“Woe to you who desire the day of Yahweh.” The Day of Yahweh (“the Day of the LORD”) is the period of great tribulation that will come on the earth as a consequence for all the sins that have been committed. It is a time of great tribulation. Here in Amos 5:18, Yahweh is speaking to the arrogant and ignorant Jews in Israel (Amos 5:1, 4), who wrongly thought that the Day of Yahweh was a time of the destruction of their enemies and a time of deliverance and vindication for them. But as Amos 5 shows, Israel was as big or bigger a sinner than even the pagans, after all, the pagan nations did not have any guidance from God as to how to live and how to act in a way that pleased God, but by the time Amos wrote, Israel had the Law of Moses and quite a few of the books of the Old Testament, so the Jews in Israel had the Law of God but refused to obey it. To whom much is given, much will be required, and the house of God will be judged along with everyone else (1 Peter 4:17). Sadly, what happened in Israel over 2,700 years ago is happening today. The Bible is available to millions of people on earth who ignorantly and arrogantly ignore it, not realizing that their Judgment Day is coming.
[For more information on the Day of Yahweh, the Great Tribulation, see commentary on Isaiah 13:9 and Dan. 12:1. For more information on Jesus’ future kingdom that will be set up on earth after Armageddon, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth.” For a basic timeline of End Times events, see commentary on Matt. 25:32].