Famine (spiritual famine)


(Spiritual Famine)

Amos 8: 11 —  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord God.   

Chance: When we think of famine we mainly think of the lack of food and hunger. And yes, famine in general always means no food available (lack of food). Even in religion famine means lack of food, but also, there is an esoteric meaning for the word famine. Famine esoterically speaking symbolizes spiritual famine and this spiritual famine means lack of understanding and hearing God’s holy word.

Notice carefully in Amos 8:11 the nature of this famine. This famine is not a lack of God’s word, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord God. This means that the people are deaf to the words of God. And when people are spiritually deaf they cannot understand the word of God. These people hear the word of God being taught but do not understand the holy word. So the condition describe is that of being spiritually deaf. God is not withholding his word and revelation from the people but the people are spiritually deaf.

So they do not hear and understand his word and revelation.
Now many people hear the word of God but the problem is that they don’t understand it. So in Amos 8:11 the people hear the word of God but do not understand it – so even though they hear it it’s as though they did not hear it because they do not understand it.

Jesus spoke of this spiritual deafness and spiritual blindness.

Matthew 13th chapter verses 9 – 17

13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why do you speak to them in parables?
13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

So as we can see from the words of Jesus, the spiritual deafness and spiritual blindness that afflicted the people of his time was due to the people’s hearts becoming too gross. The words of Jesus are very important here. Because Jesus was teaching his disciples the esoteric side of Judaism.

That why Jesus said 13:11 He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. If Jesus was teaching the regular basic teachings of Judaism then the people would have understood, because they had been taught the basic teachings and rituals of Judaism by their Rabbis and priests. This means that Jesus was teaching the esoteric side of Judaism, and this is why the people did not understand, because their rabbis had not taught them the esoteric hidden interpretations of Judaism. When a person has been taught the esoteric teachings of their particular religion then they will understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.

The same is true in Amos 8:11 it is the esoteric interpretations and (secret and hidden) teachings that the people don’t understand even though they hear. This Amos 8:11 applies to our day and time when we look at the religious people of today – we can clearly see that they are spiritually deaf and spiritually blind. And, even doing Jesus’ time themselves people were abundant. Too many religious leaders of the church today hold back the members. They are like the scribes and Pharisees during the time of Jesus. They take advantage of the people by using various psychological methods.

Many people in church members and society see the constant flaws that many pastors, preachers, evangelists, and religious ministers display in public. And this makes many people not want join the church. Sexual misconduct, stealing money, negative behavior, trying to scare people into believing they are going to Hell so they can take advantage of the church members fear, using their positions to gain political favors and political power, etc many religious leaders display these qualities.

Also, too many of the religious leaders of today are involved in politics and this creates trouble also. Because in politics politicians in general operate by a ceratin set of rules that are not compatible with religious moral standards.    

They lead their congregation strait to the door way of hell, the spiritually blind religious leaders leading the spiritually blind congregation, the spiritually deaf leading the spiritually deaf congregation.   

And when certain individuals, who are more advanced reveal that they understand the esoteric interpretations of Christianity or any other religion the religious leaders label them heretics and fakes.

Now of course there are some good religious leaders but there are some bad ones too.

The church is not as influential in the life of the average person like it use to be. It has lost a lot of its moral authority due to the behavior of certain religious leaders and certain church members.

The esoteric teachings will become more and more accepted in the future, and these esoteric teachings will replace the church of today.      

The famine in our current time is a spiritual famine.

By Chance Kelsey (Chancellor)

Written during the 21st century by Chance

  1. You chance you are right about the spiritual famine going on. The reasons you mentioned were also reasons for my break with the church. I am for spirituality but totally against all intolerant religions. I think whats missing is people understanding that man is made in the image of god. And we are required to treat each other with the same respect that we treat god. In my oppinion the most progressive principle from the scriptures is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is the foundation for all fair trade, successful marraiges and higher civilization. When you start from the principle of treating folk how you want to be treated this is the bases of all successful human cohabitation. Mark

  2. That is true Mark do unto others as you would have them do unto you that is the golden rule that we all must follow.

    Thanks for coming by the intellectual madhouse (blog) mark you are so supportive.


