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Micah (3 of 3)
Series: The Glimpse of the Minor Prophets
The last half of the 8th century BC, takes its place as the golden age of Old Testament prophecy. While Amos and Hosea preached in the north, Isaiah and Micah brought God's message to the people of the south. It was a period of turmoil, strife, change, and growth. Assyria was coming rapidly, the front rank as a world power. they had invaded and destroyed both Syria and Israel. The shadow of Assyria's armies was cast over Judah and the lowlands of Philistia. The fulfillment of Amos is prophecy to Israel had already taken place. Step by step the legions of Sennacherib moved on to the west. Sidon was taken which was the capital city of Phoenicia. Philistia was invaded by the victorious Assyrians. Soon the cities of Philistia and other towns of Palestine were at the mercy of Sennacherib. Of all the cities of the land, only Jerusalem remained. Hezekiah and Isaiah depending on Jehovah, kept the people from surrender. A real deliverance came when 185,000 soldiers were suddenly smitten. It is recorded for us in II Kings, Chapter 19, verse 35. It says:
''And it came to past that night that the angel of the Lord went out and in the camp of the Assyrians 185,000. When they arose early in the morning, behold they were all dead corpses. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went and returned and dwelt at Nineveh.''
Sennacherib fled to his own land leaving Hezekiah and his people praising Jehovah, their great savior. The time that Micah prophesies, a stirring time with all sorts of changes and disturbances. Micah preached in the days of Jovam, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. This places activity during the years between 738 BC and 698 BC.
According to Jeremiah 26:18, he was active in the days of Hezekiah. The opening prophecy in his book was certainly directed against Samaria before the siege and the fall of the city in 722 BC Isaiah, Josea, and Amos were all his con ...
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