Read the OT in Light of the NT

My wife and I are following the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan this year and read Amos 9 this morning. Amos 9:11-15 reads:

"In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, 12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name," declares the LORD who does this. 13 "Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. 14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them," says the LORD your God."

This is one of the passages that Dispensationalists like to grab hold of. "God made these promises to Israel and he will keep his promise to bless just like he kept his promise to curse. Israel has a special future," says the Dispensational theologian. I confess that if all I had was Amos, I might arrive at the same conclusion. Thankfully we have a divine commentary on Amos through the Holy Spirit and James. In Acts 15:12-19, we read this:

"And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13 After they finished speaking, James replied, "Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written, 16 "'After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, 17 that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things 18 known from of old.' 19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God," 

So it turns out that James sees this passage in Amos as having fulfillment in the new covenant, the new community of Jews and Gentiles - that is, the church. I think I will go with James over Scofield. I'd encourage you to do the same.