The Prophet Amos

Amos (780-740 B.C.) "amos" (burden). Amos was born in Judah but prophesied in Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II. He condemned Israel`s neighboring countries for their cruelty, but mostly Israel for breaking God`s laws. He prophesied at Bethel which became the center of idol worship and the residence of king Jeroboam II. He warned that the Israelites would be taken captive by the Assyrians. Amos` message was that God could no more dwell with His people any more than a man could maintain a normal relationship with his wife who commits adultery.

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