Chapter nine opens with Amos observing God standing before the altar in Samaria, ordering that the false temple be knocked down (Amos 9:1). For those who thought that they could run or hide from God’s judgment, he challenged them with their options. Even if they could access the most remote places, he would find them there – the center of the earth, heaven itself, the highest mountain, or even the deepest ocean (Amos 9:2-4). Even once they were in captivity they were not safe from death, if that was what God wanted to do. There was nothing innately special about Israel; they were just like the other nations in that God did with them what he wanted (Amos 9:5-7).
However, God’s destruction for their sin would not be complete, and it would not be permanent (Amos 9:8-10), although it would be severe. Like several of the other prophets, Amos concluded with the promise of restoration (Amos 9:11-15). What would appear to be a “collapsing hut” was really David’s dynasty that God would “rebuild” himself, according to his unconditional promise (2 Samuel 7:8-16). When that time comes, Israel will once again rule the land. God will proper them so greatly that they will be unable to harvest everything before planting time arrives again. Best of all, “they will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them.”