos saw the first Beast of Revelation 13

REVELATION 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Under the symbols of a great red dragon, a leopard like beast, and a beast with lamblike horns, the earthly governments which would especially engage in trampling upon God’s law and persecuting His people, were presented to John. The war is carried on till the close of time. The people of God, symbolized by a holy woman and her children, were represented as greatly in the minority. In the last days only a remnant still existed. Of these John speaks as they “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (ST Nov. 1, 1899). {7BC 972.5}

When John stood upon the sand of the sea and looked behind [back in time to the prophecies of Daniel] he saw the leopard like Beast. Reading Revelation 13:2 backwards we shall see in the order that John saw; the dragon, lion, bear then finally the leopard. Applying the same to Amos 5:19 we see the serpent, bear, lion thus leaving us to lastly locate the Leopard Beast in the prophecy of Amos since we had already identified the serpent, bear and lion.

Leopard Beast in the prophecy of Amos;

Talking about Greece Haskell writes “The influence of Babylon in educational lines was no less marked than her influence in government and religion, and the educational root of the tree was as vigorous as the others. We are in the habit of tracing the educational system of the world to Greece or Egypt; its principles are older than Greece. They belong to Babylon. The prominence given this phase of Babylonian life by the Spirit of God in the book of Daniel, and the fact that the leading educators and educational institutions of the world were brought in direct contact with the more simple principles of true education every time the Hebrews met the Chaldeans and wise men, shows the place which education occupies both in the false kingdoms of which Babylon is a type, and in the true, which the Hebrews represented. The so-called “higher education” of to-day, which exalts the science of the world above the science of salvation; which sends forth students bearing worldly credentials, but not recognized in the books of heaven, students who love display, who are filled with pride, selfishness, and self-esteem,-this education is a plant which has sprung from that broad root which supported the tree representing the Babylonian dominion. {1901 SNH, SDP 55.2}”

Commenting on the first beast from the sea of Revelation 13 he again says “Gradually, however, the philosophy of Greece has, in the education of children and youth, almost wholly supplanted the truths of God. Graduates to-day are better able to interpret the mythology of Greece than they are to read the handwriting of the Creator in nature about them. They are prepared to believe the false theories of scientists in preference to direct statements of inspiration. The whole trend of their education is evolutionary in character, and develops doubt, not faith,-higher criticism instead of simple faith in the Word of God. The organization of society into guilds, trusts, rings, corporations, and unions, is a reflection of the spirit of the educational system. Monarchy is rapidly replacing democratic principles, and the dragon’s voice sounds through the earth in the dictation of the labor unions to their members; in the controllers of the oil and the grain; in the strikes and the exchanges. Wall Street dictates to thousands; and the masses pay their Peter’s pence to the moneyed classes as surely as it was ever exacted in Rome. As the cry of the oppressed during the Dark Ages reached heaven, so in this day of apparent light and progress, and of boasted freedom, the voice of oppression is heard. “Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which of you is kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” {1905 SNH, SSP 239.2}

The Leopard like characteristics in the first beast of Revelation 13 symbolize false education and primarily it’s that the beast deeply upholds the philosophy of Greece.

False Education in the Prophecy of Amos;
Amos 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Amos 5 is a lamentation of the condition of Israel in a literal sense and also typifying the condition of end time Israel [Adventism].Note: The Adventist church is not Babylon but there are Babylonians inside in whose life experiences the conditionof the man of Amos 5:19 find their fulfillments.In Amos 5:25-26 the Israel of old is shown to be worshipping the god Moloch .

Ellen White Says “It was God’s purpose to deliver Israel from the abominations that wrought havoc in the idolatrous nations around them. They were not to sacrifice to Moloch, nor to make their sons or their daughters pass through the fire, nor to seek unto wizards, nor defile themselves by communion with those who had familiar spirits. The instruction of God to his ancient people is profitable to us today. “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am the Lord your God, and ye shall keep my statutes, and do them; I am the Lord which sanctifieth you.” {ST, August 26, 1889 par. 4}

“Children are not to be trained to be the devotees of society. They are not to be sacrificed to Moloch; but they are to become members of the Lord’s family. Parents are to be filled with the compassion of Christ that they may work for the salvation of the souls that are placed under their influence. They are not to have their minds all engrossed in the fashions and practices of the world. They are not to educate their children to attend parties and concerts and dances, to have and attend feasts; because after this manner the Gentiles” {RH, March 13, 1894 par. 6}

Notice that the prophet connects the worship of Moloch to worldly education. While in the worship of Moloch [a manner borrowed form the heathen nations] the Israelites made their sons or their daughters pass through the fire. They would then beat drums for the sound of the drums to shut from their ears the cries of their burning children. In the same manner the Israel of today have allowed drums into their worship services thus silencing the cries of their children whom they have sacrificed in the alters of false/worldly education. Parents that attend the Sabbath but their Children are in school on Saturdays.

