Amos is a prophet of God. His name means “burden”, indeed he wears the burden of sinful people rebelling against the law of God. His message is to the northern kingdom of Israel. Amos depicts the judgment of God which is unthinkable to the sinner whether ancient or modern; it is a fact of the word of God. The nations of the world are judged for the sake of God’s people, the church. Within this book, Amos foretells two divine activities – condemnation and redemption. Yes, judgment will come to the disobedient nations of the world as well as the promise that David’s tent which has fallen will be restored - Amos 9:11; and the promise of new heavens and new earth – Amos 9:13-15.
Amos has within its pages great application for the day in which we live. The Word of God is never dated but reaches into the hearts and souls of men “and is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Heb. 4:12