In this oracle of Yahweh, Amos pointed out that the Israelites were not privileged, since Yahweh had brought other countries from one place to another like Israel came from Egypt. He had helped the Philistines come from Caphtor, also a part of Egypt. Yahweh also helped the Arameans from Kir, an area in Mesopotamia. The Israelites were no better than the Ethiopians. They had become a sinful nation. Thus, he was going to destroy them from the face of the earth. However, Yahweh would not utterly destroy the house of Jacob. He would leave a remnant.
The Philistines were going to hear the hoofs of the stallions of these invaders. They would hear the noise of the rumbling chariot wheels. Parents would not turn back to save their children, because their own hands would be too weak. The Philistines would be destroyed, since they were cut off from any help from the Phoenician cities of Tyre and Sidon. Yahweh was going to destroy the remnant of the coastal people, who may have come from the island of Caphtor or Crete.