Slaves of Fashion are in the same class with those who worship the modern day Moloch;

Sisters and mothers, we have a higher aim, a more noble work, than to study the latest fashion, and form garments with needless adorning to meet the standard of this modern Moloch. We may become its slave, and sacrifice upon its altars our own and the present and future happiness of our children. But what do we gain in the end? We have sown to the flesh; we shall reap corruption..–HR, June 1, 1880.{DG 152.2}

False Education and slavery to fashion leads to exaltation of Sunworship;

Waggoner comments “Enough has already been given to show why sun-worship was so great an abomination. It was simply the worship of the reproductive function. All the sun images had an obscene signification. While Baal, among the Assyrians, was the emblem of the generative power of the sun, and was worshiped by lascivious rites, Moloch was the emblem of the destructive heat of the sun, and so human sacrifices were offered to him. The prohibitions laid upon the Israelites, against making their children pass through the fire, were simply injunctions against this cruel form of sun-worship. {1888 EJW, FACC 307.2}”

The man in Amos 5:19 is a slave of the leopard beast principles, also since he runs from the lion,the bear and is bitten by the serpent. This prophecy in a secondary sense speaks of those in Adventism who are slaves of Babylonian, MedoPersian, Grecian, Ancient Rome and papal principles or rather those that shall not have victory over the Dragon, the beast and the false prophet.

Why the man in Amos 5:19 does run from the lion ad bear?

1Samuel17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 17:35And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered [it] out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught [him] by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. Unlike the man in Amos David goes after the lion and the bear.

Notice that in the above text David compares goliath with the beasts “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them” Goliath defied the armies of God. The first beast of Revelation 13 that had the Characteristics of the lion and the bear will also do the work that Goliath did, defying the armies of God and God himself.

Why do they defy the armies of God?

Goliath is described as “this uncircumcised Philistine”

What does it mean to be uncircumsised?

Colossians 2:10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

To be uncircumcised is to have the body of sin.Those circumcised have put off the body of sins, then the uncircumcised have the body of sin. The same events that transpired in the Israel of Old will be repeated. Where sinners who defied God sought the destruction of Israel. History will be repeated.

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 13:16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.

As we near the national Sunday law it is found amongst end time Israel those who are in the condition of the man in Amos 5:19,and at the Sunday law they shall be overthrown.

“A line of distinction is being drawn between the children of obedience and the children of disobedience, the loyal and true and the disloyal and untrue. Two great parties are developed, the worshipers of the beast and his image, and the worshipers of the true and living God.—Manuscript 32, 1896 (Manuscript Releases, vol. 17, pp. 8, 9). {CTr 339.5}

David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.”

In patriarchs and prophets we read “David did not weaken before the champion of the Philistines. Stepping forward, he said to his antagonist: “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

“But I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts,the God of the armies of Israel,” its only those who have the character of God that shall be able to overcome the three fold union of the dragon the beast and the false prophet, like david overcame the beasts.Those who still walk after the flesh shall be overcome like the man in Amos 5:19.

The man in Amos is a captive to the beast powers because the has forgotten his God.He has forgotten that which the Lord said remember “Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy“

HOSEA 13:6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me. 13:7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe [them]: 13:8 I will meet them as a bear [that is] bereaved [of her whelps], and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them. Again in Hosea 13:6 we meet the four beast powers Lion,Bear,Leopard and wild beast I believe this fourth animal that is described as the “wild beast” by prophet Hosea is the same as that of Daniel. Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it [was] diverse from all the beasts that [were] before it; and it had ten horns.

Hosea Chapter 13 verse 6.Hosea Chapter 13 reminds us of revelation 13.Hosea 13 verse 6. 6 is the number of Babylon and the number six reminds us of the man of sin “: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six. “

Proverbs 28:15[As] a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; [so is] a wicked ruler over the poor people.

The lion and the bear again we see is a symbol of a wicked ruler. This wicked ruler is the man of sin, the son of perdition, the papal power.

2 THESSALONIANS 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 2:5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 2:6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 2:7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. 2:8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 2:9[Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

The man in Amos 5:19 is one that perishes; because he received not the love of the truth, that he might be saved. He is also in darkness and bondage for his chain is heavy, his ways enclosed for he has rejected the prophetic light that’s why he runs from the lion and the bear only to meet the serpent:

Read Lamenataion3:1-10

Lamentation 3:1-10 I [am] the man [that] hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.He hath led me, and brought [me into] darkness, but not [into] light. Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand [against me] all the day. My flesh and my skin hath he made old: he hath broken my bones. He hath builded against me, and compassed [me] with gall and travail. He hath set me in dark places, as [they that be] dead of old. He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer. He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked. He [was] unto me [as] a bear lying in wait, [and as] a lion in secret places.

Leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Applying the rule of first mention will throw light to this text Amos 5:19; The first mention of the word serpent is in Genesis 3:1

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

“Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of Spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of Spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.–The Great Controversy, p. 588. {ChS 160.1}

By running from the lion and the bear the man in Amos is a type of those deceived into Sunday sacredness, [Sunday worship is a pagan practice] thus creating a bond of sympathy with Rome. The work of spiritualism is symbolized by the serpent in Amos 5:19.

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. 58:4 Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder [that] stoppeth her ear;

By speaking lies the wicked are compared to the serpent, they are the agents of Satan the father of lies.Continuing in the works of satan this class of wicked men represented by the serpent in Amos are those in the fallen protestant movements, the new age movements a class in whom spiritualism is found in their mouth.Their was is described John the seer of patmos

Revelation 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Proverbs 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright. 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 23:33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.

Wine in the bible represents teachings. Wicked men are liars, they have made the world drunk with their false teachings, they draw their teachings from the cup of the woman of revelation 17.The antitypical men of Amos 5:19 have given heed to spiritualism and at last bitten and instead of beholding Jesus they now behold the strange woman of revelation 17.

Revelation 17:1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

How did the serpent get into the house that the man ran into?

Ecclesiastes 10:8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

The hedge[wall] of the house was broken and through the breaches on the wall the serpent entered the house

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 58:12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

The man in Amos ran into a class of believers [foolish virgins] that didn’t have the experience of the early and latter rain, they were not “watered gardens” which made them not to repair the breachs, and restore the paths to dwell in. Its dangerous to be in a congregation that has a pulpit that doesn’t restore the old paths of Adventism. In the old paths of Adventism were teachings on The Sanctuary, the Sabbath, the Spirit of prophecy, the State of the dead, the Second coming of Jesus Christ ,dress reform, health reform, righteousness by faith,true education among other fundamental teachings.

When God sends to men warnings so important that they are represented as proclaimed by holy angels flying in the midst of heaven, He requires every person endowed with reasoning powers to heed the message. The fearful judgments denounced against the worship of the beast and his image (Revelation 14:9-11), should lead all to a diligent study of the prophecies to learn what the mark of the beast is, and how they are to avoid receiving it. But the masses of the people turn away their ears from hearing the truth and are turned unto fables. The apostle Paul declared, looking down to the last days: “The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:3. That time has fully come. The multitudes do not want Bible truth, because it interferes with the desires of the sinful, world-loving heart; and Satan supplies the deceptions which they love and many are caught up in the condition of the man in Amos 5:19..

As God called the children of Israel out of Egypt, that they might keep His Sabbath, so He calls His people out of Babylon, that they may not worship the beast or his image. The man of sin, who thought to change times and laws, has exalted himself above God, by presenting a spurious sabbath to the world; the Christian world has accepted the child of the papacy, and cradled and nourished it, thus defying God by removing His memorial, and setting up a rival sabbath. After the truth has been proclaimed as a witness to all nations, every conceivable power of evil will be set in operation, and minds will be confused by many voices crying, “Lo, here is Christ; lo, He is there. This is the truth, I have the message from God, He has sent me with great light.” Then there will be a removing of the landmarks, and an attempt to tear down the pillars of our faith. A more decided effort will be made to exalt the false sabbath, and to cast contempt upon God Himself by supplanting the day He has blessed and sanctified. This false sabbath is to be enforced by an oppressive law. Satan and his angels are wide awake and intensely active, working with energy and perseverance through human instrumentalities to bring about his purpose of obliterating from the minds of men the knowledge of God. But while Satan works with his lying wonders, the time will be fulfilled foretold in the Revelation, and the mighty angel that shall lighten the earth with his glory will proclaim the fall of Babylon, and call upon God’s people to forsake her (RH Dec. 13, 1892). {7BC 985.2}

In the work of reform to be carried forward today, there is need of men who, like Ezra and Nehemiah, will not palliate or excuse sin, nor shrink from vindicating the honor of God. Those upon whom rests the burden of this work will not hold their peace when wrong is done, neither will they cover evil with a cloak of false charity. They will remember that God is no respecter of persons, and that severity to a few may prove mercy to many. They will remember also that in the one who rebukes evil the spirit of Christ should ever be revealed. {CC 269.2}

The spiritual restoration of which the work carried forward in Nehemiah’s day was a symbol, is outlined in the words of Isaiah: “They shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities.” “They that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” Isaiah 61:4; 58:12. The prophet here describes a people who, in a time of general departure from truth and righteousness, are seeking to restore the principles that are the foundation of the kingdom of God. They are repairers of a breach that has been made in God’s law–the wall that He has placed around His chosen ones for their protection, and obedience to whose precepts of justice, truth, and purity is to be their perpetual safeguard. {PK 677.3}