Amos was a not a prophet
(holy man). Amos looked after sheep. But God sent Amos with a message to his
nation (Amos 7:14-15).
Amos knew that many nations
were evil. Because of these evil deeds, God would punish the nations (Amos
But Amos's own nation, Israel, was
also evil. They were cruel to poor people. The judges were not fair in court.
And they served evil gods. Amos warned his people that they must confess their
evil deeds to God. And they must learn to do the right things (Amos 5).
Otherwise, God would allow Israel's
enemies to attack (Amos chapters 6-9). And these enemies would destroy the
But God would not always
punish the people from Israel.
After these terrible punishments, God would allow some of the people to return
to their own land (Amos 9:11-15).