Book of Amos



Amos prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah in Judah and Jeroboam II in Israel and his prophecies concerned both nations. His name means “carrying a load” and is appropriate for the work he had to do. His ministry was short and said to have occurred two years before the earthquake. (Zechariah 14:6) His message was directed to Israel at a time when the nation enjoyed great prosperity under the leadership of Jeroboam II. At this time the Assyrian Empire was no threat to either kingdom.

But the people were still worshipping at the altar that Jeroboam I set up in Bethel for which they were about to be punished. They were also indulging in extravagant living and were becoming more and more morally corrupt. They refused to acknowledge that Jehovah was responsible for their material prosperity and they were very oppressive to the less fortunate. Amos was to remind them that if they did not repent, their kingdom would shortly come to its end. Hope is held out for a restoration of the nation.