New Defender's Study Bible Notes
5:18 day of the LORD. As noted (see Joel 1:15; 3:14 and other like passages), “the day of the LORD” has its ultimate fulfillment in the great tribulation period yet to come on the earth, though it may have precursive fulfillments in local judgments from time to time. Evidently some people in Amos’ day (as in ours) were looking for the Lord to come save them from their (self-induced) troubles. But this motivation is altogether wrong (we should desire rather to see the Lord Himself, and glorify Him), and may indicate, therefore, an unregenerate heart, due only for judgment.