I. History of Amos.
Amos was a contemporary of possible many other prophets, such as
Jonah. Elisa, Joel, Obadiah, Micah, Isaiah, and Hosea who was a
co-worker. It is believed that Joel was his contemporary or near
predecessor. It may have been Joel’s plague of locusts that Amos was
talking about in 4:9. He may have been at Bethel at the time of Amos’
visit. They could have compared notes. Hosea was the younger of the two
and continued the work after Amos was gone. Amos was closing his work as
Isaiah and Micah was beginning their work. Interesting note: with all
these prophets living and prophesying, sin was at its height. This also
indicated they were only religious people. Does it remind you of
anything, maybe, America could be any country around the world today.
He lived in Judah, 12 miles south of Jerusalem.
He was not a prophet, but he was a worker, a blue-collar man.
He prophesies during a time of great prosperity for both the
Judah, and Israel.
Apostasy and wickedness of Israel was great, worse than Judah’s
at that time.
Materialism was at its height, along with their sin.
This writing was probably before the great earthquake; This
prophecy was delivered during a visit to the Northern Kingdom. 7:14,
about 30 years before the fall of Israel.
Key Words -
Judgment of Israel.
- 3:1,2; 8:11,12.
Key chapter – 9
II. Certain doom, restoration, future glory of the
David’s kingdom was the center of prophecy.
The eight judgments, 1:3-2:16.
The three sermons, 3:1-6:14.
The five visions of judgments, 7:1-9:10.
The five promises of the restoration of Israel, 9:11-15.
III. The message of is prophecy.
Doom of Israel and neighboring nations, chapter 1,2.
The luxurious palaces of Samaria, chapter 3.
Prepare to meet your God, chapter 4.
The day of Jehovah, chapter 5.
He captivity, chapter 6.
Three visions of destruction, chapter 7.
The baskets of summer fruit, chapter 8.
Future glory of David kingdom, chapter 9.
IV. The promises of the restoration of Israel.
Restore to their land.
Restore the temple.
Restore them great harvest.