    By Chance

  3. HarryT

    Ok Chance you knew I HAD to reply to this one! 🙂

    Do you realize that the biggest issue that you & I have disagreed on in the past…WE NOW AGREE ON?!?! At least I thought so. But you ended up contradicting yourself in this essay at the end. Let me explain.

    I am referring to your belief in the Esoteric, or that God has INTENTIONALLY put a hidden meaning in his word the bible. That is incorrect. And you have done an excellent job of proving that theory is incorrect with all of the scriptures you cited! Let me start with the most clear statement you made in this essay, you said: “God is not withholding his word and revelation from the people but the people are spiritually deaf.”

    MY POINT EXACTLY! There is no intentionally esoteric or “hidden meaning” in the bible. God wrote the Bible with the INTENTION of people developing a righteous heart condition and wanting to be taught by God and all of his commandments & guidelines. We all have free will to choose what we want to do & believe. Those who don’t care for serving God, won’t understand & don’t WANT to understand. But only by their choice is the truth is hidden from them. Here is an example of what I am saying: You are driving down the street talking on your cell phone. Suddenly you are hit by a car. As you describe the events of the accident to the police officer, he tells you that you drove through a STOP SIGN. You tell him that the state of California intentionally hid that stop sign from you!! He laughs and says that you just weren’t paying attention. He is correct, you were not paying close enough attention to the road and your path of travel. The state did not hide the stop sign, it was always in CLEAR VIEW.

    Likewise Jesus stated at Matthew 7:13,14 that we are also on a road in life. God put SIGNS in the bible for us to read so that we can navigate on that road to life successfully. They are all CLEAR TO THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING and want guidance. But just as it makes no sense to conclude that California would INTENTIONALLY hide a Stop Sign and expect you to obey it, it makes absolutely no sense to say that God would INTENTIONALLY hide a “sign” or information that we need in our lives from us and expect us to succeed in our life paths. That is why Jesus could say at John 17:3 ” This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.” Likewise if you re-read all the excellent scriptures that you cited in you essay again you will see that this makes sense: “God is not withholding his word and revelation from the people but the people are spiritually deaf.”

    Always a pleasure Chance!
    Harry T

  4. To Harry

    I see the ponit you are making and in general I agree that people are blinded by from the truth based upon the choices they make. And GOD is not to be held accountable if they don’t respond to the knowledge that he [ GOD ] has layed down in his HOLY WORD. LIKE JESUS SAID SEE AND YOU SHALL FIND KNOCK AND IT SHALL BE OPENED. Many of these people who don’t understand the esoteric don’t seek so they don’t find. Those who do understand the esoteric sought out the truth and their hearts revealed to them the true meaning and interpretations of GOD’S word that would have other-wise been from them. Yes HARRY seek and we shall find and understand the holy word of our creator.

    Thanks for coming by HARRY, and good to hear from you again — really it is good to hear from you again.


  5. This is awesome topic, and thank God this help me alot in my research about spiritual famine.. Yeah definitely not all understand the Word of God because they choose not to seek and understand the deep things that is supposed to be reveal for them, God has given us all the resource to understand His Word and we have the Spirit as He promise who will help us to understand and to teach us all things and will remind us of what the Lord taught us. (John 14:26)
    I believe even to this generation God continue to send prophets but people chose not to believe..(Matt. 23:34).

    Thanks for sharing this topic. May God continue to increase our knowledge in seeking the truth of His Word. God bless

  6. To Nimfa,

    Thank you for coming by my website and I appreciate your words alot. Yes God does continue to send spiritually developed people generation after generation. And, we are going through a spiritual famine that will lead us to a higher developed religious philosophy and teachings. We will someday arrive at a higher state of consciousness and spiritual awareness, and love our fellow humans equally.

    Take care, Nimfa and thank you for coming by.

    By Chance

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