Elijah and Elisha were not the only prophets who preached to Israel before Assyria destroyed her. In the earliest of the writing prophets – Amos and Hosea – the themes that we have seen played out in the history narratives are given theological voice: God’s anger against sinful Judah and Israel, and his ability to punish them using international forces.
14 For the LORD God Almighty declares, “I will stir up a nation against you, O house of Israel, that will oppress you all the way from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah.” (Amos 6:14)
God’s judgements against the surrounding nations in the early chapter of Amos show that his international power is not just limited to using the nations to punish Israel, but extends to punishing them as well. At the same time, in Judah, Micah also prophesied Israel’s fall (Mic 1:6-14), but he added that God would protect Judah from Assyria (Mic 5:1-6). Clearly, God was not just unleashing Assyria to do what they wanted, he was showing complete control of who they would attack and who they would not.